What's New for Pure Michigan Visitors in 2014

With 2014 underway, visitors to Michigan can look forward to a wide range of new and improved lodging options, dining spots, and activities this year, including milestone anniversary celebrations. 

Whats New to See

Attractions
  • The new LEED-certified Downtown Market Grand Rapids includes retail shops, a rooftop greenhouse, a commercial kitchen and the country's first hands-kitchen for kids. 
  • Bijou by the Bay, a new 150-seat movie house created by the Traverse City Film Festival, has opened in the historic Con Foster building in Clinch Park. 
  • Now open for business all year, visit the Historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee. 
  • Kinderbell interactive outdoor music area will be added to the current Cadillac Sound Garden and Sun Dial. 
  • After 70 years, the Flint Farmers Market is returning to downtown Flint in the former Flint Journal printing facility. 
  • The village of Clinton will have a Farmers Market from May-October on Fridays. 
  • Binder Park Zoo is making a home in Wild Africa for their new cheetah exhibit, as well as welcoming three Alaskan bear cubs into a new home with plenty of shade and a water feature. 
  • Nelis Dutch Village is adding a vintage Dutch Ferris wheel to this 4th generation family-owned attraction. 
  • Castle Farms in Charlevoix introduces a new garden, The Dragon Lair, featuring Norm the Dragon, originally introduced at ArtPrize. 
Museums
  • See the New USS Flier (SS 250) Exhibit at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon. 
  • The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum is expected to open in summer 2014 on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum. 
  • A new exhibit at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City will detail the history of shipping on the Straits of Mackinac. 
  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit Gridiron Glory will be on display at The Henry Ford this fall. 
  • Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame will open their museum in the Castle Museum in Saginaw. 
  • A new German Christmas Museumlocated within the Old Christmas Station in Frankenmuth, reflects on the history of Christmas decorating and the Brewery Museum focuses on the citys brewing history. 
  • The Dream it, Build it Exhibit opening March 1 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum will feature architectural masterpieces recreated with LEGO bricks by Certified Lego Professional Adam Reed Tucker. 
  • The first new traveling exhibit in Henry Ford Museum for 2014 will be Women Who Rock. 
  • 2014 Tiger Exhibit at the John Ball Zoo will include multiple habitats with a tiger trail near the newly expanded IDEMA Forest Realm 

Whats New to Do

Adventure and Recreation
  • Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from the Tecumseh Paddling Company and take a guided, or self-guided, tour of the River Raisin Run, a looped water trail. 
  • The  Ludington State Park features a renovated Beach House on Lake Michigan and a handicap accessible fishing platform. 
  • Great Wolf Lodge has added a whitewater rafting element to its waterpark. 
  • Traverse City has completed a nearly $3 million renovation of Clinch Park, including a new terraced lawn area with stone sitting walls, interactive playground equipment, a kayak launch and a splash pad. 
  • The Traverse Tall Ship Company, operators of the schooner Manitou, have added a new vessel the cutter Scout to their Traverse City fleet. 
  • Visitors will be able to zip-line, climb and navigate five different courses in the new Frankenmuth Adventure Park. 
  • Find adventure on the new 460' Zip Line at Three Ponds Nature Preserve in Coldwater. 
  • Holland is now home to BAM! family fun center offering bowling, laser tag and more. 
  • Try the new Laser Tag and Indoor Bounce Area at the Adventure Zone in Coldwater. 
  • Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti features a new water slide structure and other improvements. 
  • The Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail offers six miles of rail with trail that will link the Musketawa State Trail with the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park. 
  • Eight miles of trail surface improvements and improvements to the bridge over the Grand River have been completed on the Grand River Valley Rail Trail from Ionia to Saranac. 
  • The new Burt Lake Trail near Indian River starts at Maple Bay Campground and runs 5.1 miles along West Burt Lake. 
  • A new seven mile section of the  Northwestern State Trail connecting Petoskey and Mackinaw City has been paved from M-119 to Alanson. 
  • Visit Serenity Massage and Hypnotherapy in Indian River for some much needed relaxation. 
  • Construction is underway transforming the Globe Building in Detroit along the riverfront to a DNR Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center. 
  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will have a new hunting, fishing license and ORV permit structure in 2014. 
Tours and Classes
Sports and Events
Shopping

Whats New to Eat or Drink

Wineries

New wineries opened or opening in Michigan include: The Season of the North (Indian River), Hawthorne Vineyards (Old Mission Peninsula), Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery (Alanson), Grand River Marketplace (Jackson). In wine trail news, West Branch is now part of the  Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail and the Bay View Wine Trail will include wineries in the Little Traverse Bay region. 

Breweries

Michigans craft beer scene continues to grow with the opening of the following breweries: Brewery Terra Firma, Big Toe BreweryWorkshop Brewing CompanyRare Bird Brew Pub (Traverse City); Pigeon Hill Brewing Company (Muskegon), Fetch Brewing Company (Whitehall); Ruperts Brew House and Tibbs Brewing, Boatyard Brewing Co. (Kalamazoo); Big Lake Brewing Co. (Holland); Sheds Brewing Company (Jackson); Elk Brewing (Grand Rapids); Biercamp (Ann Arbor); Gravel Bottom Brewery (Ada); Lexington Brewing Co. (Lexington); Old Mill Brewpub & Grill (Plainwell); Pleasant House Brewing Co. (Three Oaks); Stormcloud Brewing (Frankfort); Tapistry Brewing (Bridgman); Upper Hand (Escanaba); Griffin Claw Brewing Company (Birmingham). 

Other Spirits

Two James Spirits and Detroit City Distillery (Detroit), Barley & Rye (Ludington), The Peoples Cider Co. (Grand Rapids). 

Restaurants

Expansions & Improvements

Ski Resorts

Michigans winter is in full gear and ski resorts throughout the state are featuring new improvements in 2014. Mt. Brighton, now owned by Vail Resorts, recently underwent more than $10 million in improvements, including new snowmaking equipment, new chairlifts, a new terrain park and hills expansions. Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire will be offering new rental equipment, additional ski school options, more mid-day slope grooming and extended hours. Caberfae Peaks has new snow making equipment and towers, new back country terrain as well as renovations at the MacKenzie Lodge and Beaties Bar & Grille.Traverse Citys Mt. Holiday ski area is expanding, adding a new zip line that will run almost 400 feet down and back from the lodge. Snow Snake in Harrison is offering new drop-in classes this year. Treetops Resort has new snow equipment, a Boarder X course and now open seven days a week. 

Hotels
Resorts
  • Beppis courtyard at The Homestead Resortin Glen Arbor received a facelift and now offers outdoor dining and two gas fired bonfire pits. 
  • Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne Mountain has added The Big Coulior, dropping and spinning riders through a four-story tube at 38 feet per second. 
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has installed a new 15-person outdoor hot tub and theGreat Wolf Lodge in Traverse City is adding a Ten Paw Alley and expanding its Scoops Kid Spa. 
  • Zehnder's Splash Village expansion in Frankenmuth includes 32 additional guest rooms, a new 29,000 square foot to the waterpark and new amenities. 
More expansions & improvements

Whats New in Lodging & Meetings

- Michigans first Aloft Hotel, will be located along Woodward Avenue in the historic David Whitney Building. Opening in 2014, the hotel will offer 136 rooms. 

- Cobo Centers new Grand Riverview Ballroom and Atrium features a 40,000 square foot Grand Riverview Ballroom and offers 21,000 square feet of meeting space directly below. 

Elvyn Lea Lodge in Petoskey (formerly the Boyne Valley Lodge) has remodeled their 22 guest rooms to offer a quality rustic group accommodation experience. 

Cherry Grove Convention Center in Cadillac will open in February with the ability to host over 1,000 people. 

The new Hilton Garden Inn in Benton Harbor is expected to open in the spring of 2014. 

Courtyard by Marriott has opened in Kalamazoo. 

Marquette now offers a  Settle Inn (previously the Super 8), and a new Staybridge Suites scheduled to open in 2014. 

The former Holland Inn & Suites is now the Best Western Holland Inn & Suites. 

Milestones & Anniversaries

160 Years
Ingham County Fair 

125 Years
City of Mt. Pleasant 

120 Years
The Whitney, Detroit
Frankenmuth Woolen Mill, Frankenmuth 

115 Years
Perry Hotel, Petoskey 

110 Years
The Inn at Stonecliff, Mackinac Island 

85 Years
The Henry Ford, Dearborn
The Inn at The Homestead, Glen Arbor
Tulip Time Festival, Holland 

50 Years
The Ford Mustang
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs
Capri Drive-In, Coldwater
DeZwaan Windmill imported to Holland, MI
Gerald R Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids 

40 Years
Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, Traverse City 

30 Years
Silver Bells in the City, Lansing
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, Howell 

25 Years
Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor (Ann Arbor, Charlevoix, Traverse City)
Gillmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo 

15 Years
Black Star Farms (Inn and Tasting Room), Suttons Bay
Annual Michigan ElvisFest, Ypsilanti 

 



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