Revisiting Niles, Michigan | City of FOUR FLAGS
Niles, Michigan is known as the City of Four Flags due to the Fort St. Joseph (commemorated by a boulder outside of town) having four different flags flying over the fort at different times: France, United Kingdom, Spain, and the United States. I last visited Niles earlier in the decade, and I return to check out the riverside park along the St. Joseph River as well as some historic sites in the city including the railroad depot and the Chapin House. Niles is especially beautiful during the springtime.
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Hard To Pronounce Michigan Places | Pure Michigan
Have you ever wondered how Michigan was named Michigan? Before colonization, the now Great Lakes State was home to at least eight Native American tribes throughout the land, one of which being the Ojibwe Indians. The Ojibwe were the first people to openly interact with the French in Michigan, trading furs and knowledge of the area for guns and goods. Through translation, the state of Michigan was named after the Ojibwe Indian word “Michigama,” which means “great lake” or “land surrounded by water.”
With this in mind, we invite you to take a watch some Michiganders stumble their way through some uniquely-named destinations found across the Great Lakes State. Test yourself and learn the correct pronunciations here:
RV Fall Trip ~ Wandering Michigan's UP ~ Found FREE Camping & Twin Lakes State Park Quick Tour
South Haven, Michigan // Michigan Beachtowns
Find your escape in South Haven, where relaxation and reconnecting to your true self begin. Feel the area’s scenic beauty awaken your senses – on white-sand beaches, basking in the glow of a fiery sunset, or watching boats slip peacefully past the century-old lighthouse. Stroll along the HarborWalk to the historic Maritime District with its engaging museum complex and replica tall ship, Friends Good Will. Take a leisurely ride down the West Michigan Pike where you’ll discover antique shops and art galleries, and cozy bed-and-breakfasts and family resorts. Visit farm markets and art galleries along the Blue Star Highway; and explore the quaint villages, vineyards, wineries, and craft brew pubs on the outskirts of town. Whatever the season, relax and reconnect to your true self in picturesque Van Buren County.
Learn more about South Haven and the rest of the Michigan Beachtowns at beachtowns.org
Yankee Springs Recreation Area Campground Review
In this video, I review the Yankee Springs Recreation Area campsites in Middleville, MI. Located mid-way between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, it provides a convenient place for those in West Michigan to camp or as a stop for those heading up to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. For those who appreciate classic cars, it is only 30 minutes away from the highly rated Gilmore Car Museum. In this review I rate these campsites on five different criteria. Later in the video, I share my thoughts on the overall value of staying at this Michigan State Recreation Area campground.
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Michigan Wineries & Wine Trails | Pure Michigan
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Crown Point, Indiana, Spring
After a long winter, Spring comes to Crown Point as a relief. Tome films some familiar scenes teeming with new life, with ever present fishermen, dog lovers, basketball players out and about,
doing their things, with flowers emergent.
Visiting South Georgia's Treasure--Nashville
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Video of Power Island County Park Primitive Campsites, MI from Shari G.
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▶︎ Ranger Review: Belmont Blanket at Bassett Island Campground
This small, remote, six site campground is perched on Bassett Island, which is officially part of Power Island, connected by a small isthmus. Locals and tourists alike love this beautiful little spot in the middle of the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan. This campsite can only be accessed via boat with easy access from Bower’s Harbor marina on the Old Mission Peninsula.* We paddled our sea kayaks out as we are comfortable in the changing sea/wind conditions of Lake Michigan, but do keep in mind that conditions on the water change very quickly. Even in an afternoon, the water can go from calm and glassy to 3-4 foot seas. Most folks visit this island via power boat and anchor off the shore of Power Island.
Each campsite has a picnic table, grill, and fire ring. Some are heavily wooded and others are very open to the sun. Most have direct water access to the crystal clear, turquoise lake. Pit toilets (which are rather stinky) are available. You must bring your own water, pull from the lake and purify, or get it from the pump near the dock on Power Island (not easily walkable to the Bassett Island campground though). Many little sandy beaches speckle the shores of this island (great for a picnic or hammock nap), as well as various short hiking trails in the interior of Power Island. There are currently a nesting pair of Bald Eagles and their fledgling on the southeast side of the island.
Reservations for this campground are rather quirky. While payment envelopes are available at the campground, there is no information about price, etc. listed. This seems to be an old system that was in place at one point and not used anymore. There is now an online reservation system, though getting 4G on the island may be troublesome depending on your carrier. (
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Wine Trail of Southwest Michigan
A taste of a few wineries along the wine trail in Michigan