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Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan: Sleeping Bear Point Trail

What a fickle, fun summer it's been. From cold to hot to cool again. Rain in between. What to do (besides shop!)? Do as the thousands who voted for the Red Hot Best Northern Michigan Trail on MyNorth.com: Hit the hands down favorite, Sleeping Bear Point Trail.…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 29, 2013 at 11:05am — No Comments

Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan: Sleeping Bear Point Trail

What a fickle, fun summer it's been. From cold to hot to cool again. Rain in between. What to do (besides shop!)? Do as the thousands who voted for the Red Hot Best Northern Michigan Trail on MyNorth.com: Hit the hands down favorite, Sleeping Bear Point Trail.…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 29, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments

Traverse City's Epoch Crough

There’s a lumber-era photograph of Front Street, Traverse City, hanging on the wall in the conference room at Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority office. In that moment so long ago, the photographer captured a working city where…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 19, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

2013 Northern Home & Cottage Tour: Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Long Lake, Suttons Bay, Glen Arbor

Ten reasons why you shouldn't miss the 2013 Northern Home & Cottage Tour on Saturday, September 7. 

1. Windows so large that the glass had to be shipped over from Europe—they don't make glass panels this large in the U.S.

2. A blue-and-white granite that I've never seen before and that looks like the sky.

3. A wet bar faced in corrugated metal.

4. The home that Dr. Munson (as in Traverse City's Munson Medical Center)…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 3, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

2013 Northern Home & Cottage Tour: Crafters Dream House

It's that time of year again: I'm out and about gathering sneak peeks of the homes on our 2013 Northern Home & Cottage Tour (Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The photo above is from a home built by Grand Bay Builders. Besides having a gorgeous kitchen that sports a cork floor, granite countertops and a…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Traverse Magazine Holiday Party at The Box in Traverse City

The 28-person staff at Traverse Magazine (MyNorth Media, MyNorth.com, My North Tickets, Northern Home & Cottage) filled Traverse City's new small event venue, The Box, with fun, holiday cheer and fabulous fondue. Enjoy these snapshots of the evening:

Wine glasses stand ready on the fabulously wide black…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on December 20, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Happy Holidays From Downtown Traverse City!

UP, UP, UP SHE GOES!!!! Blue bay, fresh Christmas tree. Got to love downtown Traverse City at the holidays!

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on November 21, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

2012 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour

What a beautiful way it was to spend a rainy Saturday: touring 14 kitchens throughout Northern Michigan for the 2012 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour. I took off from my Leelanau County home at 7:30 a.m. and was at kitchen #1 by 9 a.m. to say hi to owner Nancy Karabacz (if you haven't seen her recipes for lemon cooler and peanut butter cookies in the November issue of Northern Home & Cottage,…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on October 15, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

2012 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour

The weather this Saturday (October 13) looks like a great day to get cozy in the kitchen. Make that kitchens. Fourteen of them, all gorgeous and all tucked into the lakes, forests and charming towns of Northern Michigan. Whether you are looking for ideas for your own kitchen or just window shopping, come and get in on the fun. Click here to purchase tickets (and tour map).

Scroll down for a sneak peek of the…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on October 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Coming This Summer in Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine: Number 9 Comes Home to Sleeping Bear Dunes

Last Friday morning, our Traverse photographer, Todd Zawistowski, and I headed to Glen Haven in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to shoot a story I'm working on for the July 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. My working title for the story is "Number 9 Comes Home." This heart warmer will take readers back 50 years to when Louis and Marion Warnes's dunes mobile rides were the highlight of a Sleeping Bear vacation—and their sleek fleet of 1948…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on October 2, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Northern Michigan to the Mayo Clinic on Wings of Mercy

I am writing this from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My significant other is at this incredible facility to have a medical procedure he has needed as many as four times a year for over four years. I am grateful and honored to write that we flew here courtesy of a program called Wings of Mercy. Wings is one of those incredible flashes of inspiration that puts people together to solve problems.  The problem in this case is people in the Great Lakes Region who need chronic,…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on September 17, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hemingway Lives in Northern Michigan

The International Hemingway Society is convening in Petoskey on June 17. While this is fascinating and exciting and way cool on many levels, for me it is a culmination of a year of feeling like the writer was somehow wending his way into my life. The Ernest-and-me thing began early last spring when I picked up The…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 4, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Stand Up and Paddle Board Northern Michigan

Okay, I didn't look like the above photo. But I did have a blast stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Michigan's Sleeping Bear Bay and then on Little Glen Lake this weekend. Paddle boarding is getting huge in Northern Michigan and I understand why. It is quiet, puts you close to the water and really gives your arms,…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 29, 2012 at 3:23pm — No Comments

The Meaning of Memorial Weekend Hits Home in Northern Michigan

Over the beautiful Memorial Weekend in Northern Michigan I heard news that drove home the deeper meaning of this holiday:  10 soldiers from the Michigan National Guard's 1-126th Cavalry Charlie Troop, serving in Afghanistan, were hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) while traveling in a patrol convoy. The injuries…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Extra! Extra! Read All About it in Traverse Magazine: Canada Invades Northern Michigan!

Lock up your Molson! Stash the maple syrup! Hide the hockey pucks! The Canadians are invading! Okay, make that a Canadian, writer Conor Mihell, and he only wants what he thinks is rightfully his: Mackinac Island. After all, the Brits/Canadians had it. Then lost it after the Revolutionary War.…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 22, 2012 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Traverse City Restaurants: Lunch at The Towne Plaza

I've really enjoyed updating our Traverse Magazine/MyNorth.com dining guide this spring. Northern Michigan is bursting with new restaurants, and with each new one I've entered into the guide I've made a mental note to try it. Today I met friends for lunch at The Towne Plaza. We snagged a table in the plaza and basked in…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 18, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Red Hottest Bash in Northern Michigan Was Last Night!

Really, how many times in life are you handed an excuse to wear a red dress? Or as my significant other said: You mean, I GET to wear a Hawaiian shirt and sandals? (yep, that's us above in my yard before taking off for the party). The endless-summer dress code for the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan Bash are just two reasons to…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 18, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Local Foods Movement in Northern Michigan: The Traverse Magazine Story

I've lived in Northern Michigan long enough to know that there was a period in the early 1980's when our restaurant scene was going to go the way of so many other cities: from small, cozy mom n' pop restaurants to a smother lode of chain restaurants. But as Jeff Smith chronicles in his story "Local Foods…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 14, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Traverse City Lunch With Napoleon Chagnon

In August of 2010 I wrote a story about Napoleon Chagnon for Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. If you didn't happen to catch it, I'll try to bring you quickly up to speed: Professor Chagnon has dodged poisonous arrows, danced in paint and feathers with the Yanomamo tribe of the Amazon basin and…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 8, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival Office Fly By

Jeff Smith and I stopped by the new Traverse City Film Festival office today to chat with Traverse City Film Festival director Deb Lake about the 2012 Filmgoer (Traverse Magazine's guide to the Traverse City Film Festival). The office is perfectly suited for its purpose as in photo above: a front row view of the…

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Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 8, 2012 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

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