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2014 Northern Home & Cottage & Leelanau Wine Country Tour


Three homes on our 2014 Northern Home & Cottage tour are tucked into the heart of Leelanau Peninsula wine country. The peninsula’s 25…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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

living a stress-free life in Northern Michigan -- no, not really

Tony Stark lay on the ground totally defeated. Driven by fear, he'd been working non-stop for months building every possible Iron Man suit trying to protect Pepper from Armageddon--something he'd experienced up close. Workaholic? Yup. And now all that work was absent or battery dead. Tony is sleep-deprived,…


Added by Rachel North on July 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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

A Buyer's Strategy for 2013

A different year, a different real estate market.  If you're seriously considering purchasing a new or second home in Northern Michigan in 2013, it's time to hit the reset button.  The market is changing and so should your ideas about how to shop for a home.

What's Changed?

In most areas in Northern Michigan prices are rising and the number of  the most desirable homes on the market are decreasing. Last year saw the healthiest market in five years. The average sales…


Added by Up North Bill on February 27, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Timing the Up North Real Estate Market

It's one of those annoyingly consistent and ignored pieces of financial advice universal among professional investment advisers -- "don't try to time the market." They are usually discussing the stock market. Nevertheless, most of us hear that voice rattling in our heads when we look at our largest single financial commitment (outside of kids) -- buying and selling real estate.

Ironically, if the last real estate downturn taught us anything, it was "timing IS…


Added by Up North Bill on February 4, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ho, Ho, Home Sales

Christmas is coming early for area home buyers and sellers
Michigan first time homebuyers (any state resident who has not owned a home for at least three years) can soon qualify for a grant for up to $3,000 toward the purchase of a principal residence, $5,000 for active military and veterans. There are no income limits nor restrictions on the purchase price of the home. The grant just cannot exceed 25% of the purchase price. (Since there aren't a whole lot of desirable $20,000…

Added by Up North Bill on December 6, 2012 at 1:35pm — No Comments

10 Fall Favorites in Northern Michigan

Let's be honest, the annual farewell to summer is no easy feat. Suddenly smothered with back-to-school specials, last winter's jeans, and the occasional Christmas advertisement, the fall season's got a lot going on. But in Northern Michigan, that first glowing leaf welcomes a whole slew of festive fair. From the plentiful orchards to winding nature trails, these few months are favorites…


Added by Jenny Buechel on October 3, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Falling for Northern Michigan: Ten Fall Attractions

After the sweltering heat of summer it is always nice when that first crisp breeze blows through the trees signaling the change of the seasons. And as the 70’s fade into 60’s, then 50’s, Northern Michiganders happily don chunky sweaters and leather boots. But the best way to celebrate this wonderful time of year is to take advantage of all the wonderful things Northern Michigan has to offer. Here are ten events not to miss:


1. Boo-tiful Boyne Mountain – Who…


Added by Lauren Montemurri on October 2, 2012 at 10:52pm — 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

Kayaking Down Betsie River in Northern Michigan

It has been hot out. Almost too hot. I've found that the only way to avoid heat stroke is to either lock myself up in an AC-filled room or cool off in Northern Michigan's many waterways of fun. The latter being the preferred choice, I just found a new spot to enjoy some refreshing outside fun in Northern Michigan--a kayak trip down Betsie River in Benzonia with Vacation Trailer Park.…


Added by Lindsey Perry on July 9, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments

My Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail Adventure

On Thursday, June 21st, I went on an adventure. No, not the kind you see on the big screen, but the natural kind. The kind with, instead of guns, explosions, or old men in cowboy hats, there is fresh air, family, and greenery spread all around you. This is the definition of the Sleeping Bear…


Added by Olivia Wyatt Fellows on June 29, 2012 at 3:28pm — 3 Comments

A Northern Michigan Summer Day with Chef Mario Batali

I just returned from one of my favorite work days of all time--I was lucky enough to see a cooking demonstration given by Chef Mario Batali himself at Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, MI, and give a video interview with him on behalf of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine and MyNorth Media. Awesome. Seriously awesome.…


Added by Lindsey Perry on June 28, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Northern Michigan Outdoor Kitchens

When designing an outdoor kitchen, there are many elements to be considered and incorporated.

A shade or roof structure can extend the season of use of an outdoor kitchen by protecting the user from the elements and making the grilling experience more comfortable.


Proper task…


Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Would this compliment your Northern Michigan cottage?

This is amazing. To read the full article on using recycled belts as flooring.  Can you see yourself using recycled belts as flooring. I personally think this would add flare to any rustic cottage in Northern Michigan or anywhere for that matter.…

Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Northern Michigan's LPVA Small Plates Event Delivers Big

Last Saturday evening I attended the LPVA Small Plates Event. Put on by the Leelenau Peninsula Vintner's Association (LPVA), this event dedicated the evening to three seatings at eight Leelanau Peninsula wineries, each providing guests with a full glass of wine paired with a chef-prepared and substantially…


Added by Lindsey Perry on June 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — 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

Father's Day in Northern Michigan

Good morning all!

Father's Day is approaching very quickly and I was wondering what the most unique Father's Day gift ideas are out there.

I have brought on a new line of outdoor kitchen and garage cabinetry by Challenger Cabinets. 

This line of cabinetry is quite unique as you do not have to purchase all of the cabinets at once making this an affordable gift idea that would…


Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 13, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments

Northern Michigan

Can Northern Michigan get any better than this past weekend? Personally, I would say no. The weather was perfect for boating, beach and barbecue. Speaking of barbecue, I have brought on a new line of outdoor kitchen and garage cabinets by Challenger Cabinets. If you're thinking of updating your patio or garage, these cabinets are the way to go. I brought on this line due to the durability, look and cost. This fits into anyone's budget. Please check out this line at:…


Added by Dawn M. Whyte on June 12, 2012 at 9:14am — No Comments

Exorcizing the '70's

If you want to see a REALTOR wince, tell him you have a late 60's early 70's home to sell that "might need a little updating."  Why? Let me count the ways:

            First, "a little updating" in this era can mean things such as "green shag carpets", orange patterned kitchen vinyl flooring and…


Added by Up North Bill on June 5, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments

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