SPRING: Coming Soon to Michigan

SPRING: Coming Soon to Michigan

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.

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(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.

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— 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.

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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!

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—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.

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— 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.

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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.

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— 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.

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 — 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.

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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.

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Michigan ‘Fitcations’ Worth Traveling For

2017 has come to an end, and with it any illusions we were still cherishing about checking off the ambitious New-Year’s resolutions we all pinned to our “vision boards” last January. The good news, for those of us who will be crossing off just one word from that resolutions list — “2017” — there is hope for next year. Some of the most widely aspired-to resolutions include fitness challenges and travel, which just happen to be a killer duo. And while trapping yourself into going to the gym by committing to a year-long membership may work for some, others would rather wave goodbye to the monthly fees than spend their early mornings and evenings in a sweaty, brightly-lit workout box. This year, put your holiday bonus to great use by planning your dream fitcation — book a cabin, register for an outdoor adventure race and start training. Let’s all reach for a resolutions win in 2018!

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To help you in your quest, here is a list of unique Michigan fitness challenges throughout the year — and unique Michigan lodging to match:

January: Michigan Adventure Race

This 6-mile, triathlon-style race is the largest outdoor winter adventure race in the U.S.! A mix of snowshoeing, fatbiking and paddling the icy waters through Manistee National Forest, the Michigan Adventure Race presents a variety of challenges, not the least of which is the weather! Participants are provided with the cold-weather equipment and plenty of motivational prizes to get them across the finish line.

Find out more and register at http://miadventurerace.com/

February: Ground Hog Marathon

Celebrate Ground Hog’s Day in 2018 by paying a visit to Grand Rapid’s local celebrity Augustus T. Groundhog. This cold-weather running event consists of a full marathon, a half marathon and a “Moonlight 1/6 Marathon” the night before. Much like the eponymous movie, the Ground Hog Marathon certified course repeats itself — up to six times, if you are running the full! And regardless of whether Augustus sees his shadow, there is likely to be snow on the course.

Read more and register at http://www.groundhogmarathon.com/

March: Clare Irish Festival Road Race

This jolly green St. Patty’s Day road race features a 5K run, 10K run and a 2-mile walk. Racers begin and end at Clare High School, and will receive a t-shirt and a free pancake breakfast in the school cafeteria. Following the competitive races, kids under 13 will be invited to participate in a Fun Run. Bring the whole family and let your Irish roots run wild!

See race details and registration info at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Clare/clareroadrace

April: April Fool’s Day Twinkie Run

Start the day off right with coffee and Twinkies, then head out for a 5k! This ironic foodie run is a popular bucket-list item, with it’s amusing t-shirts and other race paraphernalia and its infamous finish-line (and course station) goodies: grilled Twinkies and chocolate. The race coincides with Ann Arbor’s annual homemade Twinkie contest, with proceeds from the collaborative event going to support ALS research.

Keep an eye out for updated 2018 information at: http://www.activeagainstals.org/events/twinkie-run/

May: Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder

The Gravel Grinder chases the sun across the great state of Michigan, with racers starting at dawn at Saginaw Bay on the coast of Lake Huron and peddling a furious 210 miles along scenic gravel backroads. This race is routed through farm and field and between the trees of the Manistee National Forest, with the finish line staked out on the sandy beach of Lake Michigan at Ludington. Traverse the lower peninsula in one fell swoop with this epic lake-to-lake challenge.

Register at: http://micoasttocoast.com/

June: Michigan Adventure Race — Epic Edition

In early June, the Caberfae Peaks Resort just outside of Cadillac, MI, hosts the Caberfae Epic Edition, a co-ed outdoor adventure race that combines paddling, orienteering and gravel or two-track biking through the Manistee National Forest. Divisions include one, two, three and four-person race groups, with racers eligible for raffle prizes. You will also be rewarded for you physical activity with an enormous wedding-style buffet!

See details and register here: http://miadventurerace.com/

July: Greatest Fourth in the North

Lake City celebrates the nation’s independence with an annual 5k run, 10k run, 5k walk and Fun Run, followed by refreshments and a Fourth of July parade down main street. The course begins at downtown’s City Park, then heads out of town to traverse the surrounding woodlands, running alongside Lake Missaukee. Trophies are awarded to age-group first through third-place finishers — in case the sense of accomplishment just isn’t enough to motivate you.

Register for the Greatest Fourth in the North: http://lakecitymich.com/greatest-4th-in-the-north/

August: Dog Days of Summer

If those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have you itching to get out and sweat, Elite Pet Styling of Owosso, MI, has you covered. The Dog Days of Summer 5k run/walk is held in late August, and encourages everybody — and their dog — to get out and run in the heat of the Michigan summer. Prizes and medals are awarded to the top finishers in each age category, as well as to the first 70 furry friends to cross the finish line!

View Dog Days details at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Owosso/DogDaysofSummer5krunwalk?aflt_token=vkmwDmweQ4iCYn8otSOOnKQ3vCO8buOw

September: Lord of the Springs

In mid-September, the Yankee Springs Recreation Area will hold one race to rule them all: the annual 26-mile, single-track and gravel bike race through the rolling backroads of Barry County. This race is geared toward beginner competitors, with a casual atmosphere and space for groups to ride together. The course covers 26 miles and circles around the Deep Lake Trail at Yankee Springs. Some of the proceeds from racing fees goes to support the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance to build and maintain the local trails.

Sign up at: http://lordofthesprings.com/

October: Headless Horseman 5K

Here’s a spooky option for Halloween! The town of Howell, MI, makes great use of its punny name by celebrating Halloween weekend with the annual Legend of Sleepy Howell costume event, followed by the Headless Horseman 5 and 10k races and the Monster Mile, as well as trick-or-treating, hayrides and more.

See race-day details here: http://www.sleepyhowell.com/

November: Black Toenail Friday Half

Michigan’s Commerce Township dredges up some unsightly imagery with this play on words. The “Black Toenail Friday Half” encourages participants to skip the shopping marathon the day after thanksgiving and spend your calories on the trails. This half marathon is hosted by the Proud Lake Recreation Area, with a course set through the scenic trails and around the lake. This race also takes advantage of the cooler weather to offer racers a later-than-normal start time. The Black Toenail Friday Half kicks off at 11:00 a.m., so you can have your turkey coma and still make the starting gun.

Register at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/CommerceTownship/BlackToenailFridayHalf

December: Run Like the Dickens

Bring 2018 full-circle with the Baird St. Holly Run Like the Dickens winter running event. This festive road race celebrates a holiday classic while battling classic holiday eating habits with a 10k run, a 5k run, a 5k walk and a Tiny Tim Trot. The course runs through the picturesque town of Holly, MI, weaving through the local lights and decorations. Best of all, participants can check a race off their resolution bucket list — just in time to start a new list!

Find out more at: https://www.runlikethedickens.org/

Didn’t find the single race that inspires your soul to give up potato chips and become a fitness fanatic? Worry not — Michigan has hundreds of local races scattered throughout the year. Check out RunningInTheUSA.com for more competitive events in the Mitten State!

Don’t forget to book your cabin! Every serious racer (and the not-so-serious ones) needs a place to get a good night’s sleep before the big day — and a place to have a big meal (or a big drink) after it’s over! Explore these great Michigan vacation homes and resorts by town at RentMichiganCabins.com to find the perfect race-day setup — and good luck in 2018!

Michigan Rental Cabins by Town:

Arcadia | Atlanta | Au Gres | Barryton

Benton Harbor | Benzonia | Big Rapids | Black River

Brimley | Byron | Cadillac | Cheboygan

Cedar | Cedarville | Coloma | Covert

Crystal Falls | Curtis | Eagle Harbor | East Tawas

Fenton | Fennville | Frankfort | Fountain

Gaylord | Germfask | Gladwin | Glen Arbor

Grand Marais | Grand Rapids | Grant | Grayling

Greenbush | Hale | Harbor Springs | Harrison

 Higgins Lake | Honor | Hope | Houghton Lake

Indian River | Iron River | Irons | Johannesburg

Kewadin | Lac La Belle | Lake Leelanau | Le Roy

Ludington | Luzerne | Manistee | Manistique

Maple City | Mikado | Mio | Muskegon

National City | Oscoda | Presque Isle | Rapid City

Rockford | Rodney |Roscommon | Rose City

 Saint Helen | Saugatuck | Tawas City | Traverse City

 Union Pier | Wellston | West Branch | Whitehall


4 Michigan Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss!

Michigan’s weather can be quite unpredictable but the winter itself is downright freezing, there is no telling a local that it isn’t. How do Michiganders do it every year? Easy. They embrace it with downright silly and quite cool festivals and events. Check out the four festivals and events you definitely don’t want to miss this year!

Plymouth Ice Sculpting Festival

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Jan. 9th through Jan. 11 is your chance to see the best of the Midwest come and show us what they got for skill with something that requires freezing cold temps. This world class event happens every year in downtown Plymouth, Michigan, opening up with a classic ribbon cutting. Check out the interactive exhibits and be sure to take pictures of the amazing pieces of art. The following Saturday, enjoy a jazz performance by Cynthia Kaay Bennett, a hockey game with the Detroit Red Wings, Dueling Chainsaw competitions and the Reyka Vodka Fire and Ice show at promptly 7:30. Don’t forget, amazing festival food, which can only be that much better in the winter! For more information: be sure to check out the Plymouth Ice Sculpting Festival Website.

SISU Ski Fest


While this may be only the 6th year and running, it is certainly no baby when it comes to skiing. Jan. 9th is your chance to ski through mining fields, bluffs alongside the Montreal River and eventually to the “Finnish” line in Ironwood. Participate in either race. The SISU Full Combined: 42K SISU ski marathon plus 10K SISU snowshoe race—or the SISU Half Combined: 21K Heikki Lunta plus the 5K snowshoe race. Not in a racing mood? Slap on some skis and taste test from the Taste N Tour. Who doesn’t want to ski, eat, and watch entertainment? That’s a no brainer! For more information: Check out the official SISU Event Page

Winter Comedy Arts Festival


Traverse has an all star lineup coming this year and you surely won’t want to miss this tantalizing lineup for the weekend of Valentines day. Bill Maher headlining can be enough to want to head to the Travers area but even if not, also check out Michael Moore with his satire on today’s politics and “The Goldbergs” Doug Benson helps host this serendipitous event. Don’t forget the kiddos in the car, there is plenty to entertain them with such as a mini golf ice course, a really big mountain to sled on, and even better a Ferris wheel for the kids to freeze on. Hopefully no one likes the handlebar. Can you believe that Maher is even paying to come and host? This guy has a freaking show for crying out loud! For an upcoming schedule , please check out this out: Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival

Brew-Ski Festival

What is not to love about beer, recreation and music? Hop onto your skis on Saturday, March 14th and enjoy a leisure ski around to over 240 snow bars, allowing to treat your taste buds to everything from Bocks to IPAs and Ambers to Stout beers and everything in between. Enjoy delicious food and great live music from the Galactic Sherpas. Head over to the Zoo Bar for the after party with the Aaron Vaughn Band at 5 PM and then over to the Slopeside Lounge for a wrap up party at 9 PM. A perfect way to celebrate the near ending of old man winter! To see a list of breweries that were represented last year, click here.