52 Michigan Weekends: Great Getaways and Adventures for Every Season
by Bob Puhala
2000 (3rd edition)
This book has a Michigan destination for every weekend of the year. In earlier posts I selected Winter and Spring outings near Kalamazoo. Here are some summer suggestions from the guidebook.
West Michigan Summer Weekends
1. Saugatuck Idyll
"Located on a channel of the Kalamazoo River with mountainous dunes and Lake Michigan a stone's throw away, this quaint hideaway has been luring visitors to its small-town charms for more than 100 years."
2. Blueberry Bash
"I was surprised to discover that Michigan boasts the largest area of blueberry cultivation in the world, with an annual yield of nearly 55 million pounds."
National Blueberry Festival
3. Steaming across the Great Lakes
"At the height of the Great Lakes' cruising history, more than a half-dozen ferryboats regularly crossed Lake Michigan carrying passengers, cars, trucks, and freight between Michigan and Wisconsin."
4. Aboard a Fightin' Sub
5. Sleeping Bear Dunes
"The sprawling national preserve on the northwestern corner of Michigan's lower peninsula draws more than a million visitors to its sandy shores where mounds of migrating dunes extend more than two miles inland."
Sleeping Bear Dunes
You may also be interested in some of these Summer 2010 events.