Michigan Bucket List: Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets add a sparkle to the holiday experience. Here is a list of some of the markets taking place across Michigan this season.


Benne Anderson to Lead GRPS Turkey Trot as Honorary Race Director

GRPS alum and running champion Benne Anderson will serve as this year’s honorary race director.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Rogers City

There’s a lot to discover in this community along Michigan’s sunrise coast during the fall.

A boy with Downs syndrome decorates a Christmas tree

Real vs. Artificial Trees: What’s Best for You? 

It comes down to personal choice, but there’s a lot to consider when deciding between a real Christmas tree and an artificial one.


Michigan Bucket List: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

If you love ice skating, you’ll want to check out these outdoor ice skating rinks and enjoy this fun winter activity.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Three Oaks

There’s a lot to discover in this Southwest Michigan community during the fall.


5 Winter Things to Do in Michigan

Activities are easier to come by in the summer than in the winter. We know this. But exciting winter activities in Michigan aren't as limited as you may think. Here are five fun ideas.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Houghton

There’s a lot to discover in this Upper Peninsula community during the fall. 

Vegan Thanksgiving spread from Detroit Street Filling Station

Vegan Thanksgiving: Metro Detroit Restaurants, Food Trucks With 2023 Holiday Menus

Detroit area vegans rejoice! There’s a long list of metro Detroit and Michigan restaurants offering 100% plant-based Thanksgiving meals.

Preparing table for New year dinner

Best and Worst Ways to Cook a Turkey 

There are so many different ways to cook a turkey. Let’s look at some of the best - and worst - ways to get this big bird onto your holiday table.


How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in Michigan

November is Native American Heritage Month. These Michigan sites and landmarks celebrate the rich and important history of Native Americans. Check out this list of Native American-owned businesses to support as well.


What is the Importance of November 11?

What is the Importance of November 11?


Turkey Trots Happening Across Michigan in 2023

Turkey Trots are a fun way to offset some of those calories from a Thanksgiving Day meal.


Living with Spina Bifida: Holland Woman Advocates for Herself, Others

Lucia Rios has spent her entire life learning about spina bifida, the disorder she was born with – and she’s still finding out new information.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Harbor Springs

There’s a lot to discover in this Northern Michigan community during the fall.

Johnny Agar with his dad, Jeff.

Triathlete with Cerebral Palsy Writes about “Impossible Mile”

Johnny Agar, who competes in triathlons with his dad, is the author of the bestseller, "The Impossible Mile: The Power in Living Life One Step at a Time."


Metropolitan Bar + Kitchen Owner Proves You Don't Have to Drink to Run a Successful Bar

Seven years ago, Ashley Price decided to stop drinking. Now the owner of a popular bar in Detroit's West Village, Price is proving you don’t have to drink alcohol to run a successful bar.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Northport

There’s a lot to discover in this Northern Michigan community during the fall.


How to Find Fresh Local Fish in Michigan

Ready to find your freshest locally-caught fish? We’ll show you how.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Marquette

There’s a lot to discover in this Upper Peninsula community during the fall.  


Falls 5Ks in Michigan

Are you ready to run this fall? The list of 5Ks happening all across Michigan in October and November is long. Here's where they are and how to sign up.


Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Pumpkin Patches 

Pumpkin patches are a fall treat in Michigan. Find a good one, then stay for a wagon ride, eat a donut and do a little pumpkin bowling.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Coldwater

There’s a lot to discover in this Southern Michigan community during the fall.

Lake Superior Chapel Beach in Autumn at Pictured Rocks

Beautiful Michigan: Top Picturesque Locations For Fall

Grabbing photos of fall foliage here in Michigan makes for a fantastic October activity. So, where are the best places in the state to capture the perfect fall images?


5 Things to Do This Fall in Port Huron

Located along Michigan's Thumbcoast, Port Huron is a vibrant waterfront community.

Some of Michigan’s best and longest-running haunted houses are opening back up for the fall season. Check out this list of 15 of the scariest haunted attractions the state. Happy haunting! 

15 of the Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 

Michigan is home to some of the most creative, elaborate and downright horrifying haunted houses in the country. Here are 15 of the best!


5 Things to Do This Fall in Whitefish Point / Paradise

There’s a lot of natural beauty to explore in the Upper Peninsula community of Whitefish Point / Paradise.

Amazing Autumn scenery, forests with lake, Fall colors, Aerial view.

Peak Times for Fall Color Across Michigan

The beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves of fall are almost here! Find out when you should plan your color tour to make the most of the autumn splendor.


ArtPrize Artist Connects Art, Healing in Piece Made with Robot Vacuum

Amanda Koss is showing her paintings "Self" and "Dustbin Timberlake" at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan office in downtown Grand Rapids during the annual art festival.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Frankenmuth

This Mid-Michigan community is a popular destination for people who like to celebrate Bavarian traditions and Christmas year-round. 


What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Celebrating the cultures, achievements and traditions of the Hispanic community, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15.


Michigan Bucket List: Michigan Cider Mills

As summer gives way to fall, it’s time for a visit to a cider mill to enjoy apple picking, apple cider and donuts.


5 Things to Do This Fall in Belleville

There’s a lot to discover in this lakeside community southwest of Detroit during the fall.

Michigan Bucket List: Apple Orchards to Explore This Fall 

Michigan Bucket List: Apple Orchards to Explore This Fall 

Nothing says fall in Michigan like filling a bushel basket full of freshly-picked apples. If you want to put a U-pick day on your list this autumn, we can help.


Where to Find Adaptive Kayaking Launches

Adaptive kayak launches offer easy in and out designs for paddlers of all mobility levels. Here are some places to find them.


Introducing Our New Look on A Healthier Michigan

Welcome to A Healthier Michigan! We’ve got a fresh new look and new design features that are ready to help everyone in Michigan get healthier – from the inside out.


Why Pickleball is a Heart-Healthy Sport

Pickleball is a great sport for your heart health, no matter your age.


More or Less Non-Alcoholic Store Brings Inclusivity to Grand Rapids Consumers

Whether you don't drink any alcohol or you want to go N/A for a certain upcoming occasion, More or Less in Grand Rapids has something for you. The store's owners built their brand with inclusivity in mind, and it's working.


5 Things to Do This Summer in Three Rivers

From the arts and cultural events to recreational activities, there’s a lot to do in Three Rivers during the summer.


5 Insider Tips on How to Shop Smarter and Healthier at the Grocery Store

Registered dietician Shanthi Appelö shares five tips for how to shop smarter and healthier in the grocery store.


5 Things to Do This Summer in Grayling

With its prime location on the AuSable River, there are a lot of things to do in Grayling during the summer.


How My Workout Became a Part of My Social Life

Working out with friends has its benefits. Added motivation is usually one of them. That was the experience for Maria Cassel, who details her health journey in this first-person writing.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

5 Things to Do This Summer in Eagle Harbor 

There’s a lot to discover in this hidden gem on Keweenaw Peninsula during the summer.

Sand Point Lighthouse In Downtown Escanaba Michigan

5 Things to Do This Summer in Escanaba 

There’s a lot to do in the port city of Escanaba during the summer.

Little girl picking blueberry

Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Blueberry Farms 

Try a U-pick farm for your blueberries this year. It’s a fun way to get these healthy fruits.

Park Bench on the Bay

5 Things to Do this Summer in Frankfort 

This picturesque lakeshore village sits at the foothills of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

A woman weeds her garden.

Get Your Garden Ready for the Fall with These Tips 

Between weeding, relocating certain plants and testing soil, your garden needs a lot of maintenance at the end of the summer. These seven tips should help.

Caitlyn Begosa

Starting College Out-of-State Was Scary. Here’s How I Coped. 

Contributor and summer intern Caitlyn Begosa writes about starting her first year of college out-of-state, and how she learned to adapt.

Happy woman embracing her friend on the street.

The Importance of Connecting with Old Friends 

Reconnecting with an old friend can feel good. You being the one to initiate the contact can be good for both of you.

Oak Park Dry is part coffeehouse, part dry bar and part music venue.

Dry Bars are Rare in Michigan. But There’s One Inside This Oak Park Coffeehouse.  

For Oak Park and Berkley locals, Oak Park Dry is quickly becoming a go-to spot for great music, great coffee and great N/A mixed drinks.

Finding the Music

Michigan Bucket List: Free Outdoor Concerts 

Bring a blanket, a camp chair and some snacks. It’s time for free summer concerts.

Turnip Rock near Port Austin Michigan

5 Things to Do this Summer in Port Austin 

Port Austin is a laid-back harbor town that has a dark sky preserve and is a boat ride away from the famed Turnip Rock.

Laughing teenage girls enjoying ice cream cones

Ice Cream Flavors That Scream Michigan 

Whether it’s a scoop in a dish or cone, some ice cream flavors just scream Michigan.

Smiling group of people walking together outdoors

Six Ways to Improve Social Wellness  

These six areas of social wellness can unlock a better, more well-rounded health profile.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

5 Things to Do this Summer in Ann Arbor 

Even during the summer when most classes are out, there’s always something going on in Ann Arbor.

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Michigan’s Vintage Drive-In Movie Theaters 

Ready for some nostalgic fun? Roll into one of Michigan’s vintage drive-ins for a summer night adventure. 

Family Watching the Ball Game

Michigan Bucket List: Minor League Baseball Parks 

Peanuts, popcorn and home runs. Who is ready to head to a ballgame?

Sunset on the beach

Hidden Michigan Beaches 

If you don’t like your beach time with a side of crowds and noise, check out these low-key beaches across Michigan.

Mackinaw Island Town View

5 Things to Do This Summer on Mackinac Island

Michigan’s famed island is known for taking people back in time with its horse-and-carriage transportation and historic buildings.

Tranquil scene with Adirondack chairs looking over a lavender field with blue sky and white clouds in Michigan

Michigan Bucket List: Where to Visit Lavender Farms 

Lavender lovers know these dainty blue-purple flowers have a heady scent. Choose one of these lavender farms to add to your Michigan bucket list this summer.

Two Girls Picking Cherries

Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Cherry Farms 

Head to a local orchard and pick your own cherries this summer. They are a healthy, sweet or tart treat.

Delighted man spending time on the picnic

Picnic Food Ideas for Hot Weather 

Picnics and summer go hand-in-hand. Here are some picnic food ideas for hot weather.

Tulip Carnival VIII

Biggest County Fairs in Michigan   

County fairs are a great way to learn more about the community and celebrate Michigan culture with a fun summer tradition.

There are more than a few iconic ice cream spots that Michigan families flock to each summer. These shops have enjoyed sustained success for their quality and service. How many of these eight have you visited, and how many more would you like to check out?  

8 Iconic Michigan Ice Cream Parlors to Visit 

From the upper peninsula all the way down to Jackson, Michigan is dripping with iconic ice cream parlors. How many of these eight spots have you tried?

Jackson’s Zero Bar & Lounge owners pose for a photo in front of their new mobile bar.

Jackson’s Zero Bar & Lounge Brings the Party to Michigan Events and Celebrations Without Alcohol 

One had the dream, one had the drinks: the woman-owned Zero Bar & Lounge adds to the growing list of alcohol-free social options in Michigan.

Traverse City Cherry Festival

Michigan Bucket List: National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is a summer bucket list event to celebrate one of Michigan's largest agricultural industries.

Grand Marais

5 Things to Do This Summer in Grand Marais 

Grand Marais in the eastern Upper Peninsula sits along the south shore of Lake Superior and is a gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Sunset on Lake Michigan shot from the dunes of Saugatuck Michigan

Michigan Bucket List: Best Local Beaches 

Pack a big towel, your suit, sunscreen and favorite pair of shades. It’s time to hit some great beaches.

Throughout the summer, beaches on lakes across the state are full of traveling tourists and locals.  However, it is important to know that not every beach in Michigan is dog friendly. 

Best Michigan Dog Beaches  

While not every Michigan beach is dog-friendly, there are many across the state that welcome dogs of all breeds and sizes. Here are five of them.

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How Nutrition Guidance Has Evolved from These '90s Trends

The ‘90s were a decade of juice boxes, fruit snacks and low-fat everything. Our nutrition has evolved for the better.


5 Things to Do This Summer in Brighton 

From a seasonal waterpark in a lake to recreation areas that take hikers from hardwood forests to meadows, Brighton is a great place to get away from it all.

Family watching hot air balloons during a Michigan summer festival

Michigan Bucket List: Summer Festivals to Put on Your Calendar

This summer, there’s something for everybody in this lineup of Michigan summer festivals that are a must-add to your bucket list.

Looking for the best fireworks in Michigan in 2022? There are destination fireworks displays and festivals all over the state between June 24 and July 4.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Michigan: 12 Displays to Check Out in 2023

Looking for the best fireworks in Michigan in 2023? There are destination fireworks displays and festivals all over the state between June 26 and July 4.

Dad with daughter at home

How to Show Your Dad Appreciation

There are 72 million fathers across the U.S. Here’s how to show appreciation on Father’s Day.

River Staircase

5 Things to Do in Oscoda This Summer 

From fishing or kayaking adventures on the famed Au Sable River to hiking trails or splashing in Lake Huron, Oscoda has an activity you’re sure to love.

Juneteenth in Detroit

Detroit Juneteenth Celebrations in 2023

Metro Detroiters can meaningfully celebrate Juneteenth in Detroit in a multitude of ways, from festivals to special dinners to educational events.


Best of Shanthi’s Summer Recipes 

If you are looking for some menu inspiration, consider some of Shanthi's favorite summer recipes.

Solstice Sundown at St. Joseph Lighthouses

5 Things to Do in St. Joseph This Summer 

St. Joe is home to sugar-sand beaches, a giant splash pad and its landmark Silver Beach Carousel. Here are 5 things to do during a visit.

A young family has fun roasting marshmallows while camping.

The Do's and Don'ts of Camping

Camping in Michigan can be loads of fun, but it can also be a struggle if you’re not prepared. Keep this guide handy as you plan your trip.

Small girl with grandmother picking strawberries on the farm.

Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Strawberry Farms 

Try a U-Pick farm for your strawberries this year. It’s a fun way to get these healthy fruits.

Girlfriends meeting at the LGBTQI pride

Pride 2023 Events Throughout Michigan

Festivals, parades and family-friendly activities are all on tap as Pride events fill up the summer calendar across Michigan.

The Michigan Spirits senior women's basketball team practices at the Lasky Recreation Center in Detroit.

Life and Basketball: Senior Detroit Women Play to Stay Young

For two hours every Monday afternoon at the Lasky Recreation Center in northeast Detroit, time doesn’t matter – only basketball.


Absence of Proof Detroit Appeals to Detroit’s Sober Curious Crowd with Non-Alcoholic Events 

Absence of Proof offers “a night off of drinking.” The NYC-based company is now in Detroit with pop-up hangout options for the sober curious.

Glen Lake Library

Michigan Bucket List: Cool Libraries to Visit 

From libraries with an amazing view from the back porch to spots steeped in history, here are some cool libraries to visit across Michigan.

Michigan Hardwood Forest Reflection In Water

5 Things to Do This Spring in Manistique  

Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Manistique is known for several tourism destinations from historical to recreational. 

A woman excitedly explores her local farmers market.

Michigan’s Best Farmers Markets

Michigan is home to roughly 300 farmers markets. Here are more than a half dozen of our favorites from around the state.

A group of men and women play pickleball outside.

Five Reasons to Start Playing Pickleball

Gracefully Greying health correspondent Lila Lazarus dives into the pickleball craze — and finds it can be good for your health.

Couple mountain biking together

Mountain Bike Trails in Michigan 

Load up those knobby tires and try out these cool trails near you.

Yoga Meditation

5 Things to Do This Spring in Mt. Pleasant  

Located in the middle of Michigan, Mt. Pleasant is home to Central Michigan University. If you are visiting Mount Pleasant, here are some things to do.

Alpena Drawbridge

5 Things to Do This Spring in Alpena 

Known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, the historic port city of Alpena sits nestled between a vast forest and Lake Huron’s picturesque Thunder Bay. 

Camping Yurt

Accessible Camp Sites and Lodges in Michigan

Camping with mobility challenges should not have to be difficult. Check out this statewide list of accessible camping and lodge spots.

A family of three jokes and has fun while baking in the kitchen.

Ideas for a Healthy and Happy Mother’s Day

It’s time to get those Mother’s Day plans in order. Here are some food and activity-based ideas that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

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What is AAPI Month? 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a wonderful way to learn more about this important culture and its contributions.

Wooden Windmill in Holland Michigan

5 Things to Do This Spring in Holland  

A favorite Lake Michigan vacation spot, Holland was settled by the Dutch in the mid-1800s and is still known for its springtime tulips and beaches.

Young adults toast to a good meal while eating outdoors at a restaurant and drinking mocktails.

Sober Curious Series: Spotlighting Michigan Dry Bars, Businesses and Social Networks  

In 2023, AHM will dig deeper into Michigan’s sober curious movement. Dry bars, alcohol-free pop-ups, N/A products and mocktail menus are all on tap.

water trail

How to Enjoy Ludington’s New Accessible Water Trail 

It’s a short, protected route on calm water. Ludington State Park’s new accessible water trail is set to open this summer.

Father and son are traveling together

Michigan Wildflower Hikes to Take This Spring 

Colorful wildflowers are a welcome sign of spring. Here are some hiking spots where you are sure to see them.

Notable Cinco de Mayo celebrations across Michigan are regaining full strength after two abbreviated years of balancing safety and fun amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Across Michigan in 2023

No matter where you live in Michigan, family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebrations are happening across the state between April 29 and May 7.

Happy Native American siblings riding their bikes to school

Ways We All Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity 

One of the most common chronic illnesses in children is obesity – affecting more than 14.4 million children in the U.S. today.

Smiling young friends using binoculars during a nature hike

Mental Health Benefits of Birding 

Spotting a warbler perched on a pine branch or a hawk soaring overhead can be thrilling. But birding also has mental health benefits.

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