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 […]

A Road Trip On US-12 Heritage Trail To Celebrate The End Of Summer

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The calendar has finally flipped to September. The days in The Mitten are getting shorter and cooler as the Indian summer has taken over, and the time of year makes me think to myself, we need to take advantage of the warm and sunny weather while we still can. What better way than an end […]

Discovering a Pinterest Paradise on the Jackson #MittenTrip

Angie's Attic Sign

Of the many great stops on my Jackson #MittenTrip, my favorite was Angie’s Attic, a vintage, artisan, consignment shop that opened in 2013. I’ve heard the store aptly described as a Pinterest paradise. “This shop does not like to put all their eggs in one basket either,” says General Manager Monica Wheeler. Everywhere you look was something […]

Five Mid-Michigan Food Items for which to Be Thankful

When I was a kid, I remember urging everyone at Thanksgiving dinner one year to grab a popcorn kernel and say what they were thankful for. I must have seen or heard about the idea from someone or somewhere (I’m not that creative!) and thought it was important to try it out that particular year. […]

Experience Autumn In Mid Michigan At Almar Orchards

When it comes to autumn in Mid Michigan, “awesome” doesn’t even begin to cover it. However, it definitely defines what you will find at Almar Orchards in Flushing. From their organic apples to their fresh cider and honey, this orchard is well worth the trip off the beaten path. Almar Orchards has been around for generations. […]

Tour the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail

Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery

Michigan wine touring is an adventure that can comprise a whole weekend of wine, food and beautiful vistas. Although Michigan’s pinky may be known for these, you may not realize there is a great wine trail in southeast Michigan worth visiting. The Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail includes eight wineries, stretching from Adrian to Haslett. Touring this […]

11 Ways To Enjoy Greater Lansing During Your Next Friends Or Couples Getaway

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Whether you’re ready for time off with friends or planning the perfect getaway with your better half, Lansing serves up countless options for casual, formal, or in-between occasions. Ready to discover all the capital city has to offer? Make time for these suggestions and enjoy a memorable experience with your favorite travel companions! Go Shopping […]

Exploring Jackson’s Falling Waters Trail

South Half of Lime Lake along the Falling Waters Trail | Photo Courtesy of Experience Jackson

As Michiganders, we value our warm summer days. Like cooped hens with cabin fever, we escape to the outdoors every chance we get. As many of us look to get in shape this summer, the great outdoors offer the perfect opportunity to get moving. Walking trails provide an easy, no-training-needed workout. The trail system in […]

Michigan Bucket List: 5 Ideas for a Winter Date Night in Mid-Michigan

When winter arrives, it seems a majority of couples (and single people alike) would prefer to stay in, watch a movie, and order a pizza. However, if you’re looking to add some fun to your winter date nights (even if it’s just with your pals), we’ve got you covered right here with fun activities that […]

Summer in Mid-Michigan

If you’re anything like me you were probably starting to think that we would never see green grass, leaves, or 90 degrees this year. Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to get out and enjoy a Michigan summer before it’s too late! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Mid-Mitten […]

Want a Great Lakes-Ready Beach Bod… Without All the Running?

I’m going to be completely honest: I hate running. Obviously I know it’s great for your body, and I have plenty of friends and family who swear by the endorphine high a good jog provides. But for me, running equals boredom and inspires a painful burning protest deep in my body, which I can only […]

Vernacular Spectacular!

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Michigan has its own language. It took me a while to notice this, and much of it was after people from other states pointed it out to me. Not only do we Michiganders have our own words, but we have our own way of pronouncing words that others use. It is quite ridiculous – and […]

Day 159: Hopewell Ranch

  HopeWell Ranch, an equine therapy ranch located near Weidman, Michigan, is appropriately named.  Those who participate in their programs are shown, mostly through their horse “counselors”, love, acceptance, and, of course, hope. Hopewell Ranch was founded in 2004 by Ty and Jodi Stuber.  While healing, both emotionally and physically from the in-utero death of […]

Day 113: Midwest Fest

If the purpose of attending a music festival instead of a concert is to see multiple great artists in one fell swoop for a reasonable price, Midwest Fest is the answer to an indie music lover’s festival dreams. Hosted at Rubble’s Bar in Mt. Pleasant from September 28th to October 1st, Midwest Fest 2011 will […]