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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore often first comes to mind when picturing Northern Michigan’s sandy cliffs. However, about twenty miles north, just outside of Leland, lies another spot of sand-sculpted wonders.…Continue
October is a busy month. We have National Breast Cancer Awareness as well as the National Kitchen and Bath Month. Designs by Dawn will be showcasing one of our beautiful kitchens in The Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour. You may purchase your tickets from us here at the Lake Street Design Studio for $10. Proceeds from this year's Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour supports 4 local Habitat for Humanity Chapters in Northern Michigan. Please mark October 13, 2012 on your calendars. Stop in to purchase…Continue
Added by Dawn M. Whyte on September 10, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments
Last Friday Designs by Dawn was asked to show one of our Outdoor Kitchens that we had designed. The Michigan Nursery and Landscape Architects had 40 professionals in attendance for their tour this year in Northern…Continue
Added by Dawn M. Whyte on August 13, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments
Phil blinked at the bay and spit, and it looked like a glob of noxious amber resin hardening against the brittle grass. With his tongue he pressed the chew down into its comfortable place between his gums and his bottom lip. He groped lazily through his jacket pocket for his keys (a big bunch – like the kind somebody with a lot of doors to open would carry), and when he found them he spun them on his finger twice, catching them in his fist on their second go-around. The…Continue
Added by Meredith Luneack on July 27, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments
How did you get here? Like some silicate stowaway
you’ve migrated, perhaps lost from someone’s pocket,
dropped a foreigner into a strange, new geologic place.
The Lower Peninsula is not your home, little sandstone,
you and your sugary swirls of pink that slice
through white like some ancient layer cake of quartz and feldspar.
Your new neighbors are southerners,
children of the…Continue
Added by Meredith Luneack on July 25, 2012 at 2:19pm — No Comments
This weekend is going to be another gorgeous time to spend outside. Our summer months go by so fast and entertaining is what we do best here in Northern Michigan. Thinking of expanding your living space to the outdoors? I have designed many outdoor kitchens and dining spaces and you may check them out at: http://www.lakestreetdesignstudio.com/dawnwhyte/portfolio/
Outdoor kitchens are the latest of…Continue
Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 22, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments
Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 19, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments
I live on Boardman Lake in Traverse City. A pretty lucky spot for a 24 year old that was used to the tiny-apartment/ expensive-rent that is inherent in city living. Of course San Diego does boast gorgeous beach houses, but they were somehow out of my college budget the four years I lived there.
The area around Munising, Michigan in the Central Upper Peninsula is home to the Midwest's largest concentration of climbable ice and fittingly, Michigan Ice Fest.
The weather this year has been less than cooperative, but there is so much ice in the…
Added by Aaron Peterson on February 1, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments
Miners Falls is on the Miners River in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan in the Central Upper Peninsula.
The 40-foot falls spills over the sandstone lip of a canyon that was once the shoreline of Lake Superior, but today is a few…
Today, as I sit upon my chair
Swivel to turn my point of view…Continue
Added by Mark J. Davio on November 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Tomorrow (7/22) from 3-5PM, my husband Jim Carpenter will be signing his new book of short stories, Surviving My Happy Childhood, at Leelanau Books in Leland. However, tomorrow from 3-5PM, I will be in the Dutmers Theatre in Traverse City watching the French romantic…Continue
Good Harbor Bay at County Road 669 is one of the most beautiful spots in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This time of year, you can have the beach to yourself. When I was there, the fog was drifting off the lake and the sand cherries were in full bloom.
There are several hiking trails in…Continue
Added by Kerry Kelly on June 9, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments
Spring must be here. I was wading in Lake Michigan this morning! I had been told about a shipwreck that had washed up on the shore near Port Oneida, so I went out to see for myself. Sure enough, there were actually two of them close enough to shore that you can see them from the dry sand. But to get a good picture, I needed to wade in to my knees. It didn't take long for my legs to go completely numb.…Continue
Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 9, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments
Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 2, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments
Been meaning to do a nighttime paddle this summer but hadn’t gotten round to it. So last evening, with no wind and the weather people predicting perfect conditions for Perseids Meteor Shower viewing (a thin moon setting early, so a sky as dark as can be), I figured best get on the water.
A couple of calls to friends yielded no partners. One guy was…Continue
Added by Ami Woods on August 1, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments