Introducing Explore Brighton Howell Area

November 1, 2021

Trails that entrance your inner naturalist. Days defined by the sun’s blush on your face and the sand’s kiss between your toes. The captivating scent of barley and hops when the craft beers flow. The anticipation that grows when the door jingles open at a downtown shop full of fabulous finds.

Hartland Polo Classic


people shopping in alley in downtown Howell

Downtown Howell


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Hell, Michigan

Discover the Brighton Howell Area. A place where Michigan’s Up North vibe lives large without the hours-long drive. Where parks and trailways reside in kinship with historic communities, diverse shopping districts, and refined and relaxed pubs.

In southeast Michigan between Ann Arbor and Lansing, and straddling the I-96 interstate highway, the Brighton Howell Area is a highly accessible, scenic outdoor playground cushioned between several historic communities featuring walkable downtowns, unique shopping, dining, art, annual events, and more. It’s defined by its recreational outlets and activities, carved from the more than 50,000 acres of parks, 20 golf courses, 123 miles of trails, and 184 lakes that reside within the destination’s boundaries.

Fowlerville Family Fair


man crossing street

Downtown Pinckney


Downtown Brighton

Seven cities live within the moniker: Brighton, Howell, Hell, Hartland, Fowlerville, Pinckney, and Whitmore Lake. All offering their own blend of year-round recreation for every level and type of thrill-seeker, from skiing at Mt. Brighton and fat-tire mountain biking on the Potawatomi Trail to golfing 18 among the rolling hills and inquisitive deer at Kensington Metropark, staying in Hell on Halloween, shopping hundreds of deals at the Tanger Outlets in Howell to sampling several sips of one-of-a-kind craft beers at one of five local breweries.

Anchoring the destination are the specialized offerings and walkable downtowns of the Brighton and Howell communities. Both showcasing reputable Main Street-style boutique shopping, relaxed dining, and welcoming central outdoor gathering spots for impromptu sunset strolls or a casual summer concert. Howell also boasts a youthful college-town vibe thanks to its proximity to renowned Cleary University and its burgeoning art scene.

Hell leverages its label — rejoices in it in fact — succeeding as a quirky, yet endearing, novel visitor attraction. Serving up themed food, offbeat activities — like rule Hell as mayor for a day — and peculiar year-round events like Hearsefest, Hell attracts thousands of adventuresome travelers each year.

Pond at Whitmore Lake Golf Links

Whitmore Lake Golf Links


skiiers at mt. brighton on a bluebird day

Mt. Brighton


Howell Nature Center

Recognized and celebrated for its annual summertime festivals, Main Street parades, fall harvests, and champagne powder on the slopes, the Brighton Howell Area is small-town America at its most progressive — a destination dedicated to celebrating its history and traditions with a twist of newfound entrepreneurship and vision. A hot spot for families, couples, and youth ready to discover adventuresome rural and urban experiences.

Define your perfect day away — your way. Your adventure awaits.

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