Michigan

The Railway Garden at Meijer Gardens: A Holiday Tradition

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The holidays are well underway at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World exhibition features more than 40 holiday trees and displays from around the globe. This magical time of year includes glow of 300,000 lights, unique hand-made ornaments and blossoming holiday plantings.

The Art of Holding On and Letting Go: Travel, Climbing, and Finding Yourself

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“When every piece falls into place, it’s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.”

Such is the beautiful writing in the winner of Elephant Rock Books’ 2016 Sheehan YA Book Prize, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, by Kristin Lenz. A fellow Michigander, Lenz has written a powerful story of family, finding yourself, and growing up. 

Snowmobiling Inside...in Detroit? Exploring Michigan’s Outdoor Adventure Center

by Culinary Spelunker / Sep 26, 2016 /
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My face must have shown my confusion when my new neighbor in suburban Detroit gave me a cooking mitt. I was grateful, of course, but a bit bewildered at what seemed like an unusual housewarming gift.
 
“It’s Michigan,” she smiled. “We’re the glove state.” Enthusiastically, she held her hand up to show that the state of Michigan has an uncanny resemblance to a gloved hand. Then she put up her other hand. “And this is the UP. You know, the Upper Peninsula. Up north?”
 
I didn’t know.
 

How to Survive a Winter Beach

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Most people, outside the west coast, seem to think beaches are only for summer. If it’s not sunny and 80 what’s the point of the beach? No one wants to go to the beach in anticipation of freezing their butt off.

 

Van Buren State Park

by Brianna Krueger / Sep 17, 2016 /
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Pure Michigan ads, campaigned by fellow Michigander and actor Tim Allen, don't cover all the greatness that Michigan has to offer.

Photographer of the Month: Greg Viau

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 18, 2016 /
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I'm always inspired whenever I look at Instagram, but some photographers seem to have that extra SOMETHING that makes their photos stand out from the 737 photos that are uploaded every second (!!). One such photographer is our Photographer of the Month, Greg Viau, a Michigan photographer that truly shares the beauty in this world, photo by photo.

Visiting the Inside of a Lighthouse

by Brianna Krueger / Nov 10, 2015 /
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“Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now.” – Airplanes B.O.B featuring Hayley Williams

Peace and Serenity Prevail at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s New Japanese Garden

A visit to Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan guarantees fuel to the soul and creative inspiration. The new addition of the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden this June adds another stronghold of natural wonder with peace and serenity at every corner.

Three Tows to Shore: Misadventures on Lake Huron

by Brianna Krueger / Sep 14, 2015 /
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Everyone on the boat – Check. Enough life jackets – After a minor delay, Check. Gas – Check. Already completed half the trip – Check.

Three Tows to Shore: Misadventures on Lake Huron

Undefeated: The Story of Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry

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There are a few things that Michiganders know, growing up. One is the beauty of a Michigan winter (good thing, because it is very snowy and cold!). Second is the incredible landscape we live in, from beaches to mountains, city to rural, and even a few islands thrown in. Another is our strong work ethic – arising from our northern European ancestors, and strengthened through winter and landscape. We honor this work ethic here, in a variety of ways.

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