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Local Author Finds a Lot to Love about Lansing

Cooler weather calls for a warm, comfort food-based meal like a hearty stew, a few logs on the fire and a good book.

It’s even better when the book isn’t about a fictional place that you’ll never visit but centers on your very own town. It could also make a great holiday gift to someone new to the area.

Michigan native Amy Piper is a freelance writer who is all about adventure. Her love for travel took her to 41 countries and 45 states, always on the look out for adventure. You may have caught one of her blogs or writings or seen her photographs — all of which tell the tale of her Michigan experiences.

It says a lot about Michigan that she has spent so much time rediscovering her hometown of Lansing — and now, Piper has written a Lansing edition of “100 Things” for a national network of popular guidebooks.

In her new book, “100 Things to Do in Lansing Before You Die,” Piper gives insight into some of Lansing’s most interesting places, putting a must-have compilation of activities right at your fingertips.

A few of her favorite highlights include:

  • See if you are up to facing the monster that is the “Ultimate Carnivore Food Challenge” at Meat Southern BBQ.
  • Explore galleries, museums and exhibits showcasing art displays from world-renowned artists.
  • Find tranquility and serenity at the Japanese Shigematsu Memorial Garden.

Among the 100 is purchasing a Michigan product at Old Town General Store. An excerpt from Piper’s book reads:

“Before you head home, you’ll want to grab some official Michigan products to remember some of those flavors you’ve enjoyed in the Mitten State. Or maybe you’re a local who wants to buy products made in Michigan. In either case, you’ll want to stop in at the Old Town General Store, where they specialize in locally sources specialty foods, Michigan-themed gifts and custom gift baskets. They also offer wine from the Great Lakes State.

“Rhea Van Atta, the Old Town General Store owner, wanted to create a unique store with a mission. The Old Town General Store has a warmth of a traditional general store, while their progressive approach to foods emphasizes organic and sustainable products sourced from Michigan suppliers.”

You can follow Piper’s adventures at and @100ThingsLansing.