By Liz Olson, Huffington Post.com
I grew up on Old Mission Peninsula, one mile north of Gray Road, nestled in the back of a subdivision that my grandparents developed when they moved north from a Detroit suburb in the 70s. Perched up on a hill, my bedroom overlooked West Grand Traverse Bay. My brother’s room overlooked an expanse of vineyards to the east. And from my sister’s room, you could hear the splish-splash of frogs in the front yard pond. Our front door swung freely all summer long as we ran in and out, without shoes, without hesitation. The outside was our inside and every day felt like freedom.
It’s been 10 years since I graduated from Traverse City Central High School and moved to Chicago, but returning home every summer reaffirms one of the increasingly few things that I know to be undeniably true: Northern Michigan is magic.
Traverse City, MI, has all the ingredients for a great winter vacation – a quaint downtown with beautiful views of Lake Michigan, microbreweries, restaurants, shops, performance venues and lots of snow. The city gets an average of more than 100 inches of snow annually, and skiers, sledders, snowmobilers and snowshoers put it to good use.
Three ski areas provide slopes for all skill levels. Skiers enjoy limited downhill runs and rope tows at Hickory Hills within the city, while Shanty Creek Resorts, about 40 minutes away, has more than 50 runs and a 450-foot vertical drop. Traverse City is surrounded by cross-country ski areas, including the Pere Marquette State Forest, home to the Vasa Pathway, a series of trails that loop through towering pine trees. Snowmobilers can easily access more than 100 miles of groomed trails throughout the winter season, while skaters, fishermen and ice sailors share the many frozen ponds and lakes in and around the city.
Oct. 19, 2012
The Department of Natural Resources confirmed the catch of a new state-record Great Lakes muskellunge on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
The fish was caught by Joseph Seeberger of Portage, Mich., that same day on Lake Bellaire in Antrim County at 10:30 a.m. The fish weighed 58 pounds, measured 59 inches long and had a girth of 29 inches. Seeberger was actually bass fishing with a minnow at the time when he caught the fish. It took nearly two hours to land and required the help of two friends.
What does little Traverse City have in common with Barcelona, Scotland’s Argyll region, and Bolivia’s Isla del Sol?
It’s just been named to National Geographic’s list of the Top 10 Summer Trips for 2012 — along with such well-known destinations as Baltimore, St. Petersburg (the Russian one), Pawley’s Island in South Carolina, the Spencer Glacier in Alaska, Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park and California’s Channel Islands.
Just back: Northern Michigan
By DAVID LANDSEL
Last Updated: 10:50 PM, July 23, 2012
Posted: 3:52 PM, July 23, 2012
If you ever wanted to understand how Michigan’s mighty economy crashed down to earth so spectacularly, you should probably just go hang out in the northern part of the state, where pristine lakes and quiet rivers are filled with happy people in boats, dragged up from the industrial flatlands, mostly behind giant, American-made pickup trucks.
Work? Who needs it. When you’re here, it’s hard to see anything wrong with the picture. Particularly when you’re on one of the boats yourself, as I was last week, with some guy I met at a bar who asked me and my buddy if we’d like to go out for a spin. After discerning that he was indeed a pretty cool dude — from Detroit, of course; in the auto industry for decades, also of course — and also that his name was Mark, we wandered out back, jumped on board and cruised around Lake Leelanau for awhile as the sun went down, the waters so perfectly clear that even in the shadows of the evening, you could still see it beaming that crazy, tropical, blue-green that the lakes up here are so famous for.
The Alden Stroll takes place every Thursday from 6 pm-9pm, all summer long. Come join the fun. Live music and activities make this a great event for all ages. Alden Outfitters has extended hours so take a break from relaxing and come visit the store. Let us show you all the great merchandise we have to offer!
The Alden Run is coming up on July 28 at 9 am. If you are running, good for you! If you are not participating, come to Alden to help cheer on the runners and stop by the store. It is an event for the entire family.
For more info, please visit the race site. (http://www.aldenrun.com)
NORTHERN MICHIGAN – The Torch Lake Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous returns to the harbors of the Clam River from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. More than 60 original and restored wooden boats from the 1920s through the 1960s will be on display, representing brands including Chris Craft, Garwood, Hacker Craft, Higgins, Century, Lyman, Peterborough, and Thompson.
The majority of the boats in this invitational show come from the Chain of Lakes Region. Special guests at this year’s event will be members of the Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS), and Chris Smith, grandson of the founder of Chris Craft.
Northern Michigan Events: The Twin Bay British Car Club announces the feature automobile for the annual Alden Classic Sports Car Show, August 11-12, 2012
Northern Michigan Events: Northern Michigan car enthusiasts have been waiting for the The Twin Bay British Car Club, which will be hosting the annual Alden Classics Sports Car Show, August 11-12 2012, to announce this year’s feature automobile. They won’t be disappointed–this year the Triumph Spitfire, which recently turned 50, has been selected to be the featured marque for the show.