Michigan

    Manistee Michigan's Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend

    8/30/13 •

    …River. The street is lined with restored buildings featuring splendid architectural facades and housing cute gift shops, antique stores and restaurants. And a lovely 1-1/2-mile riverwalk leads to Lake Michigan; during summer, it’s a great place to watch giant oceangoing tankers pass through town on their way to Lake Michigan. Since our first visit, attending…

    Charlevoix, Michigan: 26 Mushroom-Shaped Buildings to See

    11/29/16 •

    …Each year, our travel plans include a stop in Charlevoix, Michigan, home to art galleries, gift shops, cafes — and mushroom buildings. Yes, you read correctly! Charlevoix features 26 unusual residential and commercial buildings designed and built by Earl Young, a local architect and real estate agent. The cozy-looking structures are built out…

    Dutch Winter Fest in Holland, Michigan: Celebrations with Old-World Charm

    6/22/16 •

    …If you’re looking for a delightful way to usher in the holidays, consider going Dutch — as in Dutch WinterFest. Held each year here in Holland, Michigan, it celebrates the season with colorful pageantry and old-world charm. Holland was founded by Dutch settlers in 1847, and its streetscapes reflect their Netherlands heritage, with…

    Michigan's Steamship SS Keewatin: The Last of the Great Lakes Steamships (1)

    9/26/12 •

    …The SS Keewatin, the last of the elegant Great Lakes passenger steamships, is now a floating museum docked in Douglas, Michigan, just across the Kalamazoo River from Saugatuck. Built in Scotland in 1907, the 350-foot-long boat was actually cut in half to get it through the Welland Canal, which links Lakes Erie and…

    See Classic Cars at The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Indiana

    1/23/17 •

    …My husband and I usually take the backroads when traveling for pleasure. But after spending a lovely week in Michigan recently, we headed down I-69 to see the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, the “Home of the Classics”. The museum is housed in the former Auburn Automobile Company headquarters and factory…

    Rogers, Arkansas: Admire Turn-of-the-Century Architecture

    7/29/13 •

    …Manufacturing Company moved to Rogers from Michigan in 1958. The exhibits are fascinating — they serve up a real slice of Americana. The Coffee’s Always on A place that serves up some delicious food is Wesner’s Grill, where the coffee’s always on. This is where the local folks come to eat, so you know the…