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Morel Fever Already ?

What?  I find myself planning my Morel hunting trip and its only March. Getting the "fever" so soon, I will be like a caged lion by end of April! I expect a banner year, given the moisture we have been blessed(?) with this winter. For me, its about being outside in the woods walking in the quiet canopy yet to be fully unfolded. Love it. Morning walk, back to open tailgate of SUV and enjoying a gourment lunch, then back out for a couple more hours.

Added by vinnie manco on March 7, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments

GT Band Grant Funds Beach Monitoring

Coastal beaches in the Grand Traverse region will be healthier and safer this summer thanks to a $25K grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. 

The grant, awarded to the Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD), in cooperation with the Benzie/Leelanau District Health Department and The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (TWC), will fund the weekly monitoring of E.Coli bacteria at 13 coastal beaches in the region from Memorial Day through…


Added by Watershed Center on March 6, 2014 at 2:46pm — No Comments

How to Tell A Buyer from a Solicitation

I recently ran into a situation where a client of mine was solicited by a REALTOR who claimed to have a buyer for his property. The owners had listed with me for a year and we were in the process of renewing the contract.  The market  had improved…


Added by Up North Bill on March 6, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Snowy Owl Invasion

Due to either the scarcity of lemmings and/or a successful breeding season in the arctic, the Northeast has seen an influx of Snowy Owls.  I was excited to locate one recently at a local airport. What impressed me was how respectful the other bird watchers were too by keeping their distance.  Snowy Owls are especially sensitive to human disturbance. It is a magnificent owl to witness - at a distance of course.…


Added by Shelley Martinez on March 5, 2014 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Suttons Bay Schools Supports Developing Artists

Suttons Bay student Megan Bardenhagen’s dry-point etching piece, “Endangered”.

Encouraging and shaping our students’ artistic talents is just one of the ways that Suttons Bay Schools fits the education to the individual child. Suttons Bay High School and Early College…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on March 4, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Over and Over Again... Painting a Scene

I paint almost all of the time outside and on location, and I am often asked how I handle painting a scene over and over, and do not grow tired of it? One such scene is the LaCross farm.…


Added by Brenda J. Clark on March 3, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Boyne City Morels, TC Art & Wine fest, Frankfort Film- Spring,summer,fall respectively

Help me shake up 2014 ! Every year for the past 5, I have traveled up north from my little hometown of Niles, MI. during spring , summer, and fall for long weekend or week's vacations.

I am looking for ideas!  Early May, I usually stay in Petosky and Morel hunt not far away (secret spot).

During end of June, I help out Bel Lago setting up for TC Art & Wine fest and enjoy downtown TC.

As colors change, I either stay in Frankfort at Harbor Lights condo and watch films…


Added by vinnie manco on February 26, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Leelanau ice caves —magnificent! here’s how to enjoy them

PLEASE NOTE: Tom Skowronski, of Leelanau County’s Office of Emergency Management, has announced that as of Friday, February 21st, wind has moved some surface ice away from beach, and open water is visible within feet of the caves.  There are now large cracks in the arches and they are expected to start collapsing…


Added by Rachel North on February 17, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Inn at Bay Harbor Named to 'World's Best Hotels' List by Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine has distinguished…


Added by Erin Ernst on February 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Boyne Highlands to Host 2nd Annual Boarding for Breast Cancer Fundraiser on March 1

Boyne Highlands Resort is hosting the second annual Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) on Saturday, March 1 to raise money and awareness for early detection of breast cancer, while…


Added by Erin Ernst on February 14, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Virgin Snow Covered White Rose


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on February 13, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Pictured Rocks Vacation — Right. Now.


The renowned arch at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which you can walk under this winter, thanks to such frosty weather.

A few years ago, a friend of mine, Steve Largent, allowed us to run a photo like the one above in Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 12, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Somewhere My Love

Looking out my dining room window, winter has taken over.


Two benches sit idle near our blown-shut path…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on February 5, 2014 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

turning up the heat: generating romance for Valentine's Day in Northern Michigan

“Anything that makes my wife more comfortable skiing, is good,” said Jim Galliger walking into an ad agency conference room for a meeting. 1988. We’d been scoffing about ski boots with battery powered heaters in them. And Jim shut the conversation down.

It is one of the sexiest, most romantic things I’ve ever…


Added by Rachel North on January 24, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

The First Will Be ... First


It happens every year.  People looking to buy or sell real estate in Northern Michigan take one look at the snow cover and say, "I think this can wait a bit".  Not a bad strategy really . . . if this were 2009, 10 or even 11.  It's not.  In the past year the number of homes available in most Northern Michigan counties has been diminishing; the average price of a home has been rising.  Homes are selling. People are buying.  Or they were until they got hip deep in snow.  Sales…


Added by Up North Bill on January 21, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Winter On Your Palette. Written by Johnston M. Mitchell.

An insightful post written by my husband, Johnston M. Mitchell, about my winter paintings.


Up in Michigan. Snow.


Pure white. Fluffy and soft. Virgin. Where no man should tread.


A wonderlust for snow and the…


Added by Brenda J. Clark on January 13, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

first and last times skiing northern michigan, a parent's milestone maker

Before you’re a mom, other parents will tell you, “it goes by so fast.” No one has any advice for slowing it down. As they think about it though, one can see them just launch into a mental slideshow of milestone moments whizzing by. They say things like, “I remember when my daughter wasn’t sleeping …


Added by Rachel North on January 12, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Super Cocoa From Traverse City's Sugarkissed

We met up with Traverse City’s Sugarkissed sweets shop for a few tips on their super cocoa. That’s right... I said it. Super cocoa.

Sure, “basic” hot cocoa is pretty much perfect as is, but, you know, what if there were a way to actually make it better? We posed the question to Chrissy Burke, proprietor and chief hot cocoa maker at Traverse City’s…


Added by Jenny Buechel on January 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

tubing in traverse city--new year's eve northern michigan style

“You have very well-behaved children,” said a man nodding to the table and smiling as he walked out of the restaurant on New Year’s Eve. I could only smile. I felt guilty taking credit for the seven children round the table. In truth a friend of mine and I had just taken his kids, mine, and friends of our kids tubing…


Added by Rachel North on January 1, 2014 at 1:31am — No Comments

What to do during the New Year when you're stuck inside during the frigid cold ??

Why, that's easy. Watch a show......pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, put your feet up in your favorite chair, snuggle with your warmest blanket and watch a show. You will not have shovel snow, freeze while running out to warm up the car, go for a drive on the ice or pay a movie fee. Just watch a of the most educational shows you will ever see and one that will change your life…


Added by Laura A. Zoulek on December 28, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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