From Our Community: Pure Michigan Must-Dos

Who knows Michigan better than a Michigander?  With that thought, we asked the Pure Michigan Facebook and Twitter faithful to pick a place in Michigan and name one thing they HAVE to do when there.  Responses were fairly evenly divided between eating and nature, with frequent emphasis on…potatoes.

So without further ado, here’s a sampling of the must-dos across both peninsulas. Thanks to all who commented and submitted!

Where to Eat

Troy Rowley – Grand Haven: MUST have Pronto Pup!

Gina Helrigel Frazier – Rockford: Eat at The Old Mill above the dam of the Rogue River.

Cindy Hill Freeman – Copper Harbor: We have to have dinner at Harbor Haus. I order the best fresh whitefish ever! Enjoy the great view of Lake Superior anywhere in the restaurant and the wonderful German food.

Michael T. Szczepanski – Mackinaw City: Have Scalawags whitefish and chips, with awesome hushpuppies!

@AudaciousWolfFrankenmuth: Must have the Zehnders family style chicken dinner, Yum!  Mouthwatering road trip.

Susan Laing – Albion! Enjoy an avocado and bean tostada at Lopez Taco House.

Travis Kelley – Baldwin: Jones Ice Cream Shop. Best homemade ice cream ever!

Where to Nature

Shirley Burnett-Moore – St. Clair: Go stand or sit by the river. It speaks to the soul and spirit.

@AndrewPieschkeCharlevoix: Watch the sunset over the lighthouse.

@Natasha ColleenMarquette: You have to hike sugar loaf and check out the black rocks, so beautiful!

Natasha Lynn Snyder – Jackson: To visit the Cascades Falls.

@SandraMitchellMLowell: Fallsburg Park; step back in time and walk across the covered bridge.

@DTreeBayCityBay City: Tall-ship sail under the stars on the Schooner Appledore.

Vicki Pierce Schmucker – Adrian: Visit the historic Croswell Opera House in December to see White Christmas!

Where to Potato

Debra Kay Hukill – Gaylord: Visit the Old Spud Warehouse.  The structure is amazing, not to mention the merchandise they sell.

Tina Lambert – Posen, for the Posen Potato Festival. Can you say Polka?!

Kristel Johnson – Crystal Falls: Don’t forget to stop by Johnsons Potato Farm and pick up some fresh spuds!

  • Jim Orlando

    Ludington, MI! First stop is any store that sells marzipan candy.

  • Chris

    Lansing / East Lansing – place to eat: The Golden Harvest. best breakfast you’ll ever have but get there early as there is always a line if you get there after 9am.

    Charlevoix – thing to do: jump off the pier/bridge into the channel.

  • Sue Hudson

    St. Ignace…You have to go try Jeffrey’s Full Barn Breakfast or their Fish Fry on Fday Nights. I’ll warn you, you will be “hooked!”

    The open Mother’s Day weekend until mid-October.

    Pure Michigan!

  • Stacy

    Marquette — Head to the island, walk the breakwall, watch the sunset and enjoy a dinner of pizza with your children taunting the seagulls. Then head back to camp to get your nightly fire started and watch the City Lights come on.

  • Terri Kaminski

    Ludington ~ Wow, what a wonderful place! The shoreline, the lakes, the gracious people! Love it! Am moving there!!

  • Chad

    Holland- Skiles Pizza and a walk down mainstreet to the farmers market on a late summer weekend morning.

  • Susan Frantz

    Ludington: The beach at Stearns Park. My sister and her children’s families. Mom at Tendercare. And Lakeview Cemetery, chuckling at the idea that Dad and his father-in-law/my grandpa could get up and go fishing across the road.

    Whitehall: Goodrich Park. And drive by the house where we used to live.

    Anywhere in Michigan: A Meijer store!

  • Erika

    Grand Haven: Go to the beach, walk the pier, and see the sunset!

  • http://www.copsdoughnuts.com/ Audrey Storms

    Clare: Cops and Doughnuts-Clare city bakery with LOTS of yummy things, gift shop, and owned and run by cops! ;-)

  • http://www.conundrumcafe.com Michele Cannaert

    Elberta Beach (locals call it “E-Beach”)- the most beautiful beach in the world. Pristine sand dunes, singing sand beach, few people, clean cool water, no salt in the eyes and the most lovely view of Lake Michigan ever imagined. A little slice of heaven on earth!

  • Diana LaValley

    South Haven on the piers and beaches has always been my favorite place in Michigan. Lots of sandy beaches and you can walk a long way out in Lake Michigan (with it’s sandy bottom) and watch fishermen on the pier, and watch the boats as they come in and out from the marina’s. Downtown is filled with stores to shop and restaurants to eat and a dairy queen for ice cream. The sunsets are beautiful anytime even when a storm is coming in. Lots of playgrounds for the children. The lighthouse and pier are always lit at night. How great is that!!