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Photo Courtesy of REI A few years ago REI started a movement to #OPTOUTSIDE on Black Friday, rather than hitting the stores for sales.  As a seasonal store, the idea of Opting Outside does not affect us, since our storefront isn’t open on that day. We realize that it will affect some of our friends, but we encourage you to #OptOutside on Friday and then visit some of our favorite shops on Small Business Saturday! (Nicole recently shared on the Little Luxuries’ blog some of her favorite places in Petoskey, Michigan, including some businesses where you can shop on Small...

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Instagram Accounts We Are Loving

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Today we are highlighting the Top 10 Instagram accounts that we are loving this winter! These accounts are keeping us feeling adventurous amidst the cold but yet cozy by the fire! These accounts are some of our favorites to follow year round - they feature Michigan accounts and beyond!  MackinacIsle: Of course, you have to follow the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau for all of the information on what’s happening on the Island! During the winter, they share awesome posts from the summer to remind you of the warm and sunny days that are coming! GreenDrinks: Sara is a Mackinac Island based photographer...

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Pictured Rocks in the Winter

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Courtesy of NPS When most people think of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they think of outdoor adventures! Winter in the Upper Peninsula is no exception! One thing that is on our bucket list is exploring Pictured Rocks in the winter!  Pictured Rocks is beautiful in every season, but winter brings an unique sense of adventure to the area! There are a lot of activities at Pictured Rocks during the snowy season - cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, winter camping and more! Some winters, the Pictured Rocks area receives more than 200 inches, so you will have no shortage...

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Centennial Celebration for Michigan State Parks Continues

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This year the Michigan State Parks is celebrating 100 years, as they were established on May 12, 1919. The State Park system has gone all out in creating a year long celebration for this momentous occasion. So many events have happened this year for the Centennial Celebration, but we wanted to tell you about one of our favorite events that was created. The Virtual Race series was created specifically for the busy individual in an effort to encourage you to get out and explore. One run in The Virtual Race Series is the MI Run, which you can do on...

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Mackinac Island v. Mackinaw City

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Everyone who comes to Mackinac Island wants to know why Mackinac Island is spelled with a ‘C’, when Mackinaw City is spelled with a ‘W’. Today on the blog, we wanted to answer that for you! The first name given to Mackinac Island was Michilimackinac, the place of the ‘Great Turtle,’ because of the shape of the island, with the greater region being known as the Straits of Mackinac. Eventually, the name shortened and the island became known as Mackinac Island.  When Mackinac Island became shortened from Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City decided to go with the phonetic spelling of the name...

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