What’s New for Pure Michigan Visitors in 2013

What’s New to See

Museums – Michigan has several new museums and exhibits for visitors to explore this year.

Attractions

  • Expected to open in summer 2013, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market will include rooftop greenhouses, a first-in-the-nation children’s kitchen, and an indoor market hall and outdoor space for vendors.
  • Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail provides a great way to taste Michigan beer and wine at seven wineries and three microbrews on a scenic trail along Michigan’s Sunrise Coast. Or travel along the new West Michigan Wine & Beer Trail.
  • The Macatawa Greenway has opened a new park in Holland featuring hiking trails, picnic areas and a disc golf course.
  • Al the Aldabra tortoise will have a new home at the Binder Park Zoo, as will the zoo’s cotton top tamarins.
  • Stop by the Human Sundial at Chief Wawatam Park in downtown St. Ignace.
  • One of the newest resorts in The Wilds of Michigan, Mountain View Lodges in Silver City is now offering chainsaw carving demonstrations.
  • Observe the building of a whale boat at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville as part of the restoration of the famed Charles W. Morgan whaling ship.
  • Hike, bike or ski the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve in Otsego County.

What’s New to Do

Adventure – Michigan offers a wide variety of new ways to explore the state and find an adventure.

  • Mt. Bohemia in Lac La Belle will offer Michigan’s first all-inclusive outdoor adventure package beginning this summer.
  • The whole family will enjoy the new Lakeside Gliders ride at Michigan’s Adventure.
  • Enjoy a family-friendly day at the new Incredible Mo’s in Traverse City.
  • Experience the historical backwoods area of Ishpeming and Negaunee on guided horseback tours from Heritage Hills. Or board the historic Isle Royale Queen III for a one-of-a-kind boating experience on Lake Superior.
  • The Calhoun County Visitors Bureau is partnering with Groundspeak, to offer all new geocaches for adventure seekers.
  • Compete in the new King of the Airstrip snowmobile drag race March 2 at the Luce County Airport in Newberry.
  • February is Open Cockpit Month at Kalamazoo’s Air Zoo.
  • Downtown Muskegon will now offer bicycle and surrey rentals during the summer months.
  • Take a guided kayak tour of the Kalamazoo River at Highland River Adventures.
  • Explore the North Eastern State Trail – a 70 mile non-motorized trail (open to snowmobiles in winter) between Alpena and Cheboygan.
  • Take a ride on the Bernida, a refurbished yacht at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven.
  • Find different ways to explore the Little Traverse Conservancy nature preserves with the conservancy’s new smart phone app.
  • Five new canoe launches on the Shiawassee River are near completion. Launches will be located at The DeVries Nature Conservancy, Geeck Road County Park, Henderson Park, Voight Loop Trail Park and Lytle Road County Park.
  • Area restaurants and charter captains in Grand Haven have teamed up to offer “Catch & Cook” packages for customers.

Tours & Classes – Michigan is full of experts ready to make your vacation informative as well as entertaining.

Sports & Events

Shopping – A host of new and unique stores are open for business this year.

 

Expansions & Improvements


Ski Resorts – Winter in Michigan is hitting its prime, and ski resorts across the state are featuring new improvements in 2013. Treetops Resort in Gaylord now has three progression terrain parks, and be sure to visit the new Ice Bar. Beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain parks are now available at Pine Mountain. Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl in Grand Haven is now making snow and providing ski and snowboard equipment rentals. New ownership at Mt. Brighton is upgrading and enhancing the ski area. Discover the new Monster Energy terrain park and Big Air Launch Pad at Shanty Creek Resorts, in addition to two new ski runs. The Homestead has unveiled a newly remodeled Snowsports School. For more information on what’s new on Michigan’s slopes click here.

Hotels

More expansions & improvements

  • The Delta County Historical Society is doubling the size of its museum, which will be open Memorial Day weekend.
  • Traverse City’s popular Clinch Park beachfront on West Grand Traverse Bay is being redesigned to include an interactive waterscape, a small boat launch, and an artesian water sculpture.
  • The Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant in Buchanan and Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson have both expanded their tasting rooms. Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery at Pond Hill Farm has built a tasting room looking out to the terraced vineyard.
  • One of the largest shipping ports on the Great Lakes, the Port of Calcite in Rogers City now features an expanded view of the happenings in the harbor.
  • Snowmobilers can access a new snowmobile staging area one mile north of Wayland on Old 31.
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra Weatherwax Hall features a renovated performance hall and community music school.

 

What’s New to Eat and Drink

Wineries – Nine new wineries opened in Michigan last year: Thunder Bay Winery in Alpena, Northern Sun Winery in Bark River, Blustone Vineyards, Laurentide Winery, and French Valley Vineyards all on the Leelanau Peninsula, Heavenly Vineyards in Morley, Green Barn Winery in Smiths Creek and Hawthorne Vineyards and Villa Mari Vineyards in Traverse City. Mackinaw Trail Winery has also opened a tasting room in Petoskey.

Microbrews – Michigan’s craft beer industry is continuing to grow with 18 new breweries opening across the state including: The Thirsty Goat in Boyne City, Chelsea Ale House in Chelsea, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Company, and Mitten Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Our Brewing Company in Holland, Grand River Marketplace, Bifferhaus Brewery Company, and Tootsie’s Brewery at Lone Oak Vineyard Estate in Jackson, Boat Yard Brewing and Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewery in Kalamazoo, Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette, Unruly Brewing Company in Muskegon, Beards Brewery in Petoskey, and Latitude 42 in Portage.

Restaurants

What’s New in Lodging & Meetings

New Hotels/Under New Ownership

  • Hyatt Place Hotel in Novi
  • Hilton Garden in Ann Arbor.
  • The Ramada Lighthouse Inn is now Baymont Inn & Suites in South Haven.
  • Hampton Inn in Marquette.
  • FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek.
  • Lake AuSable Lodge at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon.
  • Holiday Inn Express in Frankenmuth.
  • Peninsula Bay Inn in Escanaba is now Quality Inn & Suites.
  • Towne Place Suites by Marriott in Ann Arbor and Saginaw.
  • Courtyard by Marriot in Kalamazoo, expected to open this summer.
  • Michigan’s first Aloft Hotel, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, is expected to open in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue by 2014.
  • The historic Pontchartrain Hotel, most recently Detroit Riverside Hotel, will reopen in April as the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Detroit.
  • The Sunset Motel in Escanaba has been purchased and renamed the Sunset Lodge.
  • Stafford’s new Crooked Tree River Lodge in Harbor Springs is now open.

New Meeting Space

2013 Milestones and Anniversaries
250 Years
Attack at Michilimackinac – Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City

200 Years
The Battle of the River Raisin

150 Years
City of Escanaba
Birthday of Henry Ford

125 Years
Bavarian Inn and Restaurant – Frankenmuth

100 Years
Amway Grand Hotel – Grand Rapids
Birthday of President Gerald R. Ford – celebrations will take place in Grand Rapids.
Hill Auditorium – Ann Arbor
Calumet Coliseum
Plath’s Meats – Petoskey
Belvedere Inn – Saugatuck

80 Years
Horn’s Gaslight Bar – Mackinac Island

75 Years
Warner Vineyards – Paw Paw
Caberfae Peaks - Cadillac
Queens Cup Race

60 Years
The Chevrolet Corvette
SS Badger – Ludington

50 Years
National Blueberry Festival – South Haven
Grand Haven Musical Fountain
East Lansing Art Festival
City of Portage
Shanty Creek Resorts – Bellaire

30 Years
Gold Coast Artisan Fair – Ludington
Ashley’s Pub – Ann Arbor
The Homestead Resort – Glen Arbor

25 Years
Thompson Harbor State Park
Mission Point Resort – Mackinac Island

20 Years
Rick Smith Signature Golf Course – Treetop Resort, Gaylord
The Mountain Ridge Golf Course at Crystal Mountain

15 years
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

10 Years
Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival
Four Seasons Tea Room – Houghton

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