Iris Farms, on the outskirts of Traverse City, is a beautiful, six acre farm with more than 1000 different varieties of hybrid irises that visitors can order for their home gardens, or if you visit later in the season, they also offer u-Pick for irises, and sell handed bouquets. This gorgeous, family owned farm is a must-see when exploring Northern Michigan.
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Michigan offers endless exciting adventures all year long for those willing to seek them out, from walking through hundred acre flower fields or climbing through ice caves to sailing the Great Lakes, SCUBA diving through shipwrecks and enjoying some of the world’s best food and drinks, there are so many incredible things to do in Michigan.
Holland is one of my favorite cities in the Midwest, because it is on Lake Michigan, it’s home to my favorite Michigan festival, the Tulip Time Festival, which sees about 7 million tulips bloom each year in May, and it has consistently been ranked as one of the happiest towns in the United States. Famous all over North America for their stunning flower festival, unique red light house, incredible lake views, and breathtaking sunsets, Holland is a lovely place to visit during any Midwest trip.
Thai Orchid Petoskey is by far my favorite Thai Restaurant in Michigan. This family owned gem serves up locally sourced, fresh as can be, made-from-scratch Thai recipes that have been in their family for generations. I’ve eaten a lot of Thai food around the state, but this is certainly my favorite. Grab it to-go and head a few blocks down to the marina to enjoy delicious, hot Thai food with a gorgeous view!
These 7 gorgeous, clean, and refreshing Michigan beaches are perfect for picnics on the beach, swimming, wake boarding, or walking the shore at sunset. From Northern Michigan to the West Coast of the state, there are dozens of incredible beaches worth visiting, but here are my 7 favorite!
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?
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!
Gaijin Japanese Restaurant in Traverse City is one of the best Asian inspired restaurants in Northern Michigan. This ramen shop has everything from bao buns and yakiniku skewers to tempura, and of course has dozens and dozens of ways to customize ramen from making it totally vegan to packed full of eggs and meat with extra noodles.