Hello May ... And Warmer Weather ... We're So Happy to See You!
April showers definitely have given way to May flowers and it’s getting warmer as Memorial Day quickly approaches and summertime fun officially kicks off. The countryside is coming to life with a magnificent landscape of greens, yellows, purples and reds as the flowers and trees bloom, the grass has turned a rich shade of green, and the farmers’ crop are rising towards the sun. Be sure to come for a visit to the Thumb Area of Michigan.
What you’ll also notice is activity … we’ve come out of our winter hibernation and are enjoying the sights and sounds of the spring season. You’ll see kids playing in the parks, families bicycling, and on a good windy day a kite flying across the sky. Fisherman are busy getting their boats and gear out of storage, boaters are polishing their watercrafts and packing the sunscreen, and campers are making sure they’ve got plenty of mosquito repellent. Of course, our golfers are practicing their swing as well. It’s a great time of year and we’ve got plenty of festivals going on throughout the area as well. Check out our calendar of events for a list of current Thumb Area happenings.
A new event we’d love to share with you is the Tuscola County’s County-Wide Historical Museum Open House happening on June 29 & 30, 2013. For more details, click here.
We also have a great way for you to experience some of the Thumb’s beauty you’ll see by checking out our Pure Thumb and Pure Tuscola videos.
As you prepare for your visit, we invite you to check out a few of our TATC friends …
In the heart of the Thumb, you’ll find the sights and sounds of farm life in the early 1900’s at the Thumb Octagon Barn
Along the Saginaw Bay shoreline, you’ll discover Lindy’s Landing Marina in Quanicassee as the perfect spot to launch your boat.
At the end of the day, you’ll need to fill your tummies and quench your thirst. Enjoy a stop at Windows 2 the Past Café and The Broken Teapot gift shop in downtown Mayville. The café features homemade specialties from grandma’s kitchen; as well as, a variety of coffees and teas. The gift shop offers a variety of gourmet food and beverage items; plus, one-of-a-kind gift items made by local artisans from across Michigan.
Now with the day's fun and adventure done, you’ll need to find a place to lay your head and rest as you prepare for another day of fun in Michigan’s Thumb Area.
Looking for a quaint place to stay, try the Captain’s Quarters Inn of Lexington. This famous bed-n-breakfast (once a vacation home for Michigan Governor Albert Sleeper) sits slightly off M-25, but is within walking distance to the beach, marina and shopping district.
Maybe you prefer the old-fashioned way of vacationing … camping. Take a look at Vanderbilt County Park & Campground nestled into a wooded area along the Saginaw Bay shoreline.
Oh, and here is a Michigan Thumb Area must find … our locally grown asparagus. Yep, it’s that time of year to enjoy this delicious springtime vegetable. This versatile vegetable can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, chilled, and even grilled. Here is a simple and flavorful recipe to enjoy:
- 1 lb. fresh asparagus
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbs. Olive Oil
Your Asparagus should be firm not flimsy. You’ll want to snap off a small portion of the cut ends and discard. Wash remaining stalk under luke warm water. Once you have cleaned the ends you can either leave them as whole stalks or chop into smaller pieces.
After you have prepared your asparagus you will want to heat a sauté pan and add your oil. Then on medium to medium low heat you will add your garlic. Sauté till the garlic becomes aromatic and then add your asparagus. Sauté till tender and enjoy. An optional ingredient … smoother with cheese. Yummy!!!
Make planning your Thumb Area visit easy. Start by checking on the links below to build your road less traveled roadmap to Michigan’s Thumb Area.
Want to speak to a person or request a Thumb Area travel packet, contact Kris at (810) 569-6856.
Thanks for visiting Michigan’s Thumb Area. Be sure to come again … you’re always welcomed!