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.