5 Michigan Cities to Stroll Through this Spring

It’s finally spring and we can emerge out of our winter cocoons, stretch our legs and stroll the beautiful streets and cities in Michigan.

Brighton – The downtown area of Brighton feels like strolling down a road from yesterday. With the church set up the hill, just atop the river, the setting is so peaceful. There is so much to do and see along Main Street. On a warm spring day there are children playing in the park, people taking their dogs for a walk, and families feeding the ducks in the pond. Downtown Brighton prides themselves in being a “strolling community,” and you can see more than 30 public art exhibits as you walk through the area. There are also many fun-filled shops, like Oh My Lolli, where they make handmade candies,  conveniently located just across the from the playground. There’s Sassafrass Gifts, where you can purchase unique items for a friend. When you’ve worked up the hunger for a bite to eat, you can enjoy an authentic Italian meal at Buon Gusto or a drink at Downtown Main Martini Bar and Grille.

El centro de la ciudad de Brighton se siente como pasear por una carretera de ayer. Con la iglesia puesta encima de la colina, apenas encima del río, el ajuste es tan pacífico. Hay tanto que hacer y ver a lo largo de la calle principal. En un cálido día de primavera hay niños jugando en el parque, la gente lleva a sus perros a dar un paseo, y las familias de alimentar a los patos en el estanque.

Ann Arbor – College campuses are always the best place to take a stroll. Around the University of Michigan campus there are college students out throwing frisbees, musicians on street corners, and community events all year long. You can grab an outdoor seat at the Jolly Pumpkin for a salad or granite baked pizza, accompanied by a nice locally made beer. If your tastes are a bit more ethnic, you can pop on over to The Earthen Jar, where the Indian buffet is completely vegetarian and gluten-free, and the other customers are so friendly. If you want to walk with the community in a unique way, take part in the Fool

Moon art parade, which kicks off the outdoor festival season.

Campus universitarios son siempre el mejor lugar para dar un paseo. Alrededor del campus de la Universidad de Michigan hay estudiantes universitarios . Si quieres caminar con la comunidad de una manera única, participa en el desfile de arte Fool Moon, que arranca la temporada de festivales al aire libre.

Grand Rapids – We can think of no grander place to take a walk in the spring than Grand Rapids. While this 158-acre campus has many things to see on foot, the annual butterfly exhibit at Frederik Mejier Gardens & Sculpture Park is a huge attraction.  There are over 50 different species represented during this time, from March 1st through April 30th. Additional features of the gardens include outdoor sculptures to view, wooded trails to walk, and a children’s garden that provides hours of enjoyment. Once you’ve had your fill of viewing fresh flowers, you can take a short drive down the street to Green Restaurant, an eatery that focuses on fresh, local and organic foods. If time allows, venture a bit farther into the city and stop at the Downtown Market. There you can sample a variety of local flavors, with an appetizer of meat and cheese from Aperitivo, locally sourced meals from Making Thyme Kitchen, and organic desserts from Love’s Ice Cream.

Grand Rapids puedes visitar  el Frederik Mejier Gardens & Sculpture Park,  en su exhibición de mariposas. En el centro puedes visitar  el mercado del centro. Allí podrá degustar una variedad de sabores locales, con un aperitivo de carne y queso de Aperitivo, comidas locales de Making Thyme Kitchen y postres orgánicos de Love’s Ice Cream.

Petoskey – If the view of the coastline takes your breath away, Petoskey is a beautiful place to visit. If you’re looking to enjoy the scenic beauty up close, Petoskey has many trails, pathways and preserves to take by foot or by bike. For historic views of Petoskey on foot, participate in one of their hour long Ghost Walks or do a self-guided tour of the Petoskey locations that were significant to Ernest Hemingway while he vacationed here. For a quick lunch after taking a stroll, stop by The Grain Train. This health food store also has a convenient hot food bar and deli. The view from the seating area overlooks the water, and is truly refreshing.

Petoskey tiene muchos senderos, caminos y conservas para tomar a pie o en bicicleta. Para un almuerzo rápido después de tomar un paseo, parada por el tren de grano. Esta tienda de alimentos saludables también tiene una conveniente barra de comida caliente y delicatessen.

Traverse City – Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World, and in spring time the orchards are in blossom. There is more to this city than cherries and wine though. Tucked a few miles away from the downtown, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons invites people to walk back to older times. What was once the Traverse City State Hospital has been beautifully restored to include restaurants, unique crafters, business offices and housing. Enjoy their outdoor scenery by strolling through the gardens and preserved parklands, enjoying a picnic on their front lawn, or visiting their historic arboretum. Inside you will find many shops, including Gallery Fifty, which carries art from every state around the country. Purchase clothing that represents our great state from High Five Threads and enjoy locally grown tea at Cuppa Joe Cafe. For a fun dining experiences, enjoy homemade tamales at Spanglish or visit Left Foot Charley to sample local wines.

Traverse City es conocida como la capital de la cereza del mundo, y en primavera los huertos están en flor.  Disfrute del paisaje al aire libre paseando por los jardines y parques preservados,

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