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Best Fall Weekend Getaways in MI

Michigan boasts many eclectic small towns and bustling cities for anyone looking to get away this fall season. With two peninsulas, Michigan is very unique compared to other mid-western states, as it’s comprised of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and is host to great winter-time activities, like skiing and other popular snow sports.

Here are Pure Chiropractic’s recommendations for some amazing weekend getaway in Michigan this fall! Enjoy some quality time with your loved ones and make some amazing memories!

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Best Fall Weekend Getaways in Michigan

 

Frankenmuth

Even for families and friends that can only make it out for a weekend, Frankenmuth is the perfect energizing town to visit for anyone who needs to recharge. Bavarian hospitality comes to life and is accompanied by delicious German food sampling, water parks, and festivals.

Year-round carriage rides provide a wonderful view of the falling leaves that dot the streets, and romantic boat tours are available that specialize in either wine or chocolate tasting. St. Julian’s Winery is also a must for anyone interested, and the downtown shops offer excellent gift shopping and souvenir opportunities.

Those staying in Frankenmuth will probably try to book one of the 360 rooms at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, where the European-styled suites add to the fun of the Midwest’s largest hotel games center.

Allegan

Allegan, located in Western Michigan, is the ideal getaway spot for any traveller who loves the outdoors. It’s a haven for hikers, boaters, fisherman, and swimmers and the town’s historic charm is host to one of the country’s largest county fairs.

The seasonal Allegan Farmers Market is a great treat for any visitor who can make it out to see it, and the riverfront gazebo is host to multiple live performances all year long. In town, the Allegan Antiques Market attracts visitors of all ages, and most anyone walking around the streets is sure to step into the Wild West Ranch and Something Sweet.

Most visitors to Allegan choose to stay at the beautifully decorated bed and breakfast, the Delano Mansion, which is only a few minutes drive from Lake Michigan.

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a well-known college town, but it has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. Multiple festivals and art galleries pop up year round to delight guests, and the town’s independent shops and gourmet restaurants are adorned by lovely parks. The town is lined with interesting art sculptures, like The Cube, The Wave Field, the Bookstore Mural, and multiple fairy doors that are sure to spark the imagination of any child walking through the town.

The Bell Tower Hotel is one of the most ideal places to stay, as it’s only a few minutes’ walk from downtown where couples, families, and groups can enjoy the shops, restaurants, and theaters.

Tecumseh

Tecumseh is the perfect place for a small-town weekend getaway in Michigan. The historic homes, downtown shopping, and scenic landscape feed creativity and entrepreneurship for the new and old alike. It’s often considered Michigan’s “best-kept secret”, as it hosts multiple festivals year-round, including the fall harvest festival. Those who have the chance to visit during one of the art walks should definitely participate to see some of the talented local artists and patron the region’s undiscovered painters.

Multiple bed and breakfasts make picking a place to stay very simple, with the Loft and Chicago Street Suite being the two most popular choices amongst visitors. Downtown, Chicago Boulevard has great boutiques and interesting shops to step into, and the Daily Grind Sandwich Shoppe is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Michigan. The slow-pace and “world away” feeling puts everyone at ease, and bicycles are the Island’s go-to transportation option. Everyone moves at their own pace and takes the time to enjoy the simple pleasures that life on the Island has to offer. The town has a real Victorian feel to it, and historical venues have stood the test of time.

Homemade fudge is sure to make it onto anyone’s plate during their stay, and a visit to Fort Mackinac is a great excursion for all ages.

Visitors can view the changing colors from horseback as they ride around the islands, and everything can wrap up at the Grand Hotel, one of the best places to stay. It’s a third-generation and family-owned hotel with the world’s longest porch, where guests can admire the beautiful view of the water. The hotel also offers tea in the afternoon, dancing every night, and unique rooms.

Traverse City

Located at the head of the Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is a beautiful place to stay and a very fun getaway location for families and couples year-round. Miles of Lake Michigan shoreline are just a few corners away for visitors who want to relax and unwind. Over-21 visitors can enjoy delicious craft beer tasting and tour the many breweries and wineries throughout the area.

Most people will choose to stay at Chateau Chantal, an old-world bed and breakfast that’s always filled with fine wine.

Harbor Springs

The Harbor Springs waterfront community heads Little Traverse Bay, and offers excellent opportunities to view the vibrant fall foliage. Known for the famous “tunnel of trees”, Harbor Springs is an ideal Michigan getaway spot every fall season. Outdoorsy-types will also love a walk through the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve or Petoskey State Park.

Pond Hill Farm is a year-round favorite among locals and tourists, and offers wine tasting, a café, scenic walking trails, and many opportunities to pet some goats, sheep, and other farm animals.

Boyne Highlands Resort is a great pick as it offers a few pet-friendly rooms, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, and a multitude of dining options.

 

 

Pure Chiropractic Loves Michigan

Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn are proud to practice in the great state of Michigan. At Pure Chiropractic, the goal is to help patients live their best and most active lifestyles. Contact Pure Chiropractic today for your appointment! (517) 579-2537

The Best Coffee Shops in Michigan

Lewis Black said it well when he stated, “I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.”

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Many of us rely on a morning cup of coffee (or two, or three) to get our day started and our minds right. There’s something magical about coffee. Its aroma, the way a warm mug of it brings instant comfort, the ability it has to make any place feel like home.

Some of us believe there’s no better coffee in the world than the cup we brew for ourselves at home. Others of us have our favorite little coffee shop in town that makes our drink *just* the way we like it.

Whether it’s the coffee, the atmosphere, or the simple break from our day, coffee shops have started playing a central role in many people’s lives! At Pure Chiropractic, we did some research of our own to discover the best coffee shops that all of Michigan has to offer. We took into account atmosphere, food, coffee (of course!), speciality drinks, customer service, and more.

As you head off on your end of summer adventures throughout the state of Michigan, keep our list of Michigan’s best coffee shops in mind — you never know when the need for caffeine will strike!

Michigan’s Best Coffee Shops

Roos Roast, 1155 Rosewood Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Roos was started by John Roos, who believes in going far above and beyond the traditional cup of coffee. The coffee itself comes from all over the world. The shop is warm and inviting. The coffee bags are adorned with silkscreen art, the beans are roasted in house, and the menu is great. We highly recommend the honey vanilla latte! Using fresh honey and vanilla extract, this drink offers the perfect balance of flavor amazing coffee + vanilla and flavors. Visit their website here for more information.

Espresso Elevado, 606 South Main Street, Plymouth, Michigan

Espresso Elevado is owned by Teresa Pilarz. She and her crew of amazing baristas know what they are doing! Pilarz takes the time to roast the coffee beans in 6 pound batches in house. Their baked goods are also to die for. For a deliciously different latte, try the coconut lemongrass latte. This beverage using coconut milk, whole milk (omit if you’re paleo!), agave syrup, and fresh lemongrass, giving the drink a great, earthy combination that will leave you wanting more. For more information on this great shop, click here.

Black Owl Cafe, 414 Walbridge Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Black Owl Cafe roasts their coffee (as Kalamazoo Coffee Company) on site by its owners, Darren Bain and Garrett Krugh. Not only is the coffee insanely delicious, but the coffee bag labels are painted by Bain. The shop itself is decorated in reclaimed wood, black and white photographs, mirrors, and owls. You’ll feel right at home in this shop! Enjoy the chai lattee for a deliciously warm and inviting drink. Get more information on this great coffee shop, here.

Flint Crepe Co., 555 South Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan

Located in downtown Flint, this amazing crepe company also knows its coffee. With an emphasis on locally sourced products, homemade syrups, insanely good coffee, and community, Flint Crepe Co. is one shop you’ll look forward to visiting over and over again. They get their coffee from Zingerman’s Coffee Co. in Ann Arbor, and their tea from Rishi. Their chai latte has the perfect amount of spice, and their crepe menu is amazing! For more info on Flint Crepe Co., click here.

Checker Records, 28 South Howell Street, Hillsdale, Michigan

John and Robin Spiteri love rock n roll. They also happen to love coffee. As long time owners of the famous record store, the two decided to add coffee to their arsenal almost a decade ago. Their shop has great coffee, specialty drinks, frappes, and more. One of the best parts of this shop is the fun names they have for their drinks, such as the Bob Seger, a frappe with white chocolate and macadamia nut. Love Def Leppard? Try the drink — a frappe with chocolate, hazelnut, and coconut. At this shop you’ll find a great combination of t-shirts, vinyls, rock memorabilia, CDs, coffee, treats, and more. Get more info on Checker Records, here.

Madcap Coffee, 98 Monroe Center Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Based in Grand Rapids, Madcap is well known throughout Michigan for their coffee roasting. There’s always a crowd in this shop, because the coffee and food is that good. Their pour overs are amazing, and so is the atmosphere. Get more info on Madcap Coffee, here.

Jackson Coffee Co., 201 South Mechanic Street, 2550 Airport Road and 1201 East Michigan Avenue, Jackson, Michigan

Jackson Coffee Company roasts its own coffee. In fact, you can even watch the 26 pound roaster in action when visiting the location on Mechanic Street. The shop also has great lattes and specialty drinks. Its atmosphere is great for getting some work done, or meeting up with a dear friend. Their downtown location has live entertainment every Friday night! Try their March Madness latte for a drink you won’t be able to stop thinking about. Get more information on Jackson Coffee Co., here.

Pure Chiropractic

Pure Chiropractic believes in helping its patients live the best life possible. Chiropractic care plays an integral part in our overall wellness. Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn know that adventure is also a great way to live a great life! By offering patients wellness tips, road trip ideas, the best coffee shops, and more, Pure Chiropractic’s hope is to help each patient live a life full of joy, fun, health, and happiness.

Contact Pure Chiropractic today at 517.579.2537 to schedule your chiropractic appointment and consultation. We look forward to working with you with your chiropractic needs, and helping you establish and maintain a body that is always ready for the next adventure!

20 Things To Do in Michigan This Summer

Summer in Michigan is an incredible time! Soon enough, you’ll blink and school will be out. Spend your sweet, sweet summertime at some of the many outdoor festivals, beaches, lake shores, and more that beautiful Michigan has to offer. Here’s our list of 20 things to do in Michigan this summer that the whole family will enjoy!

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20 Things To Do In Michigan This Summer

1. Get lost in the dunes.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire was named The Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America in 2011. Take some of your summer vacation to explore the many miles of sandy beaches, bluffs, and forests located here!

2. Visit the Michigan Iron Industry Museum.

Iron is an industry incredibly important to Michigan’s history. Discover the story of Michigan’s rich iron mining history and its incredible impact on our state with a visit to the Iron Industry Museum.

3. Adventure on the Great Lakes Circle Tour.

Take a road trip with your family and friends along this scenic road system. It connects all of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River!

4. Explore the gardens.

Explore the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University. This garden has something for every member of the family. Take in the sights of the gorgeous flowers, dance with the wind chimes, and more!

5. Hit the trails.

There are more than 100 biking trails in Michigan to go out and explore! Gather your friends and family for a day of adventure and hit the trails!

6. Witness the waterfalls.

There are nearly 200 waterfalls throughout Michigan’s upper peninsula. Lace up your hiking shoes and hit the trails to explore as many as you can!

7. Catch a water show.

Visit the Grand Haven Musical Fountain for a one of a kind water show. This synchronized water and light show is accompanied by music of all types. Each show is 25 minutes long and plays daily at dusk from Memorial Day through Labor Day, as well as Fridays and Saturdays in May and September.

8. Movie night on a warship.

Did you know that you can not only go aboard the USS LST 393, but you can also catch a movie aboard its deck? While the 2017 schedule has yet to be released, here’s some great info on what year’s past looked like!

9. Go to the beach.

Nothing says summertime more than the beach. Head on over to the shores of the many lakes Michigan has to offer. Build sandcastles. Bask in the sun. Go for a swim. Enjoy the great outdoors!

10. Explore the history of Detroit.

Detroit is a city rich with history. Take one of the “behind the scenes” historic tours, visit the Great Lakes Museum, learn about the Underground Railroad, and feast your eyes on the city’s first automobile.

11. Celebrate Christmas.

Christmas in the summertime? Yep! Visit Little Bavaria in Frankenmuth where every day is Christmas! With fun festivals, eclectic shopping, indoor waterparks, rich history, and more, Little Bavaria has something for everyone!

12. Dance and jam by the Detroit riverfront.

The Detroit riverfront always has something fun going on! This September 1-4, you can enjoy the Detroit Jazz Festival, drum line competition, art walk, and more.

13. Climb Mount Arvon.

Mount Arvon is Michigan’s highest point, standing at 1,979.238 feet above sea level. Reach the summit for breath taking views of Lake Superior, and leave a note in the famous Michigan mailbox.

14. Head to Drummond Island Township Park.

Drummond Island Township Park has plenty to see and do! Spend a few days there camping. Go up for the day and explore one of the many hiking trails. Relax on the beach. You can’t go wrong!

15. Explore the state capitol.

Participate in a guided tour of the state capitol in Lansing for some great history lessons on politics in Michigan. You can even see inside the House and Senate galleries for a first hand look at where laws are made that impact your life each day.

16. Visit Sanders Candy Factory.

Sander’s Candy Factory has been satisfying Michigan’s sweet tooth since 1875! Visit this summer and taste some of Michigan’s greatest treats!

17. Play disc golf.

Did you know that Michigan has more than 286 disc golf courses? That means no matter where you live in our beautiful state, you’re likely never far from a course. Find a list of disc golf courses here and head outside with your loved ones!

18. Visit the Au Sable Light Station.

Built in 1874, the Au Sable is one of Michigan’s most notable lighthouses. It’s listed on the national register of historic places. It was built to warn mariners of the dangerous reef off of Au Sable Point. Guided tours are offered in July and August.

19. Visit the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve.

Calvin College has a beautiful campus located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit the campus to learn about the sciences and explore the natural world in the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve.

20. Explore a shipwreck.

Visit Alpena’s Great Lakes Maritame Heritage Center to explore a life-size replica shipwreck! There’s plenty to see and do!

Pure Chiropractic Loves Michigan

Located in Howell, Michigan, Pure Chiropractic loves our great state! There is so much to see, do, and explore. We firmly believe that chiropractic plays an integral part in helping patients get outside and live their best lives.

Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn are passionated about empowering the community to get up, get moving, and live with intention. Take some time this summer to explore our great state with your loved ones. Be intentional with your quality time, and watch the amazing impact it will have on your relationships and outlook!

Call us today at (810) 588-4036 or email us at info@purechiropractor.com. We look forward to hearing from you and walking with you on your journey to wellness!

The Best Hikes Near Howell, MI

Spring is right around the corner! With warmer weather on the horizon and trees and flowers blooming, it’s time to get outside. Why? Because hiking is good for your health! Another bonus? It gets you away from the screen, which can impact your posture, your social skills, and your sleep, to name a few!

Studies show that hiking is a great cardio workout that can:

  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Improve your blood pressure
  • Improve your blood sugar levels
  • Boost bone density
  • Build strength in your leg and hip muscles
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve balance
  • Help manage weight
  • Improve mood

Experts recommend getting just 150 minutes of exercise per week to reap these benefits. You don’t have to fit in all this exercise at once! Break it up throughout the week with weekend hikes, walking during your lunch breaks, and get your family and friends involved.

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Michigan has some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in the country, and we wanted to highlight some of the amazing parks and hikes in our beautiful state. We put together a list of the ten best parks and hiking trails near Howell, Michigan. Grab your friends and family and hit the trails! The fresh air and exercise is good for you!

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The Top 10 Parks and Hiking Trails Near Howell, Michigan

1. Brighton State Recreation Area. The Brighton Recreation Area is located at 6360 Chilson Road, Howell MI, 48843. It has 4,947 acres of recreation for park visitors to use. Among these acres are several miles of trails available for equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking. Trails range in length from 1 mile to 18 miles. Each trail has incredible views of the beautiful nature Michigan has to offer!

2. Howell Nature Center. The Howell Nature Center is located at 1005 Triangle Lake Rd, Howell, MI 48843. This beautiful area is home to many wildlife animals. Howell Nature Center’s goals are to rehab injured or orphaned wildlife in order to eventually return them to their natural habitat, and to educate citizens about wild animals. There are several hiking trails throughout the campus that let visitors see wildlife and enjoy the scenery!

3. Maybury State Park. Maybury State Park is located at 20145 Beck Road, Northville, MI 48167. It contains almost 1,000 acres of rolling terrain, meadows, forests, wildlife, and wildflowers.It even has trails for hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and a paved bicycle path. Maybury State Park has something for everyone!

4. Hudson Mills Metropark. Hudson Hills Metropark is located at 8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130. Just 12 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, this park has 1,549 acres to explore. It has a 3-mile loop paved hike-bike trail. It also has the West River Trail which takes hikers and bikers almost 5 miles and ends in downtown Dexter. While you’re there check out the golf course, ball fields, swings, slides, canoes, tennis, shuffleboard, and more.

5. Pinckney Recreation Area. The Pinckney Recreation Area is located at 8555 Silver Hill Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169. This area has over 11,000 acres! Full of wildlife and activities the whole family will enjoy, Pinckney Recreation Area also has several hiking trails for all ages and skills. Trails vary in length from 2 miles to 35 miles! For more details click here.

6. Independence Lake County Park. Independence Lake County Park is located at 3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. This park has tons of recreational activities for its visitors. From swimming, boating, fishing, biking, rollerblading, hiking, and more, it’s a must-visit! Their hiking trails take hikers through the park at different lengths so that they can see all of the beautiful scenery!

7. Bird Hills Nature Area. Bird Hills Nature Area is located at Newport Rd and Bird Rd, Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 48103. It’s the largest park in Ann Arbor. It has 5 trailheads that go through hills and ravines, taking hikers through the beautiful outdoors. Most of its trails are pet friendly as well!

8. Kensington Metropark. Kensington Metropark is located at 2240 W Buno Rd, Milford, MI 48380. Kensington’s 4,543 acres of wooded, hilly terrain surrounds Kent Lake, and is home to an abundance of wildlife and waterfowl. This metro park has a golf course, picnic areas, lakes and beaches, hiking and biking trails, and more. An 8.5 mile paved hike-bike trail takes hikers alongside Kent Lake. There’s also an additional 7 miles of trails that allow visitors to see plants and animals in their natural element.

9. Seven Lakes State Park. Seven Lakes State Park is located at 2220 Tinsman, Holly, MI 48442. This state park has 4 hiking trails varying in length from 0.3 miles to 2.10 miles. Trails take visitors along the shoreline, throughout the park, and amongst wildlife. With breathtaking views, this park is one you must visit.

10. Island Lake Recreation Area. Island Lake Recreation Area is located at 12950 Grand River Rd, Brighton, MI 48116. Island Lake Recreation Area has activities for any outdoor enthusiast. With hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, beaches, and more, the entire family will love to visit this park. Load up the car and hit the outdoors!

At Pure Chiropractic, we want to help each of our patients live their best life. We believe this is possible through a wellness approach that includes a balanced diet, chiropractic care, and exercise. Activities such as hiking are a great way to enjoy nature while spending time with loved ones and improving your overall health!

Plan your visit to some of these beautiful locations, and let us know which trails and parks are your favorites. Each step you take along these trails is a step towards a better and healthier life!

You can trust Pure Chiropractic with your health and wellness needs. Drs. Hohn have incredible knowledge of the chiropractic industry. They also are well-versed in nutrition and the powerful role it plays in a healthy life.

Contact our offices today to schedule your appointment at (810) 588-4036 or email us at info@purechiropractor.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your wellness journey!

Holiday Activities in Howell, Brighton, and Pinckney

Are you looking for some fun holiday activities to get you into the Christmas spirit? We’ve put together some of the best events that Howell, Brighton, and Pinckney have to offer this season. What are your favorite events this time of year?

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  • Jill Jack Christmas Concert at Howell Opera House
    • Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
    • Jill Jack has one 37 Detroit Music Awards since 1997, and is in Howell for a special holiday concert!
    • Tickets are $15/person if you pre-buy and $20/person at the door (if available)
  • Light up the Park
    • Saturday, December 5 from 5-7pm
    • Head on over to Pinckney and see Santa arrive to town in a firetruck to flip the switch and light up the park! With carols, live nativity scene, cookies and hot beverages, hayrides, crafts, and pictures with the big man himself, this is a great event for the entire family.
  • Winter Marketplace at Howell Opera House
    • Sunday, December 6 and December 13, 2015 from 10am-2pm
    • Arts, crafts, baked goods, jewelry, art, and much more are available at this event! A great place to get some Christmas shopping done and spend time with your family
  • Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
    • November 27- December 31 (show times vary)
    • This hilarious take on Charles Dickens’ classic will make you belly laugh until you cry. Great for an adult’s night out!
  • Holiday Girls Night Out
    • Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6-9pm
    • Your favorite downtown businesses will have great discounts, giveaways, refreshments, and more during this fun girls night out!
  • The Nutcracker 
    • Saturday, December 19 @ 7pm
    • Follow Clara on her journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. This holiday tradition is one the entire family will love!

The Best Golf Courses Near Howell, Michigan

Tom Watson said it best, “No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.” We believe that near our town some of the best golf courses can be found. Whether you’re looking to go out to enjoy the scenery, catch up with friends, or sharpen your mind, golf is a great way to spend time! Here are our picks of the best golf courses near Howell, Michigan.

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Hawk Meadows Golf CourseHawk Meadows at Dama Farms in Howell is an 18-hole course with something for golfers of every skill level. The course is 6,377 yards from the back tees, but has just enough strategically placed hazards to keep the game interesting! This is a great place for junior players or for a quick round for more advanced golfers.

Coyote Preserve Golf ClubCoyote Preserve offers one of the only Arnold Palmer designs in the area. With wetlands, ravines, depressions, and water hazards, this course is a fun play. Scratch golfers and low handicap players will love this course- its challenges keep you on your toes, and its beauty is stunning. There are five sets of tees to play to distances, so golfers of any level can enjoy the game.

Moose Ridge Golf CourseLocated in South Lyon, Moose Ridge is a great course for those just beginning the sport as well as seasoned veterans to the game. Located on 230 acres of wooded land, this championship level features bent grass tees, fairways and greens, sand bunkers, wetlands, water hazards, rolling terrain, and amazing practice facilities. Not only is the course beautiful, but it’s also a great value!

Lakelands Golf and Country ClubLakelands prides itself on maintaining excellent quality grounds that appeal to golfers of all skill levels. The club has an excellent practice facility, two on-staff PGA golf professionals, an impressive Junior Golf Program, and even a Couples Golf program. They aim to be a warm, inviting, family friendly space that everyone can enjoy.

Timber Trace Golf ClubEven with its remote location, Timber Trace is a course you must play! Affordable greens fees and breathtaking scenery around Lake Wallaby continue to draw players to this club. With multiple sets of tee boxes, a variety of hazards, and activities the whole family can enjoy, be sure to check this course out.

 

Top 8 Things To Do In Pinckney, Howell, and Brighton This Fall

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There’s nothing better than autumn weather in Michigan. The falling leaves and the crisp air remind us of Lauren DeStefano’s quote, “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Here are the top 8 things to do in Pinckney, Howell, and Brighton this fall in order to make the most of nature’s grand finale.

  1.  Spooktacular

On October 16, head on over to the 5th annual Spooktacular in Pinckney! Activities in the square run from 6-8pm, and the Spooky Forest runs from 6:30-8:30pm. With Trunk or Treat, community businesses pledging support, and the free cost of admission, this is a must for some quality family fun!

  1. Howell’s Sunday Farmers Market

With only a few weeks left to stock up on the finest locally grown produce, plants, and homemade goods and crafts, head on over to the farmers market in downtown Howell. It runs each Sunday from 9am-2pm outside of the Livingston County Courthouse. There’s always great entertainment as you shop!

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Howell

Head to downtown Howell on Saturday, October 24 to experience the 13th annual Legend of Sleepy Howell! From 6-9pm there will be activities such as trick or treating, games, costume contests, live music, hayrides, campfires and s’mores, entertainers, a hay maze, inflatables for kids and teens, food vendors, the Headless Horseman 5K/10k & Monster Mile, a free showing of Hocus Pocus, and so much more!

  1. Brighton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Take a stroll through Brighton and enjoy the crisp autumn air while viewing beautiful sculptures throughout the city. With 4 different public art trails to choose from, you can take in the city’s sights and gorgeous art work all at the same time.

  1. Lakelands Trail State Park

Load up the family and head over to Lakelands Trail State Park for some outdoor adventures! With over 26 miles of trails to choose from, mountain bikers, walkers, and even equestrians love this area. Take in the gorgeous scenery, changing colors of the leaves, and even stop in at local shops for lunch or ice cream!

  1. Mt. Brighton Hot Cocoa Classic

Gorgeous autumn scenery, a fun morning run, and hot chocolate? What could be better? On November 7, the Hot Cocoa Classic takes place on Mt. Brighton with fun for the whole family! The Classic 5K covers the scenic grounds of the Mt. Brighton Golf Course, while the Marshmallow Mountain Mile covers the grassy terrain of Mt. Brighton. When the races are finished, there’s a lovely fireside party for everyone to enjoy! Packet pickup starts at 7:30am.

  1. Holiday Glow

Head on over to Brighton on November 21 to have a blast at the annual Holiday Glow. With holiday music, local dance performances, hay rides, train rides, a petting zoo, holiday treats, and even Santa himself, this is a great way to bid farewell to fall and hello to the holidays!

  1. Fantasy of Lights

The Fantasy of Lights is a longstanding tradition in Howell, noted for its fun and for closing out the fall season. Many consider this fun event to be the start of the holidays! On Friday, November 27 come to the festival to see an amazing parade, holiday lights, and even Santa himself! The fun starts at 6pm with the Fantasy 5K run, with the parade following at 7pm.