October 3, 2023

Greg Tasker | Author

The World Is Her...Lobster?

Sept. 16, 2023

If you’ve checked out Gaylord’s dining scene lately, you’ve likely eaten at one of Kat Steinbrecher’s popular family of restaurants.

There’s Mary’s Stein Haus, offering German and American fare. Porter Haus, with a menu featuring steaks, burgers... Read More >>

Bringing the South to the North

Aug. 19, 2023

Over the years, North Country Kitchen and Bar in Suttons Bay (formerly North Country Grill and Pub) has become a favorite among locals and tourists, thanks to its welcoming and rustic vibe and a menu laden with Up North favorites like prime rib and whitefish.

Now, under new owners...

Inside The Alluvion

Aug. 5, 2023

Without a doubt, there are plenty of places in Traverse City for musicians to take the stage and perform: The City Opera House, the Dennos Museum Center, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as countless bars, breweries, and wineries.

But for many local musicians, those op...

What’s on Your Plate?

July 22, 2023

Summer on the Leelanau Peninsula means many things, but for restaurants like Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay and Farm Club, tucked along a rural stretch of a county road outside Traverse City, it’s the bounty of the season. Orchards and farms dot the rolling, bucolic la... Read More >>

The Littlest Cherry Ambassadors

June 24, 2023

As sweet and tart cherries ripen in the orchards surrounding Grand Traverse Bay, an exclusive group of first-graders and their classmates are putting the finishing touches on colorful school floats for the National Cherry Festival parades.

This special group of kids—56 in al...

What’s Happening in Cherry Land?

May 27, 2023

With the cherry blossom season behind us, the age-old question arises: How does the cherry crop look for the summer?

The good news first: Michigan cherry farmers are predicting a robust crop of tart and sweet cherries this year, following some uncertainty about possible damage in ... Read More >>

Family Matters at Burke’s Waterfront

April 22, 2023

With its extensive American menu, lakeside setting, and friendly service, Burke’s Waterfront is a popular stopover for hungry tourists motoring along Route 115 through the outskirts of Cadillac. 

“The lake is busy all year,” says Mary Burke, who opened the n... Read More >>

Histories and Mysteries: The Great Michigan Fire

March 18, 2023

Every schoolchild knows the tale of how Mrs. O’Leary’s cow (supposedly) kicked over a lantern in a Chicago barn, igniting one of the most famous fires in American history.

While the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is a well-known tale, few, it seems, are familiar with the f... Read More >>

The Caffeine-Fueled Growth of Mundos Roasting & Co.

Feb. 18, 2023

When Mundos Roasting celebrated its five-year anniversary with free coffee pour overs earlier this year, the family-founded enterprise had plenty of reasons to celebrate.

From its humble beginnings on Boon Street in Traverse City, Mundos Roasting has expanded to include three Trav... Read More >>

Wine Country Getaway: Planning the Perfect Leelanau Vacation

Jan. 14, 2023

Believe it or not, winter is an ideal season for a wine country getaway on the Leelanau Peninsula. Snow-draped vineyards are as eye-catching in the winter as they are in the summer or fall, and colder temperatures means a welcome change in the cadence of life on the peninsula.

Thi...