Five Fun Things To Do In Farmington Hills, Michigan

Every city has a story, even Farmington Hills. If you’ve only got one day to see Farmington Hills, Michigan here are some things to do to keep you  occupied and interested.

Michigan Weaver’s Guild Winter Market.

From their brochure:

The artists from the Michigan Weaver’s Guild will be bringing their incredibly beautiful hand crafted items to the Costick Center for a special “Trunk Sale”! Come see their gorgeous selection of scarves, jewelry, and pieces for the home, all hand-woven and hand-made by talented area artists. All sales from this event help support our Cultural Arts programs. Plus, you will see more of their exquisite one-of-a-kind items on exhibit in the City Gallery. Give a gift of usable art this holiday season!

If you love unique handcrafted pieces, you will love this show. Saturday, December 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Costick Center Lobby in Farmingtong Hills, Michigan.

Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 25 years, and its building, exhibits and programs have been receiving international accolades and heartfelt thanks from our millions of visitors. The visitor will have experienced a brief exposure to the most researched era in human history – revealing a flourishing culture and its brutal suppression, a chronicle of admirable and heroic rescuers and abject executioners. Through our exhibits the past casts its light and shadows into the present.

Exhibits include a Core Exhibit, a Virtual Tour, Anne Frank Tree Exhibit and Garden, and more. Located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334. Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (Last admission 3:30 pm), Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (Last admission 1:30 pm), Public Tour Daily at 1:00 pm  Closed on Saturday, Jewish holidays and most legal holidays. 248.553.2400

Sport-N-Fun

Sport-N-Fun

Sport-N-Fun

Sport-N-Fun has plenty to do for all ages. Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bungee Trampoline, Arcade Game room, and Batting Cages will keep kids and adults occupied for hours! GiGi’s Pizza is available on site. They are a CASH ONLY business, but there is an ATM on the property. Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 10am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday 10am – 11pm. Located at 30749 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI. (248) 471-5100 ‎

Tree Top Lodge

Are you a crafter? Love to quilt, scrapbook, knit, crochet, doll making, origami, and more? Then Tree Top Lodge is the place for you. This is what their website says:

This is why we began. We wanted to make Treetop Lodge a crafter’s paradise.

So for those who come to create….

You bring the craft, we have the relaxing, friendly place to enjoy your favorite hobby.

While you are crafting, Treetop Lodge will see to your every need,

with gourmet meals, tasty snacks, bottomless beverages,

and a tranquil, welcoming atmosphere.

They don’t give their address on the internet. You have to call and make an appointment to visit the grounds, or make a reservation. But once there, you can relax with your project and they will wait on you hand and foot! My kind of place! For more information or to book your event contact: Connie (248) 933-4579

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve

Take a drive out to Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve is 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands and native meadows overlooking the beautiful five-acre Carpenter Lake. Hike the one mile trail to the lake, where there are easily accessible viewing and fishing platforms. Catch various species of largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and sunfish. Located at 10 Mile Road East of Inkster Southfield, MI 48076.

 

5 Places You Must Eat In Ann Arbor

Everyone loves to eat, and travelers are no exception. If you happen to be traveling to or through Ann Arbor, you’ll want to look for a one of the best places to eat. Here are five I would recommend.

Zingerman’s Deli

Zingerman’s Deli is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Located at 422 Detroit St, at the corner of Detroit St. and Kingsley in Ann Arbor, it has been in business since 1982 in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. They serve hundreds of sandwiches a day, with ingredients from pastrami to fresh mozzarella, free range chicken to a great selection of vegetarian sandwiches. They also have gluten free choices, Jewish foods, desserts, beverages, and a children’s menu. Cost is about $20 per person. Call ahead at +1 734-663-3354.

Frita Batidos

I just love Cuban food, and Frita Batidos is one of the best! Their slogan, Cuban inspired street food, says it all. You’ll find an inspired Cuban sandwich, made with savory roast pork loin, thick-cut bacon, tasso ham, Comté, cornichons & chipotle mayo on Cuban bread. Sides include choices of Crisped Plantains, Shoestring Potatoes, Coconut Rice, or Light Bright Salad. Then of course, there are the Batidos, or tropical milkshakes. Made with crushed ice, fresh fruit, and Guernsey Dairy vanilla bean ice cream. There are several flavors available such as Fresh Lime, Hibiscus, and Passion Fruit. There’s more on the menu, so check it out for yourself.  They are open Sunday – Wednesday 11am – 11pm and Thursday – Saturday 11am – Midnight. Located at 117 W. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: 734.761.2882

Fleetwood Diner

The Fleetwood Diner is open 24 hours a day, and they serve breakfast food all day long. People say you go to Fleetwood Diner after the concert or show, but you don’t remember going. The menu has omelettes, Hippie Hash, and fried and scrambled eggs, egg sandwiches, French toast, and corned beef hash. I had never heard of Hippie Hash before. Here is what it says on the menu:

 

Aventura

Aventura is a modern Spanish restaurant in Ann Arbor, offering from small plates to s suckling pig on the menu. If trying new foods and sharing dishes is your thing, then come here for the small plates. With things like crispy fried potatoes, bacon wrapped dates, and roasted chicken croquettes, your taste buds will get a super working out! The Cochinillo, or roasted suckling pig, requires a 48 hour notice and can be eaten at the restaurant or taken home to share with friends and family. 216 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 734-369-315

Real Seafood Company

Fresh seafood fron the New England Coast, the Great Lakes, and Florida. Fresh catch available fried, broiled or grilled. Raw bar featuring meaty, shucked to order oysters served on the halfshell. Soups, salads, steaks and desserts round out the menu. Specialities of the house include Jambalya, Cornmeal Encrusted Indian Creek Rainbow Trout, and Sauteed Lake Superiour Whitefish. Call 888-456-3463 for reservations. Open Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm,
Friday & Saturday 11:30am-11pm, Sunday 1pm-9pm. Located at 341 South Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-5960

 

Make Your Plans Now To Attend The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Do you like to poke around thrift shops and antique stores? Does visiting a botanical garden sound like a fun way to spend the afternoon? If so, then you need to start making plans to attend the 27th Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. Here is information about the show:

American interior designer, author and television personality, Nate Berkus, will headline the Keynote Program at the 27th annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, February 3 – 5.

Each year, the Antiques and Garden Show presents more than 150 fine antiques and horticultural dealers, making it the largest show of its kind in the country. Proceeds from the show will benefit Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the charities of the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON).

Berkus, a renowned interior designer, who has transformed countless homes around the world through his design work, home collections, books, and television shows will present his take on the show’s theme this year – Cultivated Style – on Friday, February 3 at 11 a.m.

“Your home should tell the story of who you are. What you love most, collected and assembled in one place,” Berkus says. “Whether it’s a family heirloom, or a piece you found on your travels. Everywhere your eye goes in your home, it should land on something that resonates.”

Berkus will sign copies of his book, The Things That Matter, following his presentation.

Other notable participants at the show include:

  • Brooke and Steve Gannett, California-based design duo and authors of Patina Style and Patina Farm

  • Mary McDonald, an LA-based award-winning interior designer and star of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators” and “Property Envy”

  • Robert Leleux, author and founder of the Southern Style Now Festival

  • Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, interior design power couple behind Carrier and Company Interiors in New York City and authors of Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors

  • Nathan Turner, California-based interior designer and special projects editor at Architectural Digest

  • Tara Guérard, Charleston-based award winning wedding and event planner

General Chairmen Linda Graham and Mary Smith said the line-up of speakers was chosen because of the diversity of their design backgrounds.

“From traditional architecture, landscape and interior design to wedding and event planning, the speakers this year have such unique design styles.” Graham said. ” We want attendees to be entertained and take home a few tips from some of the top designers in the country.”

This year, the show will be larger than ever and celebrate Gil Schafer of G. P. Schafer Architect, PLLC as Honorary Chairman.

“Gil has served on our national advisory board for years and has always been a loyal patron of the show,” said Smith. “We are thrilled to honor him to say thank you for all of his contributions to the show.”

Tickets are now available at www.antiquesandgardenshow.com. For the latest show updates and speaker schedule, follow the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville on Facebook, Twitter (@antiquesgarden) and Instagram (@antiquesandgardenshow).

About the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is an annual charity event whose purpose is to raise funds for Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) charities, by exhibiting the highest quality antiques, landscaped gardens, and horticultural items and by offering a related educational outreach program. Learn more at antiquesandgardenshow.com.

Europe’s Top National Park Destinations

I have always loved the American National Parks, as you may already know But did you know that there are some amazing national parks in Europe? Getting away and spending some time enjoying the beauties of nature can be a superb way of relaxing and recovering from periods of heavy work and stress. Happily, Europe offers plenty of options of this kind when it comes to taking either a vacation or a long weekend away. Here are some of the finest European national parks you can visit.

 

Gran Paradiso, Italy

Gran Paradiso

Gran Paradiso

This has the distinction of being Italy’s oldest national park, boasting plenty of mountains for hiking in – although the 4,061 Gran Paradiso may be a bit beyond most! The Piano del Nivolet is one of the loveliest plateaus for wandering in, with little lakes, lush green pastures and species of wildlife including frogs to be spotted. For those who fancy something a little more energetic, both ice and rock climbing are available here, with professional assistance. Gran Paradiso National Park was founded in 1922, but remains a popular tourist attraction to this day.

 

Snowdonia, UK

Snowdonia

Snowdonia

Made a national park in 1953, Snowdonia is one of this country’s outstanding attractions and is included within the online travel roulette wheel of spots to visit by Ladbrokes. It contains the Snowdon mountain measuring 3,560ft, which is the largest such mountain in either England or Wales and is also home to fun family activities like the Snowdon Mountain Railway, where you can travel on an old-fashioned steam train, and the Princes of Gwynedd castles dating back to King Edward I. All this makes for a superb place to spend a holiday or weekend.

Sarek, Sweden

Sarek National Park Sweden

Sarek National Park Sweden

If you want your national parks to be peaceful and uninhabited, Sarek in Sweden will be just the ticket for you. It is in north Sweden, in Norbotten County, and was established back in 1909 – making it another of the oldest European national parks. These days it is beloved of those who relish wide outdoor spaces and adventure, offering the chance to nature untamed. The most popular activities here are mountain climbing and hiking, but Sarek is not a place with trails or professionals to help – so you need to know what you are doing and remember to take tents, maps and compasses with you.

Canadas del Teide, Spain

Teide Volcano

Teide Volcano

This can be found in Tenerife, and has been a national park since the mid-1950s. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was originally a place of worship for aboriginal Guanches. For those interested in birds, ten different species can be found here – including the Atlantic canary and the blue chaffinch, while the Mount Teide volcano – Spain’s highest peak and the world’s third biggest volcano – makes for a stunning centrepiece to the park. You can go to the top of this either by foot or cable car, depending on your stamina levels.

 

If you want enjoy peace and quiet, and the chance to enjoy stunning landscapes, any of these national parks will be perfect.  Visiting the national parks is a great and different way to experience Europe!

 

12 Reasons To Take A Road Trip To Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Ever Been To Sheboygan? If not, here are 12 reasons why you should go this year:

If you have never been to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, here are any number of reasons to take a road trip  there this year.  Besides Sheboygan being located on the shores of Lake Michigan, with all the fun of water sports and the beaches, you can see these local attractions and events while you are there.

Entertainment:

1. The Limón Dance Company performs Limón’s last choregraphy “Carlotta”.  The dance is performed in silence. April 19 and 21 at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081.
2. Latin Dance Event An amateur partner dance competition. Small plates and drinks available.May 6 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Ages 14+
3.Midsummer Festival of the Arts.  More than 130 artists will be there. Exhibitors include ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, painting, glass, and more. July 16-17 2016 at the Michael Kohler Arts Center
4. Christopher Farm and Gardens Festival The tickets to this festival raise money for Meals on Wheels. The $100 ticket price is worth the cost to make sure shut-in’s and others in need get a meal when they need it. A day of fun, sampling exotic foods and beverages from around the world, along with culture specific games and entertainment.  June 25, 2016 The Christopher Farm and Gardens, W580 Garton Rd, Sheboygan, WI
5. Johnsonville Brat Days: The traditional king of Sheboygan summer festivals is the Johnsonville Brat Days. This festival started in 1953 and is a tribute to the Brat. Taste Brats in many delicious ways: Taco Brats, brat egg rolls, brat jambalaya, and more. Experience the entire Brat celebration with a parade, a Brat Trot Run, entertainment, and more. August 4-6 2016, located at Kiwanis Park, 726 North 17th, Sheboygan, WI.

Food: 

6. Majerele’s Black River Grill: This is a great restaurant featuring a variety of foods and wine options. They have been in business for 10 years, and get an average of a 4.5 rating. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. I would love to try the ribs! Or the Steak Dinner. 

7. Harry’s Prohibition Bistro: A Naples pizzeria and wine bar. Pizzas are prepared in an authentic Neopolitan wood fired oven. There are also salads, pasta, and appetizers on the menu. Craft beers from around the world are also available. 669 South Pier Dr, Sheboygan, WI.

8. Whistling Straits Restaurant: A gorgeous view of Lake Michigan from an Irish Farmhouse setting. Classic cuisine with Irish and British influences. Signature dishes include potato leek soup infused with fine sherry, rack of lamb, and sticky toffee pudding. The menu features fresh Wisconsin produce and dairy, seafood from the coasts, and Midwestern-raised meats. With its grand fireplace, The Irish Pub, located upstairs, offers classic dishes including fish ‘n’ chips and a variety of premium beers.  For lunch try the BBQ pork flatbead, the Salmon Salad, or Potato Leek Soup. Or, what about a house made corned beef sandwich? For dinner, seared sea scallops, or Scottish Salmon. Located at N8501 Lakeshore Rd, Sheboygan, WI.

Outdoor Activities:

9. Biking: Sheboygan is in the only county in the state of Wisconsin to be named a Bike Friendly Community! More than 15 biking trails around the county offer all levels of biking. Click here for a printable map of bike trails.

10. Fishing: Where there’s water there’s fishing, and with Lake Michigan right there, there are lots of places to go fishing. Chartered Lake fishing is a sport for everyone in the family.  Catch Chinook or King Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, or Brown Trout.  Here’s a link for a list of charter boats to take you out there.

11. Golf: If golfing is your game, there are plenty of golf courses in Sheboyan to keep you occupied. Courses  at Whistling Strait have hosted championship PGA games in 2004, 2010, and 2015!

12. Waterfront Activities:  There truly is something for everyone in Sheboygan. The beaches and waterfront to Lake Michigan offer plenty of sunbathing, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, and surfing. Get wet one way or another!

These twelve places, things to do, and places to eat are just a few of the many things to keep you occupied in Sheboygan. Plan you trip now for a fun summer getaway!

On the Road To Memphis: Blues, Southern Food, and Good Times

Memphis, Tennessee is one of my favorite places. Although I have been there many times, I want to go back as often as possible. Memphis is an easy drive from many places, like Arlington, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Here are just a few things I love about the area:

bb king

Blues!

The first thing I think about when Memphis comes to mind is the blues. I love going to Beale Street and hanging out at B.B. King’s House of Blues, where I can sit right up in front of the band, and listen to them play all night, while I munch on Barbecue Nachos, and sip a beer or two.  B.B. King’s House of Blues is my favorite place, there are many music venues along Beale Street, and taking a night time stroll up and down this famous street is a don’t miss opportunity.

The King’s Palace Restaurant

shrimp stuffed

I think we have eaten at The King’s Palace Restaurant every time we have visited Memphis. Located at 162 Beale Street, it is a very short walk from other attractions. I love their Monterrey Jack Cheese Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. What a combination of great flavors! It is served with fresh vegetables and rice pilaf. Starters include Fried Green Tomatoes, Gator Chips, and Crawfish Etouffee. Don’t go away without dessert: VooDoo Chocolate Passion!

The Arcade

arcade restaurant

The Arcade Restaurant is the oldest cafe in Memphis. Started in 1919 by Speros Zepatos,  eating there is like a tradition. They serve breakfast all day, and have daily specials like Southern Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad Plate, Chicken and Dumplings, Country Fried Steak, and Greek Salad in addition to sandwiches, salads, and pizza.  All this and very reasonably priced, too. They are located at 540 S Main Street.

Attractions

The most well know attraction in the Memphis area is of course, Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion. Yo u can take a tour and see all the Elvis memorabilia there. Other attractions include The Memphis Civil Rights Museum; the Rock and Soul Museum; The Gibson Guitar Factory; and more. You might also like to take a River Boat Tour on the Mississippi River.  The 90 minute sightseeing cruise, which takes visitors a step back in Tennessee history, along with historical commentary gives a comprehensive and interesting narrative of past and present Mississippi River life.