The Midland Review

The Midland Review is an absolute must-read for information on our favorite local events. Get the inside scoop on fun family activities and entertainment in and around Midland all year-round. There's no better place to learn about our amazing town, from fine golf courses to our famous balloon festival, museums, parks, nature trails, and more.

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    Art That Inspires

    From traditional murals to modern, unexpected installations, Midland’s longstanding efforts to support public art have grown each year through the backing of organizations, artists, and onlookers alike. Formally harnessed by Public Arts Midland, activating public spaces with art has proven to positively impact the social, cultural, economic, and health factors of a community.

    The group’s vision for 2020 was "Art Plays", which quite literally came to life in their latest installation, The Painted Piano Project. Showing off local artists’ talent while giving the community an opportunity to play music on the pieces, hand-decorated pianos were distributed at different locations for all of Midland to enjoy.

    Even more, H Hotel was lucky enough to receive one of the fourteen pianos! Though most of her experience lies within the production aspect of the arts, artist and performer Gina Kearly completed the piece you’ll find at our hotel. "This was one of the first truly interactive pieces, because while I’ve painted before for set work or scene painting for the stage, those are really meant to be seen and not necessarily interacted with," said Kearly.

    For her piano, the inspiration came from her favorite local, outdoor spots. A Midland native with a love for state parks, Kearly’s starting place is obvious as the details draw attention to Chippewa Nature, Bay City State Park, and the Great Lakes creating a blend of nautical nature.

    It was an honor featuring this piece at the H Hotel and experience the diverse talent that came to enjoy it. We cannot wait to see what next years project will be!

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    Mid-Century Modern Lives on in Midland

    Dating back to the 1930s, Alden B. Dow introduced modern design to Midland, Michigan. His innovative, dynamic structures initiated an architectural heritage that was not only unprecedented in Michigan, but in the entire country.

    Dow’s creative concepts paved the way for several architects to create beautifully-crafted, mid-century modern masterpieces that are an integral part of the over 400 buildings that make up Midland today. In fact, this design technique happened to be a fundamental component behind the creation of our onsite restaurant, ONe Eighteen.

    Inspired by the 118 elements of the periodic table, ONe Eighteen’s name pays tribute to the fact that good food and good company make for great chemistry. Main St. welcomed this modern tavern with open arms as it not only celebrates the history of our city, it contributes to the growth of mid-century modern architecture and the wellbeing within our community. With our hotel’s branding centered around the periodic table elements as well, ONe Eighteen has been a natural fit with our positioning in the marketplace, as it reinforces our commitment to providing both a unique and local connection to Midland.

    Today, the modern tavern continues to progress—our beautifully renovated courtyard space now provides a stunning outdoor dining experience. A favorite for locals and visitors alike, the menu features American comfort food, classic cocktails, craft beer, and an approachable wine program in an energetic, lively, and welcoming setting. It’s a place where you can simultaneously indulge in American cuisine and mid-century design.

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    Exciting Midland Expansions

    With the re-opening of Michigan businesses, our community has been quick to adapt to the world’s new social norm. In order to abide by social distancing guidelines, having the space to spread out is of the utmost importance. That’s why Midland’s Main Street and H Hotel’s courtyard have executed their plans to make staying six feet apart as easy as ever.

    With the goal to help locals and visitors feel comfortable getting back to their everyday lives, a large section of Main Street will now be car-free—at least until July 31st. This change will provide people more room to safely enjoy the area while also making space for the newly added outdoor shopping and dining features. Picnic tables have been sporadically placed throughout the area so that those who are picking up food to go can enjoy their meal outside in small groups. Eventually, live bands and DJs will be set to perform at the all-new, pedestrian-only area to bring some entertainment to the scene. As cleanliness and health are main priorities for Midland, trash receptacles and hand sanitizing stations have been added to Main Street as well.

    In addition, our courtyard’s fresh new look and expansion is yet another way that Midland is making it easy for its residents and guests to abide by social distancing policies. Whether you’re looking to plan a future gathering or simply get some fresh air, our outdoor spot offers plenty of beautiful space to do just that.

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    Café Zinc at Home

    Of all the things we miss most, enjoying a delicious meal at our modern, French bistro: Café Zinc is at the top of our list. However, the health and safety of our guests and employees is of the utmost importance of all we do. That said, though we have temporarily closed Café Zinc for dine-in, we are still offering pick-up and take-out orders from a modified, yet just as delicious, menu!

    And with that, we’re diving into some of our favorite dishes in hopes to inspire your next meal.

    Need to fuel up for the work-from-home day but have an empty pantry? Might we suggest our buttermilk pancakes? Plain or multi-grain, topped with chocolate chips, blueberries, or perfectly plain, this fluffy breakfast dish, created by our French Pastry Chef, will hit the spot.

    Go a little lighter with lunch and opt for the Veggie Tofu Pad Thai, which you’ll find on the All Day Menu. Topped with peanut sauce, the rice noodles are simply addicting. Chicken and shrimp are an optional addition to this modern Asian dish as well.

    And when dinner rolls around, the Strip Steak is an obvious choice. Served with Chef’s choice of vegetable and starch, you’ll end the evening with a savory surprise.

    Please call 989-837-6030 to place your order.

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    Forever Begins at the H

    As Mid-Michigan’s only AAA 4-Diamond full-service hotel, the H Hotel offers elegance, fine amenities, and unparalleled service to make your day an unforgettable affair. Home to unique indoor and outdoor venues, your H Hotel wedding is guaranteed to move seamlessly from one exquisite space to the next. Prepare for the big day by taking advantage of our spacious "bridal party get ready room". After a romantic ceremony in our Signature Main Street Courtyard, with a picturesque landscape for dreamy wedding photos, enjoy dinner and drinks in our beautifully appointed Indigo Ballroom. At 3,900 square feet, our ballroom provides a flexible space with neutral tones and an open floor plan to accommodate parties of all sizes. When it comes to creating your customized wedding menu, our Catering Sales Manager is prepared to help cultivate a dining experience that reflects your love story. Along with our unique services and offerings, our wedding planning team will ensure a seamless, momentous, visionary wedding experience.

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    ONe Eighteen

    Take our advice and tuck into the new, Mid-Century style tavern serving expertly crafted American fare in the heart of Midland. The H Hotel's ONe Eighteen, a name inspired by the 118 periodic elements, is already sparking new chemistry with downtown Midland diners. Cozy up to the bar for a cocktail or craft brew, reserve the private dining area for special events for 10 to 30 guests, or come spring, take in the sun on our spacious outdoor patio. Shopping on Main Street? Give in to your flavor cravings and choose from a menu stacked with savory twists on your favorite comfort food classics. Stop in for seasonal specials or trust our tried-and-true sandwiches, soups, burgers, seafood, steaks, and chicken pot mac. Bring a date or bring the whole family. Everyone's welcome and no one leaves hungry! Open 5 to 10 on Monday through Saturday. Reserve your seat today!

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    Saginaw Spirit Hockey

    Get in the spirit and watch some of the region's finest junior athletes take to the ice at Dow Event Center in downtown Saginaw. Saginaw Spirit Hockey lives up to its name with a talented field of young skaters competing in the Ontario Hockey League. As the team's mission reveals, they're committed to excellence on and off the ice. Almost every game supports a charitable cause, whether for First Responders and suicide awareness, or teacher appreciation and rescue ministries. A source of Great Lakes Bay Region pride, the team draws a crowd to its competitive matches that run straight through March. The Spirit's have been ranked first in the Western Conference Standings, with its toughest rival, the Kitchener Rangers securing a close number two. So now's the time to stand up and show your spirit! Check the website for a schedule. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the stadium.

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    New Year, New Hobby at Midland Curling Center

    We're 'sweeping' a smooth path into 2020 so that you can start the new year with a new sport! The Midland Curling Center invites beginners and pros alike to step onto the ice and send a 44-pound stone gliding towards the circular target, 140-feet away. In the sport of curling, leading your team of four to victory takes strategy and teamwork. Don't know how to play? We'll teach you! Already have a team of eager experts? Join a league! Midland Curling Center has a fun-packed schedule with plenty of ice-time for everyone. Just check the center's calendar to find an event that suits you. Can't decide what's a good fit? Give us a call. Drop-in hours are perfect opportunities to give curling a whirl without committing yourself to a season—though once you try it, we bet you'll stay! Make the game with centuries-old Scottish roots your new favorite and curl with us this January.

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    Ring in 2020 at Midnight on Main

    Where will you be this December 31st? We'll be at Midnight on Main, and you're invited, too! It's Midland Michigan's take on the Time's Square ball drop, and we expect a full house at Dow Diamond for the countdown. Don't feel like standing out in the cold? Don't worry! The ball drop and fireworks finale are visible from the ball field's heated concourse. Half of the concourse will be transformed into a dance club with DJ's Sound Productions and Jedi Mind Trip. The other half will overflow with a generous selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks along with many of your favorite stadium comfort foods. Tickets are already on sale for the annual spectacular that begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 1:00 am in the New Year. For Midland, there's no more celebratory way to close out one year and begin another. Bring your friends and resolve to make 2020 better together!

    Take advantage of our special offers like the NYE Getaway Package or the Ultimate NYE Package to make your holiday season extra merry and bright during your stay at H Hotel! 

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    Shop 'til You Drop in Great Lakes Bay

    So you want to do some shopping? Well, you're in the right place! No matter what you're looking for, the Great Lakes Bay region has as a store for you. Farthest away, but still less than an hour drive is Birch Run Premium Outlets. There you'll find unbelievable bargains at 145 designer and name-brand stores. Want something to dress the house instead? Michigan's largest antique center is located in quaint, downtown Saginaw. In 30 minutes you'll be weaving in and out of 400 stylish and colorful booths filled with every antique you could imagine. And while you're there, grab a delicious bite to eat from the year-old SVRP Marketplace. Open four days a week, only the best locally sourced, fresh foods are sold and made to order. And because it's November, why not visit the World's Largest Christmas Store? Bonnor's Christmas Wonderland is in Frankenmuth, so stop on your way back to H Hotel after shopping at the Outlets in Birch Run.

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    Apple Harvest in Midland

    Warm cinnamon apple pie, syrupy baked apples, candied or caramel... we'll take apples any way we can get 'em in autumn. And in Midland, you can buy yours hand-picked, still crisp and fresh from the trees. In fact, three apple orchards within a short drive of H Hotel guarantee delicious family fun for the weekend. Start at Moore Orchards on Sasse Road for a bite of tradition, where they uphold a 35-year old reputation for picking the very best from their branches. Save room for the home-baked apple treats at Apple Blossom Orchard over on Wilder. Bite into their specialty apple cinnamon fried cake with a splash of fresh-pressed apple cider. Buy a jar of apple butter for the road and pop over to Bayne's Apple Valley with onsite bakery, cafe, and gift shop. Stay for lunch and squeeze in one more treat, hot from the oven. You can't go wrong during the apple harvest in Midland. Come taste it all for yourself!

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    Chili, Salsa & BBQ Festival

    What goes into your famous chili? Don't tell us, just cook it! And then double the recipe so you can compete at the 21st annual Chili, Salsa & BBQ Festival Saturday, September 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Midland Area Farmers Market. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Midland Morning, the festival will draw chefs from throughout the region who are eager to tempt the crowds with their spicy specialties. Taste to your heart's content with unlimited chili and salsa tastings, or at least until the crock pots are empty. But save room! Your ticket includes six BBQ tastings as well. And when a spicy specialty finds you reaching for something cool, indulge in a microbrew, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage. Ten tastings come with your ticket. Advance tickets are $35 and can be purchased if you're 21 or older. Plot your tasting tour on the map provided with your ticket. 

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    'RiverDays' of Summer

    Celebrate Summer at Midland's RiverDays Festival. From August 1st to the 4th, tuck in alongside the Chippewassee River for four days of music, food, entertainment, and outdoor activities for all ages. Kick things off Thursday night at the Downtown Main Street Glow, where you can meet pilots competing in the hot air balloon competition before you don a pair of headphones for the Silent Dance Party. Then Friday, right next to Farmers Market Plaza, visit the boat launch for kayaking, get airborne on the ziplines, or grab a craft beer from the tent and make your way to a concert. End the night with a charitable cheeseburger before the Balloon Festival main event, and catch a movie under the stars before warming yourself at the cracklin' community bonfire. And that's all before the weekend events begin! Check the website for a full list of fun and we'll see you there!

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    Midland Hosts its First LPGA

    For the first time in the history of professional women's golf, Midland will play host to the LPGA. That means the H Hotel is prime real estate for visiting golf fans. The Dow Great Lakes Bay International tournament event begins July 13th and lasts through the week. The pros don't tee off until Wednesday, so you'll have plenty of time to celebrate among old and new friends here with us. Sit down for a meal at Table Restaurant, where artistic presentation and satisfying flavors will fill you up after a day spent walking the links. Or to bookend the day, treat yourself to a flaky pastry and a café au lait at Café Zinc. Later, linger over classic cocktails in our elegant Oxygen Lounge. It's guaranteed to be a total sensory experience with golf like you've never seen before because, in this tourney, the pros play in pairs!

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    Play Ball!

    Grab your cap and rally towel and take your sweetheart to a ballgame. The Great Lakes Loons call Midland home with their stadium only a 6 block stroll from the H Hotel. The Loons are the minor league baseball affiliate of the LA Dodgers and they're having a stellar season leading the Midwest League Eastern division! So make an afternoon of it by watching some quality baseball and cheer for our winning team.

    Walk over by following the scenic Tittabawassee River trail, and if you allow enough time, include a stop at the adjoining Founders Park. If you're going after dark to watch the Loons under the lights, take advantage of an outfield firepit or one of two fireplaces in the stadium. There are 14 home games this month, each with a different theme or charitable cause. Whether you plan to grab a lawn seat or a box seat, root, root, root for the home team!

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    Midland Farmers Market

    Down on the banks of the Tittabawassee River is the Midland Farmers Market, named "the nicest farmers market ever!" by locals. Next to bike trails and walking paths, a splash park and skateboard park, it's so much more than a quick stop for produce. There's something for the whole family! And if you do bike, walk or skate there, you can eat while you shop at one of the tasty food trucks.

    Here you will find delicious local cheeses, farm fresh eggs, a variety of seasonal local fruits and vegetables, tempting baked goods, home goods, house plants, cut flowers and more. And as you shop, talk to the experts--the 76 tables are staffed by passionate farmers and resident artisans. So come on out to support the Midland Farmers Market, open Wednesday's and Saturday's from 7 am to 1 pm beginning May 1st.

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    Freeland Walleye Festival

    You don't have to cast a line to enjoy the fish festival in Freeland. You just have to show up and the party will come to you. From April 25th to 28th something fun is scheduled for you and yours. There's poker for the card-counter amongst you and a corn-hole tournament for any yard-gamers. A parade, fireworks, and "Phish" beer tent will rock the town on Friday along with rummage sales and a footrace to run off the beer and fish fry. However, if you have your sights set on reeling in the biggest catch, brush up on walleye. That's the tournament-qualifying fish. Weigh in at first place and win 1,000 dollars.

    Whatever you prefer, shuttle rides run all weekend to take you from place to place and a pancake breakfast Saturday morning will fill you up before you go. Visit the website to sign up for any competitions. Spaces are filling up fast!

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    Try Tai Chi for Healthy Living

    Take your stress and slowly push it away in the graceful movements of Tai Chi. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Creative 360 invites you to drop in and meditate through movement. Classes are taught in an open, non-competitive setting with plenty of room for Tai Chi practitioners and novices. It's a gentle way to transition seasons from winter to spring and ideally, to carry the principals of learned intentional movement into your every-day routines. Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that today is practiced more to provide a balance between body and mind. They involve certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. Consistent practice has been shown to improve balance and stability, especially among older people, as well as reducing pain and improving quality of life. Call or email Creative 360 for more information about Tai Chi and other ongoing events. 

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    Channel Your Inner Artist at Creative 360

    Creative 360 invites you to sip and paint in their studios to your sweetheart's content on Cocktails and Canvas nights. Try painting a lighted canvas on February 8th or designing a snowy village on the 23rd. With no hard and fast rules, painting inside the lines (or not!) is up to you, Just grab a cocktail, beer or non-alcoholic drink, and Creative 360 will provide the materials and instruction you need to make art. The studio is on Bayliss Street and the three-hour class begins at 6:30 pm.

    If painting isn't your thing, the same studio will bring the artist to you. How about Cabaret on Groundhog's Day? Or Concert & Chili night on the 16th when Midland band Coleman Road will play your favorite blues and classic rock while you chow down on beef, chicken, or veggie chili. Twenty dollars at the door. There's truly something for everyone!

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    Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

    Come see Whiting Forest in winter. Featuring 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, orchards, meadows, and streams, the forest of Dow Gardens entreats guests of all ages to play in its beauty. Among its many all-season attractions is the nation's longest canopy walk, spanning 1,400 feet and soaring 40 feet above the ground.

    To get there, grab a map and follow along to enjoy the well-marked Canopy Walk. Each of its three arms offers a unique viewing platform, affording views of a placid forest pond from 25 feet up, a large cargo net in a grove of spruce trees at 25 feet high, and an orchard view which includes a 40 feet high viewing platform complete with glass floor and railings.

    Tickets are available for purchase on the Whiting Forest website. And while you're there, check out the Garden's Events Calendar for special Friday and film series schedules.

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    Holiday happenings at the Midland Center for the Arts

    Don't miss out on all the festive holiday happenings at the Midland Center for the Arts. The holiday season will kick off with The Midland Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Ballet, presenting The Nutcracker. Enjoy a fresh take on the holiday classic, as the minds behind The Polar Express, Jumanji, Wicked and Sweeney Todd have devised this delightful show. Have a drink in the Saints & Sinners Lounge after the performance. The show will run from December 7th to the 9th. 

    Also on December 7th, at the First United Methodist Church, The Men of Music will perform a Christmas concert filled with holiday favorites. On December 12th the Youth Choir will perform their Christmas carols. Center Stage Theatre will be performing Dickens' A Christmas Carol from December 13th - 16th. Center Stage Theatre is an award-winning community theater company featuring talent from across the region. The humorous and lively Boston Brass will be performing Christmas Bells on December 18th. Last but not least, you can enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas, exploring the 1874 Bradley Home decorated for Christmas from top to bottom. 

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    Watch the Merry Midland Santa Parade

    The Santa Holiday Parade is a Midland holiday tradition. Dating all the way back to 1985, each year the Midland Santa Holiday Parade is assigned a holiday theme and selected a Grand Marshall. Locals and visitors alike will gather and watch as local businesses, bands, and other Midlanders stroll down Eastlawn, Saginaw Road, Ashman Street and end at Main Street.

    Each year, Midland County also crowns two lucky local kindergarteners as Parade Prince and Princess. The parade, however, is not just fun and fanfare, the Santa Holiday Parade also fundraises for The Salvation Army’s local Toys for Kids program, providing toys to kids in need. Grab a chair and a warm drink and hop on over to Midland to catch this annual holiday event that is full of holiday cheer and Midland pride.

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    Travel to Serendipity Road

    You sure won’t regret stumbling upon this makers market. Stocked with more than 70 of owner Julia Kepler’s favorite Michigan vendors, and a handful of vendors from around the U.S., Serendipity Road offers a little bit of everything for everyone. The local small business carries an array of home décor, housewares, textiles, stationery, clothing, baby, and jewelry items. And during the last Friday of each month, Serendipity Road has a “Final Few” display in their store, with sizable markdowns on selected items.

    Stop by and grab yourself a few local goods and souvenirs before you head out of town. Serendipity Road is located on 215 E Main St in downtown Midland, Michigan and open Monday through Saturday. Check out Serendipity Road’s website, Instagram, and Facebook page for more information.

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    Golfers Paradise

    Midland, Michigan offers some of the highest quality golf in America. We like referring to these special golf courses as hidden gems. With a multitude of challenging obstacles, there's a course sure to delight even the novice golfer. Spend a day on the lush greens of a championship golf course with stellar views and first-class service as you navigate bunkers and water hazards.

    The Currie Golf Courses are located just down the street from the H Hotel. Two beautiful courses that subtly blend in with their natural surroundings. Set along the banks of the Tittabawassee River, Currie provides golfers with an amazing view of Mid-Michigan's breathtaking natural features.

    From award-winning to aesthetically pleasing, Midland, Michigan is your destination for the once-in-a-lifetime golfing experience, and the H Hotel is at the heart of it all. Book directly and save. Are you ready for the challenge of the Currie Municipal Golf Course, Sandy Ridge Golf Course, Apple Mountain Golf Club, Buck's Run Golf Course, and Pohlcat Golf Course?