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
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.