We’ve had bloody mary contests on this site. But this one is a Michigan Bloody Mary Blowout! These are the top Bloody Mary’s in the mitten state! Check it out on Mlive
OK- this BFV is full of baseball options! The Bums have home games on 5 days of BFV this year: two games against the Evansville Otters and three games against the Gateway Grizzlies Check out July’s schedule!
Ok- A Freekin Pizza – Pizza Box!!! This does it for me – these guys make a box out of pizza and put a pizza in it. This reminds me of Pizza Cake from last vacation! Check it out!
“I can’t wait for vacation so I can play with my cousins!!!”- Xan
Get some ideas if you’d like to get out and about. Or, just stay in and chill out on the beach!!!!! Traverse City Calendar of Events
Faygo was founded in Detroit on November 4, 1907, as Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works by Russian immigrants Ben and Perry Feigenson. The original flavors of Faygo (fruit punch, strawberry, and grape) were based on cake frosting recipes used by the Feigensons in Russia. In the 1950s, the company created a series of radio and television
You’ve never seen a pub crawl like this! The TC Cycle Pub is a 14-passenger bike bar used to tour the town of Traverse City. Riders pedal the pub around town, stopping at various breweries and restaurants to sample local suds. Our safe, fun and knowledgeable drivers ensure that your next pub crawl, company outing,
Legs Inn is one of those strange places that make you wonder who could have come up with something like this. And, better yet, why is it in the middle of nowhere? Cross Village, once a thriving fishing and lumber town, is located on the northwestern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. As one of the
Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival is a prestigious annual, multi-week summer event staged at Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City. It features thousands of the nation’s best horses and riders competing in the International Olympic disciplines of show jumping and dressage. Taking place during BFV makes it even more compelling. Right off route
In case you weren’t sure if you were born in Michigan, this list can give you a clue. In fact, if you aren’t sure if you were born in Michigan, the rest of us don’t want you telling people that anyway…. 10 Signs You Were Born in Michigan
Ideas to make camping easier are always helpful – especially for those who only go “glamping”. Check out this tin can bread idea! There are a bunch more clever options in this post on Buzzfeed. Check it out !!! See all 41 Camping Hacks!
I’ve always loved drive in theaters- they’ve become rare for sure. I have vague memories of the Sunset Drive-in in Lapeer – it was old even back then. It’s gone now, but there are still some great Drive-Ins to be found in Michigan! The drive-in’s peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early
Join us for the 2014 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons to celebrate regional wine, food and culture of northern Michigan. More than 5,000 people will join the festivities on Saturday, June 21, 2014. It’s a great opportunity to get a true taste of Traverse and the surrounding
If you live in Michigan, you might have had one of these to drink in the last few weeks. But if you live anywhere else, you probably have no idea what Vernors is. Vernors has a tangy but not-too-strong ginger flavor, a touch of vanilla and serious carbonation, enough that it can sting if you’re not
National Geographic ranks Traverse City as a top beach town destination. With that accolade comes the natural vacation/beach libations that make so many evenings (and some mornings) a little more funny. (people tend to laugh at my jokes more after a few drinks). Surprisingly, National Geographic magazine weighed in on what it thinks are the
National Cherry Festival! The 2014 Festival takes place from July 5th – 12th in downtown Traverse City. The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable. Each day Festival goers find cherry delights along with parades, family and kids
Not all popsicles need to be sweet! The savory bloody mary has every right to be in frozen form too. This is isn’t the first alcohol kissed popsicle we’ve featured on the BFV site. Before BFV 2012, we showcased the Mojito popsicle. To start things off, use heirloom tomatoes, because well, that’s what’s in your
Wow- who knew there were so many renditions of this song. This song was first featured on the BFV 2008 site. I resurrected it here and found many more versions on Youtube. Laurel and Hardy also had a soft spot for Michigan as well from their movie Pardon Us!
Traverse City is known for its outdoor recreation and now it’s even easier to plan your adventure with the launch of the new Experience 231 Mobile App. The app offers visitors and locals access to over 300 year-round outdoor activities including hiking, biking, swimming, paddling, snowshoeing, skiing, and more! The only disappointing thing is that it just told
Each spring the village of Mesick celebrates the tasty but elusive morel mushroom with a parade, carnival rides, games, 5K, softball tourney – and a contest to see who can find the biggest mushroom in the woods. This year’s festival takes place May 9-14. Check out their website for schedule and contests! Not familiar with morels?
Ok- when I first saw the pizza cake I said “uh uh – someone is a Photoshop genius and I’m drooling from it…”. But it’s real. In fact, this kid’s expression is exactly the way I looked when I laid eyes on that beautiful block of doughy, cheesy, pepperoni-i goodness…. Read about the pizza
The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with games, dinners and – of all things – an annual oral poetry contest for the best “Ode to Asparagus.” The Asparagus Festival takes place May 17-18 Empire Asparagus Festival
If you ask Kieran what his favorite thing to do on a rainy day, he’ll say Legos. If you ask Kieran what is his favorite thing to do on a sunny day, he’ll say Legos. He loves to build with Legos – creating strange new things and also building the kits for Star Wars too.
The Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan’s finest natural resources-the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s official state stone. I dont think its possible to go on vacation in Michigan without seeing or buying a Petoskey stone. It’s been a part of BFV since 1968. Antrim makes an official celebration of this fossil each year. Antrim Petoskey
This is my very first time hearing of a ‘dark sky park’. I guess we take it for granted these days that you’ll always be able to see the stars on a clear night. With all the lighting in our major cities, that’s a luxury those cityfolk don’t have. But in Michigan, there is
Baseball has been part of Michigan history ever since Major League Baseball began. Minor league too! We’ve featured many of Michigan’s minor league teams on our blog, but we didn’t consider the vintage leagues that play each year. It’s not a reenactment, it’s an actual game of baseball played by the original rules from the
Mario Batali, nationally-recognized restauranteur based in New York, turns his eye to the Northern Michigan food scene he loves in Leelanau County and Traverse City. Here are his top eight best food finds from Northern Michigan restaurants, groceries and specialty shops. Find all 41 best food finds from all four judges in our Best Eats
Vlasic pickles have a long history in Lapeer County – they’re made here, they’re packed here, shipped from here and they smell here! The baseball fields in Imlay have smelled the same since I can remember and whenever I open a jar, I feel a nervous tinge in my stomach. Almost like there is a
Described as “A unique agricultural destination”, Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula features two wineries both with tasting rooms, a distillery, an Inn, and an equestrian facility – yes, real horses! Their food gets rave reviews from all over and I don’t know of too many wineries who also host equestrian events and make
Many people mistake Coney Dogs with a hot dog from Coney Island, NY. Big mistake if you live in Michigan. The name “coney dog” simply refers to the birthplace of the hot dog itself – not the origin of the “coney dog”. The style originated in the early 20th century in Michigan. There are various types,
Chicago and New York aren’t the only cities with stories of organized crime and the mob. Detroit has had it’s share of that storied past. The Purple Gang was among the most notorious gangs in US history and they operated out of Detroit. Prohibition gave the Purple Gang the fuel the needed for their empire
I know this isn’t a Michigan brand, but it is representing the Upper Midwest very well. Finnegans is the fifth largest beer brand in Minnesota, and it’s available in more than 2,000 stores in the Upper Midwest. Its sales grow an average of 30% each year. But Finnegans is not your average craft beer brand… Who would of thought to start a beer company and give away your profits ? Jacquie Berglund, that’s who!
Be sure to tune in to the Food Network this weekend for the season opener of Food Court Wars — filmed in Traverse City, as House of Doggs squares off against Matt’s Beignets! The show airs Sunday at 8pm, Monday at 3am and again Saturday, March 1 at 4pm. Food Network – Food Court Wars
The most exotic take on the Bloody Mary for us is the Chubby Mary at The Cove in Fishtown (Mario Batali’s favorite). It still ranks high today – Bon Appetit Magazine says so! They ranked the top Bloody Mary’s in the US and the Chubby Mary made the list, of course. But there are also
Torch Lake made an international list of the “35 Clearest Waters in the World to Swim In Before You Die” “Noted for its exceptional beauty; its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue, often resembling Caribbean waters. This quality has made the lake a popular spot for the development of resorts and
The YetiFest™ Snow Bike Race- 60 minutes of wintery bliss! The course will be lined with spectators also enjoying the micro brew tent and chili cook off. Bring the family to cheer you on and enjoy the family friendly activities. This is sure to be a thrilling winter bike race! Visit Yetifest.com !!!
It’s here and we’re in luck! The Beach Bums 2014 schedule has two home games for BFV enjoyment. The Gateway Grizzlies of Illinois (pronounced Ill-a-noise!) will be in Traverse City challenging the Beach Bums. Looking forward to some more Frontier League BASEBALL!!!!! See the full Beach Bums Schedule
Oak Island in Nova Scotia is haunted! Exploration of the island is currently being conducted by a tag-team of Traverse Citizens, Craig Tester and Marty Lagina, along with a band of their closest confidantes—friends, family, and a few long-time residents of Oak Island. Their adventures are chronicled onthe History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, which airs
An older magazine article (but new to us!) highlights the beauty we know all too well already. It starts off with a very familiar picture that I knew immediately without even having to read the caption. From what I hear, Maisyn recently conquered this rock peak located in the the beautiful “Isle of Presque”. The
Lucille Ball actress, Jamestown, NY Born August 6, 1911. Her father was a line man for the Bell Company and his job required frequent transfers, at age 3 Lucille and her family moved to Anaconda, Montana and then toWyandotte. In 1940, Ball met Cuban-born bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming the film version of the stage hit
Curtis Armstrong was born November 27, 1953. He graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan and later attended and graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Armstrong’s first role came in the 1983 hit film “Risky Business”. However, he is probably best known for his next role, that of Dudley “Booger” Dawson in the
Good Morning America, once again highlights a Michigan Treasure: Mackinac Island. Check out this clip from today’s show
Gillian Anderson from,Grand Rapids was born August 9, 1968 in Chicago. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then to Crouch End in London, where her father could attend the London Film School. When Anderson was 11 years old, her family moved again, this time to Grand Rapids.
Fishtown – Leland MI. A trip up the peninsula always includes a stop in Leland: The Gateway to the Manitous. MyNorth.com Video: Leland’s Fishtown: History, Food, Shopping and Gateway to the Manitous
I know this post won’t be of interest to most of you: Michigan Breweries in the UP! There’s a slim chance we’d ever have a family member visit one of these breweries since they’re all in the UP and so far away from most of us, but this post has some general interest anyway…. Shoot,
Always full of great stuff- our favorite Michigan Blog, The Awesome Mitten did a piece on the seven best bookstores in Michigan. I’m guilty of using Kindle for most of my book reading these days because I can hold thousands of books in one device rather than filling my car with real ones. That
I don’t know how I missed this one last year, but here is our next minor league ball team from Battle Creek. They’ve had several teams over the years. The Bombers play in the Northwoods League, which is a collegiate summer baseball league. Everyone on the team must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Their home games
Congrats to Bob Brown who has helped make the Arnold Line ferry to Mackinac what is it for 43 years. We’ve probably been on your boat more than once, Bob. Have a great retirement. The Bowl Family wishes you the best!!!! Follow the Arnold Line on Facebook!!!!