(Closed) Michigan bees!! Moving to MI after our wedding :)

posted 6 years ago in Michigan – Northern Michigan
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Traverse City

@roweboat:  Welcome to the Mitten! πŸ™‚ My FI actually goes to school in Saginaw at the university there.  We are currently living in Grand Blanc though, 40 min south of there. Saginaw is your basic city (not a big city but not a small town either).  Plenty of chain restaurants, some local bars, basic shopping, etc.  The university is small, so Saginaw doesn’t have a “college town” feel.  However, the campus is nice πŸ™‚

Although there may not be tons to do in Saginaw itself, you are in a great location in Michigan! Frankenmuth is just about a 10-15 minute drive south of there.  It’s a German town with lots of fun shops, restaurants, etc!  Very cute town, very cool experience.  Also, if you want to venture out further, Ann Arbor is about 90 min south of there, and if you want to take an adventure up north, Traverse City is only about 2 hours or so away.

On that note…I HIGHLY recommend visiting northwestern Michigan if you have not yet had the chance! It is BEAUTIFUL. Traverse City is such a charming city with a great downtown area, and it’s right on the bay! We are getting married there πŸ™‚ Also, another place I suggest is taking a camping trip to Empire/Honor/Interlochen, or somewhere in that general area.  It’s right by Michigan’s all-famous Sand Dunes, and so much outdoors to explore!

If you have any other questions or want to get a hold of me, just PM me!  I’m originally from Michigan but just moved back after college, so I’m back to feeling slightly “new” to the area as well.  Congrats on getting married and happy moving! πŸ™‚

PS – don’t let the Michigan winters scare you away…they aren’t too terribly bad πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Just saw your post and wish I would have sooner!   I’m in Bay City, so about 15 mins from Saginaw.  I love this area but have lived her all my life too!   Hope all is going well in the mitten for you!  πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Take some time and go up to Traverse City for a weekend.  It’s only a couple hours from you.

I heard Midland was a lot of fun, but I’ve never actually stopped and hung out there.

Of course you need to come to the D!!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@roweboat:  The firework show is GREAT!   We go every year, about 14 of us (8 of them kids) and it is so fun.

@deetroitwhat:  Traverse is GORGEOUS especially in the fall, for the color change!   I used to go up there a lot and if your into winter sports they have great skiing resorts.  And in the summer beautiful lakes!   End of July is the Cherry Festival which I’ve heard is fun…especially if you like cherries.   And they have very yummy Cherry Wine!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Traverse City

@roweboat:  I second the Traverse City idea!  Of course, I could be biased because I’m a Michigan native and am getting married there, but still πŸ˜‰  It’s BEAUTIFUL.  Downtown is very historic and charming, it sits right on the water.  Beautiful marinas, bays, beaches.  Up the east and west arms you will find cherry orchards, lighthouses, and several wineries…  definitely Michigan’s “wine country” if you will.

I recommend the Cherry Festival even though I haven’t had the opportunity to yet go myself.  And just to clarify, the Cherry Festival is always the beginning of July, it is a week long and typically falls around the 4th.  If you aren’t able to make the festival, a store called Cherry Republic is located downtown and you can sample everything in the store for free! Cherry candy, cherry salsa, cherry wine, cherry everything!  

If you enjoy the outdoors, check out the dunes or go camping in Empire MI, approx 30 min from TC.  Tubing, canoeing, kayaking is also available.  Empire also offers gorgeous beaches- Lake Michigan is beatiful, not to be underestimated πŸ™‚ It’s a great time in the summer!  I’ve never been in the cooler months, but it seems @waitingalongtime has offered some great suggestons for winter activities as well πŸ™‚

 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes, please visit Empire/Glen Arbor/Glen Lake. So beautiful! Maple Lane Resort on Glen Lake is owned by my FI’s aunt and uncle and just got a little makeover.

If anyone is into Renaissance faires, there’s a big beautiful one in Holly (east side) and then my cousin just started one in Augusta. πŸ™‚

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