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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cotton of Winter


Cotton balls round into shape

snowflake by snowflake landing

atop last summer’s sunflowers

still, standing in a white garden.


Only plump little Chickadees

disturb this cotton of winter,

fluttering round and sometimes…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on December 26, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

recipe for Northern Michigan Christmas magic starts with a Kolarik Christmas tree

My daughter started to cry after our newly purchased Christmas tree rolled off the top of my SUV like a dead body. This little emergency set the stage to demonstrate that special magic conjured by the regular folks of Northern Michigan. 

Dad, or grandpa to my daughter, planned to meet us at Kolarik’s…


Added by Rachel North on December 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Snow Bike (aka Fat Bike) Video Feature, Shot Near Marquette, by Aaron Peterson

Snow bikes, officially called fat bikes, riding near Lake Superior, just north of Marquette. Image by Aaron Peterson, from Cold Rolled video feature. (Good to know: you don't have to ride this extreme if you don't want…


Added by Jeff Smith on December 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Inspiring Signs of Economic Progress in Manistee County

Just before deer season 2013, a gentleman by the name of Tim Ervin called me to see if I'd like to do another Manistee Day. Manistee Day is the informal name we have given to an occasional—maybe once every few years—rite in which Tim Ervin drives Jeff Smith around Manistee and shows off some of the latest stuff Tim loves about his home county.

Tim Ervin is a connector in the fullest sense of the word. "I'll have to put in you touch with..." is a phrase that comes from his…


Added by Jeff Smith on December 3, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

getting old in northern michigan - what a pain

“What are you in for?” I asked the man two seats down from me. “About 10 to 15, but maybe I’ll get out earlier for good behavior.” He laughed a little, and then hesitated. “Lower back pain. Been struggling with it for years.”

“Me too, sciatica.” I said as I pedaled my stationary bike. He winced at the word. “I’m sorry," he said. "That’s painful.” He was very tall and while completely grey, a very fit looking man with a preppy hair cut. I imagined he’d never exercised inside…


Added by Rachel North on December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

northern michigan shakedown ski at Crystal Mountain & anatomy of a well-stocked ski bag

New skis, new boots, new snow on the mountain. These blessings conspired to allow a mommy-daughter ski date on December 1st. Unheard of. Perhaps because it was so early we weren’t distracted by holiday duties. And certainly because it was so early, our goals were limited. We just wanted to get a sense of the new…


Added by Rachel North on December 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

How to be happier this holiday season

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday season is upon us and the New Year is not far behind. As we close out this year it can be quite eye opening to look back and…


Added by Elaine Keaton on December 2, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Beautiful Birches

On the Pyramid Point trail in Glen Arbor there is a grove of birches that capture me with their subtle beauty in every season. I anticipate their presence each time I hike this trail. Of course the view from the top of the trail is why most people climb, but do they notice this more subtle scenery along the way? As the leaves have almost all fallen and we are coming to the end of autumn, the birch trees even without leaves are simply stunning. …


Added by Elaine Keaton on November 11, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Story Map: Preserves where hunting is NOT allowed


Added by Little Traverse Conservancy on November 11, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments

I See RED. Written by Johnston M. Mitchell, husband of artist.

                     Stormy Red Gauthier, acrylic on arches paper, 16 1/4" x 23"



Added by Brenda J. Clark on November 14, 2013 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

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