Friday, May 31, 2013
Residents and tourists fill up their jugs and water bottles at the Bay Street drinking fountain from a natural spring in Harbor Springs. It is situated on the waterfront across from Zorn Park. And it tastes delicious.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
American Spoon where the great recipes were developed for their preserves using Michigan fruit over 30 years ago. Today there is the café adjacent to their store which overlooks Pennsylvania Park. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with housemade gelato and a full bar--serving beer from seven different Michigan breweries and wine from 2 Lads on Old Mission Peninsula.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Grandpa Shorter's. It has been there since 1946 in a building within the historic gaslight district since 1880. They have an assortment of Petoskey stone kitsch--cheese knives and bottle stoppers, beads, jewelry, magnets and of course, the stones themselves. They also carry the largest number of in-house comfy Minnetonka Moccasins. The store is still run by the descendants of Grandpa Carl Shorter and we think it's a keeper.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Dave Dinsdale, photographer from Rochester Hills, whose favorite subject is Michigan's nature. His Jordan Valley masterpiece was made from piecing together 16 of his photos. Although he has captured wonderful images from his travels both here and abroad in France and Germany, he loves his home state. He and his wife Nancy (also his business partner) have transferred many of his pictures to tiles that can either be used as wall art or trivets and coasters.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Crooked Creek Dairy Farm in Romeo raises cows, milks them and whips it up into some fabulous ice cream flavors. We trekked all the way out here to see it and taste it for ourselves. They not only sell the frozen dessert, they bottle their milk in both white and chocolate variety and sell both milk and dark chocolate candy bars. It is hormone and steroid free! There are picnic tables on the grounds and animals to enjoy. Greg and Dory have been running the farm for over 30 years.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Blue Pelican Inn which is a popular place to eat and even has seven hotel rooms available, too, to spend the night. The inn has changed hands numerous times since 1924 and many people will tell you that ghosts haunt the place. That must be why it is so popular! The Side Door Saloon opens at 4pm (all you can eat haddock on Fridays with Happy Hour all night). Today, Wednesday, they offer specials on their rib baskets. Live entertainment on the deck Fridays and Saturdays.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Walking down the trail from the McGulpin Point Lighthouse one finds a terrific view of the Mackinac Bridge. The water is crystal clear and the beach pretty much secluded. When visiting the Lighthouse you must walk the short trail to the beach or you will only have seen part of the attraction of McGulpin.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
What perfect weather this weekend for Rochester Hills' Fine Art in the Village on Adams Rd at Tienken which is running until 8pm today and 6pm on Sunday. About 6 dozen artists were set up and selling their wares from near and far. Two young girls were adding ambience by playing the violin and the flute. It was very well attended.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Lafayette Greens by native Detroiter Tim Burke. He recycles old metal parts into unique creatures. Iron man was created from discarded parts of St Paul's Cathedral reroofing. Volunteers maintain the raised bed gardens in this beautiful 1/2 acre park on Michigan Avenue that is sponsored by Compuware.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Selinsky-Green home would have been razed for the I-696 expressway, but those with foresight fought to preserve it and it was moved to 11 Mile Rd and Jefferson adjacent to the library. Volunteers restored this salt box house and maintain it. Pretty cool. This Saturday an old-time toy-making class is being held in the log house at 1pm.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Joe Muer Seafood overlooking the Detroit River? This new venue within the Renaissance Center for the 1929 flagship eatery is absolutely superb and voted the restaurant of the year in 2012. Mother's Day dinners are served between 5-9pm in Sunday. Those pillars of fire outside are pretty dramatic in the evening!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Corrado Parducci did much of the architectural sculptures on the building like in Midland.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
El Guapo would be at Campus Martius from 11-2pm where we found his food truck and a long line for his delicious Mexican fare. With the warm weather this week, the foodies came out in droves. El Guapo only takes cash. Menu items include the obligatory tacos and burritos, but they also serve fresh guacamole, beans and rice, salsa with chips and sweet potato friend. This may be Michigan's Number One Food Truck!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Roasting Plant at Campus Martius. After opening two successful ones in Manhattan, they decided Detroit would be a great spot! You have to see their unique system of pneumatic tubes. called a Javabot, that deliver their perfectly roasted varietals. Closed on Sundays, Mon-Fri they open at 7am and Saturday at 10am. We confirm that their java is delicious!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Standing resolutely in Detroit's Campus Martius is the 60-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument honoring those from Michigan who gave their lives during the Civil War. One of Detroit's oldest pieces of public art, Randolph Rogers from Ann Arbor created it in 1872. On top rests a figure known as victory who wears a winged helmet and is carrying a shield and a sword. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.