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May
31

Looking for a special dining experience? Make a reservation at these Midland restaurants.

Relaxing or celebrating over a delicious meal and nice glass of wine is a definite treat and pleasure that's worth making time for. Fortunately, Midland, MI has plenty of restaurants that fit the bill and are worth a visit.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following places in Midland to enjoy stellar wine and food:

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April
11

Looking for the perfect course to practice your golf swing? Here are the local country clubs and courses you should try out.

April 10th is recognized as Golfer's Day, so whether you're a newbie or a seasoned golfer, head out to one of Midland's beautiful courses to play a round. The area has a good mix of public and private courses so you're free to join a country club if you'd like or simply try some of the area's public fairways.

Our REALTORS® recommend visiting the following local courses and country clubs to refine your golf game:

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March
14

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to get out of the house with some friends and enjoy a night out. Here are the Midland stops you don't want to miss this holiday.

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is the perfect occasion to visit a Midland bar and restaurant to celebrate with beer that's cold — and very possibly green — and a tasty burger or other menu item. Add a group of friends, and you've got a great lunch or evening.

Our REALTORS® suggest celebrating St. Patty's Day locally with these Midland stops:

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February
28

Mexican cuisine always seems to hit the spot. Here's where you can find great Mexican Food in Midland.

National Tortilla Chip Day happened this month, so why not indulge in this tasty snack? Tortilla chips are great on their own or dipped in salsa or guacamole. And if you're in the mood for a more substantial snack, appetizer, or entree, order them loaded with a wide variety of proteins and other toppings.

Our REALTORS® suggest celebrating Tortilla Chip Day at one of the following Midland restaurants:

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December
2

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore, especially when you have local crafters that can make it easy! Here are some craft shows and businesses you should stop by.

Before you know it, you and your family will be waking up on a chilly December morning opening presents and appreciating the time you get to spend together. But before you do that, you actually have to figure out what gifts to get everyone, which can be a challenge. Finding the perfect gift for someone can take careful consideration and planning on your part, and that's just one gift! Not to mention the gifts you need to work out for all your family members and friends that will be stopping over this holiday season.

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September
21

A good cup of coffee can make all the difference in your day. Here are Midland coffee shops you shouldn't pass up.

We know the importance of a good cup of coffee. If you're like some of our REALTORS®, your favorite coffee beverage is essential for starting the day off right. No matter how you take it, coffee can give you the much-needed boost you need to have a productive morning.

If you're looking for a great cup of coffee, you'll find some of Central Michigan's best coffee shops in Midland. Coffee shops are a great community amenity — people come to work, relax, have business meetings or just catch up with old friends. Below is a quick list of some of the best coffee shops in our area:

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June
14

Downtown Midland is the perfect place to spend a day out. Here are some places you should visit.

After spending an entire year indoors, it's so great things are finally opening up again. As we continue to relax restrictions, it's a good opportunity to get out and enjoy a day downtown and support our wonderful local businesses. Whether you're taking a day off from work or planning weekend activities, spending a day in downtown Midland is such an enjoyable experience. If you enjoy shopping, dining, art, and entertainment, you'll love everything Midland has to offer. Our REALTORS® love supporting local businesses, and they've compiled a list of recommendations to help you plan a fun day out on the town:

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May
10

Hamburger Month is celebrated in May, so head out to some local Midland restaurants and sample some of the many available variations on this delicious favorite. From a simple but delicious cheeseburger to inventive variations like a Chipotle Black Bean Burger, you'll have your choice of many different options. Some restaurants also offer gluten-free buns or Impossible Burgers that let you get your burger fix even if you have different dietary needs or preferences.

Our REALTORS® recommend trying the following Midland burger joints this May — and beyond:

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March
22

Nothing starts your day off better than an amazing breakfast. Here's where you can find one around Midland.

Whether your day includes a morning of biking or hiking in the park, a visit to Dow Gardens, or looking at Midland homes for sale, nothing starts it off better than an amazing breakfast. Our REALTORS® know how important a good breakfast is for productivity, and these places are some of their favorites. Jumpstart your day happy and full with these Midland breakfast spots.

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February
8

Need to find something sweet for your Valentine? Check out these great Midland businesses for the perfect gift.

Our REALTORS® know all about the neighborhoods we serve and what makes them such great places to live.  And one of the best ways to feel at home in Midland is to check out all the unique local businesses. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to support your local businesses and impress that special someone in your life with their favorite sweet treat. Try one of these wonderful places right around the corner from Midland homes for sale. You're sure to find whatever your sweetheart desires.

  1. Pop-Pop's Gourmet Popcorn, 136 Ashman Cir, Midland, MI 48640, (989)-486-9601.
    Popcorn is such a fun snack, and it's perfect for a more health-conscious treat on Valentine's Day. Pop-Pop's Gourmet Popcorn offers locally grown, air-popped popcorn in an array of flavors. There are more traditional flavors like buttery and caramel and some more interesting ones like peanut butter and jalapeno cheddar. Each batch is handmade with real ingredients to ensure exceptional quality and taste.

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November
9

Coffee Shops for Espresso Day - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS

Our REALTORS® are always on the go, so they understand how important that morning cup of coffee really is! Luckily, there are plenty of amazing cafes and coffee shops in the Midland area. 

National Espresso Day is coming up soon, so now is a great time to start exploring some of your options! Whether you prefer to relax and enjoy your latte while catching up with friends or you want to grab a quick cup of java while you're out exploring Midland homes for sale, we've got the perfect solution for you. Here are five of our favorite places to get that much-needed caffeine fix. 

  1. The Coffee Grounds Shoppe: 4951 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640
    A great place to relax and socialize, The Coffee Grounds Shoppe has some of the tastiest coffee in Midland. If you're in a hurry, you'll also love their convenient drive-thru option. Make sure you pair your coffee drink with a delicious baked treat. From pumpkin muffins to pound cakes and scones, these desserts are always well worth the indulgence.

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October
26

Dessert Around Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

Dessert is something everyone – from children to adults – loves. And whether you prefer a traditional treat or one that's a little more exotic, Midland has many places to indulge your craving for dessert.

Our REALTORS® suggest treating yourself to the following dessert shops around Midland:

  1. Heather 'n Holly – 228 E. Main St., Midland MI 48640 
    Located downtown near Midland homes for sale, Heather 'n Holly offers a huge variety of sweet treats in a charmingly old-fashioned setting. The shop's sweet and salty caramel corn is a customer favorite, and you can also choose from a huge variety of handmade chocolates. Over 10 flavors of fudge are available, each handmade with real cream and butter. If you can't decide what to try, Heather 'n Holly offers free samples. And before you leave, check out the candy section, where you'll find childhood favorites like Astro Pops and Sugar Babies.

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September
8

Apple Picking in Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Apple picking is a fall tradition in the Midland MI area, and we're lucky to have several orchards that offer the chance to pick your own. Many also offer extras such as apple cider or apple baked goods, so you're sure to have fun and leave with a full stomach!

Our REALTORS® suggest making a visit to some of the following orchards and also offer some tips to try when you go:

Orchards and Other Destinations to Visit

  • Apple Blossom Orchard – 2581 Wilder Rd., Midland MI 48642
    For a taste of fall, visit Apple Blossom Orchard, located near Midland homes for sale. The orchard's motto is "the core to good eating." From September to November, you'll find 23 varieties of apples, along with many treats including cinnamon-apple doughnuts, fresh-pressed cider, and the orchard's award-winning caramel apples. The atmosphere is friendly and down-home, as owners Bill and Pat Kuehne love to stop and chat and make new friends over a cup of coffee and delicious apple treat.

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August
10

Restaurants for Waffles - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

Waffles are a staple of brunch menus and buffets, but their humble origins date back to ancient Greece, where flatcakes were cooked between hot metal plates. While the waffle's classic grid shape first appeared in the 15th century, it was popularized with the invention of the waffle iron in 1869.

Our REALTORS® love waffles because they lend themselves to both sweet and savory variations. Head to one of these great restaurants around Midland on Monday, August 24 to celebrate National Waffle Day.

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September
21

Restaurants for Steak - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

If you love a thick, juicy slice of prime rib, you're in luck! There are many excellent steak restaurants around Midland homes for sale with prime rib specials. Here are a few of our favorites. 

  • Lucky's Steakhouse: 830 Joe Mann Blvd., Midland, MI 48642
    With reasonable prices, large portions, and a friendly staff, it's no surprise that Lucky's Steakhouse is a local favorite. The menu features a variety of steaks, seafood, burgers, and specialty entrees. The slow-roasted USDA prime rib is one of their most popular menu options. Whichever size you choose, make sure you save room for dessert. They have plenty of mouth-watering choices like New York cheesecake, key lime pie, and carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting.

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June
22

Patio Seating - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

What's better than someone else doing the cooking? How about dining outdoors, enjoying the seasonal delights of a Michigan summer? When our REALTORS® want a break, they head for these great restaurants around Midland with comfortable patio seating.

  • Gratzi - 120 E. Main St., Midland, MI 48640
    Whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two or a family outing, Gratzi fits the bill. The menu features a contemporary spin on Italian classics such as chicken Parmesan, veal scallopini and papardelle with Bolognese sauce. Fettuccine Alfredo is served tableside, where it's tossed inside a half-wheel of Parmesan cheese. Pizza is prepared Neapolitan-style in a traditional brick oven. Complete your meal with a glass or bottle chosen from the extensive wine list. Gratzi is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 10 p.m. Reservations are accepted.

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March
9

Sports Bars - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

How popular is college basketball's championship tournament? According to ESPN, approximately 70 million brackets are filled out each year, while MSN estimates that 60 percent of office workers participate in at least one pool.

This year, leave work behind and fill out your bracket at one of these fun sports bars around Midland recommended by our REALTORS®.

  • 2nd Street Sports Pub - 274 Meyers St., Freeland, MI 48623
    2nd Street Sports Pub is conveniently located in the city center, right down the street from Freeland homes for sale. With plenty of large tables, 2nd Street easily accommodates the entire family or your whole gang of friends. New items are periodically added to the menu, but customers love favorites such as the signature baked pub pasta, loaded with pepperoni, roasted peppers and onions, Italian sausage, and blended cheeses. Hours at 2nd Street are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday, when doors open at noon.

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February
17

Florists - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS

You may not realize it, but there are many reasons why it pays to know a great florist. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is the perfect way to say "I love you," "I'm Sorry," or "'Get Well Soon." Floral arrangements also make excellent birthday, hostess, or housewarming gifts. 

A vase of fresh flowers can go a long way toward making your home look warm and inviting. In fact, our REALTORS® often use fresh flowers to make homes more appealing to potential buyers. With so many great Midland Homes for Sale, small touches like this can make a big difference. 

National Floral Design Day is coming up on February 28, so now is a great time to visit some of the area's best florists. Here are a few you might want to check out.

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January
6

Midland, MI Salons & Spas - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Want to relieve stress or brighten a dreary winter day? Pampering at a day spa is the perfect solution. Here are some great spas around Midland where our REALTORS® love to unwind after a busy week.

  1. U Spa Salon & More - 134 S. Main St., Ste. 2, Freeland 48623
    Feel refreshed from head to toe after a visit to U Spa Salon & More, just minutes from Freeland homes for sale. In addition to hairstylists, extensively trained technicians who specialize in hair color are available if you want to try a different look. U Spa uses SkinCeuticals skin care products, which are scientifically formulated with antioxidants to promote healthy skin. Hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

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December
2

Midland Holiday Events - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

No matter how hectic life gets, the holidays are a time to share good cheer and make memories with family and friends. Mark your calendar for these festive holiday events around Midland suggested by our REALTORS®.

  • Fantasy of Lights Parade - 500 W. Midland Road, Auburn 48611
    What's a holiday without a parade? Show your seasonal spirit at Auburn's third annual Fantasy of Lights Parade on Saturday, December 14. Get a group of family, friends, or co-workers to dress up a car or float or simply walk along the parade route, not far from Auburn homes for sale. This year's theme is "Rudolph Kisses and Candy Cane Wishes," so dress and decorate accordingly. Stay afterward for the tree-lighting ceremony. Participants are requested to make a donation to the Toni and Trish House, which provides care for the terminally ill. Line-up begins at 4:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. parade start.

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November
25

Holiday Shop Local in Midland - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Holiday shopping can be one of the best parts of the season. Finding that perfect gift is so satisfying! Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to find your favorite local shops. Shopping local can provide an opportunity to find truly unique items with local flair. The kinds of gifts everyone on your list will appreciate. You'll also be supporting the community and local economy. Try one of these shops right around the corner from Midland homes for sale to find the perfect gift, décor item, or whatever you need for those special people on your list.  

  1. Little Forks Outfitters, 43 E. Main St., Midland, MI 48640
    For outdoor enthusiasts, Little Forks Outfitters is the place to go. Outdoor activities abound here in Michigan, and the right clothing and gear are essential. Whether your activities include fishing, hiking, or just exploring, a gift from here will surely be appreciated.

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September
9

Midland Restaurants for Pancakes - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

If you are particularly fond of pancakes, you probably already know that they have been a breakfast favorite around the world for generations. What you may not know is that, here in the U.S., they have their own day designated to celebrate their deliciousness; National Pancake Day. It falls on September 26th every year, and that's right around the corner.

Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is by sitting down to enjoy a stack of great pancakes. But what if you'll be away from home—and your favorite pancake spot—shopping Midland Homes for Sale on the big day? No worries, we've got you covered. Here's where to order a stack in Midland on National Pancake Day:

  • Stackers Grill, 4312 N. Saginaw Road, Midland
    A very popular Midland spot for breakfast, Stackers Grill is a great place to celebrate National Pancake Day. You can sit down to a full stack of their famous pancakes, which consists of four fluffy buttermilk pancakes, or a short stack, which is two pancakes. For a special treat on the big day, you can sweeten that stack by having Stackers top them with blueberries or chocolate chips.

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August
5

Midland, MI Dog Groomers - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Temperatures in Midland are warming up, and our furry friends need to beat the heat, too! Grooming your dog can help keep him feeling cool and looking cute, but it's important that you use a groomer you can trust. 

Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on the best local service providers, and we love connecting new residents with the professionals they need. If you haven't yet found your favorite dog groomer, you're in the right place. Check out these seven grooming pros so you can decide which one is right for you.

  1. Howl-a-Day Resort: 1101 E. Prairie Road, Midland, MI 48640
    A true full-service facility, Howl-a-Day Resort offers grooming, boarding, pet sitting, transport, and even a free monthly doggie playgroup! Whether your dog needs or full grooming or just a bath or nail trim he'll be in good hands with the pros a Howl-a-Day. 

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July
8

National French Fry Day Around Midland - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Yay, it's almost time for National French Fry Day! Whether you like classic fries with ketchup or poutine with tons of toppings, there are so many different ways to enjoy this savory treat. Our REALTORS® have the inside track on the best places to go for fries around Midland and offer some fun (and tasty!) recommendations for fried tater lovers to celebrate National French Fry Day July 13th.

  1. Midland Burger Company - Midland Mall Food Court, Downtown Midland, and food truck
    Nothing could be more quintessentially American than a burger and fries, right? This farm-to-table restaurant and food truck serves fresh, locally-sourced fare that's made with love. Not only will their grass-fed beef burger and crispy fresh-cut-fries have your mouth watering, but they also offer a variety of unique house-made dipping sauces to add even more excitement to your meal. The garlic herb aioli is a local fave. if you're in the mood for something spicy, try the hoisin chili ketchup or poblano chili aioli.

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June
10

Father's Day Destinations 2019 - Ayre/Rhinehart

While Moms are often thrilled with a lovely brunch and a heartfelt card, impressing the important men in your life on Father's day requires a bit more creativity.

Whether you're still exploring Midland Homes for Sale or you've lived here all your life, you might feel at a loss when it comes to thinking of fun things to do this Father's day. No worries! Our REALTORS® have done the hard work for you. Check out this list of great ideas and start making your plans today. 

  1. Hit the Driving Range at Mid-Michigan Golf Center: 1011 Commerce Drive, Midland, MI 48640
    If golf is more your Dad's style, take him out to hit the driving range at the Mid-Michigan Golf Center. This 25-acre outdoor range has 125 spots, so there's plenty of room for everyone, even on busy days like Father's Day.

    With half-priced buckets available for kids aged 9 to 17 and free buckets for those under eight, you can feel free to bring the whole family. The range is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sundays, giving you plenty of time to squeeze in some play-time for Dad.

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May
13

Pizza Party Day-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

National Pizza Party Day is coming up, a day dedicated to celebrating the qualities of good pizza. National Pizza Party Day happens every year on the third Friday in May, and millions of Americans honor the day by getting together to enjoy a pizza party their best local pizza places. The big day falls on May 17th this year, and if you're a pizza lover, you'll certainly want to celebrate. Of course, if you're new in town or are just starting to shop Midland Homes for Sale, you probably don't have a favorite local pizza place just yet, but we can help you find one.

Here are some great places to get pizza in Midland:

  • Gratzi - 120 E. Main St., Midland
    An upscale Italian restaurant, Gratzi makes everything from scratch, including its delicious pizzas. It offers four signature pizzas, each made with high-quality, unique ingredients, including heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prime beef meatballs, charred scallions, and much more. This lovely eatery is sure to provide a tasty and unique experience to those celebrating National Pizza Party Day.

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February
11

Midland Yoga Studios - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Once you're done buying a house in Midland and have settled in, you'll probably be anxious to get back to your usual routine. Work, your social life, and of course exercising. Yoga is a hugely popular way to stay fit, get rid of stress, and improve your well being. So whether you're an experienced yogi, a beginner, or just want to switch up your fitness routine, there's a class for you. And exercise classes are a wonderful way to meet people in your new neighborhood or city. Try one of these places to find the right class for you.

  1. Element 22 - 223 E. Wackerly Road, Midland
    Get inspired to up your fitness game at Element 22. Their friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer classes in Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Yin/Yang, and Power Flow Yoga. Classes are designed to help you relax, increase your flexibility, and get in shape. It's a challenging but positive experience you're sure to love. If you want to switch things up, there's also barre, Peleton rides, and trendy fitness classes like WERQ®. They offer a one-week free trial, and student discounts are available.
     
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January
28

Midland-Area Gyms - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Making that New Year's resolution to get in shape is the perfect first step toward a new, healthier you. However, changing your lifestyle for the better isn't easy, and it can be hard to stay motivated to keep that promise to yourself. It can be even harder to stay committed to getting fit if you're in the middle of making other life changes – such as shopping for a new home or moving into one you've just purchased, for instance.

So how can you keep your resolution going this coming year? If you're shopping Midland homes for sale or have purchased a home in the area, getting a handle on local resources to help you achieve your goals can make it much easier to stay on track once you move. To help you get started, here are seven gyms in Midland to help you keep your resolution going:

  1. Greater Midland North-End Fitness Center, 601 E. Wackerly Road, Midland
    This local gym offers a wide variety of services to help you stay on track. These include fitness classes, personal training, and physical therapy to support exercise and fitness. Creating a healthy eating plan and sticking to it may be the most important step toward keeping your resolution, and North-End Fitness has you covered there too, with nutrition counseling and grocery store tours to help you get it right.

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January
7

Midland Michigan Restaurants Lunch
If you are new to an area, it can be hard to find a restaurant that has quality food and excellent service. Recommendations are helpful, but you might not know anyone who has an idea of where to stop by during your lunchtime break.

Our REALTORS® know recommendations are everything, especially when it comes to dining experiences, as well as, home buying. Here are five of their favorite spots in Midland to make sure you don't go hungry at lunchtime.

  1. Shier's Deli & Catering -  2218 N. Saginaw Road
    With a menu that is a mix of homestyle favorites, U.P. classics, and spicy Southwestern fare, you are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. Though it might be surprising to hear from a deli, their pastries get a lot of praise and are one of their best sellers. The best part, they can cater your next business meeting or party. At Shier's Deli, you can find can be sure your food is going to taste amazing. If you're buying a house in Midland, this is one place you must experience.

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November
5

Midland Michigan Santa Claus School
Putting on a Santa suit comes with a big responsibility, that of bringing joy to children and adults all over the world. That's why you'll find the number one Santa school right here in Midland. Yes, a school for learning the ropes to be a proper Santa is the real deal, just like Santa himself! Our REALTORS® know that you are going to love our city, and this magical school is one more reason why our area is such a great place to live, work and enjoy your family. So while Santa is firming up his list and checking it twice, have a look at the history and mission behind the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School.

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October
1

Midland Living Favorite Photographers
As parents, you know all too well that each year seems to pass more quickly than the last. Somewhere between busy schedules, play dates, and trying to keep your household organized, your toddler has gone from finger painting and nap time to riding the school bus and learning to read. Although it's impossible to stop time, one of the best ways to preserve the memories of your growing family is to capture them with professional family photographs. Our REALTORS® would love to share some of our favorite family photographers in the Midland area so that you can schedule an appointment before another year flies away.

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September
17

Midland Michigan Restaurants
Whether you're looking for a delicious bite to eat in a casual setting or a trendy, upscale experience, you're sure to find the perfect spot in Midland. From beer and burgers to French and Italian cuisine, the Midland dining scene offers something for everyone. Our REALTORS® have created this list of their seven favorite dining spots in Midland to give you just a small taste of the city's many options. 

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September
3

Midland Farmers Market
The perfect combination of upscale and downhome, Downtown Midland, MI is a favorite of both locals and visitors. If you're searching for Midland homes for sale or you're already a resident, spending some time downtown is a must.

For a day of shopping and family-friendly fun, you can't beat the Midland Area Farmers Market. Open from May to November each year, the market is a weekly staple for residents. More than just a few veggie stands, this market is truly impressive. Here's what you need to know so you can make the most of your visit.

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