Michigan Coast

Prudent in Paradise: 5 Tips for Trail Safety

The beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can be so calming and soothing, so maternal and gentle, that you might easily forget that nature isn’t always harmless. “Incidents” on park trails are very rare. I have never once, in my countless times hiking through this region, had a…

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Shop Leelanau Farmers Markets Like a Chef

It's opening day of the Glen Arbor Farmer's Market, and Anne Cunningham is standing behind a a display of ripe and tasty bounty from her TLC Farms in Suttons Bay. By Kim Schneider | Foodie One bin holds a collection of deep red heirloom tomatoes, another those with a more pinkish cast and still…

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Hike the Newest Sleeping Bear Trail

After seven years of planning, work recently wrapped up on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s newest hiking and ski path. Be one of the first to check out the three-mile Kettles Trail. Here’s the scoop on the trail’s “glacial” significance and directions on how to find and explore this…

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Home/Place at the Glen Arbor Arts Center

Glen Arbor was packed, bustling on this stunning spring day — potential visitors monitor the Leelanau weather forecasts as intently as locals do — so I decided to duck into the Glen Arbor Arts Center for shade and contemplation, respite and inspiration. By Vaughn D. | Art Aficionado The new exhibit…

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Where to Get The Best View With Your Wine Or Cider

Escape to Mawby Country Mawby has long been the coolest of the cool. I mean, where else can have Sex in a glass (link to https://shop.lmawby.com/sex-750ml-p13.aspx)? This past year, Michigan’s oldest and only sparkling wine house got even more awesome. That’s because they decided to tear down a wall…

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Your Manitou Island Connection

If your idea of bliss is staring at a campfire instead of a television, hiking in big woods with spotty mobile phone coverage, or kayaking along miles of desolate Lake Michigan shoreline, then the Manitou Islands will feel like paradise. Ferrying people to and from the islands for the day or an…

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10 Spring Wildflowers You Should Know

It’s the Trail Genius’s favorite time of year — the psychedelic time when the prettiest of wildflowers, the spring ones, are carpeting the forest floor. By Paul Baumbusch | Trail Genius Mini-hikes that used to take thirty minutes now take an hour plus, because you’re having to stop every five seconds…

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Photography Vacations with Mark Carlson

As the last signs of winter melt away and the flowers start to blossom―we know that springtime is upon us. After 6 months of the biting cold temperatures, it is safe to assume that almost everyone is ready to trade in their winter parkas for shorts and tank tops...even if it may be only 50 degrees…

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