Drive-Ins …In The Mitten

Every once in a while, we love having a good old-fashioned throwback night! One awesome way to do that in Michigan is at a drive-in movie theater! There are 9 functional drive-in movie theaters in Michigan (that we could find!), so chances are, there’s one close to you. Most usually feature family friendly films, but we noticed a few have some scary films and R-rated – so be sure to check the line-up before popping your popcorn and piling into the car!

 

EASTERN MICHIGAN

Summer Drive-In
Website
USA Hockey Arena, 14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170

Open only from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Summer Drive-In is a great pop up location for family fun. There are 3 screens with movies ranging from G to R, so check the line up before heading out. Chances are you will find a family friendly double feature no matter which date you visit! The Summer Drive-In also has an onsite concession stand for snacks and drinks.
Gates open at 7:30pm. Movies start at dusk.

 

The US-23 Drive-In
Website
5200 Fenton Rd, Flint MI 48507

After a short time down, the US 23 Drive-In is back up and running after being revived by new owners. Originally built in 1952, US 23 has two screens and shows double features each night and most are family friendly with the exception of some late feature rated R movies. Their concession stand was recently expanded, so don’t forget to try the new burgers or grab a root beer float!
Gates open at 7:30pm. Movies start around 9:40pm.

 

Hi-Way Drive-In
Website
2778 Sanilac Rd, Carsonville, MI 48419

The Hi-Way Drive-In first opened in 1947 and is open daily for a double feature. New movies start on Fridays and run for the entire week, so be sure to check out the most popular family movies playing when they are released!  Campers are welcome here and movie goers are sometimes treated to a fireworks show, and there is a small concessions stand as well.
Movies start at dusk.

 

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre
Website
10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

The Ford-Wyoming was built in the 1950s and is an Art Deco masterpiece. It’s worth getting there early just to marvel at the architecture!  Open 7 days a week, they often have an early and a late double feature – so this is perfect for the night owls!
Gates open at 8pm. Movie times are around dusk.

 

SOUTHERN MICHIGAN

Capri Drive-In
Website
119W Chicago Rd, Coldwater, MI 49036

The Capri came to Coldwater in 1964 and is now one of the community staples in the summer! Featuring multiple screens, the Capri is open daily. Most features are family friendly, so definitely bring everyone along!
Movies start at sundown.

 

WESTERN MICHIGAN

Getty Drive-In
Website
920 E Summit Ave, Muskegon, MI 49444

The Getty Drive-In is a twist on West Michigan’s largest cinema company, Celebration Cinemas.  Opening in 1948, the Getty has 4 screens and double features on most nights! There are concessions stands available and playground as well for the kiddos. Movies aren’t always family friendly though, so check the line up before heading out.
Gates open at 8pm. Movies start at dusk.

 

Sunset Drive-In
Website
69071 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford, MI 49057

The Sunset Drive-In was started in 1948 and has one of our favorite features – carload pricing! You can watch two movies each night and get the whole family in for just one low price. The Sunset has movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and you can get snacks or concessions right on site.
Gates open at 7pm. Movies start at dusk.

 

Five Mile Drive-In Movie Theater
Website
28190 M-152, Dowagiac, MI 49047

Five Mile Drive-In was built in 1961 and like the Sunset, they have car load pricing – we cannot get over how great that feature is for families.  Open Friday – Sunday, Five Mile has a concession stand on site with full dinner items available.
Gates open at 7pm. Movies start at dusk.

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater
Website
9812 Honor Hwy, Honor, MI 49640

The Cherry Bowl Drive-In, which opened in 1953, is a northern Michigan favorite! With all sorts of additional things on site, like a diner, putt-putt golf, playground, pony rides, and tons of fun picture opportunities, you could easily spend a day here. The Cherry Bowl is always family friendly and has double features – so you get two movies for the price of one!
Movies start at Dusk.

 

 


Five Steps To Be In Your New Home Before Fall

 

Are you thinking of house hunting, but just haven’t taken the first step? Now is a great time to buy a home – and there’s still time to be in that house before the fall! By following our advice below, you could be well on your way to that perfect new place to call your own.

  1. Contact a REALTOR® as Soon as Possible
    Having a REALTOR® to help you while house hunting on a timeline is key. When you find the house of your dreams, you want to be able to move quickly. You can find one of our real estate agents on our website.
     

  2. Establish Your Needs and Wants
    Before you start house hunting, you should create a list of features you absolutely need in your new home, the features you want in a new home, and the features that would be nice, but not required. This will help you to evaluate homes and will give your agent guidance as they find potential properties for you.
     

  3. Set Up a Home Search
    In order to buy the home, you have to find a home! Of course, your agent will find properties and help suggest areas that may have homes with your needed and wanted features. You can also search homes on multiple different platforms, but for the most real-time accurate home listings, try our Property Watch feature.
     

  4. Determine Your Financing Options
    When you find your dream home, you want to have your financial decisions ready to go to help the offer and acceptance process go smoothly. A seller will often evaluate offers for their home based on several factors, but one of those is the ability of the buyer to have proper financing if needed. Your REALTOR® can help put you in touch with several qualified mortgage providers.
     

  5. Stay Positive and Get Excited!
    Be prepared to work with your agent side by side as you search for the perfect home. When you are homebuying with a specific timeline in mind, it can get frustrating at times, but your REALTOR® will help guide you through the process to get your homeownership goals accomplished! Remember – you are so close. So don’t forget to spend some time dreaming about everything you’ll do in your new home!

 
 


Summer Festivals …In The Mitten

Festivals are one of our favorite summer features in Michigan! Whether you’re looking for entertainment, delicious food, fun local goods, or just a great activity for friends and family, you can find it all at one of our picks for Summer 2019 Festivals in Michigan!

National Cherry Festival
Traverse City, MI
June 29 – July 6

cherryfestival.org

There’s still time to hit this classic festival this week! Running through Saturday, Cherry Festival offers amazing cherry-based recipes and food, fun carnival activities and rides, concerts, movies, and more. Our favorite? The pie eating contest of course!

 

Tall Ship Celebration
Bay City, Mi
July 18 – July 21

www.tallshipcelebration.com

Each year, the Saginaw River in Bay City transforms in to something you would expect to see in 1819, not 2019. Tall ships from all over the world dock for a weekend, and tourists can board the ships, enjoy sailing education, do some tall ship themed crafts, and even eat Pancakes with Pirates!

 

Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven, MI
July 26 – August 4

www.coastguardfest.org

While Grand Haven is a popular beach destination all summer long, you can’t beat the fun and energy of Coast Guard Fest. The 10 day festival, which started in 1937, features concerts from popular artists, cover bands and local favorites, a 5K and 10K, food, games, and of course the US Coast Guard is on site as well.

 

Ingham County Fair
Mason, MI
July 29 – August 3

Ingham Fair Website

This year marks the 165th Ingham County Fair. There will be fun events all week, including exciting grand stand events, tractor pulls, the family fun zone, and of course amazing food! The fair pays tribute to the agricultural heritage of Michigan, so be sure to check out the 4H exhibits as well.

 

National Blueberry Festival
South Haven, MI
August 8 – August 11

www.blueberryfestival.com

Michigan is one of the top 5 blueberry producing states in the nation, so we had to include Blueberry Fest! Check out the Kiwanis Blueberry 5K/10K, the Blueberry Craft Fair, the blueberry pie eating contests, and nightly entertainment.

 

Michigan Renaissance Festival
Holly, MI
August 17 – September 29

www.michrenfest.com

The Ren Fest is one of the longest running festivals we found – it lasts for 6 weeks every summer! Jump in to a new world in Holly – where you’ll find knights, squires, Kings and Queens. We love the jousting competitions – and be sure to grab yourself an old-fashioned turkey leg to enjoy while watching.

 

Allegan County Fair
Allegan, MI
September 6 – September 14

www.allegancountyfair.com

One of the biggest fairs in Michigan each year, Allegan County Fair is an amazing wrap up for the summer! Often featuring huge names in entertainment, this year you can see both Little Big Town and Dan + Shay on the mainstage! The fair also features 4H exhibits, antique and farmers markets, carnival rides and the ever-important selection of pop up food vendors.

 

Didn’t see something in your area? Check out this full guide of Michigan Summer Festivals, available from Pure Michigan!