Although Detroit is vitally important to our diocese, life thrives at a slower pace in our rural areas. Southeastern Michigan is full of the nature, lakes, and historic charm found in small town living. In Michigan, you are never more than seven miles from a body of water, and the Irish Hills region alone contains 52 public and private lakes. You don’t have to look far to find family-friendly festivals, local wineries and breweries, historic family farms and orchards. Each year, the River Raisin Jazz festival in Monroe draws more than 40,000 music lovers. The Michigan International Speedway, located in Brooklyn, hosts NASCAR races, one of Michigan’s largest Christmas light displays, and the Faster Horses country music festival.
Our smaller cities and towns are home to such unique cultural institutions as Adrian’s historic Croswell Opera House, the oldest continually operating theater in Michigan. The Southern Michigan Railroad Society maintains the Heritage Railroad, the second railroad constructed in Michigan, which runs from Clinton to Tecumseh and provides a fall colors tour. Tipton is the site of Michigan State University’s Hidden Lake Gardens, where 10 miles of hiking trails on 755 acres allow the visitor a closer look at God’s natural beauty.
There are many hidden gems to appreciate and explore off the beaten path outside of our major cities.