What qualifies as ‘Up North?’ Michiganders discuss

Listen to the great ‘Up North’ debate on CultureShift as you get ready for the last summer holiday weekend here in Michigan.

For our Digital Content & Communities Assistant, Sophia Jozwiak, 'Up North' starts in Beulah, Michigan.

It’s Labor Day weekend and that means summer is coming to a close in Michigan. Your last trip Up North for the season may be just around the corner. That made us curious about where the boundary between ‘home’ and ‘Up North’ really lies? 

“I think everyone has really radical, different opinions on what ‘Up North’ is,” according to CultureShift host Ryan Patrick Hooper. 

The CultureShift team was joined for a lively debate on the issue by Under the Radar Michigan host and veteran mitten state traveler Tom Daldin, our head of podcasts David Leins and by WDET listeners. 

“For me, it’s a state of mind,” says Daldin. “For many folks though, it’s the Zilwaukee Bridge.”

For one listener, ‘Up North’ starts at a bar in Grayling.

“Me and a buddy of mine used to go backpacking in the summer and our first stop was a tavern called Spike’s Keg O Nails,” says Steve in Novi. 

Listen to the great ‘Up North’ debate as Michigan summer comes to a close.



Photo credit: Sophia Jozwiak/WDET

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  • Amanda LeClaire is Host of CultureShift and is a founding producer of both of WDET's locally-produced daily shows. She's been involved in radio and the arts in Detroit for over a decade.