Lighthouse in Southwest Michigan
  A mental image of Southwest Michigan conjures up a land of quaint towns, sandy beaches, and, on a clear day, a view of Chicago across the lake. It’s a destination worthy of day trips, weekend...

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Theresa L. Goodrich

The Local Tourist explores unique destinations, focusing on culture, background, beauty, and sheer awesomeness. Subjects that get nearly equal levels of obsession include, but are not limited to, anything outdoors, anything that can be eaten, art, history, architecture, and anything with an ABV above 3%. There’s no subtlety and no drama, but there is definitely a whole lotta kitsch and unmitigated, unabashed enthusiasm.


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