• Farmer & garden to table breakfasts

    Farmer markets & garden to table breakfasts….what a great way to wake up and start your Applesauce Inn B&B getaway adventure!  I love to cook…..and I love a good challenge!  I enjoy creating breakfast dishes that utilize what are “fresh now” ingredients….and no better place to find them but at one of our many local […]

  • Thursday, June 18th, 10 am Workbee at Clay Cliffs Natural Area

    Help smooth trails, clear brush, trim branches, and fill any wet spots. We will also install blaze posts and paint them to help mark the trail. Bring your boots and water. Getting there: Located 2 miles north of Leland along M-22. Look for sign and parking lot on the west side of M-22. Sign up.

  • Get your “Quack On” this August for Bellaire’s annual Rubber Ducky Festival

    “DUCK” into BELLAIRE…let the “QUACKIN” begin. The Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 28th ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKY FESTIVAL in Downtown Bellaire on August 15, 2015 sponsored by The Farm Golf Course. Highlighting the Rubber Ducky Festival on Saturday August 15, is a quarter-mile race when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the […]

  • A little “Me and my kayak” time

    Being in a kayak, alone, on a quiet lake in the early afternoon….ah, there just can’t be anything more peaceful. The Applesauce Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located in what is called the “Chain of Lakes:”  a seventy-five mile-long waterway consisting of fourteen lakes and connecting rivers.  So if you love to kayak, canoe, […]

  • ZAP!! Laser Tag Fun in Traverse City

    We all know this amazing game called laser tag. It’s super fun and very tiring (especially if you play for 6 hours). In Traverse City, there are two places to play. Incredible Mo’s and Lucky Jacks. Personally I myself like Incredible Mo’s, because it so HUGE. Although Lucky Jacks is also good, it is smaller […]

  • Warm & Waterful Spring Break in Northern Michigan

    So spring break is coming up and many people are going out of town to warm places. Here are some alternatives for a just-as-warm spring break here in Northern Michigan. The two big water parks in the area (or 1 hour from here) are Great Wolf Lodge and Avalanche Bay. Great Wolf Lodge is a […]

  • March ski weekends in Northern Michigan–spotlight on Shanty Creek Resorts

    The best of snow and swimming pools. Longer daylight, cozy fires. Languishing over dinner’s dessert, skiing after brunch. Northern Michigan resorts shine brightly during March (read my list of 6 reasons why March skiing in Northern Michigan is best) . My family gathers up a group of friends every March to have a last hurrah […]

  • Words and Brushes. Written by Johnston M. Mitchell

    My good wife has been encouraging me to become a tour organizer – to take people on writing expeditions in the south of France. It’s odd, but I want to organize these trips around the working locations of painters such as Van Gogh, Matisse and the Fauves, and Cezanne. I guess this seems odd, until […]

  • Collecting Our View of the Bay Takes Togetherness

    It’s not easy to make a life in Northern Michigan in the traditional suburban American sense. There’s the adage, “View of the Bay, half the pay.”  And lots of folks trying to make 12 months of a living in 9 months (or maybe 3). Somehow when I originally started this blog, I thought I would […]

  • Fishing for answers in FISH TOWN

    Are you fishing for answers? Do you need a place for some serenity? One of the most photographed places in the state of Michigan is an authentic fishing village known as Fish Town located in beautiful Leland. During the summer months Leland draws crowds from around the globe who yearn to spend quality time boating, dining, fishing, golfing, […]

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