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Clay Cliffs Natural Area

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.…


Added by Kathryn Fluehr on June 27, 2013 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

October is a busy month!

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…


Added by Dawn M. Whyte on September 10, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Michigan Nursery and Landscape Architect Tour



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…


Added by Dawn M. Whyte on August 13, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments

University of Michigan Biological Station: Paradise


            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…


Added by Meredith Luneack on July 27, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments

University of Michigan Biological Station: Bedrock



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,

Devonian youths,

children of the…


Added by Meredith Luneack on July 25, 2012 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Michigan Nursery & Landscape Architects: 11th Annual Landscape (and wine) Tour in Northern Michigan

I am honored to announce that Designs by Dawn will be exhibiting an outdoor kitchen design in the 11th Annual Landscape (and wine) Tour in Northern Michigan. This event is brought to you by: Michigan Nursery & Landscape…

Added by Dawn M. Whyte on July 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Outdoor living in Northern Michigan

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:


Outdoor kitchens are the latest of…


Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 22, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Man Cave

Man Cave defined by Urban Dictionary:

A room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in... certain hobbies, activities without interuption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it…

Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 19, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments

Winter on Traverse City's Boardman Lake

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.

Arriving in…


Added by Lindsey Perry on February 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Wednesday Waterfall: It's Michigan Ice Fest Week!

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

Wednesday Waterfall: Miners Falls

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…


Added by Aaron Peterson on January 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

A Poem from the book "Seasons of the Heart" - May Your Light Always Shine for Me...until I reach the shore...


Today, as I sit upon my chair

Swivel to turn my point of view…


Added by Mark J. Davio on November 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival -- Jury Duty vs. Wife Duty

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…


Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 21, 2011 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

Good Harbor Bay - Explore off the Beaten Path

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…


Added by Kerry Kelly on June 9, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments

More Shipwrecks in Sleeping Bear Dunes

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.…


Added by Kerry Kelly on April 6, 2011 at 6:45pm — 1 Comment

Let the little kid out!

Release Your Inner Child

Every once in a while we are tempted to veer from the path of adulthood and embrace our inner child. Last summer Chelsea and I did just that.

While trying to steal the…

Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 9, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

Old Baldy, that's where it's at!

There is a spot, up north, that has been sort of elusive to me for a while. It goes by the name Old Baldy.

After searching web articles and looking at maps I found the general area where I thought this alleged massive bluff was located.

Despite the drizzle, and an unusually annoying Alltel representative Chels and I trekked north…

Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 2, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Northern Michigan Glaciers

If snowshoeing recharged my batteries two weekends ago, then the trip this weekend was the equivalent of swapping the old rechargeables out for new lithium ion ones!

After my Criminal Law midterm on Friday I hopped into the sideseat of the Subaru and pointed North for what I though was to be a weekend of quiet, boring studies alone.…

Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 2, 2011 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower from a Kayak in Lake Michigan's Good Harbor Bay


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…


Added by Jeff Smith on August 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Plan The Perfect Up North Wedding With Northern Nuptials

Northern Nuptials offers one stop, hassle free assistance when planning the perfect Up North destination wedding here in beautiful Northern Michigan.

With over 300 active vendors, Northern Nuptials offers the most concise listing of wedding vendors throughout Northern Nuptials.

Event planners, reception and ceremony locations, bakeries and sweet shops, caterers, rehearsal dinner locations, officiants, florists, decor producers, and more are all listed…

Added by Ami Woods on August 1, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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