Here are a handful of Northern Michigan travel ideas to make your 2014 Northern Michigan Labor Day weekend the best slice of your summer. Whether you’re planning a vacation getaway or are looking for a nearby diversion during the extended weekend, read on to learn how to make Labor Day three days of fun and sun.

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Walk the Bridge in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City

Strut your stuff on the Mackinac Bridge during the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk on Monday, September 1st. The saunter starts in St. Ignace, with transport available to take walkers back to the starting point upon completion. Learn more at MyNorth’s Commmunity Events Calendar.

Dine Like a President in Traverse City

Chef Walter Scheib was the executive chef at the White House during the Clinton and latter Bush administrations, and he’s bringing his culinary gusto and behind-the-scenes stories to Traverse City during the White House Dinner. This event, which takes place on Saturday, August 30th, is part of the Taste of Traverse City food and drink festival.

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Beach Bums Baseball in Traverse City

Nothing says summer like America’s pastime: watch Traverse City’s professional baseball team, the Beach Bums, take on the Rockford Aviators during a home stand that stretches from Friday, August 29th through Sunday the 31st. Learn more at MyNorth’s Community Events Calendar.

Beer Festival in Cedarville

Call it a win-win situation: on Friday, August 29th, the 5th Annual Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Beer Fest brings Northern Michigan beer to the people while raising money to send deserving students to the Great Lakes Boat Building School. Learn more at MyNorth’s Community Events Calendar.

Americana Music in Gaylord

The Crane Wives are a Grand Rapids-based quintet whose music mixes folk, indie and bluegrass influences into an acoustically driven soundscape. Their Saturday concert at the Otsego Conservation District’s Demonstration Garden will raise money for Crossroads Industries, a Northern Michigan non-profit that helps people with disabilities gain the skills they need to achieve their goals in the workplace and the community. Learn more at MyNorth’s Community Events Calendar.

Dining in the Vines on Old Mission Peninsula

This collaboration between the Boathouse restaurant and Bowers Harbor Vineyards takes elegant dining outdoors: a champagne reception, choice charcuterie, three courses and dessert… all between the vines of Bowers Harbor Vineyard and under the spell of soft candlelight. Learn more at MyNorth’s Community Events Calendar.

Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes near Glen Arbor and Empire

Named “the Most Beautiful Place in America” according to Good Morning America, the Sleeping Bear Dunes offer a scenic bookend to the summer of 2014. Whether you’re a hiker, sightseer, swimmer or camper, discover what to do at the Dunes with MyNorth’s Sleeping Bear Dunes portal.

Concert Cruise in Traverse City

Board Northern Michigan’s premier party barge, the Nauti-Cat, and cruise to the tunes of Blue Dirt, a Traverse City-based urban folk outfit. Tickets to this Saturday concert can be purchased at

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