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t’s funny; I usually take at least a few hours to find the quote that sums up the current issue. But this immediately popped into my head. Ironically, it was Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Superintendent John Van Wagoner’s go to quote in the last issue. As far as life in general these days, we all feel overdue to close (slam) the door on 2020, and open the door to a brighter 2021. On a smaller scale in the pages, you’ll see it’s becoming a silver lining of hope. Especially for commercial property owners. Most of the new businesses that we highlight are moving forward into bigger and better location spaces, that opened up because the old businesses couldn’t hang on. For others, business as usual has changed so much that we have been forced to close the door to the old way and open to a new way. Some new ways have been refreshingly eye opening, some are really hard. Our magazine even looks starkly different, void of the lively and vibrant pages of people

on the town, out and about, the familiar smiling faces at our community charity events. This is a closed door, but it has opened the door to a new world of virtual fundraising. Thanks to the doers, paired with a little online know how, most charities have been able to adapt. The big hearts and generosity that our community is known for has still shown up with their clicks and online wallets! We have been given the gift of a stress-free holiday season. Embrace it. We have to close the door for now, on being out every night, happy hours, dining out, holiday parties, having the problem of nothing to wear, too many people on your schedule to fit in, always too busy, busy, busy. Oh, the money and time you’ll save! Let’s open a new door to the only thing important at the end of the day: being home with our immediate family, spending quality time, baking, cooking (or ordering out), enjoying libations, binge watching everything, jigsaw puzzles, board games, sweats, slippers, lighting a fire, and

not having to leave the house while its dark, cold, and snowy! As for my little family of three, I’m excited to make new traditions in our ‘new to us’ house. I’m planning to summon my inner North Pole elf, and tinsel and light anything and everything. I may have to just wear sequins, glitter and heels to random at home Taco Tuesday dinners just to feel holiday sparkly. But if you know me well, that wouldn’t seem weird! Happy Everything Stay safe and take care

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LIVING THE NORTHERN DREAM H O L I D AY/ E A R LY W I N T E R 2 0 2 1

features

34 A WINTER’S QUEST Head to the hills for the perfect family getaway.

50 SHAPING HISTORY The lofty task of making history all your own at the Hannah Lay Lofts.

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ON THE TOWN

18 MOVER & SHAKER with Ginger Kadlec

BLUE LAVA MEDIA

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departments 20

LOCAL SCOOP

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NORTHERN HERO with Andrew Dzierwa

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LOCAL DISH

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BEHIND THE DISH

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WICKED GOOD EATS

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HOME GROWN & LOCAL

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TRENDING NOW

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STYLE IN THE CITY

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE by Jim Anderson

HOME STYLE

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PROJECT HOME by Kristen Pappas

THEN & NOW

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NORTHERN ENCOUNTERS with Todd and Brad Reed Photography


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Brittany Darga CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brittany Darga, Todd and Brad Reed, Andrew Dzierwa, Kristen Pappas CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Tom Gorsline, Blue Lava Media Jim Anderson – Anderson Aerial Photography, Todd and Brad Reed Photography GRAPHIC DESIGNER Bethany Gulde www.bethanydesigntc.com ADVERTISING SALES Teri Gorsline teri@baylifenorth.com ABOUT THE COVER Dogsledding Mike King’s Pets That Pull By Shanty Creek Resorts BAY BREEZE MEDIA LLC 10966 S West Bay Shore Drive Traverse City, MI. 49684 231-715-6088 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND INQUIRIES editor@baylifenorth.com @BayLifeMagazine @BayLifeMagazine

BAYLIFE Magazine Number 53 is a bi-monthly publication of BAY BREEZE Media, LLC. Advertising Rates available at baylifenorth. com. or calling 231-715-6088. BAYLIFE Magazine is a controlled subscription, direct mailed to 7000 affluent homes located on Old Mission Peninsula, Wayne Hill, Slabtown, Traverse City, Incochee and distributed to locations throughout the Grand Traverse Bay and Northern Michigan. BAYLIFE Magazine is owned exclusively by BAY BREEZE Media, LLC. 2020-21. All content of this publication is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part for any reason without prior approval of the publisher. BAYLIFE Magazine is family owned and is a registered trademark of BAY BREEZE MEDIA, LLC.

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Traverse Symphony Orchestra

An exclusive live taping with Bob James, and Nancy Stagnitta Bonobo Winery October 6th, 2020

Rhonda Estes, Executive Director Dr. Kedrick Merwin

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Bonobo Owners Carter and Todd Oosterhouse

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GOOD NEWS

State Sailing Champion Noah Robitshek, 18, a senior at Traverse City Central High School, and a member of the Traverse City Central Sailing Team. He took first place in the single handed standard full rig division in Lasers.

Flying High WTCM Ron Jolly and Colleen Wares all suited up for Coastguard Chopper ride along day!

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Hot Off The Press Ashlea Walter has published her first children's book with Pinkie Finger Press! The book is called Up North Alphabet, and it is a journey for the young (and young at heart), through Michigan's unique natural wonders.

Well Deserved Lori Wells is starting new adventures after 30 years as the Senior Center Director. Parks Director Kristine Erikson presents her with a plaque and gifts.


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Sheryl Coston first experienced the magic of northern Michigan when she was just 22 and working in Interlochen for the summer. At the end of the season, as she traveled home on the SS Badger ferry and reflected on her summer adventure, Sheryl’s dream for the future became clear: “The north woods of Michigan is where I am going to retire.” Fast forward 40 years. Following fulfilling careers in Seattle, Sheryl and her spouse Betsy Davidson did exactly that. They are living in Traverse City and actively enjoying their grand retirement adventure. They both credit Perry Adams, Wealth Manager at West Shore Bank, for providing the financial guidance needed to deliver on their dreams. “We sleep well at night, knowing that we have enough money to fuel our adventures and cover our day-to-day needs.” West Shore Bank. For Life’s Grand Adventure.

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The Zonta ladies that showed up to party! All masked up in custom Festival of Trees 2020 masks.

Unmasked: Rhonda Estes, Carolyn Olson and Arlene Nelson.

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The Hosts: Elmbrook owner, Carolyn Olson and Arlene Nelson


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GOOD NEWS

Third Edition Peg Jonkhoff and Fred Hoisington are excited to be updating their Perry Hannah’s Gifts into a third print production. Hot off the press in early 2021.

Just Because Erin Monigold is sharing some “Buddy” Love with us! He’s an AC PAW rescue doggy who she adopted about a year and a half ago.

Big Little Library George Prewitt, created this Little Free “Grief” Library in collaboration with Peg Jonkhoff. Its books are to help people of all ages cope with grief and loss. The library sits on the corner of 6th Street outside of the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Deb and Aaron Swoverland with their twin girls, Grace and Annie. Nick and Sara Hawkins Big News! This happy group of people are new business partners launching Pursuit Physical Therapy. Not just one location but two! Traverse City - 131 E State St. Kalkaska - 338 S Cedar St 16

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MOVERS & SHAKERS GINGER KADLEC, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TBCAC

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INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center

Can you share with our readers why the TBCAC is so important for our area? Child abuse sadly happens here more than most people realize. In the midst of this pandemic, child physical abuse cases have increased dramatically. In collaboration with our multidisciplinary partners (like law enforcement, prosecutors and CPS), TBCAC serves as the regional response center for investigations of crimes against children. The good work done at our center ensures the safety, justice and healing for these children.

On a lighter note, let’s get to know you! Are you a Traverse City native? If not, what was your journey here? My husband John and I relocated from Indianapolis to Traverse City almost four years ago at the beginning of our retirement journey. We were looking for a warm-hearted community with a vast offering of outdoor activities, beautiful scenery and plenty of fun things to do… it’s no surprise, we found all of that here!

What is the most rewarding part for you personally? When children first come they’ve often experienced unimaginable trauma. What warms my heart is seeing kiddos coming back for follow-up counseling and therapy with smiles on their faces, eager and excited to meet with our counseling team… those kids literally learn to trust again and feel safe… seeing that outcome is a personal game changer for me.

Who is your hero? For sure, my dad. He was a gentle giant who put his family and friends above himself… He set the bar extremely high for both my sister and me.

10 years strong and TBCAC is growing. Tell us about that? In a perfect world, no child would be harmed, but we’ve seen a 300% increase in the number of child forensic interviews conducted at our center in just the last five years. To meet that demand, our expansion project will add 2,400 square feet to our existing center. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support from people and organizations throughout the Grand Traverse region.

Any words of wisdom you live by? I do my best to seek positive outcomes in situations. I’m also a big fan of lemonade, so when life gives you lemons… What three words best describe you? Energetic. Happy. Grateful. Tell us one thing that would surprise us about you? I played a munchkin in my high school’s musical, “The Wiz”… perhaps a bit surprising given that I push six-feet in heels. What is one thing you have achieved on your bucket list? Finding true love.


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Higher Art Step into Higher Arts Gallery’s new digs on Front Street to experience a true time out for yourself. With the world around us a little crazed, revel in a moment to appreciate the beauty and stillness of art as a welcome escape. Shanny Brooke started the gallery in 2016, and she is an artist and operator. Her art philosophy: “We really try to set ourselves apart to have something for everyone, at all price points. I love bringing contemporary art to our small town.” She recently re-located to Front Street from Union Street. “It’s tough on the side streets, so I’m so thrilled to finally be where all the foot traffic is. With all the extra space I can now have a balanced collection of local wellknown artists, combined with artists from around the world,” says Shanny. Her gallery has been home to over 45 contemporary artists with a new exhibit every 40 days. 219 E. Front St. www.higherartgallery.com

Holiday Happenings

“This place is the community’s! Come here and feel welcome. You don’t have to ski, snowboard or tube. Just come for hot cocoa and family fun, we want everyone to feel the spirit of the hill!” - Nate Noyes, Executive Director

Mt. Holiday is ready and eager for a great winter season of socially distant merriment. They just need you! So, come by and help break in the new back patio. It was built by staff and volunteers this fall with help from a generous grant by the Biederman Foundation to make it happen. It can’t get shutdown because it’s outside. Open all season long. For drinking and dining, think Mt. Holiday! You’re wrapped up warm to ski and tube anyway. Speaking of drinking on the patio, come sample the “Holiday IPA” brewed just for them, by the Filling Station. If inside and toasty is more your style, you can now grab dinner and a drink from the T Bar and enjoy it over in the lounge. All this out of the box ideas should add to their best season yet! Cheers. 310 Holiday Rd. www.Mt-Holiday.com


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The Season of Donating Virtually ‘Northern Hero’ focuses on highlighting inspiring groups, events, and individuals within our community. We seek to find people who give back to the community in selfless ways. As we approach the holiday season, Bay Life is highlighting methods of virtual philanthropy. While our community may not be interacting the same as holidays past, the season of giving continues stronger than ever.

In addition to traditional bell ringing at physical locations, The Salvation Army of Traverse City has pivoted their focus to virtual methods of volunteering and donating. Community members can participate in virtual bell ringing by asking friends and/or family to donate to their online fundraiser; to participate, visit www.registertoring.com. Similarly, the Salvation Army has teamed up with Walmart of Traverse City to virtually donate groceries and gifts to those in need. The Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys to over 600 children each year. If interested in donating this holiday season, visit www.walmart.com/registry/registryforgood.

Photos courtesy of The Salvation Army of Traverse City/Facebook

The Northwest Food Coalition is hosting The Food Security Summit, a six-part virtual series aiming to address regional food insecurity in the greater Grand Traverse Region. In the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, already existing problems in regional food insecurity have increased exponentially. Summit sessions begin on December 8th and continue through March of 2021. Attendance to the summit is free, and registration can be found at www.northwestmifoodcoalition.org/food-security-summit. Andrew Dzierwa was born and raised in Traverse City and is passionate about promoting the people and culture within his hometown. Andrew works full-time at Hagerty, and enjoys fishing and pae piano in his free time. To nominate an individual for this column email: editor@baylifenorth.com WINTER 2021 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE

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Mid Century Inspired Leslie Bilbey and Josh Gray are transforming the old Ham Bonz restaurant on East Eighth Street into their own little piece of 1950s Americana, and naming it Oakwood Proper Burgers. “The building is from 1952 and our house, just a few blocks away, is of the same era. We always walk in this area, and when we saw the building for sale, it led to our curiosity. I used to live in Texas, and I co-owned Bistro Burgers in Canton with my brother,” says Josh. “I called him to pitch the idea and he was interested!” Leslie and Josh keep busy with four kids and full-time jobs, so Jeff’s involvement is instrumental to be the head burger honcho. Their vision is simple; small family business, bringing the community together, using only locally sourced ingredients, while serving up amazing burgers! Oh, yes, hand cut fries and shakes too. YUMMO. “People are already popping by saying hello. I love that we are saving something, breathing new life into the old,” smiles Leslie. An opening date? “It depends on the world of COVID-19, and the weather, but soon!” 1108 E. Eighth St.

Josh and Leslie seated inside Oakwood Proper Burgers.

Hexenbelle Heather Webber, Hannah Lane, and Christian Geoghegan are three great talents coming together to bring you a new favorite restaurant, named Hexenbelle. Located in the Warehouse MRKT in the old Alliance space, Hexenbelle’s premise and timing of COVID-19 is perfect. Their plan is takeaway counter service, online ordering and outdoor seating, weather permitting. What’s familiar is their faces and wares! Heather and Hannah were friendly faces working at BLK MRKT for the last five years – Heather a barista and Hannah the head baker. Great coffee and great baked goods are guaranteed. This is where Christian’s talents come in. He was a BLK MRKT patron, but also is an accomplished young chef with experience in the kitchens of Alliance and Trattoria Stella. Christian is their secret weapon to reach new foodie heights and gain new groupies. The power of three. 144 Hall St, Suite 107 PHOTO BY TRACEY LARK


Bonjour Ooh Lal la! Traverse City will now have a French quarter, with the Parisian styled restaurant Brasserie Amie opening in the former Franklin space on the corner of Cass Street and Front Street. This is especially exciting for the loyal devotees of Patisserie Amie. Brunch has never been the same since it closed when the pandemic began. Owner and chef Eric Fritch of Patisserie Amie is joined in the venture with partners Jason Thibodeau and Rob Lindsay who own The Parlor. The brunch is back better than ever, with double the space, paired with specialty brunch cocktails, 20 beer taps and select French wine. Long term plans include dinner service and upstairs event space. With warmer weather fun on the upstairs deck. COVID-19 just shows us, as one door closes, another one opens. Bon-Appetit!

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Happy Holidays wine lovers. Without saying, this year has gone down as one of the most troubling on many fronts. None the less, we forge ahead with our chin held high looking to genuinely enjoy our lives. I think we all need a little gem during the holiday season, and nothing’s better than BUBBLY! Like most wines, there are unlimited choices on sparkling wine from traditional Champagne from France, Cava from Spain, or something a little closer to home, like wines from L. Mawby Vineyards. Champagne being the name most people use to refer to sparkling wine, can only come from Champagne, France. The primary grapes in true champagne are pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay making up 99.7% the grapes used. From there, the styles vary from Brut, Rose, Non-Vintage, Vintage and more. This year we are focusing on Montaudon Champagne for its elegance and attractive price point. Truly a gem. Many of you bubble heads may recognize the Mawby label. I do believe they make some outstanding sparkling wines varying in style ranging from Brut (dry) to demi-sec (off dry). They have been working at being a Bubbly house for decades, and the work has certainly paid off! Wines such as Us, Sex & Fizz from the M Lawrence line, and one of my favorites the Mawby Blanc. A crisp blend of grapes fermented dry, zesty and incredibly fun to drink. Another must try! Have a great Holiday season. Enjoy some great wine and smile. Cheers, Darric

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But First, Brunch! While meandering through the historic corridors of the Grand Traverse Commons Mercato, you’ll experience the spectacular aroma of Red Spire Brunch House much sooner before you encounter the welcoming entrance. It’s a bustling corner of deliciousness. There, hard at work, you’ll see the co-owners Chad Hall greeting you up front, and chef Josh Anderson in the kitchen. Since launching their vision a few years ago, this dynamic duo has perfected their brunch niche beautifully. Patrons agree as they constantly give 5-star reviews for excellent service and excellent food. When you can pair all this mouthwatering goodness with a marvelous mimosa or bodacious Bloody Mary, what’s not to love? The breakfast menu has a few stand outs to savor, with four egg Benedict choices and decadent French toasts; apple cinnamon streusel and banana pecan caramel. Oh my! On the lunch menu, come hungry for two hot favorites; The Monte Cristo, ham, turkey, swiss on battered French toast with a side of cherry preserves. Or, French dip, Boars Head roast beef, havarti, crispy shallots on a demi baguette with a side of au jus. Not hungry? Then the libations menu may be more your style. An entire world of hand-crafted cocktails to fulfill your fancy: You’ll find a mimosa, a breakfast martini, and a sweet asylum to name a few. The menu continues with beer, champagnes, red rose, and white wine too. Your job is to squeeze in all this fun by 3 pm, when they close. These guys work hard to please us. Support local and their small businesses by ordering online and keeping them busy! 800 Cottageview Dr. Suite 30 www.redspirebrunchouse.com

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What is the short version of the Fustini’s story? We started our first store in Traverse City in 2008, at less than half the size we are now. It was immediately obvious that there was a great need out there for good ingredients for the home cook and things haven’t slowed down since. With four stores in Michigan (Traverse City, Petoskey, Holland and Ann Arbor) and a robust online business, we remain committed to bringing the healthiest oils and vinegars to our loyal guests. We have pivoted to virtual cooking classes for the time being, which has proven to be very popular. We are all looking for ways to keep ourselves entertained and to cook amazing foods in the comfort of our own kitchens. What makes Fustini’s so unique? Our balsamics all come from Modena, Italy and contain no added caramel flavoring or corn syrup. The versatility and uses are endless. We work closely with some of the most respected olive growers in the world for our olive oils and source them from all over. We choose the best tasting, highest quality olives for our oils and bring them straight to our stores. Our average pick to crush time for the olives averages just three hours; the difference in taste and health benefits between our oils and commercial ones is unbelievable. What do you think has been the secret sauce to success? It’s a combination of things. We have always treated our customers like guests in our own home; many of them feel like family at this point and we love seeing them year after year. Our staff is amazing; hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated to constant improvement. We are deeply involved in our communities, trying to give back to those communities that have been so supportive of us. And carrying consistently great products doesn’t hurt either! Fustini’s has evolved from just oils and vinegars? Yes, we realized early on that in addition to oils and vinegars, people were looking for support in how to use them. We have cooking classes (now virtual) for every level of cook and have published a line of our own cookbooks as well. And our pantry section just keeps expanding to include delicious items to supplement home cooking, many of them from Michigan. What’s next on the horizon? During these crazy times, we are doing our best to pivot to find new ways to get our products out to Fustinis fans all over. Our website is very extensive and we continue to fine tune it. The holidays will be extra exciting this year and we anticipate a very busy shipping season. We have virtual cooking classes and virtual oil tasting classes too. What combination is your favorite? That’s like asking who my favorite child is… I have to admit that I just adore our Select oils. We were lucky enough to go to Spain last year to choose them (pre COVID-19) and I find myself using them on almost everything. Now we are into Chilean oils and I love the robust koroneiki oil with our traditional dark balsamic over pasta, vegetables, salads… But I do find myself reaching for our Michigan apple balsamic and sage and mushroom oil to finish off meats and sauteed vegetables, too. And blood orange oil with fig balsamic has always been a favorite as well. I’ll stop there …. WINTER 2021 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE

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TRENDING

NOW

Escape Pods A new concept developed by Bay Area Recycling for Charities. (BARC)

Andy Gale, Owner

Home has changed in 2020. It functions as an office, a school, a daycare, a movie theater, a gym, a rotating kitchen and a bar! “With all this togetherness, people are screaming for a piece of serenity away from their family,” laughs Andy Gale, the owner of Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC). You can’t get a bigger house, but you can get an Escape Pod. “It all started when someone asked me if I could recycle their house. My company BARC recycles just about everything else,” Andy said. It started with a conversation with Bruce Odom, to take over his store, Odom Reuseable Building Materials, in Grawn. That didn’t happen, but with the store closing, Andy hired the two carpenters who were losing their jobs. Fun Fact: Andy is from a construction family in Colorado and has a degree in construction. He enjoyed a 20-year career before moving his family to Traverse City and switching gears into recycling. “It’s fun to be building again, tapping into my inner Andy!” The materials used are all recycled, brought back to life in these tiny little houses. It’s brilliant, and, oh so timely.

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A Winter’s Quest

G E T A W AY T R AVE L BAN BE GO NE! I T ’ S T I M E TO T H I NK D IFFE RE NTLY TH IS WINTER . You missed spring break, you stayed home all summer. With the cooler temperatures, those four walls will start closing in. Your family is staying safe by avoiding planes, and trains, but you’re itching for an epic escape? Look no further than our Northern Michigan world class resorts. Relax and play, experience a mini vacation right in our backyard. Find serenity at the spa, drop your kids at ski school, try tubing, hike, bike and then wine and dine in style. All resorts are implementing COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required. Please visit websites for specifics.


B O Y N E M O U N T A I N 1 B OY N E M O U N TA I N R D

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B OY N E FA L L S

“If you enjoy high energy activities on a very grand scale, this is the place for you” ‒ Erin Ernst of Boyne Resorts

| B OY N E M O U N TA I N .C O M

OVERVIEW Located in the village of Boyne Falls, Michigan, Boyne Mountain Resorts opened its doors in 1948 with a single chairlift, a single run and a single warming hut. Over 70 years later, Boyne Mountain Resort is still host to winter recreation including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating. Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are sister resorts.


COVID-19 UPDATES

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON ON THE SNOW Added 21 new, top-of-the-line energy efficient and high production HKD snow guns to its fleet of snowmakers. Added lighting to several areas for improved sight conditions during night skiing and riding. LODGING Paper-less check-in, curbside check-in. Express checkout. New contactless, mobile payment options including Apple Pay and Google Pay. Bellman service, valet parking, and shuttle service remain available this winter. 220 guest rooms Pet friendly rooms available DINING Online food ordering via the Boyne Mountain App, and resort website for takeout at several establishments. Guests can also coordinate advanced provisions purchases and have their suite, condo, or cabin, stocked with groceries upon their arrival, or delivered to their door during their stay. Five, new dining igloos located in the Biergarten providing seating for groups up to 10 people. Guests to the resort can also enjoy to-go light bites, beer, and a limited bar selection at two additional Alpen Hut locations this winter, including at the base of Meadows near the top-notch Tube Park, and in the Biergarten. MOUNTAIN STATS 60 runs 12 lifts 7 terrain parks 415 skiable acres

THINGS TO DO Skiing and riding Snowshoeing Spa Tubing Zipline adventure Sno-go biking Horseback riding Fat tire snow biking Cross country skiing Shopping Avalanche Bay (open weekends only)

WHAT’S FREE Ice skating Bonfire and s’mores Ski valet Business center Fishing Hiking WIFI

FUN FACTS Largest spa in Michigan. 18,500 square feet with 19 treatment rooms. Avalanche Bay - Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark.


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“This is a little more laid back, and casual. Skiing terrain is laid out more for all levels. A western style with more rolling hills and trees.” – Erin Ernst of Boyne Resorts

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OVERVIEW Boasting the highest vertical and most skier and rider accessible acreage in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Boyne Highlands is known for its hospitality and family friendliness. The resort is home to an extensive trail system that provides terrain for all ability types. The resort is host to a multitude of activities other than skiing and riding. Boyne Highlands offers guests tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and a zipline.


COVID-19 UPDATES

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON ON THE SNOW Have expanded snowmaking. They are also lighting up 1.7 miles of snowshoe hiking trails creating a magical, new experience for guests of all ages this season. Launched the enhanced Happiness Card, a direct-to-lift reloadable pass. Purchasers can buy online and skip the lift ticket window. DINING Restaurants are open with limited capacities. Happiness Hut where guests enjoy warm drinks, and a limited selection of retail. They are also lighting up 1.7 miles of snowshoe hiking trails creating a magical, new experience for guests of all ages this season. ACCOMMODATIONS 400 guest rooms Pet friendly rooms available MOUNTAIN STATS 55 runs 8 lifts 435 skiable acres THINGS TO DO Downhill ski & ride Cross country skiing Fat tire biking Adventure center Sno-go bikes Horseback rides Snowshoeing Tubing Zipline adventures WHAT’S FREE Ski valet Bonfire & s’mores Business center Fishing Hiking FUN FACT The North Peak Pass is the longest ski run in Michigan at 1.25 miles. WINTER 2021 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE

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SHANTY CREEK RESORTS 1 8 2 6 S C H U S S M O U N TA I N L N

“Every winter the 5,000-acre Shanty Creek Resort transforms into a winter wonderland.” – Kirsten Borgstrom

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| SHANTYCREEK.COM

Overview Shanty Creek resorts are located in Bellaire, Michigan. The resort offers three distinctive villages: Summit, Schuss and Cedar River. There are slope side condos and a popular tube park


COVID-19 UPDATES

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON ON THE SNOW New nordic equipment. Pre-set rentals and touchless transactions Plan ahead and have rental equipment ready and waiting. For guests staying at select Shanty Creek lodging properties, rentals can be delivered to your room! Also launching seasonal rentals, electronic waivers, and fewer touch points, keeping all guests and staff safe. DINING New food truck, CoffeeBAR, and curbside pickup. New to-go window on the slope side of Ivan’s will offer grab-n-go options, plus a new heated outdoor dining area; online ordering options with curbside pickup at The River Bistro and the newly opened CoffeeBAR at The Lakeview.  ACCOMMODATIONS 400 lodging options Limited pet friendly options MOUNTAIN STATS 42 runs 8 lifts 4 terrain parks

THINGS TO DO Downhill ski and ride Alpine tubing Snowshoeing Dogsledding rides Fat tire bikes Snowmobiling Wellness spa Fitness center Indoor swimming pool

FUN FACT Kingdom Come run has a 450 foot drop.

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| THOMPSONVILLE

“Winter is coming. So, Crystal Mountain is reimagining its winter operations and planning for all safety contingencies. We anticipate an increased, renewed and expanded interest in winter activities.” – John Melcher, Chief Operating Officer

| C R Y S TA L M O U N TA I N .C O M

OVERVIEW Located on a rise above the Betsie Valley, Crystal Mountain has terrain to suit all ability levels from avid skiers to seasoned snowboarders. The resort contains wide open groomed slopes connected via a modern chairlift system. The village has multiple lodging, dining and shopping options to explore. The resort also offers over 80 acres to explore with snowshoes.


COVID-19 UPDATES

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON ON THE SNOW Installed a 600-foot long, 12-inch diameter snow-making pipe that will allow the team to make even more snow and help build a more solid base – faster. Radio frequency identification gates installed at chairlifts, allowing for touchless, cashier less lift ticket transactions. Chairlift loading will change somewhat in that guests will be asked to ride together only if they live together. DINING Restaurants open with limited capacity. Pre-packaged food to-go. There will be seating areas outdoors and an additional pavilionstyle tent has been installed. The Crystal Center will also be used for overflow seating. COVID-19 Crystal clean commitment to COVID-19 in place. Indoors they are installing portable, high efficiency particulate air purifiers in some areas; opening ventilation dampers to bring in about 20% fresh air; as well as installing air scrubbers that are a spinoff of NASA technology. ACCOMMODATIONS 250 hotel rooms, suites, condos, townhomes and resort residences MOUNTAIN STATS 58 downhill slopes 8 lifts 3 terrain areas 102 skiable acres

FUN FACT The ski area has an excellent children’s ski program for ages three and up.

THINGS TO DO Downhill ski & ride Cross country skiing Fat tire biking Horse drawn surry rides Snow shoeing Ice skating Indoor pool Fitness center Crystal spa Shopping WINTER 2021 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE

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BY J I M A N D E R S O N

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT THOMPSONVILLE Jim Anderson, owner of Anderson Aerial Photography, photographed this captivating image of the freshly groomed runs of Crystal Mountain Resort on an early wintery morning. The resort features 58 trails and one of the fastest quad lifts in Northern Michigan with Buck, Crystal Clipper and Loki quad lifts seen left to right in this image

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LIFE is what you make it!

COVID-19 ENTERTAINING While we are keeping at home entertaining to a minimum, it doesn’t mean it has to be dull. A quick trip downtown is all you need to spruce up your tired old basics. You are also supporting our small business community.

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PROJECT

HOME BY K I R S T E N PA P PA S

COLOR ME

Happy!

We all can agree that 2020 has been a time of confusion and uncertainty. With many of us spending more time within our four walls, we are seeing very different attitudes with these new living arrangements. For some it feels quite safe but for many others it is a place filled with angst. This is where the psychology of color and pattern can serve both sides. Gone are all grey rooms. Grey prepares us for hibernation. Winter already brings about hibernation let alone a situation that creates us to go even deeper into a hibernating state.

Instead, color is now king, and patterns are alive and well. Color is helpful in providing a space that can boost outlook and create optimism. The use of bright colors and maximalist patterns can be implemented to escape the reality of loneliness or isolation. Yellow is linked to sunlight and can help uplift a room with low light. Orange is also a great color to uplift your space. It is a combination of energizing red and a happy, sunny yellow. Green is associated with renewal and helps to overcome lethargy and weakness. Experiment with the intensity of the color and what feels good in your space. Brighter colors can go a long way. For some it may be more of an accent color in artwork or a single piece of furniture. For others, they may find themselves leaning towards more muted earthy tones to provide calmness and security that ground us and create a sanctuary. Other colors such as blues and purples can be used to create tranquility and reduce anxiety. Pinks are also known to create a nurturing

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feeling. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try Benjamin Moores, “First Light”. It is a soft beigey-pink and was one of Pantone’s 2020 color of the year. Combine any of these mood-altering colors with an organic pattern and feel the weight of your stress melt Use geometric patterns to compliment your palette to create order, predictability and rationality. There is a world of color out there. Color me beautiful, color me happy color me_________ (insert word). Listen to the ones that speak to you and create the space that is right for you.

Kirsten Pappas is the owner of Wink Interior Design. “My personal philosophy is to create an area that you not only live in, but that can also takes on a life of its own.”


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Shaping T RAVERSE CITY is known for

its beautiful views of the water, rolling hills, parks, bustling

tourism, and festivals. In the heart of Traverse City there is a historic site called the Hannah &

History

Lay building which has stood for 137 years.

And, currently, there is an ongoing renovation on the third floor, which are newly made custom-built condos.

Written by Brittany Darga Photography by Blue Lava Media


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HEN the owners bought space to construct a new condo, they knew they would get to enjoy

beauty outside, but it was up to them to create beauty inside. “People mention the beauty of Traverse City all the time,” one of the owners said. “Now we get to look out our windows every day and take in all that the area has to offer.” From the start, the owners of this particular condo knew what they wanted. They wanted something contemporary in a traditional building, open and spacious, yet not enormous. Together, along with the developers, DargaWorks, a beautiful two bedroom 2 ½ bathroom, 2,200 square foot condo was constructed. “I walk from room to room and I’m always saying how much I love different aspects,” the owner said. “I don’t think I have a favorite part. It’s all my favorite.”

Upon opening the door, the first thing guests might notice is the panoramic view of Traverse City’s open space and marina. Take a few steps into the entryway hallway, and guests are sure to be drawn to the open kitchen, dining, and living area. Follow the knot-free white oak floors to the kitchen and see blue chairs surrounding the island, which give an accent to the white quartz countertops and white cabinets. Bricks used to construct the original building sit behind the white cabinets, a six-burner gas stove top, and double ovens. The island doubles as a prep station as well as a dining area, which is why the owners wanted an ornate chandelier above it. “It’s just the two of us living here and we didn’t want a full dining room,” the owner said. “We wanted the kitchen and the living room close so we could feel close.”

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steps past the kitchen will take guests past a pillar original to the building, and into the living room. Here, it is hard to miss the large white quartz fireplace, centered between more original bricks. Inside the fireplace are crystal and amber pieces which, at nighttime, give off a stunning glow. While sitting on either the white couch or one of the three blue or white chairs in the living room, guests might notice the detail put into the ceiling. The simple, yet classy design has dim lighting that adds to the modern feel. “I knew I wanted something unique and elegant for the ceiling,” the owner said. “The builders did such a wonderful job.”

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P

ART of the reason for a lot of white color and

simple designs is that most of the pops of color are in artwork splashed throughout the condo. Perhaps the most noticeable pieces of art are in a glass cabinet against a wall behind the couch in the living area. “Anywhere we’ve traveled over the past 40 years, we have been drawn to art galleries,” the owner said. “A lot of these pieces we bought in the United States, but were made in various countries.” Eye-catching paintings, vases, and other glasswork lie throughout the condo, including a large painting of wine bottles. “We used to be very involved with the wine industry in Napa Valley,” the owner said. Other art pieces include a

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glass sculpture of a sailboat made in Italy in the kitchen, a wildly colorful vase and a “seven color jade” vase, both in the den. The seven-color jade was made from stone in India, and gives the appearance of streaks and patches of seven different colors. Standing in the mostly white kitchen, guests will be able to see a pop of blue in the next room over, which is the den. The blue is the wet bar area, which boasts a large wine refrigerator, and a glass cabinet to showcase wine glasses. There is another view of the bay in the den, as well as a sitting area to enjoy it. “We designed the den so it could be a third bedroom if need be,” the owner commented, as the room cam be closed off.


The History

Located on the corner of Front Street and Union Street in downtown Traverse City, the Hannah & Lay building is one of Traverse City’s oldest standing buildings. In 1883, Perry Hannah and A. Tracy Lay used 1.8 million bricks to construct a home for Hannah & Lay Mercantile. Known as the “Big Store,” it sold dry goods, hardware, shoes, furniture and some groceries. After closing its doors in 1928, the department store Montgomery Ward & Co stood in its place from 1928 to 1981. Six sections of the building originally stood, but a fire in 1940 destroyed two. Although some of the building was restored after the fire, the two sections were never rebuilt. Since the 1980s, the building has been home to several businesses, including Northwestern Bank, Boyne Country Sports, and now the Lofts at Hannah Lay, which are custom-designed lofts located on the third floor.

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next to the den is the powder room, and off of that is a guest room with a king-sized bed. Whites and blues are the colors here, with another painting to add more color. On the other side of the living room, through an original brick archway, is the master suite that also has a picturesque view of the bay. On either side of the king-sized bed are crystal lamps, and at the foot of the bed is a small office space. The master bathroom has a large white tile shower and a double vanity. Hanging from the ceiling here is another impressive chandelier, which ties into the chandeliers hanging elsewhere. Something notable in this bathroom, as well as through the condo, is the storage space. “We’ve done condo living before and we knew we wanted lots of closets and storage space,” the owner said. Walk through the master bathroom to the master closet, and the plentiful storage space again becomes evident. The owners repurposed office filing cabinets here for a dresser. The laundry room is a step outside the closet, and a step outside the laundry room brings guests back to the entry way. The condo is built in a full circle. The owners said they are immensely happy with the outcome of the condo they envisioned. “We were particular about detail and we had a lot of fun with the builders creating our vision,” the owner said. Being downtown, the owners are only a short walking distance to restaurants, shops and the marina. And although the owners said they love their condo and enjoy the “things,” it’s not what they enjoy the most. “Things are not all there is to life,” she said. “Our journey brought us here and we are fortunate to be able to live in such a beautiful place, both inside and out.”

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402 UNION STREET

402 UNION STREET R.&C. Provision and Crockery Co., corner of Union Street and 7th Street, circa 1905

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