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Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (21)

Wine, Food and Rhythm and Blues Rock the Leland Harbor on June 12

Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan, just a few miles off the lake shore, provide an idyllic backdrop to the throngs of wine and food festival lovers arriving by lake and land to a must-attend annual tradition. It’s the Leland Food and Wine Festival, and the quaint fishing village of Leland is about to rock! Where will you be June 12?

Dock your boat at the marina, park your car or lean your bike on a side street on Saturday, June 12. Take your picnic blanket or lawn chairs for a relaxing… Continue

Added by Sharon & Lorri on May 30, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sleeping Bear Dunes - Glen Haven Days

When you think of Sleeping Bear Dunes, the images that probably come to mind are of tall pure sand dunes, pristine beaches, and the blue water of Lake Michigan. But there is a lot more to experience……


Added by Kerry Kelly on May 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts On How Our Lakefront Cabin Helped Us to Heal

Big 3-OH! May 31 Code: sky Enter on

Water heals. I learned this the hard way, but also a precious way. Though I’d summered in Leelanau County since I was born, water frontage didn’t come into my life until I was in my late 30’s. As a child, when my family came North we stayed with my grandparents in Glen Arbor, behind the combination Yarn and Soda Shop that was their retirement business.… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 28, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

An Early Morning Paddle

This has been such a spectacular week. The weather has been summer time perfect. One of our rare pleasures is to rise with the sun while all of Suttons Bay is still quiet and serene....drag our kayaks across an M~22 that lacks any traffic to the bay. To view the early morning sun as the fog is lifting on a crystal clear bay is just breath taking. One of life's truly simple but majestic pleasures. That's why we live in this beautiful village we…

Added by Linda Munro on May 28, 2010 at 7:33am — 1 Comment

Why, thank you, we will take some swine with our wine

Succulent, slow roasted rotisserie pork pairs perfectly with wine from Gill’s Pier Vineyard and Winery. This Saturday, May 29, vintners Ryan and Kris Sterkenburg invite you to start digging in at 11:00 a.m. at their 6th Annual Swine and Dine Pig Roast.

The roast is an opportunity to taste limited-production 2007 Cabernet Franc Merlot, a Best of Class winner at the Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition. Other chummy barbecue pairings are…


Added by Sharon & Lorri on May 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

One Dollar One Day Used Book Sale in TC

This Saturday May 29 the Friends of the Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere branch, is hosting a used book sale. They've named it the One Dollar, One Day Book Sale.

Everything's a buck--books, DVDs, books on tape, CDs. This is your chance to stock up on your summer reading and still have a jingle in your pocket.

Don't worry. This sale isn't replacing the library's Almost Rare Used Book Sale. That's scheduled for September as usual.

The sale begins at 9:00… Continue

Added by Jodi Simpson on May 25, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

Camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in nature than to go camping. And no matter what kind of camping you enjoy, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has something to offer.…


Added by Kerry Kelly on May 22, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

New to save Boy Scout, Girl Scout and outdoor camps for kids

LandChoices recently launched to save Boy Scout, Girl Scout and outdoor camps for kids. blog is part of LandChoices’ Big Camps program to save camps for kids and was established to encourage and educate people on how Scout and other outdoor camps can be saved from development.

Volunteer Ken…


Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on May 22, 2010 at 3:47pm — No Comments

My favorite dog beach up north - What's yours?

One of our favorite things to do up north is discover new beaches along the beautiful Lake Michigan coast and because we travel with our "third child" Buddy, we like to discover those that are dog friendly. I would love to hear your suggestions on dog welcoming beaches from Manistee to Northport.

So what's my favorite dog beach so far? Well, it's…


Added by Mark and Susan Emerick on May 22, 2010 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

New Wine Travel Blog

By Sharon Kegerreis & Lorri Hathaway

We’ve been called many things. Venuses of the vine. Wine chicks. Wine goddesses. Michigan Viners. Michigan ambassadors. We like them all. And why not? We have, in fact, been devoted to promoting Michigan wine destinations for more than seven years. Today, we’re excited to launch our wine travel blog on

So what’s our back story?… Continue

Added by Sharon & Lorri on May 21, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

MLUI Releases 2010 Local Food and Farm Guide

‘Taste the Local Difference’ booklet connects shoppers, local growers

Traverse City Northwest Lower Michigan residents and visitors looking for places to buy locally grown fruits, veggies, meats, and more can find them now in the hot-off-the-press 2010 Taste the Local Difference food and farm guide. The guide lists local farms, wineries, and farmers markets, as well as…


Added by Hans Voss on May 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Spring is Perfect for Leelanau County Bird Hikes from Leelanau Conservancy

There are two great birding events this weekend in Leelanau County. This is a fabulous time of year to catch site of both year-round and migrating birds.

Saturday, May 22nd 10am

Birdology 101-Mysteries of Migration at Lighthouse West

Until the 19th century…


Added by Leelanau Conservancy on May 18, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week's Kids Up North: Fun Facts to Share Before you Visit Mackinac Island and Colonial Michilimackinac

Sightseeing, especially with kids, is much more fun when you have great stories to tell. This week's Kids Up North is Fun Facts to Share On Your Way to Historic Mackinac Island and Colonial Michilimackinac filled with…


Added by Deb Fellows on May 18, 2010 at 11:54am — No Comments

Brunch Recipes in Time for a Northern Michigan Memorial Day Weekend

We kickoff Memorial Day Weekend at my mother's cottage on Glen Lake in Leelanau County. If the weather cooperates it's a weekend of sun, surf, fun and entertaining. I'm planning to make Jim Voltz's recipe for Gazpacho Soup Sunny Shores--it seems fast, easy, delicious and made for beachside cooking.

Voltz is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who has… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 17, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Sleeping Bear Dunes - Getting Ready for the Season

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is bustling with activity as park staff gets ready for school groups and summer visitors. Rangers are preparing interpretive programs, Natural Resources workers are planning studies on a wide variety of subjects, restorations of historic farms and cabins are being done, and much more.…


Added by Kerry Kelly on May 15, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Some Terrific Northern Michigan Memorial Day Weekend Ideas!

We all need to kick off this summer season with some fun and relaxation. Whether you are packing the car to head to Northern Michigan for a Memorial Day weekend getaway or you live here and don't want to blow the holiday doing laundry and oil changes, this Memorial Day Weekend…


Added by Deb Fellows on May 14, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

How Do You Feel About Traverse City Building Roundabouts?

Roundabouts are a hot topic in Traverse City. Peter Payette looks at the pros and cons in "Should Traverse City Have Traffic Roundabouts?" on and there's a conversation starting. Peter starts out...

"In the opinion of Traverse City Mayor… Continue

Added by Deb Fellows on May 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Leelanau Conservancy Looking For a Used Pickup Truck: Have One to Sell or Donate?

We recently received two exciting grants that will help us with restoration and removal of invasive species. Watch for more details. In the meantime, we seek a used pickup truck in good condition with relatively low mileage to aid us in our work. Of course, we’d love an outright donation, but do have some limited grant funds to purchase a used pickup truck in what we hope will be a great bargain sale. If you are interested in offering a truck for… Continue

Added by Leelanau Conservancy on May 5, 2010 at 1:06pm — No Comments

5 Chardonnays To Try from Old Mission Peninsula & Leelanau County

Northern Michigan wineries are making chardonnays that reflect the

fruit-growing heritage of the Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County.

Loved by winemakers for its textural versatility, chardonnay can be round and

supple or lean and bracing according to style. With the excitement of

spring release time, we map out the local chard scene, highlighting a

few producers and their interpretations of this noble grape.… Continue

Added by MyNorth Food & Wine Up North on May 4, 2010 at 5:43pm — No Comments

The Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Matter of Trust is a non-profit organization that uses hair clippings to make hair mats used to clean up oil spills. There's a video on our page that demonstrates how they do it and how incredibly effective the hair mats are. Matter of Trust is front and center in the Gulf working closely with the EPA and Coast Guard, and they need our help! They need old nylon stockings--runs and all, they need rubber gloves, they need money to buy supplies down there. Would you like to help? Call me at…


Added by Salon Verve, Organic Salon on May 4, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

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