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Thrillist names best 24 U.P. restaurants

You're sure to find at least one of your favorites on this list chronicling the best places to eat in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: "Rustic" by nature instead of design, food in the UP mirrors life in the UP; it's a bit more challenging, shaped by the often-harsh geography and the once-predominant mining and logging industries requiring a hardier stock of human, and further influenced by the Finnish, Cornish, Swedish, German, French Canadian, and Italian immigrants who flocked here for those industries.
 
For the whole list, go here.
 
Source: Thrilllist.com

Sault Ste. Marie hockey arena is in final 4 of Hockeyville contest

A Sault Ste. Marie hockey rink has made it to the final round of voting for renovation funding at Kraft Hockeyville. Online voting has been key to the success so far, and votes are still needed.
 
Excerpt: Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan was constructed in 1939 and is one of the oldest artificial ice rinks in the U.S. still in operation. The Pullar has always been known for having excellent hard and fast ice. 2014 was the 75th Anniversary of the rink and the community of Sault Ste. Marie has begun a Building Renovation Project to preserve what I call, the "Pullar Feeling" for decades to come. 
 
For more on the arena and how to vote, go here.
 
Source: Hockeyville

Michigan native with U.P. ties makes it to top 10 on The Voice

Fans of Michigan folk music have been watching, of all things, The Voice lately, in support of a homegrown contestant with ties to the U.P., Joshua Davis.
 
Excerpt: Joshua Davis -- a Top 10 contender on "The Voice" 2015 -- is no stranger to fans of the Michigan folk music scene.
 
He's been a fixture here; performing at festivals and clubs throughout the state, and jamming with fellow musicians of Steppin' In It and the network of acts signed to Earthwork Music, a collective of Michigan musicians who support each other.
 
For the whole interview, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Marquette runner goes to Boston Marathon

Michigan runners made a good showing in this year's Boston Marathon, including one runner from Marquette who went to the event for the first time.
 
Excerpt: Ben Kinney ran his first Boston Marathon on Monday. The 27-year-old Marquette resident finished with a time of 03:33:42, good for 11,324th place overall. Following the race, Kinney shared his experience with Local 3.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: UPMatters.com

Smithsonian traveling exhibit arrives in Ironwood

A traveling exhibit from The Smithsonian is focusing on America's history of work and the working class, and one of its stops, through the end of May, is in Ironwood.
 
Excerpt: The Downtown Art Place (DAP) is proud to host The Smithsonian's "The Way We Worked" traveling exhibition from April 4th to May 31st. The doors will open on the exhibit Saturday, April 4th, 10 am to 4 pm (Easter Saturday). The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 11th with a roundtable "Mining Our Heritage" discussion 10 am at the Gogebic Community College, and an Opening Ceremony 3 pm and a 5 pm Reception at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.
 
For more about the exhibit, go here.
 
Source: Downtown Art Place

Two U.P. lighthouses to be renovated

The Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba and the Crisp Point Lighthouse in Newberry both are getting renovation grants from the state historic preservation office, with the help of local historical groups.
 
Excerpt: Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway made the grant announcement on Thursday.
 
He says that the Delta County Historical Society will have to come up with a 50%  ($7,000) "local match", bringing the total project cost to $21,000 dollars.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: UPMatters.com

LSJ explores challenges and growth for Michigan tourism

From downstate water parks to the shores of Lake Superior, this is a lengthy look at statistics and trends for Michigan tourism in recent years, well worth a read for those interested in the future of the U.P.
 
Excerpt: The biggest tourism success is the Pure Michigan ad campaign, which celebrates its 10th year in 2016. But there are challenges, including pothole-ridden roads, convincing the Legislature to invest more funds to promote tourism and bringing visitors in year-round. Tourism officials also would like to develop a culture inside and outside of hotels and resorts that welcomes tourists and treats them with respect.
 
The rest of the story, and there's quite a bit, is here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Things no one tells you about leaving the U.P.

There comes a time in every young Yooper's life…Time to leave the confines of home and strike out into the wide world. But when you come from the U.P., that looks a little different than it does to most people. Movoto has a list of the things that you might find a little strange in the rest of the world.
 
Excerpt: After spending your entire life driving mostly in the UP, you probably don’t have much tolerance for overcrowding on the roads. When you consider anything more than a 5 minute delay to be heavy traffic, you’ll be shocked to see what most Americans put up with daily.
 
For the whole list, or to add more of your own, go here.
 
Source: Movoto.com

Two U.P. towns on top 10 snowiest list

It might seem a little early to be compiling lists of who got the most snow this winter, but at least so far, the U.P. is still on top.
 
Excerpt: This winter was long and brutal for many, but none of us got as much of the year’s coldest, darkest season as these locations in the Northeast and Midwest.
 
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula takes the prize, with two climate-tracking sites leading the top 10 list. 
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Washington Post

Lilac Festival makes best small-town festival list

A festival all about lilacs? You'd believe it if you've ever been to Mackinac Island in the spring, where lilacs scent every corner. Its Lilac Festival got some recognition for best small town festival on a list from travel giant Fodor's.
 
Excerpt: You may not know it, but some of the country's best festivals are held in small towns scattered throughout the U.S. Featuring a wide range of unique themes, and ranging in size and scope, these celebrations often include parades, entertainment, food, and plenty of special events. Make an effort to time a vacation with one of these beloved fests, which are held at various points throughout the year. 
 
For the whole list, click here.
 
Source: Huffington Post

Biker tracks an 1800-mile course across the U.P.

Check out the Pure Michigan blog if you have a motorcycle and like to travel the U.P. Thorough maps, reviews and neat photos all come from a biker who's already been there, done that.
 
Excerpt: I like to do my exploring on an adventure motorcycle, but a car – or even a horse (as I learned along the way) – will take you to treasure. With motorcycle riding upon us, it’s a good time to share some opportunities for the curious to explore and enjoy.
 
Rolling along to take in hundreds of points of interest, I covered about 1,800 miles of Pure Michigan goodness. My goal went beyond the entertainment of taking my own trip.  I wanted to share some information that would make it easier for others to plan a trip of their own. 
 
For the whole story plus maps, click here.
 
Source: Pure Michigan

Grand Hotel named best wedding venue by Brides magazine

High-end details plus the romance of an island with no cars allowed--plenty of reason right there to have a Grand Hotel wedding, if that's in your price range. Brides magazine agrees, listing it among the best places to get married.
 
Excerpt: The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan is the perfect locale for a Michigan bride's idyllic wedding day. Tucked away on an island in Lake Huron, your guests will be transported into a magical wedding weekend from the moment they set foot on the island. Since cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, arrange for horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to transport guests to the hotel.
 
Find out what else is on the list here.
 
Source: Brides.com

U.P. universities win collaboration award

A recent ceremony brought together economic developers, state officials and various stakeholders from across the state to honor outstanding accomplishments, including an award that went to three U.P. universities for how well they work together.
 
Excerpt: The Collaborate, Connect, and Create awards are each presented to one of Michigan's 10 Prosperity Regions, which were created under the Gov. Rick Snyder to inspire collaboration and provide services more effectively and efficiently. The awards were presented by MEDC CEO Steve Arwood at the Michigan Governor’s Economic and Education Summit in Detroit.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: MI Newswire

Houghton couple visits every county in the continental U.S.

The story of a U.P. couple has even hit the international news of interest, as they recently achieved their goal of visiting every county in every U.S. state--at least, except for Alaska and Hawaii. But, they're working on those, too.
 
Excerpt: A Michigan couple has completed a quest to visit all 3,108 counties in the lower 48 states after driving around the country in a green 1999 Dodge Intrepid for almost nine years.
 
Jennifer and Jonathan Riehl put the finish touch on their journey this week when they boarded a ferry to Nantucket in their car, which has accumulated almost 540,000 miles.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Daily Mail

The perfect Michigan road trip has been created in time for spring

The roads are clear, and if the landscape isn't quite green yet, it's definitely inspiring thoughts of road-tripping. This year, a Michigan State student plotted out the ultimate Michigan road trip, posting a route online that will hit most major landmarks in the state. Might be worth a try this summer.
 
Excerpt: It's a map that makes you dream of summer days and green Michigan landscape sliding by outside your driver's side window.
 
Randal Olson, a computer science and engineering doctorate student at Michigan State University, has created what he views as the ultimate Michigan road trip. 
 
For the route and more info, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com
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