Working Vacation: Michigan

June 2022

Things to Do When You're Traveling Through - Restaurants, Sites in Michigan

East Lansing

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at Poké Fresh, in East Lansing. 
Photo courtesy of Ella Signs 

This college town is three miles from Michigan’s capital. Heather Majano is the director of the East Lansing Art Festival, which is May 21-22. “Any Lake Michigan beach is the right beach to explore. The sand dunes are also a fun weekend activity,” she said. “There is a farmers’ market and/or art show every weekend in some community in Michigan. Michigan is committed to supporting all things local.” 

Majano recommends these restaurants: 

Site Majano recommends: 

St. Joseph

This city is in southwest Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Matthew Bizoe is Krasl Art Center’s marketing manager. This year’s Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is July 9-10, in St. Joseph. He suggests visiting, because it is “your connection to all of the downtown businesses in the area.” Bizoe also said is a “great resource for all fun things to do when visiting southwest Michigan.” 

Bizoe recommends these restaurants: 

An evening in St. Joseph. Photo courtesy of Joshua Nowicki

Cool site Bizoe recommends: 

Grand Haven 

This city on Lake Michigan is known for its sandy beaches, boardwalk, lighthouse, and outdoor activities. Antoinette Martin is the director of the Grand Haven Art Festival, which is June 24-26. 

Martin recommends these restaurants: 

Martin recommends these sites:

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is one of this city’s attractions. 
Photo courtesy of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain Committee 


Muskegon is on the shore of Lake Michigan. Carla Flanders is the director of Lakeshore Art Festival. This year’s festival is June 25-26, in Muskegon. “Michigan is one of the most beautiful states there is. Surrounded by fresh water, you’re always close to a lake or beach,” she said. “There’s a lot of great entertainment and outdoor activities to enjoy!” 

Flanders recommends these restaurants: 

Sites Flanders recommends:


Ludington is on the coast of Lake Michigan. Andrew Skinner is the event coordinator for West Shore Art Fair, scheduled for July 2-3, in Ludington. “The great state of Michigan’s west coast features thousands of miles of sugar sandy public beaches,” he said. 

Skinner recommends these restaurants: 

The main gallery at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, which is one of three galleries at the art center, features monthly exhibits from local and regional artists. Photo courtesy of Andrew Skinner 
Full Cord Bluegrass performs at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. The center has a 300-seat performance hall. Photo courtesy of Manny Valdez 

Sites Skinner recommends: 

Rochester Hills 

This city is about 30 miles north of Detroit. The Village of Rochester Hills is an outdoor lifestyle shopping center there with places to eat and shop. Donna Beaubien is the director of Fine Art at the Village. This year’s art show is July 30-31, in Rochester Hills. 

Beaubien recommends these sites: 

The exterior of Meadow Brook Hall, in Rochester Hills. 
Photo courtesy of Meadow Brook Hall 

Bloomfield Hills 

Bloomfield Hills is about 10 miles from Rochester Hills. Beaubien said there are several Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the area people may tour. 

Beaubien recommends these sites:

Other must-sees in Michigan: 

In Detroit, Majano recommends: 

In Grand Ledge, Majano recommends: 

In Lansing, Majano recommends: 

In Okemos, Majano recommends: 

In Benton Harbor, Bizoe recommends: 

In Ferrysburg, Martin recommends: