The Occasional Yooper

Guest Michigan Blogger Robin Driessen Bruecker shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” an annual trip to the Upper Peninsula with her husband.

Flickr Photo Credit: John Noltner

Miner's Beach in Munising

There’s something magnetic about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Maybe it’s the mile after mile of forests or the vast stretches of refreshingly undeveloped land. Maybe it’s the vibrant sunlight or the pale sand and blue waters of a sunny Lake Superior summer day that reminds me of the beach in Kauai. Maybe it’s the rolling hills, alive with color in autumn; the charming cottages of all sizes, conditions and styles; a small lake completely ringed with wild roses; or an abundance of wonderful waterfalls.

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A Quiet Romantic Getaway

Wendy Klein shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” a surprise anniversary and Michigan getaway to the Springbrook Inn in Prudenville.

Photo credit: Realadventures.comThis year for our anniversary, my husband pulled off a surprise….and it was wonderful! He made reservations at the Springbrook Inn, a couples-only bed-and-breakfast at the south end of Houghton Lake. A large hot tub and private balcony (or porch) is standard in all eight rooms, each with a different theme. Our North Woods-themed room overlooked beautiful perennials, a koi pond, and a waterfall. Every morning a hot breakfast was delivered to our door, perfect for enjoying in bed. The inn has some of the best food I have ever had.


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A Lifetime of Michigan Moments

Dennis Armistead shares his “Pure Michigan Moment,” a collection of wonderful memories from his life in Michigan, and what it means to be born and raised in the Great Lakes State.

My Michigan moment is a lifetime of moments. They are moments of joy on Mackinac Island and being comforted by warm Vernors ginger ale on a day home sick from school. They include running the air-conditioning and the furnace in the same 24-hour period and moments shared with my dad listening to Ernie and Paul or Bob Ufer cheering for Bo, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Tom Izzo, Sparky Anderson and Jud Heathcote are all part of my Michigan moments, along with a plucky kid named Stevie Y who wore the C on his sweater and Gibby versus the Goose.

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