Secrets of the Lakeshore Trail

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The Lakeshore Trail of Holly State Recreation Area does not qualify as the “path less travelled,” or as wilderness, but if you wish to explore a small slice of the wilder side of Oakland County in the closing weeks of summer, this two-and-a-half mile natural surface loop trail will not disappoint. You need not be a tree-hugging naturalist to enjoy the natural beauty and secrets of the trail, which embraces the shoreline of Wildwood and Valley Lakes, but a spirit of adventure—and a bit of sure-footedness—will help. The State Recreation Area, though located in Oakland County, is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a Recreation Passport sticker is required for vehicular entry.

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It’s Time for Cider and Donuts – Cider Mill Season is Here!

We know you’ve been waiting and the time is now! Cider Mill season has arrived. Whether the late summer air turns cool and crisp or the days ahead are hot and sunny, any day is a great day for a visit to an area Cider Mill with family and friends.

Watch our video below of a few local cider mills, to get a mouthwatering glimpse of how cider and donuts are made!

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Enjoy Labor Day with These Weekend Festivities

Summer may be winding to a close and school may be returning, but Labor Day festivities are ramping up! This weekend, people throughout Oakland County will enjoy a welcome break to celebrate America’s workforce and the American Labor Movement.

Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or the annual Paint Creek Bridge Walk and Run, Oakland County is full of Labor Day activities. Be sure to check out our list for the full roster of Labor Day Weekend events.

For those seeking fresh air, a visit to an Oakland County Campground or participation in the Milford Labor Day 30K are guaranteed to excite. Are you artistically inclined? Art festivals like Royal Oak’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival may be for you. If knights and castles are your thing, make sure to stop by the Michigan Renaissance Festival, which will be open in Holly throughout Labor Day Weekend. And for those in search of cotton candy, funnel cakes, and amusement park attractions, the Michigan State Fair in Novi is the place to be.

If these events sound exciting, be sure to check our full list of Labor Day Weekend festivities so that you don’t miss a beat!


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Eastern Bluebirds On the Dawn of Summer

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

With its brilliant royal blue back, and rusty-red brown breast there is no mistaking a male Eastern Bluebird. They are heralded as one of the first Oakland County birds of spring. Naturalists and writers have long associated the arrival of bluebirds with spring. On March 2, 1859, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds.” It is now the 23rd day of June in 2017 and the heat of the summer has already arrived. Bluebirds keep warbling, not to melt ice, but to announce round two of their nesting season. The fact of the matter is clear, many of our bluebirds did not migrate and ate old berries and fruits all winter, with occasional visits to suet feeders.

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