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7 Best Things To Do In Traverse City, Michigan

If you should happen to make a trip to Michigan, then Traverse City will almost certainly be on your travel itinerary at some point. It may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of the state of Michigan; but nonetheless, this sizable city, perched on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, is noted for its distinctive sense of place, its bustling social and cultural scene, and, of course, its array of outdoor recreation options, as befitting a state as beautiful as Michigan. Top Fun Things To Do In Traverse City  Below, we’ve gathered seven things you simply have to give a go during your time in this bustling bay-side hub. Enjoy your vacation! 1. Sleeping...

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7 Fun Things To Do In Petoskey, MI While On Vacation

 It may not have the booming populations of Lansing or Detroit; but the small city of Petoskey, perched upon the shores of Little Traverse Bay, is nonetheless a place that ought to feature prominently on your travel itinerary during your trip to Michigan. A quiet resort town, after all, has to be one of the best places from which to soak in the natural wonders of the state – and on top of that, there’s so very much to do. Below, we’ve gathered just seven of your many options for your Petoskey visit. 7 Things To Do In Petoskey 1. Petoskey State Park Of course, our first stop had to be an outdoorsy spot. It’s the first place any...

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5 Tips for Finding Petoskey Stones

Petoskey stones are easily the most known beach rocks of Michigan. These unique coral fossil stones are found by rockhounds throughout Michigan and are used to make beautiful Petoskey Stone jewelry, decor, and pieces of art. So, next time you're walking along the beach in Northern Michigan, look down and you may just find a Petoskey stone. Here are some great tips to help you in your search for this lovely Michigan gem! 1. Know Your Petoskey Stones Finding this fossil stone won’t happen just anywhere! Keep your eyes peeled for limestone rock strata – mixtures of limestone and shale. The stones are named for the area in which they are most often found. These stones are most prevalent in the Traverse Group...

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Leland Blue Stone Jewelry for Those Who Love Northern Michigan

Everybody loves jewelry but many people like to wear jewelry which does more than looking good, it also makes a statement and so perhaps the people from Northern Michigan are lucky in so far as there is jewelry that looks not only good but also says loud and clear, “I am from Michigan.” That piece of jewelry which means that though is not one specific piece but a wide selection of jewelry pieces provided they include a Leland Blue Stone. About Leland Blue Stones Leland Blue is unique to Michigan and in particular to the area surrounding Leland where in the 1800s there was a large iron smelting industry. During the smelting process, impurities are burnt out of the iron...

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5 Unique Michigan Stones & Where To Find Them

Lake Superior and Lake Michigan both provide some of the most unique gemstones known for local jewelers, artists, and rockhounds. Handmade Michigan jewelry has become a cottage industry in the towns and cities along the Great Lakes. Much of this industry is focused on the popular gemstones of the area. This jewelry is as unique as the snowflakes that fall there in the winter. Just as no snowflake is the same as another, each handmade piece of Michigan jewelry is unique.  Each stone is known for its unique qualities and we've covered five favorites!   Petoskey Stone Photo Credit: Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau For instance, the Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s “state stone” named as such in 1965, is a coral fossil. These...

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