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13 Ways to Get Your Halloween On

Oct. 19, 2019

Which do you prefer: trick or treat? Whether you’re seeking scream-worthy scares or hoping more for candy, laughs, and family friendly fun, northern Michigan has the Halloween event for you. Consider Northern Express your guide to the best Halloween parties, haunted houses, ghost hi... Read More >>

Old Mission’s Peninsula Grill

Oct. 5, 2019

Located almost smack-dab in the middle of Traverse City’s 19-mile-long Old Mission Peninsula, the Peninsula Grill can fairly be described as “off the beaten path” for the majority of Traverse City residents — let alone for those around northern Michigan. From the b... Read More >>

The Right Wine, Right Now

Oct. 5, 2019

What’s the best wine to drink in the fall? How can you get the most bang for your buck at the local wine shop? What trends or challenges are currently shaping the world of wine? Northern Expresstapped three wine experts to find out what’s tasty, trending (and a steal!) locally... Read More >>

Tandem Ciders' Coloma Blue

Sept. 28, 2019

If you’re a hard cider fanatic, and you haven’t visited Tandem Ciders yet this year, now’s the time. The rustic tasting room — located in an off-the-beaten-path barn near Suttons Bay (2055 N Setterbo Rd, 231-271-0050) — has been packed most of the summer. Wit... Read More >>

Homegrown Football Heroes Hitting the NFL & College Turf

Aug. 31, 2019

The end of summer is here, which really only means one thing: football. The NFL regular season commences on Thursday, Sept. 5 with a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The first NCAA college football games of the year, meanwhile, were played last Thursday, Aug. 29. ... Read More >>

The North's New Sex Ed

Aug. 24, 2019

What should a modern sexual education curriculum look like? How much should teachers tell kids about sex in a school environment? And what topics are parents truly comfortable with their kids learning?
These questions have been batted around for years, often with no clear... Read More >>

Traverse City's Silver Spruce Brewing

Aug. 24, 2019

Michigan might just be the craft beer capital of the world, if only evidenced by the types of buildings that have been turned into craft breweries over the past decade. Brewery Vivant, based in Grand Rapids, sits in a space that used to be a church, while Traverse City’s own Filling... Read More >>

The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery

Aug. 17, 2019

Tucked near the end of Leelanau Peninsula, in the quaint, unhurried downtown of Northport, diners will find a restaurant that is among northern Michigan’s best-kept secrets. The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery is a small breakfast and lunch spot located just a stone’s throw awa... Read More >>

Vernors Cherry Pie

July 27, 2019

A cherry crumb pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company is the ideal summer dessert. But if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, try this summertime exclusive: Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Vernors Cherry Pie. Exactly what it sounds like — a classic Montmorency ... Read More >>

So. Many. Gigs.

July 20, 2019

A duo of singer-songwriters, who just so happen to be married, embark on a worldwide tour with one goal: Play a show every day for 365 days straight. Along the way, they experience the ups and downs of touring life, the power of music to transcend boundaries, and whether their commitment ... Read More >>

Where to Dine Waterside

July 13, 2019

No matter what dish or drink you order from the menu, come summertime, it all pairs well with a scenic waterfront view. Fortunately, northern Michigan offers no shortage of such spots. Allow Northern Express to be your guide to some of the best waterside dining experiences in the... Read More >>

Pinkus Münster Alt

June 29, 2019

Last week, 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City made history by becoming the first establishment in North America to tap a keg of Pinkus Münster Alt, from the Pinkus Müller brewery in Münster, Germany. We were on hand to try one of the very first pours, and it did not disappoin... Read More >>

Batch 10,000

June 22, 2019

Looks like 2019 has been a milestone year for Short’s Brewing Company. So far this year, the brewery has celebrated its 15th anniversary and brewed its 10,000th batch. Even if you missed the big anniversary party out in Bellaire in April, you can still get your hands on its ode to i... Read More >>

Keweenaw Brewing Co.’s Borealis Broo

May 18, 2019

Fans of cold brew coffee, take note. The Borealis Broo from Keweenaw Brewing Company — based in Houghton, Michigan — is a brewer’s twist on the popular summertime iced coffee trend. Most coffee-flavored beers are stouts or browns, heavy beers suited to cold winter nights... Read More >>

Northern Michigan's Most Iconic Eats, 2019

May 11, 2019

In early 2018, Northern Express set out to answer a vital question: What are some of the most legendary dishes in northern Michigan?
Through hundreds of recommendations fr...

The New Groom

April 6, 2019

Used to be that the classic black tuxedo was the standard garb for grooms. It was simple and no-frills, while still fancy and formal. It looked good without drawing any attention away from — let’s face it, the focus of the whole affair — the bride and her gown.
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March 23, 2019

In 2018, the Gaylord High School boys golf team didn’t get a chance to practice on an actual golf course until May 6. Less than a month later, the team’s players were teeing off for regionals. Gaylord’s golfers should have been hitting their stride in the ramp-up to stat... Read More >>

Lucky You: Local Brewers Spill Their Go-to Beers

March 9, 2019

You won’t catch a Ford salesman tooling around town in a Toyota, but seeing a local brewer tipping back a beer in another’s pub … ? Well, let’s just say it wouldn’t shock us. Local beer culture is a community culture. And be it in the name of love, respect, ... Read More >>

Ice Man

Feb. 16, 2019

During most of the year, Mackinac Island is a busy, bustling tourist destination, sometimes seeing as many as 15,000 visitors in a single day. During the winter, though, the island is more or less left to the roughly 500 people who actually live there. As the Mackinac Straits freeze over ... Read More >>

Homeschooling Northern Michigan

Jan. 26, 2019

The homeschool movement in northern Michigan is growing fast, moving away from the kitchen table, and making traditional K–12 education anything but. What's homeschooling Up North even like these days? Probably not what you'd think.
It used to be that homes...