Attractions To See in Benton Harbor Michigan

Things To Do -Benton Harbor Michigan

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Benton Harbor 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 Benton Harbor Michigan has to offer.

We asked staff members of the Benton Harbor 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 Benton Harbor, MI.

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

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You can start the New Year right by taking a trip to Michigan. It is one of the most visited places in the United States. The reasons for this are many. Michigan is a beautiful place. It is also a very historical location. Aside from that it offers tourists some serious fun. If you do go there for the New Year you can expect a Michigan New Years Eve celebration party to remember. They are generally free to the public and loads of fun for the guests. Generally you can expect fireworks, music and vendors in a public destination. You can consult the hotel that you are staying at for details on all of these celebrations. Be sure to book ahead and make your plans so that you have everything lined up for the perfect New Years Eve. While enjoying those New Years Eve celebrations be sure to check out these other Michigan attractions for your family.

If you like snow and skiing then Michigan is definitely the tourist location for you this New Years Eve. Michigan is well known for some serious skiing pleasure. While in Michigan on vacation this New Years Eve be sure to take advantage of the 40 skiing destinations that are available. They include 840 skiing runs. It is definitely something not to be missed. If you prefer cross country skiing then Michigan also has some serious fun in store for you during this holiday season. Michigan is widely known for being one of the best cross country skiing destinations. With its vast array of Parks and natural wildlife near the shores of lakes, Michigan is truly a beautiful sight to behold in the winter as well. If you enjoy snowboarding it is gonna rock your world. It will be one of the best snowboarding experiences of your life. It has 6,204 miles of snowboarding trails that are perfectly groomed for your safety, security and snowboarding pleasure. So as you can clearly see Michigan is also a wonderful winter destination.

Michigan is home to several historic lighthouses which make great destinations for travel for you and your family. One of those historic places is called Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island is part of the Michigan State Historic Parks. Within Macinac Island is a fort which you can not miss. It is called Fort Mackinac. Fort Mackinac is an 18th century fort which has been preserved for you and your family to enjoy forever. It is truly a location where history comes alive right before your eyes. You can literally live the experience of what it would be like to live that the fort during the time that it was still functioning. It is located at:

71227 Huron Road

Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757

Lodging is located nearby and there is even camping available should your family choose to do so. No matter what your choices are for your New Years Eve trip, Fort Mackinac is truly a Michigan entertainment venue for your family to enjoy. If attending these locations during the holiday season be sure to call ahead to ensure that lodging is available at the destination of your choice.

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Last November I attended the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan and thanks to the fine people at Levy Restaurants and Finn Partners, I was able to meet up with Executive Chef Joe Nader and learn about the wonderful culinary offerings that the stadium has available for its patrons.

Food at sporting events has long been thought of as overpriced and boring, with the basic staples of popcorn, hot dogs, pizza and nachos generally leading the way. However, over the past few years companies like Levy Restaurants, who operate the concessions and restaurants at over 100 venues around the world, have begun to take stadium food to the next level.

Although the staples are still popular on game day (Ford Field sells approximately 10,000 hot dogs a game), Chef Nader strives to deliver restaurant quality food throughout the stadium. To do this on a game day is no easy task. It typically sees the Chef and his team starting at 4AM and working until the stadium is cleared out. This includes preparing all the food for the 132 luxury suites, the Hall of Legends restaurant featuring the famous Chef's Table, all general concessions, a number of concept restaurants inside the stadium and catering for the press, teams and referees.

Dearborn Sausage Company is another local Michigan vendor and this year has become the official hot dog of the Detroit Lions. The quality of the product is so good that I would challenge anyone to find another hot dog as good anywhere.

You cannot talk about the Detroit Lions and Ford Field without bringing up Thanksgiving. The Detroit Lions have hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day contest since 1934, with last years game against Houston being the 73rd in the teams history. Chef Nader had a few special things planned as always on Thanksgiving. At his Chef's Table he featured a Thanksgiving station with all the fixings and they also served over 1,000 jumbo turkey legs throughout the stadium.

If you are heading down to Ford Field in the future don't just get stuffed at the tailgate, get down to the stadium early and check out some of the excellent food items available.

I would like to send out a special thank you to Chef Joe Nader for being so gracious with his time and to Sarah Janousek of Finn Partners for making this all happen.

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Dominick's, known as one the best Summer spots in Ann Arbor, boasts an awesome outdoor patio to enjoy all Summer long. All the locals know that when Dominick's opens up, it's officially Summer!

When you walk in the door, grab a picnic table outside on the patio and jump in line with friends (you'll need a few extra hands to carry food and drinks back). The menu is written all over the walls as you wait in line, and every drink is served in giant pitchers or jars. The staff is fun, young and friendly, and this place is a total, no frills, hang out type bar. And the food is pretty great as well. The best time to hang out at Dominick's is a sunny afternoon, as Dominick's is mostly a day/early evening place, closing at 10 pm.

The bottom line: The pricing here is pretty college/ budget friendly. Each throw in 10 or 20 bucks, you'll get drinks and a meal and leave feeling satisfied.

Dominick's is located at:

812 Monroe St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734.662.5414

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm


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