Field Guide: Fall 2021

A new glamorous camping option, Belle Isle updates, and Pure Michigan vintage prints.

ROUGHING IT: Off Map in South Haven has introduced glamorous camping (glamping) options for those who prefer not to sleep on the ground outdoors. The elevated camping experience features 12 hassle-free, pre-set luxury safari tents (with either one king bed or up to three twin beds) located on the 75-acre property. There’s also  a large indoor common area, a shower, and a bathroom facility.

BEAUTIFYING THE BELLE: On Belle Isle in Detroit, the Michigan DNR continues to restore 200 acres of rare wet-mesic flatwoods, which are important for the island’s wildlife and its wetlands habitat. Projects include improving water flow and enhancing the area’s ecological integrity. Some road closures and enhancements on the Oakway Trail are slated for this fall. The Belle Isle Aquarium reopened in July after more than $1.2 million in repairs and improvements were made to the 116-year-old city landmark, including modernization work, exhibit upgrades, and historical preservation work.

ART PROJECT: To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pure Michigan mar-keting campaign, Travel Michigan has revealed six limited-edition, vintage-themed prints by artist Brian Walline. The prints, in five sizes, include the Mackinac Bridge, Pictured Rocks, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Grand Rapids, Lake of the Clouds, and the Detroit skyline/Ambassador Bridge.

– Compiled by Ron Garbinski

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