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Three Shipwrecks Discovered in Sleeping Bear Dunes Waters

The Great Lakes are no strangers to shipwrecks, with numbers reaching into the thousands, the lakes harbor hundreds of years of history that one Benzie County man hopes to share.

Westmoreland sketch

Westmoreland Drawing (Courtesy of

In July of 2010,…


Added by Sleeping Bear Dunes Visit Bureau on December 27, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Needs Private Donations

Guest Blogger Arianne Whittaker of TART Trails, Inc.

Imagine travelling the entire length of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore without stepping into your car.  This will be a reality with the development of a 27-mile paved trail running from the northern end of the National Lakeshore to just south of Empire.  The proposed Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will…


Added by The Homestead on December 27, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Wednesday Waterfall: Scott Falls

Scott Falls is only about 20 feet from the side of M-28 just west of Munising, one of the busiest roads in the Upper Peninsula. It’s so close you can actually pull up, roll down your window and snap a photo from your vehicle. Like black bears munching blue berries in the ditch and the handmade signs for pasties and smoked fish, Scott Falls is one of those precious roadside attractions that makes any trip to the U.P. memorable.

Compared to its brash, crashing…


Added by Aaron Peterson on December 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Steve Buse's colorful, whimsical art at the library

Note:I use the word 'dark' in the lead paragraph here. Steve was gracious about the blog post, but doesn't like the word. He believes it implies mystically dark or evil, which is not what I intend. I mean stark and brooding at times, but definitely not dark dark.

Steve Buse's…


Added by Tom Carr on December 21, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

matinees at the traverse city state theatre: a special holiday treat

Quite often on Saturday mornings at 10:00, my daughter treats me to a matinee movie at the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City. She buys the tickets; I buy the snacks. We like to get there early to get a seat in the balcony. And sometimes she'll even invite friends, dutifully putting her…


Added by Rachel North on December 16, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Recognition Affects Visitor Numbers at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (photo by Mark S. Carlson)

In May, Dr. Beach, the renowned beach scientist who only rates ocean beaches, came to the Great Lakes for the first time. In his beach evaluation, Sleeping Bear Dunes was received the highest rating as the ”Five Great, Great Lakes…


Added by The Homestead on December 15, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Northern Michigan Recipes: Pot Roast is a Winner

Okay, I don't have a photo for this blog. The truth is, we were so pumped to dig in I completely forgot about snapping a picture. The occasion was a special family dinner to kick off the holidays. The entree was pot roast, prepared a la Mr. Joe's Amazing Pot Roast, a recipe in our recipe archives. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on December 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Protection – Piece by Piece

In 2005, John Woollam started a vision of LAND protection for a beautiful corner of Beaver Island. With the purchase of 13 acres, he set in play a series of five more purchases over the next four years resulting in a total of 27 acres and 500 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. q


In the spring of 2011, Woollam worked with Little Traverse Conservancy to place a conservation easement over the…


Added by Little Traverse Conservancy on December 14, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Wednesday Waterfall: Bond Falls

Bond Falls is located on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River near the tiny hamlet of Paulding, in the Western Upper Peninsula.


The 50-foot high falls tumbles over a 100-foot-wide fist of dark, fractured rock below the Bond Falls Flowage. Below the falls the river pools around a small island, then slips away into the dense U.P. woods to the north.



Added by Aaron Peterson on December 14, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

journey of 1,000 trees begins with the first bench at the traverse city botanical society garden

When I drive round the bend to my parents house, I pass a beautiful garden and I'm reminded of the lovely people who planted it, Gary and Carol Silverman. I remember their daughter Anita, a landscape architect herself, helping to plant the small plants a decade ago that are now…


Added by Rachel North on December 12, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

Michigan, don't be too cheesed at Wisconsin

Many of my fellow Michiganders are up in arms because Wisconsin has a new promo claiming the state looks like a mitten. Well, everyone knows that Michigan is the state that really looks like a hand.

But I do want to ask people in my state to be nice. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of…


Added by Tom Carr on December 9, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments

The Fright of a November (or December) Witch

Most think of witches in the month of October, but on the shores of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes, it is November that brings the frightful witch, or worse yet, several witches. A November Witch is a storm typical for the late fall where gale-force winds and pounding rain often mixed with snow and ice that rush across the Great Lakes like a screeching witch.


November Witches…


Added by Sleeping Bear Dunes Visit Bureau on December 8, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Cold, Snowy Weather Predictions for Michigan Skiers in 2012

Official Press Release from the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association

Tune up the skis and snowboards and get out the long johns, because Michigan will see a cold and snowy winter, according to national meteorologists and two competing farmer’s almanacs.

National meteorologists agree that Michigan is in a “La Nina” weather pattern, which traditionally means more snow and colder temperatures. “I think this winter is going to be an exceptional one,” said AccuWeather…


Added by The Homestead on December 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

diamond ski weekend at shanty creek resorts

For my second birthday ski adventure, we went a little farther afield than the previous year, choosing Shanty Creek Resorts.  (See last year's Homestead trip.) The charge of our planning is to travel a short…


Added by Rachel North on December 5, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Snowy Owls Invade Upper Peninsula

A wave of snowy owl sightings is sweeping across the Upper Peninsula. The arctic birds are linked to the boom and bust lemming cycle, and every few years when the little critters' population crashes, snowy owls are pushed south to the Lake Superior region in search of other…


Added by Aaron Peterson on December 5, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

My Field Trip to Second Spring Farm

Reid Johnston wasn't raised on a farm, wasn't born into the agricultural world with some innate green thumb or generational calling. A city boy, he found his first job after high school like most of us do- on a whim. Turns out for Reid, this job as a farmhand led to a passion he now devotes his life to. After four years of working on organic and sustainable farms for others, and another four years farming his own plots, Reid now owns his own business, Second Spring Farm- a little farm…


Added by Lindsey Perry on December 4, 2011 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Appetizing Anticipation: Traverse Magazine Food Shoot for December 2012 Edition

Culinary student Jordan Blodgett poses for photo taken by Dr. Z (aka Todd Zawistowski, staff photographer at Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine).

Thought I'd share a quick note about an excellent holiday food story we have brewing for a year from now (that's right, Traverse…


Added by Jeff Smith on December 4, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Grape to Wine Conversion Chart

Ever wonder how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of Silver Leaf wine? How many grapes are in a glass? How much wine does one vine yield? We've answered these burning questions and more in this handy-dandy conversion chart.

Grape-to-Wine Conversion Chart:…


Added by Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery on December 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Traverse City Named One of Top Bike Vacation Destinations

Traverse City was named one of the world’s “Six Best Cities for a Bike Vacation” by Bicycling Magazine.

Bicycling Magazine says,

Visit this northern Michigan city in August for the Cherry-Roubaix (with Euro-style cobbles), the Third Coast Bicycle Festival, and DALMAC, a huge multiday…


Added by Grand Traverse Mtn Bike Assoc on December 1, 2011 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Sleeping Bear Dunes Inspires Nautica Fashion Designers

The fashion giant, Nautica, came to Sleeping Bear Dunes to get inspiration for their 2011 men’s fall clothing line and they were not disappointed. Majestic dunes, vast Lake Michigan waters and the region’s Maritime history were all influential in the final clothing designs.

Nautical 2011 Men's Fall Fashion Collection

The resulting fashion collection includes the colors of sandstone,…


Added by The Homestead on December 1, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

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