Michigan Moments

Experiences, places and events that embody the essence of Pure Michigan.

Featured in Pure Michigan 2015 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 11. 

 Brewery Vivant  in Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Jason LindseyMore Michigan Moments—More Breweries                                                           

Brickside Brewery, Copper Harbor
Enjoy a few ales at the most northern brewery in Michigan.   

Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven
Fittingly, this piano-factory-turned-brewery hosts live music every weekend 

Atwater Brewery, Grosse Point Park
The Detroit-based beer maker recently converted a church into a new subur

Blackrocks Brewery, Marquette
Order a beer and make yourself at home in this former yellow house.

Old Mill Brewpub and Grill, Plainwell
Built in 1870, this former buckwheat mill now churns out craft beers instead of flour.

Tahquamenon Falls Brewer, Newberry
Reward yourself after a long day exploring the state park with a lager at the on-site brew house.

More Michigan Moments—More Drive-in Theaters                                               

Ford Drive In, Dearborn 

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater, Honor 

US-23 Digital Drive-In Theater, Flint 

Getty Drive-In, Muskegon 

More Michigan Moments—More Bridge Celebrations                                           

Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Aaron PetersonBridgefest, Houghton and Hancock
Two Keweenaw Peninsula communities honor the anniversary of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, the gateway to the Keweenaw and the link between towns (June 19–21). 

Covered Bridge Days, Centreville
During one of the last weekends in June, this small Southwest Michigan town pays tribute to the state’s longest covered bridge, named after Thomas Langley, one of the community’s pioneer families.

Croswell Swinging Bridge Festival, Croswell
Spend the final weekend of July (31–August 1) on Michigan’s Thumb, where the state’s only pedestrian suspension bridge is cause for serious celebration.

International Bridge Walk, Sault Ste. Marie
Walk to Canada and back on June 27, when pedestrians gather to cross the bridge and take in the unique view of the massive Soo Locks.

Mackinac Bridge Walk, St. Ignace to Mackinaw City
Each Labor Day (September 7), more than 40,000 participants walk 5 miles across the world’s fifth-longest suspension bridge.

More Michigan Moments—More Independent Bookstores                                   

John K. King Used and Rare Books, Detroit
In addition to the flagship store, a massive four-story warehouse, the book dealer also has two locations in Ferndale and on Wayne State University’s campus.

Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan’s hometown added a new shop to its vibrant downtown.

McLean and Eakin, Petoskey
A well-read staff who love giving recommendations, a selection that feels handpicked and the sense of a reading community, as displayed on the shelf of local book club choices, make this store a book lover’s haven.

Michigan News Agency, Kalamazoo
The neon sign blazing, “Bringing the World to You Since ‘47” marks downtown Kalamazoo’s only bookstore.

Schuler Books and Music, Grand Rapids
Start a new book while dining on homemade soups, sandwiches and quiche in one of the bookseller’s three locations, including two in Lansing.

Snowbound Books, Marquette
An old house in the UP’s biggest city is now home to a viable collection of new and used books.

More Michigan Moments—More Hot Dog Shops                                                   

House of Doggs, Traverse City 

Johnny Dogs, Munising  

Yesterdog, East Grand Rapids 

Wienerlicious, Mackinaw City, 231/436-5005).