Coined the Wolverine State, Michigan definitely lives up to the vigor and versatility that the name implies. Its most populous city, Detroit, is recognized as the seat of the American auto industry and the home of Hitsville U.S.A., the original headquarters of the Motown record label. Besides containing more than 11,000 inland lakes, the state also borders four of the Great Lakes. Enjoy the outdoors during a hike on the 10.5-mile Traverse Area Recreational Trail or sample wine at any of Michigan's fine wineries. The adventures you'll find here are endless.
Traverse City Cider Week
Fans of apple-based alcoholic beverages will want to plan a trip to Michigan for the first annual Traverse City Cider Week, taking place August 16 to August 23. Michigan ranks third in the United States in cider production, brewing some of the nation's tastiest batches. During the festival, take part in orchard tours, cider-making workshops and tastings. On Wednesday, August 19, attend the "Cider & Sausage Salon" to enjoy live music, family-friendly games, delicious cider and savory sausage varieties.
Get ticket information at the Traverse City official website
|A HOTEL WITH A SKYLINE VIEW
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the 16-story MotorCity Casino Hotel now towers over downtown Detroit. It also boasts four stories of gaming rooms for gambling enthusiasts, including 68,000 square feet of slot machines.
Read more in GAYOT's MotorCity Casino Hotel feature
This jewel of a city may have been hit hard by the auto industry's struggles, but there's a momentum here that belies the news stories. The city's gems include historic landmark buildings, music venues, sports teams, a plethora of restaurants and one of the largest theater districts in the country.
See how to fill your three days in Detroit
|A GRAND LADY OF TRADITION
Island's Grand Hotel remains a tradition. There is nothing
quite like it anywhere in America, making it a must-see
destination. And, guess what? There are no automobiles
here. The only noises you hear in town are children laughing,
people conversing and the sounds of horse-drawn
carriages and boats pulling into the harbor.
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Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel brings a beloved English pastime to Mackinac Island by serving afternoon tea every day. Guests can nosh on sweet and savory treats while enjoying Champagne or, of course, tasty brews. The hotel also offers seasonal package deals.
Get ready for tea time
With good food, quaint B&Bs, a booming cultural center and a happening nightlife scene, this city — located on the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay — boasts enough year-round activities to keep you wanting to return for more.
Plan you stay in Traverse City
Traverse Resort and Spa
Midwestern meeting planners look no further than Traverse
City for the largest full-service, year-round resort
and conference center. Business moguls from other parts
of the globe are also known to take advantage of the
facilities offered here.
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|TOP 10 WINE COUNTRY INNS IN THE U.S.
Chateau Chantal, a European chateau-style
winery on a 65-acre estate, is home to an 11-room
B&B, as well as a cooking school. Of course, the
most pleasant way to pass the time here is by sitting
on the patio, sipping a glass of house wine and savoring
views of the bay, vines and cherry orchards.
Read more about Chateau Chantal
It can be difficult to produce bigger-bodied
reds in less hospitable climates like Michigan, but
Peninsula Cellars should be applauded for its efforts.
This endeavor has earned its reputation as
one of Michigan's most daring wineries.
Learn more about Peninsula Cellars
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