1 year ago
Justin Becker ·
Comments Off on Best Summer Activities in Cedar Springs
Cedar Springs is a lovely little town in Michigan that is only 20 minutes away from Grand Rapids. If you have recently decided to move into a mobile home in Cedar Springs this summer, you may be wondering what there is to do here once the unpacking is done?
Well, that’s a great question. Of course, no one expects you to know right out of the gate, what fun summer activities are on the town’s roster or where the best patio bar is your first day. So, in order to help you get better situated in your new mobile home and surrounding city, here are some of the best summer activities in Cedar Springs that the whole family can enjoy.
Take Advantage of Outdoor Spaces
Like many other cities in Michigan, Cedar Springs has a wealth of outdoor spaces and parks. However, here in this semi-northern area of the state, many of these lush open green spaces are camping grounds. Though, that’s not to say there are only a few everyday parks in these parts, but rather that sometimes you need to spend a day or two in nature, and Cedar Springs is here for it.
A few notable campgrounds in this city are Lakeside Camp Park, Duke Creek Campgrounds, Lincoln Pines Resort, Scalley Lake Campground, and Morley Park—just to name a few.
Indoor Summer Fun
If you are more of a glamper or prefer to have your summer fun indoors, that’s okay too. Cedar Springs has a variety of indoor fun. Don’t just take our word for it, stop by the Cedar Rock Sports Plex, The Rouge River State Game Area, Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX Park, West Michigan Archery Center, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, or the Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary.
If extreme sports and trampolines are not your cup of tea, you can leave your safety pads at home and catch a show at the Kent Theater instead. There are also several museums and libraries in the area for those looking for a fun-lite summer day.
Mobile Home Community Activities
While you are out and about, don’t forget that some of the best summer activities are available right in your mobile home community. By now, you may have noticed that your mobile home park has a lot more to offer than those of yesterday. Well, you are not imagining things—it is true.
Today’s mobile/manufactured home communities are not playing around. They want their residents to feel right at home, and convenience is often the name of the game in affordable, luxury mobile home parks. Thus, it is not too surprising that most communal amenities rival that of master-planned neighborhoods’. Nevertheless, if you are not sure what the perks or amenities are in your community, then head on down to the park office and find out.
There are also several nearby attractions that are sure to be a good time this summer. Take the Deer Tracks Junction, for instance. This fun hands-on farm with wildlife safari tours, homemade ice cream, and ample play areas is definitely up there on the list. Not only can the entire family get in on the fun, but there is also homemade ice cream—what more do you need to know.
Still, if you are not too excited about getting up close and personal with wildlife, Rowland’s Surplus, a shopping/retail center, might just be what you need to outfit yourself, family, and mobile home.
Concerts and Festivals
Though you might be a little early for the Red Flannel Festival, Cedar Springs doesn’t shy away from an actual countdown—there are 106 days and 17 hours until this year’s festival at the moment.
Nevertheless, you do not have to sit around waiting for that fun fest. Much like other cities around the country, no national holiday is safe from fireworks, parades, and extravaganzas—so make sure you check out your local events calendar for all the happenings around the 4th of July and Labor Day.
Furthermore, for all you music lovers out there, you are in for a real treat. Since this city is only 20 minutes away from Grand Rapids, you have your choice of bigger artists in larger venues or rising stars in local spots with a more intimate vibe.
Regardless of what you choose, going to tons of concerts and festivals is always a great way to spend your summer.
Summer in Michigan is pretty much patio season. Thus, whether you want to create a patio in your backyard or venture out, spending time day drinking, listening to live music, and catching up with friends is hands down one of the best summer activities around.
What’s more, since Cedar Springs is close to Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan, you can get to know all the patios in the area, especially waterfront establishments like The Deck, just off Lake Michigan. Yet another nearby patio bar worth the drive is The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar in Grand Rapids. Here you will find beach volleyball, outdoor TVs, and over 100+ craft beers to sample.
Wineries and Breweries
Speaking of sampling beer, a fun summer pastime in Michigan is going to breweries, wineries, brunch, and pub crawls. Therefore, your summer activities list should include, honestly, all of the above.
In terms of breweries, there are a few local spots like Cedar Springs Brewing Company. However, when it comes to the beloved wineries in the area, you might need to do a little driving, but not too much. Nearby wineries to check out include St. Julian Winery, Kayla Rae Cellars, Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, Cascade Winery, and Heavenly Vineyards.
Cedar Springs is near Lake Michigan, but that’s not the only water in this area. In fact, in Kent County, where Cedar Springs is located, there are over 45 lakes and more than a dozen rivers. So, it is safe to say that if there is a water sport you have been dying to try out, you have ample room to do so in this area.
Even if you are just looking for a nice fishing spot, swimming hole, or lake resort—you will have a plethora of choices and ample opportunity for summer fun.
Likewise, Cedar Springs takes its summer sports seriously. Thus, you will have no trouble finding a golf course, a horse ranch, a baseball field, a soccer field, or a football stadium. As a result, your summer activities should include a few minor league games, a round of golf, and some indoor ice skating, if you need a break from the heat. Cedar Springs High School also has an amazing track for runners, and the school pool may be open during the summer.
Road Trip Destinations in Michigan
Finally, since Cedar Springs is semi-north, you can drive to several of the major road trip destinations in Michigan this summer with ease. For example, you are almost halfway to Mackinac Island, a favorite summertime getaway spot for Michiganders. Other nearby destinations like Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Saugatuck, Petoskey, the UP, and even Chicago are much closer when you live in Cedar Springs. So, when you are ready for a nice staycation, just hop in your car and drive.
Ultimately, there are too many great summer activities available in and around Cedar Springs to list them all. At least now you know what you will be doing this summer—well after you unpack and settle into your new mobile home, that is.
1 year ago
Justin Becker ·
Comments Off on 5 Tips for Moving into your Cedar Springs Manufactured Home this Summer
Cedar Springs is a vibrant city with a lot going on, including an annual Red Flannel Festival. Thus, moving here could be both fun and exciting. Located approximately 20 minutes away from downtown Grand Rapids, putting down roots in this little entertainment hub simply makes sense. Moreover, with convenient access to lakes, parks, and other recreational areas, Cedar Springs is really the best of both worlds.
If you have fallen in love with this lively city and are moving into a new manufactured home in Cedar Springs, your adventures are just beginning.
Planning on moving into your new mobile home soon? Then, we suggest booking a moving company ASAP. Of course, moving on your own is always feasible, but it is highly recommended that you hire movers, especially during the Summer.
With that being said, Summer is generally the busiest time of year for most moving companies, therefore the sooner you call, the more likely you will be able to secure a spot (during non-peak times). In fact, if you are planning on moving into your new Cedar Springs manufactured home in, let’s say, August, you should seriously consider calling around and requesting quotes now. Otherwise, usually 6-8 weeks before you move is the best time to start reaching out, particularly if you want to keep the moving costs low.
Besides hiring movers, like yesterday, there are five other helpful tips to consider when moving into your manufactured home in Cedar Springs this summer.
#1. Consider the Community/Park Rules
Unexpected issues or problems on move-in day are never fun—we can all agree on that, right? One way in particular to have a smoother transition is to review the rules of your new manufactured home community.
The truth is every manufactured home community has different rules and regulations. By reviewing yours in advance, you can save yourself a lot of time and money. For instance, some management companies require the name and information of your moving company. Moreover, most parks have strict rules about where moving vans can be parked, as well as size/weight restrictions. You may even need to book a specific time with your community/park in order to have your movers allowed on the premises.
Thus, as you can see, these are all things that could potentially have adverse effects on your move, especially if you are not aware of them until you show up with your stuff.
#2. Handle the Basics
When moving anywhere, it helps to get a handle on the basics. This, of course, includes changing your mailing address (aim for at least two weeks before your move-in date). You should also have your utilities canceled at your previous address, so you can schedule a time for everything to be set up at your new home, especially for the air-conditioning.
While handling these basics, you may want to consider getting an inspection or conducting a cursory one yourself beforehand to ensure that there are no repairs or maintenance issues that need to be addressed.
Finally, it doesn’t hurt to bring along a few cleaning supplies to spruce up the place for move-in day.
#3. Plan Out the Details
Planning out the details is yet another way to make your move a breeze. If you are a list person, don’t feel ashamed to list away. Create a moving checklist, an inventory list, a packing list, etc. Having a clear roadmap of what needs to be done will help make your move less stressful.
Start by making a list of the things that you absolutely need to take with you. This will help you identify what you can purge, donate, or pack. Once you have successfully downsized your possessions, don’t start packing just yet. Instead, it may be beneficial to plan out where everything is going to go in your manufactured home. The goal is to have all the stuff you do need to fit into your new home. Plus, having an idea of where everything should go will help you pack/label/color-code more efficiently.
Last but not least, one more detail worth planning out is the sitter. If you have children or pets, you may want to consider getting a sitter for them. Moving is already hard enough without cranky kids and frightened pets. If you would prefer not to have the additional expense of a sitter or doggie daycare, then try asking a friend or relative to watch them. For both pets and younger children, a new place is a significant change. Consequently, it may be better to ease them in later and not on a hot day in August.
#4. Pack With Purpose and Be Prepared For the Heat
Finally, now you can start packing. But don’t get too excited just yet—it is time to pack with purpose.
You may be asking yourself what exactly does that mean? Well, it means same-sized boxes, sharpies, refrigerator bags, protective wrapping, and overnight bags. You will also need paper towels, box fans, water bottles, snacks, and sunscreen. Remember, you are moving in the heat. Thus, you need to be prepared for it all.
Same-sized boxes allow for straightforward loading. Clear labeling saves you hours of searching for your home office stuff amongst a sea of boxes. Protective wrapping and refrigerator bags help protect your fragile items or perishables. Plus, packing an overnight bag allows you to keep the essentials all in one convenient and readily accessible place.
The remaining items will help you to stay dry, cool, hydrated, nourished, and protected from the harsh rays of the sun as you move into your brand new home.
#5. Explore the Area
After the movers have left, unpack at your own pace. You have all your essentials on hand, so there is no need to rush. In fact, after a much-needed break, why not take a tour of the town?
There is so much to see and do in Cedar Springs. If you get done unloading the truck early enough, you can take a refreshing shower, change, and have a nice night out on the town. Then again, you could check out your local grocery stores, drive by your new job, or just take the family for a nice relaxing drive.
Whatever you decide, the hard part is over. Now you get to decorate, enjoy your amazing manufactured home, and become acclimated to the area. Alternatively, if you are too exhausted for a night out or a long drive, then go have a friendly chat with your new neighbors, if you haven’t already. Your neighbors can give you the lowdown on the best bars and restaurants, plus they can explain how seriously everyone takes the Red Flannel Festival.
Moving, even for adults, can be stressful, scary, and involve a period of transition. With that being said, there is no need to panic.
Schedule movers—your back and your knees will thank you for it. Moreover, once you are settled in, unpack what you can the first day, order a pizza, and plug in the TV, if that is in fact what you need. Take a break, especially if you have not had time to sit down all day.
It’s also okay to meet the neighbors and go exploring tomorrow. Ultimately, if you follow these five tips, moving into your manufactured home this Summer should not be such a headache, it will be more like another day on the books.
So, take a deep breath and trust that your move will go according to plan. Before you know it, you will be home, blissfully living your new life in Cedar Springs.