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Cranberry Apple Margarita Recipe

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The crisp leaves are falling from the trees and the weather has definitely turned to chillier temperatures! Are you venturing out to apple orchards and cider mills to get your fill of apple cider, donuts and all things pumpkin? We thought it would be fun to share this Cranberry Apple Margarita Recipe with you, if you are looking for a fun seasonal drink this weekend!  Ingredients 2 oz silver tequila 2 oz apple cider 2 oz. cranberry juice 1 oz. orange juice Ice Brown sugar and granulated sugar for rimming glass Instructions On a small plate, mix together small, equal...

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Northern Lights in Michigan

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Did you know that sometimes you can see the Northern Lights on Mackinac Island?  There are a total of 10 Dark Sky Parks in the United States and less than 200 in the entire world - and one of the Dark Sky Parks is across from Mackinac Island, outside of Mackinaw City named Headlands International Dark Sky Park.  Key months to see the the Northern Lights in Michigan are August - April, with peak months being April, October and November. You will need a clear night, with limited light pollution. That’s why Mackinaw City / Mackinac Island are such great...

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Exploring Kitch-iti-kipi

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Remember our blog post about our 2020 Michigan Bucket List? Today, we are talking about #2 on the list: visiting Kitch-iti-kipi! This is the most beautiful natural spring in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! If you have kids, they will love to go across the spring on the glass bottomed boat, looking at all the fish!  Kitch-iti-kipi is 200 feet across and 40 feet deep! Interestingly enough, the spring never freezes, because it remains at 45 degrees all year long, no matter what the air temperature is! There is a glass bottom raft that sits on top of the spring...

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Winter Event on Mackinac Island

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Winter on Mackinac Island is probably different than anything you have ever experienced! It can take a little while to adjust to the winter on the island, but once you do, you love it with all your heart! This year on February 1st and March 7th, there is an awesome experience happening - the Fort Mackinac Turtle Trek! Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau said this about the event: “A unique lantern-lit cross country ski and snowshoeing event on 2 miles of the island’s immaculately groomed trails. Trail begins at Greaney Grove, located next to Fort Mackinac.” Be sure to bring your...

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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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