Thick with trees and a sandy shoreline, the island simply looked inviting. So we moored our sailboat in shallow waters and waded ashore, joining sunbathers and picnickers making the most of a late summer afternoon. Trails crisscrossing the woods invited exploration, but none of my friends could be prodded into leaving the water’s edge. While … Continue Reading →
Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the finer things in life
Days have passed since the Local Roots barbecue at Greenfield Village, but I can’t get over the tasty portobello bacon skewers served as appetizers that Friday evening. What’s truly amazing is that the skewers held no real bacon, only portobellos. Jesse Eisenhuth, director of food service and catering at The Henry Ford, described the hors d’ouevre as “faux bacon.” In his … Continue Reading →
Images of fireworks exploding over lakes, sunsets along Lake Michigan, kids playing in the surf and sand, lighthouses and just about any beach activity you could think of were among the nearly 2,000 entries in the Pure Michigan Beach Instagram Challenge. The grand prize photograph in the 10-day contest features kayakers on Lake Michigan at Silver Lake Sand … Continue Reading →
It doesn’t have to be all cherries this weekend. While the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is one of the state’s premier events, there’s plenty to do away from the crowds.
My favorite Michigan beach to catch a sunrise is a slight strip of sand along the western shore of Lake Huron, several miles north of Rogers City. I don’t think it even has a name, but if I lived closer, I would have snapped a photo and entered Life’s A Beach: Pure Michigan Instagram Challenge. The … Continue Reading →
Add the Leland Wine & Food Festival to your list of must-go-to Michigan events next year. The festival celebrates the wines of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas as well as some of the best food from area restaurants.
If you think about the places or trips that inspired you to travel, you probably don’t have to look too far beyond your own backyard. Maybe it was a weekend on Mackinac Island? Or a week on a Lake Michigan beach? A trip to Chicago? For me, the seminal moment was closer to home: a … Continue Reading →
Howler monkeys whoop it up somewhere high in the surrounding trees, their loud barks piercing the still night. Nearby, a jaguar roars, its chesty cough adding to the eeriness of the dark jungle. Only our guide’s flash light cuts through the blackness, illuminating the narrow path, framed by thick walls of brush. Red eyes stare. … Continue Reading →
NoMa? That nickname for the neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol was unfamiliar, even though I once spent a lot of time in Washington, D.C., exploring museums, monuments and neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan, Chevy Chase, and Dupont Circle. Walking along 1st St. NE, not far from Union Station, pass contemporary loft and apartment buildings, … Continue Reading →
I’m about done with winter, but a unique approach to wine tasting outside Traverse City may lure me back to the snowy north one more time. On the Leelanau Peninsula, wine enthusiasts can slip into a pair of cross-country skis or strap on snowshoes and follow a groomed trail through vineyards and orchards to taste … Continue Reading →