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How about a "staycation" this summer? - Michiganders are feeling the economic pinch and as much as we hate it in this country of big dreams, big cars and Big Macs, we have to find a way to cut back. Here are ideas for planning and implementing a great time in and near your home. Ways to guarantee that your time is a break from the usual- even if you're simply staying at home.

Staycation - June 2010

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The great American staycation : how to make a vacation at home fun for the whole family (and your wallet!)
By:  Matt Wixon

Summary: From alternatives to destination theme parks to making the most out of local amenities to reigniting the flame in a relationship, Americans will find this guide a humorous and invaluable guide to staying home on vacation.

Review: An affordable little volume packed with several staycations' worth of ideas for planning and implementing a great time in and near your home, this book gets down to brass tacks. Wixon sets up rules to guarantee that your time is a break from the usual-even if you're simply staying at home-and then organizes the possibilities by theme, including amusement parks, outdoor adventures, educational alternatives, pampering, sports, and entertainment. For each, he provides "Help on the Net" resources. Whether to find hometown volunteer opportunities or ingredients for a home spa treatment, his book is invaluable.-Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal Copyright 2009 Reed Business

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The smart family's passport : 350 money, time & sanity saving tips
By:  Nina Wildorf

Budget Travel magazine is dedicated to providing great travel experiences at affordable prices which is harder than ever when you've got a brood of screaming kids in the backseat! This companion volume to The Smart Traveler's Passport (100,000 copies in print!) features 350 tips for anyone traveling with children. Full of tips on planning, booking, packing, flying, safety, getting around, and much more!

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Fun with the family Michigan : hundreds of ideas for day trips with the kids
By:  William Semion

Written by a parent for parents, this opinionated, personal, and easy-to-use guide has hundreds of ideas to keep the kids entertained for an hour, a day, or a weekend! Fun with the Family Michigan leads the way to amusement parks, historical attractions, children's museums, wildlife habitats, festivals, parks, and much more.

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The unofficial guide to the best RV and tent campgrounds in the Great Lakes States : illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin
By: Jackie Sheckler Finch

Summary: The Unofficial Guide to the Best RV & Tent Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States features candid reviews and ratings of over 350 campgrounds in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Lake Erie Journal: Guide to the Official Lake Erie Circle Tour

Lake Erie journal : guide to the official Lake Erie Circle Tour : Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ontario
By:  Scott Carpenter
Summary:"Lake Erie Journal" is the first travel guide to the designated Lake Erie Circle Tour, a 700-mile marked driving route along the lakeshore in Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania. This needed book captures the natural, historic and cultural significance of the lakeshore, and all the region has to offer as a travel destination.

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Canoeing Michigan rivers : a comprehensive guide to 45 rivers
By: Jerry Dennis

Summary: Maps and corresponding narrative explanations of many of Michigan's most popular rivers. This book also discusses dams and portages, places where fallen trees often end up, and other helpful tips.

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Michigan: off the beaten path
By:  Jim DuFresne

Summary: Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, let this book show you the Great Lakes State you never knew existed. If you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.
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Kids love Ohio : a family travel guide for exploring "kid-tested" places in Ohio
By:  George Zavatsky

Summary: Make short vacation plans or get to know your favorite area better. Each chapter is a day trip zone including points of interest, events and suggested lodging and dining.  Choose from nearly 600 listings in one book about OHIO travel with kids ages 2-15.

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Fun with the family: Ohio : hundreds of ideas for day trips with the kids
By:  Khristi Sigurdson Zimmeth

Summary: Written by a parent, for parents, this opinionated, personal, and easy-to-use guide has hundreds of ideas to keep the kids entertained for an hour, a day, or a weekend! Fun with the Family™ Ohio leads the way to amusement parks, hiking trails, zoos, children’s museums, festivals, parks, and much more.

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Ohio oddities : a guide to the curious attractions of the Buckeye State
By: Neil  Zurcher

Summary: Ohio -- a bland and ordinary Midwestern state, right? Ha! Only if you never get off the highway. The Buckeye State has no shortage of strange, silly, goofy, quirky, eccentric, and just plain weird places, people, and things -- if you know where to look.
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Oddball Ohio : a guide to some really strange places
By: Jerome Pohlen

Summary: Plenty of photos and maps ensure that this guide is as practical as it is wacky when seeking out wonders such as the Great Pumpkin Watertower, Goodyear’s World of Rubber, and Bogart and Bacall's wedding site, then relaxing with a brew at the World’s Longest Bar.

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Weird Michigan : your travel guide to Michigan's local legends and best kept secrets
By:  Linda S. Godfrey

Summary: Local legends -- Ancient mysteries -- Fabled people and places -- Unexplained phenomena -- Bizarre beasts -- Local notables -- Personalized properties -- Roadside oddities -- Roads less traveled -- Haunted Michigan -- Cemetery safari -- Abandoned in Michigan.

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Michigan vacation guide : cottages, chalets, condos, B&B's
By:  Kathleen R. Tedsen

Summary: In publication since 1991, the 8th edition of the Michigan Vacation Guide represents thousands of private vacation rental cottages, homes, condos, resorts and B&B’s throughout Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Additional information contained in the guide include regional attractions, favorite golf courses, wineries, casinos and fall driving tours.

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Michigan curiosities : quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff
Colleen Burcar

Summary: Whether you were born-and-raised in Michigan or are a recent transplant, authors Colleen Burcar and Gene Taylor will have you laughing out loud as they introduce you to the neighbors you never knew you had and take you to places you never knew existed—right in your own backyard.

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50 hikes in Michigan : 60 walks, day trips, and backpacks in the Lower Peninsula
By:  Jim DuFresne



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