Lakeshore Harvest Country Celebrates Family Friendly Pure Michigan Agri-Tourism Experiences

Nestled along a 30-mile stretch of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region lies a collection of orchards, farms and vineyards known as Lakeshore Harvest Country. Taking full advantage of the “lake effect” climate delivered by the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan specifically, this shoreline area is rooted in agricultural and tourism heritage.

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St. Julian Winery Honored with 25 Awards at Indy International Wine Competition

St. Julian Winery, founded in 1921 and recognized as Michigan’s longest-operating and most-awarded winery, received the “White Wine of the Year” honors for its 2017 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Estate Riesling at the 27th Annual Indy International Wine Competition – the largest scientifically-organized and independent wine competition in the United States.

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The Strapping Owls Announce 5-Date West Michigan “Solstice Jam 2018” Tour: June 20-24

The Strapping Owls are a tuba-bassed power-trio who throw down electric-blues, funk, jazz and soul. Their imaginative original songs, inspired improvisational jams and raucous interpretations of traditional tunes all blend into their signature ‘“Live-wire soul.”

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An evolution of writing

I’ve been writing professionally (meaning getting paid) since I was in high school. From news articles to magazine features stories, I have hundreds of pieces with my byline. In 2019, I’ll add a book–titled “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses”–to my portfolio. Research and writing continues, and I want to hear YOUR stories if you have any to share about your ghostly encounters at any of Michigan’s historic beacons.

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You’re Invited to the Grand Opening of St. Julian Winery’s New Troy Tasting Room

St. Julian Winery, founded in 1921 and recognized as Michigan’s oldest and longest-operating winery, announces the opening of its newest tasting room at 518 W. 14 Mile Rd., near the Oakland Mall (the northwest corner of the intersection of 14 Mile and John R. roads, adjacent to I-75) in Troy.

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Mackinac State Historic Parks Celebrates Longest-Running Archaeological Dig in American History

In 1959, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission contracted with Michigan State University to carry out a season of excavation, which has continued every summer since, turning into one of the longest ongoing archaeological digs in North America. This summer, Mackinac State Historic Parks’ archaeological program began its 60th consecutive season of work at Colonial Michilimackinac, in Mackinaw City, on Friday, May 24, with the cleaning and preparation of the dig site, and the kicked-off in full on June 4.

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Touring the Newest Pure Michigan Byway™

Last summer [2016], a 184-mile stretch of the West Michigan Pike, from St. Joseph to Silver Lake, became the state’s latest Pure Michigan Byway™ during a public ceremony at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing. The Michigan Beachtowns Association, which represents more than a dozen shoreline communities, collaborated with Travel Michigan and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to develop the byway.

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Michigan’s St. Julian Winery is the Only Winery East of the Rockies to Participates in 2018 “Pigs & Pinot”

Michigan’s oldest and longest-operating winery, St. Julian, was the only winery east of the Rockies (and therefore the only Michigan winery) out of the 62 in all to take part in this esteemed 13th annual “Taste of Pigs & Pinot” hosted by acclaimed Chef Charlie Palmer in Sonoma County, California.

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Daughter-in-Law of Famed Author Ernest Hemingway to share Stories with the General Public, April 28, in Walloon Lake

Valerie Hemingway, former personal assistant for and later daughter-in-law of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author, is the guest of honor at a special program on Saturday, April 28 at t The Talcott Event Center in Walloon Lake. The event is part of a three-day “The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, An Ernest Hemingway Occasion” weekend at the award-winning Hotel Walloon.

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Cooking Up Food & Friendships

Growing up, many family traditions were centered around the table. After launching Promote Michigan in 2004, I found myself drawn to certain sectors of the hospitality industry: restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, farm markets and agricultural organizations. Yes, I found a way to get paid to eat and drink…how lucky! I was also building a network and often friendships with chefs who were eager to feed my desire to learn more about locally-sourced ingredients and unique ways to prepare them into delicious dishes.

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