Get the best out of a road trip through The Mitten

Chicagoans routinely get bombarded with plenty of commercials from Michigan’s tourism department. Even if one thinks tourism spokesman Tim Allen’s Tool Time thoughts are grating, there’s plenty to enjoy in The Mitten, and a weekend road trip is easy therapy for whatever ails city folks. Michiganders certainly have plenty of access to farms, giving chefs the building blocks to dazzle in the kitchen. Check out these 12 spots destination-worth spots near Lake Michigan’s beach towns through Grand Rapids, Mich. They’re listed from west to east.