Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[New Distilleries on the Horizon - ]]> Starting a craft distillery appears to be something like the dream of sailing around the world: it’s costly, takes lots of planning, and there is no guarantee it will succeed.]]> <![CDATA[Eau de Vie: The Water of Life - ]]> French for “water of life,” eau de vie is a clear, unsweetened brandy made from mashed fruit pulp that’s been fermented and distilled. It’s characterized by its high alcohol content — usually 80 proof or higher — and, most notably, its intense fruit flavor.]]> <![CDATA[Touring the Bay View Wine Trail - ]]> For those unfamiliar with northern Michigan, wine might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but there’s a unique microclimate along Michigan’s northwest coast — a product of the exposed bluffs and the winds off the bay — that makes this a welcoming place for grapes to grow.]]> <![CDATA[Booze Flowed Freely Through - ]]> Authorities in here enforced Prohibition with as much zeal as they did elsewhere in the country. For much of the 1920s, police in the Traverse City area made many Volstead Act arrests, but it appears most attention was paid to out-of-town bootleggers or moonshiners who peddled poison.]]> <![CDATA[The Blinding Whiteness of Northern Michigan - ]]> Northern Michigan isn’t just white in the wintertime. It’s white all year round. Depending on your exact location, it’s between 94 and 97 percent white. That makes it an interesting and complicated place for the few African Americans who call northern Michigan home.]]> <![CDATA[Make it a Memorable Memorial Day - ]]> 1. LIVE A LITTLE HISTORY Historic Greenfield Village is a great place to visit even without the excuse of a three-day weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Behind the Scenes at the Fort - ]]> A mix of French and British soldiers, French-Canadian voyageurs, colonial civilians, Native Americans and various traders brought the Fort to life. All of these are represented in the Fort’s modern day pageant, a nearly twohour-long, on-site reenactment of one of the battles that took place at the Fort.]]> <![CDATA[Up North Memories - ]]> “There are a thousand little cabin things that make my heart ache to go back whenever I think about them,” she said. “The cottage experience is something completely removed from the hectic routine of day in and day out. It’s a place where I don’t have to be anything at all but myself — soggy and sandy and dirty and happy.]]> <![CDATA[Michigan's Kirtland's Warbler - ]]> “They come from all over the world to just catch a glimpse of the Kirtland’s warbler, considered one of the rarest birds in the world,” explained U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Chris Mensing, as he prepared to lead me and a small group of others in search of the elusive bird in Grayling a few years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Packing the Perfect Picnic - ]]> Picnic baskets are found in all shapes and sizes, from the basic rectangular baskets you’ve seen in movies to more upscale models made of neoprene or leather, some completely stocked with silverware, a blanket, and even dishes.]]> <![CDATA[Bestseller - ]]> DO-IT-YOURSELF STEPHEN KING Wright is sort of a do-it-yourself Stephen King. The 50-year-old has sold more than 5 million books in 15 years. He writes the Freddie Fernortner series for lower elementary-aged readers and the “Chiller” books for upper elementary ages, both under the Rand pseudonym.]]> <![CDATA[Restaurant Roundup - ]]> Over the past few months, we’ve profiled 10 area eateries from Elberta to Harbor Springs. As part of our RestauranTour issue, here’s a recap of those stories:]]> <![CDATA[The Morel of the Story - ]]> This phrase might be foreign to those not living in northern Michigan, where picking morel mushrooms has been a tradition for decades, complete with the stories about where to find them, how to find them and tall tales about just how big they can get.]]> <![CDATA[Vined & Dined - ]]> Guests who love TentBar’s location, but are looking for a sit-down dining experience, will be excited to hear that Big Little Wines, which shares Mawby’s production facilities, plans to host at least two summer vineyard dinners later this season..]]> <![CDATA[Up North - ]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor Seating for Six - ]]>

A half-dozen places to enjoy a meal in the sun

Michiganders relish spring the way only those who’ve survived a long, sub-zero winter can. Spring drives us to abandon our shuttered homes, seek the fresh warm air and maybe grab a bite to eat along the way — hopefully outdoors. ]]>
<![CDATA[Petoskey, Past & Present - ]]> During the year he spent writing the book, Federspiel collaborated with Rebecca Zeiss on the photography. Zeiss created present day versions of the vintage photos Federspiel had unearthed, so the images could be compared side-by-side..]]> <![CDATA[Foster Family Odyssey - ]]> Melissa and David West wanted to expand their family of four. With two biological children already, they decided to embark on the adoption process through the foster care system. They had one caveat: they didn’t want to become a revolving door for foster kids.]]> <![CDATA[Swing into Swirl! - ]]> CITY SUPPORT Swirl was an immediate hit with the Petoskey community. As the events evolved, they were also refined; sometimes CTAC would connect the food and wine to the art with a theme, other times the refreshments would take advantage of seasonal ingredients.]]> <![CDATA[Clayton Brown - ]]> Clayton Brown wasn’t always the small business powerhouse he is today. As a young man, he was like so many others in the Saginaw area who came north in to ski. But while visiting Boyne Mountain and Nub’s Nob, Brown was falling in love with life Up North and searching for a way to make the area his permanent home.]]>