Stories Around Michigan

Check out our video snippets and stories around Michigan and Grand Rapids! Hopefully, it will give you a taste of what you’ll see and learn on our tours.

Heritage Hill Turkey, YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

By: Matt Witkos May 06, 2024
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meet the Grand Rapids turkey, a feisty character who declared, you shall not pass.

On a memorable Monday, tourists from Tours Around Michigan were in for a surprise encounter with the 'Heritage Hill Turkey.'

Many gobbled at the fowl play.

"So the turkeys get pretty angry. You can see he's pecking at the car, so yea they're trying to be helpful and the turkey is like get out of my street. So yea that is an angry, angry turkey," Guide Candice Smith said.

This turkey had plenty of time to cool down after the morning group came on through. Then, when the second group came through, the 'Heritage Hill Turkey' allowed them to pass through, but not without a quick check to see if it was time.

"He has given us permission," Tours Around Michigan's Candice Smith said. He's just doing his thing. He's like, what am I going to do with this giant bus? 
Can you honk, maybe, and scare him away? 
"Well, here we go, bye, Mr. Turkey! That was crazy, right? Welcome to Heritage Hill."

The Tours Around Michigan guide explains they encountered this turkey traffic cop near the corner of Fulton and College.

It's not uncommon for these birds to get a little confrontational around breeding season.

This turkey might have gone a little over done to other cars. All the cars on the road weren't enough for this guy to chicken out after setting a clear pecking order on his side of town.

Heritage Hill Turkey, YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

By: Matt Witkos May 06, 2024
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meet the Grand Rapids turkey, a feisty character who declared, you shall not pass.

On a memorable Monday, tourists from Tours Around Michigan were in for a surprise encounter with the 'Heritage Hill Turkey.'

Many gobbled at the fowl play.

"So the turkeys get pretty angry. You can see he's pecking at the car, so yea they're trying to be helpful and the turkey is like get out of my street. So yea that is an angry, angry turkey," Guide Candice Smith said.

This turkey had plenty of time to cool down after the morning group came on through. Then, when the second group came through, the 'Heritage Hill Turkey' allowed them to pass through, but not without a quick check to see if it was time.

"He has given us permission," Tours Around Michigan's Candice Smith said. He's just doing his thing. He's like, what am I going to do with this giant bus?
Can you honk, maybe, and scare him away?
"Well, here we go, bye, Mr. Turkey! That was crazy, right? Welcome to Heritage Hill."

The Tours Around Michigan guide explains they encountered this turkey traffic cop near the corner of Fulton and College.

It's not uncommon for these birds to get a little confrontational around breeding season.

This turkey might have gone a little over done to other cars. All the cars on the road weren't enough for this guy to chicken out after setting a clear pecking order on his side of town.

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Shelley's Vlog Visits Rosa Parks Circle!

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Tours Around Michigan in the Media

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May 13, 2023 – Travel Michigan with Dave Lorenz, Pure Michigan

April 29, 2023 – Electric Spirit Podcast with Psychic Medium Jamie Lynn, A Haunted City Tour with Candice Smith: Part 1: About Grand Rapids & Tours Around Michigan

Part 2: Grand Rapids Ghost Stories

March 10, 2023 – Touring and Accessibility, NPR Radio WGVU Radio Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

October 31, 2022 – Would You Ever Take A Ghost Tour, Buns & Banter Podcast with Aly Mac & Lauran “Shmitty” Smith

October 31, 2022 – Ghost Tours, WGVU News NPR

September 21, 2022 – ArtPrize is in Full Swing, NPR WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

July 12, 2022 – Government History, Fun educational Tours, #BeerCity 10-yr Celebration, NPR Radio WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

November 4, 2021 – Ghost Tours, NPR Radio WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

October 29, 2020 – NPR Radio WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin(opens in a new tab)

October 19, 2020 – Podcast InformALY with Aly Mac, Ep. 1: Hey All You Ghouls and Goblins (opens in a new tab)

October 18, 2020 – WJR Radio, Travel Michigan Show with Dave Lorenz, Pure Michigan(opens in a new tab) (Tours Around Michigan begins at 8:00 mark)

September 17, 2020 – Learning Your Own Backyard NPR Radio WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

June 12, 2019 – WGVU Morning Show NPR,  Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival(opens in a new tab)

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July 2023, Summer Fun, Better Business Bureau Beacon

July 1, 2023, Tours Around Michigan Tells Tremendous Tales, West Michigan Tourist Association 

June 18, 2023, 16 Best Places to Visit in Michigan, According to Locals, Travel + Leisure

May 1, 2023 – Curb Free With Cory Lee, 5 Wheelchair Accessible Things To Do In Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 20, 2023 – Fox 17 TV WXMI, Grand Rapids Ghost Tour To Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of West Michigan

March 22, 2023 – Lowell resident brings her storytelling to Grand Rapids, Lowell Ledger

March 9, 2023 – Strolling Storyteller, Rural Innovation eXchange

March 7, 2023 – Tour Company Garners First-in-Nation Accessibility Endorsement, Lowell First Look

February 28, 2023, – West Michigan Tour Company 1st in U.S. Endorsed for Accessibility, News Release, Tours Around Michigan(opens in a new tab)

February 14, 2023 – Inside Haunted Flanagan’s Irish Pub in Grand Rapids – Ultimate Unexplained

January 16, 2023 – “50 Things To Do In 2023!” ReVue Magazine

December 8, 2022 – An Inside Look At Being A Female Tour Guide, Tiger Tourism

October 18, 2022  – 6 Michigan ghost tours to check out this Halloween season Detroit Free Press

September 29, 2022 – Things to do in Grand Rapids this weekend, Grand Rapids Magazine

August 31, 2022 – Community Highlights meets Candice Smith of Tours Around Michigan, Voyage Michigan Magazine

August 25, 2022 – What To Do This Labor Day Weekend, West Michigan Tourist Association

April 6, 2022 – Blodgett Mansion is Haunted By A Former Housekeeper, WFGR

Tours Around Michigan Personalizes Visits To The Mitten State – April 2022 Group Tour Magazine

50 Things To Do In 2022 – REVUE West Michigan Magazine

2020 Group Tour Magazine (opens in a new tab)

December 17, 2020 – Lowell Ledger(opens in a new tab)

October 28, 2020 – Tours Around Michigan Shares Grand Rapids Ghost Stories, CWD Real Estate Investment(opens in a new tab)

August 29, 2020 – International Travel Writer Juliann, Browsing The Atlas, Tours Around Michigan(opens in a new tab)

September 2, 2019 – Courier, Grand Rapids For Groups(opens in a new tab)

August 18, 2020 – International Travel Writer Juliann, Browsing The Atlas (mention)(opens in a new tab)

August 7, 2020 – International Travel Writer Juliann, Browsing The Atlas(opens in a new tab)

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