First Friday Art Walk gets underway this coming Friday — the first Friday in June — and continues across Ypsilanti every first Friday of the month all summer long. Depot Town and Downtown businesses will host area artists and their works for sale. The beauty of Art Walk is you can stroll to it and back from Parish House Inn, in the heart of Ypsilanti.
Come back to the Parish House when you visit the “don’t miss” the Ann Arbor Art Fair — one of the biggest in the country — July 21-24. Make your reservations early! The event draws a half million visitors each year. Since Parish House can’t sleep everybody, you can check B&B availability in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Plymouth and other nearby communities.
The same weekend, June 4-5, enjoy top-quality artwork — paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wearables and more — at the 60th Annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair Fair. It’s Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Plan your overnight stay at any of these elegant, art and artist-friendly bed and breakfast inns in Kalamazoo and nearby.
The next weekend, June 12-13, join 10,000 art lovers expected to descend on Bay City, right on Lake Huron just west of the tip of The Thumb, for the YWCA Riverside Art Fest. Besides more than 100 artists lined up along Water Street and Center Avenue, enjoy walking entertainment, a magic show and a silent auction. At the end of either day — or both, rest your head in the magnificent Historic Webster House, a “new” Bay City treasure, or at the equally-historic Chesney’s Keswick Manor, a long-time Bay City favorite.
Look Northwest, then Northeast the last weekend in June. On June 26, Art Rapids! plays in Elk Rapids, nestled prettily along the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. This one-day, juried fine arts event begs a weekend stay at world-class B&B’s in the surrounding communities of Bellaire, Central Lake and Ellsworth.
On Michigan’s extreme northeastern Great Lakes shoreline, find more than sandy beaches at Oscoda Beach Park on June 26-27. More than 150 juried artisans line the Lake Huron waterfront for Art on the Beach. Discover everything artistic from jewelry to photography, crafts to wood works and more. After enjoying the live music, food and art, let yourself be pampered at Oscoda’s Huron House B&B or at East Tawas Junction B&B, just 15 miles south.
Each of the inns linked in this blog is a quality-inspected, quality-assured member of the state B&B association of Michigan. You can’t go wrong with a Michigan Lake to Lake-member inn waiting to welcome you at the end of a summer day of play.
Linda Singer, Executive DirectorMichigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association 6757 Cascade Rd SE Ste 241, Grand Rapids MI 49546 (616) 575-1610 Office (616) 575-0270 Fax