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22 | HIKE LITTLE TRAVERSE Take a road trip for a day, or take a weekend getaway, to these Little Traverse Conservancy preserves that are perfect for hiking during September’s cool, sunny days.

28 | LIFE LESSONS FROM THE HIVE From Sleeping Bear Farms to St. Ambrose Cellars, Kirk and Sharon Joneses’ farm, fields and packaging facility are buzzing with activity. Their busiest workers? Honeybees, of course.

34 | HORIZON BOOKS’ NEXT CHAPTER A new chapter is being written for this beacon in downtown Traverse City that beckons not just book-lovers, but the entire community.

38 | MARQUETTE’S NEW COOL Marquette is basking in national attention for its four seasons of distinctly Yooper-style fun—from its organically hip craft brew scene to its terrain tailored for adventure.

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11 | UP NORTH In our annual arts edition, we hear tales from an Irish storyteller, check in with local artists and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Writers Series.

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September sets the stage for harvest days, art exhibitions and plenty of culinary happenings.

19 | TRAVEL Apple season has arrived! Spend a day cruising the farm market- and orchard-studded section of US-31 between Traverse City and Charlevoix.

20 | UP IN MICHIGAN These narrative essays penned by freshman students at Frankfort High School will transport you to glassy Lake Michigan waters and the starlit dunes of Benzie County.


53 | LOCAL TABLE Craving a fresh strudel in December? Two local orchards share their tips and tricks for extending the life of your Michigan-picked apples.

61 | DRINKS Northern Michigan breweries are diving into the latest drink craze— fruity, bubbly, locally sourced seltzers.

63 | OUTDOORS Let the gaze of a full moon guide you on a nighttime paddle along the Platte River.

64 | LOVE OF THE LAND A precious wetland ecosystem has been protected at Lime Lake, thanks to work by the Leelanau Conservancy.



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For the Love of Downtown BY DEBORAH WYATT FELLOWS

All families have lore. One of ours is that my dad grew up in a small, southern Illinois town where he had the run of the place. At four years old, his mom told him he needed new shoes, so he walked the few blocks downtown to the shoe store and got new shoes. It was a romantic notion to grow up with. I was lucky enough to grow up with an intact downtown although surrounded, and I knew even as a kid how special it was to walk from the bakery we loved to the movie theater. Lore matters, and I have been a downtown person my whole life. When it came time to raise kids in Northern Michigan, my husband and I chose a small town on the water where the school is nestled right in town, the kids walked to the grocery store for snacks before practice, swimming was just down the road from the school, the candy store doled out bags of candy that were weighed—and maybe a bit more was added. I saw firsthand the impact on our small community as our town’s merchants were always the first in line to donate when asked. And those merchants were the ones employing my kids from age 14 on, when they were the ones doling out the candy, scooping ice cream, being line cooks, washing dishes, gutting fish and giving tours on a nearby island. No life, wherever we grow up, is perfect, but that town and those merchants are now part of our kids’ chapters in the family lore. Believing in the power of intact, functioning small towns has guided my professional life—whether it’s the privilege I’ve had for 40 years of celebrating all of our towns in print and online, or the fact that the magazine offices have always been in downtown Traverse City. Both those things are baked into our company’s mission. Suffice it to say, I’ve had a bird’s eye view of the evolution of downtown

Traverse City. I’ve seen businesses come and go and others that have been there since the 1800s, like Votruba Leather Goods and Golden Shoes, still thriving. Without question, the courage and commitment shown by Vic Herman and Amy Reynolds in 1993, to move Horizon Books into the 22,000-squarefoot abandoned J.C. Penney building, is among those at the top of the list as most impactful on the health of downtown Traverse City. And now, as you’ll read in this month’s feature, their commitment as they look to retire just keeps going.

Anyone who cares about small towns and downtowns knows there is no stopping change.

When I started the company in 1981, downtown was dark at night. That didn’t strike me as odd; Northern Michigan nights were for bonfires and stargazing. Like towns around the country, Traverse City was a functioning downtown during the day, supplying residents with what they needed. It was anchored by J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Woolworth, Kresge, Sears and, of course, Milliken’s department store. But challenges were on the horizon. Cherryland Mall had been built on farmland outside of downtown in 1976. By the mid-80s, some folks in Traverse City thought the answer to that was to build a shopping mall downtown. There was a lawsuit to demand a vote by the public because the location was public land. The public voted “no” to the mall, and

today that space houses the Sara Hardy Farmers Market twice a week. But the tide could not be turned and one by one, the big anchors left the downtown area. It was a horrifically scary time if you value vibrant downtowns. It was actually possible to imagine Traverse City becoming a town of empty storefronts and small t-shirt and souvenir shops, busy in the summer with tourists and a ghost town otherwise. The late Bryan Crough, who served as the DDA’s executive director for 23 years, would not let Traverse City fade and falter like so many downtowns around the country. Along with many others, he worked his magic—a mix of vision, negotiation and sheer will. And thus, Vic and Amy found themselves agreeing to move from their cramped and beloved bookstore across the street into the truly mammoth J.C. Penney structure. As a business owner, I simply can’t imagine the courage that took. Hundreds of volunteers moved books by hand across the street, and the new Horizon Books opened in May 1993, staying open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. The store closed only three days a year. And until COVID-19, that remained true, even when Borders opened its hip bookstore in another field outside Traverse City in 1996, just three years after Vic and Amy made their commitment to downtown. I absolutely remember that first night Horizon Books was open. I got out of work, tired and a bit jazzed in the way you get making magazines. I rounded the corner at Front and Union expecting Front Street to be dark as it always was by 7:30—except it wasn’t. Blocks down I could see light seeping into the street like a beacon, welcoming book lovers, welcoming us all. And that light has stayed lit, through thick and thin, welcoming everyone with books, music and 4

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editor’s note community meetings. That has included my family, with four little readers sitting on the floor with books, or cradling cups of cocoa in the front window as we watched Christmas shoppers dropping coins in the Salvation Army bucket by Horizon’s front door, the same bucket we now man as a family each Christmas Eve. Little by little, after Horizon moved, some restaurants began staying open later and there were more reasons to go downtown in the evening. Fourteen years later, Michael Moore, donors and volunteers reopened the State Theatre a stone’s throw from Horizon Books. Until his death, Bryan Crough worked tirelessly to ensure that downtown remained made up of entrepreneurs, not franchises, and Traverse City became the place it is today—a great spot to gather with friends and family, day or night, where you can listen to an author speak, ponder creative, hand-picked merchandise and eat amazing food. Anyone who cares about small towns and downtowns knows there is no stopping change. Walmart decimated the small retailers that made up my dad’s little town and it has never recovered. Gap and other franchises now dominate my childhood town. Big boxes are firmly ensconced in our northern farm fields. But somehow, our downtowns stay unique and intact. Small business is hard; being an entrepreneur who strives for quality and creativity is even harder. We are blessed to have so many who commit to our downtown spaces throughout the North, but holding onto that takes a commitment from all of us. We have so many downtown heroes, but few match the commitment Vic and Amy made in 1993. Their courage and incredible hard work still stand as that beacon that led the way, and their ongoing commitment inspires us all to keep the lights on.

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In ancient times, Irish clans had their own seanchaí—a traditional storyteller who knew the country's history, folklore and legends, and performed at feasts and festivals. Today, Kewadin resident and awardwinning author David K. McDonnell carries on this rich tradition of oral storytelling. BY KATHY BELDEN | PHOTO BY DAVE WEIDNER

Your book, “ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland” is incredible. It’s like a tome! I’ve always been fascinated with Irish history, and I realized I had a book in me. I researched the early years of my clan—about 1000 A.D. to 1600 A.D.—reading about how they lived and what they did. I’ve always wondered, “Why am I a McDonnell? Why am I an American?” My great-grandfather came to this country in 1845, to New Orleans. He and my great-grandmother married and had children later in life, which is how you get from my greatgrandfather (born around 1825) to me (born in 1950) in so few generations. Tell us a bit about your family’s history. The first McDonnells were mercenaries often called to service in all corners of Ireland. Their descendants included nobles and farmers, landlords and peasants, soldiers and poets, coffin ship victims and survivors, Protestants and Catholics, constables and revolutionaries. Some immigrated to North America, and others fought in foreign armies. Many were killed or had land confiscated by the English. Still others adapted well to British Ireland. Collectively, their lives help tell the story of Ireland. And your second book? My other book is much different and much shorter. “Buy the Horse a Guinness & Other Wee Tales of Ireland” is a compilation of the stories I’ve told in Irish pubs or at festivals.4 Traverse, Traverse,Northern NorthernMichigan’s Michigan’sMagazine Magazine ||

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You’ve been all over the United States practicing your storytelling craft at festivals. My wife, Linda, and I (plus our two dogs) drive all over the country to be in these festivals. We’ve been to the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast. There’s a great festival in Dublin, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. They’ve treated us very well there (and I’m a U-M alum!). The best Irish festival, in my opinion, is in Milwaukee. Closer to home, the one in Muskegon is very good; so is the Motor City Festival. I even did an event last year in the U.P. in St. Ignace.

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What are your stories about? My stories are based on 2,000-yearold Celtic mythology called The Ulster Cycle. It is a series of stories about a warrior and a hero named Cú Chulainn (pronounced Kookoolin). These stories are set up for a grand adventure. It’s like “Game of Thrones.” There are complex themes like ambition, jealousy and revenge—it’s all about the human condition. There are close similarities to standup comedy and what you do, right? It’s storytelling and a bit of a yarn. I throw in a lot of history and Irish culture. I like to draw the audience in. Keeping the art of oral storytelling alive isn’t common—especially in the electronic age. I enjoy my part in preserving history. And there’s always a punch line. Tell us about the Storytellers of Ireland, of which you're a part. Yes—it’s an organization of elite storytellers dedicated to preserving and enhancing the art of oral storytelling. I’m the only American member! I’ve even done storytelling in Ireland. How has the pandemic affected your storytelling appearances? I’m doing weekly podcasts until I can do live events again. You can find them on my website

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The Ever-Evolving Story of the National Writers Series Celebrating 10 years of renowned authors and unforgettable events in Traverse City.



All this started back in 2009, when my husband, Doug Stanton, was on a national tour for Horse Soldiers, a book about a dozen soldiers riding into Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. They joined forces with Afghan soldiers and defeated the Taliban, although the victory was short-lived. The book was a hard one to write, and took both of us to finish it. We decided to throw a big party to celebrate.

the Books (a reading competition), teach poetry workshops at Traverse Heights and Blair Elementary schools, hire a teaching fellow for Front Street Writers (a magnet program at the Career-Tech Center), bring our mainstage authors to speak to students and partner with NMC in offering creative writing workshops. We also publish the NWS Literary Journal that showcases student work, and is available at Horizon Books.

I was working at Northern Express at the time, but with the help of my friend Paulette Parsons, we pulled together an event at the City Opera House in Traverse City. We persuaded a friend to design a poster, and Doug’s mom put them up all over town (which she ended up doing for years in all kinds of weather). We talked area wineries and the amazing Cooks’ House and others into donating wine and excellent food. And on May 28, 2009, we packed the house— nearly 700 people showed up.

This past school year brought a serendipitous surprise. Horse Soldiers included an account of CIA intelligence officer Mike Spann interrogating pro-Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. Unbeknownst to him, some of the prisoners had hidden weapons underneath their clothing. In the space of a few minutes, the men attacked and killed him. Mike left behind his wife, Shannon, and their five-month-old baby, Jake. Fastforward to 2019. Shannon, who had since remarried, and Jake were living in Traverse City. Jake, a talented and passionate writer, heard about Front Street Writers and signed up—a decision that his mom called “life-changing.”


Doug invited someone he’d written about in the book, Mark Mitchell, a US Army major, who'd fought in a 2001 battle. I remember Mark standing onstage and talking about what he was feeling and thinking during this intense period. He and a small group were fighting Taliban soldiers inside an ancient Afghan fort; a bomb exploded and nearly killed some of Mark’s friends. Mark choked up, and suddenly Doug’s book seemed more real than it ever had. The emotion in the auditorium was palpable. We all seemed to feel the dust, the anxiety, the heat, the fear. No longer did the Afghan war seem like a faraway story. You were there, in it, aware of the humanity and inhumanity of war. Doug proposed doing an event like this again, to bring nationally renowned authors on tour to Traverse City to discuss their new books. (Ten years later, NWS has brought more than 100 writers to TC, creating one of the most unique and consistent author and audience experiences in the country.) Grant Parsons, our good friend and the third NWS co-founder, agreed. But he wanted to make it something more—to use event proceeds for scholarships and youth literacy. And so, we have. Each year, we give $4,000 in college scholarships, engage hundreds of kids in Battle of

Simply put, NWS shares the power of storytelling. Each of the more than 165 conversations—whether Margaret Atwood, Ann Patchett, Alice Waters or Harlan Coben—has been unique. But with each event, there comes a deeper understanding of issues and each other. Our events have drawn thousands of people to downtown Traverse City throughout the year. Now with our virtual events, people from around the world Zoom in, and we’re still averaging some 400 people per event! Along the way, Traverse City was officially named Book City in honor of the community’s love of books. NWS would never have made it this far were it not for our generous donors, sponsors and thousands of attendees. We at NWS are more than grateful. We’re astounded! It’s been quite a party. NATIONALWRITERSSERIES.ORG This fall, NWS will continue to host virtual events due to COVID-19. View the full lineup, including Chasten Buttigieg and Alice Hoffman, at

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Artists to Watch

Northern Michigan has inspired artists for generations. Here are three we’re following right now. BY CARLY SIMPSON

KATHERINE CORDEN Katherine’s first career is physical therapist, and her background in anatomy influences her work. She’s known for capturing the way people naturally move through their landscape—and since she’s based in Traverse City, many of her paintings’ settings and color schemes are influenced by the North. Katherine donates 5 percent of her proceeds to FLOW, For Love of Water. KATHERINECORDEN.COM

SWEET FERN COLLECTION The woman behind Sweet Fern, Haley Jo Hildebrand, makes a statement with her earrings. A recent collection, “That Woman from Michigan,” features modern pieces honoring strong Michigan women—Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel, Cora Reynolds Anderson and Aimee Stephens. ETSY.COM/SHOP/SWEETFERNCO

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It’s impossible to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Traverse without also honoring the small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have supported our mission throughout the years and who make Northern Michigan such a special place to live and visit. Each month we’ll continue to share these important anniversaries in print, and you can find the full list at BizAnniversaries. —A.J. 59 YEARS Lucky Jack’s, Traverse City

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ART IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS Glen Arbor Arts Center is featuring an exhibition of postcards, contributed by the public, that express people’s pandemic experiences. It will be installed in GAAC’s windows for outdoor viewing.







HISTORIC EMPIRE WALKING TOUR Sleeping Bear Dunes Tours is taking guests back to the lumber days of 1884 in Empire, Michigan, on this guided, outdoor excursion. Other dates are available throughout the month. EARTHWORK HARVEST GATHERING This inclusive, family-friendly event features music, workshops and more Sept. 18–20. This year, some events will be prerecorded and shown virtually while others may be held live at the Lake City farm (if it's possible to do so safely). Follow on Facebook for weekly virtual skill swaps (happening now!), festival updates and more. DOWNTOWN MANISTEE HOPS & PROPS ON THE RIVER Choose from 100+ locally crafted beverages, grab a bite at a food truck, play corn hole or pull up a lawn chair and listen to live music. Century Boat Club will also feature classic wooden boats along the channel.


TASTE OF HARBOR SPRINGS The annual event raises funds for culinary scholarships. Enjoy unlimited tastes from participating restaurants along the waterfront. Drink tickets also available.


MICHIGAN MODERN: AN ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY This exhibit at Traverse City’s Dennos Museum celebrates design history from 1928–2012 with more than 50 photographs by James Haefner. It runs from Sept. 20– Jan. 31.


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3 New Books to Tuck Into As summer winds down, we’re looking forward to reading these Michigan-based mysteries. SANDY BOTTOM This spoof on murder mysteries includes many businesses and locations in the Traverse City area. The plot involves an aspiring detective and part-time shaman named Dredd who’s tasked with solving the murder of wealthy eco-warrior Timothy Bottom. But Dredd has a problem: Timothy’s widow is Dredd’s lost love, Sandy Bottom, who jilted him to marry the heir of a baby powder magnate. Expect plenty of mayhem as Traverse City is overwhelmed by baffling events. Author Robert Downes is the former

editor and co-founder of Northern Express Weekly and has written five other nonfiction books and novels—including the well-known guides “Planet Backpacker, I Promised You Adventure and Biking Northern Michigan.”

THE WICKED SISTER Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of “The Marsh King's Daughter,” has given us another U.P. thriller. For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility,

tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents' deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns to her family’s cabin in the remote forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to search for answers. As she begins to uncover what really happened, she realizes—as her mother did years earlier—that home can be a dangerous place.

GANGSTERS UP NORTH Was Al Capone in Leelanau County? Was John Dillinger in Clare? Where in the U.P. did Fred “Killer” Burke end up? Like many, mobsters and mafia headed north to relax—but sometimes their trips were more nefarious. Using interviews, local newspaper accounts, land records and internet resources, author Robert Knapp sorts out truth from lore.

MUSIC DURING THE PANDEMIC Over the summer, many local musicians hosted live, virtual concerts via Facebook, including the queen of Michigan’s folk scene, May Erlewine. Thousands of viewers have tuned in to Mondays with May, an hour-long, weekly concert that starts at 7 p.m. Some songs you’ll recognize, others she plays for an audience for the first time—but all of May’s music is full of love and honesty, which we could all use more of right now. May currently plans to continue the series until October and then reassess. View past concerts and watch live on Mondays at—c.s.

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what to do | travel ROYAL FARMS Owners Patrick and Sara McGuire (who is fittingly a former National Cherry Queen) say they aim to treat guests like royalty here—and that's true if they've come to taste cider sweet, dry and tart, or to pick up a breakfast pastry, farm apples, asparagus soup or pie. The on-site corn maze has royalty of all ages sticking around for an afternoon of fun, and while cider comes fresh for visitors of all ages, those of an appropriate age will want to sample fun hard cider blends like Pink Bikini, Royal Reserve, Hand Picked and Summer Crush. 10445 US-31, Ellsworth, ROYALFARMSINC.COM

BIER’S INWOOD BREWERY You'll first spot the vintage schoolhouse, now a gallery featuring more than 100 national and regional artists, on a hill offering a distant bay view. Tucked behind the gallery, find drinkable art similarly inspired by the local landscape. An extensive beer lineup includes tap pours like Berried Alive, a blend of local apples, strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Head there on weekend evenings for live music, pizza, grilled burgers and more. 17959 Ferry Rd., Charlevoix, BIERSINWOODBREWERY.COM

ORCHARD HIGHWAY Spend a day cruising the farm market- and orchard-studded section of US-31 between Traverse City and Charlevoix. BY KIM SCHNEIDER | PHOTO BY DAVE WEIDNER

If an apple a day is as healthy as the adage implies, then a day spent sampling ciders among Northern Michigan orchards along an agriculture-rich stretch of US-31 north of Traverse City, must pretty much be the fountain of youth. That's especially true when cideries offer plenty of youthful fun—as these do— from apple donuts to corn mazes.

NOMAD CIDERY AND FARM MARKET When Nomad Cidery bought Hoxsie's Farm Market just off US-31 on M-72, visitors got the best of both worlds. The farm stand still overflows with fresh produce, fruit and flowers from the surrounding orchard and farm. But in the new tasting room (under

construction at the time of writing), small-batch ciders will push the envelope with fun flavors and blends. 6620 M-72 E., Williamsburg, NOMADCIDERY.COM

TOWNLINE CIDERWORKS This cider tasting bar is an offshoot of Altonen Orchards, where the Altonen family, longtime apple growers and entrepreneurs, grow and press their own fruit. Their tasting room is also the site of an annual chili cookoff and a cider and crafts fest. Try regular tap favorites like Queen Ann and Alma Mater or a popular slush made of cider and blueberry riesling. 11595 US-31, Williamsburg, TOWNLINECIDERWORKS.COM

1918 CELLARS AT CASTLE FARMS It'd take a lot of exploring to find a tasting room with floor tiles harkening back to 1918, a striking barnwood ceiling and a bar backed by boulders. The oncepopular concert venue on Charlevoix's south side was originally built by American royalty of sorts—a former executive with Sears, Roebuck and Co. who built the French Normandy-style complex of stone to showcase Sears farm implements. In addition to the high teas, weddings, yoga classes and other events hosted here, today it's a great spot for sipping house-made cinnamon and cherry ciders. 5052 M-66, Charlevoix, CASTLEFARMS.COM

Kim Schneider is a long-time travel writer specializing in Michigan adventures, food and wine. The Midwest Travel Journalist Association has named her Mark Twain Travel Writer of the Year, and she's the author of “100 Things to Do in Traverse City Before You Die.”

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Freshman students at Frankfort High School penned narrative essays last year as part of the school’s annual Bruce Catton Contest. A historian and journalist known for his Civil War writings, Catton grew up in Benzie County in the early 1900s and would often spend time listening to veterans recount their stories in downtown Beulah. Each year, Frankfort students are guided to write with some of Catton’s style, incorporating his use of sensory and concrete details. As students go back to school this month, we’re sharing a couple of those essays. They’ll transport you to glassy Lake Michigan waters and the starlit dunes of Benzie County.

FIERY PIER WALK BY RORY O’GRADY It was my family’s first summer in Benzie County. One August evening, we decided to venture out to the Lake Michigan shore and see the sunset that we had heard so much about from tourists and locals. As we crested the hill, we noticed how the lake and its many shades of blue water seemed to go on forever. It was an inland ocean, without the tangy, salty smell that I remembered back on the Atlantic coast. Driving toward the beach, we made the descent down the impossibly steep dune road to sea level. We stepped out onto the sandy parking lot, feeling the pebbles and rocks under our shoes. The coarseness called to our bare feet trapped inside. The evening sun was already beginning to sink in the firestreaked sky as we walked out toward the breakwater on misaligned weatherbeaten wooden pallets strewn along the beach. The western sun outlined us—my mom, my dad and my little sister—strolling into the sinking sun. As we reached the pier and the sharp, green dune grass opened up, we realized something we hadn’t noticed


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from the overlook. Lake Michigan was glass-like—perfectly smooth and clear, only disrupted by the small fishing boats putt-putting as they slipped back into the harbor for the night. We began the walk out toward the lighthouse at the end of the massive structure. The concrete was far from perfect and had obviously endured many nights of intense assaults from the lake. But tonight, the water looked like it had been polished, shiny and bright, in preparation for the

But tonight, the water looked like it had been polished, shiny and bright, in preparation for the setting of the sun.

setting of the sun. We made it to the halfway point, where the pier narrowed. There were more holes in the concrete now, and most were filled with warm lake water. Some of the deeper holes even had tiny fish caught in them, living in a microcosm of the greater lake’s vast ecosystem. As we reached the end of the pier, the concrete widened into a platform where the rusty, red and white lighthouse perched like an old sentinel guarding Betsie Bay, guiding in the dozens of returning boats. The sun was close to setting, slowly sliding into the endless depths of a darkening Lake Michigan. At that moment, the stately Frankfort North Light, on the other side of the inlet, opened a bright white eye that would shine until the sun rose again on the opposite side

of the sky. We sat and watched as the last slivers of light disappeared into the horizon. The darkness embraced us, and the water’s still silence protected us from all the noise and dangers of the world. We were mostly silent as we made our way back toward the parking lot—the solitude of the evening broken only by parental murmurs and a little girl’s giggles. I noticed how, since the sun was gone, the cool breeze coming in from the lake was more apparent and raised goosebumps on my skin. Driving back up the hill on Bye Road and looking back at the blackening, vivid orange sky, I decided that Lake Michigan sunsets were as impressive as we had heard. I also realized our family had found a home in Elberta on this vast, inland sea.

MISSION: OLD BALDY BY GRACE MAY Just as the orange sun was lowering itself into the metallic blue waves, my family and I were preparing for a special mission. After sunset on a late August night, my family and a dozen other people drove from Arcadia to the Old Baldy trailhead near Inspiration Point. As we piled out of our cars and reviewed the trail map, I was nearly bouncing with excitement as I assessed our undertaking. We were going to hike out to the dunes and stargaze. After making sure we had everyone with us, and that we all had our supplies, our group started to funnel through the narrow dirt trail. As we passed meadows that gave way to first pine and then hardwood forests, I kept my eyes on the familiar trail that was illuminated only by the lanterns and flashlights we had brought with us. Though I had done this trail4 countless times before, my family and I had never hiked it at night. However, I was still able to see some landmarks

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along the trail, like the giant beech tree that my siblings and I had climbed so many times, and the tree that was unfortunately struck by lightning years ago. Soon, we made it to the base of the wooded stairs that led to the dunes. Finally, we reached the top of the bluff, and I remembered all the times I had come here in the daylight as I lay on the cold sand and stared at the slightly cloudy sky. Memories of climbing upon warm sand and rocks and playing with clay filled my mind. I even have memories from when I was a little kid, of my family coming here, especially during the summer months. I could remember the lake shimmering with sunlight as I saw that same lake glistening with moonlight. Since I have been coming to this place for so long, I know the trails very well, and it is comforting to have an intimate connection with nature. Looking over the lake from the bluff, I could see the different depths of the water and, even when the sky is cloudy, the dunes still hold an austere beauty. Even though the sky was a little cloudy, and we couldn’t see many stars, I still saw a few meteors arc through the sky. After about an hour, we all started to walk back to the trailhead. As we were heading back, the woods seemed even darker than when we came. My friend Kayla said, “What is that?” She wondered if the sound was an animal. “I doubt it was anything, and even if it was, I doubt any animal would attack a group of humans this large,” I replied, brushing off her concerns. After all, I had done this trail so many times that it felt like my backyard, and I had never seen any animals larger than a squirrel on it. We were all tired and ready to go home and get some sleep. As my family’s car drove away from the trailhead, I realized that my memories of dunes, water, trees and sky from this place compose a unique part of my childhood and life. Mission accomplished.


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STOP #1: NORTH POINT NATURAL AREA There are plenty of good places to bulk up on breakfast in Charlevoix: Dive into the crepes and pastries at That French Place, or try an egg and local bacon hand pie at Harwood Gold. Either way, you have some delicious stick-to-your-ribs fortification to get you through to lunch. North Point, located on the north end of Charlevoix, is a 27-acre, mostly wooded natural area that takes you right out to Lake Michigan, with several trails linking to the adjacent Mount McSauba. Here, you’ll find forests in several stages of succession, Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes, and three threatened plant species: Pitcher’s Thistle, Lake Huron Tansy and Pumpell’s Bromegrass. HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? LTC helped fundraise for this land, secured a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and then deeded the land to Charlevoix Township. DIRECTIONS From US-31 on the far north end of Charlevoix, take Mercer Road north (toward the lake). Turn left on Maple and then right on McSauba. Look for parking on your left near the sign or continue to the parking/turnaround near the lakeshore.

STOP #2: THE HILL NATURE PRESERVE You have a 17-mile drive along the coast of Lake Charlevoix to get to this 106-acre preserve that offers two miles of trails and a vista of Lake Charlevoix from its highest point. You’ll drive through Horton Bay, where you can take a moment to sit where Ernest Hemingway did—on the front porch at Horton Bay General Store. Belly up to the soda fountain inside for novel treats, then pop into the Red Fox Inn next door to browse old copies of Hemingway’s books. HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? In 1966, Dr. Gene Herzog, Dr. John Herzog and Dr. Lou Mrstik purchased this property for their families to have an “Up North” destination. It was used for family gatherings and enjoyment for several decades. In 1996, the families donated a conservation easement to protect it from future development, and in 2011, the land was donated to LTC as a nature preserve. In 2012, Al Haske donated a 10-acre addition to provide better parking for the preserve. DIRECTIONS FROM NORTH POINT NATURAL AREA Take Waller Road to US-31 S. (1.6 miles). Turn onto Boyne City Road to Sumner Road (10.5 miles). Drive to Old Horton Bay Road (4.4 miles). Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine | SEPT '20

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In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. —JOHN MUIR

STOP #3: ALLAN AND VIRGINIA MCCUNE NATURE PRESERVE The 18-mile drive from The Hill Nature Preserve will take you through the village of Walloon Lake. Ready for lunch? Stop at the Barrel Back, offering a 180-degree eyeful of aquamarine water that accents the panorama of Walloon Lake shoreline. Soak it up with a crispy whitefish sandwich and a cold pint of pale ale. The McCune Nature Preserve is 168 acres, with 3,400 feet along Minnehaha Creek. The trail system offers roughly 3.5 miles to explore, dominated by hardwood forest, and also includes red pine plantations, meadow, creek and a cedar swamp. If you have your bike, across the street from McCune, Rock Solid (an internationally known bike trail construction group) is building a brand-new mountain bike trail at the Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve. As of this writing, it’s expected to be completed by the end of August. HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? This beautiful property was donated to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 1984 by Allan and Virginia McCune of Petoskey. The spring-fed Minnehaha Creek, which provides fish and wildlife habitat, flows through the preserve on its way to Crooked Lake. The trails were dedicated to Allan Purchis, whose family homesteaded the land. An addition to the preserve was donated by the Purchis family in 2017. A replacement footbridge was constructed in 1997 across the east branch of the creek with funds from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation in memory of Ellen Pray Bondy. A second footbridge and parking area were constructed in 2015 in memory of Sandy Wagar, thanks to another community foundation grant and significant volunteer support from the Petoskey Home Builder’s Association.

STOP #4: SKYLINE TRAIL You’re close to the coastal town of Petoskey and can head there from McCune Nature Preserve for a late lunch and some shopping. But first, if you’re up for some hills that offer the reward of sweeping views of Little Traverse Bay and the Bear River Valley, make Skyline Trail your next stop. This 65-acre preserve lies adjacent to more than 865 acres of City of Petoskey land, land owned by the county and the state, and land connected through privately-granted trail easements. At an elevation of more than 1,200 feet, the views are dramatic. Skyline Trail is part of the North Country Trail (NCT) system, so the hiking is endless. This section, maintained by the Tittabawassee chapter of the NCT, is hilly and difficult with two switchbacks. You’ll be ready for a cold drink in Petoskey. (Pair the pepperoni pizza at Beards Brewery with Citranity, an American Pale Ale, or head to Tap 30 and choose from, you guessed it, 30 craft brews on tap.) HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? In 2008, LTC helped the City of Petoskey acquire this parcel and construct an overlook platform. The land was a logical location for diverting a portion of the North Country Trail away from Krause Road. DIRECTIONS Head south on Berger Road from McCune Nature Preserve for 1.3 miles and turn right onto Greenwood Road (1.7 miles). Turn left onto Russet Road (.6 miles), right on Brubaker Road (1.1 miles) and left on Krause Road. The trail will be about a mile down on the right.

DIRECTIONS Take W. Clute Road to M-75 N. (4.1 miles). Continue on M-75 N. and turn right on E. Bear River Road (4.6 miles). Continue on E. Bear River Road and turn left on Maxwell Road, left on Greenwood Road and right onto Berger Road (9.3 miles).

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STOP #5: THE OFFIELD FAMILY VIEWLANDS From Petoskey, you’ll travel 7.6 miles along Little Traverse Bay, past historic Bay View, to reach your next hike. Formerly the Little Traverse Bay Golf Club, these 280 acres are located a few miles southeast of Nub’s Nob. The land is now officially open to the public, with more than 4.5 miles of trails that follow old golf course paths. The crown jewels of this preserve are the breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and the Inland Waterway. HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT? The Offield Family Viewlands were officially purchased by Little Traverse Conservancy on in 2020 with a loan. More than $1.6 million has been raised toward the $2 million goal. LTC is in need of help to complete the purchase of this land—for those who are able to give at this time, LTC would greatly appreciate your support. All donations are tax-deductible. For questions, contact Associate Director Ty Ratliff at or 231.347.0991.


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stop six STOP #6: WOOLLAM FAMILY NATURE PRESERVE Head into Harbor Springs from the Offield reserve. You can call it a day and choose from many local restaurants for a relaxing dinner. (Check out some great options here: Or take advantage of being so close to the stunning M-119 Tunnel of Trees and drive the gorgeous corridor to a very short hike at Woollam Family Nature Preserve, north of Goodhart. This 69-acre preserve offers 3,300 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan and more than 2,300 feet along M-119. Mature beech-maple hardwoods transition to mixed upland conifers near the water. The shoreline is sandy with rock and cobble in some areas as a result of the receded waterline. Much of the property is classified as “critical dunes” by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and dogs and horses are not allowed on the preserve due to nesting bird habitat. A short (approximately half-mile) trail takes you through the hilly woods to the beach.


HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT? This was the largest remaining undeveloped and unprotected parcel on Lake Michigan in Emmet County. It was purchased with funding from and named after the John and Cyndi Woollam family. DIRECTIONS From Harbor Springs, travel north on State Road 14 miles to Division Road. Take a left and travel 1.8 miles to Lakeshore Drive/M-119. Turn right and travel .9 miles to the parking area on your left. From downtown Cross Village (near Legs Inn), head south on Lakeshore Drive (M-119) roughly 1.7 miles and you’ll see the preserve sign on the right side of the road. The parking area is found just south of the sign. Deb Fellows was a founding member of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy board and a three-term member of the Leelanau Conservancy. She’s a decades-long fan of the Little Traverse Conservancy and a joyous hiker and explorer of Northern Michigan.

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Who would have thought you’d find a Renaissance man in the woods in Benzie County? Or a Renaissance woman, for that matter? Yet there they are, Kirk and Sharon Jones. Their farm, fields and packaging facility are all buzzing with activity. That’s literally buzzing, because the busiest workers on this farm are honeybees. The Joneses have turned their interest in honeybees into a series of related, successful businesses—from Sleeping Bear Farms (purveyors of multiple honey products) to BeeDazzled (candles, soaps and body care products) to St. Ambrose Cellars (mead and wine) and Brose Brewing. At first meeting, Kirk’s unassuming manner immediately puts you at ease. His ever-present smile crinkles his eyes, setting off his white Fu Manchu mustache. Sharon is equally warm and engaging. Their infectious enthusiasm for everything they do makes perfect sense once you understand their humble beginnings and genuine gratitude for the honeybee communities, which have made it all possible. You feel a sense of respect and reverence when they speak of their bees. Without a doubt, the bees’ intrinsic rhythm—working hard and prioritizing community— has rubbed off on their caretakers. “We’ve been beekeepers for 40 years,” says Kirk, and that passion led them to craft their business in the middle of the woods. But we’re getting ahead of the story. Their story started when the two of them met in Traverse City in the ‘70s, when the back to-the-land movement was first motivating people to look to the world around them for sustenance and sustainability. Kirk and Sharon were already doing their part—she was living in a teepee and he had just bought a log cabin, complete with an outhouse. They found in each other a natural fit. Kirk and Sharon first started collecting maple sap and making it into syrup. It didn’t take long for their interest to shift to something similarly sweet and sticky. “We bought a couple of bee hives and we found bees and honey was our thing,” says Kirk. This was a rekindled passion for Kirk, who had an interest in bees as a youth while growing up in Louisiana. Now, though, the bees were more than a curiosity: They were a business and the Joneses were in it together. “I was his muse,” says Sharon with a laugh—and business partner and fellow laborer. Kirk took his hives to area farms, one after another, to offer much needed pollination. When the hikes were heavy and full of honey, the Joneses collected it from each hive. Sharon used the beeswax to make candles, hanging them on the clothesline to dry.

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“We took everything the bees gave us,” says Kirk. “We worked together. Sharon carried a 60-pound bucket in each hand.” With loads of local honey on their hands, the Joneses found their first customer for their honey business in Traverse City’s Oryana Community Co-op. “By the third year, we became Oryana’s primary supplier,” says Kirk. “Now we had a purpose. So we got more bees.” That’s the story of their businesses: Follow the honeybee, and the rest will follow, though not always easily or in a straight line. Take for example their choice of a vehicle in which to transport their buckets of honey. Unable to purchase a good truck, they made the best of their limited resources, which in this case meant an old Dodge Dart from which they removed the backseat. Honey wasn’t the only thing they were transporting. They took the honeybees from farm to farm as well, where the bees would pollinate the crops and add to the bounty of honey. It was backbreaking work—the hives grew heavier with each move as they filled with nectar. Some 40 years on, some things have changed, while others haven’t. The Joneses are still in the bulk honey business, but they’ve also developed more honey products: comb honey, raw honey, Tupelo honey, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, lemon honey crème, raspberry honey, cherry honey, honey sticks, even several varieties of mustard (try the dilled honey mustard). Don’t forget Sharon’s BeeDazzled, a line of personal care products—candles, lip balm, lotions, facial care, salve, even insect repellent—all sold at her location on River Road in Benzonia, right next to Gwen Frostic Prints. It wasn’t all easy. In the ‘80s, the bee population was decimated from an infestation of Asian mites. Over half of the Joneses’ bees died and they were hard-pressed to provide local farmers with bees for their orchards. Rather than abandon their calling when their bees died, the Joneses abandoned Michigan, at least for the winter. They headed to Florida, where their bees could recover and pollinate the plentiful citrus crops. It was a back-to-the-land adventure. “We lived in a tent for a few winters to take care of our bees,” says Kirk. The couple was able to rebuild, but even today, he says the mites continue to be the largest challenge to the health of the bees. Eventually Kirk and Sharon bought a 40-acre farm in the Florida panhandle. Kirk had become fascinated with the writings of earlier century beekeepers who gathered rare and esteemed Tupelo honey there. Tupelo gum trees grow profusely in swamps and along riverbanks in northwest Florida. Today, the Joneses split their time between the north and south. In their seemingly endless quest to use everything the bees provided, a mistake led to another business outlet. “Mead started from a mistake,” Kirk says. In the early 2010s, to their chagrin, they discovered the moisture content of a batch of raspberry honey crème was too high and couldn’t be used. While Kirk railed against the waste of so much honey, Sharon had one of those lemonade-from-lemons moments. Kirk recalls: “Sharon said, ‘Just make some mead.’ ” Their “why not?” spirit resulted in another business success.

“We should make this all the time,” Kirk remembers thinking. So they did. The result was St. Ambrose Cellars, named for the patron saint of bees, beekeepers and candlemakers. Today, St. Ambrose features nearly two dozen different varieties of the beverage made from fermented honey. The mead from St. Ambrose is now distributed in six states in addition to Michigan: Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado. That mistake became so popular, he had to bring in some winemakers to keep up with the growing demand. You can guess what happened next. “When you get winemakers, they want to make wine, too,” Kirk says, smiling. So, St. Ambrose Cellars now offers a line of wines as well. It was only natural that the beautiful farm setting was the perfect site for wedding receptions and other events, which led to another unexpected undertaking. “We brewed beer for weddings, etc., so we asked ourselves, ‘Why not get a beer license?’ ” says Kirk. The state’s burgeoning craft beer industry soon had another entry: Brose Brewing, named by the locals as shorthand for St. Ambrose. When patrons asked for food to go along with their beverages, Kirk and Sharon obliged, inviting a local food truck vendor onsite. Unfortunately, that food truck folded, so Kirk searched Craigslist for a replacement. When he went to see the potential new truck, he found it parked in a beet field with a dead battery and broken clutch. He managed to get it running, put a bungee cord on the clutch pedal and drove it home. It turned out to be another hit. “People loved the food so much— every call was, ‘Is the food truck open?’ The food truck was such a hit, we decided to invest in a full kitchen with a large wood-fired pizza oven and extra seating,” says Kirk. He’s hoping to invite local chefs to do some special events, pairing their food with the mead, wine and beer made onsite. Kirk is happy to stroll the grounds with visitors, trekking from the meadery across the field to the barn, then to the packaging facility on the next lot. Here, the buzz of business is literal. Employees nonchalantly wave away the bees that gather round while they filter honey, fill the jars, mix products and move them to storage areas. Kirk beams while showing how and where the products are refined, packaged and stored, all the while keeping up a running commentary. As he recollects the details and tells the story of the businesses’ unanticipated growth, Kirk exhibits a sense of wonder at it all. “It had a life of its own,” he says numerous times. There’s been hard work aplenty, and they’ve had to make do with tents, Dodge Darts and more. That—combined with their entrepreneurial spirit and connection to both nature and their community—is at the heart of their success. The Joneses work with Grow Benzie, a thriving area nonprofit which features a bevy of programs and events. Located on M-115 between Benzonia and Frankfort, Grow Benzie has gardens and greenhouses, a commercial kitchen, hoop house and sewing studio, and offers a variety of programs and projects for both adults and kids.

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“When I started at Grow Benzie, I was tasked with using the space,” says Grow Benzie Executive Director Josh Stoltz. That meant connecting with local businesses, especially those close to nature. “Sharon teaches an apprentice program for upcoming beekeepers and started the bee guild. She’s the queen bee of the community. “Kirk’s a community guy,” Josh continues. When he approached Kirk about an afterschool program, Kirk jumped in, helping kids make bee boxes. He also welcomed the students to tour the property and learn how the environment and economy are impacted by what they are doing. “They just always want to help,” he says. Josh’s initial introduction to the Joneses didn’t stem from any business or nature connection. “My dad plays rub board, so I knew him (Kirk) from that,” says Josh. Mark Stoltz, Josh’s father, is one of the founding members of the popular Zydeco band K Jones and the Benzie Playboys—three guesses who K Jones is. Kirk’s boyhood in Louisiana finds release in the spicy mix of Cajun, creole and roots music that the band plays. He sings and plays both single row and triple row accordion, and has picked up fiddle as well, all paying homage to his roots in Louisiana. “Mark and I lived a few miles from each other in Louisiana as young kids, but didn’t meet until 25 years later when we formed K Jones and the Benzie Playboys to spread the gospel of Creole/ Cajun music,” says Kirk. Laissez les bon temps rouler. A lifelong musician, Kirk’s first instrument was recorder, followed by trumpet and guitar. “I taught myself how to play rhythm and blues on a tenor sax listening to records in my early ‘20s,” he says. Sharon, too, is a musician, playing flute, recorder and piano, and she also sings. After discovering Mediterranean-style hand drumming some years ago, she now offers tar, tambourine and frame drumming lessons at BeeDazzled during the summer. Josh says Kirk’s ambition is reflected in his success, whether it’s music or business. “For me, he’s always been K Jones,” says Josh. “He’s got the personality of a front man and the tenacity to learn and work at his craft.” K Jones and the Benzie Playboys headline the annual Grow Benzie fundraiser. Originally held in Frankfort as “Bayou on the Bay,” the event has moved to the St. Ambrose/Sleeping Bear Farm property and is now called “Bayou in the Barn.” In addition, the band recorded its fifth album, saluting Creole legend Boozoo Chavis, earlier this year in Lafayette, Louisiana. St. Ambrose is also a welcoming venue for area musicians, another way in which Kirk and Sharon support, nurture and celebrate

community. Artists perform Fridays and Saturdays at the tasting room, and summer Sundays on the lawn. There’s an open mic on Thursdays, and Kirk can often be found there as well. “As the night goes on, it gets more electric,” says Kirk. “I become the lead guitar player. It’s a nice outlet.” While the workers (both human and insect) are all abuzz in summer, the pace doesn’t slacken in the fall. From spinning honey to using the giant mustard mixer, it’s all hands on deck. It’s not until the frost sets in and winter beckons that it’s time for warmer climes for the bees—and for Kirk and Sharon. They load up the bees on trucks and ship most of them to a bee broker in California, where they pollinate almond groves and other crops. The rest are sent to their farm in Florida. Kirk and Sharon follow them south at the end of January, joining their son, Travis, who manages their Florida farm. While Kirk and Sharon are in Florida, the crew at St. Ambrose stays busy. They ferment mead year-round and repair equipment in preparation for another summer of honey production. The tasting room stays open seven days a week. Recently, with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joneses have had to adapt. Fortunately, the property easily accommodates the numerous picnic tables they’ve purchased, enabling them to maintain social distancing while serving as many people as they did previously between the lawn, porch area and new space provided by the addition. In addition to the new seating, St. Ambrose offers music, with the performers on the small stage in the roomy barn, which opens to the lawn area. It’s also meant changes in how they serve patrons. Rather than having them stand in line in the tasting room, St. Ambrose now offers table service. Kirk says people love it, and his staff has adapted well. “I don’t think we’ll ever go back,” he says. The opportunities to work with family and friends while staying connected to nature have brought Kirk and Sharon success and rewards they never anticipated. “We both enjoy working with our awesome staff that makes all the wheels turn,” says Kirk. “We hope to have more surprises in the future and have our legacy endure.” “We never could have imagined all of this in our wildest dreams, and we count our lucky stars,” he continues. “The honeybees have been good to us.” Seems that goes both ways. . Ross Boissoneau is based in Empire and writes about culture and business for a number of print and online publications. // Tony Demin is a replanted local from Montana. His photos capture the between moments in living wild.

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Horizon Books, on Front Street in Traverse City, has become a beacon for downtown—lit well into the night and beckoning not just book-lovers, but the entire community. As Vic Herman and Amy Reynolds look at their own next steps, the city is working with them to ensure this beacon shines on for years to come.


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ts beginnings in Traverse City were humble but promising, like an author’s first completed pages of a novel—a story in the works, one without a blueprint for how future chapters would unfold. Simply, Victor Herman had a passion for books, and he happened to have a friend who wanted to run a bookstore. Herman initially financed the store—Horizon Books—while pursuing graduate studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The modest store—just 800 square feet—opened in the 200 block of East Front Street in the fall of 1961. Within a year, Herman gave up his studies and returned to Northern Michigan, taking over the store, where Cherry Hill Boutique stands today. Herman expanded the initial store location twice, stretching the business to 3,000 square feet, with books stacked floor to ceiling and tucked into any open spaces. Ernie Harwell, Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison were among the authors who dropped by for occasional readings and signings. “Our goal and our focus was books and to make Horizon Books the greatest bookstore ever,” recalls Herman, who grew up in Suttons Bay. “It’s the community that supported and embraced it to make it what it is today, a community center.” That sense of community, that “third place”—the space where people gather away from their homes or offices for coffee, conversation or entertainment, began at the original location with neighbors and friends bumping into each other and became prominent after Horizon Books relocated to a much larger space, its current home, in the 1993. Today, Horizon Books is much more than a local or even a regional bookstore. Its lower level community space has drawn varied groups of people—from writers and musicians, to hobbyists and game players, to civic-minded residents and tourists. Generations of families from near and far have frequented the bookseller over the years. Horizon’s business model focuses on stocking a vast selection of book titles, magazines and newspapers, managed by a staff of about 20 full- and part-time employees, comprising avid book readers. For many years, the store was open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Only recently were hours curtailed, closing an hour or two earlier, depending on the day. The store is closed just three days a year.

“We made a real effort to provide what people wanted,” says Amy Reynolds, Herman’s second wife and business partner who began her Horizon career at the store’s original location. “Customers would come in and ask for a book, and if we didn’t have it, we’d have it for them the next day. We were known for our depth of inventory. We could carry all the books by certain authors.” “It’s really the heartbeat of Traverse City. It’s not just a retail shop,” says Heather Shumaker, a longtime customer and author of “Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes.” “It’s something much greater, like the City Opera House or the State Theatre … maybe even greater. It’s always been a place that is accessible and free.” Horizon Books has become such a part of the cultural fabric of Traverse City and beyond, that news of its impending closing—announced in January—rippled across communities like tidings of a death. After nearly six decades of selling books, Herman and Reynolds formally announced they were closing the three-level store and café, citing rising operating expenses and a desire to retire. Since then, continuing to show their commitment to downtown and all those for whom Horizon has meant so much, the couple says the store will remain open and they have no plans to close at this time. A BOLD MOVE Three decades after opening for business, Horizon Books moved across the street to the former J.C. Penney department store building—its current location—which had been vacant about a year and was one of many empty storefronts along East Front Street. The 22,000-square-foot store afforded Horizon Books the opportunity to up its game, eventually stocking books on all three levels. Herman, who was 63 at the time, saw the move as not only an opportunity to grow the business, but also to help anchor and reinvigorate the east end of downtown. “It was a really bold move,” says Jean Derenzy, chief executive officer of the Downtown Development Authority, noting that downtown Traverse City at the time lacked today’s vibrancy; many shoppers had been diverted to malls and big box stores. “I’m not sure they understood then

how big a move it really was.” To help with the move, the city closed that block of East Front Street for half a day, and more than 100 volunteers helped move boxes of books by hand carts to the new location, next to the State Theatre. The store opened the next day. “It was a real risk,” Reynolds concedes. “But we had amazing community support. It was a wild ride. Our sales were up 100 percent once we moved, and we had to hire more staff … People would walk in and say, ‘I didn’t know you had this selection of books.’ Well, we always had these books.” Now in larger quarters, Herman and Reynolds responded to customers’ requests for community meeting space. They opened the lower level in 1997, designed the space to be flexible and included a café. Everything from fashion shows, Easter egg hunts and clothing swaps have been held in the area. Everyone was welcome—book, chess, knitting, quilting and reading clubs, civic organizations and more—even passersby looking for a place to chill. “All the cliches are true. There just isn’t another place like it,” says Michael Delp, a long-time customer and the former director of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy. “It’s really a warm, welcoming environment. “To me, it’s a downtown anchor, and it always has been,” adds Delp, a writer and poet who has read from his published works at Horizon over the years. “I can’t imagine what would replace it.” Over the decades, Horizon has withstood competition from other booksellers, including national chains that moved into Traverse City, and they’ve sometimes had to weather poor sales. Regardless, expenses have increased. The biggest challenge these days has been online competition and the changing dynamics of society: For instance, magazine sales, which once amounted to $120,000 a year, have dwindled to about $20,000, Reynolds notes. The company’s operations once included stores in Petoskey, Beulah and Cadillac. The store in Petoskey, which was open for 50 years, closed in early 2017, and the shop in Beulah shuttered 30 years ago. The 7,000-square-foot downtown Cadillac store, established in 1992, remains open. In the weeks after Herman and Reynolds announced the Traverse City store

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would close at the end of 2020, sales were up at Horizon Books, driven, in part, by media attention. Then came COVID-19, and Horizon Books closed, and engaged minimal staff to ship books for online sales and to handle curbside pickups. Sales during COVID-19 were down 75 percent from the year before. “But we can survive this,” Herman says. With the store’s reopening in late May, sales have picked up and the couple is training a new manager. Herman has retired and Reynolds is running the store for the time being. That “third party space,” the lower level, has been closed and seating at the café reduced.

Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors,” to a standing-room-only audience at Horizon nearly two decades ago. Stanton, a Traverse City native who cofounded the National Writers Series, which brings national authors to the City Opera House nearly every month, was saddened when he heard about the couple’s decision to retire last winter, but he’s hopeful a new owner will be found. Horizon Books has been a staunch supporter of the National Writers Series, stocking author works to coincide with events and supplying books for school-related programs.

COMMITTED TO LOCAL … EVERYTHING Through the years, emerging writers and musicians are among the communities that have found a welcoming home at Horizon Books. At the store’s first location, Herman began what would become a long-standing professional relationship with the late Jim Harrison, who had just published his first book and was at the start of his literary career. Harrison returned regularly over the years for book readings and signings. Working with Harrison was “pure pleasure,” Herman recalls. “We had mutual fondness and respect for each other, both personally and professionally. I consider him one of the finest writers ever, and I miss him.” Signed first-editions of Harrison’s many novels are housed in a glass case on the main floor. A selection of his novels and other works are displayed in the rear of the store, a standing tribute to the writer, who once lived in the region. Horizon Books has a reputation as the go-to bookstore for Harrison’s vast catalog. Horizon Books has nurtured and supported a host of local and regional writers—showcasing their works at the front of the store—providing space for readings and book signings and selling self-published books on consignment. It’s not uncommon to find local authors shopping, writing or drinking coffee at Horizon Books. Author Doug Stanton credits Horizon Books for helping launch his writing career. He recalls reading his first book, “In Harm’s

THE PATH AHEAD The final chapter of Horizon Books has yet to be written. Herman and Reynolds, concerned about the future of the space, are working with the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority and Traverse City Rotary to find appropriate uses and tenants. The hope is to retain the building as that “third place” for downtown and remain a gathering place, hopefully, with books. Some have proposed that the bookstore become a nonprofit operation, much like its neighbor, the State Theatre that is run by the Traverse City Film Festival. The DDA has received a $21,000 grant from the Roatry Club to fund a study on potential activities and uses for the Horizon Books space. The study is being done by Illinois Facilities Fund, a real estate consultant that specializes in development solutions. The DDA also has provided $5,000 for the study. “It’s an important resource for the whole community, a place we need to keep, a place people will feel comfortable going into,” says the DDA’s Derenzy. “People have a huge connection to that building.” How the building might be reconfigured is not known; the consultant is expected to have a vision by early fall. Possible solutions include a mix of residential units on the upper floor, and a business accessible to the public on the main floor, an important component to help maintain that sense of community.

“You have restaurants downtown, you have the State Theatre, but you want to have something else that has the lights on after 6 or 7 at night,” Derenzy says. Mike Busley, owner of Grand Traverse Pie Co. and long-time neighbor of Horizon Books, says the bookstore has been one of the elements that has added to downtown’s vibrancy, and, like others, he hopes any redevelopment will include a community learning space on the street level. “You go to so many downtowns and they’re not what they used to be,” says Busley, who opened the company’s East Front Street location in 2011. “They’ve lost their essence, their energy. Look what we have with the State Theatre, Opera House, coffee shops, restaurants and bookstores. It draws people into downtown and we build around that. “Horizon Books is one of those places that people tie to stories,” adds Busley, who has been a frequent browser and customer. “The impact it’s had on people and families over the years is incredible. You hate to see that not be part of the community … we need more of these places in the world where people unplug and simplify.” Herman and Reynolds say Horizon Books will remain open. As they focus on getting through the challenges of the pandemic, they’re also waiting to hear the results of the IFF study funded by the DDA and Rotary Charities. They will seek either another entity to take over the bookstore or a compatible partner to preserve the community gathering space. “My crystal ball is a little cloudy,” says Herman, “but Horizon Books will be open and will continue to be open for years to come.” And so, thanks to yet another commitment from Herman and Reynolds, the lights will stay on, beckoning readers well into the night. Greg Tasker is a Traverse City-based freelance writer and works part time at a winery on the Leelanau Peninsula. // John L. Russell is a photojournalist from Williamsburg. His passion for people and news has covered five decades in the Great Lakes region. JohnRussell4050 or on Facebook // Allison Jarrell is associate editor of Traverse Magazine.


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On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, Dave Manson and his partner, Andy Langlois, opened Blackrocks Brewery in a circa 1920s clapboard house on Third Street in Marquette. They’d brewed four barrels of beer for the occasion—enough, they thought, for two weeks. The barrels were empty by the weekend, drained by Marquette’s largely untapped legions of craft beer lovers (one of which I have become on my many visits to Marquette in the last decade). 
After taking the biggest risk of their careers (they had both recently been laid off from their jobs as pharmaceutical reps), the duo allowed themselves to hope that they were on to something. “Until then, the beer scene in Marquette was pretty naive,” says Manson. Although, he is quick to point out, The Vierling, a muchloved downtown restaurant, had been brewing beer since the 1970s. Blackrocks, however, with its funky mustard-and-orange exterior, furniture made out of bike parts and fencing built from “wayward skis,” had ignited a craft beer/adventure-sport culture in a city once known mostly as a Plain Jane, home to an industrial waterfront and Northern Michigan University. 

Blackrocks brought the beer to this new party and Marquette brought the spectacular landscape. Set on the Lake Superior shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (if you are from the U.P., you are a Yooper), the city is awash in stunning shoreline studded with cliffs, small explorable islands and rivers pocked with cascading waterfalls—77 of them all together. I have not seen them all, but I have hiked along the Dead River Falls in spring when the torrent of snowmelt rushing over rocks washed away my winter blues. Tucked as it also is in the foothills of the Huron Mountains, summits like Sugarloaf Mountain define infinity with expansive views of cobalt Lake Superior that blend into the sky. One autumn day several years back, I climbed the short trail up and exhaled at the sight of the oranges of hardwood leaves, shadowed in the deep greens of conifers, rolling down to the water. The city’s ski area, Marquette Mountain, has (by Midwestern standards) a respectable 460-foot vertical. And everywhere in and around this city there are trails: miles and miles and more miles of them for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking and snow biking.

Marquette’s natural terrain and beauty are, of course, ageless. But a number of factors allowed it to come of age. Yooper photographer and filmmaker Aaron Peterson credits the city’s foresight in creating green spaces on the waterfront, like Mattson Lower Harbor Park—an area that had once been strictly industrial—that “gave the downtown waterfront a focal point and a space for the festivals and events that have come to define Marquette.” He also points to the development of the vast mountain bike trails in the Noquemanon Network. “As our trails became legitimized, legal, signed and mapped, they could then be promoted directly and indirectly and this helped give the region its outdoor identity,” he says. 
Given Peterson’s Yooper modesty, he isn’t one to point out his own contributions to Marquette’s new-found fame. In 2014, after his movie “Cold Rolled” about snow biking in Marquette drew acclaim at the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO, he wondered why his was the only film featuring the Midwest’s adventure scene. So, in 2016, to help promote Midwest films and filmmakers, he founded Marquette’s Fresh Coast Film Festival held annually in October at venues around town as eclectic as Blackrocks to the Delft Bistro—a converted, last-century movie theater. 
And, as it turns out, if you build a craft brewery like Blackrocks, more will come. Ore Dock Brewing Company, set a couple blocks off the downtown waterfront, opened on the heels of Blackrocks, followed by Drifa Brewing. Add to that six more taprooms, including Superior Culture, where they serve up nano-brewed beer alongside kombucha. There are also eight coffee shops and the Zephyr Wine Bar and Cafe. It all adds up to a well-rounded beverage per capita in this city of 22,000. Not surprisingly, the food scene, which for the better part of a century centered on pasties—meat pies that immigrant Cornish miners introduced to the U.P.—is on fire with new bistros and gastro pubs like the Delft and Iron Bay Restaurant & Drinkery that feature farm-to-fork and regional cuisine dishes. (The Delft’s poutine, a traditional Canadian dish of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds, will lay you happily low for hours.) Meanwhile, iconic establishments like The Vierling have updated their menus.


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Anyone who craves an old-fashioned, laid-back hippy vibe is in heaven here, including millennials. The percentage of the city’s population under 30 years old has risen 5 percent in the last decade—a figure that doesn’t account for all the 20-something renters crammed into the city’s turn-of-the-last-century clapboard homes who either attend NMU or are sticking around a couple years longer because they just can’t quit their Marquette habit. For all of their joy that Marquette not only has great mountain bike trails, craft beer and organic veggies, the younger set is fond of this city’s homely roots. They love the way Yoopers say “hi” to everyone they pass, the way they say “yah” instead of “yes,” and the way they tend to end sentences with “‘eh,” like that foreign country across Lake Superior. And no, these youngsters haven’t foregone pasties. As Liam Kaiser, a senior at NMU tells me: “Eating a pastie from Jean Kay’s [a pastie shop by the university] is still a rite of passage for freshmen at NMU.” 
The city is fresh fodder for the press, too. Outside Magazine regularly loves up Marquette, and in 2018 and 2019 the city made USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice list for Best Small Town for Adventure. Just this year, Orbitz named it among 12 of America’s most charming lake towns. 
If the statistics and accolades make you glaze over, try this: bring up the subject of Marquette to anyone who has lived or gone to school in the city. Each time I’ve done it, the person I’ve asked has burst out in an all-caps verbal, “I LOVE MARQUETTE.” MARQUETTE IN THE WINTER, YAH! “I LOVE MARQUETTE!” I am thinking this as my partner, Steve, and I step gingerly through a veil of fine snow falling into knee-high drifts as relentlessly as flour through an old-fashioned sifter. It isn’t even officially winter yet. At the corner of Third Street and Michigan Avenue (where our sweet, Victorian-era Airbnb is located) we are greeted like long-lost acquaintances by a guy shoveling his driveway. “Great weather, eh?” he says, grinning and leaning on his shovel. 
Steve’s quip, “Perfect day for an ice cold beer!” is muted by the snow. But the guy catches what he says—the beer part, anyway— and grins again as he resumes his shoveling. This down-to-earth, straight-up friendliness is as much a part of the Marquette mystique as pasties. 
“One draw here is the people and how we all manage to get along with each other,” City Manager Mike Angeli says. “I’ve often joked (but half-seriously) that if the rest of the world got along like we do, the world would be a better place.” 
But as we turn to walk up the steep hill on Third Street, I think: they (those people who proclaim their love in all caps) never mention that Marquette is the third snowiest city in the contiguous United States. And—as we watch a woman in a small SUV spinning her tires up the busy street, only to give up and back down the opposing-traffic lane (to avoid the log-jam of cars behind her), just a few seconds before a city commuter bus pops over the brink of



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the hill—Marquette’s ardent fans never mention these icy kamikaze runs up and down the hill that the city is built on. Or, if they do, it’s with a chuckle permeated with sisu. (Sisu is a Finnish word for grit and stoic determination. Finns are another immigrant group that put their cultural stamp on the U.P.) 
But as Finns know, a red-hot sauna cleanses away sisu-induced stress. Likewise, a couple of craft brews and a sauna after fighting your way up 1,200 rugged feet of elevation on a mountain bike are just what the doctor ordered. Saunas are still a much-loved part of Marquette’s lifestyle. However, while public saunas were frequent around the U.P. not too long ago, now you’ll mostly find saunas in hotels and private homes. 
The only public sauna left, in fact, is the Second Street Sauna founded in 1929. The new owner of this old business happens to be a childhood friend of my daughter’s, Sarah Jane Adler. SJ, as she is known, was one of those Lower Peninsula Michigan kids who headed over the bridge to NMU, where she studied opera and fell in love with Marquette. During her college years, SJ became a regular at the Second Street Sauna, as she says, “to keep her pipes in good shape.” On one of her first dates with her husband-to-be, Claes, SJ took him there. He was hooked—on her and on the sauna. 
When they got pregnant, the Adlers moved back downstate to be near SJ’s family, but it didn’t take the couple long to miss Marquette—specifically its friendly sidewalks and its saunas. When the Adlers found out the Second Street Sauna was for sale they pinched themselves. It even came with a house attached. They bought the old building with its four sauna rooms heated by a natural gas boiler system, well knowing that they have a “lifetime of repairs, improvements and restorations ahead.” 
As Steve and I stomp into Second Street Sauna, peeling off snow-covered outerwear, we are greeted in the foyer by SJ and her two lively preschoolers. She ushers us down a hall and tours us through the sauna rooms. They are authentically, homespun U.P.—just the way Marquette’s new wave of pioneer-hippies would have them. I pick the sauna that has a loft with a claw foot tub below. How could I not? Can I just say that our 60 minutes ($20 an hour plus $5 for each additional person) sweating and soaking in this jungle-gym of a room was epic? 
Apres-sauna we head down snowy Third Street to Main Street Pizza, pick up a cheese and sausage to-go, and take it to Blackrocks Brewery to eat. An hour or so later, on our way back to our Airbnb, we meet the shoveler, still hard at work battling the incessantly falling snow. He pauses long enough to greet us—now as old friends. As we walk away, Steve and I kick ourselves for not bringing him a beer. That would have capped our authentic Marquette day off perfectly. Next time. Elizabeth Edwards is the managing editor at Traverse Magazine. // Rachel Haggerty is a student at Northern Michigan University and was a photography intern with Traverse. She is a South Lyon native whose favorite Michigan spot is Echo Lake Nature Preserve in the U.P.

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IT'S MOVIE NIGHT! Let nature dim the lights as your yard sets the stage. BY KIM SCHNEIDER You might expect a Northern Michigan novelist and his Realtor wife to plot out a memorable backyard movie party. The “characters” at Richard and Debra Hall's legendary backyard movie nights are their assembled friends (as many as 50, but your house will dictate the size of your guest list and screen). Their setting includes an inflatable movie screen they found online, a small projector and a projector screen (though a large white sheet or fleece blanket works in a pinch). They flavored the plot with a purchased hot dog machine, like you'd find at the drive-in, and popcorn, of course. And at their gatherings, there may even be a bit of costuming—at the screening of "Back to the Future," guests dressed to represent a decade past. In Northern Michigan, movie party options are only limited by the imagination. Warm September nights extend the option of a backyard party well into fall, and shorter days allow you to start the show as early as 8 p.m.—maybe even plan in a double feature. 44

Here are a few tips for throwing your own movie night under the stars—drivein style, or with blankets and lawn chairs. Splurge on a rental, especially if you want to try out the concept before investing in a projector and speakers. A+ Entertains of Petoskey picked up on the interest in home movies and now rents everything you need. They have an HD projector that can show 3D movies as well, and they also bring a 16-foot screen, a theater sound system and vintage popcorn machines and popcorn bags. ($150 within an hour's drive of Petoskey; an additional charge for farther travel). Make a candy counter. A card table covered with a red table cloth will work just fine; worth the investment is a little candy display holder and, of course, movie-sized boxes of the classics. Get a volunteer to play usher the authentic way, with a thrift-store vest and a whitestriped paper vendor's hat.

If your speaker system allows the sound to carry far enough, and if you have space for parking, make it a drive-in. Let people sit in cars, vans or pickup trucks decked out with a mattress and blankets.

ADD A SPECIAL TWIST The Lively family of Burdickville is known for throwing creative bashes, and a regular gathering of friends who play music morphed into the LivelyLands Music Festival. But friends also love them for movie nights that tend to lean toward baseball flicks, fitting because their “theater” is atop their Wiffle ball field. Their formula for fun is a sunset ball game, hot dog roast over a bonfire and then the main event. “We also stock a few old Looney Tunes and Mickey Mouse short videos that play before the feature film, like they do at the drive-in,” Jim Lively says. You can stream a movie if you're showing the film close enough to a home’s WiFi; otherwise, pop in a DVD.

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Ingredients ¼ cup coconut oil ½ cup raw corn of your choice 1 teaspoon salt Seasoning of choice Melted butter (optional) Add-ins like dried cherries, pretzels, M&Ms, etc. (optional) Preparation In a crank-handled popper, movie popper or sturdy stockpot: Heat ¼ cup oil over medium-high heat (coconut oil has a higher smoking point, so corn doesn't burn as easily). Heat oil with about five kernels of corn with lid on, and when they pop, add the rest of the corn (½ cup, or two parts corn to one part oil). Shake pot periodically using oven mitts and holding lid on tightly until most of the popping stops. Add about 1 teaspoon salt and other seasonings if desired. It's ideal to add seasonings when the popcorn is still warm, especially if you’re using oil or butter as opposed to making your corn in an air popper. Drizzle melted butter if you'd like. TIP: Let guests choose their seasonings or combine options—white cheddar and jalapeno or dill pickle with ranch. Consider offering individual bowls with mix-in options like chocolate chips, peanuts, Reese's Pieces and more.

Up Your Popcorn Game The first steam-powered portable popcorn maker hit streets across the United States back in 1885, and street vendors would stand outside fairs, sporting events and circuses, luring customers with the wafting smell. Movie theaters snubbed this popular snack at the time, not wanting to see the random kernels ground into the fancy theater carpets of the day or film dialogue interrupted by crunching. But then came the Great Depression, and audiences who flocked to the cheap diversion of the movies also loved the 5-cents-a-bag treat they could afford, says Andrew Smith, author of “Popped Culture,” a history of popcorn. The theaters offering popcorn were the ones whose profits soared—and the concession stand behind the ticket counter was born. A yard is an even better place to serve the treat, and while just the smell of popcorn (with plenty of butter) is likely all you'll really need for movie night success, it's fun to up your popping—and topping—game. Pick up any of 60 flavors, pre-popped and ready to go, at the popular Pop-Kies Gourmet Popcorn on Traverse City's Front Street. Serve your movie guests the Front Street Blend of caramel corn and cheddar, or bags mixed with cherries and chocolate. Owner Amy Gembis also recommends popping your own from their classic recipe and topping it with one of their dozens of pre-mixed seasonings (dill pickle is the bestseller, followed by white cheddar and Parmesan garlic)—or a creation of your own.

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Amy likes to use mushroom popcorn, which she sells at Pop-Kies, because the kernels pop up large— like a mushroom—and the surface space allows for the adherence of a lot of butter and seasoning. But the options don't stop there. Karen Pontius, owner of Suttons Bay Trading Company, has been selling popcorn throughout the 20 years she's been in business, as well as hand-crank poppers and custom seasoning blends. She recommends her miniature white popcorn if you like your corn sweeter (like corn on the cob), but also carries traditional yellow, red, blue and rainbow varieties.


RECIPE BY KAREN PONTIUS, SUTTONS BAY TRADING COMPANY Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla ½ teaspoon baking soda 10 cups popped corn Preparation Melt butter over medium heat, add light brown sugar and stir to a boil. Cook five minutes more without stirring, adding the vanilla at the four-minute mark. At the five-minute mark, add baking soda to aerate the caramel and make it easier to coat the popcorn. Drizzle mixture over popped corn.

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SAVING SMALL-TOWN THEATERS As other Up North communities have done, Suttons Bay residents recently rallied to keep their vintage theater from going dark, and the tradition of downtown movie-going has never held more promise. BY KIM SCHNEIDER | PHOTO BY DAVE WEIDNER A dancing frog was singing “Hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal,” Gloria Swanson was on the big screen and ladies were being asked to remove their tall feathered hats when The Bay Theatre first became a community gathering place in downtown Suttons Bay. But an early ad that read, “You are missing part of your life if you don't attend the movies,” is as timeless today as it was when the theater opened in its current location in 1946. That was made clear when the theater's long-time owners announced in December 2018 they would be closing, and the community decided that couldn't happen. Today, in the circa-1946 building with its pastel-painted storefront and classic marquee, the nonprofit Bay Community Theatre is drawing full houses to its fun mix of first-run, summer blockbusters and indie flicks. The community donated enough money for the purchase of the theater, and volunteers help plan programming and serve up the popcorn, craft beer and welcoming smiles. “When we got into this, our small group said, 'This is a really important institution in our little town. It's the only theater in the county. We don't want to lose this,'” says Rick Andrews, president of the Bay Community Theatre Board of Directors. “Turns out a lot of people feel that it adds to their quality of life to be able to go into town, have dinner and see a movie. People are really happy.” STUMBLING TO GREAT SUCCESS The Bay morphed from commercial theater to a nonprofit in 20 days, and the group made sure against all odds that the theater wouldn't go dark in the transition time.

“It was Dec. 11, 2018. That was the day the Bahle family (the long-time owners) stood upon the stage of a packed theater and officially announced, 'We're closing.' It was amazing—the turnout and excitement at the end of that meeting,” Andrews says. “A group of us gathered at the front of the stage. None of us knew one another, but we said, 'Yeah, I'm willing to put in the time. By December 31, we had a lease, an operating agreement and a nonprofit. “It was very fast, but we said we'd rather keep the lights on even though we don't know what we're doing, and stumble our way through,” Andrews says. What they stumbled upon was a formula for success, with attendance that first year up 45 percent over the same time the previous year. Finding the right mix of movies was key, Andrews says—something a programming committee now decides through a mix of “art and science” in conjunction with a professional company that selects movies for small independent theaters. In the warmer months, the theater's target audience is vacationers—many of them families with children. In the tourism shoulder seasons, the target audience is an older, highly educated crowd accustomed to the type of cinema offered through the theater's long-time Beyond the Bay film series of independent and foreign films. The connections brought by the resort community's full- and part-time residents have paid off, too, in a not-sotraditional theater experience. When “Toy Story 4” premiered in town the day before its national release, star Tim Allen (a long-time Leelanau summer resident) was in the audience playing host. The showing of “Framing

John Delorean” included a Q&A with one of the car company's chief engineers and the editor of Car and Driver Magazine and the writer of a Hemingway film was in the audience to share the film's backstory. And if those watching “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” were wondering if Tom Hanks’ portrayal was true to Fred Rogers, they need only ask. A long-time friend of Rogers was on hand to speak. “At the end of the day, you can see movies in all kinds of places, but having someone there to share the context adds so much more texture and value to the film you show,” Andrews says. As it evolves, The Bay will continue to add concerts, lectures and other events to the movie lineup, but showing great films will remain a focus with speakers on hand if circumstances allow. Future expansion to the adjacent building now housing a branch of Chemical Bank is an option too, with rental income currently offering an important revenue stream. This summer, the focus was on safe fun. The theater opened to a maximum of 50 people per movie (a quarter of its capacity) with a seating plan not unlike table reservations. A party of two got a “two-top,” if you will, or bundle of two seats together, a group of three a bundle of three seats, and so on. No theatergoer had anyone seated in front or back of them or to their left or right. Since Hollywood delayed the release of its typical summer blockbusters to a later time, The Bay focused on offering classics along the line of "E.T.", "Jaws" and the like, for $3 a ticket. “We said 'let's be a point of fun and enjoyment of life at this point when it's been a tough ride for a lot of people,’” Andrews says. 4

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Catch a Flick Downtown THE TAHQUA-LAND THEATRE, NEWBERRY Here, it almost doesn't matter what's on the screen, for there's story enough in the purple (reclining) seats, 10,000 sheets of gold leafing and 11 large-scale murals representing stories told in Greek mythology. Go, too, for the over-thetop retro fun of the space and the creative cinematic lineup. 212 NEWBERRY AVE., TAHQUATHEATRE.COM


LYRIC THEATER, HARBOR SPRINGS The interiors are as poetic as the name of this nonprofit with three theater spaces of varying sizes in one building—one focused on current films, another on classics and the third on foreign films and documentaries. Artists, architects and even an expert on the stars were enlisted in the restoration, and the result is that one theater captures the feel of being in a west-moving boat along a bluff and another mimics the ride in a railcar, the way vacationers reached Northern Michigan in the 1920s, the theater's heyday. 275 E. MAIN ST., LYRICHARBORSPRINGS.ORG THE GARDEN THEATER, FRANKFORT At this 300-seat downtown theater, you might find an entire film festival lineup (they hold several) on one visit, at another, the film portion of a “dinner and movie” pairing with nearby Stormcloud Brewing Company. Beer and movie combos are popular, too; watch the website for dates when you get a beer token (for a beer paired with the film's theme) with your already reasonably priced movie ticket. It's also worth the visit to the theater, originally built in 1923, for the art deco touches and restored murals. 301 MAIN ST., FRANKFORTGARDENTHEATER.COM

THE KINGSTON, CHEBOYGAN This theater was built to recall the style of the magnificent theaters of Detroit when it opened in 1920 with the film "Pollyanna", complete with a trap door on stage and an elaborate system of ropes and pulleys that controlled the curtains for live performances. In front, an orchestra played along with the silent films of the day. Today, you see some of that magic in the restored front lobby. 406 N. MAIN ST., NORTHERNMICHIGANCINEMAS.COM ELK RAPIDS CINEMA Charismatic theater owner and former village president Joe Yuchasz is almost as much an institution as this downtown cinema that opened in 1940. Ask him the story of the restored Art Deco beauty, and also be sure to look up. This theater, with updated sound and projection systems, is also home to the largest “black light ceiling mural” in the world, the painting of a green forest of trees circling a sea of blue created by artist Robert Spinner for the theater's opening. It's still lit by six custom-built sconces. 205 RIVER ST., ELKRAPIDSCINEMA.COM 48

DRIVE-INS MAKE A COMEBACK Drive-in theaters never went out of style Up North, but they’ve enjoyed a surge in popularity nationwide this year as guests sit in their cars and enjoy a flick while safely distancing from others. We recommend cruising over to these beloved venues: Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre, Honor This was the Cherry Bowl Drive-In’s 67th year operating in Honor—the Clark family has continued the tradition of opening the theater each summer season over the last couple of decades. The Clarks have struck a magical balance between capturing and preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of the ‘50s (like serving up buttery popcorn made in the original 1953 popper!), while embracing new elements like modern projectors and FM radio sound, which enables viewers to hear the entire pre-show, feature and vintage footage through their car’s stereo system. Another perk? Well-mannered pets on a leash are always welcome. During summer weekends, the box office opens at 7:30 p.m. and the first feature begins at dusk. For more information, visit Highway 2 Community Drive-In, Manistique The U.P. Film Union, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, owns and operates the last drive-in theater in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Tucked off US-2 in Manistique, the Highway 2 Community Drive-In hosts free movie events, thanks to sponsors, along with ticketed concerts. This summer, several onenight-only concert features were filmed exclusively for drive-in theaters across North America. On June 27, a Garth Brooks concert was shown in 300+ outdoor venues across the U.S. and Canada, and Blake Shelton, with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins, was on screen in July. The Highway 2 Community Drive-In had guests come in from across the state, including Lansing and Traverse City, along with visitors from Appleton, Wisconsin, and Rochester, Minnesota. The U.P. Film Union also hosts a monthly film club. Find upcoming events at


VOGUE THEATRE, MANISTEE This theater's Art Deco theme was a controversial contrast to the Victorian architecture of the rest of Manistee's River Street when it was built in 1938. It was described as “ultra-modern” and “luxuriously fitted with every convenience.” A community initiative to restore the theater as a nonprofit and again light up the neon marquee has sparked a downtown renaissance of new businesses, cafes and restaurants in the Victorian Port City. Visit for first-run movies, 25-cent family matinees or Wednesday morning classics.

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WELCOME TO INSPIRED LIFE. At the heart of this magazine: the idea that at every age, we share a common love of this place we call home. Meet new neighbors embracing adventures—both big and small. Find real advice for taking good care of the assets and places we hold dear. Tap into a true joy for the outdoors that keeps our inner lives vibrant and our bodies well. Connect. Join in. Find smart and new ways to inspire your life Up North. —the Editors


JOURNALING TO THE LIFE YOU CRAVE After retiring to Benzie County five years ago, Leslie Hamp, author of “Create the Life You Crave,” now teaches journaling, leading her students closer to themselves.

THE BENEFITS OF SRI INVESTING Two Traverse City financial advisors weigh in on how following your heart can help you follow the money.



MOVING DOWNTOWN Living downtown can make your senior years easier and more fun—especially if you make your move to a Northern Michigan town.


FRIENDS. EXERCISE. BEAUTY. A walking group in Omena cultivates camaraderie during their weekly nature treks. Find out how to start your own group!


JUMP START YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE Traverse City author and advisor Brian Ursu discusses his financial advice book, “Now What: A Practical Guide to Figuring Out Your Financial Future.”



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Leslie Hamp, the author of Create the Life You Crave, retired to Benzie County five years ago and now teaches journaling, seemingly effortlessly leading her students closer to themselves. She leaves her mark, makes an impact and brings about change. Sounds over the top, doesn’t it? But she’s left a trail of journaling pages in her wake that prove otherwise.

“My workshops are all about unblocking, playing, connecting and experimenting with words and images and color,” she says. “I show participants how to add simple art elements to help access information you can’t find with words alone. It’s a safe space for exploration that leads to insights and personal transformations. It’s exciting to witness.”



Born and raised in Michigan, Leslie, 65, is retired, living on Crystal Lake with her husband, Jim, and living the life she wants for herself. Having spent a professional career centered around writing, she now spends her days writing, paddling and leading journaling workshops at the Oliver Art Center (OAC) in Frankfort, as well as the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey (now via Zoom). Pre-COVID-19, I am attending one of Leslie’s workshops with eight other women in a beautiful room overlooking Lake Michigan at OAC. She starts the workshop by handing each of us a spiral-bound blank book of heavy paper. Leslie tells us we will decorate the covers, and I blanch. I cannot deface this brand new book with my amateur artwork. But there are glitter markers. It’s the first indicator that she’s good … very good. Leslie puts out piles of magazines, and we all gather with scissors. We cut out images, glue them to our covers and then paint, stamp and blend them together with stenciling. Everyone’s cover turns out incredibly different. One has a horse on it, one has a bike on it (mine), and one is nearly blacked out—the cover painted with many colors all bleeding together, many ideas at once, a blitz. Everyone agrees, though, that there’s something perfect about it, too. Leslie has infused the room with a creative charge without any warning. Another indicator. Next, she hands out journal prompt cards. There is a single word on each one, and we all get our own word. I get “Delight.” I think that’s totally lame and try to hand it back to her. “No!” she says, holding up her hand to stop me. “You got the card you were supposed to get.” Twenty minutes later, she has me writing, of all things, a letter. “Dear Delight…” It’s preposterous! It’s weird! It’s…fun! I have a whole conversation with Delight (capital D). Next, she has me write Delight’s response to my letter. It’s getting weirder, but I have to admit, better. As I write, I get this tiny unexpected thought out of nowhere: I do not have enough delight in my life. I miss it. It’s time to have fun again. This is why Leslie is so good at what she does.

Leslie and Jim lived in Ashland, Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Superior, for 35 years, where they raised their two sons. Jim had an ear, nose and throat practice, and Leslie worked in public relations in education for 10 years before earning a master of arts in Mass Communication in 1997. She then struck out on her own, launching her public relations business. “One of my favorite gigs was 10 years standing as the media director for the American Birkebeiner, an international cross-country ski race,” says Leslie. “The Vasa is a qualifier for the Birkie, another sweet tie to the area for me.” Leslie also taught journaling workshops for the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, became a certified journal instructor through the Therapeutic Writing Institute and published her book, Create the Life You Crave. Leslie and Jim moved to their beloved family cottage on Crystal Lake in 2015. She built her journaling workshops, welcomed grandsons into their family and has built the life she craved indeed. “Now we have time for lots of hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiing and cooking nutritious food,” says Leslie. “My creative juices are flowing through my journaling workshops and producing feature stories on air for Interlochen Public Radio. Life is very good!”



The last thing that Leslie has us do is, well, unthinkable. “Take your pages and paint over them,” she says. The writer in me revolts. This woman is a madman! But everyone else is all for it. Words and confessions and fears disappear under glitter markers, paint and chalk. It’s part of the process for some journalers, Leslie says. (I find that I can’t do it—I give my page a slight glaze of pale blue paint and call it good.) “When I heard people say they were hesitant to journal because they worried someone would read their words, I added ‘visual journaling’ to my classes,” Leslie says. “I show them how to cover their journal pages with simple art elements that ensure privacy.” See? She is full of ideas. I told you she was a journaling queen.

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TAKE 5 Leslie offers advice on how to journal, but with her usual “twist” (see Step 3!).


She says the “5-Minute Sprint” is a quick, easy technique when you’re feeling overwhelmed, resistant to journaling or don’t have much time. Open your laptop, the Notes program on your phone, or, best of all, grab paper and a favorite (colorful, glitter-ful or plain ol’) ink pen. Date your page, set your phone timer for five minutes and follow her three-step process: Step 1: Start with an “entrance” meditation. Find a quiet place, close your eyes and inhale/exhale deeply for three rounds of breath. Relax into yourself, leaving all thoughts and worries behind. Sometimes this is the best part. Step 2: When you’re ready, start your timer and begin writing using the prompt: What’s going on right now? Let the words flow without worrying about grammar, punctuation, spelling or sentence structure, and don’t go back to edit or rewrite. Keep writing until your timer sounds. Step 3: Re-read what you’ve written, then give yourself feedback beginning with the phrase: As I read this, I notice… Often this is the most telling part of the experience. What appeared on the page, and how do you feel about it? Leslie says, “The good news is that you don't have to be a writer or devote a lot of time to reap the benefits of journaling. All you need is a pen, a journal and a small snippet of time that's all about YOU. (JOY!)” Sign up for Leslie's free journaling course at LESLIE HAMP


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DOWNTOWN You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares … BY ELIZABETH EDWARDS | PHOTO BY ALLISON JARRELL

In 1964, today’s seniors were coming of age and the pop singer Petula Clark’s song Downtown was hitting the charts. Fast-forward almost six decades and that song is taking on new meaning to this boomer generation. While the famous lyrics “you can forget all your troubles…” may not be completely true, living downtown can make your senior years easier and more fun—especially if you make your move to a Northern Michigan city like Traverse City, Charlevoix, Frankfort, Manistee, Marquette or Petoskey, where the hospitals are well-run, the crime rate is low and the restaurant and culture scene is lively. Realtor Dick Huey (Dick Huey Real Estate) and his wife, Susan, moved to downtown Traverse City recently from their downtown Marquette home. They loved the convenience of walking to restaurants and events in that city, but wanted to be closer to family. In Traverse City, Huey points out, they are as close to a hospital as they were in Marquette.

Munson Hospital, in fact, is only a seven- or eight-minute drive from their condo on downtown’s Washington Street. The Hueys’ decision to move to Traverse City included downsizing from their house to a condo. “A downtown condo is the new cottage on the lake,” Huey says, citing a trend he’s seen in his business. “With a condo, you don’t have to be so tied down. And there’s no yard work or maintenance. If anything mechanical goes wrong, the management fixes it.” Huey also adds that many condominiums have security systems in place. Huey admits that initially, the downsizing it took to slim down their belongings to fit into their new unit was painful. But now, he says that “less clutter is liberating.” Huey’s final piece of advice for seniors looking to move to a downtown condo is not to be anxious about being on an upper level. There are always elevators, he says. But you’ll stay in better shape if you use the steps. MyNorth INSPIRED LIFE | FALL 2020

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TIPS FOR STARTING A WALKING GROUP Interested in forming your own walking group? Consider some of the following: Send schedule reminders. Kate says Wendy is great about sending out email reminders to the group so they're always in the know when it comes to the weekly schedule. A simple reminder makes a big difference! Find a good year-round spot. The 4-mile loop in Omena is great for all seasons, as the road is largely protected from the elements. Try to find a walkway where you won't have to worry about too much ice during the winter months. Aim for consistency. The walking group in Omena rarely calls off due to bad weather, and members say that reliability is key to retaining participants. If you decide to cancel your walk one weekend, refer to Tip #1—send a reminder via email!


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Friends. Exercise. Beauty. A walking group fosters camaraderie in Omena. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY ALLISON JARRELL

It's a sunny June afternoon, and the towering trees along Omena Point Road are bursting with fresh, lime-green foliage. There's laughter ringing in the air as a group of four women walk and talk. While keeping a brisk stride, Wendy Wyatt describes what she and her friends must look like as they traverse the 4-mile loop in Omena each weekend. “We're like the James Gang, going to the saloon,” she laughs. “We like to spread out.” On this particular Saturday, spreading out isn't really an option—cars occasionally roll by. But as it's just the four of them this time—Wendy, Kate, Alison and Linda—it's an easy adjustment to switch to walking two across. “We normally don't interrupt traffic at all,” Wendy adds. “Usually on summer mornings it's not too bad.” The walking group, which can range from a couple women to eight or nine at a time, has been meeting up since Wendy initiated things back in 1997. The venue has seen several iterations—from Lee Point to Suttons Bay to Omena Point Road—and the group switched from meeting weekly on Sunday mornings to every other week for a while. Today, they meet at 10 a.m. on alternating Sundays and 2:30 p.m. on alternating Saturdays year-round. Alison, who's been walking with the group on and off since the beginning, says the loop in Omena is perfect for year-round trekking as it's protected by large trees. She enjoys it so much, that she and Wendy consistently walk the route twice whenever the group meets. Wendy's reasoning for starting the walking group is clear—a meal out with friends is great, she says, but it's not the same as connecting while exercising in nature. “There's something about getting out and just being active. It keeps you more energized … and out of breath!” She laughs while keeping up her snappy stride. The group has members who enjoy sharing their expertise in flora, fauna and birding, creating plenty of learning opportunities, Wendy says. Alison adds that the walks often double as a swap—magazines, newspapers, movies, books, even onions and garlic, have all been traded. And it's not uncommon for a larger group of walkers to pair off or split up depending on preferred walking speeds or topics of conversation. “I think one day at the end of our walk, you said, 'I've learned so much!' " Linda says to Wendy as they stroll along the shaded street. Linda estimates that she's been walking

with the group for about four years now. “And that's true, I come away with with ideas of books to read, and movies and places to go.” “And it's a potpourri of things, isn't it, Linda?” adds Kate. “It's not just about the flora and the fauna, it's just kind of a potpourri of things that we share with each other. And we're all pretty active learners.” On this particular Saturday, Alison is talking about a book she recently read about Marina Raskova—she was a Russian aviator who is considered a hero and created a team of women pilots who bombed at night during WWII. Kate says the group loves to talk about books. “That's one thing I love, and Wendy and Alison have always read something interesting. So, we get lots of ideas, and then we share.” Seeing as how it's late June, it doesn't take too long for the conversation to shift to COVID-related topics, such as recent exposure sites and updates on testing. The women all agree that continuing to walk and socialize has been a saving grace for them during the pandemic—it was during quarantine that they decided to add the 2:30 p.m. walk on Saturdays. Wendy notes that their core group of members all practice low-risk behaviors, so they feel comfortable keeping a safe distance sans masks while walking together outdoors. “Walking with friends was really my only socialization for months,” Kate says. Beyond that much-needed quarantine interaction, Alison says the group of trusted friends is a great springboard—she's come to count on their guidance and opinions. “What's nice about this group of women is that they are listeners,” Linda says. “It's nice to just be with people who really care about what you have to say and are good listeners. It's very refreshing.” The women of the Omena walking group say they love having new people join and participate. The group is open to anyone who's interested, and their members range in age. Some are mothers, some aren't. But no dads, so far, they note. “I've never heard any conversation against having men in the group, they just don't show up!” Kate says, prompting some laughter. Wendy says no matter the group or the time, the walk never has an agenda, and it will always be there for those who can attend. “If you can't make it, we'll miss you, but we'll catch you next time!” she smiles. MyNorth INSPIRED LIFE | FALL 2020

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Figuring Out Your Financial Future A Q&A with Traverse City author and advisor Brian Ursu BY MADISON DELAERE | PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN URSU

Brian Ursu, author of Now What: A Practical Guide to Figuring Out Your Financial Future, is not only a financial advisor with his clients’ futures in mind, but a dad who worries about the futures of his five kids. Ursu, who has been helping clients reach their financial goals for more than 30 years, decided to write a financial advice book after realizing the resources just weren’t out there for his daughter, who was newly managing an income. “I looked at the 32 years of experience I had and realized if I got hit by a bus, my kids wouldn’t have the benefit of everything that I’ve learned and that I’ve given to my clients,” Ursu says. The more research he did, the more he realized that the millennial and Gen Z generations have a lack of financial understanding, but are passionate about what they do and want to make a difference with their investing. “I felt like this book would help satisfy what it is they were after,” he says. We caught up with Ursu to talk about what it was like to write his book, and what tips he would share with young adults about preparing for their financial future. What was the book-writing process like? I write a blog every other week, so I enjoy the process of writing. I did this in the mornings from 4:45 a.m. until 6 o’ clock, so the house was quiet. I am a morning person, so this was my jam and I could just start writing. It came together perfectly in terms of the flow. I broke it down into three sections: Part 1 – the boring stuff (the fundamentals), Part 2 – the practical stuff, and Part 3 – the good stuff (investing). It flows logically—you have to start with a basic understanding of the terms and the principles. What have you learned along the way? Well, I learned, and this is going to sound horrible—kind of like the shoe-

maker’s children who had holes in their shoes—I was guilty of not passing this information along to my own kids. I had a lot more guilt than I thought I did. What is the central idea you’d like your audience to walk away with after reading? Finance isn’t a mystery, and it’s not rocket science. If you follow these practical steps, you’re going to put yourself on a path to financial security. It is doable. I would like the reader to feel empowered and not intimidated. What do you think young people generally misunderstand when starting their financial journey? I feel like they’re often paralyzed by the student debt they have, and they’re trying to figure out, “How do I get out from under this? I can’t even think about retirement or any kind of investing until I can get out from under this debt.” They look at it sequentially—once I get this debt paid off, then I can start paying attention to my finances. I feel like you have to do it all at the same time. That’s what I think the book will help them understand. What type of impact do you hope to have on those new to managing their finances? I wrote in the book that if this helps one person put themselves on a path to financial security, I will have done my job. (And if you are that one person, email me!) And I believe that. I really want to help people who want to help themselves. Brian Ursu has been a financial advisor and wealth manager for 32 years. He pens a blog almost weekly and is the author of “Now What: A Practical Guide to Figuring Out Your Financial Future.” Visit for more information and to download a free monthly budget worksheet.

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The Value of Adding a Family Roundtable to Financial Planning Northern Michigan financial planners, hemming& Wealth Management, explain the value of family financial transparency and how experts can make that a success. BY CARA MCDONALD

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It can be difficult enough to make individual decisions about finances, but many of those have ramifications that impact partners and children too. So it makes sense to pull the team together to get on the same financial page. Enter the idea of a family financial round table.

WHO IT’S FOR A common misperception is that financial planning and asset management are for people with plenty of assets to manage. “Not true,” says Autumn Soltysiak, a certified financial planner and partner at hemming& Wealth Management in Traverse City. “We see a lot of clients who are hardworking people—retired teachers, social workers, farmers.” She adds that sometimes those with few assets can benefit the most from a family meeting. Take farmers, for example. “They may not be coming to the table with a large stock portfolio, but rather the bulk of the asset value is in their land. The family may not want to sell that off in order to equalize how things are divided among beneficiaries,” she says. A family meeting can help prevent the loss of a legacy property. Another scenario is blended families; nearly 40 percent of married couples have previously been married. Getting everyone on the same page in a blended family is a situation financial planners see frequently. Say a husband and wife have blended finances, but they each also have kids from previous marriages. “If a spouse dies, how can we ensure the surviving spouse is taken care of as well as the children of the deceased?” Soltysiak says. The secret to success in that situation is to have the clients discuss their desired outcome ahead of time, and then bring the adult children into it. In one case, she helped the wife keep the couple’s home and balanced a fair payout to the husband’s children. “And fair doesn’t always mean ‘equal,’ ” she adds. In actuality, a roundtable allows for peace of mind for anyone, regardless of net worth.

WHAT A FAMILY MEETING LOOKS LIKE “There are two main scenarios we see for these meetings,” Soltysiak says. “Parents who are aging and want to finally share information with, and get the support of their kids, and younger parents bringing together young adult children to teach them about finances and get them started on the right foot.” In both instances, there’s a desire to share a vision of financial health and legacy, and to pass along financial values as well as to make practical arrangements that ensure assets and the wishes of clients are protected. Meetings can include immediate family as well as the family lawyer, accountant and financial planner. They can be one-time meetings to establish changes, or ongoing (such as semi-annual) to support an aging parent. “The secret to success is to have a focus and a good understanding going into it,” Soltysiak says. “Is there a problem to be solved? Are we going to talk about inheritance?” For instance, you might be juggling investments, a lake house and three different kids with different desires and needs. That’s good to know up front so the planner can put together an agenda and make sure everyone is heard. PAID FEATURE

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It’s not just about talking things through; it’s also coordinating intentions with plans and documents and follow-through. “Often there’s a will or a trust, they’ve had these drawn up, but their assets are never retitled into the trust, or they never change their beneficiaries,” Soltysiak says. “People can collect investments over time without coordinating those with what the estate documents say.” Another consideration is tax planning. An accountant will often prepare taxes for the lowest tax bill today without considering the tax bomb that might get passed on, she explains. “So sitting down together allows for really good integration of the planning.”

SECRETS TO SUCCESS These are Soltysiak’s must-follow rules for a productive family roundtable:

» Respect. “For the client, the work they’ve already done, for their intentions and desires. Our job is along the lines of being the coach of the family meeting. Making sure there is open communication, that questions can be asked.” » An agenda. “We always use an agenda to keep things organized.” » Visual aids. “We find these really help us illustrate cash-flow planning.” » An educational approach. “People are coming in with different backgrounds: We try to keep it at a conceptual level. Finances can be intimidating, so we never want to get into a situation where someone feels like they don’t belong at that table.” » An agreed-upon purpose. “The purpose is usually directed by the client, so we honor that by keeping everyone involved focused there.” Soltysiak recalls one successful meeting where the client was passionate about leaving the majority of their money to a nonprofit in town. “That was expressed ahead of time,” recalls Soltysiak. “When the client died it was understood that that’s where the money was going to go. The kids were really proud of that. There was no expectation that that money was coming to them.” In fact, she says, in most meetings she sees, adult children aren’t focused on inheritance but rather encouraging their parents to enjoy their assets in their senior years. Successful meetings will even incorporate conversations about planning for long-term care or caring for elderly parents. “These are more lifestyle questions, but they’re pretty empowering,” she says. Her advice: Talk about it before you get to the stress point. “Before the death, before you need long-term care, before there is confusion,” Soltysiak says. In the end, a roundtable is about passing on financial values—and finding peace. “From a client’s perspective,” Soltysiak says, “they may feel cautious about sharing their finances with family, but there’s something really freeing when they know their kids are cheering for them.”


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FOR Investment Partners Explain Benefits of SRI Investing Two Traverse City financial advisors weigh in on how following your heart can help you follow the money. BY CARA MCDONALD | PHOTO BY ROLLING FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

Financial advisors Mecky KesslerHowell and Kristi Avery of FOR Investment Partners in Traverse City are empowering clients to invest with a focus on their values and profit. We checked in with them about what socially responsible impact investing looks like, who it works for and why you need to think about it in an unstable market. Give us the 30,000-foot view on your field. Mecky Kessler-Howell: We specialize in socially responsible impact (SRI) investing. These days more people are familiar with investing with an eye to environmental, social and governance responsibility, which is called ESG, but SRI goes further. How so? MKH: SRI also includes clients’ values. For example, clients may not want to invest in companies that are engaged in mining, those that produce weapons, tobacco products or violent video games targeted at kids, or companies that utilize unnecessary animal testing. We customize each client’s portfolio specifically to match personal morals, ethics and values.

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How do you create a strategy out of those values? MKH: If there’s a company a client doesn’t want to support, we find a comparable company to invest in. As an investor, you don’t just throw a type of business or an entire sector out of your portfolio, you look for a well-run company that does the same or similar work. Using what criteria? MKH: First and foremost, you look at a company’s financials, which also should have a great forward-looking management team that looks out for shareholder value. With an ESG and SRI focus, you additionally look for a management team that considers, for example, employees’ well-being and/or environmental risks of a company’s operation. A sustainable company mitigates risk, making for an attractive investment. So instead of rejecting whole sectors, you tease out the businesses that are doing well by doing right by people, or the environment, and so on? MKH: Yes. For example, if a company takes care of its employees—good benefits, on-site daycare, etc.—those employees

will stay and work well, and the company doesn’t have to replace and retrain constantly, which is a draw on resources and finances. It might cost that company more in the beginning, but in the end, it will reduce costs. Let’s look at a company that is more environmentally conscious in its operation/production. That company lessens the burden of costly lawsuits and/or environmental cleanup of their site of operation. It not only mitigates some financial risk for the company and investor, but also addresses the investor’s values. Kristi Avery: We don’t discredit a company for not being perfect; that change takes time. Plus, SRI is a long-term strategy overall. We’re not day trading, trying to pick penny stocks here—we’re looking for long-term, sustainable growth. And of course, our investors want returns. When we create a portfolio of SRI investments matched to traditional investments, sector to sector, we don’t have to give up returns. MKH: That’s part of our social responsibility—to have the investors reach their financial goals. That’s very important; the client wants to earn money toward their goals goals by investing in companies with their social values.


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Are your clients comfortable with making money? MKH: They are and they should be. KA: However, we do ask clients as part of our intake if they are willing to give up returns if they decide on a very strict values-based negative screen, especially if a client opts out of a whole sector of the market. Are there misperceptions about your investing strategies you have to deal with? KA: We’re still beating down the mentality that sustainable means giving up returns. It’s not just screening out what you don’t want; it’s what you do want to support, what companies excite you, what industries excite you. Let’s get those things into your portfolio! The stuff you don’t want falls away naturally. Some of the older generation of advisors is still repeating that if you do this type of investing, you take a loss. There is a lot of solid research about how you’re not giving up returns by investing in SRI. In the recent stock market downturn, a study of socially responsible funds showed that they performed better and suffered less volatility. So, hopefully that old mentality will die out. Who is a typical client for you? KA: Right now, we work with a lot of institutional nonprofits to invest for them in ways that align with their missions and institutional values. In the last five years, there’s been more interest from individual clients using their personal or retirement savings to invest in a socially responsible way. MKH: We actually work with more couples when they share the same values. We see a lot of younger people, female and younger male investors in particular, that are concerned about the future. What prompts people to find you? KA: Any kind of change in their personal value structure. Marriage is a big one, as couples talk about combining

resources and saving for the future. MKH: If they have children or are thinking about children, couples think about what kind of world they want to raise their children in. KA: Retirement and divorce are huge, too. These are life changes that give someone the opportunity to form a personal relationship with an advisor who takes your values into account. The other thing to consider is, at FOR, we are independent and not tied to the products we use. I think that appeals to people, and when they have the option to, say, get out of their company 401K plan and pick an advisor on their own, they want someone working on their behalf as a fiduciary. What’s new in your field in 2020? KA: There has been recently published research by John Hale of Morningstar about the reduced volatility in socially responsible investing, and sustainable equity funds fairing better than their conventional peers in this recent environment. As advisors, we look for less downside, less potential risk. MKH: We are also seeing some companies taking certain environmental issues like climate change very seriously. We’re seeing corporate reaction—for example, some banks are not loaning money to the coal industry anymore. The issue of plastic waste is also huge. KA: So is water tech, and investing in clean water resources. What’s hot on your clients’ minds right now? MK: Clients are interested now in environmental justice and sustainability. That’s a reason we’re seeing a rise in ESG mutual funds/investments. It’s great and wonderful, but it’s not all that investors can do. Sometimes there are companies that investors feel are not doing a great job in their environmental operations, and investors, or groups of investors, invest their time and participate in shareholder resolutions to hold PAID FEATURE

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companies accountable. One example is how shareholders pushed the largest fast food chain to end its use of polystyrene packaging. As a shareholder you can write, you vote your proxy, you can go to annual meetings. Is there something you wish more investors knew about your business? KA: That we exist! That SRI investing is an option and a viable one. That SRI can be holistic, it can be your entire strategy, not just a niche fund to make yourself feel good. There’s just such a lack of awareness in this space and that gets perpetuated by traditional advisors who aren’t familiar. We’re not just picking a few mutual funds and throwing them into a client’s portfolio, we are taking a holistic approach to all the various investment vehicles we offer with an SRI lens. True SRI investing makes a difference. It really, really makes a difference. MKH: Education for investors out there is key; people still think you have to sacrifice performance, which like we’ve explained, is not the case. KA: I wish potential investors knew this is so much more sophisticated than a tree-hugging mentality. It goes above and beyond traditional analysis; it takes it a whole step further. We look at more granular things inside your investments so that it is truly customized and personalized. It has nothing to do with my values or Mecky’s values; it’s about the values of the client sitting in front of us. It’s their money. We’re completely agnostic. This strategy has nothing to do with a political affiliation—it is truly aligning values with how you invest your money. To be honest, my personal goal is to have someone turn to me years later and says, ‘Wow, you helped me save TOO much money.’ ”

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MINT If you’re looking for a free app that does it all, Mint is a great place to start. With Mint, you can link all of your financial accounts—checking, savings, investing, credit cards, you name it—as well as add property owned in order to calculate your net worth. Unlike some other apps that require you to input all of your data, Mint collects transaction data from all of your added accounts. This gives you a crystal-clear view of your financial picture, and allows you to budget and track your monthly cash flow and how much you’ve spent of your monthly budget. You can also add goals, such as buying a home, and Mint will help get you on the right track. MINT.COM

TIP: Use Mint’s website application (rather than the app) to create your budget. It has a super user-friendly interface that makes the process a breeze.

PERSONAL CAPITAL Like Mint, Personal Capital can also be used for budgeting and tracking your spending, but the app really excels as a tool for understanding your investment holdings. For users who have accounts in multiple places, Personal Capital will pull your investments from each company, and the result is a comprehensive view of your holdings. The app features easy-toread visuals that lay out your investments by account or asset class—equities, fixed income, real estate, etc. PERSONALCAPITAL.COM

TIP: Personal Capital also has a free analyzer tool that can scan your accounts for any fees you’re paying. This can be especially helpful for 401(k)s, which often have hidden fees.

YNAB (YOU NEED A BUDGET) YNAB prides itself in building its users a better budget and helping them gain control of their spending. The app does this by focusing on four rules: 1) Give every dollar a job. 2) Embrace your true expenses. 3) Roll with the punches. 4) Age your money. YNAB offers tools similar to other apps for setting goals, budgeting and tracking spending, but the focus on “a job EFS 20

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TIP: YNAB costs $11.99 a month or $84 annually, but you can try the app free for 34 days before making the investment. Students who provide proof of enrollment can use the app free for 12 months. POCKETGUARD Want to know exactly how much money you have for spending each month? Try out PocketGuard, a free app that’s great for finding savings among your everyday expenses. After linking your bank account, cards, loans and investments, the app calculates your monthly spending, bills and savings contributions, and then lets you know how much money is left in your pocket. There’s even an Autosave feature—tell PocketGuard how much you want to save, and it will show you how to achieve that goal. Easy, right? POCKETGUARD.COM

TIP: Not only will PocketGuard track your bills—it can actually help you negotiate better rates on your cable, cell phone and more.

CLARITY MONEY Perhaps the biggest selling point of Clarity Money is that it monitors your many subscriptions—Netflix, Blue Apron, Spotify, we know, the list goes on—so you can keep track of which ones you’d like to keep and which recurring expenses you’re better off ditching. (Clarity will even cancel those subscriptions for you!) Like other apps, Clarity Money also tracks your monthly income and spending, so you can get a quick, thorough look at your financial picture. MARCUS.COM/US/EN/CLARITY-MONEY

TIP: Clarity Money is a free app, but as it was recently acquired by the Marcus brand of Goldman Sachs, users also have the option to open a high-yield online savings account through the app.

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Advocating for a Loved One BY KIM SCHNEIDER

The health care system has become increasingly complicated, especially when you layer on the isolation and other challenges brought on by COVID-19 distancing, notes Linda Beck, principal and founder of Square One Elder and Health Advocacy. Too often, under any scenario, the medical system can feel impenetrable for families advocating for loved ones. As a result, families reach out to specialists like her—paid patient advocates who can help with finding the best specialist or treatment trial for a rare condition, get answers from a hospital on a patient's behalf or be a virtual health care manager. “While each provider may have a fix on their particular area of care, for many patients, no one is keeping an eye on the big picture,” Beck says. “Seeing six, eight, 12 specialists opens up the patient to conflicting diagnoses. While electronic records were supposed to solve the issue, they're too often open to inputting and access errors.” HOW TO ADVOCATE ON YOUR OWN

A first key step to advocating for family members effectively is to pull together every medical record you can find, Beck and other advocates say. Each treating physician needs to be made aware of the patient's prescription list, other specialists they're seeing and any tests they've already had. A family can put that on a thumb drive and carry it electronically to appointments, but it's also good to hand an old-fashioned copy to a provider, Beck says. Barbara Abruzzo, president of Livingwell Care Navigation, which is

based in New York and offers services nationwide, suggests adding an even shorter cover page or client profile—a paragraph or two to hand to a doctor, just like the one she'd prepare when working as an intensive care nurse. “When you say to a patient, ‘Tell me about your case,’ they go into a story rather than answer the question. This is a simple paragraph—how old they are, what are the key issues the patient is dealing with from a diagnostic perspective and what are their medications,” Abruzzo says. When more help is needed, family members can look first for free support, notes Jacqueline O'Doherty, a certified patient advocate and geriatric health manager with Health Care Connect. Most hospitals have social workers with whom you can make a virtual or in-person appointment. You can ask that they be part of a virtual care meeting and pull in the case manager, doctors on the case, physician therapists—anyone treating the patient. Every county has an office on aging, a federally funded program that can be a great resource. Also, don't forget about hospital chaplains and hospital-provided patient advocates. Most work for the hospital's risk management department, O’Doherty notes, with a goal of making sure the hospital doesn't get sued. But many, including Cornell, have great patient advocacy programs that look out for the patient. “The bottom line is that people (and families) have to be active participants to get the health care they want and to protect themselves against many of the misadventures that can happen,” Beck says. “You don't need your own

MD degree, but you do need the ability to communicate with health care providers, ask good questions and educate yourself. I say Dr. Google is informative, even if she's not infallible.” ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR ADVOCATING:

» If hiring a professional health advocate, consider looking for one with expertise in the appropriate diagnosis area, especially if dealing with a rare disorder or disease. To find one who works in the appropriate state, start with the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates ( » If you can't be with a family member in person because of COVID-19 isolation or another reason, Abruzzo advises that you picture yourself sitting at that bedside and do what you would be doing if you were there—that might be playing the person's favorite music or just keeping a phone line open and hanging out. » Communicate regularly with the hospital or appropriate physician, and escalate concerns when necessary. Establish a good time to check in with floor nurses (note: not during shift change). If unhappy with communication with the health care team or care, Nicole Rochester, CEO of Your GPS Doc LLC, advises that you ask to speak to the charge nurse or the unit director, particularly if you have a concern about nursing care. With concerns about the care plan or lack of progress, go to the department chair or the chief medical officer. “Be polite but persistent,” she says. “Your loved one needs you to be their voice now more than ever.”


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Elise Brooks, 71, from Thompsonville, can attest to that. She’s a member of the Society of Traverse Region Ukulele Musicians (STRUM) in Traverse City, and the local, homegrown group is about far more than learning how to play the instrument. “No one in the group cares if you're an accomplished musician or a beginner,” Elise says. “Everyone is learning more every week, regardless of their level. And the laughter… friendly people playing ukuleles—and even a few kazoos? You just gotta laugh!” STRUM started in 2013 when Lake Ann resident Rachel Jones, 34, attended a music workshop in Michigan. She ran into a man who was trying to get ukulele groups started all over the state—enough so that people wouldn’t have to drive more than an hour to find one. He encouraged Rachel to start one in Northern Michigan. “I had the summer off, and I liked to play, so I put up flyers” says Rachel, a school psychologist for elementary schools in Benzie. “I met other people. And if you want to laugh, join a ukulele group!” Typically, STRUM meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at The Grand Traverse Circuit in Traverse City, a cultural arts and education center. But since the pandemic, the group has been meeting online every Wednesday at 7 p.m. “It’s been great fun online,” Rachel says, “as at least half a dozen of us have written parodies or songs about being in quarantine.” After running the group for a few years, Rachel handed the reins over to Bryan Boettcher, dubbed the TC Uke Man. Bryan, 40, has organized the group since, helping transition the group online and getting sheet music up in shared Google Drives for all to see. They are actually playing together more after Bryan created a 24/7 online meeting link, where they can jump on anytime, and often do. They have also added a special “Open Mic Night” at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month online, where folks can sign in and take turns sharing their own songs or leading ones they choose. On regular Wednesdays, a member is chosen to pick and lead a song, or the group might learn and play a brand new song together. During play, one member has the “floor,” so to speak, while the others mute their mics. They are playing alone, together. “Bryan organizes and leads most of our gatherings,” says Gwen Foor, 63, a long-time member who moved to Washington last year but has now been reunited with the group online. “He does a fantastic job helping those who

need it and challenging us to learn new chords, songs and strum patterns.” Bryan estimates there is a core group of 15 to 20 members, but says attendance fluctuates, with more than 100 players attending over the years. Some come just once a year for the annual STRUM Anniversary party in August, while others try to make every meeting. “We play popular songs or write funny parodies of popular songs,” Bryan says. “The ukulele is a very accessible instrument with soft nylon strings that are easier on your fingers than guitar strings. It’s portable and totable and lighter and brighter than a guitar.” He says he leads STRUM from a position of, “You can pick up this instrument right now and start.” “I always treat it as if we are a group of beginners, always learning,” says Bryan. “Our mission is to share the joy of music and the ukulele.” STRUM performs at events such as area festivals and local libraries. One of Rachel’s favorite stories is when a twoyear-old boy checked out a ukulele from the Traverse City Area District Library and joined the group on the spot. “He was definitely our youngest member, and his parents ended up bringing him to more meetings!” Rachel says. Oh. And there’s one more thing: The STRUM Sisters is a group of four women (two in their 60s, two in their 70s) who decided to meet outside the group and start their own little band. “The STRUM Sisters really warms my heart,” Rachel says. “I love that they have that relationship now because of the group.” Both Gwen and Elise are part of the STRUM Sisters. “We meet every week, learn new songs, share favorites and work on harmony singing as well,” Gwen says. “It has been an absolute joy!” The STRUM Sisters have played at nursing homes, family reunions, barn dances and even for TC’s Veterans for Peace rallies several years ago around the International Peace Day celebrations, Gwen says. Five years ago, Elise pulled her guitar out of the closet after about 30 years, and was relearning how to play it via online videos. “But playing all alone in the guest bedroom isn't as much fun as playing with others,” she says. “I bought a uke, joined STRUM, and am surprised at all the good people and experiences that have come my way since then, like the STRUM Sisters!” The group hopes to meet again in person and resume performances soon. Until then, they are in harmony online. For more information on the group, reach out to Bryan at MyNorth INSPIRED LIFE | FALL 2020

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Sharon Schappacher is no stranger to volunteering. You'll find the Petoskey resident active in her community's YMCA, Women's Resource Center, garden club and local arts center. But while she loves and supports each of those causes, there's an extra level of satisfaction, she admits, to one volunteer position she's held for the past five years: being a business mentor through SCORE. As the current director for the Tip of the Mitt chapter of SCORE, this CPA and long-time hotelier draws on both her regional connections and a long professional career to help the region’s small businesses. And, having owned and run hotels in Mackinaw City along with her current entrepreneurial investments in hotels, billboards and more, Sharon’s experience hits home with the many entrepreneurs that she mentors. “I love the feeling when I've come out of a meeting and feel I've really made a difference,” Sharon says. “I've met with so many business owners who've come in so scared, worried they're messing something up. We sit down, ask them some questions and have them tell us what's going on with their business. And at the end, we're able to give them steps to solve a problem. Sometimes I feel like I've just been a superhero. It's a pretty wonderful feeling.” SCORE is a nationwide network with some 10,000 volunteers. As a taxpayer-funded partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the program offers free business mentoring and education to anyone who seeks it out, and it has helped 11 million entrepreneurs since it was formed in 1964. 28

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mentors are paired up in teams when they meet with the business or prospective business owner seeking ideas or assistance. If one mentor can't answer a question, usually the other can. The additional person adds a lot to brainstorming sessions, sometimes about product development, other times marketing, Sharon says. Often, the main success is in matching the businessperson with the right mentor for their solution—that might be a community member volunteer, or another agency or organization. During mentorship meetings, Sharon and her colleagues have helped with everything from profit calculations to spreadsheets to patents to the sourcing of supplies. Some of the region's best-known businesses have been clients. While all meetings are confidential, the clients of the year are invited to publicly share stories of their participation and success. Among those are Crooked Tree Breadworks, Van Dam Custom Boats, Great Turtle Kayak Tours and Archer Full Throttle, an online business that sells archery supplies. That business came to SCORE looking for help in setting up a local store, but took the mentorship advice and now successfully sells 20,000 archery and hunting items online. “It's all very rewarding,” Sharon says. “They all might have been successful anyway, but I think we've made it easier for them by giving advice they didn't have to learn the hard way.” GET INVOLVED

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310 CASS ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.1310, TCFIREFLY.COM Take advantage of daily happy hours and a flavorful tapas-inspired menu that’s served till dark (the sweet potato fries are truly the best) while you sit along the Boardman River.

FIG’S 104 S. MAIN ST., LAKE LEELANAU, 231.994.2400, FACEBOOK.COM/CHEFIG For a hearty and healthy breakfast or lunch, Fig’s veggie hash or (beloved!) burritos are sure to become new faves. The eatery’s focus on using locally sourced ingredients and a rotating menu of goodies means there’s always something new coming out of the kitchen.

LAKE STREET PUB 202 S. LAKE ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.497.6031, LAKESTREETPUBOYNE.COM A family-friendly pub, Lake Street caters to all ages with favorites like soft pretzels, build-your-own mac and cheese and timehonored sandwiches like the Rueben and club. Comfortable outdoor seating and a toasty fire pit add to the fun.


Northern Michigan has plenty of al fresco options worth exploring.

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restaurant guide | dining The Queens Head Wine pub serving wine, spirits and draft beer along with delectable pub fare. LD • BAR $ 250 N.

Mary’s Bistro Well-rounded menu of bistro fare and the most taps on the island. LD • BAR • $-$$ MAIN ST. AT

Vintage Chophouse/ Wine Bar All-American steakhouse flavored with retro sophistication. LD • BAR • $-$$$

Mighty Mac Hamburgers Breakfast sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and more. Indoor seating or carryout. BL • $ 7463 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.8039 Millie’s on Main Charming soda fountain and grill. LD • $

HURON ST., CHEBOYGAN, 231.445.7101



Vivio’s Northwood Inn Locals love this cozy, rustic, wildlife-decorated log cabin with Italian cuisine and specialty pizzas. LD • BAR • $-$$ 4531 S. STRAITS HWY., INDIAN RIVER, 231.238.9471




Amigo Burrito Mexican Grill Burritos, tacos and quesadillas made to order. Dine in or carry out. Located in Murray Hotel’s lobby. LD • $ 7260 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND,

$ | ENTRÉES INDER $10 $$ | $10-20


$$$ | ABOVE $20

Cannonball Drive In Burgers, sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, fried pickles and more. Dine inside or out. Located at historic British Landing. BBQ hayrides peak season, call for reservations. Group meals and hayrides available. LD



Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois Old-World charm, piano bar. Regional menu: whitefish, filet mignon and seafood. BLD • BAR • $$$ MAIN ST. ON THE WATER, MACKI-

Mackinac Island Mackinaw City

NAC ISLAND, 906.847.3321

Pellston Harbor Springs Petoskey Bay Harbor

Cawthorne’s Village Inn Planked whitefish, desserts. BLD • BAR • $$ 1384 HOBAN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.3542

Chuckwagon Mackinac Island’s quintessential diner. BL •

$ 7400 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.0019


Cudahy Chophouse Steaks, chops and fresh fish at this restaurant in Stonecliff Manor tucked away in the woods up island. Reservations recommended. D • BAR • $$-$$$

Traverse City






Dog House Hot dogs, nachos, chips and more. Picnic tables under big umbrellas. Located at Windermere Point on the Straits of Mackinac. LD • $ 7498 MAIN ST., MACKINAC

ISLAND, 906.847.6586

Feedbag Donuts made daily. Hot dogs, brats and more. Located near the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum. BL • $



Black Mountain Lodge Hikers on Black Mountain love settling in post-walkabout for the glorious view of East Twin Lake and freshly prepared trout, perch, quail, lobster and homemade bread with honey-walnut butter.


D • BAR $$-$$$ 10621 TWIN LAKES RD., CHEBOYGAN, 231.625.9322

Brutus Camp Deli Breakfast spot famous for its homemade food, big portions and rustic décor. BL • $ 4086 US31, BRUTUS, 231.529.2222

Dutch Oven Café and Deli French toast and farmers omelet stratas, sandwiches on famous homemade bread. BL

• $ 7611 U.S. 31, ALANSON, 231.548.2231

Fox & Rose

Steaks, fish, seafood. LD • BAR • $$$ 795

FRONT ST., BAY HARBOR, 231.752.2122

The Greenside Grille at Indian River Golf Club Serving a complete menu and Happy Hour offerings overlooking the 9th hole. LD • BAR • $–$$$ 3301 CHIPPEWA BEACH RD., INDIAN RIVER, 231.238.8515

Hack-Ma-Tack Inn Classic 1894-era hunting and fishing lodge on the Cheboygan River near Mullett Lake specializes in steaks and seafood. Dock space and overnight slips. LD • BAR • $-$$ 8131 BEEBE RD., CHEBOYGAN, 231.625.2919

Knot Just a Bar Contemporary sports and oyster bar perched on the Bay Harbor marina. B • $ 4165 MAIN STREET,

BAY HARBOR, 231.439.9989

Mulligan’s Inviting pub with steamed littleneck clams, shrimp-topped burgers and pasta. LD • BAR • $–$$ 320


Original Pancake House Crepes, waffles, pancakes, omelettes, egg specialties. LD • BAR • $-$$ 4165 MAIN STREET, BAY HARBOR, 231.439.9989

Gate House Casual inside and outside eating with live music and televisions. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 1547 CADOTTE Goodfellows Italian Chop House Fun Italian cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. Classic and tasty sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, steaks and seafood. BLD • BAR • $$$ 1395


Grand Hotel Main Dining Room—coat and tie for gentlemen, dresses or pantsuits for ladies, for full breakfast, lunch buffet and 5-course dinner. BLD • BAR • $$$ 286


Horn’s Gaslight Bar Southwestern cuisine. LD • BAR • $ 7300 MAIN ST., 906.847.6154


7296 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.9901

Mission Point Resort Bistro on the Greens—LD • BAR • $ The Round Island Bar & Grill—Burgers and sandwiches LD • BAR • $ Chianti—upscale, affordable Italian. D • BAR • $$-$$$ Lakeside Marketplace—gourmet pizzas and hot dogs BLD • BAR • $$ 1 LAKESHORE DRIVE, MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.3312 Mr. B’s Pizza, coney dogs, soft-serve ice cream and more overlooking the Straits. L • $ 7367 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND,


Murray Hotel Breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, homestyle potatoes, sausage, bacon and more. B • $ 7260 MAIN

ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 855.696.8772

Mustang Lounge Traditional bar grub, burgers, dogs, pizza and an array of great fried munchies. BL • BAR • $-$$ 8 ASTOR ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.9916

Pancake House Breakfast sandwiches, omelets, Plath smoked meats, waffles, pancakes, deli sandwiches and more. BL • $ 102 MAIN ST., 906.847.3829 The Pink Pony Bar & Grill The island’s entertainment oasis—loud, bustling, with pastas and steaks. LD • BAR • $$ MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.3341

Smokey Jose's Water-side restaurant where BBQ and bourbon meet tacos & tequila. LD • BAR • $-$$ 7263 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.0466

Seabiscuit Café Cozy exposed-brick walled pub in a restored 1880s bank building. Sip a brew and dine on a wonderfully eclectic menu. LD • BAR • $-$$ MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.3611

NE W Sushi Grand Mackinac Island’s first and only sushi

restaurant opens this year. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 1547 CADOTTE AVE., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906. 847.3772

Tea Room at Fort Mackinac Refreshments with a view of the harbor and Straits of Mackinac. BL • BAR • $ INSIDE FORT MACKINAC, MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.3331

Yankee Rebel Tavern Warm, casual restaurant highlighting updated renditions of American culinary classics in a rustic, colonial setting. LD • BAR • $-$$ 101 ASTOR ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.6249

Woods Restaurant Elegant mansion in the island’s interior that offers casual fine dining, extensive wine list and duck pin bowling. LD • BAR • $$$ 8655 CUDAHY CIR., MACKI-

NAC ISLAND, 906.847.3699

Audie’s Chippewa Room—Whitefish prepared six ways by Chef Nicklaus Jaggi along with seasonal Michigan fare. D • BAR • $$ The Family Room—Northwoodsy ambience, Formica tabletops. BLD • BAR • $$ 314 N. NICOLET ST., MACKINAW CITY, 231.436.5744

Huron Street Pub & Grill Classic pub food. LD • BAR • $-$$ 7304 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.8255

Island House 1852 Grill Room—Prime rib, chicken, seafood, veal. BD • BAR • $$ Ice House BBQ—casual dining, burgers, gourmet sandwiches, sweet potato fries and creative martinis. LD • BAR • $$ 6966 MAIN ST., MACKINAC ISLAND,

Darrow’s Family Restaurant 50s-era classic eatery open seasonally with fresh fish, roast pork and beef, sky-high pies, and other wholesome family fare. LD • $-$$ 301 LOU-


Nonna Lisa’s Italian Ristorante Stromboli, chicken parmesan, rosemary salmon, Nutella pizza. LD • BAR • $-$$ 312


S. HURON, MACKINAW CITY, 231.436.7901

Island Slice Pizzeria, bakery and ice cream shop. Located at the Horse Corral Mall. LD • $ 7248 MAIN ST., MACKINAC

Scalawags Whitefish & Chips Family restaurant with a nautical atmosphere features local whitefish, chowder and, of course, chips. LD • BAR • $ 226 E. CENTRAL AVE., MACKINAW

ISLAND, 906.847.8100

Jockey Club at the Grand Stand Located on the first tee of The Jewel golf course. Sandwiches, salads, full dinner menu. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 286 GRAND AVE., MACKINAC ISLAND, 906.847.3331

Lucky Bean Coffee House Fresh pastries and coffee all day. $ 7383 MARKET ST., MACKINAC ISLAND, 248.342.2988 Mama LaRosa’s Pizza Buffet Pizza buffet with salad bar. Located in the Murray Hotel. LD • $ 7260 MAIN ST., MACKINAC

CITY, 231.436.7777


American Spoon Café Gleaming black-and-white fullservice cafe. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 413 E. LAKE STREET, PETOSKEY,


ISLAND, 855.696.8772

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CHARLEVOIX/ANTRIM/OTSEGO/ CRAWFORD/KALKASKA Barrel Back Smoked pork tacos, chopped salads, gourmet pizza and pasta, grilled beef tenderloin and more. Over 20 craft beers on tap and signature cocktails. LD • BAR • $-$$$ 04069 M75, WALLOON LAKE, 231.535.6000

Beards Brewery Pizza, burgers, salads, wings and culinary surprises including pho. LD • BAR • $$ 215 E LAKE ST.

Palette Bistro Little Traverse Bay views with casual upscale dining, outdoor seating and an evolving seasonal menu. Wine bar, weekend brunch and popular happy hour. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 321 BAY ST., PETOSKEY, 231.348.3321

The Paper Station Fresh, relaxed and inventive foods including five signature s’mores. BLD • $ 145 E. MAIN ST.,

PETOSKEY, 231.753.2221

HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.242.4546

The Bistro Local favorite for saucer-sized homemade pancakes, home-cooked comfort food and soups like carrot bisque and chicken ’n’ dumpling. BL • $ 1900 US-31,,

Pierson’s Grille & Spirits Ribs, whitefish, pizza, burgers and other staples of life. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 130 STATE ST.,

PETOSKEY, 231.347.5583

Boyne Highlands Main Dining Room—Casual American with Scottish influences. Focus on fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Seminole Pub. BLD • BAR • $–$$ 600 HIGHLANDS DR., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.3000

Chandler’s Brick-walled and -floored dining inside or on the patio offers two ways to savor this art-filled eatery’s upscale menu. LD • BAR • $-$$$ 215 HOWARD ST., PETOSKEY, BEHIND SYMONS GENERAL STORE, 231.347.2981

City Park Grill Hemingway drank at the massive mahogany bar in this casual spot. Scratch cuisine, wood grill, hand-cut steaks, pastas, fresh whitefish, and live entertainment. LD • BAR • $$ 432 E. LAKE, PETOSKEY, 231.347.0101 Cormack’s Deli Award-winning deli featuring fabulous sandwiches, soups and bbq, open Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. BL • $ 2569 CHARLEVOIX AVE., PETOSKEY, 231.347.7570 Dam Site Inn With views of the Maple River, this classic family dining establishment offers a bit of everything plus all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 6705

Mackinaw City


Petoskey Boyne City East Jordan




Elk Rapids

HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.2967

Populace Coffee Artisan coffee and tea bar serving European-style pastries made on site and seasonally inspiredFrankfort lunch offerings. BL • BAR • $ 207 HOWARD ST., PETOSKEY,

Traverse City

Kalkaska Grayling


Pour Public House Charcuterie, gourmet sandwiches, Manistee salads, soups, bruschetta. LD • BAR • $-$$ 422 E MITCHELL ST., PETOSKEY, 231.881.9800

Roast & Toast Hip coffeehouse with daily house-made soups, bread, bakery items and salads. On-site coffee roasting. A consistent MyNorth Red Hot Best winner. BLD

• $ 309 E. LAKE STREET, PETOSKEY, 231.347.7767

Rusty Saw Smokehouse Traditional barbecue. LD • $$ 3459 US31, BRUTUS, 231. 529.6574

Sam’s Graces Café & Bakery Artisanal bakery and brick oven pizzeria. BL • $ 3393 STATE ST., HARBOR SPRINGS,


Side Door Saloon Excellent sandwiches, quesadillas, steak, whitefish and pastas. LD • BAR • $ 1200 N. U.S. 31,

CHARLEVOIX Cadillac & CHAIN OF LAKES ALDEN/ATWOOD/BELLAIRE/BOYNE COUNTRY/ RAPID CITY/WALLOON Bella Vita Casual fine dining Italian restaurant that utilizes the freshest ingredients Northern Michigan has to offer whenever possible. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 02911 BOYNE CITY

RD., BOYNE CITY. 231.582.3341

Boyne City Taproom Craft beer, wood-fired pizzas, wraps, burgers. LD • BAR • $-$$ 220 S. LAKE ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.459.4487

Boyne Mountain Resort Everett’s Restaurant & Lounge—Elegantly prepared fish and game dishes. BLD • BAR • $-$$$; Eriksen’s—Stunning view of the slopes and menu with Austrian and German touches. BLD • BAR • $-$$; Forty Acre Tavern—American pub fare with an extensive beer list. LD • BAR • $-$$ ONE BOYNE MOUNTAIN RD.,

WOODLAND RD., PELLSTON, 231.539.8851

PETOSKEY, 231. 347.9291

Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse Up North ambience, two fireplaces and a view of the lake pair with big steaks, whitefish, ribs and lamb. D • BAR • $$$ 7314 DOUGLAS LAKE

Small Batch Quiche, inventive breakfast and lunch sandwiches in a creative atmosphere. BL • $ 117 W MAIN ST.,

HARBOR SPRINGS. 231.242.4655

BOYNE FALLS. 844.732.6875

Duffy’s Garage and Grille Pasta, burgers, inventive pizzas LD • BAR • $$ 317 E LAKE ST., PETOSKEY, 231.348.3663 The Garden Café Farm-to-plate experience in a historic barn set on a working farm at Pond Hill Farm. Wine tasting from the on-site vineyard. L • LIGHT D • BAR • $ 5581 S LAKE

Stafford’s Bay View Inn Gracious 1886 inn with a big veranda, glorious gardens and bay view, American fare. Sun. brunch. BLD • $$-$$$ 2011 WOODLAND, PETOSKEY, 231347.2771 Stafford’s Perry Hotel Circa-1899 hotel with a wraparound front porch and killer views of Little Traverse Bay. LD • BAR • $$–$$$ CORNER OF BAY & LEWIS, PETOSKEY,

Café Santé Beside Lake Charlevoix featuring bistro classics. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 1 WATER ST., BOYNE CITY,



Hoppies Landing Pizzas, grinders, nachos, local fish, specialty brews, beautiful views from the Observation Lounge. Pellston Regional Airport. LD • BAR • $-$$ 1395 US

Stafford’s Pier Regional cuisine. Pointer Room—fresh seafood. LD • BAR • $$ Dudley’s Deck—LD • BAR • $$ Chart Room—D • BAR • $$ 102 BAY ST., HARBOR SPRINGS,

RD., PELLSTON, 539.8588

31, PELLSTON, 231.539.8588


Jose’s Authentic taqueria with made-to-order Mex. LD •

Tap30 Pourhouse Inventive sliders, award-winning chili, Frito pie and more along with 30 beers on tap. LD • BAR •

$ 309 PETOSKEY ST., PETOSKEY, 231.348.3299

Julienne Tomatoes Fresh sandwiches, comfort food, and homemade pastries like lemon raspberry bars, banana caramel flan. BL • $ 421 HOWARD ST., PETOSKEY, 231.439.9250 Legs Inn Timber and driftwood landmark set on a bluff above Lake Michigan that has been serving Polish and American specialties for the better part of a century. Garden dining. Entertainment. LD • BAR • $$ 6425 LAKE SHORE

$ 422 E MITCHELL ST., PETOSKEY, 231.881.9572

Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse Casual spot to grab ribs, steak or fresh fish after golf or skiing and catch the game on TV. D • BAR • $$ 50 HIGHLAND PIKE RD., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.7805

Terrace Inn Planked whitefish and housemade desserts in a Victorian setting. D • BAR • $$ 1549 GLENDALE, PETOS-

DR. (M-119), CROSS VILLAGE, 231. 526.2281

KEY, 231.347.2410

Mim’s Mediterranean Grill A sunny hangout with homemade falafel, kebabs, spinach pie, saganaki and other Greek delights. LD • $-$$ 1823 U.S. 31 NORTH, PETOSKEY,

Thai Orchid Cuisine Outstandingly fresh and authentic noodles, curries and salads. LD • $-$$ 433 E. MITCHELL ST.,

PETOSKEY, 231.487.9900

Mitchell Street Pub and Café Classic pub with fresh peanuts, fantastic nachos, Maurice salad, patty melts. LD

Turkey’s Cafe & Pizzeria Special omelets, bagels, French toast, burgers, pizzas, calzones, and sandwiches—served by friendly folks in a quaint 110-year-old building. BLD • $

• BAR • $-$$ 426 E. MITCHELL ST., PETOSKEY, 231. 347.1801

250 E. MAIN ST., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.6041

Nancy Kelly's Restaurant Fine dining with a flair. Chefprepared gourmet food. Crafted cocktails and a full bar. LD

Vernales Restaurant Chop house, sports bar and wine bar with patio dining. LD • BAR • $-$$$ 3018 M119, HARBOR

• BAR • $$-$$$ 230 N US 31, PELLSTON, 231.539.7100

SPRINGS, 231.242.4777

New York Restaurant Looks like the East Coast, tastes like heaven. D • BAR • $$-$$$ CORNER OF STATE AND BAY,

Villa Ristorante Italiano Chianti bottles hang from stucco walls and authentic handmade pasta, osso bucco and hand-rolled cannoli star. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 887 SPRING


HARBOR SPRINGS, 231. 526.1904

Odawa Casino Resort Sage—Sumptuous fine dining with curried grilled lamb loin, salmon saltimbocca, seared scallops and an extensive wine list. D, SUN. BRUNCH • BAR • $$-$$$ 1760 LEARS RD., PETOSKEY, 877.442.6464

ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.1440

Willow Inspired farm-to-table modern American cuisine with global wine and craft cocktail bar. D • BAR • $$ 129



Corner Bistro French-inspired small plates, classic cocktails, wine, beer, Sunday brunch. LD • BAR • $-$$ 102 N.

BRIDGE ST., BELLAIRE, 231.350.7344

Dockside Burgers, beer and sunsets on Torch Lake. LD • BAR • $-$$ 6340 OLD TORCH LAKE DR., BELLAIRE, 231.377.7777

Friske Orchards Cafe Cheerful roadside restaurant features farm-fresh breakfasts, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and a bakery. BL • $ 10743 U.S. 31 S., ATWOOD,


Lake Street Pub American pub with outdoor patio and firepit, BYO mac ‘n’ cheese, cocktails, 26 beers on tap. LD

• $ 202 S. LAKE ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.497.6031

Lunch Box Good home cooking and breakfast all the time. BL • $ 106 E. CAYUGA ST., BELLAIRE, 231.533.6678 NE W Mico's Torch Riviera The best of Italian and American food. D • BAR • $$ 12899 CHERRY AVE. RAPID CITY, 231.533.8513

The Muffin Tin Brain-bendingly good muffins, scones and lunch, too. BL • $ 9110 HELENA RD., ALDEN, 231.676.2040 Pelican's Nest Gourmet burgers, smoked ribs, sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts. D • BAR $-$$ 5085


Provisions Wine Lounge Sommelier curated wines by the glass and bottle, classic cocktails, Michigan craft beer and small plates. LD • BAR • $$ 123 WATER ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.582.2151

Red Mesa Grill Colorful decor and creative Latin American cuisine with Costa Rican and Argentinean influences punctuate this lively spot. LD • BAR • $$ 117 WATER ST.,

BOYNE CITY, 231.582.0049

Stiggs Brewery Hand-crafted brews, from-scratch food like whitefish cakes, bourbon chicken sandwich, top sirloin wagyu steak. LD • BAR $-$$ 112 S. PARK ST., BOYNE CITY,


Old World Cafe European-style breakfast and lunch. BL •

$$ 6352 N. LAKESHORE DR., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.2148


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Work it right, and you can bake a flaky strudel, made with Michigan apples picked fresh in September or October, for a holiday breakfast in December. For the complete how-to on emulating a pioneer fruit cellar, we checked in with Richard Friske, owner of Friske Orchards in Atwood, and Betsy King of King Orchards in Central Lake. To ensure successful winter storage, start with apples that keep well. Late-ripening varieties (those harvested in October) usually do best and include Red Delicious, Ida Red, Winesap, Crispin, Stayman, Rome and Northern Spy. One exception to this is the Honeycrisp, an early-season apple that will keep its crunch and juiciness. Separate the apples by size. Eat large apples first—they don’t store as well as smaller fruit.

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Cold and humidity are your friends. The ideal storage temperature is 32°F with 90 percent relative humidity. The more constant these conditions, the better. Excess humidity will encourage decay, and lack of humidity will make for shriveling. Have an extra fridge? Use it! However, since the air inside refrigerators is very dry, pack the apples in perforated plastic bags to keep the humidity high and allow some air circulation. You can also store apples in a cool basement, garage or cellar. Apples are likely to suffer freeze damage if the temperature dips below 30°F and will ripen quickly if the temperature rises above 40°F, so do your best to match these conditions. If apples freeze, they turn into one big, mushy bruise.

Patio Awnings

If keeping apples in a garage or outbuilding, store in clean wooden or cardboard boxes. You want the ventilation they provide. Keep the cardboard boxes open—closing them traps the natural ethylene gas that’s released as apples ripen, encouraging more ripening. Only perfect fruit should be put into storage. Apples with even small bruises cannot be stored. Check each apple for cut skin, soft spots or bruises. Think ripe. Apples picked too green are prone to storage disorders such as scald and bitter pit; if picked beyond maturity, they quickly become overripe. Store fruit immediately after it’s picked. Keep different apple varieties apart. They ripen at different rates. Also, never store apples next to potatoes. As they age, potatoes release a gas that makes apples ripen faster. Place apples where you’ll remember them. Keeping them accessible means you’re more likely to eat the apples before they get overripe. And do as farmer Betsy King does—if life gives you soft apples, make applesauce. Expect your apples to last up to five months in storage (depending on variety and storage conditions).


Look for us under the red canopies 1.5 Miles East on M-72, Acme 231-938-2233 or 800-953-2288 Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine |

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dining | restaurant guide The Strand at Sommerset Pointe Fresh fish and locally sourced ingredients. Steak, chicken and pasta also featured. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Sommerset Pointe Marina and Lake Charlevoix while you dine. Covered and open-patio dining. Arrive by car or boat! Hours vary seasonally. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 00970 MARINA DR., BOYNE CITY,

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs Real smokehouse with mouthwatering BBQ. Weekend breakfast. BLD • $-$$ 1418 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.7447

Rowe Inn A unique fresh and from-scratch dining experience that has stood the test of time. D • BAR •$$$ 6303 E.

Shirley’s Café An ultra-friendly, all-homemade oasis. BLD • $ 528 S. WILLIAMS ST., MANCELONA, 231.587.1210

Siren Hall Sup on classics such as short ribs, steak frites, fresh-off-the-plane fruits de mer and homey sides like risotto “tots” and bleu cheese green beans. LD • BAR • $-$$$


JORDAN RD., ELLSWORTH, 231.588.7351

151 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231. 264.6062

Shanty Creek Resort Lakeview—Innovative regional cuisine at Shanty Creek Resort with a view of Lake Bellaire. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. The River Bistro—Breakfast buffet, sandwiches, pizzas and 45 regional beers on tap; Arnie’s at the Summit—Breakfast, Lunch, (spring-fall) Ivan’s Mountainside Grill—Schuss Village-Pub food. BLD • BAR • $$ 1 SHANTY CREEK RD. (M-88), BELLAIRE,

Royal Farms Boutique farm market with meat pasties, baked goods, award-winning pies, hard cider, wine. L •

Spike’s Keg O’ Nails An Up North classic for burgers since 1933. LD • BAR • $ 301 N. JAMES ST., GRAYLING, 989.348.7113 Sugar Bowl Restaurant This vintage 1919 eatery serves whitefish, prime rib and Greek specialties. BLD • BAR • $$-


Short’s Brewing Co. Sip Joe Short’s fabulous brew, and dine from the deli menu in a renovated hardware store. LD • BAR • $ 121 N. BRIDGE ST., BELLAIRE, 231.533.6622

Terrain Restaurant Honest yet ambitious contemporary American food with a focus on local ingredients. D • BAR •

$$ 213 N BRIDGE ST., BELLAIRE, 231.350.7301

Toonies Family restaurant serving fresh-cut steaks, local fish, ribs and some of the biggest pancakes in the north. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 216 N. BRIDGE ST., BELLAIRE, 231.533.8513

Walloon Lake Inn Exceptional culinary skills play out in a newly renovated, century-old pine-paneled lakeside lodge. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 4178 WEST ST., WALLOON LAKE

VILLAGE, 231.535.2999

CENTRAL LAKE/CHARLEVOIX/ EAST JORDAN/ELLSWORTH The Blue Pelican A vintage 1924 inn, home to a genteel front porch, Carolina-style pulled pork, steaks, seafood and a blend of down South and Up North hospitality. D • BAR • $$ 2535 M-88, CENTRAL LAKE, 231.544.2583

Bridge Street Taproom Michigan craft brews, beerfriendly small plates, local charcuterie and bird’s-eye views of the yacht traffic on Round Lake. D L • BAR • $-$$ 202 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.437.3466

The Cantina Tacos and tequila with indoor and outdoor seating. Live entertainment. LD • BAR • $-$$ 101 VAN PELT

PLACE, CHARLEVOIX, 231.437.3612

Charlevoix Pizza Company Scratch-made dough, fresh ingredients, golden crust, prepared daily. Plus, cheesy bread and wings. LD • $-$$ 311 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX,


East Park Tavern French-influenced American cuisine featuring prime rib, John Cross Whitefish and specialty cocktails at the Quay Restaurant and Terrace Bar in Charlevoix. LD •

BAR • $$–$$$ 307 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.7450

Esperance Gourmets will adore dishes prepared with dazzling technique in this specialty food and wine shop. D • $-$$$ 12853 U.S. 31 N., CHARLEVOIX, 231.237.9300

That French Place Authentic French creperie and ice cream shop. BLD • $ 212 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.437.6037 The Front Porch Sit elbow-to-elbow with neighbors for fellowship and affordable home-cooked food. BL • $ 9235 MAIN ST., ELLSWORTH, 231.588.2000

Great Lakes Whitefish & Chips Deep-fried whitefish. LD • BAR • $$ 427 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.4374

Grey Gables Inn Graceful, intimate, Victorian atmosphere across from the harbor. D • BAR • $–$$$ 308 BELVEDERE AVE., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.9261

Jordan Inn Victorian B&B with terrific eggs Benedict and crêpe-style pancakes, fresh lunches and European-style dinners by reservation. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 288 MAIN ST., EAST JORDAN, 231.536.9906

Kelsey B’s Lakeside Food & Spirits Dine on burgers, steaks and fish and soak up the Lake Charlevoix views. LD • BAR • $-$$ 230 FERRY AVE., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.2960

The Landing Restaurant Come by boat or car and watch the Ironton Ferry motor back and forth while you eat at this newly renovated lakeside fun-food spot on Lake Charlevoix. Beach fries, New England lobster roll, great burgers, bbq and other fab summertime food. LD • BAR •

BAR • $-$$ 10445 N. US 31, ELLSWORTH, 231.599.3222

Scovie’s Gourmet Fresh salads, sandwiches, soups and baked goods star here. Dinner is bistro-style comfort food. LD • $-$$ 111 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.237.7827

Stafford’s Weathervane Local fish, seafood and regional cuisine in a Hobbit-style Earl Young stone structure with a massive fireplace overlooking the Pine River Channel. LD • BAR • $$ 106 PINE RIVER LN., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.4311 Terry’s Place Small white-tablecloth eatery with a high tin ceiling. Try the perch or filet mignon. Mouthwatering. D • BAR • $$ 112 ANTRIM ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.2799

Torch Lake Cafe Inventive, ultra-fresh cuisine with sharable options like the seafood platter with black garlic butter. Or devour an elevated fried bologna sandwich with pickled green tomato and house Dijon all on your own... BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 4990 US31 N, CENTRAL LAKE, 231.599.1111

Villager Pub Terry Left’s downstairs digs feature a ’50s atmosphere, whitefish, Mexican, ribs, sandwiches and pizza. LD • BAR • $-$$ 427 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.6925


$$$ 216 W. MAIN ST., GAYLORD, 989.732.5524

Tap Room 32 Twenty handles of Michigan craft beers and a menu of modern brew-friendly vittles like truffle fries and Korean beef tacos. D • $$ 141 NORTH COURT AVE., GAYLORD, 989.748.8552

The Town Club of Elk Rapids After a renovation in 2019, this famous landmark has been rebuilt and is already being appreciated for its Friday Night Perch Fry, daily lunch specials and famous Prime Rib Thursdays. LD • BAR • $$ 133 RIVER STREET, ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.9914

Treetops Sylvan Resort Hunters Grille, & Sports Bar. Steak, burgers, ribs, pasta, signature pizza, chicken, fish and gluten-free selections. Featuring a selection of 100 Michigan craft beer, wines, fabulous martinis and the dynamic Cookies, our Treetops house band. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ WILKINSON RD., GAYLORD, 800.444.6711

Trout Town Café Homey fishermen spot with sautéed rainbow trout and eggs, pecan-crusted French toast for breakfast; braised brisket and home-roasted turkey for dinner. BLD • $ 306 ELM ST., KALKASKA, 231.258.2701


Bennethum’s Northern Inn Fresh eclectic cuisine and updated regional favorites in a cozy Northwoods setting. Creative kids menu, Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • $-$$$ 3917 SOUTH

Mackinaw City

OLD 27, GAYLORD, 989.732.9288

Cellar 152 Gourmet meals to take out or eat in a wine bar on the Elk River. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 152 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS,



Chef Charles’ Culinary Institute of America-trained Chef Charles Egeler makes gourmet pizzas, Ligurian-style takeout pesto, salads and sandwiches in a classic pizzeria. LD •

$ 147 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.8901

Gates Au Sable Lodge Artful, home-cooking on the river with a takeout window for anglers. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 471

Northport Leland Empire Frankfort


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N EW Moose & Stella's Cafe Kalkaska's only dogthemed cafe. Doggone good chow. BL • $-$$ 203 S CEDAR ST., KALKASKA, 231.258.9778

The Iron Skillet All the classics (corned beef hash and the beloved smoked brisket) with some fun additions. BLD • $-$$ 524 S. WILLIAMS ST., MANCELONA, 231.587.9778

The Local All-American breakfast and lunch done better. BL • $$ 145 AMES ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.498.2190

Michaywé Inn the Woods Casual, Up Northy, with a lake view, steaks and seafood. LD • BAR • $–$$ 1535 OPAL LAKE RD.,

MICHAYWÉ, 989.939.8800

Moose & Stella’s Kalkaska's only dog-themed cafe. Doggone good chow. BL • $$ 203 S CEDAR ST., 231.258.9778 The Old Depot 1900s train depot features homestyle burgers, steaks, chops, prime rib, seafood, pies and pastries. BLD • $$ 10826 M-32 E., JOHANNESBURG, 989.732.3115 Otsego Club American and international menu, nice wine list in a log lodge overlooking the Sturgeon River Valley. The Duck Blind Grille—Casual evening dining. D • BAR • $$ 696 E. MAIN ST., GAYLORD, 989.732.5181

Paddle Hard Brewing A fun-loving community hangout with artisan tacos, pizzas and brews. LD • BAR • $$ 227 E


Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen Every day’s Mardi Gras at this festive spot, where Cajun, Creole, seafood, sandwiches and big brunches accompany lively zydeco, jazz and blues. LD • BAR • $-$$ 617 AMES ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.0530



LEELANAU COUNTY 9 Bean Rows Bakery Artisan bakery and farmstead known for French-style breads, croissants and assorted pastries. BL • $ 9000 E. DUCK LAKE RD., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.6658

45th Parallel Cafe Artsy spot with creative breakfast and lunch. BL • $-$$ 102 S. BROADWAY, SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.2233 Art’s Tavern Burgers, whitefish, steaks, Mexican and pizza. Smelt year-round at this legendary watering hole. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 6487 W. WESTERN AVE., GLEN ARBOR, 231.334.3754

Barb’s Bakery House-baked goods famous for cinnamon twists, doughnuts, croissants and more. $ 112 N. MILL ST.,

NORTHPORT, 231.386.5851

Blu Exquisite regional cuisine from chef Randy Chamberlain in an intimate setting on Sleeping Bear Bay. D • BAR • $$$$ LAKE ST., GLEN ARBOR, 231.334.2530

The Bluebird A mainstay for locals and boaters since 1927. Specialties: cinnamon rolls, whitefish, seafood, steak, pasta, creative ethnic feasts during the off-season. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR $$ 102 E. RIVER ST., LELAND, 231.256.9081 Boone Docks Log lodge with roomy deck, shrimp, burgers, steaks. LD • BAR • $$ 5858 MANITOU BLVD., GLEN ARBOR, 231.334.6444

Boone’s Prime Time Pub Seafood, steaks and burgers in a cozy cabin with a fireplace and a lively, friendly wait staff. LD • BAR • $$ 102 ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.6688

$-$$ 10231 FERRY RD., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.2960


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restaurant guide | dining Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse Great burgers, handcut fries, Sicilian-style pizza. Curling in the winter. LD • BAR

The Mitten Brewing Co. Small craft brewery featuring appetizers, indoor lounge, covered patio and beer garden.


The Cove Seafood, steaks and great bar food (don’t miss the Chubby Mary—a bloody Mary with a smoked chub in it!) served up in the heart of Fishtown on the Leland River. Sunny days, catch a seat at Rick’s Café on the deck LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 111 W. RIVER ST., LELAND, 231.256.9834 Dick’s Pour House Homemade soups and pies, sandwiches, pizza. LD • BAR • $-$$ 103 W. PHILIP ST., LAKE LEELANAU,

N E W New Bohemian Cafe A neighborhood coffee shop

L • $ 14091 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.9364

• $ 172 W BURDICKVILLE RD., MAPLE CITY, 231.228.8869


Fig's Sandwiches, breakfasts, salads homemade with local ingredients. Great selection of vegetarian dishes. BL • $$ 104 MAIN ST., LAKE LEELANAU, 231.994.2400

Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern Rustic family-style roadhouse known for burgers, soups and raspberry pie in season.

LD • BAR • $ 7144 N. M-22, BETWEEN NORTHPORT AND LELAND, 231.386.9923

Funistrada Casual trattoria features Italian specialties such as veal saltimbocca and lasagna. D • BAR • $$ 4566


Garage Bar & Grill BBQ & bar eats are served at this pared-down watering hole with garage doors & a dogfriendly patio. LD • BAR • $-$$ 108 S WAUKAZOO ST., NORTH-

LD • BAR • $ 112 W. NAGANOBA ST., NORTHPORT, 231.386.1101

and deli, also home to Baia Estate Winery tasting room. BL

• $-$$ 110 S. WAUKAZOO ST., NORTHPORT, 231.386.1034

Pegtown Station Pizza, subs, burgers, sandwiches, salads and breakfast—all done well. BL • $ 8654 S MAPLE CITY

RD., MAPLE CITY, 231.228.6692

Riverfront Pizza & Deli Pizza, sandwiches, soup, salad and daily specials. Lots of desserts. Deck on the Crystal River. DL • $-$$ 6281 WESTERN AVE., GLEN ARBOR, 231.334.3876 Shipwreck Café Fresh, homemade pretzel, Italian herb and plain buns made daily for made-to-order sandwiches. BL • $ 11691 S. LACORE RD., EMPIRE, 231.835.2580

Streetside Grille Seafood, burgers, pasta, flatbread pizzas, great beer list and more. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 111 N. ST.

JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.866.4199

The Tribune Ice Cream and Eatery House-cured lox, breakfast burritos, meatloaf sammies and burgers share the menu at this fun Northport eat spot. BLD • $ 110 E. NAG-

ONABA ST., NORTHPORT, 231.386.1055

ST., LAKE LEELANAU, 231.994.2068

Trish’s Dishes Crepes, omelets, salads, gourmet sandwiches. BLD • $ 407 E MAIN ST., LELAND, 231.994.2288 Western Avenue Grill Birch-bark-rustic motif with canoes hung from the rafters. Pasta, seafood, whitefish and burgers. LD • BAR • $$ 6680 WESTERN AVE. (M-109), GLEN AR-

Hearth & Vine Café at Black Star Farms Farm-to-table menu that pairs with Black Star Farm’s wine, cider and craft cocktails. LD • BAR • $-$$ 10844 E REVOLD RD., SUTTONS BAY,

Wren Contemporary comfort food and a constantly changing menu to feature locally sourced ingredients. D •

PORT, 231.386. 5511

Hannah’s Stop into Hannah's for cakes, cupcakes, ice cream and gifts from local merchants. LD • $ 112 E. PHILLIPS


BOR, 231. 334.3362

BAR • $$ 303 N. ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.1175


The Homestead Nonna’s Restaurant—Classically inspired, contemporary Italian cuisine. D • BAR $$-$$$ Whiskers Bar & Grill—pizza, wood-grilled ribs, burgers and more. Dine inside and out. D • BAR • $-$$ 1 WOODRIDGE RD. (OFF M-22), GLEN Hop Lot Brewing Co. Family-friendly microbrewery with four-season patio and games serving ribs, tacos, wings and a s’more kit to top it all off. LD • BAR • $-$$ 658 S WEST-BAY


SHORE DR., SUTTONS BAY, 231.866.4445

Hang-On Express Thai and Chinese classics. LD • $ 316 ST. Joe’s Friendly Tavern A rustic, comfy spot with bar food: whitefish, burgers, sandwiches, chili and soup. BLD • BAR •

Old Mission


$$ 11015 FRONT ST., EMPIRE, 231.326.5506

Knot Just a Bar Fish and burgers in a modern, beachy pub perched over pretty Omena Bay. LD • BAR •

Acme Traverse City

13512 OLD PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.4333

Mission Table Farm-to-table restaurant serving seasonal, locally sourced fare and craft cocktails. D THURSDAY,


Old Mission Tavern Prime rib, fresh fish, pastas and ethnic specials—this lushly landscaped spot hosts two fine-art galleries: Bella Galleria and sculptor/owner Verna Bartnick’s studio. LD • BAR • $$ 17015 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE

CITY, 231.223.7280

Peninsula Grill Roadhouse with cozy fireplace, wings, burgers, and regional Northern fare. LD • BAR • $$ 14091 CENTER RD. TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.7200

DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY Friendly French bistro with a bay view, fireAmical place and street patio. Prix fixe menu from 4–5:30pm. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 229 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.8888

Bay Bread Company Bakery 43 artisanal breads, sandwiches, soups and salads. BLD • $ 601 RANDOLPH ST., TRA-

NE W Benedict A family-friendly restaurant offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, pastries, salads, soups and more. BL • $ 405 S. UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.1000 Blue Tractor Cook Shop An Old Town favorite with from-scratch farmer food. Be sure to check out The Shed next door where you'll find a beer garden and a food truck where sliders are served up hot. The comfy burger bar boasts a list of over 25 Michigan-crafted beers. LD • BAR •

108 E. FRONT STREET, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.2739

Bubba’s Happening Front Street spot with battered mahi and chips, burgers, chimis, salads and tacos. BLD • BAR • $ 428 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.995.0570


$-$$ 5019 BAY SHORE DR. (M-22), OMENA, 231.386.7393

La Bécasse Part the heavy velvet curtains and find a Provençal paradise. D • BAR • $$-$$$ C-675 & C-616, BURDICKVILLE,

Jolly Pumpkin Wood-fired steaks, fresh fish, and artisan pizzas along with fresh ales crafted on site. LD • BAR • $$

Brew Café and Bar Hip spot for a drink and light meal before or after performances at the Opera House. BLD • $




$-$$ 423 UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 922.9515


JOSEPH, SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.0202

Boathouse Restaurant Casually elegant spot with great steaks, seafood, large local wine selection. Sunday brunch. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 14039 PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY,

VERSE CITY, 231. 922.8022

Mackinaw City

ARBOR, 231.334.5000

Bad Dog Deli Eat shrimp pizza, pepperoni pesto rolls or flavorful Boar’s Head sandwiches in this peninsula outpost.

The Cooks’ House A sweet little dollhouse of a spot, home to sustainable local cuisine with a French sensibility.


LD • $$-$$$ 115 WELLINGTON ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.8700



Leland Lodge Bogeys—BLD • BAR • $-$$ 565 PEARL ST.,

Bradley’s Pub & Grille Burgers, ribs, bluegill, brisket, trout and so much more. LD BAR • $-$$ 10586 US31, INTER-

Charles & Reid Detroit Pizza Specializing in Detroit Style Pizza. Other menu offerings include salads and sandwiches. D • $$ 113 E. STATE ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.252.3497 Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties Homemade pasties. BLD Dayclub Fine dining experience for the whole family at the West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort. LD • BAR • $$-$$$

LELAND, 231.256.9848

Little Traverse Inn Old World gastro pub highlights the food and beer of the British Isles. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 149 E.

LOCHEN, 231.275.6401

homemade soups, sauces and dressings. BL • $ 99 W. 4TH

Bud’s A reprise of the original Bud’s gas/bait shop is a cool hangout for locals, vacationers and Interlochen students. Try the cappuccinos and monkey bread, burgers and original sandwiches. BLD • $ 3061 M-137, INTERLOCHEN,

ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.994.2700


The Manor on Glen Lake Fine family dining in a renovated lakeside inn. LD • BAR • $-$$ 7345 W. GLENMERE

Dilbert’s Soups, sandwiches, omelets and other home cooking served in a homey atmosphere. BLD • $ 11303 U.S.


31, INTERLOCHEN, 231.275.3005

Market 22 Deli, pizza, bakery. Eat in or take out. BLD • BAR

Hofbrau Lively cedar-paneled former general store serves locals and Interlochen performers. Steak, seafood, bluegill and barbecue. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • $-$$ 2784 M-137, IN-

HARBOR HWY., MAPLE CITY. 231. 228.2560

N EW Lylah’s Sandwiches and salads made-to-order,

• $ 497 E HARBOR HWY., MAPLE CITY, 231.228.6422

Martha’s Leelanau Table A European-style cafe with an emphasis on regional cuisine made from scratch, including some gluten free dishes and pastries. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 413

N. ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.2344

North Country Grill & Pub The Boone family keeps the classics (whitefish, prime rib, and yellow belly perch) while flirting with fondue, fried pickles, Phillys and Cubans. LD •

TERLOCHEN, 231.276.6979

Oaky’s Tavern Burgers, pizza, pasta, sandwiches. Friday night specials. LD • BAR • $-$$ 9205 U.S. 31, INTERLOCHEN, 231.276.6244

• $ 129 S. UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7821

615 FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.3700

The Dish Cafe Eclectic menu with creative salads, quesadillas, enormous wraps, sandwiches and smoothies. LD •

BAR • $ 108 S. UNION, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.2233

Firefly A dazzling small-plate menu, sushi, steaks and burgs at a sophisticated hotspot on the river. BL • $-$$ 310 S. CASS ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.1310

The Flying Noodle House-made fresh pastas and sauces, sandwiches and salads, and a signature brick chicken dish. LD • BAR • $$ 136 E FRONT ST., 231.252.4725

Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop Lunch & dinner (eat here or to go), gourmet groceries, wines imported & local, vast selection of cured meats and cheese. LD • BAR • $-$$

424 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7651

BAR • $$ 420 ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.5000

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restaurant guide | dining Frenchies Famous Three tables and carryout, offers superb hot sandwiches and espresso drinks. LD • $ 619 RANDOLPH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1228

Gitche Gumee Cereal Bar A selection of 12 classic cereals, rotating options for milks and toppings, featuring Moomer’s ice cream. Outdoor seating available. BL • $ 319

— Celebrating 64 Years — 1956 - 2020

EAST FRONT ST., 646.450.0421

The Good Bowl Fast casual Vietnamese. LD • BAR $-$$ 328 E FRONT ST.,TRAVERSE CITY, 231.252.2662

The Green House Café Sandwiches, soups and salads. BL • $ 115 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.7687

Grand Traverse Pie Co. Exceptional cream and fruit pies, coffee, baked goods, pot pies, chicken salad and quiche. BL •

$ 525 W. FRONT ST. AND 101 N. PARK ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.922.7437

Little G’s Fusion Cuisine Asian and Latin taqueria. LD • $ 531 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY

Little Fleet A bar/food truck compound that hosts the likes of Pigs Eatin’ Ribs (all things pork), Roaming Harvest (pork tacos) Anchor Station (burgers and more). LD • BAR • $ 448 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.943.1116

Los Gringo’s Tacos Behind Traverse City's renowned The Dish restaurant, is a food stand with street-side tacos— outdoor seating available. D • $ 108 S UNION ST., 231.932.2233 Mackinaw Brewing Co. Nautical-themed brewpub offers great house-smoked meats, several styles of beers, tasty char-burgers, fish and ribs. LD • BAR • $$ 161 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 933.1100

Mama Lu’s Modern Day Taco Shop Fresh tortillas with a mix of traditional and modern ingredients at this hip, fun taqueria and bar. LD • BAR • $$ 149 E FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.943.2793

Milk & Honey Salads, sandwiches and homemade ice cream all made with local ingredients that are natural, GMO-free and organic when possible. Gluten-free options available. LD • BAR • $ 250 E FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY,

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Minerva’s In the historic Park Place Hotel. Italian-American menu, elaborate Sun. brunch. BLD • BAR • $$ 300 E.

419 Main Street, Frankfort | 231-352-4642


Hull’s of Frankfort

STATE ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.5093

Mode’s Bum Steer Classic steakhouse serves tender, well-aged charbroiled Black Angus steaks, seafood, ribs, soup, sandwiches. LD • BAR • $$ 125 E. STATE ST., TRAVERSE

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CITY, 231.947.9832

North Peak Brewing Co. Wood-fired pizzas, seafood, sandwiches, microbrewed beer and a jam-packed bar scene. LD • BAR • $$ 400 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7325

Omelette Shoppe Vast array of omelets, homemade breads and pastries, soup and sandwiches. BLD • $ 124

CASS, 231.946.0912, AND 1209 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.0590

Paesano’s Charming spot with cozy booths puts pizza pie on a pedestal. LD • $ 447 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.5740

Pangea’s Pizza Pub Craft pies, creative toppings. LD • BAR $-$$ 135 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.9800

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Park Street Cafe Fresh-made gourmet sandwiches (breakfast waffle sandwich!) and other grab-and-go foods. Indoor and outdoor seating. BL • $ 113 S. PARK ST., TRAVERSE

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CITY, 231.421.1747

Patisserie Amie French bakery and bistro. BAR • LD • $-$$$ 237 LAKE AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.922.9645

Poppycock’s Fresh seafood, pasta, unique sandwiches and salads, including vegetarian specialties and awardwinning desserts. LD • BAR • $-$$ 128. E. FRONT ST. TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7632

Rare Bird Brewery The likes of pork belly sliders, oysters on the half shell and great burgers served up alongside great beer. LD • BAR • $$ 229 LAKE AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.943.2053 Red Ginger Wrap yourself in fresh, sleek surroundings and the spicy-exotic flavors of Asia. D • BAR • $-$$$ 237 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1733

Scalawags Whitefish and Chips Ultra-fresh Great Lakes fish fry. LD • $ 303 E. STATE ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.933.8700

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57 N. Michigan Ave, Beulah 231-882-4449

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dining | restaurant guide Seven Monks Taproom Pair any of 46 beers on tap (including European Trappist ales) with your burger, thin crust gourmet pizza, salad or lively sides like sweet potato frites and Scotch egg. LD • BAR • $-$$ 128 S. UNION ST.,

The Soup Cup, a MicroSouperie Homemade soups, grilled cheese, Belgian fries. L • $ 718 MUNSON AVE., TRAVERSE

Smokehouse Mac Shack Inventive mac n’ cheese to go.


TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.4807

LD • $ 439 E FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.642.5001

Sparks BBQ Smoking up the real thing—pulled pork and chicken, brisket, ribs and jerky. Don’t miss the BBQ Sundae. LD • $-$$ 201 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.633.7800

CITY, 231.932.7687

Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Bourbons 72—Seafood, prime rib and more. D • BAR • $-$$$ 7741 M-72, WILLIAMSBURG, Thai Café Eat in or take out authentic Thai cuisine in a cafe atmosphere. LD • $-$$ 1219 E FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.1303

Slate Prime cuts of beef and the freshest seafood with inspired toppings and sides. D • BAR • $$$ 250 E. FRONT ST.,


Sorellina Authentic Italian pasta, zuppa and insalate. LD •

Boone’s Long Lake Inn Steaks, prime rib, seafood, daily specials. D • BAR • $$ 7208 SECOR RD., TRAVERSE CITY,

TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.5912

BAR • $$-$$$ 250 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.5912

Taproot Cider House Brick oven pizza, great salads, inventive entrees paired with hard cider, microbrews, wine and spirits. LD • BAR • $-$$ 300 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.943.2500

The Towne Plaza Eclectic American cuisine focusing on local ingredients with extensive outdoor seating and a casual atmosphere. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 202 E. CASS ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.090

Thirsty Fish Sports Grille Family-friendly sports bar with seafood, burgers, steaks, pasta and a 600-gallon fish tank. Live music on the patio. LD • BAR • $-$$ 221 E. STATE ST.,

TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.1165

Warehouse Kitchen & Cork Seasonally inspired farm-tofork restaurant inside Hotel Indigo. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 263 WEST GRANDVIEW PARKWAY, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.0500

White on Rice Sushi & ramen served carry out or dine in. Text or call ahead for orders. LD • $-$$ 510 W 14TH ST.,

Agave Mexican Grill Authentic, freshly made Mex. LD • BAR • $-$$ 851 S. GARFIELD, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.4408


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Aerie—16th-floor panorama of East Bay and regional fine dining. Music on weekends. D • BAR • $$-$$$ Sweetwater American Bistro—BLD

The Kitchen Salads, wraps, tacos. All to go. BL & EARLY D • $ 1254 WOODMERE AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.TOGO Mulligan’s Pub and Grill Stuffed burgers, extravagant salads and sammies, ribs and whitefish at this year-round establishment at the Crown Golf Course. LD • BAR • $-$$

260 E. TENTH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.0191

Right Brain Brewery Traverse City’s beloved brew pub now at a new location. BAR • $ 225 E. 16 ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1239

Sauce at Incredible Mo’s Artisan pizza, pasta, salad in a kid-friendly atmosphere. LD •BAR • $-$$ 1355 SILVER LAKE CROSSINGS BLVD, GRAWN, 231.944.1355

Sparky's Diner Famous diner with the same great service, food and environment you love, with more exciting options. BLD • $$ 1462 W SOUTH AIRPORT RD., TRAVERSE

CITY, 231.933.8005

Willie’s Rear Full breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers. Counter and table seating. BL • $ 1315 W. S. AIRPORT RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.5506


La Señorita Bustling Mexican cantina with fajitas, jumbo margaritas. LD • BAR • $ 2455 N. US 31 S., TRAVERSE CITY,

Rough-hewn eatery affords a great Apache Trout Grill bay view along with ribs, steak, pasta and salad. LD • BAR • $$

McGee’s No. 72 Gourmet burgers, fries, pizza and other sophisticated bar food. D • BAR • $$ 4341 M72 E., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.8800

Mr. C’s Pub and Grill Fine pub food with excellent wines and craft beers—paired with menu entrees for your convenience. LD • BAR • $$ M-72 E., WILLIAMSBURG, 231.267.3300 Randy’s Diner Soups, salads, sandwiches, all-you-caneat cod. BLD • $ 1103 S. GARFIELD, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.0789 Red Mesa Grill Colorful spot with a fireplace, flights of tequila and Latin American cuisine. LD • BAR • $-$$ 1544 US31, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.938.2773

Reflect Bistro and Lounge at Cambria Suites Hotel Breakfast, dinner and Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily. BD • BAR • $-$$$ 255 MUNSON AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.778.9000

Smoke and Porter Public House An American smokehouse where farm-to-table and whole beast butchery meet the fire pits. Serving microbrews, wine, and liquor. LD • BAR • $-$$$ 1752 US31, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.642.5020





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BENZIE, MANISTEE, CADILLAC BENZONIA/BEULAH/HONOR/THOMPSONVILLE The Cherry Hut Homemade cherry pies, jams, jellies, redand-white-clad servers and American-style food. LD • $-$$ 211 N. MICHIGAN AVE. (US 31), BEULAH, 231.882.4431

Cold Creek Inn Perch, planked whitefish, homemade pizza, burgers. LD • BAR • $-$$ 185 S.BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH,


Crystal Café American café-style breakfast and lunch. BL • $ 1681 BENZIE HWY. BENZONIA, 231.882.9565

Crystal Mountain Resort Thistle Pub & Grille—Woodpaneled eatery, continental and Scottish specialties. LD • BAR • $-$$$ Wild Tomato Restaurant & Bar—Family Favorites. BLD • BAR • $-$$ M-115, THOMPSONVILLE, 231.946.3585 OR 231.378.2000

NE W Five Shores Brewing Craft brewery with appetizers to share and pressed sandwiches. LD • BAR • $-$$ 163 S. BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH, 231.383.4400

• $$ U.S. 31 N., ACME, 231.534.6000


CITY, 231.943.2922

TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.1388


2030 U.S. 31 N., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.938.1860


The Underground Cheesecake Co. Housemade soups, sandwiches and a huge array of incredibly delish cheesecakes. L • $ 800 COTTAGEVIEW DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.4418 West End Tavern Craft cocktails, wood-roasted chicken and more elevated pub fare served up beside West Bay. LD • BAR • $$ 12719 SOUTH WEST BAYSHORE DR., TRAVERSE

Hunan Authentic Chinese eatery that’s hidden behind a Taco Bell. L (TUE-SUN) D (FRI-SUN) • $ 1425 S. AIRPORT RD.,

Oryana’s Lake Street Café Classic Detroit-style coney and grill with mouthwatering Greek treats like crunchy falafel, rich spanakopita, gyros and lemon soup. BLD • $-$$

Cuppa Joe East Side A locally owned, community-oriented coffee shop focusing primarily on curbside and to-go orders. BL • $ 1990 US-31 N. SUITE F, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.7730 Don’s Drive In A ’50s-style diner and drive-in with booths, burgers, fries, shakes, nostalgic jukebox. LD • $

Trattoria Stella Hip locally sourced fare with an Italian accent. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 1200 W. ELEVENTH, TRAVERSE CITY,


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Centre Street Café Fine and flavorful sammies. Saturday brunch 10:30am-6pm. Mon.-Fri. Open 10am-3pm. Closed Sunday. BL • $ 1125 CENTRE ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.5872 The Filling Station Microbrewery Thin-crusted woodfired flatbreads and flavorful house brews revitalize the Depot. LD • BAR • $-$$ 642 RAILROAD PLACE, TRAVERSE CITY,


Bardon’s Wonder Freeze A family-owned Traverse City icon, serving ice cream and sandwiches for more than 50 years. LD • $ 1100 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.1044 Cottage Café Comfortable food, coffee and tea press pots, friendly service, reasonable prices in a unique Traverse City experience. BLD • $-$$ 472 MUNSON AVE.,

Sugar 2 Salt Traverse City's newest brunch spot (otherwise known as S2S) shakes up the same ol' same ol' with dishes like duck (yes, for breakfast) and everything served up with what is in season. B • $-$$ 1371 GRAY DR., SUITE 300,

13671 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.7079

Harrington’s By the Bay Sunday brunch, seafood, steaks, burgers, sandwiches—with a bay view. BLD • BAR

• $-$$$ 13890 SOUTH WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.421.9393

PepeNero From-scratch southern Italian cuisine. LD • BAR • $$ 700 COTTAGEVIEW DR., STE. 30, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.929.1960

Red Spire Brunch House Classic American fare: breakfast and lunch all day. BL • $$ 800 COTTAGEVIEW DR., ST. 30, TRA-

VERSE CITY, 231.252.4648

Sleder’s Family Tavern Bar fare and entertainment under the original tin ceiling in one of Michigan’s oldest saloons. Kiss Randolph the moose before you leave. LD • BAR • $-$$

Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill Burgers, broasted chicken, pizza, soups, salads. LD • BAR • $ 14848 THOMPSON AVE., THOMPSONVILLE, 231.378.2554

Hungry Tummy Restaurant Full breakfasts (chickenfried steak, eggs and gravy ... ), pizza, broasted chicken and more. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 226 S. BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH,


L’chayim Delicatessen NY-style deli with sandwiches and bagels. BL • $ 274 S. BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH, 231.882.5221 Lucky Dog Bar and Grille Burgers, smoked wings, brats, sandwiches, craft beer, cocktails. LD • BAR • $-$$ 223 S. BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH, 231.383.4499

The Manitou Whitefish, perch, duck with cherry sauce, ribs, steaks, seafood. Nine miles north of Frankfort on M-22. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 4349 NORTH SCENIC HWY., HONOR, 231.882.4761

The Silver Swan Ethnic fare and killer desserts. LD • $

Papa J’s Pizzeria & Diner Sparkling diner serving homemade dishes and fine pizza pie. Weekend buffets and everyday pizza lunch buffet. BLD • $ 10583 MAIN ST., HONOR,

Spanglish Authentic, homemade Mexican fare with occasional American accents. BLD • $ 1333 YELLOW DR.,

Platte River Inn Classic dining in a casual atmosphere. Steaks, Italian, Mexican. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 10921 MAIN ST.,

717 RANDOLPH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.947.9213

13692 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.0203

TRAVERSE CITY. 231.943.1453


HONOR, 231.227.1200

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restaurant guide | dining The Roadhouse Fresh Mex with a cool cantina atmosphere. LD • BAR • $-$$ 1058 MICHIGAN AVE., (US 31), BENZO-

NIA, 231.882.9631

Ursa Major Bistro Breakfast, burgers sandwiches. BLD •

$-$$ 245 S BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH, 231.383.4250

CADILLAC After 26 Casual eatery dedicated to employing adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairment. BLD • $ 127 W. CASS ST., CADILLAC, 231.468.3526, AFTER26PROJECT.ORG

Blue Heron Cafe Dazzling upscale sandwiches, soups and salads as well as from-scratch pastries. BL • $ 304 N. MITCHELL, CADILLAC, 231.775.5461

Cadillac Grill This lodge–style, car-themed eatery’s cuisine runs from bar food to fine dining. LD • BAR • $$ 7839 E. 46 K RD.,


Clam Lake Beer Company 40 craft beers on tap, woodfired pizzas, grilled angus burgers. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 106

MITCHELL ST., CADILLAC, 231.775.6150

Coyote Crossing Resort Full bar & restaurant with Northwoods décor set on beautiful property in the Manistee National Forest. American fare. Live music. Open six days a week year round. LD • BAR • $$ 8593 S. 13 RD., CADILLAC, 231.862.3212

Evergreen Resort Terrace Room restaurant—Stellar water and woods views plus American fare, Sun. brunch and sandwiches. BLD • BAR • $$ Curly’s Up North Bar & Grill—Casual bar food in a snug knotty-pine setting. Live entertainment. LD • BAR • $$ 7880 MACKINAW TRAIL, CADILLAC, 231.775.9947

Hermann’s European Cafe Austrian-born master pastry chef Hermann Suhs creates international cuisine, seasonal specialties and divine desserts in an alpenhaus-style dining room. LD • BAR • $$ 214 N. MITCHELL, CADILLAC, 231.775.9563 Herraduras Mexican Bar & Grill Authentic dishes like flautas, enchiladas and carnitas, plus shrimp chimis and steaks. LD • BAR • $ 1700 S. MITCHELL ST., CADILLAC, 231.775.4575 Lakeside Charlie’s A fine deck on Lake Mitchell. The hunt club–style restaurant features burgers, aged beef, fish and wild game. LD • BAR • $$ 301 S. LAKE MITCHELL, CADILLAC, 231.775.5332

Maggie’s Tavern Chili, burgers, steaks, wet burritos and kid selections are served up in a lively 19th-century setting. LD • BAR • $ 523 N. MITCHELL, CADILLAC, 231.775.1810

Raven BBQ plates, burgers, soon-to-be-famous poutine, house-brewed craft beer. LD • BAR • $-$$ 119 S. MITCHELL ST., CADILLAC, 231.444.6396

FRANKFORT/ELBERTA/ONEKAMA/ MANISTEE/ARCADIA Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club & Restaurant Fresh fish, aged beef, Mediterranean rack of lamb and an emphasis on local ingredients all served with a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. BLD • $-$$$ 14710 NORTHWOOD HWY., ARCADIA,


Birch & Maple Scratch cuisine prepared with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Friendly folks and fab craft cocktails. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 727 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT,


Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar New American cuisine, traditional fare, vegetarian and vegan. LD • BAR $-$$$ 312 RIVER

ST., MANISTEE. 231.887.4188

Bungalow Inn This former rustic cabin offers steak, ribs and fish-fry specials, perch. LD • BAR • $-$$ 1100 28TH ST.,

MANISTEE, 231.723.8000

The Cabbage Shed Suds, and superb eats like seared scallops, rack of lamb and Ritz-crusted walleye. D • $-$$ 198 FRANKFORT AVE., ELBERTA, 231.352.9843

Conundrum Cafe Light lunch fare, Hawaiian shave ice and alcohol available to purchase. BL • $-$$ 603 FRANKFORT AVE,


ELBERTA, 231.352.8150

Crescent Bakery Artisanal breads, pies, cheesecakes, and hand- decorated cookies. BL • $ 404 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.4611

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Dinghy’s Local favorite for 25 years with house-smoked meats including famous ribs, half-pound burger, Big BLT, Mexican and kids menus. Award-winning Friday fish fry. LD • BAR • $$ 415 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.4702

The Fillmore House-crafted burgers, salads and woodfired pizzas (p.m. only), all rich with Michigan ingredients. LD• BAR • $-$$ 318 RIVER ST, MANISTEE, 231.887.4121

The Fusion Asian delights like fiery curries and lettuce wraps (plus creative cocktails) served in a serene atmosphere on Frankfort’s main drag. BLD • $–$$ 300 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.4114

The Glenwood Casual dining, almond-battered shrimp and bleu cheese filet mignon, homemade desserts. Open for dinner at 5 p.m. D • BAR • $–$$$ 4604 MAIN ST., ONEKAMA, 231.889.3734

Hotel Frankfort Fine dining served up at this in-town inn. BLD • $-$$$ 231 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.8090

House of Flavors 50s diner featuring family style breakfasts, lunch and dinner. And, yes, a full ice cream menu. BLD • $-$$ 284 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, 231.887.4600

L’chayim Delicatessen NY-style deli with sandwiches and bagels. BL • $-$$ 325 MAIN STREET, FRANKFORT, 231.352.5220 Lighthouse Café Robust breakfasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, steak, perch, liver and onions. BLD • $–$$ 735 FRANKFORT AVE., ELBERTA. 231.352. 5273

Mayfair Tavern Burgers, steaks, fish. LD • BAR $-$$ 515 FRANKFORT AVE., ELBERTA, 231.352.9136

North Channel Brewing Co. Watch the action at the drawbridge in a refined industrial atmosphere with meats smoked daily and excellent craft beers on tap. LD • BAR $-$$ 86 WASHINGTON ST, MANISTEE, 231.299.1020

Papano’s Pizza Traditional pizza pie. D • $–$$ 334 MAIN ST.,

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Accredited AssetPalmer Management Specialist Heather Rico’s East Lake’s welcoming, true North watering hole with Client Service Associate fresh smelt, burgs, and smoky adobo beef spring rolls. LD • BAR • $-$$ 900 CABERFAE HWY. (M-55), MANISTEE, 231.723.3721 Tyne Hyslop Shelley Stefanits River Street Station Cheers-esque, smoky burgerFinancialManager Advisor and-ribs joint with a summer deck that affords an up-close Complex Administrator view of the freighter action along the Manistee River. BLD Jennifer Youker, CFP®, CRPC® • BAR • $-$$ 350 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, 231.723.8411 Rock's Landing Eclectic menu combines local ingrediFinancial Advisor ents with ethnic influences. Intimate dining, feet from Crystal Lake. D • BAR $$ 1577CRYSTAL DR., FRANKFORT, 231.399.0158 Eric H. Palo Stormcloud Brewing Brewing Belgian-inspired ales to pair with inventive, smart bistro fare. LD • BAR • $-$$ 303 Financial Advisor MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.0118 James Spencer, ChFC, AAMS Taco 'Bout It Mexican Fusion Tavo and Tarrah Hernandez turned their food truck into a restaurant dream-cometrue with ultra-fresh tacos on hand-pressed corn tortillas, Associate Vice President, Investments aguas frescas and tamarind mules. LD • BAR • $-$$ 344 RIVER ST, MANISTEE, 231.887.4441 Robert Fenton Timbers Restaurant Family-owned restaurant with Financial Advisor steaks, prime-rib pasta , whitefish, craft beer, regional wines gourmet pizza, specialty salads. LD • BAR • $-$$ 5535 M-115, CADILLAC, 231.775.6751

T.J.’s Pub Take a step down from the sloped sidewalk for panini, mex and pizza below the stately Ramsdell Inn. LD •

BAR • $ 99 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, 231.398.9174

Villa Marine Friday fish special. Saturday prime rib. American cooking. LD • $-$$ 228 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.5450, Yellow Dog Café Fabulous coffee, sandwiches, baked goods. LD • $ 4850 MAIN ST, ONEKAMA, 231.508.5008

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hard seltzer | drinks


SHORT’S BREWING COMPANY, BELLAIRE BEACHESHARDSELTZER.COM Beaches Hard Seltzer, a separate division of Short’s Brewing Company, makes its bubbly gluten-free drinks with real fruit juice, like mango and citrus in its Tropical Seltzer. Beaches also released four new cocktailthemed seltzers this summer: Margarita, Mojito, Paloma and Piña Colada.


The Seltzers of Summer Savor summer right on through September with these refreshing local seltzers in hand.

Drop into Petoskey Brewing’s taproom to try a pint or crowler of their low-calorie, all-natural hard seltzers—Cucumber Lime or Michigan Cherry, made with Traverse City cherry juice, of course. Both are brewed with pure artesian spring water.




Traverse City’s MiddleCoast Brewing Company—formerly Monkey Fist Brewing—is riding that sweet summer seltzer wave and loving every bubbly minute of it. Jeff Chesterson, director of operations for MiddleCoast, first took notice of the hard seltzer craze last summer. “We had to jump on it,” he says. And so, the brewery did, with three gluten-free, all-natural flavors crafted with Michigan-sourced ingredients: TartSweet Cherry (made with Traverse City tart cherries), Cucumber Lime and Cranberry Grapefruit. MiddleCoast doesn’t batch sweeten its seltzers like some major brands, so the flavors have a cleaner, crisper finish. Chesterson says it took about six months to get their seltzers just right, and he’s glad they took that time. With the pandemic impacting draft sales, seltzer is going strong, with bars and restaurants going through 10 or 20 MiddleCoast cases a night. A small, family-owned operation, MiddleCoast brewed just 2,000 barrels of beer last year—but Chesterson says they’re now looking to expand brewing capacity in light of how well hard seltzer is selling. The brewery is especially proud of its Pure Michigan designation. More than 95 percent of its ingredients come from the Great Lakes state—from the water and beet sugar to local cherries. “We really want to keep everything in-state and show the rest of the U.S. what Michigan breweries can offer,” Chesterson says.

Billed as the U.P.’s first Superior-sourced handcrafted hard seltzer, Ore Dock Brewing’s Breakwater is made with no added colors, sugars or artificial flavors. Pick up a six-pack of white peach, black cherry, lemon-lime or blackberry.


THE FILLING STATION MICROBREWERY, TRAVERSE CITY THEFILLINGSTATIONMICROBREWERY.COM To create this effervescent tart cherry seltzer, The Filling Station took its first batch of seltzer and cycled it through a hop back (a vessel used for brewing) filled with local tart cherries from King Orchards. The result? A subtle and truly satisfying seltzer.

To order online or find a local retailer, visit MiddleCoast Brewing, 329 E. State St., Traverse City (Inside State Street Market)

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PADDLEBOARD THE PLATTE Let the gaze of a full moon guide you on a nighttime paddle along the Platte River. TEXT BY ANDREW VANDRIE | PHOTO BY LIAM KAISER

The sky transitions from the glowing orange of sunset to the deep reds and purples of the coming night. Soon, a swollen moon will rise above the tree line, shimmering on the water and lighting the wending river. Beginning at dusk, our flotilla departs from the put-in by Platte River Campground off M-22 in Honor. We’re planning to paddle from the campground to Platte Point Beach, which should take about two hours. I’ve linked up with a group from Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak out of Empire ( The shop hosts free, guided, full moon paddles on the Platte and other nearby waters, offering SUP rentals (for $35) if you don’t have your own. Staff transport rented equipment to the start of the trip and help shuttle participants back to their vehicles at the put-in. Note, if you have your own equipment, you’ll

have to coordinate a spotter vehicle at the Platte River Beach parking lot. Shallow and warm, the Lower Platte River has a gentle current that meanders downstream (the Upper Platte is fast, and best navigated by kayak). We stand on our paddleboards and make smooth strokes as the moonlight guides us down the river. The steady, rhythmic paddling is calming as our group glides under the cosmos. Shortly after leaving the campground, the river empties into Loon Lake where participants have to put in some muscle to paddle across the placid surface. Later, my headlamp comes in handy navigating the weir, a ways past Loon Lake. After the portage, the final stretch is easy going. Soon we hear the sound of waves on Lake Michigan and the journey nears its conclusion. As we maneuver toward shore and drag our boards into the dewy grass, the moonlight spilling across excited, happy faces, I know this will be a highlight of my summer. Follow Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak on Facebook to view upcoming full moon paddles and other events—paddle trips are subject to change dependent on weather and conditions. Call ahead to reserve a paddleboard. All non-motorized watercraft are welcome, so if you have a kayak or canoe, you’re invited too. Andrew VanDrie writes from Traverse City.

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Lime Lake Preserve Protecting a Precious Wetland Ecosystem BY ALLISON JARRELL | PHOTOS BY MARK SMITH

In May, the Leelanau Conservancy purchased the final two acres needed to protect 26 pristine acres—including more than 1,000 feet of shoreline—along Lime Lake, helping to ensure the long-term water quality of the lake and the Good Harbor Bay Watershed. Together with the 40-acre Teichner Preserve, located across the lake to the northeast, Lime Lake Preserve safeguards water quality, as the wetlands act like a sponge—stemming erosion, trapping pollution and slowly releasing cleansed water back into the lake. Featuring views of Sugar Loaf from its crescent-shaped shore, the preserve, located 2 miles north of Maple City, also serves as a wildlife haven—it’s home to songbirds, red-shouldered hawks, eagles, brook trout, snakes, toads, ducks and otter. Conservancy officials said the first 5.9-acre parcel of the preserve was purchased the previous May, thanks to supporters. Executive Director Tom Nelson says having “spectacular bookends on Lime Lake with first the Teichner Preserve, and now the Lime Lake Preserve, is a crowning achievement” for LTC. “And, in this pandemic, we have seen just how important our natural areas have been to those seeking safe places to connect with nature,” Nelson says. “We are grateful to the Lime Lake Association for their support—they really understand the importance of protecting these wetlands,” says Conservancy Development Director Meg Delor. “We’ve had an outpouring of support from people around the lake and from the Leelanau community to help preserve this unique ecosystem.” Delor adds that longtime conservancy supporter Ron Lovasz made a significant gift that brought the fundraising results over goal. 64

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