8 Epic Antique Havens

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One of my favorite things about Michigan is that you can always uncover something new about our rich history. You can do this through a traditional route, such as reading up on Michigan history. However, there’s another, infinitely more exciting approach you can take: antiquing. With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time […]

9 Theaters To See A Movie For $6 Or Less

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Many of us are on a budget but also like supporting local businesses. You’re in luck! Check out the following nine movie theaters that offer tickets to popular movies for less than $6 each. Cedar Street Cinema | Manistique | $5 Matinees Whether you live around Manistique or you’re just visiting, a matinee at the […]

Awesome Autumn Day Trips a Short Drive from Grand Rapids

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The air is crisp. The leaves are changing colors and crunch beneath your feet. Your arms are wrapped in sweaters and jackets. Yes, fall is officially here. What is a better way to escape the day-to-day hustle and relish in Michigan’s fall season than to take a day trip? Below are six trips just a […]

Lansing – City Of Festivals

Michigan Bluesfest

If you live in or around the mid-Michigan area, you’ve heard of – and likely attended – Common Ground Music Festival that happens each year at Adado River Front Park in downtown Lansing. In fact, it just wrapped up earlier this month. Or, maybe you’ve waited in the cold November weather, anticipating the lighting of the Michigan […]

Find Sanctuary in Grand Ledge at Sanctuary Spirits and Brewery

bottles of liquor from Sanctuary Spirits

Brewing and distilling start out simple: fermenting things. Vodka, whiskey, bourbon, stout, IPA, and porter all start out as grain, while wine, brandy, and cider start out as fruit. Knowing what to do next is where the art and craft come in, and the guys from Sanctuary Spirits and Brewery just celebrated their second anniversary of proving they have […]

A Guide to Color Tours Around Mid-Michigan

The John Hannah statue at MSU, behind trees with gradient colored leaves from red to orange to yellow to green

Fall: It’s that time of year when thousands of people head to Northern Michigan for color tours and autumn vacation fun. But did you know that you can get all the joy of an “Up North” vacation while hanging out in Mid-Michigan? Here are a few stops you might consider for your own autumn staycation […]

Grand Ledge Holiday Traditions

Grand Ledge is by far one of my favorite places in Michigan, but definitely one of the best places to be during the holidays. (Yes, I may be a bit bias.) With its quaint downtown main street and old, historic homes, you’re sure to feel like you just stepped out of the pages of a […]