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Old 06-23-2017, 08:39 PM
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Ok, we've done it! Made a bid on a home in Clarkston/Independence Township.

We know the area to some degree but would appreciate any pointers or highlights on the area. Best things about downtown? What's fun?

We enjoy dining out. We'll get season tickets to Meadowbrook Theater, and know about DTE Music Theater...but very little else about life up there!
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:51 AM
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I just went to Clarkston union bar and the food was okay, the place was really cool. You must try Ray's ice cream nextdoor. I've been meaninng to go to Honchos for latin food, you should go and let us know!
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:11 AM
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One thing about the Clarkston/Indepence Township area is that, being semi-rural, you can travel farther afield faster.

Here's a few suggestions:

Cook's Farm Dairy on Seymour Lake Road, about five miles up Ortonville Road and one mile east on Seymour Lake Road. It's an actual dairy farm that makes and sells its own ice cream on site. Warning - the ice cream has a much higher fat content than commercially produced products.

Independence Oaks Park in the winter for cross county skiing. I personally haven't been there in over 20 years, but I understand it's still the best place in Metro Detroit to try out X-C skiing. Of course, the downhill variant is also available at Pine Knob, but you probably already know that.

Lake Orion Village is one of the few local places that puts on a fireworks show every July 4th. Other cities have eliminated fireworks, due to cost and safety issues, but Lake Orion shoots their fireworks from barges in the lake instead of in overly dry fields. It's not Detroit Freedom Festival fireworks, but they still put on a nice show that lasts roughly a half hour. Bring folding chairs and maybe a blanket to mark your seating area. People usually stake out a spot with a good view of the lake early, usually in parking lots or on public property. Be warned, you can get caught for an hour in traffic after the show ends.

Oxford Village has a cool little restaurant called Victoria's Delights. I've never had a bad meal at Victoria's, it's about the same caliber as Sweet Lorraine's. And while you're there, you might want to check out the other restaurants in Oxford Village to see if there's anything else that might pique you interest.

Perhaps farther afield than you'd like to venture, but the Metamora area north of Oxford is known for its riding stables. If you want to get one of your children involved in an expensive hobby, you might want to check it out (or not).
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:31 AM
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Stuff out that way that I know about or find unique and/or of interest:

Independence Oaks County Park - good county park with hiking trails, picnic areas, good cross country skiing

Polly Ann Trail - technically starts nearby in Orion Township, but a very nice rail-trail that is paved up to Oxford and then keeps going all the way across the north part of the county. Great for running & biking

DTE Music Theater ("Pine Knob") - one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in the country, great for concerts in the summer, and probably a lot more viable for people who live up there and don't have as far to travel at the end of the shows after 11pm.

Pine Knob Ski Area - one of the 4 "local" ski areas around Metro Detroit. Small by all standards, but a good place for kids to learn and have very popular school group programs in the evenings and weekends

Shepherds Hollow Golf Club - if you are into golf, one of the best public courses around Metro Detroit. Rather hilly and scenic for the region, they have 27 holes and its on land previously part of a monistary. Its the closest thing to "Up North" golf in Metro Detroit

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area - nice beach and picnic area, also some of the best "difficult" mountain biking in the area.

Indian Springs Metropark - big nature center, trails, paved bike path, and a huge playground/play area for kids, and a splashpad

Village of Clarkston - a few decent restaurants, small shops, etc. (I find the Clarkston Union & Woodshop to be a bit overrated than all the hype it gets, but is a cool place. Just that I wouldn't drive an hour out of my way to go there).

Great Lakes Crossing - outlet shopping at its finest, if you are into that sort of thing. Usually insane around there in the month of December.

Flint Airport (FNT) - proximity to being able to fly out of Flint if its a viable option. Small airport very easy to navigate with cheap parking, however doesn't have nonstop flights to many cities other than other hub markets.

Springfield Oaks County Park/ Michigan Antique Festival - they have a huge antique festival 2-3 times a year, and also the Oakland County Fair
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