John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 12:12 PM EST Dec 25, 2018 THE UPPER PENINSULA – Randy Kluck liked to drink. If he wasn’t drinking wine on his front porch at his house he was drinking liquor on a barstool at some dive bar in Sault Ste. Marie, where he moved to be close to his son Kevin, who came here to attend college. The two were such buddies that Kevin refers to his dad by his first name. “He really was always my best friend,” said Kevin, 36. “So I just think of him as ‘Randy.’ ” Six years ago, they were drinking on the porch, and Randy came up with an idea — how about they spend the summer together on an epic road trip through the Upper Peninsula and write a book about all the amazing bars they’d stop at along the way? There would be so many nights they’d get to spend side-by-side on barstools, so many long drives along the empty highways, so much to tell each other, so much … [Read more...] about Upper Peninsula drinking guide becomes cult classic
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John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 8:03 AM EST Dec 24, 2018 KEWEENAW PENINSULA – The view from Tom Chobanian’s house is a thick wall of trees. It wasn’t always, though. “There used to be nothing but whorehouses here,” said the wiry 29-year-old, pointing into the woods, recounting family memories. “This used to have 600 people. They had their bars right here, and, right here, there used to be nothing but wood stacked up. Lumber." Chobanian lives in Donken, an Upper Peninsula town that isn’t really a town anymore. More than a century ago, the Case Lumber Mill stood here, and a whole town was built around it, named by the mill owner for his sons — Donald and Kenneth. It had a schoolhouse, a post office, a company store, a main street and, according to local lore, a few places where lumberjacks could unwind and get wild. But decades after the mill closed, Donken slowly vanished. Now it's just a brief interruption in a … [Read more...] about For select few in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a ghost town is home
Station Street, which will allow for open containers as long as the alcohol is served in a Station Street cup, is seen Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Station Street, which will allow for open containers... Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. More Info BEST CITIES FOR SINGLES IN THE MIDSOUTHAtlanta was rated the best city for singles among America’s top 182 metro areas. Among cities in the MidSouth rated by WalletHub based upon dating opportunities, economics, and fun and recreation measures for singles, Chattanooga ranked the lowest in the MidSouth and among the bottom quartile of all cities studied.1. Atlanta, also No. 1 in the country2. Nashville, 49th overall3. Knoxville, 64th overall4. Columbus, Georgia, 94th overall5. Memphis, 97th overall6. Huntsville, Alabama, 108th overall7. Birmingham, Alabama, 118th overall8. Augusta, Georgia, 128h overall9. Mobile, Alabama, 135th overall10. Chattanooga, 138th overall*WalletHub compared … [Read more...] about Chattanooga ranks 138th on WalletHub’s best and worst cities for singles list
Susan Selasky Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EST Nov 21, 2018 Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday of November. But on a 400-acre farm just north of Marshall, every day is turkey day. Cornwell's Turkeyville U.S.A., about 110 miles west of downtown Detroit, celebrated its 50th year this spring. Over the years, Turkeyville’s acreage has grown and includes Cornwell’s Turkeyville’s restaurant (which opened in 1968), an ice cream parlor, a gift shop and a dinner theater. Everything it sells is made on site and from scratch. The restaurant and property are run by third generation Blain Cornwell, his wife Patti and their daughter Elyse Bibbings. Joellyn and Alan Cornwell, Blain's parents, still help out and have always worked closely with them. This Thanksgiving Day, they expect to serve complete turkey dinners to about 1,400 people between noon-5 p.m. The dinners are served … [Read more...] about It’s Thanksgiving every day at Michigan’s Turkeyville U.S.A.
Mike Martindale and Candice Williams The Detroit News Published 11:53 PM EST Nov 19, 2018 Michigan is expected to see a record number of travelers this week, the most since 2007, with cheaper gas than a year ago and a cold but dry Thanksgiving Day, according to those who monitor holiday travel and trends. AAA of Michigan has projected roughly 1.7 million travelers between Wednesday through Sunday, with about 1.5 milliontaking to the state’s roads. The number of people traveling 50 miles or more is expected to be up 5 percent compared to last year, the ninth consecutive year of travel growth and the most since 2007. A plus for those on the road: Motorists in southeast Michigan will encounter fewer highway work obstacles, according to Diane Cross of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “There are areas that will still have some detours, such as westbound 696, and southbound 75 is down to one lane between Clark and Springwells,” said Cross. … [Read more...] about If you’re on the go for Thanksgiving, here’s what you need to know