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Make a game of sampling the specialty - Dining out tip

Make a game of sampling the specialty - Dining out tip Mar 18th, 2010 at 5:06PM: When we travel someplace, we like to try the area's specialty in multiple places and then decide which establishment did it the best. For example, on a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we tried a regional specialty, the pasty (potatoes, veggies, onion and beef in a pastry), at three restaurants during our stay. On a vacation to Maui, Hawaii, we sampled mai tais each night at a different...

Las Vegas singer in hot water over abandoned moldy rotting private jet

Las Vegas singer in hot water over abandoned moldy rotting private jet Feb 6th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Vegas superstar Wayne Newton is in a spot of trouble over a $61,000 parking ticket for his private jet. The plane was flown to Oakland County airport in Waterford, MI five years ago, and he doesn't seem in any kind of rush to pay the fee or remove his plane. The plane underwent $2 million in extensive renovations at a local facility, and after the work was completed, it was parked at the...

Winter festivals in the Midwest

Winter festivals in the Midwest Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:30AM: What is it about snow that just makes us want to play in it? A fresh, fluffy layer of snow means snow angels and snowmen, building forts and having snowball fights. And for some people, it also means making really, really big snow sculptures like these found on WebUrbanist.com. To see some smaller, but no less impressive, snow sculptures in the Midwest, check out one of the area's many winter...

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities Dec 21st, 2009 at 3:00PM: It's not exactly shocking to see that New York City is the most expensive city in the United States. Groceries, gasoline and other items tend to run a tad more than twice the national average. Whether you rent or buy, you'll spend a fortune in this city, where the average price for a home is $1.1 million and an apartment, on average, will cost $3,400 a month. So, how can so many bloggers live...

New York remains top U.S. port of entry

New York remains top U.S. port of entry Dec 12th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Through the first nine months of this year, overseas visitors passed mostly through only 15 ports of entry. These spots, according to the Department of Commerce accounted for 84 percent of entry traffic into the United States, gaining two percentage points over the first nine months of 2008. New York's JFK airport, Miami and Los Angeles dominated, pulling in 39 percent of all arrivals, up a...

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year?

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year? Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:00AM: If you visited the United States from overseas, you probably hit the ground in one of 15 ports of entry. These top first stops accounted for 84 percent of all entries from overseas in the first eight months of 2009-- up almost 2 percentage points from the same period in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Traffic through the major ports is becoming slightly more concentrated. This...

Explore five cities with a "bad rap"

Explore five cities with a Oct 29th, 2009 at 11:30AM: I grew up in Detroit. I love my city and will be the first tell anyone who thinks it's nothing but a boarded up hellhole just how wrong they are. But I know Detroit's bad rap comes not only from suburb-dwellers and business travelers who just breezed through, but also from the media that portrays it as a city with nothing to offer other than casinos and a punchline. But maybe the tide is changing....

Detroit's Boblo Boat is back!

Detroit's Boblo Boat is back! Oct 26th, 2009 at 10:30AM: As a child growing up in Detroit, one of my favorite summer activities was riding the "Boblo Boat" down the Detroit River to Boblo Island. An amusement park created in 1898, it closed for good in 1993. The island is now a residential community and any hope of resurrecting the old-time amusement park is gone, but thanks to a local doctor, nostalgia-seekers may soon be able to take a ride on one of...

Detroit's first Restaurant Week kicks off Friday

Detroit's first Restaurant Week kicks off Friday Sep 16th, 2009 at 1:30PM: Nearly every major city has a Restaurant Week - one week per year when dining establishments all over the city offer multi-course menus at a deep discount. Restaurants see it as a way to pull in new customers or boost sales during a slow period, while diners jump at the chance to try out new places or revisit their favorites for a smaller price. For the first time, Detroit will be running its own...

Detroit, home of the Uniroyal Giant Tire

Detroit, home of the Uniroyal Giant Tire Sep 14th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Interstate I-94 East from Ann Arbor, Michigan to downtown Detroit is a monotonous drive. Low-rise housing complexes, mall parking lots and the Detroit Metro airport pass you by on the mostly flat route, snaking its way towards the heart of the Motor City. But if there's one weird landmark you're not likely to miss along the way, it's Detroit's very own Uniroyal Giant Tire, rising more than 80 feet...

Following the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

Following the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail Aug 31st, 2009 at 3:00PM: Around an hour's drive from Chicago (close to four hours from Detroit), the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is located at the southwest border of Michigan, near the resort towns of New Buffalo, St. Joseph, and Saugatuk. The countryside in the area contains over 10,000 acres of grapes and twelve wineries. It's easy to plan a weekend getaway (or even a day-trip from Chicago) to this beautiful wine...

Think local for a low-cost wine-tasting trip

Think local for a low-cost wine-tasting trip Aug 31st, 2009 at 12:00PM: When most people think of going on a wine-tasting trip, their thoughts tend to head west - to California, Washington, and Oregon. It's not surprising. From Napa Valley in California to Walla Walla in Washington, these states are some of the biggest producers of wine in the US. But if you don't live in one of these states, there's no need to venture far from home for a weekend of swirling and...

Scenic America: The Great Lakes Circle Tour

Scenic America: The Great Lakes Circle Tour Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy the upper Midwest, the few months where temperatures are warm enough to wear shorts, roll down the windows and even maybe (gasp) go for a swim. And there's no better way to explore the region than on The Great Lakes Circle Tours, a series of lovely drives around the massive inland lakes, visiting coastal towns, drinking in the charming culture and enjoying the...

Falling airplane debris hits Michigan man

Falling airplane debris hits Michigan man Aug 5th, 2009 at 4:30PM: Nope, that's not something thrown at you by your wife. It's a falling piece of airplane debris. That was Wissam Beydoun's first reaction on Monday, until he noticed that the 6x8" piece of aluminum that had hit him had writing on it: "Aircraft weight on wheels inflaction chart." Two concerns here: the man's safety on the ground, and the passengers' safety in the plane. Beydoun thankfully wasn't...

Gadlinks for Tuesday 8.4.09

Gadlinks for Tuesday 8.4.09 Aug 4th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Welcome to this Tuesday's installment of Gadlinks. What weird, wondrous and wacky tales did we dig up from the travel world today? Read on to find out: Like Rollercoasters? Maybe it's time you booked a ticket to Shanghai, where China's largest amusement park is set to open its gates next week. That looks like quite a wooden coaster! [Via Jaunted] Looking to be inspired? This plan by two...

Southwest Michigan's Sunset Junque Shop

Southwest Michigan's Sunset Junque Shop Aug 3rd, 2009 at 11:00AM: Just north of Michigan's bustling Interstate 94, along Lake Michigan, is little stretch of old state road called the Blue Star Highway. The little road winds its way along the lake, curving past the picturesque resort town of South Haven, headed up on its way to the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas. Along this rambling road is Sunset Junque Shop, a chaotic, cluttered slice of American nostalgia...

Layover: Detroit

Layover: Detroit Jun 18th, 2009 at 8:30AM: Detroit's long association with the automotive industry led to poor public transportation development during the 1900s. As a result, the airport, which is thirty minutes from either downtown Detroit to the east or Ann Arbor to the west, is poorly connected to the cities. While there are a couple of public buses that visit the airport, neither lines go to any worthwhile destinations at any...

DHS biometric program begins in Atlanta and Detroit

DHS biometric program begins in Atlanta and Detroit May 30th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Non-U.S. citizens flying from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will now have to leave their fingerprints as they leave the country. The objective, of course, is to prevent the use of forged or otherwise fraudulent documents, curb identity theft and apprehend "criminals and immigration violators." "Collecting biometrics allows us to...

Budget summer vacations from Detroit: Ann Arbor

Budget summer vacations from Detroit: Ann Arbor May 7th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Forty miles west of downtown Detroit and twenty minutes from its airport, Ann Arbor is the complete antithesis of it's next door neighbor. Unemployment and crime are among the lowest in the state, property values are high, education is top notch and the city is alive with innovation and activity. Sure, The D has it's virtues (as Mr. Lansel from the Post gently reminds us,) but there is a...

On the road with the Lincoln MKS

On the road with the Lincoln MKS May 7th, 2009 at 9:00AM: When Ford contacted us about taking Lincoln's new MKS out for a test drive, I thought that they had the wrong website. Autoblog, our sister site, takes care of all things automotive, and they would certainly be better equipped to handle a test drive. And in addition to being an airplane person, well, I'm not a very good driver. But they made a good point: everyone on Autoblog has seen the MKS a...

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