Saturday, July 12, 2014

RelayRides: Helping You Uncover Hometown Hidden Gems

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. 



RelayRides has a summer initiative going on, aimed at helping you uncover hometown hidden gems. Being the hidden gem of the car rental world themselves, Relay Rides connects cars with drivers, and drivers with cars in a non-traditional way. I can see how their peer-to-peer mission for helping you find a car could be helpful in so many ways.

This summer, RelayRides wants to help you discover what it feels like to be a tourist in your own home town.  They are looking for hometown hidden gems you write about, and they  might even pin one or more of your 'places' on the RelayRides Hometown Hidden Gems Pinterest Board. Check it out at different times throughout the summer to see what hometown discoveries near you might have been added to the board!

Our family has decided to spend time exploring places we have never seen that are close to home (within driving distance). Three hometown hidden gems I have posted about fairly recently are linked below.

Schuler's Restaurant in Marshall, MI
serving customers since 1909!

The most recent hometown hidden gem we discovered was Schuler's Restaurant in Marshall, Michigan. Serving customers since 1909, the restaurant is full of connections between people, places, events, and lives. In fact, we found out after dining there that Schuler's was the restaurant where my parent in-laws (who have been married for 53 years) went to after their high school prom date. Connections like that are a definitely a part of what make hometown hidden gems so wonderful to explore. And in this case, the food was better than delicious too. :)

Antiques on the Bluff in Saint Joseph, Michgigan

I also posted about Antiques on the Bluff in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Every Sunday between May and October you can find sellers lined up along the steep bluff that also allows you to oversee beautiful Lake Michigan. Where the shores of the great lake and the mouth of the Saint Joseph River meet, right at that particular spot, is also where the Potawatomi Indians traveled by water, and came ashore to set up camp. My husband's father's side of the family is 100% Potawatomi. The history of the area is appreciated, and the antique finds are fun.

Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan

The third Hometown Hidden Gem I wrote about was Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan. Owned by Michigan State University, this 755 acre botanical garden and arboretum is an absolutely gorgeous expanse of nature meant to be explored. With hiking, picnicking, driving, and walking all encouraged, and an admission price of just $3 per person, it is a place we plan to return to time and time again. The biggest connection to us there is that MSU is where I earned my graduate degree, and supporting the school in various ways makes me happy. Visiting the gardens is a very easy way we can show our support, and help give back.

Finding various hidden gems close to home is fun!

You can find other Hometown Hidden Gems (like the ones mentioned above) on the RelayRides' Hometown Hidden Gems Pinterest Board. You can also learn more about their peer-to-peer networking car service by visiting their website and by following them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

54 comments:

  1. What a great idea. There are so many possibilities right in our own backyards

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  2. This is so neat. What an awesome idea. Love your photos. =)

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  3. That sounds like it could be a lot of fun. We just moved to our area so it is still all new. I would love to be paired up with someone who can tell me where to go visit.

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  4. This town looks like its right up my alley. I love this kind of stuff.

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  5. I have been living in the same area for almost 10 years now. I am still finding new places to explore!

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  6. I love this kind of stuff as well. Sometimes you take for granted the things that are in your own hometown area! Amber N

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  7. I love this kind of stuff. I live right off of Cape Cod, so there are all sorts of places like this down there waiting for me to discover them.

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  8. What a great idea! We love exploring with our kids.

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  9. ha. that is the coolest statue...
    def would be cool to visit a few of these places...
    also to see what others pinned as theirs...

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  10. I love the idea of a 'staycation'. There are so many marvels that are yet to be explored in our own backyards. That is the plan for myself this summer. :)

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  11. I love that. Finding fun and interesting things in your own back yard. I know there are so many things we have not seen in our area even though we have lived here 34 years. I can't wait for my husband to retire so we can do more exploring.

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  12. Totally cool! Trying to find new and interesting things to do in my city (especially when it feels like you've done it all) can be hard. I'm gonna have to check it out!

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  13. Great idea indeed, finding things to do that doesn't take driving hours is nice. And you always find the little gems.

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  14. Fun idea! I love how pictures will be shared and posted in Pinterest.

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  15. Hidden lake gardens looks like a nice place too.

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  16. Funny I've lived in my town since 2010 and there's still so much of it I haven't seen. This would be a great idea to discover more about where I live.

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  17. I am still learning about my own backyard like I didn't know we had a working farm. It's really cool to explore.

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  18. It's fun to try new places, even when they're near home. Someone told me once think like a tourist in your own town, it's a great idea.

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  19. I really need to look into new and fun places near home, great ideas!

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  20. Sounds like you have some great venues right near your own house! That's lovely to read and to explore. Plus staying close to home helps save money.

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  21. If you take the time, I think you can find some amazing gems within your own city. People are always in a rush to explore in another town, but I think if you take a bit, you may just find some awesome "gems" within your own city!

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  22. I love finding those little gems you find in your local town. Looks like there are beautiful spots you found.

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  23. Whoa. The restaurant has withstood a century already! I wonder how they have innovated their menu through the years.

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  24. Sounds like some great hidden gems. I would love to visit the Antiques on the Bluff for the view and the finds. Schuler's Restaurant sounds wonderful too! :)

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  25. This is so cool! I love finding "hidden gems" close to home!

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  26. Didn't this kind of antiques still exist. The restaurant looks old but I bet the dishes are authentic and one of a kind.

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  27. It's the hidden gems that are the very best. Yes indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  28. What a great idea visiting places that are close to home. I need to start doing that and stop isolating myself here in this place. Love the ones you found.

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  29. I love your idea. I am from Ishpeming, MI which is a mining town and we still today have mines in our area. I love finding out about our little town and how it grew. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. There are tons of hidden areas in my town like this. It is so beautiful!

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  31. That's a really great idea. It's always fun discovering cool new places within our own city. I'll have to check out the site.

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  32. That's an awesome idea to share places in your area that most wouldn't see. Where I live it's full of tourist so something like this would be great.

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  33. now i need to go find some around here

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  34. Relay Rides looks like a really great idea to explore. Michigan has a lot of historic and natural hidden gems that you have shown us here.

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  35. Looks like a beautiful place, I would love to visit one day!

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  36. This is a really creative idea, this would of been really nice while we were in Nashville on a few day vacation.

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  37. This looks great! Now I have to check it out.

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  38. Very beautiful! I'd love to visit there! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Looks like such a beautiful place, thanks for sharing!

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  40. Great idea!!! We love to explore the area around where live in PA. So much history hidden to be found. ~ Don Purdum

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  41. wow, nice idea.. loved the antique statue.. :)
    thanks for this..

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  42. We're considering doing more of a staycation next year. Your pictures are so beautiful!

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  43. Good post. I love that there are some great things in your own backyard so to speak, and you don't have to travel far to find those gems.

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  44. Great post! I know there's some hidden gems in my neck of the woods! Thanx for the reminder!

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  45. That's great! I wonder what it would be like to explore Phoenix as if I'd never lived here....what a trip!

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  46. I think people don't really know they hometown - me neither. So let's go for an adventure :)

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  47. I love exploring the fields and tracks at the back of our house you can be out all day and never realise it!

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  48. I'm a homebody, like to stay close myself.

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  49. Getting to know your surroundings- always a great idea! It may be time for us to have our own staycation. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. I think this is pretty awesome. I live in Philadelphia and there are so many things around here, especially when you head to center city. I don't really leave my neck of the woods but there are definitely many places me and my son could visit that would feel like we traveled to enjoy a day and they are right here in our own back yard! Thank you so much for the share!!

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  51. I love finding local gems to go an visit! Looks like there are some fantastic ideas in this post!

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  52. I lie this idea. Seems like a great service for those who want to explore their area more.

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  53. This is a cool idea! I miss my hometown so much, and if I could be there again, I would love to do something like this! Many gems we need to rediscover!!!

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