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15 Michigan Travel Bucket List Ideas for 2015 (and then some...)

dianna stampflerDIANNA


Just after the first of the year, I decided it was time to get back out there trying new experiences around the state of Michigan! When I launched Promote Michigan more than 10 years ago, I took this quest seriously — engaging in an aggressive “try something new every month” campaign. It worked, and for a while I even blogged about it pretty consistently ( — I even contemplated a book recapping the experiences (which still isn’t out of the question).

As life got busy, the kids got older and I moved to Traverse City (look at that, something new — moving away from my hometown), I found myself losing focus of the mantra in which I preach every day — EXPLORE MICHIGAN! So, with a new year, I’m back on track and I have a plan of attack!

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featured destinationPerry Hotel

Royal Oak, MI
Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room

29932 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073

After two successful years in Shelby Township, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room recently opened its second location in Royal Oak on Woodward Ave., just south of Webster.

The wine-bar-meets-wine-store-meets-event-space is a collaborative wine tasting room owned by the founders of, Shannon and Cortney Casey, and operated in partnership with eight Michigan wineries: 2 Lads, Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Gill’s Pier, Peninsula Cellars, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Verterra Winery. The partner wineries are located throughout the state, representing all four major Michigan wine trails, and all are using 100 percent Michigan fruit — either estate-grown or locally sourced..

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