“Piece of Cake, er Strudel”
Story Behind the Name
After just two shows, we had this TV thing DOWN. We knew what we were doing and we were confident. That could be the source of the title… or it could be that Chef Hermann made us a mess of Apple Strudel and we were in a carb coma.
When we pulled into Grand Rapids, I couldn’t believe how much it had grown. It’s alive with new business, tourism, nightlife and tons of culture. There’s a real modern and progressive feel there that makes it one of the greatest places to live in the U.S. today. Everywhere we looked, there were young professionals engaged with their city.
Not only is Cadillac a great boating, skiing and golfing destination, the downtown has been completely renovated. Mitchell Street is the main shopping district, and it’s alive with great new shops, restaurants and awesome spaces to just kick back and relax. Without forgetting its past, Cadillac is another Michigan city that’s moving into a bright future.
When I was a kid, we took tons of family vacations in northwest Lower Michigan. And whenever we traveled up Highway 115, we’d always stop for gas just outside Cadillac by William Mitchell State Park. It’s a beautiful park that sits between Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell. The road passes through a narrow strip of land that gives you a beautiful panoramic view of both lakes. I can remember all five of us saying to my mom, “Why can’t we just stay here? It’s awesome.” But we always headed up to the sand dunes. Well, now, thanks to UTR, we stayed in Cadillac and loved it!
It was early in the morning when we rolled into Port Huron. I was just about to ask if anyone wanted to stop for coffee when I heard someone on the crew say, “Wow, this is pretty cool.” Well, I happen to agree. I’ve always liked Port Huron for the way it feels. It’s a great mix of old and new, it’s just the right size and it’s on the water. I love the water. Good thing I’m in Michigan.
The city of Port Huron is the maritime capital of the Great Lakes and stretches seven miles along the shore of the St. Clair River at the base of the second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron. The boardwalk there goes on forever and provides excellent views of the St. Clair River, passing freighter traffic and one of my favorite bridges in the whole world, the Blue Water Bridge (the majestic gateway to Canada).
Besides the beautiful waterfront scenery and boating activities, Port Huron has even more to do when you’re off the water. The historic downtown shopping district has tons of interesting and funky shops and very cool restaurants.