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6nois
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Post Number: 187
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 3:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's almost summer time, or is depending who you ask. I want to know where Detroiters like to travel in the state? What are your favorite vacation spots? And how many of you have made stops in Bay City/Sagainaw area for trips?
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Charlottepaul
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Post Number: 960
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 3:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Been to Bay City a few weekends to help my brother fix up his place on the Bay. Downtown Bay City was quite nice and it helps that isn't as far as some other vacation spots. Interesting thing that I noticed when walking out in the water was how shallow it is. I walked out as far as I could until I got bored, and I don't think that I was ever mor ethan halfway under. I guess that might keep down the number of large boats.
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Hans57
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Post Number: 117
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 3:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sleeping Bear Dunes, it's been a yearly ritual for the last 15 years.
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Bob
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 3:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Driving up M-25 from Port Huron all along the water in the thumb is a nice day trip. Lot's of nice little places to stop.
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6nois
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Post Number: 188
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 3:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah the only deep areas of the bay are the unnatural shipping channels, it takes along time for it to get deep along the southern edge toward bay city.
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 3:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mackinac Island. Of the up north cities, Harbor Springs and Cheboygan are my favorites. St. Ignace is nicer than Mackinaw City, in my opinion. While it is not a 'quick' getaway, you just gotta go to the central/western UP and appreciate the more rugged side of Michigan. Marquette is also a fine city.
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Hysteria
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Post Number: 2713
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Mackinac Island. Of the up north cities, Harbor Springs and Cheboygan are my favorites. St. Ignace is nicer than Mackinaw City, in my opinion. While it is not a 'quick' getaway, you just gotta go to the central/western UP and appreciate the more rugged side of Michigan. Marquette is also a fine city.



All good choices. I'd throw Petoskey into the Harbor Springs, Cheboygan mix as well.
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Ray1936
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Post Number: 1406
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Elk Rapids, just north of Traverse City. Really nice place with super residents. I'll be there in July.
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Blueidone
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Post Number: 56
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have spent several vacations over the years at Canadian Lakes Resort. Great home rentals there and beautiful lakes. Mackinaw and Grand Rapids are other spots we've visited in Michigan. We have family in Hale and go there occasionally.
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Scs100
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Post Number: 980
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (if you want to call that travel). I went up there for the last 4 years. Can't make it this year on account of my trip to Seoul. Too bad, it's a really fun place. That whole area is nice.
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Yaktown
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Post Number: 160
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

BeadGrl and I took a roadtrip down US-12 last June. Started in Dearborn and ended up in New Buffalo. Lots of small towns and interesting history we picked up along the way. Not very touristy at all (except the Irish Hills a wee bit) and that's the way I like it. Other good spots are M-25 around the thumb and really the entire sunrise side. It's much more secluded and cheaper than the west coast. The Super 8 motel in Oscoda is right on the beach and they have bonfires, weather permitting. Also, the indoor pool is open 24-7. Try finding Negwegon State Park, it's a real treat. Basically, it's just a beach on Lake Huron and some hiking trails.
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Waz
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My aunt lives up in Paradise near Tahquamenon Falls. Beyond the Falls, there aren't many "attractions" other than exploring along the back roads or hanging out on the beach.
The skeeters and black flies can be atrocious, though.
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Douglasm
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 7:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When I was in college, a friend of mine worked at WBCM, which had studios in the Winona Hotel, so I visited Bay City quite frequently.

The last major vacation Dora and I took, we came across U.S. 2 from Escanaba to St. Ignace (meaning I've been to both ends of the western section. Now I have to work on the middle), and toured Mackinac Island. A trip I would do again in a heartbeat, along with the rest of the circle from the Soo to Thunder Bay.

I also really like the Grand Traverse Bay area, basically M-22 from Frankfort on around the Leelanau Peninsula. The Glen Lake area is also nice.....
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Ct4438
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 1:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We go up to Glennie several times during the year due to family having vacation homes up there. (Northern Michigan, eastside of state nearest to Oscoda) It's a great little town with nearby campgrounds, golfing and easy access to the Au Sable. And the ladies at the Chat-n-Chew are some of the sweetest waitresses anywhere!
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Dave
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Post Number: 138
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 10:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The most fun Michigan festival of the year is the ODPC Funfest in Evart July 19-22.

http://www.dulcimers.com/evart page.html

It started out as a Dulcimer festival, but has developed into a happening for all stringed instruments. More than 200 free workshops for rank beginners to advanced players. Non-stop informal jams going on all the time. Cheap. People start showing up from all over the continent in early June and just start playing music.
dave
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Jjaba
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

M-60 from Jackson to Lake Michigan is a great alternative to driving I-94. This is the route we took as a family to Chicago in the 1940s. It is a nice quiet drive with small towns full of scenery and history.

Then, you can take US12, US 112, US 20, around into Chicago through The Northern Indiana District, one of the most impressive industrial ruins in the world.

jjaba.
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Eric_w
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Post Number: 164
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 8:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Up north to go trout fishing.I go to Grayling often.Also Lake,Manistee & Wexford counties to fish. Many pretty areas areas to see there.
Never spent any time in the Saginaw/Bay City area-just drove past them heading up I-75
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Mthouston
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 9:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Take a look here,
http://www.360michigan.net

Some interesting locations in Michigan
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Ray1936
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Post Number: 1416
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 9:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One year we took a pickup camper and did the circle of Lake Superior, starting at the Soo. Was a fantastic trip with two memories:
(1) Lousiest pizza I ever had in Wawa
(2) Wife got bit by a black fly in White River
(3) Smell of the paper mills coming across Rainy Lake back into the US at Minnesota.
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Detroitplanner
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Post Number: 1233
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 9:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bay City has more to offer tourists than Saginaw.

Saginaw: Japanese Tea House, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Frankenmuth, Children's Zoo.

Bay City: Hisotric Downtown, Lively Midland Street Nightlife, Lumber Baron's mansions, Bay City State Park, Frank's Bait Shop, Deer Acres Amusement Park, Pinconning Cheese/Ice Cream stores.

I have a place in the Huron National Forest I keep as my fortress of solitude. No phone, internet, cable. Quiet nights, bonfires lakeside, and a bar with good food.
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Douglasm
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 9:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ah, but you missed the combination resturant/gas station/post office/ general store in Montreal River Harbor, Serendipity Garden Cafe in Rossport, and the really crappy Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay.

(Message edited by douglasm on May 07, 2007)
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Warrenite84
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Post Number: 86
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Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 - 2:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My Wife and I hit a bunch of waterfalls up in the western UP in the late 90's. Had a tenting- backpacking-suntan lotion-bug spray-black fly-mosquito-thunderstorming-h umid-29 waterfall-$5 showers(15 miles from campsite) good time? Yes. The waterfalls were unique and top notch. Worth the trip.

Our favorite areas are Tawas State Park, Luddington State Park, Mackinac area, Traverse City/Sutton's Bay, Porcupine Mtns., and Pictured Rocks area.

In Bay City, we like the antique shops,(quite large).

(Message edited by Warrenite84 on May 08, 2007)
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Jerome81
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Post Number: 1417
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Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 - 3:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I live in CA, but when I was in the area:

Memorial Day we'd usually go camping with GF's family and friends at the Pinery in Ontario. Always fun.

Otherwise my grandparents live on Lake Michigan in Holland an uncle lives in Grand Haven, and an aunt lives in Chicago. So it was usually 1 of those 3 on any given little weekend. Always nice you could make it an easy Friday drive over Sunday evening drive back.

I've been to Mackinac Island once when I was a little kid. Otherwise any place north of I96 is pretty much new territory for me. :-(

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