January 17, 2021

Eric Cox | Author


Nub’s Pale Ale

Jan. 9, 2021

After a day carving up some fresh powder, it’s nice to soak in some quality suds and watch the tide of humanity play in the snow. At Nub’s Nob near Harbor Springs, one can recline with the ski resort’s own signature beer, Nub’s Pale Ale ($6/pint).
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Bill and Carol’s Time Out

Jan. 9, 2021

Resort communities such as these we call home can sometimes feel like they’re smothered in high-dollar burgers, fancy sandwiches, and other high-end culinary creations. While delicious, those upscale plates aren’t always attainable — especially now.

Thanks, t... Read More >>

Moose Jaw Junction, Larks Lake

Jan. 9, 2021

America is speckled with little hole-in-the-way places that sometimes make our culinary hearts go pitter-pat. These little bars and restaurants can often be found in the most rural, out-of-the-way places, where there might be as many poor or mediocre joints as there are good ones.

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The Legendary Moose Jaw Safari

Jan. 9, 2021

The nation’s longest-running snowmobile event – the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club’s annual Moose Jaw Safari – has shown tremendous resilience.

For 54 years, the 30-mile ride has survived frustratingly warm winters and disappointing, low-snow Januaries, cho... Read More >>

Sam’s Graces Vanilla-Blueberry Pancakes

Nov. 28, 2020

According to National Geographic magazine, ancient Greeks and Romans regularly ate pancakes, sweetening them with honey. Much later, Elizabethans enjoyed them as well, flavoring them with spices, rosewater, sherry, and apples. At the newly opened Petoskey location of Sam’s ... Read More >>

My Grandmother's Table

Nov. 28, 2020

Gestures of love come in many forms. Gifting flowers, running errands for a sick loved one, wearing masks, or shoveling out a neighbor’s driveway on a frigid morning qualify.

But one loving act stands out for its ability to remain close to our hearts, both figuratively and l... Read More >>

Eagle Spirit

Nov. 7, 2020

Roberta Shalifoe’s pride in her Native American ancestry is never in doubt, but it’s also never more clear than when she talks about her love of “fancy dancing.” The 31-year-old Petoskey resident, a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, is a force of c... Read More >>

Petoskey Fog

Nov. 7, 2020

An offshoot of Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company in Boyne City, North Perk Coffee in downtown Petoskey has a great neighborhood vibe enhanced by reasonable music at a conversational volume. Hardwood floors opposite a vintage tin ceiling railed with track lighting make this friendly little ja... Read More >>

Gabriel Farms & Winery’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Cider

Oct. 17, 2020

So, summer has faded amid the death song of insects and the rustle of changing leaves. Please know, gentle reader, that a warming dose of the temperate season lives on in Gabriel Farms & Winery’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Cider (5% ABV, $7/pint). Each sip of this blush-colored, efferve... Read More >>

Bike to Dinner

Oct. 10, 2020

So many people lament the end of summer in northern Michigan, but if you ask us, the cooler temps and visual wonder of autumn can make outdoor adventures Up North even better. For those itching to roam on these crisp days, here are three sure-to-move you options for two-wheel color tours ... Read More >>

Snickerdoodlz’ Pumpkin-NY Cheesecake Froyo

Oct. 10, 2020

Like crisp, brown leaves on an October lawn, autumn in the Midwest is strewn with pumpkin-flavored sundries that come in all shapes and sizes. But, at Petoskey’s new self-serve frozen yogurt shop, Snickerdoodlz (2700 Anderson Rd., Petoskey), that ubiquitous fall favorite has&nb... Read More >>

Down on Main Street

Oct. 10, 2020

In the cozy confines of a small-town Main Street restaurant, a casual but discerning diner can often find bliss.

It might come in the form of great coffee, a deliciously fluffy pancake, or a glowing vintage jukebox.

But at Turkey’s Cafe & Pizzeria in Harbor Sprin... Read More >>

Sowing the Seeds of Sovereignty

Oct. 3, 2020

The Little Traverse Bay Band (LTBB) of Odawa Indians is using its green thumb to press a tribal hot-button issue: food sovereignty.

The tribe’s mission to become food independent took root four years ago at Ziibimijwang Farm, a 300-acre former pumpkin farm a few miles west o... Read More >>

Walloon Lake Winery’s Windemere

Sept. 5, 2020

If there was ever a wine custom-made for a breezy, sunny, late-summer day, Walloon Lake Winery’s Windemere ($20 bottle), a white, three-grape field blend culled from Petoskey’s La Di Dah Vineyard, must be the one. With only a hint of sweetness in its pale-yellow depths, Windem... Read More >>

Mike’s Favorite Grilled Cheese

Sept. 5, 2020

Each bite is a cheesy revelation of creamy, savory, crunchy goodness. Heavenly harmonies resound as cheddar and American cheeses mass with salty bacon and ham. When the perfectly grilled bread is parted, a divine creation is revealed: Cheese & Co’s supreme being, Mike’s Fa... Read More >>

Mammoth’s Vodka Collins

Aug. 29, 2020

Mammoth Distilling’s new Bay Harbor Tasting Room, 4181 Main St., is a great place to sit up straight. And that’s exactly what you’ll do when you down a refreshing Vodka Collins ($9) on a hot summer day. Triple distilled, smooth and toothy, Mammoth Vodka (80 proof) gives ... Read More >>

The Mountain Bike Gang that Could

Aug. 29, 2020

Standing around talking after a 2012 ride, Boyne City cyclist Steve Schnell and some of his friends lamented Northern Michigan’s lack of mountain bike trails. While mountain biking amenities were growing steadily downstate, there seemed to be little advocacy for trail development in... Read More >>

Up in Smoke’s Tequila Sunrise

Aug. 22, 2020

It’s basic, but bold. A classic cocktail and a mainstay on drink menus across the land, the time-tested, always colorful, and ever-popular Tequila Sunrise ($6) is a sight for sore eyes on any sweltering summer day, and at Up In Smoke Barbecue & Catering in Petoskey, this co... Read More >>

Crow's Nest

Aug. 22, 2020

State Road stabs northward from Harbor Springs, winding and rolling through thick forests, eventually terminating at Cross Village, near the tip of the Mitt. But, a few miles south, before that well-known stop, is an out-of-the-way little restaurant that serves pan-fried yellow lake perch... Read More >>

Dutch Oven Bakery’s Cinnamon Bread

Aug. 15, 2020

Put it in the toaster. Smear it with butter. Use it for French toast. It matters not how you eat this decades-old bakery’s famous cinnamon bread — so long as you eat it, as locals have been gratefully doing since the 1930s. Dutch Oven Bakery (and café and deli), located... Read More >>