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why hire an AIA architect for your northern michigan dream home?

I’ve done just enough home improvement and watched more than enough DIY TV to know that home design is never as easy as it seems. And so I resist the temptation to hurl a sledgehammer around my home, lest I be one of the pitied “fix it for her” show subjects. And after several years of seeing the glorious professionally designed kitchens of our Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour, I’m an… Continue

Added by Rachel North on August 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Wild Mushrooms at the Farmers Market

Wild mushrooms gathered and sold by Ken Harris at farmers markets around Northwest Michigan. Find recipes for wild mushrooms in the September issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.

With our September Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine still fresh in our hands and on…


Added by Jeff Smith on August 28, 2011 at 9:49pm — No Comments

An Afternoon at the Jolli Lodge- The perfect way to say goodbye to the LC

In these last few days before I leave to begin my second year of college, I find myself trying to soak up the loveliness of Leelanau county in the late summer. Studying late for an exam, or slogging to the library in the oppressive dusk of a February evening, I can recall the feeling of a warm breeze and the slight chill of clear Lake Michigan waters at my feet, and face the present with hope of the future. I am luckier than many people in that I have access to a perfect place to make these…


Added by Thea Senger on August 26, 2011 at 9:27pm — No Comments

The Most Beautifully Priced Place In America

When Good Morning America viewers recently named Leelanau Peninsula’s Sleeping Bear Dunes the “Most Beautiful Place in…


Added by Up North Bill on August 26, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

september: northern michigan's secret summer

For people who live in Northern Michigan, September is our primetime. Most of the out-of-town families have left the area, buckling down for the imminent start of school and fall sports schedules. This buckling down does not last and many realize after a couple weeks that there’s still fun to be had in Northern… Continue

Added by Rachel North on August 25, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Up North-far North!

Summer time Up North is all about warm weather, days at the beach and family cook outs. But-as most of us know-we're not always good about making time for those seasonal pleasures. Sometimes the warm-days are spent inside in the office, days at the beach can be interrupted with unexpected trips to the grocery store and getting the entire family together for a meal is like solving a puzzle. 


My family owns a cabin on Lake Matinentda in the tiny town of Blind River about 80…


Added by Erin Dingrando on August 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival (at the Castle Grounds)

The last time I went to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, it was the first weekend after I had moved to Traverse City. Whether as a joke or an ill-informed fact, a friend told me that before the vast building became the state hospital, a Duke had lived there. Its common name eluding me, the Village was never a…


Added by Lindsey Perry on August 25, 2011 at 12:11pm — No Comments

2011 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour, October 15: Yummm!

When Good Morning America made Mario Batali the defacto spokesperson for The Number One Most Beautiful Place in America (if you haven’t heard yet…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on August 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Ciao Bella!

If you didn't know any better, you may think that the "Torneo Annuale di Bocce" put on by the Italian culture club C.I.A.O is just an excuse for a lot of really good food. The July 16th tournament begins with nothing short of a banquet, each competing team bringing a dish to serve "al famiglia stile" or family style. Tables are groaning under the weight of plates of pasta, fresh salads glistening with olive oil, and impossibly lovely desserts. My own father, a member of the team "Cinghiale"…


Added by Thea Senger on August 19, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Sleeping Bear Dunes- National Champ! As it Should be!

Saturday morning, 8:00 am at the coffeehouse. My fellow barista and I broke the normal routine. We turned down the radio, changed the channel from weather to Good Morning America and kept our fingers crossed. I wanted Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to win Most Beautiful Place in America! I wanted the entire country to see how beautiful of an area I live in.

Standing behind the counter, one hand on a milk pitcher, the other reaching for the bottle of whip cream and my eyes… Continue

Added by Erin Dingrando on August 19, 2011 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

Thinking Next Summer, Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine


Ed Reynolds, CEO of Quantum Sails, on photo shoot on West Grand Traverse Bay. Traverse Photographer Todd Zawistowski in foreground.

I don't want to wish away the time here, but have spent some time this week getting out reporting and doing photo shoots for stories that will run in…


Added by Jeff Smith on August 19, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

Seersucker Ride and Pincord Picnic--summer fun in Traverse City

I've been looking forward to the first annual Seersucker Ride and Pincord Picnic ever since my sister and I joined the Tweed Ride in May (see my earlier blog). And now my schedule is overbooked, and I can't attend after all. Drat.


It promises to be a highlight of the summer…


Added by Jodi Simpson on August 17, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Owning a Piece of the Most Beautiful Place In the Nation -- Sleeping Bear Dunes


                Chef Mario Batali did it, so did comedian Tim Allen. Madonna’s family chose the area to build a winery. Executives, retired auto workers, professional musicians, foodies, cherry farmers, wine makers, bakers, entrepreneurs and…


Added by Up North Bill on August 17, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Harvest Stompede 2011

Do you have your tickets for the Harvest Stompede yet? This year's race and wine tour are quickly approaching!

The annual Harvest Stompede takes place September 10th & 11th, 2011. The weekend features a spectacular  race through Leelanau's vineyards followed by a self guided…


Added by Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery on August 16, 2011 at 9:58am — No Comments

Cherry Roubaix Road Marshal, a Vigil

Cyclists in the 2011 Cherry Roubaix road race (the race was also the Michigan state championship road race this year) push east on Bodus Road, in Leelanau County.


I'm fresh from my second stint as a road marshal in the Cherry Roubaix road race, which happens as part of the weekend…


Added by Jeff Smith on August 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Groundbreaking Sleeping Bear Trail

It takes a village to build a trail. Here, several of the people who contributed to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail push shovels into the dirt to signify the groundbreaking.

It was a big day at Sleeping Bear Dunes dune climb Friday as Senator Carl Levin joined about 150 others to share the…


Added by Jeff Smith on August 14, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Sleeping Bear Dunes is a Finalist in Good Morning America's Top 10 Most Beautiful Places Contest!

Thought I'd work at home in Glen Arbor today--you know tuck in and get a whole lot of magazine writing done. So here's my day in not so sleepy Sleeping Bear Dunes country so far:

7:30 a.m. went for run on Alligator Hill and crossed paths with a nice sized bobcat--think, cougar sized but with a bobbed tail.

8 a.m. Jumped in Lake Michigan--aaahhhh

11 a.m. Interviewed Senator Carl Levin at the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb where he was helping to launch the new Sleeping Bear…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on August 12, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Kids Day at Harbor Days!

Sack races, bouncing balls, hula hoops, musical chairs, sticky fingers and smiling faces. It all adds up to one thing: Kids Day at Harbor Days! The weather was perfect for the kids this year as they ran back and forth between the games and activities set up just for them, and the Elk Rapids harbor where they could cool off in the water, regaining energy to keep the fun going. It was my second time to Elk Rapids, my first time to its waterfront and festival, and a day I won't soon…


Added by Lindsey Perry on August 12, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Good Morning America Gets Taste of Sleeping Bear Dunes & The Homestead


There has been so much buzz throughout the Leelanau Peninsula since Good Morning America announced the Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of the top 10 “America’s Most Beautiful Places”. 

We were tipped off by our friends at Traverse…


Added by The Homestead on August 11, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

elk rapids harbor days invites mynorth kids up north out to play

Whenever I get the chance, I love to be around kids. has been a supporter of Elk Rapids Harbor Days for two years, sponsoring the Kids Day activities. It gives us the opportunity to connect with parents, grandparents and other care givers, sharing our Kids Up North email newsletter with them.

This… Continue

Added by Rachel North on August 10, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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