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Kenton bar named Michigan's best neighborhood bar

Kenton might be a small blip on the highway to travelers, but there's one more reason to stop there now, after Hoppy's Bar there was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar.

Excerpt: During our trip to Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, owner Jane Osinski made it clear that she is not one for the spotlight.

"I'm not a big fan of attention," she said.

But, the spotlight shining on her small-town Upper Peninsula bar continues after Hoppy's was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar by MLive statewide entertainment reporter John "Gonzo" Gonzalez.

For more, including the whole list of winners, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Plaidurday in the U.P. is this week

Plaid is like the unofficial color of the U.P., although you could make a strong argument for green and gold, or hunter orange. But plaid has its own celebration, coming up this week.

Excerpt: If you’ve been a fan or customer of Yooper Steez for a year or longer, you’ll know that we love to celebrate Plaidurday. As Yoopers, we are fortunate to be immersed in a culture plentiful with plaid. However, there are many places without this same fortune. And that’s the goal, to share this the joy with everyone, because in the end we’re all connected by a common thread.

More on the event is online here.

Source: YooperSteez.com

Keweenaw offers rocks, ghosts and mysticism to travelers

This piece on one of the stranger attractions to be found in the Upper Peninsula comes from a Detroit Free Press writer. 

Excerpt: Alex Fagotti sat under a tree, holding a shotgun, waiting in the darkness for the thieves to return.

He was all alone. Except for the ghosts watching from the woods.

Fagotti owns Prospector's Paradise, a rocks and minerals store along U.S.-41 in the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, an area so remote and isolated, a sign along the highway calls it "The Last Place on Earth." 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Photographing the Upper Peninsula

A trip to the U.P. should never come without a camera of some type, if only to remember your adventures by. For some, it can serve as a reason in itself to visit.
 
Excerpt: A world away from the concrete mountains and steel-lined Chicago River is a rolling land filled with trees, rivers and streams, deer, badger, wolverines, moose, wolf and both black and brown bear. Roughly a 6-8 hour drive north of Chicago is the upper peninsula of Michigan, the UP as many call it.
 
For the whole blog post, go here.
 
Source: Out of Chicago

Neighborhood bars in the U.P. welcome Mlive reporters

There's some serious love for the U.P. and its residents showing through in this report from Mlive journalists who recently have been surveying Michigan for its best neighborhood bars. Can't really blame them; U.P. bars ARE the best.

Excerpt: We've sat on barstools in Detroit, Muskegon, Saginaw and even Lewiston. And after nine days of exploring drinking establishments all across lower Michigan, we finally got a chance to visit some Yoopers.

For day 10 of MLive's Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar search Saturday, Sept. 20, I joined statewide entertainment reporter John Gonzalez at a quartet of one-of-a-kind haunts in the western Upper Peninsula.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

A less snowy winter? Very possible.

After last year's winter, it seems like a foregone conclusion that this winter must be bringing less snow than it did last time. Forecasters are saying that might be true.

Excerpt: The Climate Prediction Center issues forecasts for the winter. Right now they are making a clear cut forecast that Michigan will have below normal precipitation this winter.

Yes that means Michigan would have much lower snow amounts than last year, when a few cities had record snowfall.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Best spots to see fall colors include the U.P.

The Detroit Free Press has a list of recommendations for best places in Michigan to see the fall colors change, including some in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: When it comes to fall color, Michigan has an embarrassment of riches.

Rolling farmland, hilly woodlands and beach and dune views make Michigan one of the best places in the country for fall color viewing.

Check out the whole list here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. bar among those nominated for Michigan's best

If there's one thing the book Yooper Bars confirmed about the U.P., it's that we have great neighborhood bars. So it's no surprise that at least one U.P. bar was nominated in Mlive's search for the best one in Michigan.

Excerpt: By lunch time, we had received more than 100 nominations, and I still haven't gone through Facebook and Twitter.

…We even heard from the Upper Peninsula, where one reader nominated Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, which is about 80 miles west of Marquette.

For the latest on the contest, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Upper Peninsula resident to sit on travel commission

A Munising businessman will be helping to build tourism in the U.P. with a recent appointment to the state travel commission.

Excerpt: An Upper Peninsula resident has been appointed by the governor to sit on the Michigan Travel Commission.

John Madigan, the manager of Pictured Rocks Cruises, was named to the commission last week. As a member of the commission, Madigan will interact with the Pure Michigan campaign and the state’s tourism board to promote travel in the U.P.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10 

Research forest once belonged to Ford

The tiny settlement of Alberta is now a Michigan Tech research site, but has its roots in Henry Ford's industrial empire.
 
Excerpt: The site that sprang out of Henry Ford's desire to produce wood for his automobiles continues on as a Michigan Technological University site for forest research.
 
The 60th anniversary of the site's transfer to Michigan Tech was commemorated with a two-day celebration recently at the Ford Center.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. offers great family vacation

If your family loves beaches and the outdoors (and really, what kid doesn't?) the Upper Peninsula is a pretty great place to visit.

Excerpt: The kids and I have been lucky enough to take a trip almost every year to the North Shore and Grand Marais, Minn., but this summer, we decided to explore another part of the great Lake Superior.

We made an eight-hour drive to the south shore of the lake, which lies on the northern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

For the rest of the article click here.

Source: Pioneer Press

Crossing the bridge up north means paradise to some

The Free Press has a series of blog posts from readers about their experiences in Michigan, and this one is a look at what the Upper Peninsula means to some visitors.

Excerpt: My husband and I first ventured across the Mighty Mac in 1999. As you cross over the bridge you feel a change in the atmosphere and the energy that surrounds the Upper Peninsula — the best way to describe it is, “Ahhhh …” This draws us several times a year.

The whole post is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Finnish identity still strong in the Upper Peninsula

For U.P. natives, the threads of Finnish culture run strong in everyday life, which can be surprising even when you're from Finland.

Excerpt: John Niska ran naked through the forest and jumped into Lake Superior.

It was cool summer day, and he'd just gotten out of his backyard sauna, which sits at the edge of the fern-dappled woods around his cabin.

The full article can be found here.

Source: The Port Huron Times-Herald

U.P. outfitters offer late summer adventures

Summer isn't over yet! These last few weeks are the most precious, so what better way to enjoy them than connecting with this list of U.P. wilderness outfitters who offer up easy ways to get outdoors.

Excerpt: Whether you'd like to kayak, canoe, bike, fish, or explore the great outdoors of the U.P., you can head on up without packing more than a spare change of clothes.

Outfitters of northern Michigan are readily available to make your trip fun and stress-free. You won't have to haul a kayak atop of your vehicle or squeeze your bicycle in your trunk. All of these activities are available for rent if you make the trip to the U.P.

The whole list of adventures is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Blueberry boom in the U.P.

It's not just a rumor among your friends; it's officially an amazing blueberry season in the U.P.

Excerpt: On jack pine plains across the Upper Peninsula, blueberry pickers are gathering a bountiful harvest.

"They are beautiful berries," said Karyn Vanlinden, administrative assistant at the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Marquette. "The blueberry crop is very good this year."

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press
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