May 26, 2018

Island Bound

Stella's Perfect Negroni

Bottoms Up
It’s not vanity that prompted the owners of Trattoria Stella and The Franklin in Traverse City to include the word “perfect” in naming its proprietary negroni cocktail, ... Read More >>

A Wicked Cool Ride Around the Straits

Get your claws on a boat tour unlike any other
You expect to see boats around Mackinac Island in summer. Sailboats, power boats, cruisers, and the ubiquitous ferries that run residents and guests back and forth across ... Read More >>

Raduno's Butcher's Lunch

Andrea Deibler is the butchery specialist among the highly talented trio of chef-owners at Raduno delicatessen and café in Traverse City. “We source locally and humanely raised ... Read More >>

Sounds of Summer Start Now

Blues, classic rock, and island music alongside the water in Charlevoix
The summer music season gets underway with the Round Lake Music Festival in downtown Charlevoix May 25–27. Three bands each on Saturday and Sunday will provide the ... Read More >>


The 16th floor of the Grand Traverse Resort’s tower is a perfect place to enjoy the changing scene that spring is bringing — and not just outside ... Read More >>

Rehearsal for a Line 5 Failure?

Line 5 is threatening the Straits of Mackinac
When an anchor strike punctured an underwater pipe in the Straits of Mackinac on April 1, releasing an estimated 600 gallons of a petroleum-based fluid into the ... Read More >>


Master Storyteller Richard Russo

  Richard Russo, Pulitzer prize-winning author of a dozen widely read novels and eight screenplays, comes to the National Writers Series stage at City Opera House on Friday, June 8, with his first book ...

May 19, 2018 | COMMENTS


Mammoth Distilling’s Wooly Rye

First, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way: Mammoth Wooly Rye Reserve is 92 proof, 46 percent alcohol, and contains 88 percent pure Michigan rye — the rest is brewer’s malt. The ...

May 12, 2018 | COMMENTS


Oakenfold, Ahmed, Voorn, Remix Paul Simon Tunes

Eleven EDM/DJ and dance music artists are teaming up to revamp songs from Paul Simon’s classic Graceland album for a new remix album simply called Graceland: The Remixes. The album, which will be ...

May 19, 2018 | COMMENTS


A Billion Here, A Billion There ...

  The Department of Defense got a big raise for 2018 and 2019. Their budget, now beyond $700 billion annually, means our defense budget is larger than that of the next seven countries ... combined ...

May 19, 2018 | COMMENTS

Virtual Express



Welcome to the Neighborhood Bars of Maxwelltown

  There used to be more bars in Manistee, per capita, than anyplace else in the state. Or at least, that’s how the story goes. “People like to say that, but it’s never really been substantiated,” said Mark Fedder, executive director of the Manistee County Historical Museum. ... Read More >>

Eat Your Way from Mackinaw to Manistee: Summer's Restaurant Road

The 150-mile section of US-31 that stretches from Mackinaw to Manistee is one of the most scenic and historically interesting routes you’ll find anywhere. And our warm-weather months are a great time to experience its timeless allure. Winding through forests and fields, along the Lake Michigan shoreline ... Read More >>

Devo Gets Unmasked

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale are releasing two new books about Devo the band that will showcase the band’s growth over the years. The two volumes, titled "Devo: The Brand" and "Devo: Unmasked," will hit stores on July 13 (they’re both available for preorder now at ... Read More >>

Moomers' Ice Cream Flights

Moomers, situated on a knoll overlooking the Plummer family dairy farm just west of Traverse City, makes over 160 flavors of premium ice cream. Granted, the shop’s display case can only accommodate about 20 of those daily, but still…it’s so hard to choose! The happy solution: an ... Read More >>