Plan an Accessible Guided Fishing Trip This Summer

Rod ’n’ reel: base lakes open to fishingSummer is finally here, and with it comes a slew of outdoor activities best enjoyed in the sunshine. Fishing is one of our favorite summer pastimes because it’s accessible to people young and old, expert and novice, and those with disabilities.

The following is a list of places you can book an accessible guided fishing trip near one of vacation properties. 

Healing Waters Fly Fishing – Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Project Healing Waters provides free, full-spectrum fly fishing programs and services to wounded, ill and injured veterans and military service members. The organization plans to host virtual meetings throughout summer 2020 to ensure vulnerable veterans have a continuum of care and supportive community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc. – Wisconsin, Minnesota

In partnership with Access Ability Wisconsin, Fishing Has No Boundaries proudly provides recreational fishing opportunities for all anglers with disabilities, as well as acting as a resource for information on adaptive fishing equipment and accessibility. As their website says, “A Fishing Has No Boundaries event is truly an unforgettable way to spend a weekend on or near the lakeshore with a new friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, or a much anticipated comrade in the thrill of catching that “big one”—no matter the size.”

Western New York Adoptive Water Sports – New York

With pontoons and power boats that have flexible seating and a Hoyer lift especially for wheelchairs, Western New York Adaptive Water Sports caters to vacationers with disabilities and youth that would otherwise not have the chance to experience a guided fishing trip. 

Jeff Evans Fishing – Wisconsin

Jeff Evans is a U.S. Coast Guard Charter Captain and credentialed Wisconsin Fishing Guide on the Great Lakes, Hayward Area Lakes, Chequamegon Bay and the St. Louis River. His fishing trips are catered to the individual needs of his customers and are designed to provide an educational, interactive and fun experience while exploring the endless fishing opportunities available in Northern Wisconsin.

Contact the organizations above to schedule your accessible guided fishing trip this summer. No matter your level of ability, there are organizations and people out there who can help you have a great day of fishing. Have fun!

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Websites offers free listings for vacation rental property owners amid uncertain 2020 summer rental season

April 28, 2020 – Middleton, WI – Knowing that social-distancing will be at the forefront of vacationers’ minds this summer, JM Creative Group LLC is offering free rental property listings on three of their book-direct websites: 1 year free at and; 6 months free at 

Now more than ever, vacationers will be looking for getaways that are outdoors, isolated and within driving distance from their homes. In exchange for a free 6- or 12-month listing, property owners set up their own listing details and photos in a provided template. ”We know many rental property owners and managers are scrambling this year to fill cancellations and vacancies caused by coronavirus,“  said Joe Mogensen, the company’s founder. “This is our chance to give something back to the rental property market while also helping vacation rental owners get through this difficult time.”

An added bonus is peace of mind for vacationers. By booking directly with vacation rental owners or local property managers, renters speak directly to the person in charge and not a call center. “Rather than discouraging the connection between owners and potential renters, our group of websites take a more friendly and relaxed approach to renting cabins, cottages, lodges, or homes by offering direct booking,” explains Mogensen. Vacationers can have all of their questions answered by the owners — who are often locals themselves. They can get a real sense of what to expect in the community when they arrive and be assured firsthand that they will be able to enjoy a clean, safe and worry-free retreat.

Joe started his free-to-use internet service in his home state of Wisconsin, where he and his family have experienced many enjoyable vacations in lakeside cabins. More than seven and a half million site views later, renter traffic is up 18% compared to the year before across all of his websites.After launching, Mogensen expanded his vision with similar sites in Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Montana, Tennessee and Kentucky. He has plans to create websites for several more states. 

JMCG has proven that bringing vacation rental owners together onto state-specific websites bolsters their property’s online exposure. The peaceful, timeless feeling of a comfortable cabin is captured in his trademarked theme line, “It’s cabin time®.


For more information or a direct interview, give Joe a call at (608) 850-4242 or email him at

The Best Hidden Beaches in Michigan

Summer is just around the corner, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome the new season than a trip to a quaint lakeside beach. Below are some of Michigan’s best kept “secret” spots to hang out and catch some rays while social distancing. 

Sleeping Bear DunesDUNESLocated on the Northeast shore of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear is large enough to have plenty of nooks and crannies to explore while avoiding a crowd. If you don’t know where to start, Tiesma Road Beach, Peterson Road Beach and Port Oneida Beach are three great spots that are both beautiful and off the beaten path. 

Lake Huron Roadside ParkPARKSitting high on a bluff overlooking the water, this hidden treasure is the perfect spot to pull over and watch the sky fade to nighttime. And don’t forget to bring a camera—it’s a view you’ll want to remember. 

Negwegon State ParkSTATE PARKDespite its official state park label, this area is severely overlooked in terms of scenic recreation spots. The State describes it as “rustic and undeveloped” and indeed, you may want to take a hike and observe some of the wildlife before hitting the park’s sandy beach shores. 

Mackinaw City Public Beach AccessBEACHWhere the Wilderness State Park and Trail Ends road meet, you’ll find this cute little Lake Michigan beach tucked away from the rest of the world—just as you’ll be once you arrive. Stretch out and savor having the soft white sand and shallow waters all to yourself.

Private Beaches PRIVATE BEACHAs relatively “secret” as the beaches above are, the best way to ensure seclusion is to use a private beach. has a ton of properties available with private, on-site water access. You can have your own beach, plus all the amenities that come with the various rental properties, right at your fingertips. 

What’s your favorite beach in Michigan? Share your beach tips in the comments below!

Planning an Anniversary Trip in the Mountains

CoupleWondering what to do for your next anniversary? Plan a mountain trip! Nothing says romance quite like a mountain retreat in a cozy cabin. And while this spring might not be the best time to go on a trip, what with COVID-19, but it is the perfect time to plan one. 

Here are our tips to help you plan an amazing mountain getaway. 

Rent a cabin

CabinWhen you’re looking through all of the different types of accommodations available for your retreat, consider renting a cabin. Hunkering down in an authentic, private living space is one of the best ways to both feel at home and get the full mountain experience. 

You can find rentals to suit any type of vibe you’re looking for at It’s Cabin Time. Our properties offer a range of amenities from rustic to luxury. Plus, because we are a book-direct site, you will get personal attention to ensure that you have the best possible holiday.

Consider an off season visit

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Factor your anniversary date into your location planning process so that you can avoid the crowds. For instance, if your anniversary falls in the four months between June and September, you may want to avoid the Rocky Mountains as it will be in the midst of peak travel season. 

Plan for downtime

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Sometimes less is more—especially on an anniversary trip where your main focus is on each other. When you need some rest, or if the weather is bad one day, be prepared to have some fun off the trails. Here are a few ideas.

If you want to enjoy the scenery even in your downtime, try doing a paint and sip; open up a bottle of wine to split while you and your partner paint the view from your cabin. Then later that night, cook a nice meal together either indoors or outside over a campfire.

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It’s always exciting to discover a new part of the world with the one you love. Happy vacationing, and happy anniversary! #ItsCabinTime

Travel and the Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

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With coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading quickly across the globe, our day-to-day lives are changing significantly. Businesses are shut down, public events are cancelled and everyone is encouraged to social distance for the next few weeks, at least. So what does this mean for your travel plans in the coming months? Do you need to revise them, reschedule them or cancel them altogether? 

We’ve compiled information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other reputable sources to help answer your questions. 

Is it safe to travel within the US?

There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel. Using crowded travel settings like airports and train stations increases your chances of getting COVID-19. 

If you decide to travel in the next few months, consider driving to reach your destination and staying in an isolated vacation rental rather than a hotel or motel. 

If you have questions about the area you’re visiting, you should check your destination’s local health department website for more information.

If I cancel my flight, will I get my money back?

It depends. In normal circumstances, you would have to pay a cancellation fee or booking penalty if you did not purchase a more expensive, fully refundable ticket. 

But in light of COVID-19, many airlines including Delta, United and American are loosening their booking policies and suspending cancellation or rescheduling fees. offers tips on how to get a refund on nonrefundable airline tickets.

What preventative measures should I take if I decide to travel?

If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 during your trip. The virus is spread through coughs and sneezes and by touching contaminated objects, so make sure to wash your hands often and carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you. 

You should also keep a six-foot buffer of space between you and strangers, and avoid touching your face if you can help it. Consider wearing gloves to help keep you mindful about what you’re touching. 

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.

Life will return to normal and soon you’ll be enjoying cabin time with friends and family. Stop by, choose a state, and look ahead to your much needed vacation later this year!

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How to Plan a Trip With a Big Group

Going on vacation with a big group of people has the potential to be either the best or worst trip ever. If planned right, a group trip means unforgettable adventures with your favorite people. If poorly planned, however, it can be more stress than it’s worth. 

Luckily, there are ways to ensure your group vacation is nothing but smooth sailing. Check out our tips below.

Set a Budget


This is essential — according to the American Psychological Association, money is the biggest source of stress for American adults. So, before you make any concrete plans or spend any money, get your group together and agree on a trip budget that works for everyone. Be sure to leave a little cushion in the budget for any financial surprises that might come up during the trip.

Thinking of splitting certain costs? Using apps like Venmo or Splitwise can make this process a lot easier. 

Appoint One or Two Group Leaders


Though all group members should have a say in planning, it helps to have one or two group leaders to organize the chaos and take initiative when need be. This isn’t to say that the other travelers can feel free to sit back and coast. One trick to keep everyone involved is to have different people in charge of different aspects of the group trip. For example, one person looks into transportation options, while another is in charge of accommodation research, or the area’s best restaurants, etc. With everyone involved in some aspect of the planning process, nothing will be accidentally overlooked. You should, of course, come together as a group to make final decisions after everyone’s done their respective research. 

Create an Online Logistics Document 


Communication is the key to group planning. Having a central place where all trip members can access and contribute to the logistics makes communication simple and stress-free. Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets are excellent mediums for group planning, as everyone can view and edit them. Be sure to include the following items in the document:

  • The agreed upon budget
  • Hotel or house information
  • Modes of transport
  • Itineraries
  • Grocery lists
  • Phone numbers 

Now you know what goes into planning an amazing group trip, you’ll be able to enjoy that quality time together even more. Happy vacationing! 


At, you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on instant booking sites. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same vacation rental?

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3 Common Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first time going on a big adventure, we are all prone to making mistakes that can hamper an otherwise amazing trip. The good news is that these mistakes are easily avoidable with good planning and foresight. 

Here are three of the biggest mistakes people make when traveling, along with advice for how to avoid them. 

  1. Overpacking

It’s understandable to want to be prepared for every possible scenario that might pop up on your trip, but you’ll feel so much lighter (literally and metaphorically) when you avoid the high baggage fees at the airport and don’t have to haul around excessively heavy luggage. Not to mention that you’re bound to do some shopping, so leave room for the goodies you’ll want to bring home with you. 


Our advice: Pack basic tops and bottoms that you can mix and match to create different outfits, and remember that you can always do laundry on the road. 

  1. Only visiting famous tourist areas 

It’s okay to visit popular tourist attractions, but don’t make this the center of your trip or you’ll miss out on some of the area’s true culture and must-sees. Many famous tourist areas are nothing more than money traps and time-sucks do you really want to spend a whole day of your vacation waiting in a crowded line for a five-minute look at something that’s probably over-hyped anyway?

Tourist Areas

Our advice: Do as the locals do. A great way to experience an area as a local is by renting an actual home for your visit instead of staying in a hotel. You’ll be staying in a more residential area, and your host can share their favorite restaurants, attractions and events that are actually worthwhile. 

  1. Not informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans

To protect you from identity theft, banks will flag any transactions you make in unfamiliar locations and then freeze your cards. This is a great precaution on their part…unless you’re traveling and need your money. Nothing ruins a fun time like having your card declined due to your own silly negligence. 

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Our advice: Every bank is different, but there’s likely a place on their website where you can log in and notify them of your travel plans. Remember, in addition to your destination and the length of your trip, be sure to also enter any states you’ll be traveling through on the way there.

And there you have it! These tips are so simple, but they’ll save you a lot of time and hassle. 

What are your go-to travel tricks for a better vacation? 


At, you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on instant booking sites. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same vacation rental?

Michigan Rental Cabins by Town:

Allouez | Alpena | Arcadia | Atlanta | Au Gres | Baldwin | Barryton | Bellaire | Benton Harbor | Benzonia | Big Rapids | Black River | Boyne City | Brimley | Burt Lake | Byron Cadillac | Carp Lake | Cheboygan Cedar | Cedarville | Coloma | Covert | Crystal Falls Curtis | Eagle Harbor | East Tawas | Escanaba | Fenton | Fennville | Frankfort Fountain | Gaylord | Germfask | Gladwin | Glen Arbor | Grand Haven | Grand Marais Grand Rapids | Grant | Grayling | Greenbush | Hale | Harbor Springs | Harrison Higgins Lake | Honor | Hope | Houghton Lake | Indian River | Iron River | Irons Johannesburg | Kalamazoo | Kewadin | Kingsley | Lac La Belle | Lake City | Lake Leelanau | Le Roy | Lewiston Ludington | Luther | Luzerne | Mackinaw City Manistee | Manistique | Maple City | Mikado | Mio | Munising | Muskegon | National City | Northport | Onekama | Oscoda | Otsego Lake | Presque Isle | Pullman | Rapid City | Rapid River | Rockford | Rodney | Roscommon | Rose City | Saint Helen | Saint Ignace | Saugatuck | South Haven | Spring Lake | Suttons Bay | Tawas City | Traverse City | Twin Lake | Union Pier | Wellston | West Branch | Whitehall | Williamsburg

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Is the safest way to book cabins?


Looking for a Michigan vacation rental for your next family vacation? Avoid the middleman booking website drama and book safely with the rental owners or local property managers.

Vacations aren’t supposed to be stressful, and when you use any of our websites, they never are.

Have you ever thought about booking direct to save money, but just couldn’t get over your safety concerns? could be your solution. 

We offer the safest way to book direct because we build every listing. Unlike middleman booking sites, we know our rental listings are legit because we research each property in order to build the listings on our sites. Additionally, our website guests have the added option of speaking to the owners or property managers before booking for extra convenience and security. This means that guests can can trust that their booking will be handled professionally and that there will be no issues or surprises. 

We do the homework so you don’t have to, protecting your trip before it even begins.

Michigan Rental Cabins by Town:

Allouez | Alpena | Arcadia | Atlanta | Au Gres | Baldwin | Barryton | Bellaire | Benton Harbor | Benzonia | Big Rapids | Black River | Boyne City | Brimley | Burt Lake | Byron | Cadillac | Carp Lake | Cheboygan CedarCedarvilleColomaCovertCrystal FallsCurtis | Eagle Harbor | East TawasEscanaba | FentonFennvilleFrankfortFountain | Gaylord | Germfask | Gladwin | Glen Arbor | Grand HavenGrand MaraisGrand Rapids | Grant | Grayling | Greenbush | Hale | Harbor Springs | Harrison | Higgins Lake | Honor | Hope | Houghton Lake | Indian River | Iron River | Irons | Johannesburg | Kalamazoo | Kewadin | Kingsley | Lac La Belle | Lake City | Lake Leelanau | Le Roy | Lewiston LudingtonLutherLuzerne | Mackinaw City | Manistee | Manistique | Maple CityMikadoMioMunisingMuskegon | National City | Northport | Onekama | Oscoda | Otsego Lake | Presque Isle | Pullman | Rapid City | Rapid RiverRockfordRodneyRoscommon | Rose City | Saint Helen | Saint Ignace | Saugatuck | South HavenSpring Lake | Suttons Bay | Tawas City | Traverse City | Twin Lake | Union PierWellstonWest Branch | Whitehall | Williamsburg


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Five Reasons Travelers Book Michigan Cabin Rentals Direct

When booking Michigan vacation rentals or rentals anywhere in the US, you have two options. You can book directly with homeowners and local management companies, or you can go through a third-party site like Airbnb, and and pay more. While the latter is certainly a common route, experienced travelers are likely to avoid it.

Here are five reasons travelers ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct in Michigan and throughout the US using our websites on

  1. Best Price Guaranteed

Third-party booking sites add a high percentage of service fees to the reservation total. A service fee of 20 percent on a $1500 week stay is 300 bucks; money that is better spent on a nice meal and a fun activity like horseback riding, or shopping in the town you’re staying in.

  1. No Surprises

When you book direct on sites like, there are no surprises—hidden fees or otherwise. (You can rest easy knowing your personal information will not be sucked up into the wide world of data mining and aggressive targeted marketing.)


  1. More Flexibility 

We’ve all experienced minor bumps in our travel plans that forced us to modify our trips. Unfortunately, most booking sites are not understanding. The real people interacting with you when you book direct offer tailored pre- and post-stay communication to ensure you still have a great vacation.

  1. Exclusive Options

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  1. Better Customer Service

Do you have any questions about the property or the area that aren’t already addressed on the website? When you book direct, you get personalized answers and genuine human interaction. No one can give you better trip advice than a local. Is a visit to Wisconsin on your bucket list? Book direct and save at

Bottom line: For the best homes and the best experiences, #BookDirect.

SPRING: Coming Soon to Michigan

SPRING: Coming Soon to Michigan

It’s time for Spring Cleaning! And by “cleaning,” I mean you should pack up and clear out to spend a week at someone else’s professionally cleaned and tchotchke-free vacation home. Spring is a great time to clean out the corners, but it’s an even better time to clear your mind — and what better way than to vacate your everyday life and vacation in one of Michigan’s many beautiful and relaxing rental homes.

Spring also happens to be a time when the sleepy towns of winter wake up and start thinking about throwing a festival. Take a look at some of these fun Michigan springtime events and the stunning vacation homes that surround them:


What’s happening in March?

March is a fickle time in Michigan, bringing weather that passes freely between rain and snow — but that doesn’t stop the state at large from having a grand old time. Winter festivities continue into March in Michigan, with fun community events like fatbiking challenges and ice fishing competitions. March is also the beginning of the racing season, and many athletes like to kick it off with a green-decked shamrock shuffle. Check out these can’t-miss Michigan festivals and events in March:

— St. Patrick’s Day —

(1) On March 10, Highland, Mich., hosts the annual Highland Celtic Festival in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The festival is a whirl of live entertainments, including traditional music and dance, magic shows and street theater. Local restaurants and pubs collaborate on a feast of corn beef and cabbage with soda bread and green beer. Proceeds from the festival go to the Church of the Holy Spirit.

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(2) On March 17, Marquette, Mich., is hosting a St. Patrick’s Street Shut Down — a community-wide street party featuring dueling pianos, a mechanical bull, a photo booth and a cash bar.

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— Daylight Savings Time —

On March 16, Champion, Mich., hosts its annual Lantern Lit Snowshoe Trail event. This family-frien

dly, self-guided snow trek ventures down a 1.25-mile wooded trail lit by lantern light. The trail circles back to the entry point, where a camp fire and warm treats await participants.

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Why is everyone always so tired on April first?

Because they’ve just finished a long, 31-day March!

What are we celebrating in April?

April is a month for traditions, whether that be the annual prank contest you started with your best frie

nd in the seventh grade, or the less hostile, family Easter egg hunt — both of which we know you’ve continued to participate in long past the point where it aged out of appropriateness. Oh, well. We don’t worry about appearances at the cabin! Book a large-group cabin in April and give family and friends room to spread out while enjoying the traditional merry-making. But remember: pranking your rental owner or manager is rarely appreciated and may result in fines.

— Easter —

On April first, Kalamazoo, Mich., is the place to be this year for the iconic staple of spring: the Easter Sunday Brunch! Kalamazoo one-ups the neighbors by holding their annual brunch in the historical Henderson Castle. This notorious mid-morning feast consists of seven courses!

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—April Fool’s —

On April 6, Ann Arbor, Mich., commemorates April Fool’s with an evening kickoff of its annual weekend FoolMoon event. The community and visitors gather to celebrate the long-awaited turn of the seasons with light and laser spectacles, a D.J. and beer tent, and live dance performances.

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— Does wine even need a reason? —

On April 19, the Artisan Market officially opens in Baroda, Mich. Held in the tasting room at Dablon Vineyards, the Artisan Market is made up of a collection of local artists, craftsmen, and vendors and cultivators of all kinds. This local pop-up market enjoys a view of the Dablon

estate. Visitors can indulge in complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they peruse unique goods from southwest Michigan and northern Indiana.

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?


What’s on the horizon in May?

May is the real pinna

cle of spring in Michigan, when the temperature tends to stay between 50 and 70 degrees, and the wildflowers are thick on the side of the road. May is a beautiful time to visit the Midwest, take a scenic drive down back-country roads and enjoy a picnic under bright sun and cool breeze.

May is also a big month for holidays! Between Mother’s Day (an excellent time to gather the family in a spacious, relaxing vacation home and surround Mom with the love and attention she deserves) and Memorial Day (widely acknowledged as the official start to peak vacation season), there is a slew of lesser-known reasons to fête, including Mother Goose Day, Garden Meditation Day, National Windmill Day and Learn About Composting Day — not to mention that May is National Bike Month AND National Barbecue Month. Here’s how Michigan celebrates May:

— May Day —

On May 5, visitors can Learn to Identify Spring Flowers in Muskegon, Mich., at a family-friendly event co-taught by a park naturalist and a nature photographer. This hands-on skills seminar covers basic plant identification using photographic examples, then escorts participants outdoors to flex their new knowledge on a guided nature hike in areas well-populated with native wildflowers. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at sign-in, with a luncheon served at noon. Participants will also receive a handy field guide.

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— Mother’s Day —

Celebrate Mom this year by training for a race and keeping pace! On May 12, Grand Rapids is hosting the annual Fifth Third River Bank Run downtown. The day’s events include a 5k run, a 10k run, a 25k hand-cycle race, a 25k wheelchair race, a 25k foot race and a 5k community walk.

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 — Memorial Day —

On May 28, Grand Haven holds its famous Memorial Day Parade, led by the United States Coast Guard Color Guard. After the parade, spectators can join the marchers for a commemorative ceremony and a live performance by the Grand Haven High School Band.

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Whatever your reason for the season, you can find fanfare for it in Michigan, or create your own in one of Michigan’s many specially fitted large-group or family cabins.

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