From Our Community: Mother’s Day in Pure Michigan

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we asked our Facebook fans to tell us what they think the best way to celebrate with moms in Michigan is. Whether you’re spending the day with mom, friends, family or loved ones, it’s most importantly a day spend time together.

Below are some of our favorite responses. Happy Mother’s Day to all Pure Michigan moms!

“At the Watervale Inn on Lowering Herring Lake. Lovely Mother’s Day dinner which all mothers will adore.” – Cindy Engdahl

“Go to local park and take a walk/play with entire family!” – Julie L Jimkoski-Isabell

“My Mom and I use to head to Saugatuck to see what shops had opened and this weekend the Tulip Time is still going on so lots to see and enjoy. My favorite part if the weather was nice enough was just taking a walk on the beach with her. It was a gift to use both.” – Melissa Craig Derrick

“My Mom and I enjoy going to Frankenmuth for the afternoon – lunch and walking around and shopping :)” – Judy Munro

“An ideal mother’s day is if all of my kids can get together with me. A BBQ in the yard and play a game of baseball.” – Ann Momski

“Going to the Grand Rapids Art Museum.” – Dara DeVries

“Heading to the Grand Hotel with Mom and daughter!” – Cheryl Fritze

“Having your kids come home to spend time with me on Mother’s Day. Not doing anything in particular… just spending time.” – Lynne Swietoslawski Stenger

“A breakfast picnic on the beach at South Haven!” – Loreen Hall Atkinson

“Spend more time with your Mothers. That is the best gift EVER!” – Helen Warner

From our Community: Valentine’s Day Celebrations in Pure Michigan

Love is in the air across the country this month, and Michigan is no exception. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau News lists the Michigan cities of Romeo and Rose City as two of the most romantic-sounding places to spend Valentine’s Day.

We got some great responses earlier this week when we asked fans on our Facebook page: “How can you make Valentine’s Day with your special someone a Pure Michigan Valentine’s Day?” Here are some comments we wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who responded!

“Dine at one of Michigan’s great Locally Owned Restaurants!” – Lisa Verhil

South Haven perch at Clementines & walk the pier Lighthouse. Then S homemade ice cream & shops!” – B Faye Lawrence

“Dinner at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City with my boyfriend. Best food around!” – Janessa Stutz

“Going to the Red Wings game. :)” – Lindsay Wallace

“Enjoying the Pure Michigan snow at Shanty Creek Resorts with their Two-for-One Valentine’s Day lift ticket special!” – Melissa Lee

“The classic dinner and a movie. Dinner at your favorite local eatery in Traverse City and a movie at the State Theatre. Then hop next door and end the night with a couple of cocktails at the Red Ginger!” – Nicholas Viox

“By taking them to an overnight romantic time at Inn on the Park in South Haven, MI- Only about 3 hours drive.” – Bella DeRoven

“Ordering some Valentine Snacks from Cherry Republic!” – Ann Safran

“Having dinner in downtown Milford! ♥ Movie after?? :)” – Cindy Schlappi

“Well if it stays this warm, we might grill out in the backyard, our own Pure Michigan. Buy Michigan products, like sweetheart steaks from Hiller’s Market and enjoy the best state there is!!!!!” – Susan Bunch

A Day at the Beach

Blue water, waves, and white sand can all be found on the southwest Michigan shore within a half-day’s drive of Chicago and Detroit. From New Buffalo to Ludington, and the towns in between, beaches stretch out and harbors crowded with pleasure boats scallop the water’s edge. George Hendrix, a contributing writer for Michigan Travel Ideas, spent a weekend driving Michigan’s western shore, stopping and admiring each beach town along the way.

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South Haven Sunset

New Buffalo, in the heart of Harbor Country, is the starting point for my weekend trip, where sun-toasted sand and a quaint business district make it the idyllic beach town. The Red Arrow Highway takes me north to St. Joseph, where steps climb from Silver Beach to a shady bluff-top park and downtown. Schu’s, a local favorite, serves a famous potato soup at its downtown location, where outdoor tables offer a view of the harbor.
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