Under the Radar Michigan #320 - Great Lakes Bay Region

Episode 320 of the multi-award winning weekly series, Under the Radar Michigan, hosted by Tom Daldin, brings viewers up close and personal with the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Guest host Lori Amo, from the Great Lakes Bay Region Convention and Visitors Bureau, shares with Tom and the viewers four places to visit.  Hungry for adventure and fun or for some tasty treats, you won’t be disappointed with the top picks aired July 20, 2013.

Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Trips is your ticket to one of the most pristine and beautiful natural areas in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is home to the everglades of Michigan. Part of the largest water shed in Michigan, it is located about 25 miles south of the Saginaw Bay. The refuge was established in 1953 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl.  It is also a habitat for other bird species, including Eagles as well as other wildlife. It is near the confluence of the Shiawassee, Flint, Cass and Tittabawassee Rivers.
Wil Hufton, owner of Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Trips, is ready to take you on a trip that you won’t forget.  He has several packages available with trip lengths averaging 3 to 5 hours.  Open year round, there is always an experience to be had.  Take a trip in the spring and see the Trillium blossoms.  A trip in the fall will look like a painting on canvas with a beautiful landscape painted in yellows, reds and oranges. The beauty of nature glitters with snow and the artic experience will have you in awe of nature’s winter beauty.

Plan your next adventure with Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Trips!

- Turkey dinner cravings are quickly taken care of with a visit to the Turkey Roost.  Repeat customers rave about the food.  A pink building, found in Kawkawlin, has been serving turkey dinners since July 1955. Just in 2012 alone, 3700 thirty-two pound turkeys were served.  That’s a lot of turkey! Owner Todd, used to work at the Turkey Roost as a young man in the 1970’s, and dreamed of owning it some day.  His dream came true.  He kept the landmark pink, and continues to serve up turkey dinners daily. 

You can find the Turkey Roost at 2273 S. Huron Road, Kawkawlin, MI  48631.  Their telephone number is (989) 684-5200.

- Walk in the door of Sweet Sandy B’s Bake Shop in downtown Bay City and you will be greeted by the smell of chocolate chip cookies, cakes and pies.   A retro style bakery with traditional homemade baked goods is what you will find in downtown Bay City.  Daily, Sandy makes her baked goods in small batches by hand using seasonal ingredients and “a whole lot of love”.  

Sandy, also known as the Pastry Ninja, attended The French Pastry School in Chicago, studying classical French pastry, prior to opening her business.  “Everyone has a food memory…and it’s my passion to bring these memories back, or create new ones, whenever anyone tastes my treats.” 

Go down memory lane when you visit Sweet Sandy B ‘s Bake Shop!

- Frankenmuth has gone to the dogs!  Well, one weekend a year it does.  The annual Frankenmuth’s Dog Bowl held at the Frankenmuth River Place, is the largest Olympic style event for dogs in the United States.  Walk through the town and see thousands of dogs of all breeds and some even dressed up!

There is plenty to see with nearly 20 events for the dogs.  Events like the DockDog Competition, Dog Breeds of the World Show, Disc Dog Competitions and the 50 Yard Doggie Fun Run. “In 2012, over 3000 dogs competed” said Michael Zehnder, co-founder of the Dog Bowl.  In addition, over 2000 dogs came just to have fun and with them came their human friends and family.

The Dog Bowl is definitely an event that you won’t soon forget.  Held Memorial Day weekend each year, it’s never too early to start planning for 2014!

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