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welcoming guests to northern michigan ... like we are running the place

It was a cold, windy day on Crystal Mountain, and my daughter and I were on our way inside for a nosh and some warmth. I watched as a man picked up a tray and some cocoa cups left behind by patrons, who--I like to think--were distracted by some child's emergency or something similar. He returned the items to their…


Added by Rachel North on January 29, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Northern Michigan's Lt. Mark Grant of the Michigan National Guard Writes From Afghanistan

I just received this e-mail from Lt. Mark Grant (standing on the right in the above photo, next to Charlie Company sniper Shaun Menard), whose soldiers I embedded with for 30-hours for a story in our October 2010 issue of Traverse, Magazine…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on January 27, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Cedar Creek Interiors Traverse City

I stopped by Cedar Creek Interior in Traverse City yesterday for a casual workshop with their house artisan, Karen Brennan. I was really blown away with the way the owners, Kim Hooker and Kevin Graves, have transitioned from Up North rustic to a globally sophisticated style that is completely rooted in Northern Michigan. Their equation is three fold and begins with the natural tasteful style of Kim and Kevin. They complement that with fabulous one-of-a kind works made from salvaged material…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on January 26, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Before the Michigan Republican Convention: Mitt and Ann Romney at Michigan's Mackinac Island

Late last September at a still-dark wee hour of the morning I left my house in Glen Arbor in a pelting rainstorm to make the two-hour drive to the Mackinac Island ferry. Miraculously, I juggled my garment bag filled with a black blazer, gray pants, white blouse, conservative little black dress and pearls, into the backseat without trolling it through the mud. As I slid behind the wheel, this question weighed heavy on my mind: When to swap my sandals for the high heels jammed into my…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on January 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Paula McLain, The National Writers Series, Ernest Hemingway, Northern Michigan and Me

Last Spring, when Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife (about Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley) was in Traverse City as a guest of the National Writers Series, I helped arrange a tour for her of Hemingway's Northern Michigan haunts.

It was an incredible day that began with the…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on January 24, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Misha and Traverse City's National Writers Series

Morsel's Velvet and Satin creation.

The February issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine has a story about the National Writers Series. Here's a vignette I found while doing research that didn't make it into print but really wanted to share because of what it says about the series and our…


Added by Jeff Smith on January 23, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Wednesday Waterfall: Miners Falls

Miners Falls is on the Miners River in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan in the Central Upper Peninsula.

The 40-foot falls spills over the sandstone lip of a canyon that was once the shoreline of Lake Superior, but today is a few…


Added by Aaron Peterson on January 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Local Food, Global Wine: Flavors of Spain at The Bay Leaf, 1/25

Local Food, Global Wine: Flavors of Spain at The Bay Leaf on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30pm. $50pp includes 5 course menu paired with wine!

Calling all Foodies,

I've been working with Chef Adam McMarlin to kick off the new Local Food, Global Wine dinner series where we'll explore the interplay of artisan wines with classic and contemporary dishes from Northern Spain, the heartland of modern cuisine. We'll sip a racy Brut Nature Cava alongside melon sorbet and roasted marcona… Continue

Added by Tim Tebeau on January 17, 2012 at 1:15am — No Comments

alive on the ski slopes of Northern Michigan

I love the quiet of the scenery from the ski lift and the view from the top. I relish the time with my daughter to talk about everything and nothing. I like the camaraderie of apres ski and glow of the fireplace. And the freeing release when one takes off a ski boot is a sweet reward.

But my favorite…


Added by Rachel North on January 15, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Got Snow? You Bet!

Finally, the snow we've all been waiting for has arrived - and at just the right time! About 8" of nice powder arrived overnight and while we are hoping for more, this gives us a great base for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. This picture was taken on the ski trail behind my house! Doesn't get…


Added by Kerry Kelly on January 13, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Inside Outside: The Upper Peninsula chosen for Outside's Editors' Choice list

The Upper Peninsula gets its due in Outside magazine's February 2012 issue. Outside's admittedly arbitrary and unscientific but ridiculously funny and cool "63 Perfect Things" includes The U.P. at #46.

It looks just like this:

46. THE U.P.

That's it. No explanation, no locator map, nothing, nada. Like the U.P. itself, the listing is cloaked in mystery and intrigue. Consider…

Added by Aaron Peterson on January 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Northern Michigan Wedding: Traverse City Bridal Show

Caption: Cassidy Edwards, Peter Fisher and my new grandpuppy, Barley Fisher-Edwards

Sunday morning I set out with my daughter, Cassidy, her future mother-in-law, Betsy Fisher, and friends Leah and Carol Hilton, Katie Wiesen and Mason Query to hit the Downtown Traverse City Bridal…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on January 11, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Northern Michigan Restaurants: Cooking Demo with Chef John Piombo at The Homestead in Glen Arbor

Know this: Mario Batali hasn’t eaten at Nonna’s at The Homestead in Glen Arbor.

As always and forever kudos to Batali, Northern Michigan’s celeb chef who has put the divine, earthy, gourmand foodie secrets of our region on the world’s culinary map. But I’d stake a plate of handmade gnocchi on the fact that Batali has missed one of the best-kept secrets in Northern Michigan’s culinary scene:…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on January 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments



I hope this year brings you even more happiness and joy than…


Added by Mark J. Davio on January 7, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

FREE National Park Entrance on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that the entrance fee to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be waived during the upcoming holiday weekend, beginning Saturday, January 14 and continuing through Monday, January 16.

Free sign

The National Lakeshore, along with the other 397 units of the national…


Added by Sleeping Bear Dunes Visit Bureau on January 7, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

northern michigan ski etiquette

Sitting on a Northern Michigan ski lift, my daughter and I watched a man throw a ski pole at his young son like a javelin, plunging dangerously towards his face. It was one of many transgressions we saw at two ski resorts over the busy New Year's ski weekend, inspiring this list of ski etiquette:

1. Pick up…


Added by Rachel North on January 2, 2012 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

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