Garden Michigan

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Continuing our trip on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we made a stop in the tiny, roughly 200-person town; a visit to Fayette Historic State Park in Garden Michigan. Fayette Historic State Park The Fayette Historic State Park is a former factory surrounding Snail Shell Harbor and contains over 20 historic buildings. Jackson Iron Company built it [Read more …]

Michigan City Indiana

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The primary goal of our visit to Michigan City was to reacquaint ourselves with the beauty of the Indiana Dunes. We discovered that the Michigan City area offered more to do than we expected. Michigan City Art and History We found ourselves exploring the city’s Uptown Arts District on the first Friday evening of the [Read more …]

Grand Rapids Michigan

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We had two primary reasons for spending a day in Grand Rapids—the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This left us just enough time to explore an additional, optional stop for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum The museum took us [Read more …]

Traverse City and Baldwin Michigan

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Traverse City Michigan We only made a quick stop in Traverse City Michigan for lunch. We took  quick tour but can’t say much about the city. But  can talk about our lunch at Harrington’s By the Bay. The meal was fast and very good . We had meal sautéed [Read more …]

Mackinaw Island Michigan

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Mackinaw island was first Europeanized in 1670, when a French Jesuit priest, Father Marquette, opened the first, albeit temporary mission. By 1781, the British took control and established a trading base. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac, a military fort was the subject of the first land battle of the War of [Read more …]

Mackinaw City Michigan

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Mackinaw Bridge Our next stop in Michigan was Mackinaw Island. But first we had to cross the Mackinaw Bridge that links the upper and lower Michigan peninsulas and go through Mackinaw City. The bridge, which at 8,614 feet, is the third longest suspension bridge in the world. It will sway up to 35 feet from [Read more …]

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is a section of the state located north of Wisconsin and sandwiched between the beautiful coastlines of Lake Michigan (to the south) and Lake Superior (to the North). While originally a site for trapping and lumber, and by the 19th century, especially mining iron and copper, it now primarily serves as [Read more …]

Baraboo Wisconsin

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Baraboo Wisconsin? Well, why not. While we really didn’t check out the town, we did make a stop at Devil’s Lake State Park. Devil’s Lake State Park The park was created around a glacial lake surrounded on three sides by quartzite clefs. The cliff faces were covered with boulders that fell victim to water that [Read more …]

Additional Wisconsin Stops

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We drove through several additional Wisconsin towns, and of course, stopped to taste Wisconsin cheese Port Washington Wisconsin A pretty city with a number of 19th-century buildings, with its main street overseen by St. Mary’s church, sitting on a hill at the head of the street. It also has a pretty Lake Michigan [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin

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We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]