Link Roundup - February 24, 2011

Photo credit: Dow Gardens

Hello Pure Michigan Connect readers! This week’s photo was taken at Dow Gardens in Midland. They are celebrating Butterflies in Bloom through April 24th. The first one emerged this morning!

Could Michigan take the cheesehead distinction from Wisconsin? Well, we’re certainly going to try! Eleven creameries have banded together to form the Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative, and they plan to go head-to-head with Wisconsin.

While on the topic of Michigan food, Evans Street Station in Tecumseh takes "Michigan food," quite seriously. All of the meals are made from scratch using locally grown ingredients. “Food from scratch just tastes better,” says Executive Chef Alan Merhar. “My staff and I cook for the love of cooking. There’s nothing like working with handmade pasta, gnocchi and spaetzle — we’re showcasing food in its purest form.”

On the other end of the spectrum, but still Pure Michigan, comes an unlikely, yet delicious paring. It all started with a comment on Twitter. Erin Rose tweeted that she all she wanted was a McClure Pickle, and some Better Made potato chips. In fact, why not just put them together? That got the local companies talking. It’s still just an idea, but isn’t it a delicious one?

Michigan has beautiful and unique homes all over the state. This week, we were told via Twitter about one such place in Charlevoix that was recently featured on HGTV. The residence is basically a boat house attached to a house, and it is stunning!

We found out via our Facebook page that another special home in Michigan is getting some recognition, and this is one you can see inside for yourself!  The Yelton Bed and Breakfast and the Manor Guest House in South Haven has been named "2011 Inn of the Year", out of over 8,500 inns all over the world!

As we all know, in Michigan, Mackinac and Mackinaw are pronounced the same way. But have you ever wondered why? As it turns out, we should blame the British and the French. When they came to this area, they picked up the words spoken by the Natives, and wrote them in their own languages. This opens up another question though: why didn’t we just change them to one spelling later? Maybe as a simple way to tell the tourists from the locals?

While we’re on the subject of Mackinac, check out this really neat mashup using TripGeo of a drive across the Mackinac Bridge, sent to us via twitter.

Lastly, check out this short clip taken at last weekend’s Shiver by the River in Frankfort. The event is done for the year, but this is something you should definitely check out next year!