Michigan

    Manistee Michigan's Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend

    11/11/18 •

    …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 this little…

    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 stepped gable…

    Charlevoix, Michigan: 26 Mushroom-Shaped Buildings to See

    12/19/17 •

    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 of stone…

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

    1/14/18 •

    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 Ontario. It…

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

    7/29/13 •

    …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 grub is…

    See Classic Cars at The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Indiana

    11/10/19 •

    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 showroom, an…

    Culture: How Legal Gambling Age Differs per State

    3/11/22 •

    …twenty-one in order to enter their premises – and partake in gambling. However, there are some states that allow individuals, aged eighteen, to visit their casinos – and here are some of the states that follow such protocol: California Florida Michigan New York Oklahoma One thing to note is that the majority of casinos –…