• NEW Luxury Pets Suites Now Open at Meadowpond Pet Resort – First in the region

    Bellaire, MI. Meadowpond Pet Resort located between Mancelona and Bellaire on M-88, is please to announce the opening of their expansion project.  The new digs for dogs opened on March 23, 2016 and were full for the Easter/Spring break. The additional 15 suites feature the state of the art concept of the 24/7/365 Pet Access […]

  • Power of a Painting

    A young professional from New York cold called me a month or so ago regarding the search for the perfect painting for friends that had married in the Leland, Michigan area last summer. He and his brother wanted something symbolic and of significance to the area and, by chance, saw my website and loved the […]

  • A Telltale Sprint – A Story of Loyalty, Friendship & Honor

    My daughter was lying on the ground in a lump in the drizzle. Her teammate sprinted faster than she had all day across that field, only slightly slower than my own panic. A week earlier, it had been my daughter speeding across the field towards a third teammate, pausing only to bark, “Coach can I […]

  • Three Summer Snacks That Take Advantage of Northern Michigan’s Produce

    Summer= “so much time you have no idea what to do with it” or “how to not eat a million cookies a day.” Summer is here and along with it comes snacking. Here are some easy dishes and snacks to help you stay healthy this summer!   Lemon Punch This lemon punch is a nice […]

  • Join us for Fireworks and Festivities!

    July 1-5, bring the entire family to Crystal Mountain and join us as we celebrate our independence at our annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Splash at the Park at Water’s Edge, take a scenic chairlift ride up to enjoy live entertainment, sign up for the Fourth of July 4K or head to the Family […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Headed Up the Road…
  • Sunday in Petoskey

    One of my favorite places in Northern Michigan whether it’s Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall is the resort town known as Petoskey. The lovely outdoor scenery worth painting a thousand times on a canvas  blended with the historic Gaslight District is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. I myself have traveled frequently to […]

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