15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

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It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

10 Places You Must Eat Tacos In Michigan

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As we have explored many times in the past, Michigan is one of the best states to live in if you’re a foodie. Whether you want pizza, donuts, or vegan ice cream, you can find top-notch food no matter where you go. That includes tacos. We’re talking real, fantastic tacos today. Michigan has a ton […]

24 Shops To Celebrate Record Store Day In Michigan

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but April 22nd is practically the best holiday of the year for music lovers. Record Store Day celebrates the love of vinyl, independent record shops, and vibrant music communities all across the nation. This year claims to be even bigger and better. It’s the 10th anniversary of Record Store […]

Michigan Lighthouses Look Better In Winter

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Lighthouses: The Mitten is home to well over 100, the most in one state in the nation, which tourists flock to each and every summer. For those found along Lake Michigan, they are part of the touristy, beach and resort town experience. Each one offers the opportunity to catch a beautiful sunset over the water […]

5 Things To Do in West Michigan This Fall

Now that school is back in session, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and summer is unofficially over, it’s time to look ahead to one of Michigan’s most vibrant seasons, Fall! There are a ton of activities this time of year to pack your weekend schedules, and here are 5 of my West Michigan favorites to get you […]

5 Lake Michigan Beaches Worth Taking the Plunge

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Summer in “The Mitten” means people are flocking to the Great Lakes with a lot of them hitting up various Lake Michigan beaches and towns. On the west side of the state, Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Haven have many visitors going to the beaches and state parks close to town where their lighthouses are located. […]

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 […]

August Michigan Events Perfect to End the Summer

Summer may be winding down, but Michigan sure isn’t! Celebrating summer – even if it’s the end – means that every weekend is full of festivals to enjoy the last rays of warm sunshine. Before you head back to school or pull out your sweaters from the attic, be sure to check out some of the […]

A Parade Of Patios: The Best Outdoor Bar Spots In Michigan

Michiganders know how to make the most of each of the four seasons, and in the summer that often means a lot of time outside. Thanks to the Great Lakes and a thriving craft brewing industry, this usually involves a trip to the beach with a beer in hand. We do eventually have to return to work and […]

Escape The Land-Lock With A Trip To Grand Haven

As many articles on this site have shown, living in mid-Michigan can be wonderful. However, it can also be a bummer when the weather turns hot and we realize we’re at least two hours away from any of the Great Lakes. Thankfully, there are dozens of options for day-trips that can make us feel worlds away. One of my […]

Beginning With a Lighthouse: Lake Michigan Road Trip

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Are you looking for a scenic Michigan road trip that you can take no matter the season or weather conditions? Consider the lighthouses and the surrounding beaches, shoreline and small towns that dot the Lake Michigan coastline: sun, rain, ice, snow, wind – this Great Lakes coastline is always showing off its beauty. In December, […]

Head Upstream! Grand Haven Salmon Festival 2014

While Coast Guard Festival is a huge hot button term around Grand Haven, drawing in over 300,000 visitors this summer alone, September is all about salmon in West Michigan. September 12 – 14, 2014 is a weekend to plan for as the Grand Haven Salmon Festival enters its 11th year.  Starting on Friday, the event begins […]

Art Festivals in West Michigan Abound

Summertime on Michigan’s West Coast means enjoying the sun, the water, and the charm of small towns. Many of these towns also host art showcases where artists from across the Mitten, and the country, exhibit and sell their best wares. You’re invited to check them out, some of the upcoming festivals include: Grand Haven Art Festival On June […]

West Michigan’s Best Beaches

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As residents of Michigan, we spent the better part of this past winter trekking through blizzards and sliding on icy roads but now that the summer sunshine has finally arrived, I think we all deserve a nice day at the beach! Our beautiful mitten is outlined by the sandy beaches of the Great Lakes and […]

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Nothing captures the spirit of a Michigan summer quite like a lakeside festival. Carnival attractions, parades, fireworks, all seem distinctly enhanced in proximity to a body of fresh water and the promise of a refreshing dip after a few hours of celebration under the grueling summer sun. But, as any casual Gordon Lightfoot fan can […]

Grand Haven Musical Fountain

Imagine a hot summer night while enjoying an ice cream cone or celebrating the end of a great day at the beach, listening to your favorite tunes accompanied by dancing streams of water and color. While the lakeshore city of Grand Haven offers a variety of restaurants, shops, two beautiful public beaches, and a brewery, […]

Grand Haven Beach

1001 Harbor Avenue Grand Haven MI, 49417 (616) 847-1309 rhodesj1@michigan.gov Twitter HOURS 8 AM-11 PM (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day) 8 AM-Dusk (regular hours) I recently sat down with Grand Haven State Park Supervisor Joyce Rhodes to talk about the park’s beach, today’s featured contender. AM: What would you say is an average day […]

Day 347: Great Lakes Kite Festival

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“Everyone wants to fly, ever since man saw the birds and dreamed,” Steve Negen muses on the nature of kite flying. Negen’s love for kites began when he was young and his dad bought him a dragon kite. Negen now owns a kite shop named MACkite in Grand Haven where he has performed business for […]

Day 294: Wet Mitten Surf Shop

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With two Michigan locations in prime beach hotspots, Wet Mitten Surf Shop is an ideal place to purchase everything related to water sport activities.  Grand Haven and Traverse City are both home to this one of a kind surf shop. Brothers John and Ben McNeil created Wet Mitten Surf Shop for people to be able to […]

Day 78: Eastown Hookah Lounge

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Why it’s awesome: An evening of open mic spoken word poetry that will shake the artsy fartsy image often associated with such events.  Not to mention the comfortable lounge atmosphere and the delightful hookah![/box]The phrase “spoken word poetry” can evoke some very vivid mental pictures: A man in a beret standing in a […]

Day 54: Michigan Farmers' Markets

Lansing City Market What: A big market in downtown Lansing that is popular with people and businesses. The Waterfront Bar and Grille is located inside the market. Additional Info: http://www.lansingcitymarket.com/ Allen Street Market What: Another big market in Lansing that is also popular and lots of local businesses have booths. Additional Info: http://allenneighborhoodcenter.org/food/market/ South Lansing […]