tempt your tastebuds summer in michigan 8 Ways to Tempt Your Tastebuds this Summer in Michigan
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8 Ways to Tempt Your Tastebuds this Summer in Michigan

Michigan is a foodie’s paradise with delicious dishes available from north to south and coast to coast, so it’s no wonder that this summer’s ultimate Michigan bucket list includes several “must-eat” Michigan dishes or food destinations.

sip a strawberry lavender slush at Uncle John's Cider Mill this summer in Michigan
Strawberry Lavender Slush | photo courtesy of Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Sip Apple Cider Slushes in St. Johns

Whether you like traditional cider, hard cider, or wine, you’ll find it at Uncle John’s Cider Mill. In addition to offering samples and selling award-winning ciders, the family-run farm in St. Johns, Michigan, has a wonderful bakery and several fun activities to do during the summer.

Looking for a way to end a summer weekend? If you’re coming home from up north or just looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, be sure to make Uncle John’s Cider Mill a must-visit while traveling through St. Johns on US-127. 

Serving up live music and delicious local eats from 2-5pm on Sundays during the summer months, a visit to Uncle’s John is the perfect ending to your weekend of Michigan summer bucket list adventures.

Additional Michigan bucket list items in Mid-Michigan: Visit The Tridge In Midland Michigan’s Chippewassee Park, Visit The Ionia County Free Fair, Step Back In History At Curwood Castle Park

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner this summer in Michigan at The Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin
The Turkey Roost | photo courtesy of @chitaku

Feast on Thanksgiving Dinner in Kawkawlin

One of our favorite meals of the year, too often, Thanksgiving Dinner is relegated to the week before, during, and after Thanksgiving. Why can’t we eat it in the summertime, too? Well, at The Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin, you can eat Thanksgiving Dinner any day of the year (as long as they’re open)!

Additional Michigan bucket list items in East Michigan: Experience The Thrill Of Crossing The Black River On The Croswell Swinging Bridge, Satiate Your Sweet Tooth In Marine City, Kayak The Flint River National Water Trail

indulge in ice cream this summer in Michigan at Moo-Ville Farm & Creamery
Moo-Ville | photo courtesy of @realamericanfood

Indulge in Ice Cream in Nashville

A working dairy farm with an on-site creamery, Moo-Ville has become a summer-time destination for many mid-Michigan families, and we recommend adding it to your summer bucket list this year! 

Additional Michigan bucket list items in Southwest Michigan: Rediscover This Charming Beach Town By Foot, Bike, Or Boat, Hike And Climb The Ledges At Oak Park, Explore Historic Bridge Park In Battle Creek

Homemade Upper Michigan Pasty Meat Pie
Upper Peninsula Pasty

Devour Upper Peninsula Pasties in Sault Ste Marie 

No dish is more iconically Michigan than Upper Peninsula pasties, and there are no shortage of pasty shops across the Upper Peninsula. While we could name any number of places to devour a delicious pasty in Sault Ste Marie, we think you should add trying them all to your summer bucket list and then let us know which one you think is the best!

Additional Michigan bucket list items in the Eastern Upper Peninsula: “Spring” Into Summer At Kitch-Iti-Kipi, Tour The Pictured Rocks Waterfalls From The Famous Log Cabin Retreat, Go Back In Time At The Tahquamenon Logging Museum

Go Back in Time and Enjoy a Hot Dog from Monroe's Original Hotdog Drive-In this summer in Michigan
photo courtesy of Monroe’s Original Hot Dog Drive-In

Order a Hot Dog from the Carhops in Monroe

Monroe’s Original Hot Dog Stand looks like a relic from the rock-and-roll decade of the 1950s. On any given day, you will see cars pulled up into their individual bays as carhops head out from the diner in order to deliver fresh hot dogs right through the driver’s side window. 

Additional Michigan bucket list items in Southeast Michigan: Slither Over To The Reptarium, Uncover The Hidden Gem Of Hamtramck Disneyland In Metro Detroit, Explore Birmingham: The Most Walkable Downtown In Metro Detroit

enjoy a glass of Michigan wine on Old Mission Peninsula this summer in Michigan
photo courtesy of Mari Vineyards

Relax with a Glass of Wine on Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula is known for its sweeping vineyards and Michigan-grown wines. With breathtaking views of East Grand Traverse Bay, Mari Vineyards offers both tour and tasting options. 

Raise a glass to your best friends as you check touring a Michigan vineyard off your summer bucket list in Mari Vineyards on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan. 

Additional Michigan bucket list items in Northern Michigan (West): Explore Leelanau State Park, Spend A Day (Or More) At Interlochen State Park, Discover Unique Experiences In Downtown Manistee

let art melt in your mouth this summer in Michigan when you buy baked goods at Ruthann's Gourmet Bakery in Bellaire
photo courtesy of Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery

Let Art Melt in Your Mouth in Bellaire

Sweet treats that are both visually appealing and taste-bud exploding line the cases of Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery near Torch Lake in Bellaire. Add a cup of Ruthann’s signature coffee, and you’re ready to check a day on Torch Lake off your Michigan summer bucket list!

Additional Michigan bucket list items in Northern Michigan (East): Visit The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre, Plan A Beach Day & Walk The Pier At 5th Avenue Beach, Hike The Heritage Nature Trail In Cadillac’s William Mitchell State Park

enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting while cruising the Cass River in Frankenmuth this summer in Michigan
photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Funships

Taste & See Along the Cass River in Frankenmuth

Located in midtown between Frankenmuth Brewery and the Marv Herzog Hotel, Frankenmuth FunShips has been offering homemade chocolate and wine tastings since 2009. During the tastings and boat tours, you learn about the samples and points of interest in a luxurious, relaxing setting.

Additional Michigan bucket list items in East Michigan: Visit The Standish Historical Depot, Walk The Flint Mural Tour, Uncover History At Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park

More to Do This Summer in Michigan

If you’re looking for more things to do this summer in Michigan, don’t miss out on the ULTIMATE Michigan summer bucket list! It’s full of great summer things for couples to do in Michigan, family-friendly things to do in Michigan this summer, and even historical things in Michigan to see and experience!

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