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Find the perfect gift for that certain someone in your life in Greater Lansing. With a plethora of diverse, local businesses, we have found unique gifts for that special person who is just too hard to shop for. And to make your shopping experience even easier, many of these local shops have online shopping, delivery and curbside pickup available. Hover over the pictures to get a link (in blue) to connect directly to each vendors website and start shopping!

As winter is in full swing, you may be thinking that having the option to eat outdoors is pretty much impossible. Or is it? In the spirit of positivity and, of course, great food, we have compiled a list of some fantastic restaurants who have worked hard to bring you heated, outdoor patio dining! Yes, it IS possible to safely enjoy your favorite cuisine outdoors in the colder months! Take a look at some of the terrific options below!

From winter markets to popup events, we’ve found fun (and safe) ways to check items off your Christmas list this year! Don't forgot our small businesses this holiday season, Greater Lansing also has many locally owned gift buying shops—check out our Shop Small, Shop Local blog for more info.

More than ever it’s important to shop local this holiday season. Shopping local helps create jobs in the community, keeps money in mid-Michigan, supports small businesses that in turn, give back to the neighborhood and those businesses offer more unique products which keeps communities diverse. It makes everybody a winner! To help guide you on your holiday shopping adventure we have listed out premier picks in Greater Lansing's surrounding communities you can support by shopping small this year. Some have even made accommodations to help you shop safer by offering curbside pickup and online ordering.

It’s safe to say that 2020’s football season isn’t what we were expecting, but the fact that we have a football season to celebrate our favorite teams is good news! While we can’t tailgate all over campus like previous years, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a tail-gate take-out meal from the comfort of your own home! 

Are you looking for an alternative to slaving away in the kitchen to prepare a Thanksgiving feast? We’ve discovered several Greater Lansing establishments offering meals to go. Simply pick up, reheat and eat!

Please note that the state of Michigan has released new COVID guidelines that prevent dine-in service through December 9. However take-out, delivery and outdoor dining are still available.

When rainy days or cold weather keeps kids inside, it can be hard to entertain everyone. But, staying inside can be lots of fun for the whole family if you're armed with the right indoor activities. Below, we've assembled some of Greater Lansing's best boredom-busting area attractions to turn an indoor day into a memorable one.

Fall in Greater Lansing is bursting with color and this particular time of year provides beautiful sunrises and sunsets. With that combination your are sure to get some amazing photos! The guide below will lead you to the most Fall filled Instagrammable spots every traveler needs to visit when they’re in the Greater Lansing area.