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Every place in the world has a unique set of rules that the locals follow to adjust to the weather, move around more quickly, or just because it’s the way its always been done.

This especially applies in Michigan, a truly special place with its own set of unspoken rules. Whether you’re in bustling Ann Arbor, enjoying all of the cultural landmarks, or swimming, playing, and staying at Bay Harbor on Little Traverse Bay, you’ll see Michiganders following these “rules.”

1. Show Where You’re From On Your Hand

You’ve got to give Michigan a hand when it comes to its unique formation-it really does look like a hand or a mitten. As a result, many Michiganders don’t really need a map to show people where they’re from. All they have to do is hold out their left hand and point to their hometown!

2. Enjoy The Beach

Michiganders recognize the value of their beautiful Great Lakes beaches. The clean, white sands and peace and quiet make these beaches the best place to be when it gets warmer. Plus they’re salt-free! A real Michigander chooses the lake over the ocean any day. A favorite beach past time is collecting Petoskey Stones. They’re only found here.

3. It’s Called Pop

You’ll hear many names for this carbonated beverage – soda and cola, for example. But here in Michigan, we know that it’s called pop. No question.

4. Never Depend on a Weather Report

Weather technology has changed drastically within the past few years, but us Michiganders will always be suspicious of whatever the weather report says. You never know what you’re going to get. Dressing in layers is a safe practice.

5. If You Need A Break, Head “Up North”

Michiganders get tired from being so amazing all of the time. Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, shopping and eating can wear you out. So, when we need to get away, we head “up north.” Although “up north” means something different to everyone, it always includes relaxation, natural beauty and plenty of family time.

Bay Harbor is one of Michigan’s most treasured up north destinations. With its direct proximity to Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan and its small town charm, there’s nothing about Bay Harbor that isn’t uniquely Michigan!

Located along five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community that offers a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Little Traverse Bay, shopping and dining at the many boutique stores and restaurants in the city, and staying at the Inn at Bay Harbor or the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events, and tips for planning your trip.

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