May 2011

King of the world

Ever fantasize about standing at the bow of a ship and yelling: “I’m the king of the world!” How about with the ghost of the Titanic at your back? You can do that in Belfast. Sort of. The dry dock where the majestic liner was built still stands. Walk the length of the dock and … Continue Reading →

Head to Petoskey for whitewater adventure

Forget West Virginia’s Gauley or New River. Now you can get your whitewater kicks much closer to home — in Petoskey — with the opening this Saturday of the new Bear River Valley Recreation Area featuring a short section of challenging rapids. The new mile-long route, the only whitewater course in Michigan’s lower peninsula, starts … Continue Reading →

Grand Hotel unveils Laura Bush Suite

One of the sure signs of spring in Michigan is the reopening of the Grand Hotel. The stately Mackinac Island hotel opened for its 125th season last weekend and debuted its newest suite, named after former First Lady Laura Bush. It’s the hotel’s seventh First Lady Suite; the others are named after Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady … Continue Reading →

Discovering the Civil War

The Civil War is coming to Michigan. Beginning May 21, a wealth of Civil War documents, ranging from letters and diaries to photos and receipts, will be shown as part of a traveling national exhibit, Discovering the Civil War, at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. This is no staid exhibit. These and other documents, including … Continue Reading →