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Mother Nature Giveth and Mother Nature Taketh Away: Aquatic Mishaps on the Crystal River

As a part of my mission to thoroughly explore Leelanau County and Traverse City this summer, I set out last Saturday to kayak the Crystal River with my roommate and friend Jules. My fellow intern, Lucy had promised me it would be an easy, relaxing and stunning paddle, so I, a somewhat seasoned paddler, ventured up to Glen Arbor with my DSLR camera and iPhone in my pack in the hopes of getting some great blog photos of the river.

After renting a kayak and reaching the boat launch Jules… Continue

Added by Nell Gable on June 29, 2011 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

MLUI's Annual Local Foods Banquet

Mission Table chefs prepare Lamb rillette with cucumber, feta, and pickled onion on baguette

Headed out to Crystal Mountain Resort last night to enjoy the annual gourmet local foods banquet, called Summer Celebration, sponsored by Michigan Land Use Institute. For the $15 admission fee,…


Added by Jeff Smith on June 28, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Worth every penny, our daughter's essay about Crystal Mountain

This essay was written by our daughter Mary for her 7th grade English class. Reading this was proof that every penny was well spent on our home away from home at Crystal Mountain Resort. 


Crystal Mountain


Arriving at Crystal Mountain was a very memorable moment.  When we drove up to the lodge to check in, snow was falling from the sky so beautifully that it seemed like we…


Added by Mark and Susan Emerick on June 27, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Pleasant Surprise

The time arrived! I have been waiting for my hidden patch of showy lady slippers to bloom all month. It is about a mile from the end of the road to the site where I saw these flowers last year and I have been going out to check on them once a week for the past month. Last year I saw them after…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 27, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Spring Cleaning - Platte River

This past Saturday 20 people from the Traverse Area Paddling Club and Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes floated the lower Platte River in canoes and kayaks picking up trash. It was the first sunny day in a week and we took advantage.…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 27, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

2011: A Garlic Mustard Odyssey

Since the garlic mustard season is rapidly coming to a close, I wanted to end with my most rediculous post about it. With a little help from Windows Paint I think I've succeeded!


We have eradicated garlic mustard from nearly all of our preserves including Arcadia Dunes, Greenpoint Dunes, Betsie…


Added by Jon Throop on June 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cracking the REALTORS Code

Cracking the REALTORS Code

I have written professionally, commercially and recreationally for most of my life. I like to think of myself as creative. But when it comes to the real estate advertising copy I stand in awe of my peers. They have created a completely new language which graces the weekend classifieds, multi-listings and promotional flyers.  I first wrote my initial translation of this highly complex lexicon in a magazine column nearly 30 years ago. The…


Added by Up North Bill on June 23, 2011 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear

A group of us spent the day at Sleeping Bear Dunes exploring the sites of some of the logging villages that dotted the Lake Michigan shoreline in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Trying to imagine what the forest, lakes and rivers looked like when the first settlers arrived in the area allowed us to step back into the lives of these little villages. Finding abandoned dock pilings in remote areas of the beach, building foundations, and scattered artifacts added a touch of reality to the…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Intern Adventures Part I: Wine-ding our way through the Old Mission Peninsula

At Traverse, lucky lady interns, Lucy and I, are encouraged to explore the area we live in by trying new things and experiencing all that the Traverse City area has to offer. Yesterday we decided to leave the downtown office and meander the Old Mission Peninsula wine trail. Lucy is not yet 21 so I, martyr that I am, was forced to taste the wine at the 4 wineries we stopped at.


In just a short, 2-hour period, Lucy and I were able to complete an abridged wine tasting circuit,…


Added by Nell Gable on June 22, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Soul Hole: An Edible Editorial Excursion

Usually, we Traverse Magazine interns eat lunch at 1:00 every day. There's no particular reason for it, Nell and I just decided that it's a respectable hour of the day to dine, so we do. Yesterday, however, we had reason to break the routine. Around noon, our editor Lissa asked if we were ready to go. I shouted next door to Nell, "Lissa wants to go now, are you--" only to be cut short by a chomping-at-the-bit, enthusiastic "Yeah, let's go!" response from Nell. We'd been waiting for this…


Added by Lucy Perkins on June 22, 2011 at 11:17am — No Comments

The Gotta' Have Issue of Traverse Magazine: July 2011, 12 Summer Weekend Getaways



When Traverse editor Jeff Smith and I began picking up the phone to track down real Northern Michigan folks to tell us how they really vacation in Northern Michigan, we weren’t sure where, exactly, we were going with the story "12 Summer Weekend Getaways," we'd scheduled to feature in our…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Northern Michigan Events: 2011 Distinctive Architecture Tour - 101 North Park


From the rooftop of the unit in Traverse City's 101 North Park where Nick Darga lives, you can look down on the beach, the bay…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 20, 2011 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Suttons Bay Summer Solstice Art Walk 2011

The Suttons Bay Art Walk returns this summer on Friday, June 24th! This annual event features the galleries & shops in the Village of Suttons Bay. Each gallery and shop partners with the Leelanau wineries for a perfect summer evening. From 5-9pm each gallery and shop will host an artist and…


Added by Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery on June 20, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

Songwriters' support group

There's a group a songwriter can turn to and say, "How does this sound?"

On Saturday, June 25, the Michigan Songwriters & Musicians Association will celebrate its first year of existence at

Borders Books in Traverse…


Added by Tom Carr on June 20, 2011 at 9:13am — No Comments

Northern Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

When was the last time you ventured north of M-204 on the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail? If you do, you'll find a cozy circle of five distinctly different wineries tucked along Leelanau's Northern Wine Trail. Stop by and visit us, Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, along with Raftshol VineyardsLeelanau…


Added by Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery on June 17, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sharing a Raw-Recipe!

I apologize that I haven't been on here and that I have deleted several posts. I joined this community for (2) reasons: less people and I heart Michigan's north. I had written a post on some fiction novel ideas and for whatever the reason may be, a person posted the chapter I introduced on their webblog and claiming it to be theirs. I took my other posts down and hated the internet for a bit. I am okay now :) 


I have been doing raw food for quite some time now and have come…


Added by Christie Hilleve on June 16, 2011 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Hey, You Can Stand On the Bottom Here!


      Michigan ranks #4 in foreclosures nationwide with continuing high unemployment and 36% of homeowners with mortgages owe more than their home is worth.  It’s understandable, therefore, when good news goes unreported.  But that doesn’t change the facts. In the five county area of Northwest Michigan (Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim and Kalkaska) the long slide in real estate sales and prices is apparently over. Put another way, the market has bottomed…


Added by Up North Bill on June 16, 2011 at 2:31pm — No Comments

You Wine Some You Lose Some: Sharing the beauty of Northern Michigan with my New York State family

So, I’ve been a Northern Michigan pseudo-resident for about 3 weeks now and I’m settling in nicely—getting a hefty dose of cherries, white fish, local beer and time spent by Lake Michigan. One thing I have come to realize is that the general attitude among Northern Michigan residents—whether they inhabit the…


Added by Nell Gable on June 14, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Eight tips that will lead you straight to the "Designer Bedroom" you've always wanted.

1. Padded Headboard

A padded headboard adds additional fabric to your bed, allowing you to tie in more texture and color with your surrounding fabrics for cohesive  harmony. A wooden headboard tells a story of  heirloom quality, whereas a padded…


Added by Shane D. Inman on June 12, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Pedal Pusher

The fresh breath of summer. Crisp, cool mornings erupt into sun-drenched afternoons then dissolve into picture perfect sunsets. The lakes warm to a balmy 62 degrees and fill with hardy wake boarders, skiers, surfers and Frisbee flingers.


And like the annual onslaught of swarming black flies come the color-coordinated, spandex-assed bikers riding three abreast on the winding lakeshore roads.



Added by Anita Merlot on June 10, 2011 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

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