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PAST | PRESENT | FUTURE


great vehicle and ort a great cause.

WELCOME TO THE ALL-NEW 2020 SUBARU FORESTER

Makes getting there half the fun. Forester. Well-equipped at $24,495.

purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to your choice of charities.* gh January 2. 231-947-9000 1747 S. Garfield Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686 www.SerraSubaruofTraverseCity.com


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“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. Won’t you be my neighbor?” — Mr. Rogers

LETTER FROM THE

publisher

With all that planning, we have been overwhelmed by the amazing response and huge success- WOWZA! For eight years BayLife Magazine has graced coffee tables, showcasing locals, and highlighting a genuine love for our town. This magazine you hold in your hands is truly our baby. As the publishers and owners, it is our family business that we have nurtured since its birth in 2012. We envisioned it to be relevant, engaging and beautiful inside and out, just like you, our hometown locals. We are elated that BayLife Magazine has permanently claimed its place. So much so, just last week Tom Ranville, Senior VP of Independent Bank called it, The People Magazine of Traverse City! With the wind in our sails, spectacular things are in store, and 2020 is already on the books to be a milestone here at Award-Winning BayLife Magazine. As we head into our eighth year, due to popular demand, we are thrilled to announce this is the first of eight magazines we will publish this year. Growing from our old format of just six bi-monthly issues. Along with the help of our wonderful advertisers, we will be giving the community two more gorgeous issues.

BayLife Magazine Publishers, Tom and Teri Gorsline at the top of Mt. Holiday on New Years Day. Shooting the cover of this magazine.

First, to all of our neighbors, let us wish you the happiest

and healthiest New Year! May 2020 be the most prosperous for you and those dear to you. The main reason for this note is to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. It’s official, BayLife Magazine rocks! Our plan was to GO BIG, and we did, we even won a nation-wide print award. Last year we took a leap of faith knowing our dream magazine was bigger, better, and was yearning to be directly mailed to your doorstep. We tirelessly planned, plotted, designed, created, and delivered. We also made the bold decision to devote our magazine exclusively to Traverse City; We all live here, work here, play here, and give back here. The BayLife team considers it an honor to portray Traverse City community pride in the beautiful pages of our magazine.

It was quite a concept back in 2012 to launch a stunning, high-quality magazine for FREE! With each issue, we work hard to earn your respect and print 10,000 copies as a gift to the community. We thank each one of our advertisers who continue to make that possible and could not do it without their support. In late 2018, we made massive investments in an effort to make Baylife Magazine one-of-a-kind, with extra sizzle, but still free for the community. Now we are the only Traverse City publication of its kind, delivered to your door, and digitally available to read free online. Magazines are also available to be picked up complimentary at any of our advertisers and other locations throughout the community. On the pages of each issue, you can always count on recognizing a familiar smiling face because BayLife Magazine is the community. We make a strong effort to engage, interact, and make our readers feel at home. Just like the recent rebirth of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, with his simple, warm words — “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. Won’t you be my neighbor?” Thank you for the support, we love being your neighbor! Tom & Teri Gorsline

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BayLife Magazine’s Editor, Kristy Kurjan, is looking forward to eight exciting new issues in 2020.

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Photographer John McCormick of Michigan Nut Photography holding BayLife Magazine’s Printing Impressions 2019 Gold Ink award winning issue featuring his image on the cover.

Photographer and Publisher Tom Gorsline scouts out the snow covered hills of Mt. Holiday in search of the perfect cover shot.


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MT. HOLIDAY MAGIC: Discover the past, present, and future of Traverse City’s Mt. Holiday. BE OUR GUEST: Immerse yourself in nature at the Royal Stag Lodge where sights of eagles, deer, and birds are commonplace.

contents LIVING THE NORTHERN DREAM WINTER 2020

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ON THE TOWN

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FIND IT!

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MOVER & SHAKER Ron Harris — Harris Group CPAs

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LOCAL SCOOP

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LOCAL DISH

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BEHIND THE DISH

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WICKED GOOD EATS

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CHEERS

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HOME GROWN & LOCAL

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FEELING GOOD

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NORTHERN HERO With Andrew Dzierwa

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STYLE IN THE CITY

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE By Jim Anderson

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HOME STYLE

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PROJECT HOME

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THEN & NOW

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NORTHERN ENCOUNTERS By Todd and Brad Reed Photography


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BayLife Magazine is a family owned, Traverse City based publication with over 30 years experience in the industry. We are proud to be 100% made in Michigan. PUBLISHERS Teri and Tom Gorsline MANAGING EDITOR Kristy Kurjan Kristy@BayLifeNorth.com COPY EDITOR

Brittany Darga CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brittany Darga, Andrew Dzierwa, Brad Reed, Teri Gorsline, Lorri Schreiber CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jim Anderson of Anderson Aerial Photography, Tom Balazs of Two Twisted Trees Photography, Todd and Brad Reed Photography, Tom Gorsline GRAPHIC DESIGNER Bethany Gulde www.bethanydesigntc.com

More than a yoga studio, New Moon is a place to refresh your spirit.

ADVERTISING SALES Teri Gorsline Teri@BayLifeNorth.com ABOUT THE COVER “Mt. Holiday” By Tom Gorsline BAY BREEZE MEDIA LLC Leelanau Studios, Studio 3 10781 E. Cherry Bend Road Traverse City, MI 49684 231-715-6087 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND INQUIRIES editor@baylifenorth.com @BayLifeMagazine @BayLifeMagazine BAYLIFE Magazine Number 49 is a bi-monthly publication of BAY BREEZE Media, LLC. Advertising Rates available at baylifenorth.com. or calling 231715-6088. BAYLIFE Magazine is a controlled subscription, direct mailed to 7000 affluent homes located on Old Mission Peninsula, Wayne Hill, Slabtown, Traverse City, Incochee Hills and distributed to locations throughout the Grand Traverse Bay and Northern Michigan. BAYLIFE Magazine is owned exclusively by BAY BREEZE Media, LLC. 2018. 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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ON THE

TOWN

Dinner in the Hills “Derby Theme” Mt. Holiday September 21st, 2019

Page sponsored by

Keil Mosher & Mark Goethel

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ON THE

TOWN

March of Dimes Signature Chef Event Hagerty Center October 14th, 2019

Ginny & Darric Neuman, Brian & Erica Mohr

Owner/Chef Myles Anton Stella & The Franklin

Chef Gary Bradt – Reflect@Cambria

Chef James Broome - Bourbons 72

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Chef Henry Bisson – Smoke & Porter

Ameilia Rooks, Sarah Rooks, Amy Aebig

Chef Bill Given – Hotel Indigo

Brian & Alison Ockert, Betsy & Tommy Corbet

Chris & Lauren Jeffries

Shawn & Jillian Finn


— LIFE’S GRAND ADVENTURE —

ENERGIZING A COMMUNITY A passion that brings art to life

The Stantons have worked together on three books; two became bestsellers.

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Best-selling authors have appeared at the National Writers Series since 2010

“Traverse City is a town that’s open to new ideas, people taking chances.” — Doug Stanton

The Stantons were born in Michigan and lived in 7 other states before returning to stay.

Traverse is now recognized as “Michigan’s Book City.”

Doug and Anne Stanton have perfected the art of striving for a dream, working diligently to accomplish it, and stepping up to passionately take on another. Doug is a #1 New York Times best-selling author; Anne, a former journalist and editor. Together, they founded the National Writers Series —which Anne now runs. Nearly ten years later, they continue to inspire the community by bringing national authors and drawing sold-out crowds. While their impact is far-reaching, Anne and Doug’s commitment to Traverse City remains passionate and steadfast. “This town is small enough that you can have an impact, yet large enough, in both cultural and financial capital, to make things happen,” said Doug. Their praise for West Shore Bank is just as enthusiastic. “You get real people, who answer the phone right away, and take care of what you need—right away,” said Anne. “That’s worth something.” West Shore Bank. For Life’s Grand Adventure.

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The Stantons are devoted to their craft and extremely passionate about this community. Our job is to provide the financial support they need so that they can remain focused on what’s important to them: their creative talents and their cultural focus. Their impact on the community can’t be measured and it’s an honor to be a part of their success. Sid VanSlyke Market Leader sidv@westshorebank.com


ON THE

TOWN

Great Lakes NMC Great Chefs Dinner Lobdell’s - Hagerty NMC Center November 19th, 2019

Camilla Buchler, Andy Schudlich

Patricia & Howard Yamagujchi, Herbert Steed

Jan Miller, Tom Newberry

Patricia Huhta, Jackie Cobb

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Pam Diotte, Larry Heibel

Jim Teahen, Susan & Richard Ford, Roberta Teahen, Les Eckert -Director of Culinary

Barb Smith, Madeline Robinson

Claire Butler, Teri Gorsline, Kendra Cyr

Al & Joan Bonney

Pete & Linda Currie, Helen & David Martin

Deb Palms, Karen Chase


Great Lakes Culinary Institute Students

Great Lakes Culinary Institute Students

Boat House Chef Jim Morse with Great Lakes Culinary Institute Student

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ON THE

TOWN

Zonta Festival of Trees Golden Fowler Home Furnishings November 8th, 2019

Tart Trails - Caitlin Early, Gen Minor

Sarah & Kedrick Merwin, Susan Cogswell

Liberty Ranch - Laurie Girardin, Rachel Overweg

Ken Osborne, Peg Jonkhoff,

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Marcia Heller, Marsh

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John, Emily & Eli Petrovich

Korie Franckowiak, Janice Beyer, Deb Franckowiak

Cindy Rebman, Rhonda Estees, Tracey Welch, Deb Allen, Cindy Okert

Generations Ahead – Sherry Davis, Alison Woytowich, Margie Rich

Dan Jonkhoff & Mike Estees

Chris Nelson, Carolyn Olson, Cathie & Dave Martin


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We’re excited to expand our full-day summer offerings by teaming up with Norte. Bike & Sail is a 2-week camp available for those going into the 3rd-8th grades for the weeks of June 15-26 and July 20-31.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR BIKE & SAIL 1. Sign up online for two weeks of Bike Camp at www.elgruponorte.org/bikecamp and select Bike & Sail add-on. TACS sailing camps are 2-weeks long so Bike & Sail campers must register for two consecutive weeks of Bike Camp (there’s a 10% multiple Bike Camp session discount) for the weeks of June 15-26 or July 20-31. 2. Register for the same corresponding 2-week afternoon sailing program on TACS’ website.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS RON HARRIS Harris Group CPAs

What led you to be a CPA? “It was either this or

a long-haul trucker. Seriously! My best friend recommended an Accounting I class in high school and my decision was made. I love the complexity and the story that numbers can tell.” “Be organized. I cannot give advice if you are not organized. When it comes to tax strategies, it is not a one size fits all. But the key item I push is to maximize retirement savings. You can get a tax deduction and those funds are still yours.” What advice do you give your clients?

You have a passion for Mt. Holiday, how did that come about? “We are a skiing family. We just

returned from a ski trip in Austria and it was An Amazing Experience! Skiing is one of the few multi-generational sports. It gets kids outside and away from video games.” Do you have any words of wisdom you live by?

MEET

Ron Harris

Managing Partner Harris Group CPAs Board of Director President Mt. Holiday

“When I left my former CPA firm to purchase the Traverse City firm, a colleague gave me a letter opener that was inscribed “Attitude is Everything”. I took it to mean to attack everything in life with a positive attitude.” What three words could describe you best?

“Not sure about three, but one I constantly think about is Passionate. I have a passion for the work I do, making positive change for my clients.” “I have the utmost respect for World War II veterans. Their generation is what made the United Stated what it is today.” Who is your hero?

Are you a TC Native? If not, what was your

journey here? “Not. Grew up in Milford (Greater Detroit). My college sweetheart (and now wife) grew up in Eastport. So, when I had the opportunity to purchase a CPA firm in TC, it was a no brainer.” What’s one thing that would surprise us about you? “My personality is not that of a typical

pencil pusher! I recently gave a keynote tax planning presentation. And an attendee called me a CPA Unicorn. I was flattered.” What’s one thing you’ve checked off your bucket list? “My wife surprised me for my 30th

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LOCAL

SCOOP

A Fine Shave m. e. Men’s Emporium 544 E. Eighth St., Traverse City

Discover the finest in men’s shaving and grooming products at m. e. Men’s Emporium, a men’s lifestyle boutique owned by Mike Curths. It recently opened on Eighth Street in Traverse City and is filled with unique male accouterments. Find masculine bar glassware and accessories that take cocktail culture to the next level. With an old school edge, the store’s shelves hold vintage radios, console stereos, and a vintage male clothing collection. According to the store, “we believe that men’s interest in their appearance and well being is a trend that is just beginning to grow in intensity, a degree of emotional excitement and depth of perception. In other words: A damn good feeling of one’s self and his surroundings.”

Owner of m.e. Men’s Emporium, Mike Curths.

Think local. Shop small. West Bay Handmade 326 East Front Street, Traverse City www.westbayhandmade.com Handmade, Owners of West Bay Richardson. d Bra and or onn Cat O’C IMAGE PROVIDED BY ORVIS STREAMSIDE

UpNorth Fly Fishing

Streamside Orvis

300 East Front Street, Traverse City www.streamsideorvis.com

After 26 years in business, Streamside Orvis owned by Dave and Kelly Leonhard, recently moved to a bigger, updated location in the Radio Center building. Loyal customers don’t fret, it is still on Front Street within eyeshot of their old shop! The new storefront will provide twice the space with room for a fly fishing classroom as well as a new women’s section. Women’s apparel lines including Orvis, Barbour, and Patagonia will all be available in store. Streamside Orvis is truly a focal point learning center for fly fishing in Northern Michigan. It offers free classes including FF101 Introductions to Fly Fishing, Basic Entomology, Fly Selection, Leader and Tippets, Fly Lines, and much more. While these classes are free, space is limited, so call now to sign up! Looking for more? Orvis Streamside is the home of the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School offering 25 one and two day fly fishing schools to introduce and enhance the skills of fly angling men and women of all ages and experience. 20

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Think local and shop small at West Bay Handmade, a curated artisan boutique that showcases local artists. Owners Cat O’Connor and Brad Richardson work with Northern Michigan makers to act as a platform in selling their handcrafted goods. The store carries a wide variety of items ranging from home decor to pottery, clothing, and jewelry. Richardson, a bladesmith by trade (knife maker!), has run his own company for over five years, Timberlee Tool & Trade. O’Connor has a background in retail management and focuses on the visual aspect of the store and working with new makers. Together, they own Heartlander Supply, a brand of home decor items, screen printed shirts, bags, and apothecary goods, which are now sold at their store. “When we moved to the area, we had a hard time finding outlets to sell our products. After about a year of emailing, handwritten letters and stopping store-to-store, we decided to open up our own space,” explains Cat. “It was a big decision but a great one. We started out really small in a basement shop and each month we expanded our space and kept outgrowing it. We live in such a creative and artistic area and have had a great response from the community.” Other brands sold in the store include: Lake Soap Co., Ignite Creative Studio pottery, jewelry by Sweet Mettle and Great Lakes Goddess, and Ruthie Z Art.


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The New York Restaurant offers eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay’s waterfront featuring fine gourmet dining, a professional and attentive wait staff and talented bartenders. Corner of Bay & State Streets in Downtown Harbor Springs

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LOCAL

DISH

Beer Garden Goodness Hop Lot Brewing Co. 658 S W Bay Shore Drive, Suttons Bay www.hoplotbrewing.com

Coffee & Crepes Assistant Brewer Casey Cross, friend Katie Long, and Hop Lot Brewing Co.’s co-owners Drew Lutke, Steve Lutke, Sarah Lutke.

This winter marks Hop Lot Brewing Co.’s third year of constructing outdoor igloos in their four seasons beer garden. There are now 12 heated igloos to enjoy, with room for up to eight individuals in each dome. “It all started with an idea to add additional seating to our taproom space,” says co-owner Drew Lutke, with owners Steve and Sarah Lutke. “We felt we had the perfect setting for the igloos and hoped they would add to the unique Up North experience while visiting Hop Lot.” Guests are encouraged to sample the brewery’s craft beer, wine and cider while enjoying the winter ambiance and can fill up on hearty snacks from the kitchen. The igloos are free to reserve for one hour and can be booked online through their website.

Julie Hearne owner of Millie & Pepper and Shannon Sidey owner of Northern Maiden Coffee.

Northern Maiden Coffee and Millie & Pepper Modern General Store and Creperie 120 South Union, Traverse City www.millieandpepper.com Warm up this winter with a delicious espresso at Northern Maiden Coffee located inside Millie & Pepper Modern General Store and Creperie. Operating at a pop-up inside the creperie, owners Julie Hearne (Millie & Pepper) and Shannon Sidey (Northern Maiden) have joined forces to offer customers a refined atmosphere that boasts quality food and drink surrounded by uniquely modern goods. Hearn hand selects unique gifts, art, jewelry, clothing, cooking, and everyday living items to line the shelves. Another new addition,

Reservation Please!

Traverse City Restaurant Week - February 23rd - 29th www.downtowntc.com/traverse-city-restaurant-week/ Don’t forget to make your reservations now for Traverse City’s Restaurant Week: February 23rd-29th. The event takes place in local restaurants and features three course menus for $25 or $35 per person. By dining locally you are supporting local entrepreneurs, chefs, staff, and farms!

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Patisser ie Amie

The Good B owl

vegan crepes. Hearn explains, “to fulfill the many requests for vegan, we have perfected our crepe batter so regular savory and the vegan savory crepes are indistinguishable from one another. I love having gluten-free and vegan offerings now.”

Tap Root Cider House


Sunny-Side Up Benedict

405 S. Union Street, Traverse City www.benedicttc.com Did a craving for eggs Benedict with oozing hollandaise sauce just instantly kick in? Well, owner, Leslie Elsen assures us, you will be egg-cited to hungrily venture inside her new breakfast joint, Benedict. Her charming restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and in-between. Elsen is a newcomer to owning a restaurant and she’s put all her eggs in one basket to bring her dream to life; a place where eggs in all their glory rule the roost on the menu. The egg-based menu was inspired by the eating habits she and her husband adopted. “My husband and I are weekday vegetarians so we eat meat on the weekends but during the week we eat vegetables and a lot of eggs. So, we love breakfast. We wanted something simple and classic.” Elsen also hired Maria Leggettas as head chef. Leggett went to high school with Elsen and graduated from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College. “We wanted the space to be casual, come as you are. We love that our two-seater table tops are turning into a community of locals talking to each other,” Elsen says smiling. This dynamic duo is ready to start your day right. The question is, how do you like your eggs?

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BEHIND

SAVORY ROOT VEGETABLE WAFFLES

with S2S Sugar 2 Salt

with Chef Jonathan Dayton and Stephanie Wiitala of S2S Sugar 2 Salt

hanie Chef Jonathan Dayton and Step Wiitala of S2S Sugar 2 Salt.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY S2S SUGAR 2 SALT

INGREDIENTS

S2S Sugar 2 Salt

1371 Gray Drive, Traverse City

• 4 cups root vegetables quartered

www.sugar2salt.com

• 3 green onions chopped

S2S Sugar 2 Salt is a locally focused, seasonally inspired breakfast restaurant and catering kitchen. Located at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in the water tower district. Chef owners Jonathan Dayton and Stephanie Wiitala are truly dedicated to cooking with a from-scratch approach, and also incorporating ingredients that they source from their diverse community and neighborhood of local farmers and artisans in the Northern Michigan region. Their creative approach is focused on artfully designed plate presentation with food that is equally delicious and satisfyingly memorable.

• 1 oz. melted butter • 1Tbsp. fresh rosemary chopped • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme chopped • 1 tsp. baking powder • 1 egg • 1 cup of flour • salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS Wash and quarter the potatoes. Peel and cut the parsnips to a similar size. Place them both in a pot with enough water to cover them and bring to a boil. You don’t want to cook the root vegetables until they are done all the way. They should still be somewhat firm. Strain them in a colander. Meanwhile, chop the herbs and green onions and put in a bowl with the egg, flour, baking powder, and butter. Place the stillwarm potatoes and parsnips in the bowl and mash. We’re not making mashed potatoes here. The mix should be chunky. Thick. You should still see pieces of potato and pieces of parsnip in there. There should be no signs of liquid at all and if after mixing and mashing there is, add some more flour. Season to taste. Scoop the mix into the waffle maker and cook for the required time. Should make 6-8 waffles. Hold the waffles in the oven at 200 degrees.

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BAYSIDE MARKET’S ROASTED ACORN SQUASH 3-CHEESE MAC

GOOD EATS Old Mission Peninsula’s Mac & Cheese Bake-Off

with Sundried Tomatoes, Spinach and Spiced Pepitas

Mac & Cheese GOODNESS Congratulations to Bayside Market for taking home Best Overall honors at Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail Mac & Cheese Bake-Off 2019, and for the coveted Golden Noodle Trophy. Their delicious dish perfectly paired with Chateau Grand Traverse’s 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. Pour yourself a glass and use the recipe below to cozy up in the comfort of mac and cheese.

INGREDIENTS • ½ lb unsalted butter

• 1 lb dried elbow macaroni

• ½ lb unbleached flour

• ½ cup sundried tomatoes

• 1 large white onion, julienned

• 1 cup spinach (packed and fresh or thawed from frozen)

• 2 qt whole milk • 1 large acorn squash • ½ lb Colby jack cheese, grated • ½ lb Muenster cheese, grated • ½ lb White American cheese, grated

• ¼ tsp nutmeg • salt and pepper For spiced pepitas • 1⁄2 lb pepitas • 2 T oil • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS In a large pot, bring to a boil one gallon of water and a pinch of salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside. Pre-heat oven to 375F. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place squash skin side up in a casserole dish and fill with half an inch of water. Bake for about 30 minutes or until fork goes through with ease. Scoop out contents and set aside. To prepare pepitas, mix ingredients together and bake on a cookie sheet for 5-7 minutes until slightly crunchy. Set aside. In a saucepan, melt butter and cook onions until transparent. Add flour, cooking about 3-4 minutes for a blonde roux. Add milk slowly while stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Add prepared acorn squash and nutmeg. Gradually add grated cheeses and continue to stir until cheeses are fully melted. Using a handheld stick blender, blend until smooth. Add cooked pasta, sundried tomatoes and spinach and mix until incorporated. If desired, you may wish to add a touch more milk to loosen. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Dish up mac and top with spiced pepitas and enjoy!

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CHEERS

A Toast to

MAWBY Tell us a little about how the winery was ignited. What is MAWBY known for? MAWBY is one of the oldest wineries in Northern Michigan, founded by Larry Mawby in 1973. In the 1990s, Larry followed his passion for bubblies and started producing sparkling wines exclusively. My family became partners in 2009, it was the perfect partnership. Today, MAWBY is known as a top producer of sparkling wines in the Midwest, and even across the country.  We hear quite a buzz about MAWBY, especially as we ring in the new year. What styles of wines do you produce? We have a wide selection of bubblies from sweet to dry - there is definitely something for everyone!  And, yes, we get a lot of attention around the new year as bubblies are known for celebrations, but they are actually a great go-to wine year-round for their ability to pair well with most foods. 

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How did you get into winemaking? After a stint as a high school teacher for four years in Illinois followed by two years in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at a private American School, I started working with Larry and also worked at a winemaking facility in Marlborough, New Zealand. My passion ensued, and I’ve been producing wines ever since.   How does bigLITTLE Wines fit in? bigLITTLE Wines is a boutique brand of wines owned by my brother, Peter, and me. We produce small-batch wines and love the opportunity to explore other styles of wines. Our tasting room is located next to MAWBY.  What do you do when you’re not making great wine? I like to stay active and enjoy cooking, running, biking, swimming, playing ice hockey, golfing, canoeing, hiking, but mostly just hanging out with my wife and two sons.

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HOME GROWN & LOCAL

Great Lakes Potato Chip Co.

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY to Great Lakes Potato Chips, a family-owned company located in Traverse City. We sat down with Chris Girrbach, co-owner with his father, Ed Girrbach, to discuss what makes this snack company successful.

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HOME GROWN & Local with Great Lakes Potato Chip Co.

6806 E. Traverse Highway, Traverse City www.greatlakespotatochips.com

You are celebrating your 10th year in business, congratulations! How did Great Lakes Potato Chips Co. get its start? We looked back and saw that a lot of the regional snack companies were no longer around or had been bought by larger companies. We knew we had a great resource for potatoes, Michigan is the #1 grower of chipping potatoes. There is a strong movement to buy locally made products throughout the Great Lakes region. Can you tell me about your family’s passion for business? My father, Ed Girrbach, worked for Merrill Lynch in Detroit for 30 years. We worked together (along with my mom) to start and run Pangea’s Pizza in downtown Traverse City for 7 years. I owned it for 10 and sold it in 2016. Since then, my father has begun to enjoy more time in the Sunny State. My little ones are still playing baseball, hockey, and dance. As a company, we have been fortunate enough to have a spectacular team that feels like family and that has been the biggest part of our success. What makes your company special? We work hard to let people know just how great our team and the teams that support us are including the potato farms we buy from, the distribution partners that sell our product, and the retail partners that carry our brand in their stores. At the end of the day, we are proud of our staff and the hard work that they do. I often say that we are not the smartest and there are probably easier ways to do some of the things, but we are the most caring team when it comes to the way we treat and help each other. What is the secret to making Great Lakes Potato Chips taste so great? We leave the skin on and cook the chips a little different than a traditional kettle potato chips. Where are your potato chips sold? Throughout the Great Lakes Region (MI, OH, IL, IN WI, MN) as well as Canada and some other limited states. What does the future hold for your brand? We are currently starting the construction process on a new building for storage/bathrooms/ and office space. We are excited to continue to grow our distribution footprint and expand our offerings with our distribution and retail partners. WINTER 2020 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE

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FEELING

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Read Early, Read Often

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‘Northern Hero’ focuses on highlighting inspiring individuals in our community. We seek to find people who give back to the community in selfless ways. Jim Rowlett is the chairman of Read To Me, an initiative in the Grand Traverse region that promotes parental reading in the early stages of childhood. Jim’s objective is to educate new parents on the benefits of reading to their children from birth, and the positive effect that it has on early brain development. Statistically, the earlier that a child is read to, the more likely they will be ready to start kindergarten and be prepared for each subsequent grade level. According to Read To Me, a large portion of 3rd graders are not reading critically at the 3rd grade level. Additionally, roughly 40% of young children in the Grand Traverse region are not ready for kindergarten. Jim believes the following are actions that parents can take to encourage the necessary level of literacy within their children:

✔ As expecting parents, start reading to your unborn baby each day. ✔ As a new parent, read roughly 15 minutes per day to your child. ✔ Continue to read with your child through the early grades.

Read To Me has partnered with a number of local and nationally recognized reading initiatives, which include: Born To Read, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, ‘1000 Books Before School’ via The Traverse Area District Library, Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center, Great Start Collaborative, and The Children’s Book Festival. For more information on early-childhood literacy, Jim encourages parents to explore these partners and their resources.

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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 playing the piano in his free time. To nominate an individual for this column email: kristy@baylifenorth.com

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Is your New Year’s resolution to experience something new or to take a break from cell phones? May we suggest a visit to Solitude Float and Wellness Spa on Front Street in Traverse City, which opened in December by owners Matt Davis and Sarah Ward. The new spa features four Evolution® Float Pods by Superior Float Tanks which offer the highest quality floating experience available. Inside a pod, you will find yourself floating in 11 inches of water that contains approximately 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt surrounded by a fiber-optic starlight ceiling that twinkles and changes color. ‘REST’ (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or flotation therapy allows participants to reap countless physical and mental benefits, explains Davis. Participants report a substantial reduction in anxiety and muscle tension, along with substantial increase in serenity and relaxation. The high-tech oval pods feature bench seating for easy transitioning in and out of the pod, a pebble-textured anti-slip floor, and a high-tech sound system. A clean float environment is key, which is why the pods have rear ventilation allowing for abundant fresh airflow and are sanitized between each float following the Float Tank Association’s North American Float Tank Standards. So, turn off that cell phone, float a little, and enjoy the new you!


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Past, Present & Future By Teri Gorsline

Winter in Traverse City

is a magical time. We reclaim our revered small town, from chaos and tourists, back to a charming community. Only hardcore locals remain, and in the snowy tundra, a heartwarming familiarity returns. We silently rejoice to be greeted once again, by smiling faces of friends and neighbors everywhere we turn.Â

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No better place is this visible,

Parents don’t bring kids, it’s kids that bring their parents.

as on our treasured ski hills. With the young and old, big and small, all embracing the cold outdoors, for fun, frolic, and friendship. Our winter ski families are core to surviving the long season, with a little fun rivalry thrown in the mix. Which snowy mountain is the best King of the Hills? Hickory Hills on the West side and Mt. Holiday on the East. It is mostly territorial based on where you grew up or now live, we choose to remain neutral, and need to tell you a very important story. Over the last few years, Preserve Hickory was established to raise millions of dollars needed to update Hickory Hills. Tireless dedicated volunteers and businesses, fueled by treasured memories, dipped into their hearts and wallets to make a difference. With the work now completed, a bigger and better Hickory Hills will now ensure its beloved place for generations to come. 

Friendships formed on the ski slopes.

Today, Mt. Holiday still exists on donations and revenue alone, with no federal funding. Today, Mt. Holiday, the historic 71-year-old hill, desperately needs our help. It needs an outpouring of the same show of love and commitment to survive. In 2020, instead of just praying for SNOW, they too pray for funds and donations. Not to just exist as is, but to re-build and re-imagine Mt. Holiday for the next 50 years. Don’t let it disappear. The people of Traverse City have done it once, breathing new life into Hickory Hills, and we can do it again with Mt. Holiday.

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The lodge materials came from the decommissioned Naval Base that is now TC Cherry Capital Airport

The History

Lorna Stultz, Cherie Gibson

It’s hard to believe but Mt. Holiday began as part of a prison labor program. The year was 1949, and a group of local businessmen obtained permission to construct a ski run. In their prison attire, these wards of the state literally helped clear the way for generations to come. In 1985, it was purchased by Warren and Sue Brosch. After Warren’s death in 1999, Sue placed the area up for sale. With fear that the cherished mountain would be developed and lost forever, a team of passionate volunteers formed the non-profit corporation Mt. Holiday Inc. to raise funds to purchase it, setting the lofty goal of $1.5 million. These instrumental leaders Tom Hall and Denny Hoxsie took charge of the grassroots task of raising the money. Tin cans sat on top of business counters throughout the town, and the community rose to the occasion. Today, Mt. Holiday still exists on donations and revenue alone, with no federal funding. It is one of only a handful of true nonprofit ski resorts left in the country. And because of this, there is a genuine sense of community, ownership, and pride.

Early Founders from the 1950s - Dr. James Hall, Ken Lindsay, Frank Stulen, Gordon Cornwall. Later the Sutton family and then the Brosch family.


1960 — Dick Smith, Mary Smith, Bonnie Smith-Kurtz, Ron Smith, Ed Smith.

Marilyn Rennie

“Generations of memories are frozen in time”

1962 — Tom and Betty Lane Family.

Over the Years Mt. Holiday is largely dependent on Mother Nature alone, which is unpredictable at best. In earlier years, the hill was only a 90-day operation. Up and running from mid-December to March, it would actually sit empty for the rest of the year. But since it’s perched in the middle of Mt. Holiday development packed with families craving recreation, it made sense to plan for expansion. So, over the years they have raised money to install a new kitchen, revamp the lodge, add mountain biking trails, and more recently, a zip line. These vast improvements made it possible for the bar and restaurant to stay open year-round.  Mid 50s — Lorna and Paul Ameel with 7 children. WINTER 2020 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE 39


“All the years have taken its toll on our hill”

Why Now? “The underground equipment is old and outdated. To the point where it was dangerous,” says Nate Pupel, Operations Manager. “I’ve grown up on this hill and worked every position, I know what’s good and bad. The snowmaking pits were all underground and made of wood, you have to scoop out the frozen dirt to get to the water valves to turn them on. It takes days to make a small pile of machine made snow. The chairlifts are from the ‘60s. The vintage equipment we have is like owning a collectible car, you can’t get parts for it and doesn’t run efficiently.”  Ronald G. Harris, President of the Mt. Holiday Board, and ski dad explains, “All the years have taken its toll on our hill, and while it has served us well, our snowmaking infrastructure has outlived its lifecycle. Making seasonal repairs to our existing equipment, is no longer economically feasible. In addition, it inhibits the ability to expand our services to make Mt. Holiday the best it can be.” 


What is needed With this realization that they cannot rely on Mother Nature alone to open ski hills and tube hills to maximize the season, the board reached out to the world-wide leader in snow making, TechnoAlpine. The company is custom designing the Next Generation Snow Making System for Mt. Holiday. This past fall digging had already begun to overhaul the existing infrastructure of the hill. The big picture plans have to wait until summer; new water lines, electrical lines, well head, pumping station, snow gun turrets/stations, and the supporting equipment of each. “The dream is that we come in and turn a switch. Once the system is all in place it will all be automated.” In order to open this winter, they have been working on their Must Do List. It has included waterlines, electric, pedestals and hydrants were also added. “It’s all updated and safe,” says Nate. The Mt. Holiday staff have been rolling up their sleeves to do some major work too. Sprucing up the place on a very limited budget. “Most of the wood came from collected palettes, so it was just the labor,” laughs Nate. 

How to get there The Wish List Overhaul has a $5 million price tag. The board launched their Capital Campaign, to re-imagine Mt. Holiday in October. They have hired a professional grant writer/fundraiser to maximize every opportunity. Chances are you are a friend and supporter of Mt. Holiday, as you can see this capital campaign is vital to the future of the beloved hill.  For more information or to give 231-938-2500 or visit www.mt-holiday.com 

“It has served us well, but has outlived its lifecycle”


“Our kids grew up at Mt. Holiday and our youngest son, Tucker, taught ski lessons to 0-7 year old beginners for three years.” — Bruce & Mary Byl

“The green patch on your jacket, from The Record Eagle Ski School, meant that you had the stamp of approval. That you were somebody really important! If you didn’t have that patch, you didn’t count.” — Jack Biedron

“My family has been a major financial supporter of Mt. Holiday for several years and happy to continue helping. I have skied at Mt. Holiday since I was 13.” — Ross Biederman

Kayla 2009 — Madelyn & ach Eric Schutler.

Co Polk-Summers with

“It’s been part of my family for generations. My grandfather helped get it started in the late 1940s. My parents skied and raced as youngsters all through high school. It’s where I taught my children how to ski and race. It’s our second home in the winter, filled with all of our favorite friends and family. There is a strong sense of community, happiness and memories. The best part, there are still a lot of memories to be made. My wish is for my future grandchildren to love Mt. Holiday as much as we all do.” — Kyra Kipley Summers

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“The community came together in the early 1950s to build Holiday Hills (Mt. Holiday), allowing three generations of our family to learn to ski, snowboard and enjoy these great outdoor winter family activities.” — Denny & Judy Hoxsie


Why Give? Every winter this magic mountain is alive with excitement. It’s not a place where parents bring their kids. It’s kids that bring their parents, toddlers, tweens and lots of teens. There is a wonderful sense of family spirit in this safe haven to play for the day. Everyone knows each other, it’s like an extended family reunion on any given day. You encounter friends and neighbors, ski racers, rosy cheeked tykes tubing, to snowboarding teens on the rails catching big air to impress their peers. Even the staff knows everyone by name. It is our home away from home. This is a place that makes kids happy and social. They are outside in our beautiful Northern Michigan outdoors being healthy and wholesome, with no screens or Wi-Fi to distract them. They are spending quality time with family while boosting their confidence through achievement. Let’s help keep this magical mountain around for all of our own generations to come. 

FUN FACTS Mt. Holiday is proud to be home to the following Holiday Race Team, over 100-member youth ski race team  Mt. Holiday Junior Ski Patrol Program  The Tom Hall Memorial Skiership scholarship and Warren Brosch Skiership scholarship programs (approx. 50 per year)  Mt. Holiday Ski School & Kiwanis Learn to Ski Program  Mt. Holiday Terrain Park Crew and Freestyle Club  Produced several Olympians & X Gamers  Over 20,000 people per year enjoy Mt. Holiday  Teach over 150 kids per year to ski & snowboard  2020 — A sign of things to come.

Host the area’s annual Mud Sweat & Beers Event

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

TRAVERSE CITY – FROZEN WATERFRONT Jim Anderson of Anderson Aerial Photography captured this stunning winter view last January of Traverse City’s frozen waterfront looking South-East towards downtown and Cherry Capital Airport. Note the lack of ice in Clinch Park Marina and the dozens of ice fishing shanties on West Bay.

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The Pantone Institute is a consulting service that forecasts global color trends. Since 2000 they have declared a particular “Color of the Year” which is used by fashion designers and consumer-oriented companies to help guide their designs and product planning. For interior designers the color of the year provides us with current inspiration to re-imagine your space. Refresh and rejuvenate with the on-trend shade. Be it bold and daring, or modest subtle elements lightly peppered in. From Lake Cottage to Urban Chic, and every modern or traditional home in-between, to incorporate 2020 Classic Blue your options are endless. For a complete transformation paint the walls of your living room with the deep shade. For the less bold try an accent wall or revamp kitchen cabinets. Classic Blue works beautiful for large pieces of furniture; sofas and dressers. For uplifting pops of Classic Blue add rugs, lamps or throw pillows. This shade is easily

applied across so many different materials, textures and finishes. Have fun, it is a dependable color that can take you in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness. We suggest using this daring yet comfortable color in solids, stripes, patterns, paired with pale furniture, greener and luxe finishes like copper, marble or gold.


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As guests

drive down the wooded, dirt road that leads to the Royal Stag Lodge, sights of eagles, deer, and birds are commonplace. Park at the cabin and guests can hear the Au Sable River babbling over rocks and branches. Walk into any of the three cabins and feel immediately at home and ready to relax. “We have a passion for rivers and for nature,” says Krystin Saputo, who owns the Royal Stag Properties in Grayling with her husband, Will Saputo.

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Open the door to the Royal

Stag Lodge, which is the “main” cabin, and it is easy to imagine large family reunions, big summer picnics, or a cozy ski getaway with friends. Guests can choose to rent the Royal Stag Lodge alone or rent it with its neighboring sister cabins. This wide plank knotty pine, tongue and groove lodge was built in the 1940s and is available to rent yearround. “Anyone of these cabins we would bring our family and we want guests to feel the same way,” Will explains. The Royal Stag Lodge property is comprised of three cabins and 35 acres of land on a private peninsula on the Au Sable River. Will and Krystin bought the Grayling property in 2010. An avid hunter and fisherman, Will had seen its unique setting while fishing on the river and jumped at the opportunity to own it. The cabins sit on a man-made, carved out peninsula.

“We want guests to feel at home here.”

A neighboring cabin, called Uncle Tom’s Property, was a late 1800s loggers’ cabin, and the other sister cabin, Pine Bend Cottage, was built in the 1950s. The Saputos are the first family in 65 years to own all three cabins. The couple also owns another cabin on the Au Sable River, as well as two cabins on the Boardman River in Traverse City.

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The first room guests see

as they enter the Royal Stag Lodge is the kitchen, which is complete with a small pine wood dining table and wooden benches. Food is often at the forefront of big gatherings, so renters have the choice of creating their own meals or requesting an onsite chef. Follow delicious smells of the kitchen into the living room and immediately see the towering, 60-foot double-sided stone fireplace with an updated wooden mantel. Inspiring quotes are carved on both sides of the mantel. The quote that can be read from the unique wooden dining table with 12 handcrafted wooden chairs is, “The ornaments of our house are the friends who frequent it.” “I always wanted fireside dining,” Will says. “We want guests to feel at home here, and to truly relax and have fun.”

The Saputo family are the first in over 65 years to own all 3 cabins.

Next to the fireside dining area are builtin white pine cabinets from many years ago that hold a lot of history. Once called Squirrel Bend, part of the cabin’s décor is black and white photos that entertain joyful memories of families and friends gathering for birthdays, holidays, reunions, among other celebrations. “A big part of what we liked about the property when we bought it was its history,” Krystin says. “We want to keep its history – it’s important to us.”

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Look up to the top of the

The Au Sable River is known for its fishing. most guests are fisherman.

fireplace to the large white pine exposed beams in the ceiling, and vacationers are sure to notice the 5-foot-tall natural elk antler chandeliers. “When antlers shed, they become hollow, which allows for wiring to pass through,” Will explains. The chandeliers are certainly not the only antlers in the cabin. In fact, there are at least 10 of Will’s deer heads on display in the living area, as well as more in the bedrooms. The living area also has other animals on display, such as a buffalo and a moose that Will has brought back from all over the world.

On the

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of the Royal Stag Lodge and there is a balcony with an updated metal branch pattern railing, as well as two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom. Two other bedrooms are on the main level. Each bedroom has an “up north” cabin feel, with buffalo check patterns and forest themes. A game animal sits in each bedroom, including an arctic musk ox, Eurasian red deer, an axis, and a Sitka deer. Above the bedrooms, visitors may notice a sign which represents a memory from a place Will traveled to on previous hunting or fishing trips. “Each name encompasses my favorite part of the trip,” he explains.

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On the opposite side of the fireplace, there are five picture windows that showcase the Au Sable River, only 15 feet away. “Sitting here, you are immersed in nature,” says Krystin. “It almost feels as if you’re outdoors. We’ve seen river otters and mink while sitting here and enjoying the view. We also love watching as people float by enjoying themselves on the river in the summer.”

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The Au Sable River is known for its fishing, and fishermen are a large demographic of guests that stay at the Royal Stag Lodge, in its six bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms. “We also get large groups of families, and we even had a wedding here,” says Krystin. Neighboring cabins have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and three bedrooms, two bathrooms. 808 South Garfield Avenue Suite B, Traverse City MI 49686 | 231.947.7040 | www.homecabinetryandinteriors.com

“Sitting here you are immersed in nature”

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“We have a passion for rivers and for nature.”

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a three-season screened-in room is used to enjoy meals or simply to relax and listen to the sounds of the river. The room seats up to 24 people. Take a step outside there is, of course, the river to enjoy. According to Krystin, “there’s something about rivers we just love. This area has a lot to offer with its lakes, but we love rivers. They’re seriously just magical.” Since the property sits on a peninsula, it has its own lazy river, or “trout slide,” as

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the owners like to call it. Guests can take advantage of guided fly-fishing courses, as well as canoes and kayaks. There are other amenities that can be enjoyed as well, including a game room with foosball, ping pong, and onsite yoga and massages. One thing that sets the Royal Stag Properties apart from others is that Will and Krystin believe it is very important to allow pets. “They are part of your family,” Krystin says. “We don’t want you to leave them behind. We want you to bring them here and enjoy it.”

Located in Grayling, which is in central northern Michigan, the property is only a short trip from Detroit, and also close to getaways such as Mackinac Island and Traverse City. Many people choose to stay at the Lodge because of its ideal central location. Find more information on Royal Stag Properties’ on their website: www.theroyalstagproperties.com.


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NORTH END OF UNION STREET LOOKING SOUTH DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY. Circa 1890s (PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVERSE AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY)

North Union Street looking South. On the left is the Hannah and Lay Mercantile Building. On the right is the depot for the Manistee and Northeastern Railway.

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