We Asked, You Answered: Fan Favorites for the Week of 7/17/11

Every week we have a dialogue with our Facebook fans and Twitter followers in order to provide you with the very best Michigan travel-related information. Here are a few of the questions that we asked, and you answered this week.

The heatwave that gripped most of the state this week had many people thinking about ways to cool down. With that in mind, we asked fans on Twitter to share some of their favorite lakes to take a swim.

On Twitter, we joined the #traveltuesday fun by asking our fans: what Pure Michigan trips are you planning in the coming weeks?

Twitter follower @julieburtch was looking for a place to enjoy some fun in the water 1-2 hours from Detroit. We turned to our Twitter community for suggestions.

@AbigayleSloan wanted some help finding something new and fun to do on Mackinac Island for her birthday. She asked, “Where are the hidden secrets on Mackinac Island? Going this weekend for bday.”

  • “Check out Ft. Holmes- highest point on the island and Sunset Rock by the Inn at Stonecliffe is breathtaking!” - @k_mcgrail

  • “Grab a burger at the Chuckwagon on Mackinac Island. FANTASTIC burgers. Tiniest place ever!” - @GalFridayAndrea

  • “Don't miss the trails on the East Bluff, off the beaten path, the dirt trails will lead you to true beauty!” - @GrandHotelMI

We feature a different region of the state each week on Facebook, and ask for one tank trip ideas. This week, we asked, “If you want to take a quick trip with your sweetheart, and save some money for a bottle of wine, where do you go in Michigan’s Southeast region?”

  •  “Dundee has St Julian's Winery, Cabela's, Vermont Pie Co., and my favorite place...Swan Creek Candles and Antiques. Still, there are good places to eat downtown and across from Kroger further down the road. Oh, and a cute little gift shop next to Ace Hardware. Oh, and Splash Universe.” - Catherine Weiler

  • “Kensington Park! In the Milford area. Nice beaches, petting farm, bike and walking trails, and nice picnic areas.” - Marilyn Burden

  • “Cap'n Frosty in Pinckney - don't know if it's still there. A&W drive-in in Dexter (also don't know if it's still there). And there’s nothing like a drive through Hell.” - Susan Alderson [note – Cap’n Frosty and A&W are still there!]

The fans of our Facebook page don’t just get travel tips from us, they also provide them to us! This is what we learned when we asked them to share their summer travel tips.

  • “Get off the expressway!..Take the back-roads and all of the "seasonal roads" you can find, and you will really see Michigan. You won't be sorry.” - Terri Homrich Watson

  • “Plan enough "extra" time into your trip to see things that interest you along the way to your destination.” - Carrie Cain

  • “Plan ahead, and get information from the area you’re planning on going to, and get travel guides from that area.” - Dianna Dell Stroud

  • “Take time to enjoy the small things...the moose I saw on 127 North, the mink on the shoreline of Elk Lake, the fox on 72 East and Dave’s Burger Barge on the sand bar at Torch Lake.”  - Kathy Holcomb

The Pure Michigan 400 Sprint NASCAR race is coming up very soon, and first-time visitors can certainly benefit from the wisdom of experienced fans. With that in mind we asked, “If you’ve been to a race at MIS before, do you have any tips for the first-timer?”

  • “1st timers will need to bring at least one set of soft ear plugs for each person, plus some for spares. Get there early so they can see all the car displays and tons of other fun stuff. We froze some water bottles to carry in our soft cooler, plus one each that were chilled so we could drink something right away.” - Eric Jensen

  • “Hat, comfortable shoes, loose clothes...and you gotta have a smoked turkey leg...fantastic! It's a great day!!!!!!” - Lori Lazenby Cady Runyan

  • “Yes, it is a blast arriving Wednesday or Thursday towing a camper and leaving Monday or Tuesday. Pay attention to the laps and pits. Gas mileage will be a factor.” - Ron Schuch

  • “SUNSCREEN & WATER. Comfortable shoes for walking. Binoculars to see what is happening on the other end of the 2 mile oval. Your camara. Your sense of humor. Don't be in a hurry, because you can't get anywhere fast!” - Linda Zavitz