Roaming Through Michigan

A short tourism documentary from 1949 on Northern Michigan:



Frankenmuth: Lager Mill and Historical Museum

When we visited Frankenmuth last weekend, we of course knew about the Frankenmuth Brewery, Zehnder’s famous fried chicken, and the giant year-round Christmas store Bronner’s. What we hadn’t been to before though was the Lager Mill and the Frankenmuth Hisotrical Museum.

Lager Mill is not just a beer store, but also a brewing museum with lots of old milling equipment, info on the brewing history in Frankenmuth, and a huge German beer glass selection.

lager mill - grains

lager mill - signs

The Frankenmuth Historical Museum was another great find, especially considering the $2 admission to the brewing museum also included admission to the historical museum.

historical museum - axes

historical museum - cabin

historical museum - post office


Frankenmuth: Downtown

We usually try to take a small trip every winter, but between moving and Mary starting a new job, it just didn’t happen this year.

Now that we’re finally about settled, we took an early spring trip to Frankenmuth, America’s little Bavaria. Since Frankenmuth is only a little over an hour away and has multiple breweries, it seemed like the perfect weekend retreat.

We loaded up our bikes only to have a chilly, overcast weekend, but we still had a great time walking around downtown and enjoying the alpine architecture and scenery.

cheese haus

bavarian inn

lager mill

covered bridge




Designer Love: Below the Boat

I’m always on the lookout for cool laser cut or etched projects, so when I found these great wooden maps of U.S. lakes from Below the Boat, I was blown away. They’re made to be bathymetric charts (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), so each layer is laser cut as its own piece and then glued.

Of course the Great Lakes maps are the best looking, but maybe I’m biased?

Full map of the Great Lakes

Straights of Mackinac
Straights of Mackinac

Lake Washington

Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island

All images from Below the Boat.


On the Move

Mary and I have been neglecting the blog recently due to a sudden move to Hamtramck. Being busy setting up our new home and not having internet yet has led to blog updates being a little harder to post than normal. Hopefully order will be restored within the next week and the internet with flow once again.

In the meantime, here’s an ode to our new home of Hamtramck.

Hamtramck Disneyland
Hamtramck Disneyland from Detroit Moxie

Polish Village Cafe
Polish Village Cafe from Yelp

Hamtramck in the 70’s from Detroit Memories

Kowalskis from Flickr

A post dedicated to Hamtramck is especially fitting today as it’s Paczki Day and Hamtramck is known for having the best Paczkis pretty much anywhere. I’ve learned that Paczki Day isn’t well known outside of the midwest, so if you don’t know what this wonderful and gluttenous holiday is, see here.

Paczkis from

Trevor Walters

Lumbering in Ypsi

While at my parents’ this past weekend I found a 1959 catalogue for a Fingerle, Hollister, and Wood Lumber Co., an old lumber company that once existed on E. Michigan Ave. in my hometown of Ypsilanti, MI.

lumber co. cover

While the Fingerle Lumber Company still exists in Ann Arbor, the Fingerle, Hollister, and Wood joint store has been gone long enough that my Dad is the only family member who remembers it, having grown up in the area in the ’60’s.

I loved looking through the catalogue to see the ads, illustrations, design, tools, and lumber of the 1950’s.

man and woman tools furniture design