people shopping in alley in downtown Howell
2021 Fan-Made #LoveLivCo Itinerary

We hope you enjoyed National Travel and Tourism week! Have you began planning any summer trips yet? If not, don’t worry! We asked our Instagram followers to vote for their top picks to create the perfect itinerary for a great getaway to Livingston County.

 

Destinations
Brighton, Howell, Pinckney
1 Breakfast

You have a big day ahead! Wake your body up with caffeine or sit down to a leisurely breakfast at one of the many delicious eateries in the area. Our followers recommend enjoying a cup of joe at Black Iron Coffee Roasters, or a slice of phenomenal bread from Great Harvest Bread Company. For those looking for a heartier start to their day, our followers recommend The Breakfast Club for eggs, hashbrowns, toast and the works.

Black Iron Coffee Roasters
2 Morning Hike

When we asked our followers to vote for their favorite outdoor activity, hiking won by a landslide! This is understandable considering Livingston County has over 50,000 acres of parks and 123 miles of trails to explore. Burn off the bacon and doughnut calories from breakfast by hiking at one of Livingston County’s many trails.

A few favorites are The Maltby Vista Trail, which can be accessed through Huron Meadows Metropark, Crooked Lake Trail located in Pinckney Recreation Area, or Island Lake Recreation Area’s Blue and Yellow Trail Loops.

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3 Farmers Market

Did all that hiking make you hungry again? Then a snack from the Farmers Market is a must! Starting in May, through October find Farmers Markets in Brighton, Howell, and Hartland. Enjoy homemade baked goods, crafts, local produce, flowers, plants, and entertainment.

Stop by the Mill Pond area on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for the Brighton Farmer’s Market. Catch the Howell Farmers Market on Sunday mornings downtown on State Street from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Also on Saturdays, visit the Hartland Farmers Market in the Rural King parking lot from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For those interested in selling at the Hartland Farmer’s Market, booth space is two parking spaces and costs $10. Sellers can register on-site the day they choose to participate.

 

Howell Farmers Market
4 Lunch

Time for lunch! With so many great restaurants in the area it can be hard to choose where to eat. Thankfully, our followers narrowed down the list to a few great picks:

Enjoy poutine or pickle fries at Aberrant Ales, create your own fresh bowl at Poke Fresh, or enjoy a hand crafted sandwich made with local ingredients at The Wooden Spoon.

Aberrant Ales
5 Beach

It’s beach time, full speed ahead! The Spring Mill Pond is a hidden gem found in Island Lake Recreation Area. This man-made lake offers a sandy shoreline, public bathrooms and volleyball courts. Livingston County holds 184 lakes, so you don’t have to stay tied down to just one! Other popular beach areas are Bishop Lake in Brighton Recreation Area, Thompson Lake by Howell City Park and Silver and Half Moon Lake in Pinckney Recreation Area.

Dive in to one of Livingston County's 184 lakes
6 Dinner

What’s on your dinner menu? Our Instagram followers recommend the following:

Vibrant, flavorful Mexican fare from El Toro or El Arbol

Crispy, thin-crust specialty pizza from Howell Main Street Winery

Charming, outdoor seating overlooking Main Street at Brighton Bar & Grill

Mural outside of El Arbol Taco
El Arbol Taco
7 Shopping

Between two outlet malls and unique stores in downtown areas, Livingston County is a premier shopping destination. Visit Howell’s Main Street and Tanger Outlet Mall, or shop your heart out at Brighton’s Main Street and Green Oak Village Place Outlet Mall. You are guaranteed amazing finds!

Aerial view of Green Oak Village Place
Green Oak Village Place
8 Dessert

Enjoy a sweet treat from M Street Bakery Co. They offer Instagram-famous intricately designed milkshakes, fresh-made pastries, coffee, soups, sandwiches and an endless variety of macaroons in all colors. Other sweet picks are Blank Slate Creamery and Total Cluster Fudge on Brighton Main Street.

Four milkshakes on a wooden table
M Street Bakery Co.
9 Drinks

Cheers to a wonderful day spent in Livingston County! Wrap up the day with drinks at one of five breweries, a winery or one of many great restaurants. Here are a few of our followers favorites:

Rooftop drinks at The Pound!

IPA flights and beer-infused food at Block Brewing Company

Wine tasting at Howell Main Street Winery

Ask for the microbrew of the month on tap at Moe’s BarBar Shop

flight of IPA beers on table.
Block Brewing Company
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Black Iron Coffee Roasters

Black Iron Coffee Roasters, 119 W Grand River Ave, Howell, Michigan, USA

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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club, 676 West Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI, USA

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Great Harvest Bread Company

Great Harvest Bread Co. Brighton, 416 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Huron Meadows Metropark

Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton, MI 48116 USA

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Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Road, Brighton, MI, USA

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Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI, USA

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Brighton Farmers Market

200 North 1st Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Howell's Sunday Farmers Market

East Clinton Street, Howell, MI, USA

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Hartland Farmers Market

Hartland Farmers Market, 10400 Highland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353

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Aberrant Ales

219 W. Grand River Howell, MI 48843

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Poké Fresh

Poké Fresh, East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Brighton Recreation Area

Brighton Recreation Area, 6360 Chilson Road, Howell, MI, USA

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Scofield Park

City Park, Howell, MI, USA

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Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI, USA

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El Toro

101 Brookside Ln, Brighton, MI 48116, USA

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El Arbol Taco

El Arbol Taqueria, 140 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Howell's MainStreet Winery & Pizzeria

Howell's MainStreet Winery, 210 West Grand River, Howell MI 48843

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Brighton Bar & Grill

Brighton Bar & Grill, 400 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Tanger Outlets Howell

1475 North Burkhart Road, Howell, MI 48855, USA

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Green Oak Village Place

9608 Village Place Boulevard, Brighton, Michigan 48116, USA

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M Street Baking Co.

M Street Baking Company, North Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Blank Slate Creamery

126 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, Michigan 48116, USA

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Total Cluster Fudge

124 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116, USA

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The Pound! Bar & Grill

The POUND! Bar & Grill, 139 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Block Brewing Company Howell

Block Brewing Company, 1140 South Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Block Brewing Company Brighton

Block Brewing Brighton, 1840 South Old US Highway 23, Brighton, MI, USA

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Howell's MainStreet Winery & Pizzeria

Howell's MainStreet Winery, 210 West Grand River, Howell MI 48843

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Moe's BarBar Shop

106 E Grand River Ave, Howell, Michigan, USA

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