The Coolest Abandoned Places In Michigan

There’s something eerily magnetic about an abandoned place. Questions begging to be asked about what the destination used to be like in its prime, and what led to its current dismal state. Scattered throughout Michigan are creepy and fascinating abandoned places, providing a look into the mitten’s varied past. Most of these destinations are now […]

Valentine’s Day Guide To Michigan Winter Dates Ideas

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As I’m sure you’re all intimately aware, February means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many Michiganders are going to be sending flowers, receiving chocolates, and going to movies. I mean, it’s February in Michigan, what else can you do? To keep things interesting, I’m thrilled to tell you that there are dozens […]

3 Michigan Daycations Worth a Trip

Michigan is nothing short of gorgeous. With lakes, campgrounds, and attractions galore, there truly is something for everyone. But what if you’re short on vacation time? Or you’re finding your budget is a little tight due to other obligations, and you want to cut out a hotel stay? Fortunately, our great state has several options […]

15 Ways To Make The Most Of A Michigan Summer

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While some would argue a lack of salt water could make for a less stupendous summer, others would heartily disagree that Michigan’s Great Lakes are just that: great. I have a lot of love for Michigan, the Great Lakes, and what they have to offer the summer. To truly celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of […]

Unique Spots for Spring Break Family Staycations

Finally, the snow is starting to melt. It’s almost as if spring is right around the corner and you know what that means—spring break! If you’re searching for some spring break destinations, but don’t have nearly enough frequent flier miles or piggy banks, perhaps the “staycation” is more up your alley. Here is a list of […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: Navigating The Wilds Of Belle Isle

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Belle Isle. What is this magical place Detroiters speak of? For the past few years, my limited knowledge of the well-known recreation area led me to imagine the park in ways I’d only seen illustrated on postcards and travel booklets: picnic areas swarming with family reunion cookouts (sorry, I know they’re called “barbecues” up here), […]

A Newcomer’s Guide to Sharing Detroit

Moving to Detroit was a major life choice, and one that met a lot of resistance from family and friends. I’m not at all surprised that the reoccurring reaction was “Why in the world would you do that?” or “Are you really sure you want to move there?” Hell, I wasn’t even sure that I […]

It’s Not So Cold In the D: Add a Little BLISS to Life

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Every day at Belle Isle is one to be cherished, but this summer the Belle Isle Conservancy has partnered with several other groups to bring a special sort of BLISS to the island on select Saturdays. BLISS, or Belle Isle Summer Saturdays, are a day of extra special fun activities for everyone. Previous dates have […]

Top 10 Detroit Summer Activities

Michigan summers are many things. Predictable, however, does not make the list. From weeks of sweltering heat to what seems like months of monsoon-like rain, Mother Nature seems to be at her most mercurial here in the Mitten. Yet, while I’m sure I speak for many when I say I’d love a few more days […]