Brian Walters

Creating Coziness at The Homestead this Winter

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with John Piombo, Executive Chef of The Homestead restaurants, Nonna’s, Cavanaugh’s, and Café Manitou, located in Glen Arbor, MI. The winter months in Michigan can be arduous. And January, with its grey days and cold temperatures, is no picnic. And during…

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Dining, " Mel & Fell Style"

Fall has announced itself slowly in Michigan. It began with warm nights and striking colors you could see on the Old Mission Peninsula from Bluff Road into late September. October came with the vivid oranges and reds like before, but with the acknowledgment that it would soon be time to hunker down…

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The Books are Back!

Glen Lake Community Library re-opens after renovation and expansion. The Glen Lake Community Library’s renovation and expansion is done and the library is up and running – or should we say reading – at 10115 W. Front St. in Empire. The doors opened officially on Sept. 8, 2020 with spacious windows…

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Not Just a Corn Maze

Jacob’s Farm has been owned and operated by the Witkop family since 1892 and is recognized by the State of Michigan’s Historical Commission as a Centennial Farm. The first corn maze was introduced in the Fall of 2008 and quickly became one of the area’s most popular attractions. The interactive…

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An Afternoon at Two K Farms

Nestled right off of M22, a storybook farmhouse overlooking an apple and grape-growing paradise awaits you. Admittedly, Two K Farms’ modest wood sign does little to advertise the breathtaking property that sits tucked away until you venture up the casual dirt road. But for the daring explorers who…

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Welcome to the (Farm) Club

A restaurant on a farm, selling produce and baked goods, brewing ales and cider in house? It just makes sense. The farm literally couldn’t be any closer to the table. Farm Club lies nestled on 35 acres of farmland just 7 miles north of downtown Traverse City, and easily accessed by the TART trail…

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Two Meditative Hiking Trails

The goldenrod is browning. Queen Anne’s lace is closing up shop. The milkweed pods are bursting. Bloodroot — one of the earliest and loveliest spring wildflowers, the heart-shaped leaves of which stand tall through summer heat and storms — is starting to collapse under its own weight. Fall is…

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