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It's that time of year when the snow is starting to melt and the weather is slowly starting to warm up, and spring is approaching. Here are some spring break staycation ideas if you're planning on staying close to home: Be a tourist in your town: This one is fun and one of my favorites. Have...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Petoskey, Travel

Look no further, Grandpa Shorter's Gifts is your one-stop-shop for Easter baskets and Easter goodies. Once again we are offering Grandpa Shorter's custom Easter baskets, filled to the brim with handpicked items perfect for the little ones you love. Here are all the details: Choose your Ea...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

This Blended Boston Cooler is a sweet mix of the Michigan-made pop, Vernors, and vanilla ice cream. It’s a sweet treat with that familiar Michigan taste. If you're from Michigan then you should be familiar with Vernors, a Michigan made pop made by a local pharmacist who used to serve his g...
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Categories:  Recipes

If you live in Northern Michigan or vacation near Petoskey in the summer, you probably know a little about Petoskey's treasure in Lake Michigan, known as the Petoskey stone. Here are some fun facts about Petoskey stones that might pique your interest. Fun Facts about Petoskey Stones: Why ...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

Petoskey Stones are unique stones found on the shores of Lake Michigan. Visitors and Michiganders both equally find them fascinating. Here are 4 places to hunt for Petoskey Stones from a local that might help you out on your search. Often locals know where to find the most or the best Petosk...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Petoskey, Travel

When piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, do you ever wonder who made the first one, or how the jigsaw puzzle was invented? We did a little search on the history of the puzzle and learned quite a bit. When was the first jigsaw puzzle made?: The first puzzles ever made go back to the 1760s when ...
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Categories:  For the Home

Sometimes a walk around town is all we need to have a little fun with our families. This Petoskey, Michigan scavenger hunt is just the thing to get you outside with your family, enjoying each other, and enjoying our small town. Each picture you see below with a number is a picture of the out...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Shopping

Family traditions during the holiday season are what memories are made of. One tradition the Shorter family has each Christmas is making Mari Shorter's famous old fashioned sour cream cookies. Check out the recipe below and our past interview with Mari, where she shares what she's grateful for and ...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Recipes

If you've ever driven down Lake St. in Petoskey, Michigan, after Thanksgiving, you might have seen our Letters to Santa mailbox out in front, lightly covered in freshly fallen snowflakes. It's a tradition all of us at Grandpa Shorter's Gifts love. Come inside and ask us for a Santa Clause po...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

The best ski resorts in Michigan are just a few miles from downtown Petoskey, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Northern Michigan has some of the best ski resorts, with skiing and snowboarding being only one of the many activities you can do. Do you want to take a swim in an outdoor pool? T...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Petoskey, Sports, Travel
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