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Michigan Labor Day Weekend Links

Andrew Norton

The weather is going to be quite like mid-summer this Labor Day Weekend, which is commonly thought of as the unofficial end of summer. Other than the heat, it is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend.

The best news for those traveling in Michigan this weekend is that MDOT is suspending most road construction and lane closures beginning at 3pm on August 30 through 6am September 3rd.

Here is just a small sample of the events going on across Michigan from the U.P. on down to Detroit this weekend -

1958 film - Mackinac Bridge The Five Mile Dream

Andrew Norton

This 1958 film celebrated the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. It's a nice little 10 minute look at how the bridge came to be built. 55 years ago this Friday, the Mackinac Bridge was officially dedicated. While the bridge opened on, November 1, 1957, it was not officially dedicated until the following summer on June 28, 1958.

When you watch this video and realize just how much went into building the Mackinac Bridge - it's amazing to me to think that this was completed so quickly.

Don't forget - the 4th Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing is this weekend

Andrew Norton

Over 800 antique tractors will parade across the Mackinac Bridge this Friday, September 16th. The parade begins in Mackinaw City at approximately 9am and will head north over the bridge, through St. Ignace, and finish at Kewadin Shores Casino. You will also be able to view the antique tractors on September 16th & 17th at the casino grounds. The parade will go on rain or shine, but will be cancelled if there are winds in excess of 35 m.p.h. There is no makeup date for this event.

For more details on this event check out www.bobstractorpartscorner.com

50 Fun Things to do in Michigan This Summer

Andrew Norton

50 Fun Things to do in Michigan This Summer[Edit: May 16, 2014] Wow, this post has gone viral the past few weeks! Thanks for sharing my love of Michigan. Another great way to share some of the great things that Michigan has to offer is by sending our great Michigan gift baskets and boxes.

During the long cold winters here in Michigan I like think of all of the places I want to visit and things I want to do during Michigan's beautiful summer. The list tends to grow and grow until it reaches a length that I know makes it impossible to see and do everything that is on it.

So, I thought I would share my list with everyone in the hopes that others will find something in Michigan that they hadn't thought of before or didn't know about.

These are in no particular order.

  1. Climb the big dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.
  2. Spend the day at Mackinac Island.
  3. Catch a Tigers game at Comerica Park.
  4. Take a copper mine tour in the U.P.
  5. Visit Fort Michilimackinac with your kids.
  6. Go for a swim in Lake Michigan.
  7. Go camping at one of the numerous state or private campgrounds.
  8. Take the family and watch the synchronized musical fountains of The Cascades in Jackson
  9. Climb Castle Rock in St. Ignace
  10. Tour the Valley Camp Ship museum in Sault Saint Marie
  11. Take a hike in the Porkies - The Porcupine Mountains that is
  12. Drive one of the Great Lakes Circle Tours
  13. Bike around the 8 mile highway, M-185, on Mackinac Island. You won't have to watch out for vehicles :)
  14. Love cherries? Get your fill at The Cherry Hut in Beulah, Michigan. It started out as a roadside pie stand in 1922.
  15. Cross the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck via one of the oldest hand-cranked chain ferries in America.
  16. Visit the Roadside Attractions store in Metamora, Michigan.
  17. Take in a movie at the Capri Drive-In in Coldwater. Rated one of the Top 10 Drive-In movie theaters in the country.
  18. Hike or bike the Kal-Haven Trail.
  19. Ride the S.S. Badger Car Ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
  20. Take a couple of days to visit The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village
  21. Watch a Great Lakes freighter pass through the Soo Locks.
  22. Spend some time hiking around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  23. Visit one of Michigan's 115 Historic Lighthouses
  24. Play a pickup game of baseball at the Tiger Stadium site at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull
  25. If you happen to be driving along U.S. 2 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, stop in for a refreshing glass bottle of soda at the Hog Island General Store just east of Naubinway.
  26. Stay the night at a working lighthouse on Lake Superior - Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
  27. Drive across the Mackinac Bridge. For only $3.50 for a car you, too, can earn the badge of honor of being able to say, "yep, I drove across that bridge."
  28. Visit one of Michigan's numerous farmers markets. Find a Michigan Farmers Market near you.
  29. Spend a day at Michigan's Adventure. It's the perfect size amusement park for young families. You get all of the rides plus their huge waterpark for one admission fee.
  30. After Michigan's Adventure stop in at a classic drive-in, Dog-N-Suds in Montague.
  31. While I'm on the subject of food - if you are ever near New Buffalo, do yourself a favor and try a burger at Redamak's.
  32. Give some love to the overlooked Great Lake - Lake Huron. Drive along M-25 and M-23 and discover all of the great places on Michigan's east side.
  33. Take in a concert on a Thursday in South Haven along the river. The Community Riverfront Concert Series is all summer long and starts at 7pm.
  34. Get the tastiest and freshest whitefish at Scalawags Whitefish and Chips in downtown Mackinaw City or Traverse City.
  35. Get all Bavarian up in Frankenmuth.
  36. Go for a ride on the dunes with Mac Wood's Dune Rides in Mears.
  37. Do some beachcombing along Michigan's 2,147 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. You never know what you will find.
  38. Go fishing!
  39. If your kids are acting like animals, consider a trip to the zoo. John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, the Detroit Zoo, and Kalamazoo (not a zoo, but still a fun town!).
  40. While you are in Kalamazoo, how about the Air Zoo! (technically in Portage, but who's counting?)
  41. Go blueberry picking eating!
  42. Want to see some Michigan black bears up close, but not be in any danger? You have to go to Oswald's Bear Ranch near Newberry, Michigan.
  43. Tour a Michigan Ghost Town. The Fayette Historic State Park is a unique opportunity to walk through a wonderfully preserved abandoned townsite from the early days of iron mining in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  44. There are 197 waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. You won't have to travel far to find one!
  45. Do yourself a favor and visit Traverse City. One of Michigan's most beautiful beach towns.
  46. Stay at one of Michigan's numerous Indoor Water Park Hotels.
  47. Shoot for par (I like to aim low, just like my drives off the tee :) ) at one of Michigan's golf courses.
  48. Spend the day at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners just minutes from Kalamazoo. Over 200 cars of all eras to gawk over, grab something to eat at a 1940s era Diner, and see what a gas station looked like in the 1930s.
  49. Canoe the Platte River near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We canoed the Lower Platte before and had a great time spotting wildlife and enjoying the ride.
  50. Ride into history on the Little River Railroad in Coldwater. Take a ride on a steam-powered locomotive for a unique experience the whole family will love!
  51. Bonus! Stop in at one of Michigan's 14 Welcome Centers and come up with hundreds of ideas for great things to do in Michigan.

Five Fun Things to do in Michigan This Weekend 5/27 - 5/30

Andrew Norton

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer. Here are five fun things you can do this weekend across the great state of Michigan.

  1. Stand and applaud for the Veterans in your local Memorial Day Parade. Visit a cemetery and pay your respects to those who died in serving our country.
  2. Civil War Reenactment in Coldwater - 5/27 to 5/29. Battle reenactments, Civil War period wedding, dances, and more.
  3. Lumberjack Breakfast at the Tahquamenon Logging Museum from 7am to 12pm - May 28th. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage, and fried potatoes cooked on a wood stove. Man, wish I was in the area - that sounds great!
  4. Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race - race across the Mackinac Bridge May 28th. Call (231) 436-5664 for registration and more details.
  5. Ride the Keweenaw Weekend - 5/27 to 5/29. Come celebrate the Copper Harbor mountain bike trails with guided tours, bike demos, and downhill shuttle runs. Call (906) 289-4788 for more information.

Limited number of collectible Mackinac Bridge posters available

Andrew Norton

The Michigan E-Store has a black and white print of the Mackinac Bridge (30" by 12") available for $6 (which includes shipping and handling). This was one of the four posters designed to commemorate the bridge's 50th anniversary back in 2007. The original four posters sold out rather quickly so I don't expect this one to be available for long. Purchase the Mackinac Bridge poster