It’s time for Spring Cleaning! And by “cleaning,” I mean you should pack up and clear out to spend a week at someone else’s professionally cleaned and tchotchke-free vacation home. Spring is a great time to clean out the corners, but it’s an even better time to clear your mind — and what better way than to vacate your everyday life and vacation in one of Michigan’s many beautiful and relaxing rental homes.
Spring also happens to be a time when the sleepy towns of winter wake up and start thinking about throwing a festival. Take a look at some of these fun Michigan springtime events and the stunning vacation homes that surround them:
What’s happening in March?
March is a fickle time in Michigan, bringing weather that passes freely between rain and snow — but that doesn’t stop the state at large from having a grand old time. Winter festivities continue into March in Michigan, with fun community events like fatbiking challenges and ice fishing competitions. March is also the beginning of the racing season, and many athletes like to kick it off with a green-decked shamrock shuffle. Check out these can’t-miss Michigan festivals and events in March:
— St. Patrick’s Day —
(1) On March 10, Highland, Mich., hosts the annual Highland Celtic Festival in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The festival is a whirl of live entertainments, including traditional music and dance, magic shows and street theater. Local restaurants and pubs collaborate on a feast of corn beef and cabbage with soda bread and green beer. Proceeds from the festival go to the Church of the Holy Spirit.
(2) On March 17, Marquette, Mich., is hosting a St. Patrick’s Street Shut Down — a community-wide street party featuring dueling pianos, a mechanical bull, a photo booth and a cash bar.
— Daylight Savings Time —
On March 16, Champion, Mich., hosts its annual Lantern Lit Snowshoe Trail event. This family-frien
dly, self-guided snow trek ventures down a 1.25-mile wooded trail lit by lantern light. The trail circles back to the entry point, where a camp fire and warm treats await participants.
Why is everyone always so tired on April first?
Because they’ve just finished a long, 31-day March!
What are we celebrating in April?
April is a month for traditions, whether that be the annual prank contest you started with your best frie
nd in the seventh grade, or the less hostile, family Easter egg hunt — both of which we know you’ve continued to participate in long past the point where it aged out of appropriateness. Oh, well. We don’t worry about appearances at the cabin! Book a large-group cabin in April and give family and friends room to spread out while enjoying the traditional merry-making. But remember: pranking your rental owner or manager is rarely appreciated and may result in fines.
— Easter —
On April first, Kalamazoo, Mich., is the place to be this year for the iconic staple of spring: the Easter Sunday Brunch! Kalamazoo one-ups the neighbors by holding their annual brunch in the historical Henderson Castle. This notorious mid-morning feast consists of seven courses!
—April Fool’s —
On April 6, Ann Arbor, Mich., commemorates April Fool’s with an evening kickoff of its annual weekend FoolMoon event. The community and visitors gather to celebrate the long-awaited turn of the seasons with light and laser spectacles, a D.J. and beer tent, and live dance performances.
— Does wine even need a reason? —
On April 19, the Artisan Market officially opens in Baroda, Mich. Held in the tasting room at Dablon Vineyards, the Artisan Market is made up of a collection of local artists, craftsmen, and vendors and cultivators of all kinds. This local pop-up market enjoys a view of the Dablon
estate. Visitors can indulge in complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they peruse unique goods from southwest Michigan and northern Indiana.
If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?
What’s on the horizon in May?
May is the real pinna
cle of spring in Michigan, when the temperature tends to stay between 50 and 70 degrees, and the wildflowers are thick on the side of the road. May is a beautiful time to visit the Midwest, take a scenic drive down back-country roads and enjoy a picnic under bright sun and cool breeze.
May is also a big month for holidays! Between Mother’s Day (an excellent time to gather the family in a spacious, relaxing vacation home and surround Mom with the love and attention she deserves) and Memorial Day (widely acknowledged as the official start to peak vacation season), there is a slew of lesser-known reasons to fête, including Mother Goose Day, Garden Meditation Day, National Windmill Day and Learn About Composting Day — not to mention that May is National Bike Month AND National Barbecue Month. Here’s how Michigan celebrates May:
— May Day —
On May 5, visitors can Learn to Identify Spring Flowers in Muskegon, Mich., at a family-friendly event co-taught by a park naturalist and a nature photographer. This hands-on skills seminar covers basic plant identification using photographic examples, then escorts participants outdoors to flex their new knowledge on a guided nature hike in areas well-populated with native wildflowers. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at sign-in, with a luncheon served at noon. Participants will also receive a handy field guide.
— Mother’s Day —
Celebrate Mom this year by training for a race and keeping pace! On May 12, Grand Rapids is hosting the annual Fifth Third River Bank Run downtown. The day’s events include a 5k run, a 10k run, a 25k hand-cycle race, a 25k wheelchair race, a 25k foot race and a 5k community walk.
— Memorial Day —
On May 28, Grand Haven holds its famous Memorial Day Parade, led by the United States Coast Guard Color Guard. After the parade, spectators can join the marchers for a commemorative ceremony and a live performance by the Grand Haven High School Band.
Whatever your reason for the season, you can find fanfare for it in Michigan, or create your own in one of Michigan’s many specially fitted large-group or family cabins.