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Upper Peninsula Day Dreaming...

I was born in Sault Ste. Marie of the Upper Peninsula, so technically I’m only a “troll” by naturalization. My family left the land of “aboot” and “eh” when I was eight; however I’ve never lost my Yooper influences. The Upper Peninsula stays with you long after the shore of Superior can no longer be seen in the

rear view mirror.

The U.P. was an adventure that became a lifelong love. The cold, turbulent waters

of Lake Superior…


Added by Norma Jean MacNaughton on June 29, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

mmm...Compost Treats

Fresh stuff for the pile. Photo by Trevor Smith

My compost jones has taken on new dimensions. Now I'm roaming alleyways looking for a fix. I scored near the loading dock of a business that shall remain nameless. White bags of spent grains, used in a certain process that involves soaking in hot water and mixing with stuff like hops. I backed up my car, opened the hatch and quickly loaded in six sacks, 25… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on June 29, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

My Compost Pile

Pumpkin plants sprout boldly from my compost pile earlier this spring. Several now grow in the garden. Others I just plucked and threw into the other compost pile.

I have read a number of essays and whatnot over the years about people somehow becoming enamored with their compost piles. Now I count myself among that sorry lot. I stir it. I water it. I feed it. I encourage it in every possible way. I even… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on June 27, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Treasure has been Found!

Ha! After an afternoon of hiking the woods of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in search of Showy Lady's Slippers without success,I got some additional direction and found my reward.

In fact, this little-used unofficial trail near Good Harbor Bay was like walking through a garden. Not only did I find a big patch of these orchids, but also some Tufted Loosestrife and several other unusual…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 26, 2010 at 11:01pm — 2 Comments

Things were Humming at the Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida

The Glen Arbor Art Association sponsored a concert by Three Men and a Tenor at the historic Thoreson Farm in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of Sleeping Bear Dunes tonight. The farm was a terrific place for families and friends to enjoy the beautiful setting under clear skies with…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 26, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Think local wine every time

Summer’s here, and when we’re lucky, the days unwind lazily. Cool lake breezes provide the air conditioning. Glorious shades of blue, where Lake Michigan gets lost in crystal clear skies, are most appreciated when toasted with a taste of local wine.

In this little slice of heaven, wine tasting rooms dot Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula. July also brings the National Cherry Festival, and for wine and food lovers, a must-attend is…


Added by Sharon & Lorri on June 24, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Boyne City's One Water Street Kicks Off

The new-urbanist architecture at Boyne City's One Water Street allows the development to integrate seamlessly with, and lend momentum to, the town's existing vibe.

The people behind One Water Street, Boyne City's new-urbanist waterfront development, threw a grand opening bash Wednesday evening, and I had pleasure of making it for the event. Have to say the developers did things right on this one… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on June 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Green development with Natural Neighborhoods (conservation subdivisions)

Natural neighborhoods, also known as "conservation subdivisions", "ecological development", or "green development", preserve natural areas, water, wildlife and working farmland. We put this short video together to highlight the benefits of natural neighborhoods and to help stop the development of inefficent cookie-cutter subdivisions.

Wildlife conservation and farmland conservation are an… Continue

Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on June 18, 2010 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

Black Star Farm's "Hearth & Vine" Cafe

Okay, I have a new favorite foodie spot in Leelanau- don't miss a stop at BSF's Hearth & Vine Cafe- I was on the run yesterday and stopped there to find something to eat and had one of the best sandwiches ever! The "Veg-Head" on grilled ciabata (sp?) with peppers, eggplant and other wonderfulness- I could have enjoyed a glass of wine but I was on the go! Sit outside on their beautiful patio or dine in on linen tables- open til 9 most nights....lovely!

Added by Jill on June 18, 2010 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

Leelanau Conservancy's Annual Auction. We've Put the Items Online!

We have a great auction on tap for our Leelanau Conservancy Picnic to be held Thursday, August 5th at the Newton Farm overlooking the Manitou Islands on Jelinek Road. So far, there are 78 great offerings now online from our wonderful members.… Continue

Added by Leelanau Conservancy on June 16, 2010 at 1:15pm — No Comments

5 Worst Home Updates

Before you splurge on that pricey remodeling project, beware: It may not pay you back when it's time to sell.

By Kara Wahlgren, | Published: 2/02/2009

Considering all the blood, sweat and tears (not to mention money) it takes to make your…


Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 16, 2010 at 9:41am — No Comments

The TC Coop Loop was clucking excellent!

The TC Coop Loop was a blast! My daughter and I biked the tour following the chalk chicken footprints along the way.

At each stop we…


Added by Jodi Simpson on June 14, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sublime kayaking and dynamite food on West Grand Traverse Bay

Kayaking on Bower's Harbor, on the way to Power Island for a gourmet picnic with Michael Gray, kayak guide. (Yes, actually, this is as good as it gets.)

Sunday morning started gray but calm and soon brightened on our way to Power Island, in West Grand Traverse Bay. Michael Gray, of Uncommon…


Added by Jeff Smith on June 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Piping Plover Update - Sleeping Bear Dunes

Piping plover, an endangered bird species that makes it’s home in the Great Lakes, nests in a few places in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Each year volunteers and park staff monitor the birds and put up enclosures to protect the nests from predators. I know a lot of people are…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 12, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Where's the Bear at Sleeping Bear Dunes?

Beware the Bears! Are there bears in Sleeping Bear Dunes? Yes – and not just the Mother Bear Dune or the baby bear Manitou Islands. Real bears roam the wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes. This past week, there have been several reports of bear sightings in the southern part of the park around the Platte River or Otter Creek areas!…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 12, 2010 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments

Biking on my brain...

My new used bike.

I have biking on my brain, here's why.

I'm editing a piece about Traverse City's Susan Vigland, (written by Kandace Chapple) who is currently the No. 1 road bike racer in the state despite being (hope she doesn't mind this) 41 -- that is some super…


Added by Jeff Smith on June 10, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

I Miss Mustards Already

Breakfast at Mustards was a Saturday morning tradition for my husband Denny and me. We rise early (yes, even on weekends) take our "weekend" walk (longer than the regular week day walk) and head to Mustards to beat the crowd and to allow just enough time for Farmers Market to get set up.

My favorite was the BET breakfast sandwich. That would be bacon, egg and tomato on a toasted English muffin. Add a little mayo and it was the perfect start to my day! Oh yeah, I substituted fresh… Continue

Added by Monterey Wheeler on June 10, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Ride the Bus Today (or any day, really)

A warm breakfast and a warm smile greeted bus riders at the Traverse City bus station this morning, on Try Transit Day. Pancakes, whipped cream and coffee by Grand Traverse Pie Company.

Today is Try Transit Day, the day when mass transit advocates are encouraging people to ride a bus, especially if they haven’t ever done so.

I’m an occasional bus rider myself, so I hung out at the station for a… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on June 9, 2010 at 2:52pm — 2 Comments

Getting Excited About the 2010 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour

With summer well under way, it's time to put the 2010 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour on your calendar: Saturday, October 16. That's the day homeowners across the north open up their kitchens so we can come ooh, ahh and gather ideas.

Here are some highlights… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New Inland Waterway Preserve Near Alanson

Imagine you are on a boat in Emmet County’s Crooked Lake, moving north along the Inland Waterway. You are heading toward the Crooked River and ahead of you are the Alanson locks which will transport you safely to the Crooked River. To your left, just before the locks, are beautiful, undeveloped wetlands. It is a place where the call of kingfishers is common, as is the water trail of a muskrat or otter that just passed through.

This spring, Little…

Added by Little Traverse Conservancy on June 7, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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