The game we all love and know, Euchre is a summer classic and perfect for bringing friends and family together after a day or exploring or relaxing. Don’t know how to play? A Michgander will surely teach you around a bonfire this summer.
#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake
Location: All over Michigan
Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports around the world and Michigan is the perfect place to practice. Buy, borrow or rent a board for the day and cruise down your favorite inland river or lake — or one of the Greats if you’re feeling confident!
If you’re looking for a great destination for a classic Michigan beach day, look no further than Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon. This city park, located on Lake Michigan, offers a wide expanse of beach, playground, volleyball courts, a restaurant and access to lighthouses and the Muskegon Channel, also the site of the “USS Silversides,” a World War II Submarine.
My Secret Stash is the epitome of shopping locally – everything in the Traverse City shop is a representation of a Michigan-based business. Some as small as two hands and a kitchen table and some as small as a crew of 10 working to build a lifestyle and brand
#20 Explore a public library and read a book by a Michigan author
Region: All over Michigan
Public libraries are just as an amazing of a resource as they used to be and the perfect place to enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon this summer. Check out some of the historic libraries like Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, or your basic local library for some quiet time surrounded by books. While your’e at it, check out Michigan writers like Gloria Whelan, Jim Harrison, or Bonnie Jo Campbell. Settle down with a good book from an amazing Mitten State author!
Bonus: if you’re in the Metro-Detroit area, stop by and check out a Michigan By The Bottle location in Royal Oak, Shelby Township, and (coming soon) Auburn Hills. MBTB has eight partner wineries (2 Lads Winery, Bel Lago Winery, Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Peninsula Cellars, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Verterra Winery) that you can sample from. Plus, you can grab bottles to go or enjoy one of their fun events.
Our state stones, Petoskey stones, are made from 350 million-year-old fossilized coral polyps. They are notoriously difficult to find because the fossil only becomes apparent when wet. The most popular hunting ground for this stone is on the beaches of Lake Michigan. The most rare type of Petoskey has a pink hue which indicates iron had permeated the now fossilized coral as it calcified. Get on our there and find one!
#43 Ketchup or Gravy? Grab a pasty and sample both!
Region: Natively found inUpper Peninsula, but now all over the state
Location: too many to count!
One of our most popular series on The Awesome Mitten was called “Pretty Awesome Pasties”. Friends Beth and Julie selfless visited a number of pasty establishments, grading each one on a special KPI scale (pictures below). Check out their adventures below, and choose your destination! Or, feeling inclined to make your own? Julie and Beth have just the recipe!