Romantic Scenic Dives
As the old adage goes, “The greatest gift you can give sometime is your time.” So instead of finding a gift for your special someone come Valentine’s Day, birthday, or anniversary, make it a priority to spend time together. One way to do this is by taking a scenic drive. Embarking on a new adventure and sharing together the sights of the Great Lakes State will strengthen your bond and get you away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Here are seven of the most scenic drives to take in Michigan. Some of them are picturesque year-round, but others have their peak season.
And you don’t need to forgo chocolates, wine, flowers, or nice restaurants. We’ll offer some additional suggestions of where to go if you want to especially spoil your special someone.
Caring for Canine Companions in Cold Weather
Dogs are not fair weather friends – they stand beside us in every type of weather.
This applies not only to the highs and lows of life, but to the various weather conditions that affect us all when we spend time outdoors.
Are you doing some winter camping or winter activities and have a dog along? Then you probably already have a pretty good idea of what you need to know about keeping your dog safe and warm; however, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on how to care for dogs when the weather turns cold. Even spring and fall have their share of finger numbing days.
Camping Friendly Chocolate Cake Recipes
You never need to find an excuse to enjoy a piece of moist chocolate cake, but today we’ll give you one. For instance, January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day! But you don't need to wait around for January to enjoy one of these tempting recipes.
At the campsite, your Dutch oven and slow cooker are perfect candidates for making a delicious treat that everyone, including the neighbors, will surely enjoy. The ingredients are few and easy to pick up at the local market or grocery store. Here are four recipes to save and try this upcoming season (or now, if you so desire).
Things to Do in Northern Michigan: East Side
The west side of the state may get all the recognition, but it can get quite crowded due to that fame. If you really want to get away but don’t want to drive as far as the UP, visit northeast Michigan.
It’s more remote but just as picturesque, with a wide range of things to do if you love to spend time outdoors. The towns are typically small and full of local flavor.With a couple of exceptions, they aren’t “touristy.” These are places where hardworking men and women have decided to make their livelihood, among the serene nature of northern Michigan. Shops and restaurants offer original wares, friendly faces, and home cooking.
Ice Fishing: A Michigan Winter Tradition
When you live in a state with more than 11,000 inland lakes and streams in addition to being surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, fishing is an inevitable activity. When winter arrives and the lakes are covered by inches of ice, it’s time to bundle up and go ice fishing.
This longstanding traditional activity is a favorite for many Michigan outdoorsmen, women, and children… both for catching fresh food and for recreation. Many visitors travel to Michigan just to go ice fishing. The most common species of fish are pike, perch, walleye, trout, musky, bluegill, and crappie. Your catch will depend on where you drop your line.
Private Campgrounds Q&A
There are options aplenty as to where to take the RV and set up camp. There are public campgrounds, such as those located in national forests and state parks, that are managed by federal, state, or local agencies. Counties and townships also manage public campgrounds. Or you can also choose a privately operated campground or RV park. These are operated by private individuals or businesses.
There are differences between public and private, from the size of the site to who can be admitted to the types of amenities, and there are plenty of options for every type of RV owner. Through experience and the recommendation of others, you may prefer one or the other, but we wanted to address some basic questions regarding private campgrounds to better help you make your travel plans. Either route, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.
Snowmobile Michigan's Hills and Valleys
Whether you're bringing the RV or not, Michigan has some of the best snowmobile treks in the country.
Michigan is a snowmobiler's paradise, one that attracts winter enthusiasts from all over the country – especially to the Upper Peninsula. With more than 6,200 interconnected, maintained trails across the state, over diverse terrain and around scenic lakes and ponds, snowmobilers can ride to their hearts' content – and get a glimpse of Michigan few get a chance to see. About half of the trails are located on private land and the rest on federal, state, or public land.
Fun and Inventive Hot Cocoa Recipes
‘Tis the season for hot cocoa! Another Michigan winter is underway, and it’s a guarantee that we’re in for some blustery, chilly days.
We all have fond memories of coming inside after a full day of building snowmen and challenging friends to snowball fights, to dethaw over a class of piping hot cocoa. And it’s hard to beat the classic recipe, homemade or instant, but us RVers are the adventurous type, taking the road less traveled; and the same should go for our cocoa. This winter, mix it up a bit and take a new hot cocoa for a test drive!
How to Maintain your New Year’s Resolution in your RV
As we gear up to bring in the New Year, many are already taking into consideration what their New Year’s Resolution will be for 2016. And if you’re like most people, one of your goals will likely be to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s making healthier choices at the dinner table or stepping up your daily exercise regimen, you can meet and maintain your New Year’s goals, without giving up your RV lifestyle.
Although it can be difficult to make healthy choices while traveling, it is definitely doable. So here are a few tips and tricks to guide you on your way to living your healthiest year yet – if you’re up for the challenge!
Make Your Plans: Michigan Winter Beer Festivals
Warm up with a cool pint.
We have all grown accustomed to Michigan winters of whipping winds and heavy snowfalls. In years past, many children would’ve already experienced the joy of an unexpected, but anticipated, snow day. But this year has been quite mild compared to what we’re used to, and the National Weather Forecast predicts it will continue on this course. While this may hinder some snow bunnies’ plans to hit the slopes, trails, and icy ponds, beer enthusiasts can rejoice!
Michigan is one of the largest craft beer producing and consuming states in the country. To celebrate and spread the goodness of their beverages, cities around Michigan throughout the year host beer festivals and events. Some of these take place in the winter months, many of which are outdoors.
Visit Northern Michigan This Winter
We’ll give you the inside scoop on where to go and what to do when the snow flies.
Winter is one of Michigan’s longest “seasons,” but that doesn’t mean you need to stay bundled up inside the whole time. The cold and the snow give the landscape a brand new appearance, quite the contrast from the brightness of the fall.
When it comes to experiencing and enjoying a Michigan winter, almost everyone will say, go up north. We’ll focus on northwest Michigan, where there’s the highest concentration of ski resorts and towns.
Easy Camping Meals
The slow cooker can be a real time-saver in campsite meal preparation
The crockpot is an essential appliance for many RVers to have on hand. During nice weather, it provides everyone with the flexibility to go outside and enjoy hiking, biking, walking, playing games, you name it – and a fully cooked meal is ready when you get back.
The winter brings back hearty appetites and the thoughts of hot food. A crockpot not only gives your RV a tantalizing smell, it can provide you with an alternative to being outside in poor weather checking a Dutch oven cooking over the fire or slaving over a stovetop while everyone else it out having fun.
With a slow cooker, you can spend more time with your loved ones doing the things you all like to do and have fewer pots to clean up.
Must-See Museums in the Upper Peninsula
Take a break from the questionable weather and explore Michigan’s rich history at one of these museums
The UP is best known for its natural resources, expansive landscapes, and diverse ecology. Though not made by man, these natural wonders have impacted our human history and helped define it.
Think of the Upper Peninsula as the cultural gateway to understanding and appreciating Michigan’s ancient history before we came along -- and once we did, the arduous labors and accomplishments of past generations of peoples.
So if the weather is questionable or you want to see something new, these are the places to go. Many popular museums and indoor attractions, such as the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, are not included in this list because they are closed during the fall and winter, reopening in the spring. The museums below are open year-round or by appointment.
Go Play Inside in Southeast Michigan
Five indoor attractions you won't want to miss.
Outdoor activities can be challenging to do in fall and winter, but there are plenty of interesting and fun activities for kids of all ages that take place indoors. Think about visiting one of these places in southeast Michigan next time it's too cold, rainy, or snowy outside.
1. Bayou Adventure, Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse, Shelby Township
Monday-Friday 5-10, Saturday and Sunday 10-10
45300 Mound Road, (586) 731-3080
There’s plenty to do at the Bayou in Shelby Township. At 30,000 square feet, kids and families can enjoy activities such as mini golf, laser tag, a high ropes course, and a climbing wall. The 33 foot inflatable shark slide is a favorite and opens for a limited time each day. Those with lots of energy will love Bayou Adventure!
Pasties: It's That Time of Year!
A working man’s staple has become a defining cuisine of Michigan.
The Upper Peninsula is defined by a hard-working class of men and women who logged, mined, and farmed Michigan’s wilderness and resources. They were – and are – as much a part of the land as the natural resources they made their living on. Out of these folks came a defining cultural food: the pasty.
What used to be ethnic food – its origin is attributed to miners from Cornwall, England – became regionally defining over the decades as the many cultural groups in the UP worked together and eventually blended. But you’ll find that each pasty shop today has its own bend on things, similar to how each nationality – Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Irish, etc. – made the pasty their own back in the day.
Fun Things to Do in November
Mid-fall in Michigan can sometimes present a challenge to enjoying outdoor activities. The leaves have fallen, the weather is questionable, and there’s only the promise of snow. But that doesn’t mean there's nothing to do.
There are events taking place throughout Michigan during the month of November, both indoors and out. Full event listings are available through the Michigan Festivals & Events Association and Pure Michigan, but here are some of our top choices, ordered by when they take place.
Visit a Corn Maze
Try a fun, sometimes challenging, fall activity that’s a true family favorite!
When autumn arrives, we find the wool sweaters and the high boots, the scarves and the portable thermos. We look forward to hot soups, hearty meals, and crisp apples. But besides what to wear and what to eat, fall is a time to look forward to pumpkins, apple cider, and corn mazes.
If you like puzzles, then a corn maze is right up your alley. A fun activity for all ages, mazes offer various levels of challenge and intrigue depending on the intricacy of the design. Some mazes have dead ends and loops, making you think you’re on the right path until it comes to an abrupt end. But figuring out the route and making it through is what makes a corn maze fun.