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2010 U-Pick Guide

This easy to use website lists all of the pick your own fruits and vegetable farms in the state of Michigan. Strawberry season is on now. It lasts only a few weeks, so don't miss out on some of the best locally grown produce you can find.
Give each of these farms a call before you go, because pick-your-own produce options depend on the time of the year, weather and crop yields.

Michigan's best beaches

There is no excuse for being bored this summer in Michigan. From the pristine beaches of the UP to miles of Lake Michigan beaches, there is something for everyone here, be it swimming, snorkeling, kite flying or just sleeping in the sun. Stay for the sunset too, each one is more beautiful than the day before! Michigan's best beaches

The guidebook that opened Europe

 

Frommer's is the name you can trust for great travel bargains. Fifty years ago, only the rich vacationed in Europe. Then came the guidebook"Europe on $5 a day". Travelling changed forever. The acclaimed $-a-day series is for travelers with taste, who demand comfortable accomadations at reasonable prices. Frommer's guidebooks

Family Travel Guides

Features searchable database of lodging, attractions, and activities for families planning travel vacations.It also provides helpful advice for packing and traveling with children of all ages. Family Travel

Find the cruise for you

 

Planning a voyage, but have no idea which line best fits your personality? Turn to the cruise 101 story.They take a hard look at 15 cruise lines strengths,weaknesses and price points. Cruises

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the "Academy of American Poets", as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is celebrated every April in the United States and (since 1999) in Canada as well. Since 2000 Great Britian has celebrated a National Poetry Month each October. (Wikipedia)

Mexico escapes

Most Michiganders know Cancun and Cozumel well. Both are among the closest and nicest spots in Mexico for travelers from the eastern half of the United States. But when it comes to the Pacific side of Mexico, we're more hazy. Which town is which? What are the major attractions? And how do you get there from Detroit? Here's a brief Mexican Pacific primer on three great destinations: Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric weiner

I just finished reading a travel memoir called "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's search for the Happiest Places in the World", that was both humorous and introspective. Eric Weiner deserves points for devising a new way to address the question of what makes peaple happy and why. To this end he goes off to nine unusual locales including Bhutan, Iceland and Qatar. His final stop is United States, which "is not as happy as it is wealthy". With engaging wit and some suprising insights, the author ( a self-professed grump) offers travelers some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Culturegrams

CultureGrams is a database which would be of interest to a wide range of patrons-from a high school student who has to do a country report to the family going on a vacation to a remote island off the coast of Africa. Culturegrams helps take each culture and country on its own terms and appreciate it for the gifts it brings to the world table.

Niagara Region in winter

Heart shaped bathtubs, long walks near the falls, the sights of Clifton Hill on a "starkly beautiful" winter day in the Niagara Region. What could be more appealing on Valentine's Day which is fast approaching.

Self Consciousness: a memoir

John Updike was an American novelist, poet, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series(Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest, and Rabbit Remembered). Both "Rabbit is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest" received the Pulitzer Prize.

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan MIles

Sometimes the planes don't fly on time. Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.

White Tiger

"White Tiger" is a brutal view of India's class struggles is cunningly presented in Adiga's debut about a racist, homicidal chauffer. Balram Halwai is from the "Darkness," born where India's downtrodden and unlucky are destined to rot. Balram manages to escape his village and move to Delhi after being hired as a driver for a rich landlord.