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At the onset of hearing about this story, I was admittedly confused. “Michigan Month” is actually a thing in a city called Plattsburgh, New York. It’s a small city in upstate New York with a population of around just 20,000.

Starting on July 1, 2022, it is officially “Michigan Month” in this small town, as they recently explained on Instagram. How can this be? That’s a good question, and I’m here to attempt to answer it.

Apparently, what Michiganders call a “Coney dog,” people in Plattsburg, New York, call a “Michigan.” I mean, it kind of makes sense, because the Coney dog is a Michigan favorite. Coney dogs are popular in the Detroit area and beyond, offering a juicy hot dog topped with bean-less chili, onions and mustard, positioned on a steamed bun. It doesn’t get much better than that, kids. Technically, a “Michigan,” according to Syracuse.com, is “a steamed hot dog covered in a meat sauce and topped with chopped raw onions and a stripe or two of yellow mustard. (The onions and mustard are optional, and they can be worn on top of the meat sauce or buried beneath.) The sauce, rumored to have been invented by a Detroit woman who moved to Plattsburgh, is thicker than most meat sauces but not as thick as chili.”

Michigan Month in Plattsburgh, New York, also brings a 5K road race, locally designed T-shirts and a passport that residents are able to get stamped at any restaurant that cook Michigans. Restaurants known for serving Michigans in the area include Ronnie’s, Clare and Carl’s, McSweeney’s and Gus’s Red Hots. The whole thing has me wondering what other food we can coin as a Michigan. I’m thinking cherry pie, Superman ice cream or Mackinac Island Fudge. Let’s just start calling those things “Michigans.” Now I’m hungry.

Gorgeous Michigan Parks to Visit Before Summer is Over

  • Sleepy Hollow State Park

    Sleepy Hollow State Park

    Sleepy Hollow State Park contains over 2,600 acres including a river winding its way through the woods, fields and trails. Lake Ovid nestled in the middle of it all was developed by damming the Little Maple River and covers 410-acres. The park offers a year-round opportunity for recreation with 181 modern campsites.

  • Fayette Historic State Park

    Fayette Historic State Park and Harbor

    The 711-acre Fayette Historic State Park blends both nature and history. The park features a historic townsite, harbor slips, a boat launch, a beach and five miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails with impressive views from the limestone cliffs that surround the harbor. The modern campground has some campsites with 50 amp service.

  • Hartwick Pines State Park

    Hartwick Pines State Park, Visitors Center & Logging Museum

    The principal features of this park are the 49-acre forest of old-growth pines and logging museum. With 9,672 acres in which to roam, Hartwick Pines is a great destination for paddling, mountain biking, snowshoeing, hiking, picnicking, birding, metal detecting, and exploring Michigan's great outdoors.

  • Harrisville State Park

    Harrisville State Park

    Harrisville State Park features a campground, some campsites have 50 amp service, and day-use area nestled in a stand of pine and cedar trees along the sandy shores of Lake Huron. Pet-friendly shoreline. Great Lakes beach safety. Established in 1921, it is one of Michigan's oldest state parks.

  • Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

    Bald Mountain Recreation Area

    This 4,637 acre recreation area has several picnic areas, a modern accessible shooting range, large hunting areas, several fishing lakes, two trout streams, a sandy swimming beach and 15 miles of marked hiking and biking trails. Immensely popular for its eight miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails and snowmobiling, sledding and ice fishing.

  • Hiawatha National Forest

    Hiawatha National Forest

    The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. If you need service, please call ahead to your local office for hours and availability. The Hiawatha National Forest offers something for everyone.

  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    The rugged terrain, bogs, marshes, lakes, streams and unique beauty of the park's 5,200 acres lend itself to many forms of recreation--metal detecting, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular winter activities. Nine lakes are located within the park boundaries providing fishing and water sports of all kinds during warm weather.

  • Wilderness State Park

    Wilderness State Park

    Wilderness State Park offers visitors many year-round recreational activities within its10,000-plus acres, including numerous trails and a designated dark sky preserve for observation of the nighttime sky. There are also 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, a swimming beach, a dog beach. Great Lakes beach safety.

  • Warren Dunes State Park

    Warren Dunes State Park

    Warren Dunes State Park provides 1,952 acres of recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan. The rugged dune formation rises 260 feet above the lake and offers spectacular views and excellent for hang gliding. The park has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round.

  • J. W. Wells State Park

    Wells State Park (J.W. Wells)

    Wells State Park is located on Green Bay about 30 miles south of Escanaba. Its 678 acres include a three-mile shoreline with a beautiful sandy beach for swimming, a large picnic area, a modern campground, a modern lodge that sleeps ten, and rustic cabins.

  • Van Buren State Park

    Van Buren State Park

    Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park has one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations. It's the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Located three miles south of South Haven, the campground is only minutes away from local shops and restaurants.

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.

  • Holland State Park

    Holland State Park

    Holland State Park is best known for sugar sand beaches, beautiful sunsets and views of the iconic "Big Red" lighthouse. The park is home to two popular beaches located on Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, two modern campgrounds, concessions, paddle rentals, a new playground and connections to Holland's system of non-motorized trails.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)

    Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450' above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park's rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.

  • North Higgins Lake State Park

    North Higgins Lake State Park

    Higgins Lake offers 449 acres of lakeside recreation and camping in a natural wooded atmosphere. It is home to two campgrounds (some sites with 50 amp service), two mini-cabins, a boat launch, a popular swimming beach, a picnic area and more than 8 miles of trails, including a 1.5-mile looped fitness trail located adjacent to the CCC Museum.

  • Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Petoskey State Park

    Petoskey State Park

    Petoskey State Park, located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, is situated on 303 scenic acres and offers a beautiful sandy beach for swimming on the bay. Great Lakes beach safety. The park has two separate modern campgrounds. Tannery Creek modern campground offers 100 campsites and Dunes modern campground offers 80 campsites.

  • Seven Lakes State Park

    Seven Lakes State Park

    An endless variety of topography and ecosystems form the area called Seven Lakes. Its land was a combination of farmland, rolling hills and forests. About 230 acres of water with several miles of shoreline await the park user. The dam, formed one large lake from seven small lakes. Metal detecting area.

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)

    Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound.

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

    River Raisin National Battlefield Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates, and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath in Monroe and Wayne counties in SE Michigan. The Battle resulted in the greatest victory for Tecumseh's American Indian confederation and the greatest defeat for the U.S.

  • Muskegon State Park

    Muskegon State Park

    Muskegon State Park is home three miles of breathtaking shoreline (two miles along Lake Michigan and one mile on Muskegon Lake), Snug Harbor, forested dunes, sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, fishing, boat launch. Great Lakes beach safety. Modern and semi-modern campsites (some sites with 50 amp service), mini-cabins and a yurt.

  • Muskallonge Lake State Park

    Muskallonge Lake State Park

    Muskallonge Lake State Park is located 28 miles northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217-acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake and the area is well known for its forests, lakes and streams. Great Lakes beach safety.

  • Isle Royale National Park

    Isle Royale National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    Explore a rugged, isolated island far from our connected communities. Isle Royale offers adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, paddlers, and divers. Cross Lake Superior and make a commitment: Become a part of this island, and let it become a part of you.

  • Maybury State Park

    Maybury State Park

    Maybury State Park has a wooded and gently rolling terrain that may be explored on foot, bicycle and horseback or cross-country skis. Maybury's working farm is open all year for visitors to explore farm life. 1900-1930 demonstrations, such as sheep shearing, honey extracting, and grain harvesting, are scheduled during the year.

  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

    Keweenaw National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.

  • Ludington State Park Beach

    Ludington State Park

    The park is home to three campgrounds, sandy beaches, scenic sand dunes, an iconic lighthouse, wetlands, marshlands and forests. The park is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of beautiful shoreline along both lakes. The park also offers wildlife viewing from its extensive trail system.

  • Lake Gogebic State Park

    Lake Gogebic State Park

    Lake Gogebic State Park covers 360 acres and nearly a mile of lake frontage on the west shore of Lake Gogebic, the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula. About a quarter of the 127 campsites are located directly on the lakefront and the rest are nestled among the trees, not more than 100 yards from the lake.

  • William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

    William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

    William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor is located in the heart of Detroit, just east of the downtown, along a portion of the picturesque Detroit Riverwalk. The park is conveniently located near the Outdoor Adventure Center, Belle Isle Park and many other major downtown Detroit attractions, including food and drink establishments.

  • Fisherman's Island State Park

    Fisherman's Island State Park | Visit Charlevoix, Michigan | Charlevoix the Beautiful!

    Located just a few miles south of the City of Charlevoix, Fisherman's Island State Park is not actually just an island, but a 2,678-acre park with five miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. The park encompasses a tiny island, Fisherman's Island, currently Fisherman's Island State park is located just south of Charlevoix Michigan along the shore of Lake Michigan.

  • Burt Lake State Park

    Burt Lake State Park

    The park's boating access site will close for construction beginning Sept. 7, 2021. There are two alternative boating access sites that also provide access to Burt Lake. The project is slated for completion by spring 2022. Burt Lake State Park is located on the southeast corner of Burt Lake with 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline.

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