Happy Sunday Monday my loves! I’m so sorry I didn’t get a Weekend Round Up post up last night. We had a really busy weekend, and didn’t get home until really late afternoon from celebrating my in-laws birthdays. By the time we got unloaded, unpacked, laundry put away and groceries, this girl was ready to PTFO.
And today… I woke up with a sty and the reddest eye ever. I look like a crazy zombie. But that’s okay because IT’S FINALLY STARTING TO FEEL LIKE SPRING OUTSIDE! And this makes me so happy! I love when the weather finally starts getting nicer and I can get outside. (I hate being cooped up all winter.) I’ve been making my list of everything I want to do in Michigan this Spring, and I know as soon as you read it, you’re going to want to do it all too!
The very best thing about Spring in Michigan is that it still isn’t all that busy. People tend to shy away from our great state because the weather is too unpredictable. However, if you dare to come, I promise you’ll be rewarded. Our state seal doesn’t lie…. “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”
Michigan Spring Bucket List 2017
Drink Oberon. Happy Happy Happy Oberon day my friends! If you’re reading this from somewhere outside of the Midwest, you’re probably wondering why we celebrate the life of Oberyn on Game of Thrones and why I’m spelling his name wrong. But guess what? Michigan is home to Bell’s Brewery. And they just so happen to make the VERY BEST SUMMER BEER EVER. Today, Michiganders everywhere are celebrating the taste of summer with the release of Oberon. (And if you think Oberon is overrated, you’re wrong. It’s delightful.) If you’ve never had it, I think it kinda tastes like Blue Moon, except for a billion times better.
Celebrate Easter. If you and your family celebrate Easter, this one is for you. Did you know you can eat lunch with the Easter Bunny?! Head to one of my favorite places, Frankenmuth Michigan, to enjoy lunch at The Bavarian Inn Restaurant with the Big Bunny himself. Find more info and ticket prices by clicking here.
Catch the Michigan Football Spring Game. Guys… this is one of my favorite Spring activities in Michigan! We love our Michigan football, and it’s a loooooong time until we’re going to see them play again. You get to go to the Big House and watch the team scrimmage each other. It’s basically a giant practice with thousands of spectators. It’s free to go to, and a really great time! Read more about it here.
Head to Belle Isle. A 982 acre island in the middle of Detroit? How can you not want to visit? And PS… while you’re there you can take a Selfie between to Countries… How awesome is that?!
Take a hike. This is literally on EVERY SINGLE ONE of my bucket lists. But y’all, Michigan is so dang beautiful that I can’t help but want to get out there and see it all. I’m hoping to find a brand new place to get my hike on, but if I can’t, you know I’ll be up in the Sleeping Bear Dunes the second I get a chance to get my butt Up North again.
Go to Tulip Time. How does 4.5 MILLION tulips sound? Pretty darn magical… right? Say “Welkom” to Holland this year, and go to Tulip Time. You won’t regret it.
Celebrate opening day. Detroit is one of the most LOYAL sports city you’ll find. And when it comes to their Tigers, Opening Day is everyone’s favorite holiday. There is no more true sign that Spring is officially here than when the first pitch of the season is thrown (usually by JV) at Comerica Park.
Enjoy the Blossoms. Head up to Traverse City and enjoy the insanely beautiful cherry trees and their blossoms this spring. You’ll see them blanket miles and miles of hills throughout the area. It really is SO DANG BEAUTIFUL. The best place to see them? M-37 (if you’re looking to be on the Old Mission Peninsula) and County Road 633 in Leelanau county, where you’ll find yourself in the middle of fruit growing country.
Shop at Eastern Market. Warmer weather means Eastern Market is back in business. (Okay… it’s open all year. But it’s at it’s best in the Spring and Summer!) But everyone knows the very best day of the year at Eastern Market is Flower Day! This year, on May 25th, (it’s always the Sunday after Mother’s Day) the parking lots will be packed before 7 am because you can get insane deals on absolutely beautiful flowers. Learn more here.
Get on Island Time. While technically Mackinac Island is open year round, only the very very VERY brave venture across the straights in the winter. (That is as long as the ice isn’t too thick.) But now, the water is (almost) ice free, and the ferry boats are running. You can head to the island without all the people and score an INSANE deal with Groupon. Check it out here!
Eat some ‘Shrooms. I don’t mean drugs. I mean Morels! Hunting for Morels is a favorite pastime of many locals around Northern Michigan. You can find them all over, and people will pay a pretty penny for the big ones. In fact, people love them so much they have a festival for them every year in Boyne City. Find more information here.
Salute our Troops. Take some time to show your appreciation to the Veterans this Spring, and head to Manistee for Tight Lines for Troops. This charity fishing tournament gets Charter Boats from all around the area to take Veterans out for a morning of fishing. The morning begins with bag pipes and a blessing at sunrise. Then, people line the channel with American flags as they come back in from their day on the lake, to cheer, salute and see the biggest catches. It’s truly an amazing experience, and it’s something that everyone needs to see! Learn more on how you can be apart of this amazing event here.
Frederick Meijer Gardens and The Butterfly House. If you’re in the Grand Rapids area, I don’t need to tell you how amazing Fredrick Meijer Gardens is. This is one of the most visited art museums IN THE WORLD and features works of art both indoors and outdoors on their 158 acre property. There are more than 200 sculptures. (My favorite is the Giant Horse!) It’s also home to some seriously stunning gardens that are filled with exotic plants and flowers from around the world. And the best part? Every Spring, the Butterflies come to the gardens! It’s the largest temporary butterfly house in the national and it is SO FREAKIN’ COOL. Check it out here!
Go Fishing. Get your fishing license people! The weather is getting warmer and the fish are biting. You can head to Kalkaska and enjoy the National Trout Festival, or you can fish on one of Northern Michigan’s MANY lakes and rivers.
Get out Your Golf Clubs. Michigan is home to some seriously amazing golf courses. Grab your clubs and head North. Book a tee time at Arcadia Bluffs for the ultimate golf experience. Or, if you’re looking for something a little bit “less” (if you know what I mean) check out Manitou Passage for some seriously stellar views too!
Step Back in Time at Greenfield Village. Greenfield Village is one of the coolest places in Michigan. The second you walk into The Village, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Ride in a Model T, pull glass, watch an 1876 baseball game, and journey into 7 distinct historic districts from America’s past. Tickets are a bit pricey, but I promise you, they are 10,000% worth it. Greenfield Village opens for the season April 15th. Get your tickets here, and save 10%.
Catch A Sunset. Let’s be real… there isn’t a bad time of year to catch a sunset over Lake Michigan.
Visit A Tourist Town. Spring is one of the best times of the year to head to a tourist town, like Traverse City. The “fudgies” haven’t arrived yet (so it’s not too crowded), the weather is beautiful, the snow is melting, the trees are blossoming, and the locals are still friendly. (Because crowds and rude tourists can make the best of the locals cranky!) Take a weekend away to that one town you’ve been dying to visit. Chances are, you’ll get a great discount for visiting in the off season too!
Head to Beer and Brat Fest. Every Memorial Day Weekend, Beer and Brat fest kicks off at Crystal Mountain. This is one of the greatest festivals OF ALL TIME in my opinion, because who doesn’t love craft beer and delicious homemade brats from Northwest Michigan? Start planning your trip here.
Celebrate Memorial Day. Head Up North. Have a bonfire, grill and enjoy the start of summer! And when Monday rolls around, be sure to head to a Memorial Day parade to pay your respects to those who so bravely fought and died for our country.
What are you most excited to do this Spring?! I’m just ready to get outside and get some Vitamin D!
Okay… I’ve got to get my butt moving! DWTS starts in 15 minutes! Have a wonderful Monday friends! I’m back tomorrow with an all new travel series 🙂 See you then!