Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Day Trip: Lansing and East Lansing - ]]> It’s 180-220 miles from Northern Michigan to Lansing. You’ll likely spend $40-$60 on gas for a round trip. The best route from here is to take M-115 south of Cadillac to U.S. 10 until just past Clare, where U.S. 127 splits off towards Mount Pleasant.]]> <![CDATA[Day Trip: Grand Rapids - ]]> With world-class breweries, a cutting edge culinary scene, multiple music venues and one of the country’s most dynamic art events, it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids was named number one on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 U.S. destinations to visit in 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Harbor - How It Happened Twenty Years Ago: An Industrial Wasteland Becomes a $1 Billion Resort]]>

For most of the 20th century, the behemoth cement plant south of Petoskey was an economic driver that offered well-paying jobs for generations of workers. After the plant closed in 1980, the property sat idle for years and went into decay, coughing up powdery kiln dust and oozing leachate into the bay. Many saw the parcel’s development potential with its five miles of shoreline on Little Traverse Bay, beautiful views and easy access to Petoskey.

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<![CDATA[Fly Nearby - Making a quick layover at our regional airports ]]> While the number of flights in and out of the Traverse City airport has stayed fairly constant — about 50 to 60 a day in the summertime — the number of passengers has gone up. And, probably as a result, airfares in and out of TVC have gone down, meaning flying in and out of Traverse City makes economic sense again.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Exposure - How early festivals paved the way for today’s nonstop party calendar ]]>

Northern Michigan loves a party: food, music, and hobbies are all fair game here. But decades before the packed movie theaters, snowy beer tents and bayside concerts, other fests blazed the trails.

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<![CDATA[(Ultra) Marathon Man - ]]> “My dad made a joke, ‘What could he do if he trained? Look how good he does now,’” Kaupas said. “One of my cousins goes, ‘You should come out and do the Leadville.’” That was in 2013. At first, Kaupas thought he could just sign up for the 2013 race and try it with little training.]]> <![CDATA[From Beulah to Greenland and Beyond - ]]> “It’s a great place for day trips and skillbuilding programs, while still being a very nicely habitable region with good food, art, and culture, and it’s only gotten better,” he said. “It’s also a great springboard for our programs on lakes Michigan and Superior, as well as Alaska and Greenland, since it has a good airport and access to supplies.]]> <![CDATA[NHL Prospects, Red Wings Hit TC - The hottest thing on ice hits Traverse City this month.]]> “With 1,000 fans per day, plus 150 scouts, 400 team personnel, 100-plus media and guests spending money in our area, the whole community benefits,” she said. “For the players, we are the gateway to the NHL with the scouting potential of the clubs and player agents on hand … it’s the best of the best from everywhere.]]> <![CDATA[Breezing Through the Tunnel of Trees - ]]> The fall edition of this year’s Cycling Classic is set for Sept. 13, with a trio of routes. All offer beautiful glimpses of Lake Michigan, farmland, horse pastures, and that jaw-dropping foliage..]]> <![CDATA[Ocqueoc River's Camping Jackpot - - The Lower Peninsula’s Only Waterfall - ]]> Nearby is the Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway, a state forest four loop hiking trail adjacent to a small state forest campground. The waterfall is the primary thing that most visitors come to see, but don’t ignore the six-mile scenic trail, which is also open to mountain biking, according to Curtis.]]> <![CDATA[Peace on the Vasa? - SEPARATE TRAILS FOR SKIERS AND FATBIKERS COMING SOON ]]> Photo: Michael Poehlman Photography / Traverse City Tourism.]]> <![CDATA[The Sweet Smell of Success at Lavender Hill Farm - ]]> FRESH FARM While neither Linda nor Roy Longworth had any farming background prior to buying the land that would become Lavender Hill, they loved to garden and, most of all, felt a sense of urgency upon hearing that the farm property would be sold at auction.]]> <![CDATA[Scott Craig’s Stories Next Door - ]]> DRIVEWAY MOMENTS Most often compared to Paul Harvey – and to what many IPR listeners will remember as “driveway moments” in which listeners stayed glued to the radio until each story’s conclusion – the real people in each of Craig’s capsule stories could be neighbors.]]> <![CDATA[A Frozen Harvest? - ]]>

TRAVERSE CITY — After planting a cold-tolerant breed of grapes in the fall of 2010, Benjamin Dark is a happy man. The winery manager and brewer at Harbor Springs Vineyard at Pond Hill Farms has a good crop of Marquette, a red wine grape developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for cooler climates.

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<![CDATA[Dennos Welcomes Two New Modern Exhibitions - ]]> Li Hongbo’s work involves the stacking of thousands of sheets of paper, using glue and pressure to hold them together. Sawing, cutting, and later fine-tuning with sandpaper, he crafts the paper into sculptures that mimic marble.]]> <![CDATA[Northport Busts Out - The county’s northernmost village went from bust to boom, but how? ]]>

New businesses have appeared up and down Waukazoo St., eager to serve the 500- plus people who live there year-round as well as waves of summer visitors.

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<![CDATA[20 Fascinating People - ]]> Here’s to a new annual tradition – celebrating our region’s personalities and their stories. We’ve searched from Gaylord to Good Hart and from Manistee to Mackinac, and found dozens and dozens of individuals who qualify as “fascinating.”]]> <![CDATA[Crossed - A local pastor and a local atheist debate Should Abortion Be Legal?]]> I originally started out with three arguments as to why abortion has been a bad deal for everyone—women, men, and society as a whole. I’m old enough to remember one of the early pro-choice arguments: abortion will eliminate or severely curtain child abuse because only wanted children will be born.]]> <![CDATA[State of Man: Our therapist will see us now - ]]> Is today’s man more sensitive than his 20th century counterpart? More independent? More invested in marriage and relationships or less? We asked an expert. Greg Holmes is a clinical psychologist, practicing for more than thirty years in Traverse City. He has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State University, and a master’s from Central Michigan University.
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<![CDATA[Slim Cuts, Rich Palettes Define Fall Menswear - Color is back, slim is in, and denim’s set to dominate.]]> Menswear experts Craig Ryan of Craig Ryan Fine Menswear, The Clothes Post owner Jeff Pagel, Ella’s Men’s Stylist Salvador Cisneros, and Captain’s Quarters’ owner Maurie Allen say that choices for men are getting more colorful, with better fabrics and styling.]]>