• Three Summer Snacks That Take Advantage of Northern Michigan’s Produce

    Summer= “so much time you have no idea what to do with it” or “how to not eat a million cookies a day.” Summer is here and along with it comes snacking. Here are some easy dishes and snacks to help you stay healthy this summer!   Lemon Punch This lemon punch is a nice […]

  • Join us for Fireworks and Festivities!

    July 1-5, bring the entire family to Crystal Mountain and join us as we celebrate our independence at our annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Splash at the Park at Water’s Edge, take a scenic chairlift ride up to enjoy live entertainment, sign up for the Fourth of July 4K or head to the Family […]

  • Farmer & garden to table breakfasts

    Farmer markets & garden to table breakfasts….what a great way to wake up and start your Applesauce Inn B&B getaway adventure!  I love to cook…..and I love a good challenge!  I enjoy creating breakfast dishes that utilize what are “fresh now” ingredients….and no better place to find them but at one of our many local […]

  • Thursday, June 18th, 10 am Workbee at Clay Cliffs Natural Area

    Help smooth trails, clear brush, trim branches, and fill any wet spots. We will also install blaze posts and paint them to help mark the trail. Bring your boots and water. Getting there: Located 2 miles north of Leland along M-22. Look for sign and parking lot on the west side of M-22. Sign up.

  • Get your “Quack On” this August for Bellaire’s annual Rubber Ducky Festival

    “DUCK” into BELLAIRE…let the “QUACKIN” begin. The Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 28th ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKY FESTIVAL in Downtown Bellaire on August 15, 2015 sponsored by The Farm Golf Course. Highlighting the Rubber Ducky Festival on Saturday August 15, is a quarter-mile race when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the […]

  • A little “Me and my kayak” time

    Being in a kayak, alone, on a quiet lake in the early afternoon….ah, there just can’t be anything more peaceful. The Applesauce Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located in what is called the “Chain of Lakes:”  a seventy-five mile-long waterway consisting of fourteen lakes and connecting rivers.  So if you love to kayak, canoe, […]

  • ZAP!! Laser Tag Fun in Traverse City

    We all know this amazing game called laser tag. It’s super fun and very tiring (especially if you play for 6 hours). In Traverse City, there are two places to play. Incredible Mo’s and Lucky Jacks. Personally I myself like Incredible Mo’s, because it so HUGE. Although Lucky Jacks is also good, it is smaller […]

  • Warm & Waterful Spring Break in Northern Michigan

    So spring break is coming up and many people are going out of town to warm places. Here are some alternatives for a just-as-warm spring break here in Northern Michigan. The two big water parks in the area (or 1 hour from here) are Great Wolf Lodge and Avalanche Bay. Great Wolf Lodge is a […]

  • March ski weekends in Northern Michigan–spotlight on Shanty Creek Resorts

    The best of snow and swimming pools. Longer daylight, cozy fires. Languishing over dinner’s dessert, skiing after brunch. Northern Michigan resorts shine brightly during March (read my list of 6 reasons why March skiing in Northern Michigan is best) . My family gathers up a group of friends every March to have a last hurrah […]

  • Words and Brushes. Written by Johnston M. Mitchell

    My good wife has been encouraging me to become a tour organizer – to take people on writing expeditions in the south of France. It’s odd, but I want to organize these trips around the working locations of painters such as Van Gogh, Matisse and the Fauves, and Cezanne. I guess this seems odd, until […]

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