Things To Do in Napoleon Michigan

Things To Do -Napoleon Michigan

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Napoleon Michigan is the home of many splendid things — we know it, because we live here. Beautiful scenery, majestic lakes, fabulous food, quirky locales and hidden gems just barely scratch the surface of what Napoleon Michigan has to offer.

We asked staff members of the Napoleon Press to share some of the best things to see and do in Michigan, based on our personal experiences. Here are 50 ideas you may want to add to your bucket list if you visit Napoleon, MI.

Think we missed something? Add your bucket list item here and be sure to explain why it’s great.

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For over 100 years, southwestern Michigan has been a weekend getaway haven. With its ample wide beaches and charming lakeside towns, the area of Michigan known as Harbor Country continues to lure weekend visitors. Since the late 1970's, it has also been a popular destination for wine travel fans.

Southwestern Michigan is only about 90 minutes by car from greater Chicago. Interstate 94 takes a gentle north by northeast turn near the Indiana-Michigan state line, tracing the route of historic U.S. 12. Back in the 1930's, this area established its link to Michigan tourism. The first town greeting you upon entering Michigan is friendly and walkable New Buffalo.

With its harbor and compact business district, New Buffalo has long attracted boaters and those seeking a weekend escape. Of the eight communities comprising Harbor Country, New Buffalo feels most like a true town and a defined destination. Waterfront development has been carefully planned and monitored, ensuring the charm of this community for generations to come.

Less than a half mile down the road is the fascinating and ever evolving Round Barn Winery and Distillery. As the name implies, part of the facility is housed in an Amish built round barn, which is frequently used for weddings and special events. Not only can you sample wine at Round Barn, but distilled spirits and microbrews as well.

The other four wineries in this area are also quite near one another, making Harbor Country perfect for an afternoon of leisurely wine travel and tasting. Free Run Cellars, Domaine Berrien, Lemon Creek, and Hickory Creek all offer finely crafted wines that will appeal to even the most discriminating wine lover.

The other four wineries in this area are also quite near one another, making Harbor Country perfect for an afternoon of leisurely wine travel and tasting. Free Run Cellars, Domaine Berrien, Lemon Creek, and Hickory Creek all offer finely crafted wines that will appeal to even the most discriminating wine lover.

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Does commercial real estate in southeast Michigan offer the most outstanding investment potential anywhere in the country right now? Some investors think so. When the great recession fully took hold in late 2008, the entire real estate market, both locally and nationally, plummeted in price creating a once in a lifetime opportunity for all cash investors. There have been a handful of high-profile transactions in the past few months with the promise of more to come in 2012. The buyers range from out-of-town value seekers to savvy local investors. Here are two examples:

West Tech Park is one of the premiere R&D/Flex developments in the suburban west side market. It sits prominently at the corner of Haggerty Road and the busy I-696/I-275 Interchanges in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Totaling nine (9) buildings, and over 278,000 SF in size, it was originally developed in the late 1980's by a partnership of well-known local developer REDICO and TIAA-CREF, the giant teacher's pension fund in New York. West Tech Park has had a few other prominent owners over the years, including Pennsylvania based Liberty Property Trust, Iowa based Principal Life Insurance Company and of late, ETC Capital LLC, which is backed by local 5-Hour Energy entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava. ETC Capital was able to acquire West Tech Park for $8.5 million, or $30 per square foot. This is less than 50% of the cost to construct the property back in 1987, when asking rents alone topped the market at $12.00 to $13.00 per square foot. Now granted, the new Landlord will have to invest additional dollars to maintain the property and outfit it for new tenants (the property was only 32% occupied at the time of purchase according to CoStar.com), but ETC Capital will be competing for those tenants with a base investment significantly lower than many of the competing area properties. Bhargava, through another entity, recently purchased a modern Plymouth Township building formerly occupied by Johnson Controls for a mere $22 per square foot. Again, this just is a fraction of the cost to construct this building back in 1996. One can only conclude that Bhargava knows great value when he sees it, and believes in the long-term prosperity of Metro Detroit.

The unprecedented swoon in the commercial real estate market has created a once in a lifetime opportunity for value investors. It's time to buy commercial property in Detroit!

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The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is open all year round with collections of old cars which includes a 15 Millionth Model T, a 1948 Tucker, a 999 Racer, a Bugatti Royale, a Ford Mark VI Racer, a Ford Mustang #1 and many more.

There are Presidential Limousines such as the Ronald Reagan limousine, the John F. Kennedy limousine, the Dwight D. Eisenhower "Bubbletop", the Franklin D. Roosevelt "Sunshine Special" and many more. There's the Heroes of the Sky exhibit which brings to life the first forty years of aviation. In this exhibit you'll see the Douglas DC-3, the Sikorsky Helicopter, and the Wright Flyer Replica. There's an Agriculture exhibit which features the first Fordson Tractor, Massey-Harris Model 20 Combine, and the Oliver Chilled Plow.

There is a collection of old timepieces, a display of four kitchens from different eras, a large collection of American-made jewelry of the last three hundred years, and a silver and pewter exhibit.

The best thing to see in Michigan is the Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan. Inside the gates you will see a festive marketplace with friendly merchants everywhere. You will be entertained by belly dancers, sword fighters, musicians, and comedians. There are jousting tournaments where knights on horses battle each other.

Everyone is dressed in renaissance costumes even the visitors. There's all kinds of food from a tasty soup in a bread bowl to a roasted turkey drumstick. Everyone has a good, old time there. Bring a camera so you can recapture the sites of the day. It's open on weekends August 18th through September 30th.

There's a lot more to see in Michigan so please come and visit. You'll be glad you did!


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