ISSUE NO. 8
Exploring Our National Lakeshores
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CONTENTS FEATURES 8 | Modern Cabin 16 | Explore Our National Lakeshores LOCAL ADVENTURES 29 | Bayfield, Wisconsin
STYLE 14 | Modern Cabin Style 26 | To the Beach 31 | Lakeside Happy Hour IN EVERY ISSUE 4 | #LakeshoreLife 5| Editorâ€™s Letter 6 | Summer Events
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EDITOR’S LETTER We’ve finally reached the season we anticipate all year long. Summer, with its long, lazy days spent at the Lake Michigan beach and spontaneous happy hours on the front porch, is a welcome reminder of all that we appreciate about living here. In this issue we invite you to venture out and discover, or rediscover, our local National Lakeshores as we celebrate the wisdom of the founders of our National Park Service. At the same time, explore the many charming coastal towns that neighbor these national treasures. If, like me, you dream owning a perfect cabin on lake someday, feast your eyes on the beautiful example in this issue. I spotted this home online and it immediately stopped my eager scrolling finger. When I contacted the designer, Fiddlehead Design Group of the Twin Cities, I was thrilled to learn that the designer is also the owner. She graciously invited us to feature her family vacation home. You’ll love it. Summer brings so many wonderful, outdoor events it can be difficult to choose which ones to enjoy. For a favorite, take a look back at last summer’s issue of Lakeshore Magazine and re-read Race of a Lifetime. Travis Wilhite, a devoted father, husband and courageous survivor tells of his life-long love of sailing and how he channels this passion into raising funds for blood cancer research and someday, he hopes, a cure. Once again, you can help this cause by visiting SailTravis.com and making a donation. You’ll find much more online at lakeshoremag.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. And, as always, I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for Lakeshore Magazine. Enjoy summer!
Alicia K. O’Connor Founder and Editorial Director Alicia@lakeshoremag.com
Summer Events CHICAGO Andersonville’s Midsommer Festival | June 9th - 11th For 50 years Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood has been celebrating its Swedish heritage in old-world style with music and plenty of food and drink. Chicago to Mackinac Race | July 15th In this 109th regatta from Chicago to Mackinac Island sailors test their mettle against Lake Michigan’s perilous waters. The Leukemia Cup Regatta | August 26th Events are held throughout the summer leading up to a sailing regatta on August 27nd. See the event site for full details and read Race of a Lifetime to learn how you can help. Chicago Air and Water Show | August 19th & 20th at North Avenue Beach The nation’s largest and longest running free air show draws aviation enthusiasts from all over.
WISCONSIN Milwaukee’s Summerfest | June 28th - July 9th, Milwaukee, WI More than 800 acts over the span of 11 days and something for every preference. Oh, and there’s beer.
Cedarburg Strawberry Fest | June 24th – 25th , Cedarburg, WI Strawberries in every form, including strawberry blush wine, are available for tasting along with art and musical performances for all ages. Germanfest | July 28th – 30th, Milwaukee, WI Since 1981 this annual celebration of German culture takes place along the Lake Michigan shore.
MICHIGAN Mackinac Island Lilac Festival | June 9th - 18th When the lilacs have faded in other parts of the region, Mackinac Island is in full bloom with millions of fragrant blossoms. The week-long event includes a parade, historic carriage tours of the island, and an actual dog and pony show. Harbor Springs Waterfront Wine Festival | June 25th Harbor Springs, MI Celebrate summer with wine and gourmet food in this beautiful setting. Charlevoix Venetian Festival | July 15th – 22nd, Charlevoix, MI This Northern Michigan resort town celebrates it maritime history in style with a week-long series of events.
Photo: Jim Sorbie
Modern Cabin Close your eyes and imagine the perfect lakeside cabin â€“ warm and open with wood finishes and deep seating for long afternoon naps, plus a spot to enjoy a summer campfire. A perfectly dreamy example can be found on the shores of western Wisconsinâ€™s Johnson Lake.
Photos by Susan Gilmore
The homeowner, Jen Ziemer, along with her Fiddlehead Design Group partner Andrea Dixon, worked with architect Marcelo Valdez to create this sleek but comfortable family retreat. Jen and Andrea were involved in all aspects of the project including kitchen and bath design and selecting materials and furnishings. The result is a modern, yet timeless lakeside cabin. Although the home is newly built, the use of wood throughout gives the home plenty of character and timeless style. With the goal of creating a welcoming space for the Ziemersâ€™ extended families to enjoy year round, the team set out to capture lake views from the front of the home through to the back with a carefully planned design.
Interior windows provide a view from the front porch through the stairwell, laundry room and family room, all the way out to the lake. On long summer evenings, the family gathers on the screen porch where a stone fireplace provides warmth and cozy furnishing invite everyone to relax and enjoy the expansive view of Johnson Lake. The design team specified reclaimed wood for the floors and mantle to lend a feeling of age, and the naturally distressed floors are forgiving in a space occupied by sandy feet and the family dog.
The large, open kitchen invites family members to enjoy the pancake breakfasts and extended happy hours that the Ziemers love to host on summer weekends. The multi-purpose island features a beautiful Kauri wood dining area with a live edge extending to a lowered seating area that wraps around providing plenty of space for guests. According to Jen, “I wasn't sure if people would use it, but it's a favorite spot with lake views to boot!” The bright, modern kitchen allows guests to circulate for access to the coffee and beverage stations. The open plan dining and family rooms give a stylish nod to the woody setting with modern pieces finished in homey hounds tooth, buffalo check, and paisley fabrics.
Traditional rugs throughout the home add an element of sophistication perfectly balancing the combination of sleek wood cabinetry and rough-hewn accent pieces. Asked to name her favorite decorative feature of the home, Jen didn’t hesitate. “My favorite piece in the cabin has to be the moose over our mantle. It was designed and made by local artist Al Wadzinski. It is comprised of various recycled pieces from our families: my late grandfather's fishing net, my dad's work boots, and my brother's hat just to name a few. It is a conversation starter for sure.” Yep. It’s easily my favorite too.
Resources Interior Design - Fiddlehead Design Group Architect - Marcelo Valdez Custom Sculpture -Al Wadzinski To see more of Fiddlehead Design Groupâ€™s work visit Fiddleheaddesigngroup.com or find them on Houzz
Modern Cabin Style Stylish dĂŠcor for a lakeside cabin
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Find Your Park Discover our National Lakeshores
The National Park Service was created 100 years ago to protect and preserve our natural wonders for the enjoyment of all. Over the past century, the range of protected areas has grown to include many of the incredible shorelines of the Great Lakes region. These sights, sculpted by time, wind, and water, have awed Midwesterners for generations. The glaciers that formed the Great Lakes carved spectacular scenery along the shorelines and left behind impressive dunes that offer a unique view of the lakes and islands. Take some time this year to visit one of these national treasures and witness the genius of preserving these places for all to share.
Photo by Jodi Grove
Photo by NOAA
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Explore Wind-Carved Cliffs and Epic Waterfalls
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Forty-two miles of awe-inspiring scenery await the adventurer who makes the journey to the north shore of Michiganâ€™s Upper Peninsula. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, named for the uniquely colored sandstone cliffs that rise above the Lake Superior coast, is a must for Great Lakes enthusiasts. The cliffs derive their varied colors from layered mineral deposits dating back millions of years. As the groundwater leeches out through waterfalls that range between a delicate trickle and a rushing torrent, the rocks have become streaked in ways that resemble the work of a skilled painter. Best viewed from the water, the intricate colors and shapes of Pictured Rocks can be enjoyed up-close by boat or kayak. For a more comfortable seat and the benefit of an expert guide, contact Pictured Rocks Cruises and climb aboard one of their many tours.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Island Hop to Historic Lighthouses
Photo by Jim Sorbie
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore The Midwestâ€™s own archipelago can be found at the tip of Wisconsin along Lake Superiorâ€™s southern shore. The Apostle Islands are a chain of 21 islands formed by glacial movements of the distant past combined with natural weather patterns of the area. Known for the sea caves that have formed in the sandstone cliffs of the islands, the Apostle Islands are a popular destination for canoeing, kayaking, and even point-to-point sailing adventures. The Grand Tour aboard Apostle Island Cruises is the best way to see the sea caves, local wildlife and some of the Great Lakes most photogenic lighthouses. The largest and most developed of the range, Madeline Island, is a charming world unto itself with small resorts, shops, and cafes as well as the picturesque Big Bay State Park. This locale, a short ferry ride from the mainland, is appealing as either a fun family vacation or an enjoyable day-long adventure. Visitors have several options for exploring the area from small charter boat operations, ferries, to full-service tours.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Climb the Dunes and See the Stars
Photo by Rodney Campbell
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore In the wildly beautiful northwest corner of Michiganâ€™s Lower Peninsula is Sleeping Bear Dunes where high, sandy bluffs offer sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the dunes provide a physical challenge that is rewarded in a peaceful beach. This area, formed by glacial movement, was named for a Chippewa legend that claims a mother bear sleeps below the dunes awaiting the return of her lost cubs.
Enjoy the area with a hike or bike ride through the grassy trails at the top of the dunes. Travel down to the beach for a dip in the chilly water and a challenging climb back up the dune. Explore the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula and the towns of Glen Arbor and Traverse City. The National Park includes the two small islands off the coast, said to represent the lost cubs that the sleeping bear awaits. North and South Manitou Islands are accessible for a day trip via a short ferry ride from the harbor in Leland. Avid star gazers trek to northern Michigan to view the constellations each summer. Monthly astronomy programs lead by the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society are offered from May through October. Events include stargazing, eclipses, meteor showers, sun-viewing, and storytelling.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore View Migratory Birds and Futuristic Homes
Photo by Tom Gill
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore At the southern tip of Lake Michigan, natural weather patterns create the perfect spot for migratory birds to rest after a long flight. Each year, an incredible variety of birds pay a visit to the Indiana Dunes and the National Park Service has created an ideal experience for their human admirers. Hiking trails wander though wooded areas that evolve into marshes, grasslands, tall dunes and wide beaches where visitors may view a wide range of plant and animal life. Start with a trip to the Visitors’ Center for useful maps and interesting exhibits. A unique feature of this park is the five, futuristic Century of Progress homes that were moved to the area from Chicago after the 1933 World’s Fair. These five homes represent an early 20thcentury vision of the future with unique design, building materials, and interior features showcasing the designers’ aspirations for homes of the future. The homes, which are privately owned, are currently undergoing extensive renovation and are open for public tours one day each year. Check the Century of Progress Homes website for details.
To The Beach Cruise to the lake with these colorful accessories
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The Coastal Allure of Bayfield
Many charming, coastal towns share a few characteristics: a distinctive style, sweeping views of boats gently bobbing in the harbor, colorful local businesses, and culinary treats unique to the destination. Bayfield, at Wisconsin northern most point, meets all expectations for coastal flavor. Known as the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield offers coastal allure of its own and is well worth a summer visit. All photos courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Stay Old Rittenhouse Inn Travel through time to an era of classic Queen Anne Victorian homes with a stay at Bayfield’s Old Rittenhouse Inn. The inn, housed in two separate buildings, features 20 guest rooms each decorated in the distinctive style of the era. The flower-draped front porch of the main house boasts the town’s best view of deep blue Lake Superior and the islands beyond. Bayfield Inn The newly renovated Bayfield Inn features 21 rooms with all the modern comforts you’d expect and the benefit of a waterfront location. The lakeshore, harbor, and ferry dock and only steps away and the inn is a perfect spot for rooftop cocktails at the end of the day.
Refuel Egg Toss Café Bayfield’s best breakfast is found at the Egg Toss Café where everything from bread to eggs to berry-licious jam is fresh and local. Maggies This legendary Bayfield destination claims “a décor that must be seen to be believed”. One word: Flamingos. Everywhere. If you can enter a kitsch-cluttered room filled with flamingos and NOT immediately start smiling, have a margarita and loosen up. This is exactly the kind of place that makes you remember why you need a vacation. The burgers are darn tasty too. The Old Rittenhouse Inn The classic Bayfield address offers daily breakfast and dinner. Brunch is a special treat, but call ahead to be sure it’s on the schedule. The Platter Experience a classic Wisconsin Supper Club in nearby Ashland, Wisconsin featuring local delicacies such as Lake Superior White Fish and Wisconsin Cheese Fondue.
Explore Cruise the Islands Take a tour of the Apostle Islands with Apostle Islands Cruises. The 3 ½-hour Grand Tour showcases the area’s incredible scenery and beloved lighthouses while the Glass Bottom Boat Tour visits the haunting underwater ship wrecks. Visit Madeline Island Hop a ferry to nearby Madeline Island for a day’s adventure through this unique community. Rent bikes or kayaks to explore the stunning sea caves and picturesque Big Bay State Park. Enjoy the laid-back feel of this island community at any of the local cafes and pubs. Taste the Local Fruit Long after berries have been picked throughout the rest of the region, Bayfield’s sweetest crop is at its peak. The heavenly aroma of sweet strawberries, juicy blueberries, and lacy flowers fills the senses at Bayfield’s fruit and perennial farms throughout the summer months. Find the best of everything local with a visit to Hauser’s Superior View Farm for berries, apples, field-grown perennials, and local wine.
Lakeside Happy Hour Pack a blanket and bring your favorite beverages to the lakeside at sunset.
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