Posts Tagged With: Michigan

The Station in South Haven

The station in South Haven is a great Mexican restaurant and has a very extensive beer/ drink list.  We stopped in on a weekday night for dinner on our way through town in August.  There was ample outdoor seating with large umbrellas to provide shade.  The cool nearby lake breeze helped keep us very comfortable.

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The husband loves it when he can get a couple of different items for his entree at dinner.  He went with the fish tacos, that he said were outstanding and Carnitas.  He added a side of street corn to top it all off.

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Cedar Point Michigan Super Saver Ticket

Cedar Point is offering a Michigan Super Saver Ticket on their website.  A Single day visit is for admission, parking and unlimited drinks for $39.99.  A two day ticket is $79.99 and also includes a visit to the Cedar Point Shore Waterpark.

You can purchase the tickets here: Michigan Super Saver Ticket Link

 

 

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Saravilla Bed and Breakfast in Alma

Daughter was invited to a scholarship interview at Alma College.  If you are not familiar with the area you will quickly find out Alma is a very small town. There are no chain hotels, just a couple of old Mom and Pop places. Mount Pleasant is a larger town with several chain hotels but it is over twenty minutes from the college in good weather.   The only real option for us with the impending snow was to stay at Saravilla Bed and Breakfast.

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Guest parking and the entrance were in the rear of the very large house.

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IHG Waterpark Hotels

Many of us did the IHG mail in points promotion that was offered this winter.  Looking to burn up some of those 50,000+ points I went looking for IHG waterpark hotel options.

In Florida:

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando – Orange Lake Resort   35,000 points per night or $146 a night. Boasts a lazy river in the twelve acre waterpark and nine restaurants.  https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnclubvacations/hotels/us/en/kissimmee/discv/hoteldetail

In Minnesota:

Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/ Baxter has the connecting Three Bear Waterpark. $225 a night with access to the waterpark. https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/baxter/bwxbb/hoteldetail

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Michigan’s Adventure Coaster Campout

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Coaster Campout

$200 for a campsite for 4 people includes 2 days of park fun with dinner and breakfast for June 24th – 25th.

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Michigan Residents Cedar Point Buy 1 get 1 Deal

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Michigan Residents get an end of summer Cedar Point deal!

How to get BOGO tickets:
The buy one, get one free offer runs Monday, August 17, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7. You can click on the “Michigan Days” link during that time and buy tickets online. Or you can call Cedar Point at 419-627-2350.

LAST DAYS OF SUMMER MICHIGAN

When you add one regular priced ticket at $62 the second free ticket is automatically added to your cart.

Here is the link again: https://www.cedarpoint.com/?promocode=michigandays

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Things that make you wonder….

I ran across this review for a hotel I was looking at, a Country Inn and Suites on Tripadvisor that made me shake my head…. (Bolding is mine)

2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First off this review is specific to anybody who is lodging at this hotel when attending a hockey tournament in Holland (which are very common). As an out of town team there are four hotels that the tournament hosts have partnered with in which the various teams are placed. This by a long shot is the worst. To begin with the pool area is tiny and can hardly handle seating for a few parents while 20 kids try to swim in a pool that is more suitable for 3-4 (the other three hotels have much larger and open pool areas). That isn’t the real problem though. The staff have little patience for kids as they roam the hotel and make noise, try to play hockey in the halls, etc. Seriously what do they expect when signing up as a host for team of kids ages 7-10. From talking to teams at the other better hotel options I heard that the staff provided the kids conference rooms to have fun, play floor hockey, etc. This hotel however is much to small and has no such room for anything like this. The other complaint is there is very little room to host any team functions like nightly pizza parties and if you do you will be fighting with the other teams in the hotel for the minimal amount of space they have. Then as it gets later they will tell you to go to your room because of noise reasons, which I understand, but it is just clear this facility is incapable of hosting. Our whole team was highly disappointed with this hotel and cannot believe it was over $130/night. If we ever decide to come back to Holland we will be praying to get the DoubleTree or Hampton which are the same price.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family

At first I thought maybe they were being sarcastic but I think they are serious…  No, please don’t, just don’t think this is acceptable in a hotel with other paying guests.  I am glad the hotel did not allow this behavior and I will stay with them in the future because of this.

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Butler Restaurant in Saugatuck

We have never tried the Butler Restaurant before in Saugatuck. Walked past it, looked at a menu but never gave it a try.  We decided to change that on our last trip.

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We were seated off to the side of the restaurant with a nice lake view.  Our waitress was prompt and told us about the Rainbow Trout Special.  Husband’s eyes light up, he does enjoy trout!

We started with stuffed mushroom caps before dinner.  They were filled with crab and garlic and then covered in melted cheese.

Of course Husband ordered the trout…

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Rainbow Trout at Butler

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Daughter had the Lobster Mac-n-Cheese for her meal.

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And I went with the smaller cut of prime rib.  I do love a good prime rib and this one had great seasoning.

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Sorry the pictures were off, the sun was starting to set over the water and it threw the lighting off.  And Husband hates it when I take food pictures so I had to rush.

The prices seemed to be on par with the area.  $14 for Lobster Mac-n-Cheese.  We had great service and everyone was full.  The history on the building is interesting.  Built in 1892 it was a steam mill, then a hotel and now a restaurant.

More information here: http://www.butlerrestaurant.com/

40 Butler Street Saugatuck, MI 49453
Telephone: 269-857-3501

HOURS:
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00PM

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Sarett Nature Center Benton Harbor

After spending our morning cross country skiing we took some time to check out the Nature Center itself.  The volunteers were very friendly, asked if we had enjoyed our time and told us about the center.

There was a large rabbit that was friendly, everyone stopped to pet him. Turtles, skinks, frogs and various native wildlife.

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Turtles at Sarett

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Sarett Nature Center

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Several rooms have large windows with chairs for bird watching.

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Bird watching window at Sarett

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They sell hot cocoa, canned pop and little snacks in the front gift shop.

My favorite room was the new great room.  The real roaring fireplace was very inviting. Skiing back to the center we could smell the wood smoke from the fire.

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Outside they have miles of trails that we want to investigate in the spring.

More information can be found here: http://sarett.com/visit/general-information/

Hours

Tuesday – Friday       9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday                    10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday                         1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Building is closed Mondays.

Our trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. 

Sarett Nature Center
2300 Benton Center Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Admission is $3 for nonmembers.

 

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Cross Country Skiing at Sarett Nature Center

We have wanted to cross country ski all winter but its been way too cold to consider doing anything.  Once the temp was going to be above 20 we figured it was time to make our move.

Sarett Nature Center is located just off -I196 right near I-94.  The nature center is made up of over 1,000 acres and have miles of trails.

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It has been years since I have skied and Daughter never had.  We were quickly fitted with skis and told the easiest trails to start on.  This put us across the roads in the pines area.  It was very flat and well groomed, perfect for beginners.

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All in we spent a little over an hour and a half before we got cold and went in.  We fell a few times and tried to conquer a few small hills.  It was a great first time out and if the weather holds we will be back again this season.

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Our cost was $3 each for the nature center and $10 each for skis.

More information can be found here: http://sarett.com/rentals/cross-country-skiing-snowshoeing/

Sarett Nature Center
2300 Benton Center Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Cross-Country Ski Rental Pricing (2 hours)

$4/child MEMBER  (children must be accompanied by adult)

$7/adult MEMBER

$5/child NON MEMBER (children must be accompanied by adult)

$10/adult NON MEMBER plus admission fee ($3)

Snowshoe Rental (2 hours)

$5/adult plus admission fee for non members ($3)

$3/child (children must be accompanied by adult)


No admission fee for members. 

All rental equipment must stay on Sarett property and be returned by 5:00pm day of rental.

Please call 269-927-4832 for snow conditions.

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