Brian Walters

Foodie Fridays in Leelanau County

If you’re looking for a way to combine good wine with homegrown local, cuisine, stop into Bluestone Vineyards any Friday through Labor Day weekend for Foodie Fridays. These events – where area restaurants get to show off their best – is a partnership made in (foodie) heaven! Tom Knighton, owner of…

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New Grab-N-Go Eateries

When you're exploring Leelanau County on a bluebird-sky summer day, you don't want to head inside—no matter how hungry you might be getting. And thanks to some casual but innovative new county eateries, you don't need to. There's a bonus too. The family pup can hang at your feet as you sample a…

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Enjoying Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Looking to get up close and personal with nature at Sleeping Bear? With nearly 100 miles of designated trails in the National Lakeshore, you have many options. Let’s start with the 2.8-mile Sleeping Bear Point Trail. It showcases rolling dunes with wildflowers, dune grasses and shrubs, and great…

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Spotlight on Leelanau Cheese

Over the past 25 years, Leelanau Cheese and its founders John and Anne Hoyt brought the Swiss alpine tradition of raclette to Leelanau County, in the process building a cult following for the rind-washed, cave aged delicacy that is traditionally served melted over potatoes, cornichons or crusty…

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Dog-friendly in Leelanau County

Do you have a buddy who loves to run, play and drink… water, that is! Here are a handful of dog-friendly places to visit in Leelanau County. (Of course, all locations require owners to use a leash and cover potty pick-up.) There are many more, but here are a few to start exploring – along with a few…

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Bird Is The Word

Full-fledged birders and novices alike will find a wonderland to explore in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It consists of a combination of migratory flyways and diverse protected habitats—71,000 acres of public land and 35 miles of beaches, complete with public access. For me, a passion…

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