Friday, April 21, 2017

Mercury Rising- Scientists Baffled Over Increasing Mercury Levels In Great Lakes Fish

Authorities recently gave out advisories regarding the high level of toxic mercury in Great Lakes fish. With the advisories came a recommendation to limit certain fish species consumption.Livnfresh is an advocate for keeping Lake Michigan and the Great lakes beautiful and clean for humans as well as the creatures that dwell beneath.

Side effects of Mercury

Mercury, a heavy, silver metal forms as a liquid at room temperature and is deadly to animals, especially to humans. The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA discovered that short-term exposure to mercury found in water can result in  health hazards. Kidney damage can happen when exposed to mercury at levels beyond the contaminant level of 0.002 ppm. The toxic substance can also result to brain damage in children and hinder brain development in developing babies. Mercury can also attack the immune system and damage heart function in adults.

Since 1970 the mercury content found in Greta Lakes based fish continued to drop progressively. The reduction of mercury was the result of stricter Midwestern smokestacks regulations and the closure of coal-fired manufacturing plants. Also, technology provides massive benefit for pollution prevention.

 Research scientist at the Environment and Climate Change Canada, Agnes Richards said, “We’ve been monitoring since the 1970s and the (mercury contamination) trends overall have been declining, as have been the emissions of mercury into the atmosphere and deposition into the lakes.”

Richards also added, “We decided to look at recent trends, from 2000 to 2015. What we found is, at some specific sites, trends have reversed.”

 Reversal of the trend

In the past years, the trend started to change. Scientist found mercury level increasing in several Great Lakes fish like walleye and lake trout. Another peculiar case in the toxic mercury reports shows that not all fishes are affected. Researchers are still conducting more studies to find out the reason for the incidence.

Joseph Bohr, the aquatic biologist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division claimed that mercury level in some fish continues to rise. He said (in the same article), “Out of 19 data sets, we see eight where we can see a significant trend.”

 In Lake Michigan, Bohr mentioned that walleye and lake trout in the Grand Traverse bays show an increase of mercury content. Scientists can also see the same trend in Lake Huron in the walleye from Saginaw Bay and the lake trout found in Thunder Bay. Lake Erie also shows mercury level rising. The aquatic biologist said that the average increase of mercury level reaches up to 2% annually.

For the meantime, the increasing level of mercury toxicity remains in isolated areas.

Scientist Hypothesis-are storms to blame?

Ecotoxicologist of Environmental Canada, Shane De Solla believed that the warming of the Great Lakes shows a key factor in the trend. De Solla, the co-author of the research said, “The lakes are slightly warmer, and that increases the production of methyl mercury.”

Richards also mentioned that the region’s regular strong storms in the past years can also affect the Great Lakes. She said, “That results in a lot of flooding, and the re-suspension of sediments, what was buried before can become exposed, and that can increase the conversion of mercury to methylmercury.”

 Meanwhile, Bohr mentioned about the invasive species which “significantly changed the food web.” These invasive species significantly altered the fish diets.

He said that in Saginaw, Thunder bays, and Grand Traverse carp are not showing any increase in mercury levels. Bohr added that in the Detroit River and St. Clair River carp are even seen decreases in mercury. He believed that the findings show important clues because carp being bottom feeders and eat differently from big sports fish.

Bohr said that carp are “low on the food chain” and “mucking around on the bottom eating insects, basically.”

De Solla believed that the mercury level in the Great Lakes will not cause any “catastrophic in the next little while.” However, if it continues to increase then “it could become a problem again.”

Mercury levels found in the fishes remains below the US Environmental Protection thresholds. Nevertheless, researchers want to establish if the reported mercury level is a temporary condition or will cause an environmental concern.

 Billions worth of fish industry possibly effected

The outcome can greatly affect Michigan’s fishing industry.  The data of The Michigan Department of Natural Resources concluded that anglers spent at least $2.4 billion in equipment and trip-related expenditure in 2011.

What Can We As Michigan Residents Do?

Get involved. Organizations like Health Great Lakes can always use support. **Also the image was from the movie starring Bruce Willis “Mercury Rising” in case you missed the tie in.


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Friday, April 14, 2017

4 Unforgettable Shipwrecks in Lake Michigan

  • Lady Elgin

5 Ship Wrecks You Need To Remember In Michigan
Lady Elgin remains as the worst open water disaster in the history of the Great Lakes. The incident happened on September 8, 1860, claimed the lives of more than 300 people.  A smaller vessel named Augusta, a 129-foot schooner rammed the 252-foot wooden steamship, Lady Elgin at a speed of 11 knots.

Witnesses account say that the second mate of Augusta spotted Lady Elgin 30 minutes before the collision. However, the schooner did change its course until it was too late. The smaller vessel managed to correct its course 10 minutes before the collision.

When Augusta collided with Lady Elgin, there was music in the forward cabin. The captain of Augusta sailed away thinking that their vessel sustained more damage than the larger vessel. But Augusta torn a big part of the Lady Elgin, the crew lowered a lifeboat but was not secured. The lifeboat just floated away before passengers could go onboard.

  • SS Carl D. Bradley

5 Unfortettable Shipwrecks in Michigan Card Bradley

SS Carl D. Bradley was the largest ship that sails the Great Lakes between the years 1927 and 1949. The 639-foot “Queen of the Lakes was an engineering spectacle as it serves as the largest and longest self-unloading freighter of its days.

The vessel used to tow limestone to the deep water ports of Lake Michigan from Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Before it sank, the Carl Bradley collided with another ship, MV White Rose along St. Clair River. The damage may have contributed to the disaster the following year.

A massive gale-force storm hit Carl Bradley on November 18 after a haul delivery in Gary, Indiana. The vessel was on its way heading north in the upper part of Lake Michigan., The freighter began cracking in to around 5:30 pm when the storm’s wind reaching 65 miles per hour and waves began to soar up to 20 feet tall.

The crew made three radio calls of Mayday but rescuers reached the freighter too late, only two survived from the 35 crewmen on board the Carl Bradley.

  • Niagara

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Records show that Niagara was the finest steamers of its era. The side-wheeled vessel was built in 1846 in Buffalo New York and serves a main transportation for both passengers and good in the Great Lakes.

However, on a tragic day of September 24, 1856, the steamship caught fire around 6:00 pm. The fire started in the engine room but the cause of the fire remains a mystery until today. One theory surfaces about the incident is that some flammable cargo may have cause the fire.

Most of the crew and passengers were able to jump from Niagara. Nearby ships later rescued the stranded people. However, 60 out of the 300 passengers died on that day and the entire ship was lost in the water.

  • L.R. DOTY

One of the most memorable shipwrecks in Lake Michigan was L.R. Dotty. The vessel was one of the last wooden steamships to set sail on the Great Lakes in 1893. Steel become the standards for newer models. The 291-foot steamer had reinforced steels and very much sturdy according to the standards.

L.R. Dotty also has a powerful and huge engine but did not have any electricity of any up to date communication apparatus.  The vessel was no match for the vicious storm on October 25, 1898. On that same day, several vessels on the lake perished including Chicago boardwalk and Milwaukee break wall. The storm claimed all the lives and cargo onboard of L.R. Dotty.  The ship was later discovered after 112 years since it sank in the bottom of Lake Michigan.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

The Best Beaches in Traverse City MI 2017[Local Friday Features]

Traverse City, (my favorite city in the world) lies on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bays and is the largest city in the 21-county of Northern Michigan. If you are heading “Up North” and want to “explore some of Northern Michigan’s Best Beaches“, then make sure to read our article.

TC is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States reportedly, however rumors swirl about the Cherry Festival bringing in cherries from Washington for the National Cherry Festival…. The festival attracts at least 500,000 tourists for a full week in July. Talk about “fudgy central”. If you dont know what the term “fudgy” means, it means you’re not a local. People visiting always seem to stop at some of the fudge shops that are scattered across TC.


French voyagers named the city after the Grand Traverse Bay as “La Grande Traverse.” It means the long crossing across the mouth of the bay. In 1839, Rev Peter Doughtery started the first permanent settlement in Traverse City.

The Best Beaches in Traverse City

Traverse City draws tourist because of its many spectacular beaches, crystal clear waters, amazing hotels and world class restaurants. To make your next vacation easier, we compiled a list of the city’s best beaches.

Traverse City State Park

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The beach is located just two miles west of downtown TC. It stretches a quarter mile of beautiful sandy beach on Grand Traverse Bay. This place also offers a great camping site with at least 300 camping wooded setting spots.It also happens to run adjacent to the Pinestead Reef resort which is one of my favorite places.

To get there, just cross a bridge across US-31, to reach the camping ground.

Bryant Park

best beaches in traverse city, bryant park.

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Ok, maybe I’m a little biased on this one. I grew up right across the street from this beach, so it will always have a special place in my heart. Located within a few minutes’ away from downtown, Bryant Park sits on the West Grand Traverse Bay.  The beach faces west, so it is always great to catch the sunsets here. Situated at the base of Old Mission Peninsula, it is also a great place for kids to play under the pine trees.

Bryant Park is super close to, Bardon’s Wonder Freeze, a mid-century shop that was my favorite place growing up to get ice cream after a baseball game at the Civic’s Center.

Clinch Park

Clinch Park Traverse City, Best Beaches In Traverse City Michigan 2017

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Popular because it’s gorgeous after just having a major facelift a few years ago, Clinch Park is a “fudgy” and local favorite.

Since its right downtown, you can head there after that shopping spree, or after indulging in some beverages or food.You can burn those calories (from dining in downtown TC’s cafes) in several activities on the beach. Clink Park offers kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP), and canoes rentals.

Although parking is not easily accessible, except for some spots scattered across the marina,you can park along Cass Street and cross the underpass to get to Clink Park. Cass Street is located on the north side of West Grandview Parkway.

East Bay Park

East Bay Park Best Beaches in Traverse City Michigan 49685

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East Bay Park is great to bring along your toddlers along because the beach is shallow than most of the beach in TC. Perfect for those little kids to splash and enjoy the warm water and lifeguards watch the beach during the summer.  It is located on the bottom of the East Grand Traverse. The beach also has a playground and restrooms.

West End Beach

If you want to party in TC, then the West End Beach sure top the list. It’s hard to really differentiate what is Clinch Park beach and West End Beach, because they are essentially the same spot. But the maria is what separates West End Beach from Clinch Park.

If you see people drinking beer and sporting backwards ball caps, then you are probably at West End Beach. This place offers several sand volleyball courts, an open space for Frisbees or to play catch. The beach is also buzzing with people lying along its mile-ling sweet sandy beach. The Volley ball section of the beach is populated with teens and young adults. Boaters often park their boats and “Red Neck Yacht Club” it up for days.

West End beach is literally across the street from restaurants, cafes, and shops. So, you could just grab a bite and go back to swim in no time. The beach is located west of Division Street and on the north side of Grandview Parkway.

 Power Island

Power Island Best Beaches in Traverse City Michigan To Visit

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Now, if boating is your life, then head on to Power Island. This place offers almost everything for the adventurer. Power Island has great wooded hikes, old-school camping sites, and sandy beaches.

Also, it’s great to spend time some quality time with your loved ones since the scenic island is secluded from the busy noise of the city. The island is located 3.5 miles from Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula.

Haserot Beach

Haserot Beach Old Mission Peninsula

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Haserot Beach is a place also known for toned down ambiance. This place will give you a quieter beach time since people rarely go here. Haserot Beach is located on Old Mission Harbor and features a playground, picnic area, boat launch and restrooms.

You need to drive a little farther from downtown TC to visit, but trust me it’s worth the drive. Kite boarders love this spot. It is located north of Traverse City about 18 miles via M-37.

North Bar Lake

North Bar Lake Beach

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If you want to go in an off beaten path to have a pristine quiet time on the beach, then North Bar Lake is a perfect destination for you. It’s a 40-minute drive from downtown TC but the Sleeping Bear Dunes is one exceptional place to visit.

To get there you can drive via M-72 about 30 miles from downtown Traverse City. You also need a park permit to enter the beach but you can also pay once you get there.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Things To Do In Jackson Michigan [Local Friday Feature]

Jackson sits along Interstate 94 in the south-central area of Michigan.  It is located about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles south of Lansing. Founded in 1829, the city was named after President Andrew Jackson. It has a population of around 160,248 residents.

All year round, Jackson offers different fascinating ways to spend time with family, or just simply discover a new hobby. Lots of people know Jackson as a home of the Michigan State Prison. But there are so many other wonderful things to do, experience and remember in Jackson! Nature lovers will surely fall in love again in exciting birding activities. Jackson also caters for fun outdoor activities; whether touring art museums, Michigan’s first state prison or going about shopping, Jackson has a lot to offer.


All kinds of sports are available in 457-acre Sparks Park from basketball, baseball, playground areas for the kids to their popular paved walking trail.

The park also boasts of their 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Cascades Short Course. The famous park also adds another great pastime, the Urban Fishery which has a pier with wheelchair accessibility. One can just cast a fishing line to reel in large-mouth bass and bluegill. A large picnic gazebo provides a lot of sunshine during the summer. In winter, Cascades Park becomes a playground for kids enjoying the sledding hills.

Cascades Falls

Cascade Falls Jackson Michigan. Things to do in Jackson Michigan

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The man made water fall was completed in 1932 and one of the most famous landmarks in Jackson. Cascade Falls take pride in six massive fountains, three reflecting pools, and 16 waterfalls. Music creates an amazing effect when played alongside with the playful waterfalls. Often times, they have fireworks display for everyone to enjoy.

Ella Sharp Museum

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Considered as a ‘gem’ in Jackson, Ella Sharp Museum exhibits wildlife art such as carvings, many different clocks and the history of Jackson. The museum opened in 1965 on a 530-acre property of Ella Merriman-Sharp. Families can enjoy sculptures, a planetarium, a log cabin and a historical Victorian mansion.

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

Things To do in jackson michigan sand hill crane jackson michigan vineyard

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This family owned vineyards creates their own handcrafted wines using the best local produce in their own premises. Their wines are well known for the very distinct taste of rich and complex characteristics and are made in small batches. Tourists consider the vineyard as an off beaten path destination but a great way to spend lunch in an al fresco ambiance.Livnfresh is all about the Michigan beer makers and wine makers. Check out our “Love Michigan beer section” and see if anything tickles your palette.

Falling Waters Trail

Fun things to do in jackson michigan falling waters trail

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Falling Waters Trail links Concord, Summit and Spring Arbor townships which cross the Lime Lake. The trail brings in together dog lovers, bike enthusiasts and nature lover of all ages. The trail provides a 10-mile hike which makes it great to shed off the pounds from those wine tasting activities or simply contemplate on life. The paved trail makes it easier for children who would want to explore nature. Want to enter the next race? One of our ¼ performance zips might make your early training sessions more enjoyable, or at least you can look good while running!

Cell Block 7

Thigns To Do In Jackson Michigan. Put The Fear of God in your kids by visiting Cell Block 7.

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Cell Block 7 will give the experience of what is life behind the doors and it is “as close to prison as you can get.” The facility is not just a replica it was a real prison where the most hardened criminals in Michigan dwelt. Also, it was built beside a working penitentiary, which makes the experience even more realistic.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Not leaving Michigan for spring break? These 5 ideas will keep your family entertained with staycation activities.

With spring break on the horizon, families are beginning to plan activities that would be fun for the whole family. Children are excited to have a long-anticipated break from school while parents are looking forward to quality time with the family. However, with expensive airfare and other nuisances, more and more families are opting for a staycation as opposed to traveling far for spring break. For those who live in Michigan, here are five ideas to keep your family entertained during a staycation.

1. Make a day trip to go skiing.

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Despite the lack of mountains, Michigan still boasts plenty of impressive skiing resorts. Most people will be surprised to discover that Michigan ranks second in the nation for the amount of skiing spots found in the state. In fact, Michigan has an amazing 49 different ski areas. This is a great way to get the family out of the house for spring break without having to fly to an exotic location. Besides being fun for all ages, it can also be very reasonably priced. Regardless of where you live in Michigan, there is bound to be one ski resort within driving distance. This makes it an excellent choice for a day trip. No previous experience or investment is needed as all equipment can be rented at the resorts.

2. Indoor Paintball

Another adventurous activity that families can enjoy as they spend spring break in Michigan is indoor paintball. This fairly recent phenomena sees teams dressed up in protective gear as they they shoot small balls full of paint at opponents. While this activity is serious enough to cause bruises, it is also safe enough for families so long necessary precautions are taken. Families can enjoy the different activities and games that are incorporated into indoor paintball. Some common examples include a standard elimination match between two teams as well as the classic capture the flag game. This activity is a great option when the weather outside is not cooperating. Furthermore, this can be a great bonding experience for families.

3. Bouncy Houses

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While this activity will be geared more towards the kids, parents can release their inner child and have a blast as well. Bouncy houses have been a staple of childhood fun for generations. Having fun with this activity can be a great way to spend time with the family. While the most common method for using bouncy houses is renting, there are some business that have emerged as of recent that offer bouncy houses. Some of these business even offer a restaurant along with the bouncy houses. These places can be a great way to spend a day with the family. However, renting bouncy houses will be much easier. If the weather cooperates, families can place these funhouses in their backyard and enjoy hours of endless fun.

4. Visiting Amusement Parks

Both parents and children alike can enjoy a nice day at an amusement park. All throughout Michigan, there are several options for both amusement and water parks. There are even some indoor water parks to accommodate even the worst weather. These amusement parks include many different activities for all members of the family. For those thrill seekers in the family, many different types of roller coasters can be found. There are also more tame activities for those who enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere. These amusement parks make a great day trip for the whole family. Yep, it might be a bit cold for roller coasters and amusement parks might not quite be open depending on how cold it stays.

5. Experiencing the Outdoors

Michigan has some of the most beautiful natural parks in the United States. From dense forests with winding trails to rolling hills, the state is sprawling with beautiful nature. In fact, there are 100 natural parks that cover 250,000 acres in total. Families can pack up a tent and head out for a weekend camping trip or simply go for a day hike around their home. Regardless, the great outdoors can provide a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway for the whole family. Bicycles can also be rode on specially designed trails for yet another outdoor activity.

Although a staycation doesn’t include an exotic getaway, families don’t have to sacrifice on fun. There are plenty of activities around Michigan that offer hours of excitement. Because many of these activities only require a day, they can be added together for an unforgettable week. These are just five ideas of ways to keep your family entertained. Remember to get input from all members of family to ensure that all desires can be met. Another benefit of staying home for spring break is the sheer amount of money that can be saved. This money can be put towards a future vacation abroad or simply spent in your home state gear.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Winter Family Fun in Northern Michigan – Avalanche Bay and Great Wolf Lodge

Traveling to Northern Michigan in the winter provides ample opportunity for fun with the family. While the weather outside is often cold and blustery, indoor activities can allow the kids to get out some of that pent up energy. When you’re looking for vacation lodging for the cold winter months, it’s best to find a resort that has plenty of things to do with your family in Northern Michigan. Indoor water parks like Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain and Great Wolf Lodge are the ideal way to enjoy the winter weather while vacationing in the area.

Avalanche Bay – Boyne Mountain

This water park resort located in Boyne Falls, MI, boasts of having the largest indoor water park in the state. This place is ideal for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. This resort is open to guests at the lodge. Plus, they also sell wristbands to those who wish to enjoy the water park, making this an ideal place for locals to take the kids when the winter days seem long. While it’s cold and snowy outside, guests can enjoy the indoor temperature of the park which is always kept between a toasty 84 – 87 degrees. The park has lifeguards, which helps parents sit back and relax without having to worry about keeping an constant eye on the kids. The Kitz Pool area is ideal for the younger kids under 36″ in height. Older kids can enjoy the bigger slides like The Big Coulior, Super-G, and Vertigo.

Guests of the resort can take advantage of the many amenities on-site. The resort has an arcade for the kids to play in once they’ve had enough time in the water. There are several dining options at the resort, which helps to prevent the need to get into the car and drive to a restaurant when everyone gets hungry. The resort has many different packages that allow a family to stay and play without leaving the property. Some packages also have the option to add a buffet breakfast at a reduced price. The Snack Shack is located inside the water park so that the entire family can have a quick snack without having to leave the park. Another great thing about the resort is that it offers close access to some of the best skiing in the state for those who enjoy the snow.

Great Wolf Lodge

So my family and I just stayed there. So all the photos will be from our stay at the GWL. Sorry Avalanche Bay, I could not find any of my cool photos from our stay there, I blame facebook and not being able to search for my photos via keywords!

This resort, located in Traverse City, MI, has a water park that can easily occupy the entire family for several days without hearing claims of boredom of having nothing to do. The youngest ones in the family can spend time in Whooping Hollow and Cub Paw Pool, which have slides and activities for toddlers and the younger set. The older kids will have a blast on Alberta Falls and the large rafts on River Canyon Run. The entire family can float in the lazy river at Crooked Creek or soak up the warm, relaxing water in Manitoba Tubs hot springs. The indoor park area has chairs and lounging areas for parents to relax. One of the benefits of staying at Great Wolf Lodge is that the water park can only be used by guests of the resort. This helps to prevent crowding in the water park area.

Great Wolf Lodge also offers many other amenities to make for a pleasant stay. There are various children’s activities throughout the resort and these are included with each resort package. Packages vary based on the time you wish to stay at the resort but there are often seasonal specials that can be taken advantage of to provide some savings. There are several dining options at the resort, including snacks, desserts and pizza, along with an on-site Dunkin’ Donuts. Plus, there is a dining option inside the water park area so that the kids don’t have to leave the fun to get a bite to eat. The accommodations at the lodge easily suit various sizes of families with the different suites offered, some of which are themed to make that vacation extra special. Guests also have access to WiFi throughout the resort. Parents can take advantage of the fitness center, which is always open.

Indoor water parks are one of the best things to do with your family in Northern Michigan when the weather is cold. Great Wolf Lodge and Avalanche Bay are both excellent options for the family looking for a place where they can hang out and relax for the entire vacation without having to pack everyone in the car to travel around town. While the weather outside may be cold and snowy, the atmosphere inside these water parks is always warm and inviting, giving the family plenty of space to enjoy all the activities offered.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Planning A Summer Getaway to Northern Michigan? Make Sure To Check These Beaches Out

If you’re planning a trip to Northern Michigan, you’re going to need to spend some quality time at the beautiful beaches that stretch across it’s shores. Whether you’re looking forward to a relaxing picnic in the sands or a bonfire party under the night sky, Northern Michigan has beaches perfect for all your vacation needs. These are the best beaches in Northern Michigan to visit. And from the beach to the bonfire Livnfresh has the perfect Michigan Apparel to keep you cool or cozy whatever the Michigan weather throws at you. Chic tank tops to luxurious hoodies. We got you!

1. Pere Marquette Park Beach

This gorgeous beach located right in Muskegon is great if you’re looking for a beach with lots to do. The park stretches for miles along the coast and is equipped with playgrounds, volleyball fields, and picnic areas. People can often be found kayaking and windsurfing right off the shore. Although it’s bustling with people, this beach is so big that it never gets too crowded. When you’re ready to relax, enjoy an intimate view of the waters at the pier. You can even stroll over to one of the many restaurants nearby for a lakeside dinner.

2. Hoffmaster State Park Beach

Just north of Grand Haven, Hoffmaster Beach stretches for 3 miles along the coast. If you’re looking for a beach to camp at, this is the place to go. You have to reserve your spot early though because campsites get swept up quickly! With huge, wind-swept dunes, fabulous hiking trails, and majestic forests, it’s no wonder why this area is so popular. Even though it’s full of people, the campsites are hidden from traffic areas and are actually quite private. The beaches have clean sand, flat terrain, and are simply stunning.

3. Fifth Avenue Beach

This beach is located right in the town of Manistee. The views from this beach are something to marvel at. With crystal clear waters and gorgeous sands, it is a great place to be a bit of a beach bum. There is even a lighthouse with a paved walkway leading right to it. If you are in the area around the 4th of July, you can join the hundreds of others that gather on the beach to watch the fireworks. This is a family-friendly beach with a playground for the kids to enjoy. Parking is easy and the facilities are modern.

4. Point Betsie Lighthouse Beach

If your beach experience isn’t complete without some rock hunting, check out Point Betsie Beach in Frankfort. This is one of the best beaches in Northern Michigan for a day of adventures and discovery. The beach has bright blue waters and rocky areas that are fun to climb around. The lighthouse is still operating and definitely worth checking out while you’re there. Go when it’s open so that you can climb to the top and get an incredible view of the beach.

5. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear is one of the best reasons to visit Northern Michigan. Take a ferry ride over to this area to see one of America’s most beautiful national parks. The dunes are huge and full of fun trails to spend a day hiking along. The beach itself stretches for 65 miles in total and is full of great lookout points. Empire Bluff Trail is one of the best beach trails on the island with easy terrain for those who want a less strenuous hike through the dunes. The beaches are clean and sparkle at sunset.

6. Clinch Park Beach

Clinch Park Beach sits right along the downtown area of Traverse City. Go here if you want an entertaining beach experience. There’s a large playground area with fountains for the kids, tons of restaurants and clubs right next to it, and fun festivals throughout the year. With a boat launch area, you can even spend a day boating around or kayaking along the shores. The waterfront recently went through some renovations and is now very clean and well-maintained. It’s a perfect place for family activities.Looking for more fun things to do in Traverse City? We got you covered.

7. Ludington State Park Beach

Ludington Beach has got to be one of the prettiest beaches in Northern Michigan. The park has great hiking trails, fishing spots, kayaking, and lots of incredible swimming areas. The beach area is huge and stretches for miles. Although popular, it never feels too crammed with people because of it’s expanse. A lot of people go out to the dune areas for hiking. There is even a river nearby that you can take a relaxing float on. The sites are well-maintained and very clean. Lots of people travel here specifically for the campgrounds.

If you enjoy scenic sunsets, water sports, camping, hiking, and all around outdoor fun, Northern Michigan beaches are made for you. A trip to any of these gorgeous sandy shores is a guaranteed memorable vacation waiting to be discovered.


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Michigan Is Awesome. We Know It- And So Should You!

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From beautiful scenery, mouth-watering food, bubbly locales to fabulous gems and great lakes and the most beautiful beaches, these are just some of the few things that Michigan has to offer.

If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime or consider having a break from all the stress at work, then off you go to Michigan. The state doesn’t just offer an individual the chance to be one with nature, but it also caters different fun and exciting activities perfect for friends and family members.

The natural scenery within Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes are some of the most beautiful and jaw-dropping views you’ll see. Moreover, it is also splendid for exploring and discovering new things. It makes a real change of the mood that will leave you craving for more.

There are many indoor and outdoor adventure and adrenaline rush activities you can do in Michigan that attractions like the super cool Laser Edge and The Lost City offer. You can also visit captivating museums and indoor play for children and other different fun and thrills for you, your friends, and your whole family.

Why Visit Michigan? Because We Are Not Ohio….

Michigan comes from the French word “Mishigamaa,” meaning “large lake.” Clearly Michigan is the home of the Great Lakes. Bordering four iconic lakes, Michigan is a place for breath taking scenery.

However, there is more to Michigan than these great lakes. Michigan is also a home of other breathtaking “hidden gems” that people would love to discover when traveling. Michigan is a state that consists of two peninsulas, the upper and lower peninsula.

Way before, Michigan is already widely known as the center of the United States automotive industry. It is the home of the country’s three major automobile companies. The lower peninsula consists of services, manufacturing and high-tech industries while the upper peninsula serves as a tourist destination because of its abundance of natural resources.

Be one with Nature Without The Hippy Vibe

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  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness

Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness is a good place for a hike and a feel of an outdoor excitement. It is made up of endless Lake Michigan horizon and more than 3,200 acres of tall, windswept dunes, marshland, and grassland.

Moreover, rare hemlocks and Juniper trees bring a heavenly scent all throughout. Nordhouse Dunes is a home to many animals such as deer, porcupines, coyotes, and various kinds of songbirds. It is also a home to endangered species like the piping plover and pitcher’s thistle.

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  • Headlands International Dark Sky Park

Considered as one of the nine dark sky parks in the world. The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is a six-hundred-acre parcel of land that consists of an uninhabited Lake Michigan shoreline and thick forest stretching around two miles.

Because of little light pollution in the area, you can see phenomenal starry skies. The place has been a prominent and influential place for astronomers, nature lovers, and photographers.


  • Alpena Shipwreck Tours

The Alpena Shipwreck tour is a two-hour ride in a boat through the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Moreover, the sanctuary contains a total of 50 wrecks. This place is a must-see for people who are interested in Michigan’s Great Lakes maritime history.

  • Soo Locks

You can have a Soo Lock Boat Tour that will take you through the locks between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Also, you can touch the side of the locks as you wait for the water to rise and fall.

You can also sail next to St. Mary Rapids and watch the fishermen by the hydro-electric plants. In totality, You can’t compare this kind of experience just by standing on the sidelines.


  • Tahquamenon Falls

The Tahquamenon Falls is an enchanting waterfall found in the upper peninsula. It is the largest waterfall in Michigan and the second biggest fall east of the Mississippi. Moreover, it reaches 200 feet across and drops almost 50 feet.

  • Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek

Take a stroll around the 72 acres lush garden located in Battle Creek, Michigan. The lush garden contains around 1,700 kinds of woody plants and a total of 25,000 plants including shrubs, trees, perennial and annual plantings. It also features purple coneflowers, daisies, and daylilies.


  • Tunnel of Trees

The heritage route traveling through Harbor Springs and Cross Village is an astounding display of northern hardwoods located along the roadway. It is often referred to as “Tunnel of Trees” because the trees are located very near to the road, creating an effect of traveling through a tunnel.

This mostly used route from Harbor Springs to Cross Village displays stunning vistas and dramatic curves and turns. Moreover, it is considered a  scenic view and is also good for pictures and the like.

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  • Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum holds remarkable, prominent, and stunning masterpieces from known painters and artists. It includes landmark treasures by Matisse, Bruegel, and Van Gogh. Moreover, the museum contains works that span thousands of years, from contemporary art to ancient civilizations.

There are also works from Mexican artists as well as powerful symbols of Detroit’s soul monuments that reflect the supremacy of art and human imagination.


  • Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is known as the World’s Oldest Jazz Club. It spans an 81-year history of presenting jazz music. Its history, furnishings, decorations and cozy intimacy make it the ideal spot to feel and reminisce Detroit’s remarkable music legacy.

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall

There is a glorious and grandiose history that surrounds the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Up until now it still continues to create inspiring, exhilarating, and heart-stopping music. The current director is Leonard Slatkin who gives an emphasis on American music.

The orchestra hall is the home of Detroit Symphony Orchestra, recognized for its legendary intimacy and acoustics, remains the best place to hear them create music.


  • Stuff To Take Home

You should never end your trip in Michigan without bringing some of these wonderful souvenirs with you:

  • Michigan Charm

This charm is a favorite souvenir in Michigan. Since every state in the union and different cities each have their charms you can purchase for anyone you know, Michigan also has its “Michigan Charm” that you can buy. This souvenir is better than those odd thimbles and other ornaments.

  • Dried Cherries from the Cherry Republic

Delicious cherries are famous around Traverse City, Michigan. It is perfect for a sweet treat and souvenir for friends and family back home. This tasty treat is a local food to bring back.

  • Postcard, Quarter and Stamp

For those who are fond of collecting postcards and stamps, this is definitely for you. Michigan gift shops and souvenir shops sell postcards which you can send to your friends back home. You can also buy one or even a set, which includes a quarter and a stamp for the state.



Visiting Michigan should now be on your to-do bucket list. You’ll have a lot to do and a lot to discover when visiting Michigan. Because of its diverse breathtaking sceneries and its exciting and enchanting museums and orchestra halls, Michigan is a place worth the stay.

Even though Michigan was primarily famous for the three automobile companies, little by little, people are now appreciating the “hidden gems” that are in the Great Lake State.

Destinations such as Tahquamenon Falls, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Headlands International Dark Sky Park are intriguing and still continually inspiring people to visit and explore other parts of Michigan that were possibly forgotten.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Fantastic Winter Activities in Traverse City [Local Friday Feature]

The snow is refreshing; you can feel the crisp of the air, and the field recreation is just too tempting to resist. The attractions are magnificent and breathtaking, and the whole place is a bit of a rush. No, I’m not talking about a place where the women instinctively flock to like the salmon of capastrano. It’s not Aspen… it’s Traverse City.

The winter playgrounds are calling your name. Love to ski? How about shop and drink a beer? Traverse City has it all for you to enjoy.  And who would ever forget the fact the dunes were named “Most Beautiful Place in America” (nominated by Good Morning America’s viewers)?

Traverse City is one of the most beautiful cities in Michigan. Aside from the fact that Traverse City is one of the largest producers of tart cherries, they also produce other fruits like grapes. As a significant contribution, Traverse City is also one of the hearts of wine manufacturers in the Midwest.

There’s no denying that Traverse City is an adorable, picture perfect place in the summer solstice. But can you imagine how beautiful it can be in the holiday season? When the white, solid, refreshing snow falls, it just seems like the coldness of the season beams in every visitor and traveler.

It’s unsurprising that people know there are tons of amazing things to do in Traverse City in summer and fall. But did you know that there are still other exciting things to do there when winter takes place?

Traverse City is also known for its finest outdoor recreation during winter. Here are some of those activities that you can take advantage of while you’re there:

Skiing in Hickory Hills

Your visit to the city of Traverse will never be complete without visiting the white and adventurous Hickory Hills which features eight distinct runs to drive your ski down. If you want to ski at night, you can also do so as it is available on seven of those eight runs.

Living in this place will be greatly appreciated by those who are snowboarders, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers of heart.  Staying here would be beneficial for those type of people as they don’t have to go and visit different towns any longer for them to experience the fun that outdoor recreation brings.

Shanty Creek Snowboarding and Skiing

Ski Shanty Creek Bellaire MI

Just about 40 minutes north of the city, you’ll be able to locate Bellaire village, where you can find Shanty Creek Resorts. You’ll be able to enjoy here even if you’re not some expert when it comes to snowboarding and skiing.

Beginners and even those who don’t have an experience with this will have that exhilarating feeling as this place offers different levels and for different ages as well. There are two distinct mountains that you can choose from for your snowboard escapade.

If you want a mixture of natural and challenging slopes, then the award-winning mountain may work best for you namely the Schuss Mountain. But for those who are staying in the place with their families and want to try the thrill of sliding down the slopes, then the Summit Mountain is what we suggest.

Nevertheless, both mountains can give you that exciting and revitalizing experience that only Shanty Creek can offer.

Mt. Holiday Ski Experience

Ski Mt Holiday In TC

Mount Holiday is known as they can provide all day memorable and fun experience for the whole family. Aside from that, they also feature 16 different kinds of runs. They also offer ski lessons, and you can even try snow tubing there as well.

Moreover, it is also very accessible as it is just a couple of minutes away from the downtown area but still offers the comfort and grandeur of staying in the town for your weekend getaway bonanza. We can guarantee that you will love how this place can give you a clean and worry-free environment.

However, you don’t have to be an athlete of winter solely just to enjoy this place. They also have festivals you might want to experience. Here are some of those:

Ladies’ Night

Ladies Night Traverse City MI Dec 11th. When Is Ladies Night in Traverse City?

This event only happens in the eleventh of December every year. From five o’clock in the afternoon until nine in the evening.

Bring your girl besties in this unique festivals as many business establishments, and restaurants offer a variety of one of a kind food, clothes selections, jewelry and much more for you to have that stylish spirit without breaking your bank. Ring your girlfriends and make some sale and cocktail party!

Men’s Night

Of course, if they have a special night for the ladies, they also have a night for the gentlemen. Just a week interval after the Ladies’ Night, an acknowledgment for the men is up in the eighteenth of December.

The guys can enjoy an array of drinks in different restaurants and some special events in the downtown area. This occasion can be a perfect time for guys to find the perfect gifts. Let’s be honest fellas, the only reason we have Men’s Night is so we can buy the gifts our spouses picked out on Ladies Night.


Traverse City is one of America’s best places. TC is more than a summer-perfect place. Try visiting TC during the winter as it will give you the fun and refreshing feeling that you are looking for when you’re traveling. Do you have any experiences that you would like to share?


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Micro Brew Festival Traverse City [Local Friday Features]

When is the 2017 MicroBrew Festival In TC?

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • 3:00pm: Early Bird/Brew Guru gates open
    • 4:00pm: GA gates open
    • 9:30: Last call
    • 9:45pm: Taps off
    • 10:00pm: Closing

Where is the Micro Brew Fest Location?

  • Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market Parking Lots B & T at Grandview Parkway and Union Street
    TC, MI


Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market Parking Lots B & T at Grandview Parkway and Union Street
Traverse City, MI

Get Out And Do Something

Bored of the usual winter tradition? Have you watched everything on Netflix? Want to go somewhere that requires you change out of your pajamas? What if we told you we have the perfect suggestion for how you can enjoy the Winter season in TC?

What is there not to love when you spend your winter getaway up North in a beautiful setting, celebrating music and drinking crafted brews? So, where should you go? We’re talking about none other than Traverse City’s annual Microbrew & Music Festival!

Microbrew and Music Festival

For those who have never visited yet, big expectations about the famous Traverse City MicroBrew and Music Festival are welcome as it is a truly magnificent event. The festival is the center of a week-long series of craft beer events in Traverse City.

If you haven’t been there yet, it would be best if you have friends who know the place well for you to tour the whole town before the festival. If you are someone who loves the art of Michigan Beer, you would probably think that Traverse City is a bona fide paradise as every tourist would expect and prepare for something that the town has to offer in every visit you do.

Seven Monks Taproom

When you arrive there, we highly suggest you head directly to the great Seven Monks Taproom as they feature forty-six valves of different varieties of incredibly delicious craft beer. You need to try their Brewery Vivant and their Odd Side; both beers are from the west side of Michigan.

The Filling Station Microbrewery

Next stop would be The Filling Station Microbrewery. This brewpub is just actually new to the business of craft beer in the city of Traverse. But nevertheless, never underestimate The Filling Station as the place brags a cozy, free, and relaxing atmosphere and above all serves a good-tasting food.

Mackinaw Brewing Company

You should also try dropping by Mackinaw Brewing Company. This brewing company offers a happy hour for only two dollars. Although this brewpub offers tasty craft beer, you may try their Whitecap Ale which is usually in pair with a dip made up of baked whitefish.

The Microbrew Fest

After all the side trips, when you arrive at the venue itself for the Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival, you would surely be amazed at how big the allotted space is for the festival and how long the line is at the entrance.

When you enter the gates, they will require you to wear the wristband you received via email. That is why you mustn’t ever forget it as it will serve as your ticket to the festival. They will never reissue another wristband on the day of the festival no matter what your reason is, be it an emergency or any other incident.

After you put the wristband, you will go to the next station to get some tickets for the drinks and a mini cup (just like the size of a cough-syrup sample). You will see that some of the visitors throw away the mini cup after that. You may now fall in line to another station where you can purchase a more satisfying glass or buy more drink tickets. Some of these bars might seem familiar from our, “5 Breweries in TC You Need To Visit” article.

Music Acts

Since it is a MicroBrew and music event, it would be impossible not to see some of Traverse City’s famous bands performing such as Billy Strings and those who loves Michigan rockabilly, Delilah DeWylde, and the Lost Boys.

Enjoy the Festival

Let me ask you one real question. Since the festival offers a lot of choices that may overwhelm you, which do you prefer? Try different beers as many as you can in just half-full glasses and wait for an extended period in the line or just enjoy to the fullest with not so many kinds of craft beers?

As much as you are excited to try all the beers that you love (may it be a different and expensive list of breweries), believe us, you can’t. Some of the visitors tried that, and they ended up not living the party to the fullest.

Another good thing about the festival is that it supports tons of local artists, small businesses, Michigan’s art and entertainment and even hotels and motels. This event is not only solely for visitors but to boost each industry in Michigan.


The Traverse City MicroBrew and Music Festival is a great event that would surely make your holidays a lot more fun and exhilarating. It is one fantastic festival that intends to unite every community bonded by good food, amazingly delicious craft beer, a good dose of music therapy and of course, fun for everyone.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

You Need To Check Out These Restaurants In Lansing Michigan [Local Friday Features]

Welcome to Lansing. The Capital of Michigan. Lansing is a thriving town, with places and restaurants its people are proud to brag about. It is home to the Michigan State Spartans. And if I’m honest, I kind of like the MSU logo. Don’t tell my family.

If you plan to visit Lansing of these days, here are four of Lansing’s most visited restaurants with food to die for because of their unique flavor and atmosphere.

The Most Visited Restaurants In Lansing Michigan

  1. Golden Harvest Restaurant

Courtesty Golden Harvest's Facebook Page

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This restaurant has people waiting in long lines. Food is delicious, and they serve in generous portions that you can’t help but share.

Golden Harvest is not your usual restaurant. No, you are not going to get in a classy restaurant with classic music. It doesn’t look so inviting on the outside unless you’re curious enough to fall in line. The restaurant owner boasts about nothing but the food they serve and the people who go there agree.

The place has an odd and eclectic design which adds to the overall atmosphere they are trying to create. They have loud and funky music and excellent and energetic ambiance.

You might not want to come here alone, though. But if you feel like going out and being adventurous for one day, you can stop by, fall in line by 7 am and talk with strangers for an hour while waiting.

Since waiting in line is going to be long, if you are in your usual morning rush, then this isn’t the place to go. But it has more than 200 reviews on Trip Advisor and has a certificate of excellence label, and its food is definitely off the charts.

But just to set expectations right, waiting for the food you ordered may also take up to one hour. On a lighter note, it means you have an opportunity to talk and bond with friends and family.

The music is loud, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good conversation. However, it is not an ideal place for business-related conversations. But it provides you with an experience you can’t miss when in Lansing.

They have different sets of menu each week and has different specials for each day.

The place closes early at two o’clock in the afternoon, but since the line is long, you can expect them to cut at 12:30 pm, especially when there’s just too many for them to cater. Bring coffee or water to drink while waiting, wear something weather appropriate and most importantly, bring cash because they don’t accept anything else.

  1. Soup Spoon Cafe Restaurant


    Courtesy Soup Spoon’s Facebook Page

This restaurant boasts of its artisan food which looks as perfect and mystifying as Picasso’s paintings.

Just like any other Lansing fave, this restaurant also has people waiting in line for them during lunch and dinner rush hours. It is rated number one in TripAdvisor, with over 400 reviews. As the name itself suggests, they serve great soups and have different menus for each meal.

Remember, their menu for lunch isn’t going to be available for dinner so expect not to see your favorites if you visit on a different hour. They apply a particular technique or style for every meal, and that makes the restaurant stand out.

The place is our typical restaurant, doesn’t look so classic and you can call for a reservation in case you don’t want to wait during rush hours. They have friendly service, which is common in every review and their bartenders are ready to entertain your questions.

Most importantly, they serve locally sourced food, and that means the ingredients are fresh. They have a vegan menu for vegan customers. And it is surely a great place for night outs.

They have a small space, but it is not full all the time.

  1. Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill Restaurant

zaytoons restaurant lansing

via Zaytoons Facebook Page

Zaytoon is not the only restaurant in Lansing that serves Mediterranean dishes, but when you mean Mediterranean plus Lansing, then this is the place to go.

They won’t be number 4 in Trip Advisor for no reason, and they have the right to boast about it. Zaytoon has more than three hundred reviews, a certificate of excellence and a great crowd of loyal customers.

There are three things that you will love about Zaytoon. First their pleasant, friendly and efficient staff. Customer service is something they are expert with and that is what makes them stand out over any other restaurant in Lansing.

Second is their fantastic food and their fast service. Zaytoon has hearty servings that you can share. They have vegan options, and they serve one of the best Hummus there is in town.

Lastly, is the incredible price, clean area, and sophisticated decor and atmosphere. You will get the value you expect for your money, and they keep the place clean and shiny. Zaytoon also has this sophisticated modern design that is something you’d want for your house.

The only caveat though is their cafeteria style of service. You will have to fall in line, order, pay for your food, and bring it to your table. Nonetheless, you can still get a seat and table right away.

  1. Lansing Brewing Company

    Lansing Brewing Co

    Courtesy Lansing Brewing Facebook Page

If you are looking for great craft beer, then this is the one thing you should look for on the list. If you follow our blog, you will notice that Lansing Brewing Company appeared on our list of The 5 Best Lansing Breweries. So yeah, we like it!

LBC offers a variety of great-tasting beer. Angry Mayor is their best seller with hops that make it top of the line.

They have a great menu, large portions of servings, with quality ingredients and beautiful plating. If you are looking for meat, divine meat, and more meat, they have it.

They serve the food hot, and the Cuban sandwich is something you can look forward to when you go there for a meal.

They are at the heart of the ballpark areas, a central location, accessible to anyone after games. Because of that, they have a spacious parking area.

The place is something that makes it stand out. The place has a somewhat industrial feel, but it has a spacious seating with a laid back outdoor setting, a fireplace, and most importantly their corn hole for games. It is perfect for groups, and they have a great space for parties.

The corn hole is an answer to boredom while waiting for a ready table. But LBC also has a live music stage band you can dance to and sing along with while drinking your beer. Just don’t expect the place to be excellent for business-related meetups because it can get pretty loud in there.

They have a kids menu, and the kids’ noise isn’t going to embarrass you because LBC’s noise is going to drown theirs. They have giant TV screens all over the place so you can watch games while eating.

LBC is a great place with fantastic drinks (beer, wine, and spirits) and fabulous food.

Lansing is a product of constant efforts by its people and government. It offers great places, food, culture, and an enjoyable environment. The restaurants above are only just a few of the much incredible it has. It is too bad that Lansing doesn’t have a better sports team to root for….

Just kidding! Or am I?

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