The Great State has the most lighthouses in the United States and the largest freshwater system in the world. With boating, fishing, and swimming being popular pastimes for Michiganders, we love all things nautical. The wind plays a vital role in sailing across our powerful lakes, and the world’s largest weathervane is right here in Montague, Michigan.

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You can learn more about the world’s largest weathervane and the Ellenwood on the City of Montague website. While visiting, you can book your stay at the Weathervane Inn. Have you seen this giant monument in person? Let us know your thoughts!

Since you’re in the mood for some Great Lake history, check out the history and mystery behind Michigan’s White River Light Station.

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Interesting Things About Michigan

What is Michigan known for?
Michigan is known for many things from beautiful natural areas to cute Christmas towns. And even a few other quirky things. Here are some things that Michigan is known for:

  • Mackinac Island Fudge: Mackinac Island is a picturesque island on Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsula. It is a charming walkable resort area that is known for, among other things, its handcrafted fudge.
  • Pickles: It may be a strange thing to be known for, but Michiganders sure do love those crunchy, tangy, brined cucumbers. In fact, the Vlasic brand pickle is made right here in Michigan based on the influence of Michigan's Polish immigrant community. Another zesty pickle brand that locals will tell you to stock up on is McClure's Pickles, which are made in Detroit.
  • Carhartt: If any brand represents hard-working Americans (another thing Michigan is known for) it's Carhartt. Based in Dearborn, MI, this company prides itself on representing a resilient, tough work ethic. You can find this iconic brand being sold at another Michigan icon - Ed Rehmann & Sons Clothing.
  • Frankenmuth: Even though we pride ourselves on being tough, there is a softer side to a true Michigander's heart - the love of the holidays. And this Michigan town epitomizes Christmas in every way from the Bavarian Inn Lodge, which looks like it was imported from an old German town, to the Riverside shops all decked out for the holidays. This charming town even has the World's Largest Christmas Store - at least according to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.

Michigan is a pretty swell place to grab a bite to eat. There are some iconic foods that Michigan is known for too. Here is a list of a number of food items you'll fall in love with if you are a true Michigander.