Michigan Ranked in Top 10 up and coming Wine Countries!

Michigan wine country is  largely undeveloped say’s CNN, comprising just 100 or so small- to medium-sized wineries in Michigan and just less than 3,000 acres of wine-producing vineyards.

“Yet the new wines coming out of this undervalued region — particularly those from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas — are fantastic.”

We at MichiganBusiness.us would have to agree – great Michigan wines, undeveloped vineyards and lots of potential for expansion.

Standouts include semi-dry German and Alsatian varietals like riesling (Michigan’s most widely planted grape).

Other dry white wines like sauvignon blanc,  pinot grigio and chardonnay are consistently bright and crisp across Michigan, and very good value.

Chateau Grand Traverse or Black Star Farms – Old Mission are great examples of the wonderful wineries across Michigan.  Be sure to take a fall winery tour and tasting this autumn!

Michigan Things to do – Weekend of July 10th

Visit one, two, three or more, Michigan’s festivals are diverse, delicious, thirst-quenching, fun and informative!

7/4-7/11 – National Cherry Festival – Traverse City – This is a must-see per our last blog post!
7/7-7/12 – Common Ground Music Festival – Lansing –  Interesting Mid-Michigan Music Festival
7/8-7/11 – Wyandotte Street Art Fair – Like art?  This is the festival for you.
7/9-7/11 – Elsie Dairy Festival – For Ice Cream lovers everywhere
7/9-7/11 – Maritime Festival – Harbor Beach – This Maritime festival is a happenin’ place.
7/9-7/12 – Waterways Festival – Cheboygan – Lots of typical festival food and drink at the Waterways.
7/9-7/12 – Lowell Riverwalk Festival – A beautiful stroll down the riverwalk
7/9-7/12 – Dow Bay Area Family Y Pirates Festival – Bay City – GRRRRRRR- Great festival for the kids.
7/9-7/12 – Ubly Homecoming – Never been to this one – comments welcome!
7/9-7/12 – Auburn Cornfest – Never miss a cornfest!
7/10-7/11 – Saline Celtic Festival – Saline – Can you say Dublin?  Perfect for us Irish Americans
7/10-7/11 – Chassell Strawberry Festival – Michigan Strawberries are the best around
7/10-7/11 – Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament and Festival – Fresh Pickeral … Yum!
7/10-7/11 – A Taste of Brighton Festival – Brighton – Always a classic and close to home.
7/10-7/11 – Marine City Music Festival – Can’t make it to Lansing?  This is just as good
7/10-7/11 – Michigan ElvisFest – Ypsilanti – Presley fans unite.
7/10-7/11 – Attica Days Festival – Quaint and fun.
7/10-7/11 – Thunder on the Grand – Lake Odessa –
7/10-7/11 – Grass Lake Traffic Jam’in – A perfect prelude to the Woodward Dream cruise coming up.
7/10-7/11 – Manistique Folk Festival – Folk dancing and more
7/10-7/11 – Owendale Heritage Festival
7/10-7/12 – Idlewild Music Festival – Ok … Marine City and Lansing didn’t work – try this one!
7/10-7/12 – American Polish Festival and Craft Show – Sterling Heights – Can you say Kielbasa??  Yum!
7/10-7/12 – Lavender Festival – Armada – Wonderful festival to visit
7/10-7/12 – LeRoy Razzasque Days
7/10-7/12 – Art in the Park – Plymouth – More art and great art at that!
7/10-7/12 – Blissfest Music Festival – Harbor Springs
7/10-7/12 – Bear Lake Days – Join us at Bear Lake!
7/10-7/12* – Columbiaville Days
7/11 – Cheboygan Area Arts Festival – Cheboygan – The home of Indian Art
7/11 – Buckham Alley Fest – Flint
7/11-7/12 – Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair – Perfect (if the weather holds!)
7/11-7/12 – Tawas Bay Summerfest – East Tawas
7/11-8/2 (Weekends) – BlackRock Medieval Festival – Augusta
7/12 – Polish Festival – Flint – Everything is Pyszne (Delicious)

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City

It’s not too late!  – a few days left.

Traverse City has much more to offer than just the National Cherry Festival, but the Festival is the perfect excuse to drive up.

The festival takes place in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Although many events take place near the corner of Union Street and Grand View Parkway, there are multiple other locations across town that provide fun and exciting events.

We highly suggest checking the Traverse City Cherry Festival Event calendar for specific activities.

NEW FOR 2015

  • New for 2015, there will be an extensive bike rack system at the front gate leading into the Open Space on the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.
  • Life Beyond Barriers Rehab Group is a proud sponsor of the new handicap parking area. Handicap parking is Lot B and the first 14 spaces next to the marina building (not in the marina lot).
  • Expanded amusement park:  Take a spin on the ferris wheel, eat an elephant ear and feel like a kid again. Some rides even give a beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay.

We hope you enjoy the festivities!

A Very Merry “Craft Brew Month”, Michigan!

Happy Craft Beer Month!

It’s Craft Beer Month in Michigan, and we encourage you to celebrate responsibly.

Since it was organized in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild  has seen its brewery membership grow from 35 to 155 as of June 1, 2015.

Additionally the industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds.   Please visit the Michigan Business Breweries (with TripAdvisor Ratings) to plan a “Craft Beer Brewery Visit”


  • Michigan ranks #5 in the nation in the number of overall breweries.
  • The industry provides a direct impact of more than 5000 jobs
  • The industry also totals over $144 million in wages.
  • And … more than $277 million in total output.
  • 65% of the craft brew purchased in Michigan is product that was produced here.
  • Tourists are flocking to the “Great Beer State” for tastings and festivals as well.



4th of July Weekend Festivals in Michigan

ENJOY some MICHIGAN fun this weekend!

The lake, river and harbor towns of Michigan celebrate the 4th in red-white-and-blue style with fireworks displays in HollandSaugatuckSt. Joseph, and Muskegon. The big she-bang takes place in Grand Haven, home of the Musical Fountain, a synchronized water and light show that launched in 1963. On the evening of July 4, the nightly 20-minute show at the Musical Fountain, a mesmerizing choreography of sprays and neon colors set to classical and pop music, will be followed by a fireworks spectacular.

7/1-7/5 – Greatest Fourth in the North – Lake City
7/1-7/5 – Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival – Battle Creek
7/2-7/4 – International Food Festival – Marquette
7/2-7/4 – Bay City Fireworks Festival – Bay City
7/2-7/5 – Manistee National Forest Festival – Manistee
7/2-7/5 – Cedar Polka Festival – Cedar
7/3 – Fireworks and Family Carnival – Thompsonville
7/3-7/4 – Lakeshore Art Festival – Muskegon
7/3-7/5 – Luther Logging Days
7/3-7/5 – Cadillac Freedom Festival – Cadillac
7/3-7/5 – Blue Water SandFest – Port Huron
7/4 – Clawson 4th of July Celebration – Clawson
7/4 – Thunder Bay Maritime Festival – Alpena
7/4 – Fenton Freedom Festival – Fenton
7/4 – Kentwood Independence Day Celebration – Kentwood
7/4 – Corunna 4th of July Celebration – Corunna
7/4 – Luna Pier Freedom Festival – Luna Pier
7/4-7/5 – West Shore Art Fair – Ludington
7/4-7/11 – National Cherry Festival – Traverse City
7/5 – Fourth of July Celebration – Curtis

Michigan Festivals – Week of June 22-28th

6/22-6/28 – Red Cedar Jubilee
6/23-6/28 – Livonia Spree
6/23-6/28 – East Jordan Freedom Festival
6/24-6/28 – Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival – New Baltimore
6/25 – Sparta Village Motor Festival
6/25-6/27 – Big Ticket Festival – Gaylord
6/25-6/28 – St. Stan’s Polish Festival – Bay City
6/25-6/28 – Electric Forest Festival – Rothbury
6/25-6/28 – Stars and Stripes Festival – Sterling Heights
6/25-6/28 – Shields Summer Festival – Thomas Township
6/25-6/28 – Taylor Summer Festival
6/25-6/28 – Flea Roast and Ox Market – Irons
6/26 – Sault Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair – Sault Sainte Marie
6/26-6/27 – JuneGrass – Lowell
6/26-6/27 – Bluewater Cruise Weekend – Fort Gratiot
6/26-6/28 – Springport Summer Festival
6/26-6/28 – Michigan Pagan Fest – Belleville
6/26-6/28 – St. Isidore Strawberry Festival – Malcolm Township
6/26-6/28 – Trenton Summer Festival – Trenton

6/26-6/28 – Michigan Challenge Balloonfest – Howell
6/26-6/28 – Capac Days – Capac
6/26-6/28* – Ribstock – Caseville
6/27 – Delta Rocks! Family Festival – Lansing
6/27 – Long Lake Lights Festival – Alpena
6/27 – PastyFest – Calumet
6/27 – SOBO Arts Festival – Boyne City
6/27* – Red, White and Blues Festival – Highland
6/27 – Waterfront Wine Festival – Harbor Springs
6/27 – Flint Pride Festival – Flint
6/27 – Vintage Car and Boat Festival – Bay Harbor
6/27-6/28 – Artigras! Art and Crafts Festival – New Buffalo
6/27-6/28 – Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival – Vassar
6/27-6/28 – St. Patrick Summerfest – Portland
6/27-6/28 – Grand Haven Art Festival – Grand Haven

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner

Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is about getting the garden planted, pulling out the grill and enjoying time with family and friends.  Traditions like this should be treasured.  If your family is looking for a new place to explore this Memorial Day, visit our Michigan State park listings.  Many of the parks not only have great campgrounds, they also offer day-trip pleasures like playgrounds, canoeing, beaches, horseback riding and much more.

Thinking of an adult-only evening?  Check out our list of all the Casinos located within Michigan.  We have them categorized by county for easy access to the ones closest to your location.  Don’t forget to stop by and grab a cold one from one of Michigan’s great Breweries.  They are located all over the state and are popping up on a monthly basis.   Micro-brews are becoming more and more popular amongst us Michiganders.

Happy Memorial Day to you all!

Michigan Statewide Trail Planned!

Coincidentally coinciding with the launch of MichiganBusiness.us new Campground and Trail website, Michigan State officials are partnering with Michigan’s communities to create the Iron Belle trail, a 1,200-mile pathway starting in Detroit and ending way up in the western Upper Peninsula.

The Iron Belle trail – first introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 – actually comprises of two trails. It includes a 774 mile biking trail and a 1,200 mile hiking trail.  It will start at Belle Isle Park in Detroit and end in Ironwood.

The Department of Natural Resources created a route based on existing trails in Michigan. About 65 percent of each trail is already in place.

The state’s resource agency and the Department of Transportation are helping communities get the funds and make plans to fill in the gaps.

Summer Tourism in Michigan – Lookin’ Good

Cash Back Coupon!
This weekend is the official start of Michigan’s spring-summer tourism season. Reservations at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island are up 4% over this period last year and that is a great sign towards the start of a busier tourist season.

Michigan’s tourism industry reaches near $17 billion and the state is expecting a 6% increase in tourism spending this season. That is good for the Michigan economy and good for every resident in Michigan. This is the 3rd consecutive year that tourism spending numbers have increased.

We had an earlier spring in Michigan this year and that gets us thinking about vacation. Thinking eventually leads to booking and that is a good thing.

Have you booked your vacation yet?  Don’t forget to use MichiganBusiness.us’s Hotel Directory to find the perfect accommodations.