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planning for the best crystal mountain vacation whether there's snow or not

“Never underestimate the power of Plan B.”  My personal mantra. Every team I’ve worked on has heard me say this too many times; several workmates from my past probably roll their eyes at the sound of it, like any old chestnut. One team threatened to have it embroidered on a satin pillow for me. Despite their jibes,…


Added by Rachel North on February 29, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

A Cross-Country Ski Tale, Lake Ann Pathway, Near Traverse City

Platte River, just downstream from its headwaters, Lake Ann, and along the Lake Ann Pathway.

Every winter I feel the need to send some love to my favorite ski trail, Lake Ann Pathway (about 15 minutes west of Traverse City), and the urge struck last Sunday when I took a couple…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 27, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Spring Break in Traverse City Area-Take a Cue from MSNBC

Haven't booked that cruise yet? Take a cue from Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine and MSNBC and take your spring break in Northern Michigan. Our travel editor, Lisa Doublestein, offers up some great ideas for spring breaking in the March issue of Traverse (on the stands now!) Check out her ideas for bundling up the family to explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes (still the…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 27, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Winter Walk

The winter has been so warm this year, we haven't had a lot of snow, and the snow that has fallen has been wet and sticky. The good part is it makes for beautiful morning walks when the snow has arrived in the overnight. This snow blew in over Lake Michigan late one night, and when we awoke to it, we—meaning Codi the dog and me—headed out into the Leelanau County landscape. For those who don't know, Leelanau County is just northwest of Traverse City.…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Seeking a loving home to live out the rest of my days

My name is Harley. After almost 10 years, my owner had to give me up because of personal reasons. I've been living here at the shelter for more than a year now. I would do best in a quiet home without children and with an owner who has moderate dog experience. I am hoping to find a loving home where I can live out the rest of my days with someone who is willing to give me a chance.…


Added by Little Trav Bay Humane Society on February 24, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Loving up the Best Eats issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

I am really loving how the March 2012 Best Eats / Foodie Finds story turned out, and a big part of my admiration comes from the basic concept of the piece, inviting four local foodies -- Rose Hollander of Suttons Bay, Benjamin Marentette of Traverse City,…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Traverse Magazine Story on Munson Medical Center Nutritionist

Each month Jeff Smith and I have a conversation about who we should interview for the opening page of our Up North department of Traverse Magazine. The conversation usually segs and meanders a bit as we discuss the interesting people we've met or heard about--either on the job or in our personal lives--in the…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lena Maude Wilson a promising singer-songwriter

Lena Maude Wilson has a realistic outlook on what it means to be a singer-songwriter, though maybe she's a bit too modest.

She wrote this in response to a Facebook interview: "I've attempted to reach out but it's hard to get responses. Who am I anyway? There's certainly good reasons to be apprehensive about 'up and coming' singer-songwriters."

Yes, there are a lot of them; seemingly more all the time.

Yet Lena Maude is definitely worth a…


Added by Tom Carr on February 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Traverse Magazine Story on Northern Michigan Terrain Parks

Caption: Princes Shred-ette Melissa Lande poses during our photo shoot at the Schuss Mountain Terrain Park

Fun day at the Schuss (Shanty Creek) Mountain terrain park yesterday shooting a story for our December 2012 story on terrain parks as the future of Michigan skiing. Hung out with: Will Johnston, Pied Piper of…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 23, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

Eating My Way Through Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine's Best Eats

With the annual Best Eats (March issue) of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine hitting the stands today, I thought I'd try to eat my way through the 42 Northern Michigan Food Finds. My first eat is a suggestion by Rose Hollander, one of the four foodies we polled to help us with the story. It's…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 21, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Trattoria Stella, La Becasse and Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Caption: Paul and Evi-Mar, Myles and Maggie, Guillaume and Lizzy

I have the assignment of all assignments for the April issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine: a story on the annual France v. Italy dinner at Stella's in Traverse City. The dinner, scheduled for …


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 20, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Winter on Traverse City's Boardman Lake

I live on Boardman Lake in Traverse City.  A pretty lucky spot for a 24 year old that was used to the tiny-apartment/ expensive-rent that is inherent in city living. Of course San Diego does boast gorgeous beach houses, but they were somehow out of my college budget the four years I lived there.

Arriving in…


Added by Lindsey Perry on February 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Crystalized Morning

Everything was traced in crystal this morning in Cedar, Michigan (not far from Traverse City for those who don't know Cedar). Check it out.

Spotted knapweed -- sure it's a much loathed invasive, but this morning, looks pretty nice.…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 19, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Story Behind Traverse Magazine's February Cover

I'm often asked how we come up with the ideas in Traverse Magazine. Certainly there is a basic equation--Jeff Smith, Deb Fellows and I make sure that we have the basics covered: food, travel, people, the outdoors ... But mostly the ideas come organically--out of what we see, hear and do in Northern Michigan. So last…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 15, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Extreme Tree Climbing in Traverse City

We've all climbed trees right?  How bout with a saddle, rope and carabiner?  Hmm, didn't think so.  Why is it dubbed "extreme"?  Well here's the thing, you need to be able to pull your own weight up the rope.  Can you do it?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  I was thinking maybe not, as soon as I gave a few tugs.…


Added by Kris Riley on February 14, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Golden Globe Awards, Joy St. Claire, Poetry of Fog and Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Caption, above: Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) at the Golden Globe's with a Joy St. Claire print.

I have yet to meet Joy St. Claire, the photographer we wrote about in the article "Sleeping Bear at the Golden Globes." the …


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 14, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments

Traverse City National Writers Series, Doug Stanton and Jack Driscoll

As I write this, our videographer, Kris Riley, is getting our conference room set up to film Doug Stanton interviewing Jack Driscoll about his new book, set in Northern Michigan, The World of a Few Minutes Ago (Wayne State University Press, 2012). I've been with Traverse, Northern Michigan's…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"3, 2, 1, to Jenin (Palestine) Yalla Run!"

Nine Michiganders from the Traverse City region just ran across Palestine to raise awareness around issues facing West Bank olive farmers. Glen Arbor Sun editor Jacob Wheeler was with them submitting dispatches.

At last! The Run Across Palestine arrived Wednesday at Canaan Fair Trade headquarters near Jenin in the Palestinian West Bank following an ultra-marathon that covered over 100 miles in five days. The six U.S. runners, Claire Everhart, Meryl Marsh, Randi Lyn, David…


Added by Jacob Wheeler on February 10, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Video Interviews with Die-Hard Ski Racers at Northern Michigan's Nub's Nob


Okay, I admit, I've skied once in my life and I'm from Alaska!  These folks have the right idea.  Dedicated to getting out in the cold of winter.  Peeling their butts off the couch and making some tracks in the few inches of snow that we call winter.  Yes, these folks are the ones I wish I could…


Added by Kris Riley on February 9, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Of Preservation, Style and Frank Lloyd Wright in Northern Michigan

The February issue of Northern Home…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 9, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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