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River Report 5/29/2014

Did you know that there’s a lizard native to Michigan? Not a salamander but an actual little reptile about 5 inches long. I was about to leave the house for work last week and as I was about to start the car I noticed something strange on my woodpile. Something dark dangling from the cracks between the logs and hanging over the face of a piece of cordwood. I got closer to investigate and, no kidding, there it was, a little striped lizard sunning…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 30, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments


As I run out of adjectives to describe our myriad of trails all around us in the Traverse City area, I continue to love this little trail behind Grand Traverse Crossings off of Airport Road near Division St. Miller Creek trailhead and parking are found behind Aldi’s (which is where I prefer to begin) and also in-between the Bam Bookstore and Ulta.  Explore little by little and each time you can find something new to explore.

Woods, creek, swamp, meadows, and well-marked trails - in…


Added by Gloria Halligan on May 29, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Cottage Boom!

This newspaper article ( highlights the great news about the cottage market Up North! 

Added by christopher werner on May 28, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

Grass River Natural Area Benefit Dance featuring Steppin In It

Come and kick up your heels under the big tent on the shores of beautiful Torch Lake~

Saturday, June 28th 6pm-11pm

Alden Depot Park, Downtown Alden

Opening act - The Up North Brass Quintet

Michigan’s own Steppin’ In It will be rocking the shores of Torch Lake (Rain or…


Added by Jamie Creason-Applesauce Inn B&B on May 27, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments

Riverside's Northern Michigan Style: Getting Comfortable in a Modern World Filled with Antiques

It’s a tricky style-line we walk, meeting modern expectations for vacation comfort with our historic setting along the Carp River, a block from Van’s beach on Lake Michigan in Leland. 

There’s enough cluttering our world of instant access. Charms ringing in every text, email and…


Added by The Riverside Inn on May 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Inspire teens to volunteer and change the world

In my new book Smile and Succeed for Teens (available late June, 2014) I dedicate an entire chapter, "Be a Rock Star", to volunteering. I think teens are one huge solution to the poor marketing and weak fundraising that plagues so many…


Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on May 18, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

Published Author from Interlochen, features her new book "Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero"

Ashleigh Rose Bottorff has written a great resource/reference/feel good book that features rescued animals, the importance of spay/neuter, animal welfare groups, feral cats and how you can help, pet friendly accommodations and pet travel, how to be a responsible pet owner and a poem to honor all abused animals and those who help them.

Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero is named for a beautiful and brave mama-cat…


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on May 17, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

Friendly Skies - not at this price!

More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines’ trade and lobby group predicted Thursday and Delta will resume it’s Atlanta to Traverse City non-stop service – but at a whale of a price. 


We looked at fares from ATL to TVC in June and found limited flight availability with a price tag of over $600 per passenger.   Then we looked at a quick hop across the lake to Minneapolis (remember it is about a 1 hr flight) and found rates varying from $464 to $515!…


Added by christopher werner on May 15, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Coastal trails catching on

In the news is the Great Lakes Coastal Trail - slice of Europe travel style comes to midwest. Check it out at


Added by christopher werner on May 15, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Boyne Mountain’s Dirty Dog Dash Offers New Course and Challenges

Boyne Mountain’s 5th Annual Dirty Dog Dash, a 3.1 mile obstacle race, returns on Saturday, June 7, with an all-new course and challenges.  And you can get muddy for a good cause.  A portion of each entry fee supports Wounded Warrior Project with a mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors. 

This year’s Dirty Dog Dash has a whole new route utilizing more of the mountain’s natural…


Added by BOYNE on May 15, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

It Takes a Village...Community Playground Build

You've heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on May 12, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

River Report 5/9/2014

It's Friggin' May!!


April showers do indeed bring May Flowers and we’ve certainly had our share of rain over the last couple of weeks. So it should be a great May flower year! 


Spring’s just taken a little longer to get here than we’re used to here in Northern Michigan this year. But the aquifer is charged up and that should really pay off by pumping those springs later this Summer.


Now, though, it seems we’re finally shaking off…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 9, 2014 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

Fish Stocking Day in Traverse CIty

First short sleeve day in Traverse City coincided with fish stocking day: The DNR truck is pulled up behind the Chamber of Commerce building. I love a city that values its aquatic life!…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 8, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Channeling Hitchcock's The Birds on a Lake Michigan Island

Remnants of cottage built long ago amid a gull colony on a Lake Michigan island.

Note: Gull Island is a no-access, critical area that is off limits to the public year round.

There's an island up near Northport, Michigan, near the tip of…


Added by Jeff Smith on May 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments


Those of you with families could try this trail as it meanders through the woods and then down steps along a trail that brings the river into focus.  If you hike far enough you could climb back up on the over 200 stairs provided or you could turn around and return via much fewer stairs that you originally came down.  I so want families - especially those of us who live here - to get out and enjoy what the trails have to offer.  But I do caution those with children…


Added by Gloria Halligan on May 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sweet Satisfaction

There are days, even in beautiful Northern Michigan, where car troubles, making ends meet and getting through your to-do list can feel overwhelming. On those days, it's nice to be able to enjoy a little sweetness to smooth out the rough edges of a day.

Ah ... the…


Added by The Riverside Inn on May 6, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Drenched! Good Cheer at Mud, Sweat & Beers

Mt. Holiday was drenched in rain this past Saturday morning for the annual Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest in Traverse City. A sea of beer-loving mountain bikers lined up in waves to tear up the sludge laden trails. Their traverse, whether twenty-two or twelve-miles long, was through…


Added by Dani Davis on May 4, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hurray, Hurray, the first of May--Old Au Sable Fly Shop River Report May 1, 2014

The opening day of trout season has come and gone and with it so has the large crowd of anglers that come North to partake in all the opening day festivities. Thank you to everyone that attended one of the many local events and helped to make the weekend another successful opener.…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Ice in May!

I have been "up north" since 1972 and never remember ice being around this late in the year.  Sure we had snow on Easter before and opening day in Tiger Town was always cold, but with Lake Michigan still holding onto 15% ice coverage it will be late summer before we venture into the water.  

Added by christopher werner on April 30, 2014 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Wine & Beer: Raise a Toast to Northern Michigan


In Northern Michigan, crafting wine & beer that are both well balanced and memorably flavorful requires the harmony of handpicked ingredients and years of acquired…


Added by Dani Davis on April 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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