Springtime is the best time of year to explore Michigan’s many beautiful botanical gardens. These 17 public gardens and when to visit them will inspire you to grab your camera, birdwatching binoculars, and hiking boots and get outside (or inside) to enjoy the best of Michigan’s native and imported flora ranging from delicate and extremely rare tropical plants at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids to native habitat preserves around the state. Which garden will you visit first?
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Here are 5 of the best Michigan Flower Festivals that happen every year, and why every self respecting flower lover needs to make the pilgrimage to the Mitten State in the Great Lakes region to explore some of the most breathtaking flower displays anywhere in the world. Everything from trilliums and dahlias to peonies, lilacs, and millions of tulips are waiting to be discovered here in Michigan.
Mackinac Island’s 71st Lilac Festival is one of the countrry’s most highly anticipated flower festivals. Explore the island and celebrate the iconic purple lilacs that were brought to this Northern Michigan paradise more than 250 years ago by French traders. Enjoy lilac themed food and drink, gifts, and dozens of special events like tours, parades, races, art shows and crafts, and so much more.
Castle Farms is one of Michigan’s most iconic buildings and one of the state’s largest gardens. Originally a model farm, then a concert venue that hosted iconic names like AC/DC, Stevie Nicks, Metallica and many others, the property eventually fell into disrepair until it was purchased and revitalized to the tune of $15 Million USD by a couple with plans to turn it into the state’s most romantic building.
Michigan has so many delicious and unique locally owned restaurants that we Michiganders never answer the question “What do you want to eat?” with “I don’t know.” I receive lots of inquiries about where the best restaurants in Michigan are, so I decided that it’s about time I compile a list of my favorites. While I could make this list a mile long, I’m sharing my very favorite places. As I try new restaurants and explore more cities in Michigan, I’ll be compiling a part II, so if you don’t see your favorite place listed here, leave a comment and I’ll go check it out!
S2S Sugar 2 Salt is my absolute favorite brunch spot in Northern Michigan, because they serve locally and ethically sourced seasonal ingredients, which supports local farmers and fishers. It’s wonderful to know exactly where each ingredient on the menu comes from, and knowing that each item on my plate was harvested as recently as that same morning means I can feel great about eating there and supporting small scale, low-impact farmers and growers. This restaurant offers so many plant based options and substations, you’ll be addicted to it like I am in no time.
In this Charlevoix travel guide, I’ll give you the rundown on why this stunning, waterfront community in Northern Michigan is worth driving or flying to, no matter where you’re from. Experience incredible views, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and enjoy the changing of the seasons here in a quintessential Northern Michigan experience.
Bay View, Michigan is one of Northern Michigan’s best kept secrets. This small community of luxury cottages has one of the best views of Little Traverse Bay in the area, and has a rich history of public works, and has supported the enrichment of the public through theatrical and musical endeavors, education for all, and a focus on wellbeing. Learn why this hidden gem is a wonderful place to stop when you’re in the Petoskey Area by reading more.
The New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs has been a classic staple of fine dining in Northern Michigan for more than a century, proudly serving only the freshest and finest ingredients available, expertly prepared, plated and paired with exceptional wine, drinks, or cocktails.
Stafford’s Bay View Inn is a beautiful, award-winning property by Stafford’s Hospitality that overlooks Little Traverse Bay. It’s been a home away from home for Northern Michigan visitors for more than a century, and has earned itself a reputation for its impeccable service, delightfully decorated rooms, attentive staff, and breathtaking views. Explore this beautiful property, and read more about why Stafford’s Bay View Inn is an excellent lodging selection for those visiting the Petoskey Area.
Vernales Restaurant is an upscale sports bar, chop house, & wine cellar with everything you can imagine, from pastas and salads to fantastic desserts, incredible service, and beautiful open air dining. Read on to find out why so many Michiganders love Vernales Restaurant in the Petoskey Area of Northern Michigan.