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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


For the second year, guided community walks will be offered aimed at the esthetics of the area, taking time to enjoy the glorious sites these walking trails provide. Hopefully you can join us for these hikes which are about 3-4 miles in length, as well as moderate in difficulty.  Each week offers a different experience.

The first hike will be on May 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Hickory Meadows parking lot (at the end of Randolph St. in town).  This is an amazing area to walk in…


Added by Gloria Halligan on April 29, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Three Ways Northern Michigan Moms Want to Celebrate Mother's Day:

Riverside Inn has its share of mothers to consult and so we've collected a few fun ways that many of us would like to celebrate Mother's Day:

Dinner Out! Let me sleep in on Mother's Day:

There's a large group of gals who'd like to languish in bed…


Added by The Riverside Inn on April 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Mr. Coveyou Goes to Washington

Flashes of Frank Cappra’s 1939 comedy-drama, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, came to mind when I heard that David Coveyou (fifth generation farmer/owner of Coveyou Scenic Farm Market in Petoskey, MI) was invited to meet with Washington D.C. legislators regarding agriculture policy. Highly educated and practiced in growing his own sustainable farm in northern Michigan (and ironically very involved in his sons’ Scouting endeavors), Michigan Farm Bureau asked Mr. Coveyou to represent Emmet County…


Added by Marie Law on April 27, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

2 weeks to go to open! Riverside Charcuterie, just a bit away ..

Added by The Riverside Inn on April 21, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Grand Traverse Bay Ice 'Out'

Grand Traverse Bay Ice "Out"

It's official!

Grand Traverse Baykeeper John Nelson with The Watershed Center called ice "out" of the Bay as of yesterday (4/24/14).

Determining ice "out" is a little more tricky than determining it "in." 

"Ice is 'out' when most of the thick ice is gone from the Bay, and what's left is shifting from shore to shore rather…


Added by Watershed Center on April 25, 2014 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Avoiding Inspection Nightmares

Finally. You've spruced up your home, kept it looking good, picked up and generally uninhabited; and after weeks of tire kickers and an occasional promising prospect you have your first real offer in your hands.  Your problems are behind you -- right?  All they need is an inspection. What could go wrong? Well....

Most residential pu…


Added by Up North Bill on April 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Local farmer takes a page from ski areas' playbook

Like many of us, the desire to (or at least the thought of), eating healthier and exercising more this summer linger somewhere on our mental to-do list. And, like most things “good for us,” they fall into the “Easier Said Than Done” column. But, alas, we’ve found a way to change all that. Here at Coveyou Scenic Farm Market we are forging a new path (literally) that makes healthy eating and exercising practicably irresistible. We call it OPEN MARKET. It’s like an unlimited ski pass with…


Added by Marie Law on April 16, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments


Purposeful - the latest buzz word, but what a powerful word it can be as it literally means committing ahead of time a planned action such as a body wellness activity.  On Friday I did just that, set the date, time and place to hike.  Arriving at the Grand Traverse Commons with 4 friends it was the intention to walk for 2 hours utilizing hills trying to build up endurance.  After an hour of icy paths these 4 friends decided to call it a day for this type of movement.  I almost did the same,…


Added by Gloria Halligan on April 13, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Avalanche Bay Named Among ‘The World's Coolest Indoor Water Parks’ by Condé Nast Traveler

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Mich. known is attracting big attention from leading news sources.  The indoor waterpark, the largest in Michigan, has been heralded as one of “The World’s Coolest Indoor Water Parks” by Condé Nast Traveler.  The premier travel magazine featured an elite eight waterparks…


Added by BOYNE on April 7, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

FIND YOUR PATH - Maple Bay Natural Area

Families came out on Saturday to watch maple trees being tapped.  Some of these families took to the snow-covered trails that end up on this exclusive beach.  Taking a side trail myself I ended up in knee deep snow when the trail did not quite reach the bay, but the main trail went all the way through.  A newcomer to our area was in awe as I still am of this area, and stated that she wanted to keep this a secret from all others!  I know what she means - another gem being taken care of Grand…


Added by Gloria Halligan on April 7, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments


After the term "Yooper" was finally accepted into the Merriam Webster Dictionary last week, it now gives it the "official" validity that the term deserves. Unbeknownst to many, I coined the term back in the late 1970's when I proposed a single panel "outdoors" cartoon to newspaper editor Bob Skuggen of The Daily Mining Gazette. Bob was a L'anse native and told me if he was going to publish my cartoons that I definitely had to conjur up some sort of name. There were no…


Added by Dan on April 5, 2014 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

FIND YOUR PATH - Traversing the TART Trail

Inhaling the beauty of the outdoors through running, biking, gardening, walking, etc. will all contribute to our wellness.  What is your preference?  Mine is walking through our Northern downtowns or across our hiking trails.  Are you like me and have considered that the TART Trail is mostly for bikes? How many of you can say, "I walked the TART Trail!" (from Bunker Hill in Acme to Cherrybend in Leelanau, in both directions)?  Beginning May 19 through an Extended Education NMC class you have…


Added by Gloria Halligan on April 4, 2014 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Northern Michigan in a Day: How To Get The Most Of Your Grand Traverse County Trip

Known for being a spectacular “four-season playground” in the northern part of the United States, the Traverse City here in Northern Michigan offers unparalleled natural beauty for travelers all year round. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will love its miles of sugar sand shorelines, glacier sculpted landscapes of orchards and vineyards, and over 20 golf courses to choose from. Prominent activities include biking, sailing, paddling, swimming,…


Added by Allie Cooper on April 3, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

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