Sunday, July 25, 2010

Where to Weekend around Chicago

Where to Weekend around Chicago
editor: William Travis

This guide features weekend destinations from Galena, Illinois to Door County Wisconsin to Bloomington Indiana as well as Downtown Chicago. I've selected a few suggestions relatively close to Kalamazoo.

1. Michigan City
"Today it is still the dunes, the maritime history, and modern attractions such as an outlet mall or casino that keep a steady stream of visitors coming to Michigan City looking for shoreside escape. Although the city has seen its share of the problems plaguing urban areas, renewal and revitalization projects have continued apace."
To see & do
Barker Mansion
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
International Friendship Gardens free
Washington Park zoo
Bird-watching [Potawatomi Audubon society]
Fishing charters

Music Fest
Summer Festival July
Lakefront Art Festival
In Water Boat Show

2. South Bend
"But it wasn't the gridiron greats that truly shaped this city; entrepreneurs played a major role in its history. In 1852, the Studebaker brothers established a modest wagon repair and horseshoeing shop. Their business ultimately evolved into an automotive giant known for its convertible with a bullet-nose grill before it closed in 1963."
To See & Do
Bendix Woods
College Football Hall of Fame
east Race Waterway
Potawatomi Zoo
Studebaker National Museum
Notre Dame
Merrifield Park- Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Garden
Richard Clay Bodine State Fish Hatchery


College football
Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa (huckleberry harvest festival; Potawatomi Indian Nation)

3. Amish Country

"Amish Country, off the 75-mi corridor from South Bend southeast to Fort Wayne, is rife with odd juxtapositions. The abundance of recreational vehicle manufacturers in Elkhart or nearby in Goshen or Middlebury is found alongside establishments in which Amish artisans are crafting fine furniture using methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. ... And yet time can seem to stand still on the back roads here. Fresh-faced children, boys wearing straw hats, and girls in bonnets pile in horse-drawn black-box buggies clip-clopping along dusty country roads."
To see & do
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
Amish Acres
Deutsch Kase Haus
Krider Gardens
National New York Central Railroad Museum
RV Hall of Fame
Bonneyville Mill
Maple City Greenway (Goshen)bike trail map pdf


Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival
Great Race Sports Festival (Elkhart)
Elkhart Jazz Festival
Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

4. South Haven & Saugatuck/Douglas

"Southwestern Michigan is the Midwest's version of Cape Cod-- and the cites that epitomize that laid-back beach resort feeling are Saugatuck, Douglas, and South Haven.
To See and do:
Oval Beach
Saugatuck Chain Ferry
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Kal-Haven Trail
Michigan Maritime Museum
North Beach, South Beach
Van Buren State Park
Allegan State Forest

Ice Breaker
National Blueberry Festival
Fennville Goose Festival

5. Grand Haven and Holland

"Holland and Grand Haven, though only 20 mi apart, couldn't be more different. Holland is known for its "Dutch Touch." Tulips bloom along the streets in spring, and the staff at Dutch attractions wear klompen, or wooden shoes. Although it has a beach on Lake Michigan and on the smaller Lake Macataw, the waterfront isn't the center of community life. Its northern neighbor Grand Haven, however, revolves around the water. The city's downtown is perpendicular to the Grand River and sits just 2 1/2 mi from a flat, sandy beach on Lake Michigan."

To see & do
Grand Haven State Park
Grand Haven Musical Fountain
Tri-Cities Museum
Windmill Island
Veldheer Tulip Farm
Dutch Village
Lakeshore Connector path (bike)
Musketawa trail (bike, Rollerblade)
DeGraaf Nature Center
PJ Hoffmaster State Park
Pigeon Creek Park


Grand Haven Winterfest
Great Lakes Kite Festival
Tulip Time Festival
National Coast Guard Festival
Dutch Winterfest

6. Battle Creek & Marshall

"Lying in agricultural land in west-central Michigan, Battle Creek is part of a cluster of towns-- Kalamazoo and Holland (to the west), Lansing (to the north), and Ann Arbor (to the [east])-- essential to the state's fortunes and each known nationwide. Along I-94 and the smaller roads of the area you can see farmland rich enough to grow both cereal grains and the fruit that goes on top. Battle Creek sits in a valley around the confluence of its eponymous creek and the Kalamazoo River, the former once the power source for local industry, the latter a slow-and-steady river flowing through the Fort Custer Recreation Area and on through the neighboring towns of Marshall and Albion."
To see & do:
Binder Park Zoo
Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Leila Arboretum
Honolulu House Museum
Fort Custer State Recreation Area

Cereal City Festival
Balloon Festival (BC)

7. Ann Arbor
Above all else, Ann Arbor is known as the home of the University of Michigan. The school, founded in 1837 in Detroit, dominates geographically, culturally, and economically. Atlases may list the population as 114,000 9it can be twice that size on football Saturdays), but Ann Arbor provides enough culture and cuisine to power a fair-size city."
To see & do
Delhi, Dexter-Huron, and Hudson Mills parks
Nichols Arboretum
U of M

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Ann Arbor Art Fairs
U of M football

This guidebook seems to be out of print but the Amazon listing has the "look inside" feature. Fodor's website doesn't seem to have it. My copy was from the library. Allgetways has selections from the guidebook online.

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