July 28, 2021

Lynda Wheatley | Author


OAC Challenge: 30 Days of Creative Wellness

July 24, 2021

August is coming, and the Oliver Arts Center is offering a unique challenge to keep Northerners from sliding into an end-of-summer slump. For the next 30 days, commit to embrace the arts — visual, literary, wellness, and more — by doing something creative for 30 minutes each d... Read More >>

Camp in Chic Style — No Posh RV Needed

July 24, 2021

Used to be that a stay in one of the state park’s rustic cabins or yurts felt like high style for those of us with nylon Target tents. That’s quickly changing. Motivated by the popularity of platforms like Airbnb, and of “glamping” (i.e. glamorous camping) trends, ... Read More >>

Red Mesa Grill’s Fresh Fruit Infusion Margatini

July 24, 2021

If you’re the kind of parent who decides, four days after your 6-year-old learns to ride a two-wheel bicycle and 25 years after you last rollerbladed, that it might be fun to try biking and rollerblading together for three miles on the TART Trail, you’re the kind of parent who... Read More >>

Glen Arbor Art Center's Plein Air Bootcamp Aug. 5

July 24, 2021

Even if you don’t paint, there’s a lot to love about Glen Arbor Art Center’s upcoming Plein Air Weekend. One, it’s a great reason to roam around one of the prettiest peninsulas in the North in search of artists at work. (Hint: The theme of this year’s Quick D... Read More >>

Barrio Tacos

July 17, 2021

The Cleveland-based restaurant chain Barrio Tacos recently opened its doors to its first northern Michigan location, and our hopes were high. With 10+ established spots in Ohio and New Hampshire, one in our own East Lansing, and a menu based almost entirely on tacos, the promise of a Trav... Read More >>

12 Ways to Seize Summer North of the 45th Parallel

July 10, 2021

Summer fades fast in northern Michigan, but there’s one way to make it last: Outrun it. With the 45th Parallel as your starting line, and the woods, waters, and iconic attractions to the north as your course, you can fill what remains of these long but fleeting summer days with the ... Read More >>

Higher Art Gallery: Live Art and Jazz Collaboration Starts July 19

July 10, 2021

A super-sensory summer experience not to miss: From 7pm to 9pm every other Monday beginning July 19, Higher Art Gallery is hosting “Collaboration,” an intimate and entertaining look-and-listen mesh of music and art in action. Picture it: As you roam a gallery teeming with cont... Read More >>

Almost Time to Take in the Vue

July 10, 2021

There are a lot of places to perch if you want to see Charlevoix the beautiful in its summer finest, but we suspect one of the best spots is going to be at Vue, the new wine bar underway at 101 Bridge St., a primo spot overlooking the Pine Channel, its drawbridge, and the many boats bound... Read More >>

Walloon Writers Review’s Latest Edition Out Now

July 10, 2021

The timing couldn’t be more perfect: Our annual North of the 45th issue just so happened to follow the release of the sixth edition of Walloon Writers Review, the annual literary compendium of poetry, short stories, and nature photography inspired by the natural surroundings of nort... Read More >>

Beulah’s Free Concerts Hit the Streets

July 3, 2021

Beulah has a longtime tradition of hosting music in the park each summer, but this year, due to popular demand, the village is taking its free Thursday night concert series to the street. “We are barricading the streets and expect thousands for the free shows,” says event... Read More >>

Nature Needs: Join the LTC Bioblitz July 6–10

July 3, 2021

Calling all nature nerds: The Little Traverse Conservancy wants you! From July 6–10, the organization is conducting a BioBlitz — asking folks to explore a few of its nature preserves or working forest reserves to document the plants, fungi, insects, birds, and cool organisms t... Read More >>

July 8: Cherry Fest Kids Carnival Discount

July 3, 2021

July 3 through July 6 brings the National Cherry Festival fun kids dream of all year: Arnold Amusements Midway — a mecca of carnival rides, carnival games, and carnival food at the corner of Grandview Parkway and Union Street in Traverse City. Thursday, July 8, however, is the day t... Read More >>

North Peak’s Archangel & The Beachcomber

June 26, 2021

We started our evening as we have in so many summers past: Gathered with friends the week before Cherry Festival, enjoying what will likely be the last time for weeks that there’s a minimal wait for a seat on the deck of North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City.

As al... Read More >>

July 4: This Night is On Fire

June 26, 2021

After last year’s nearly null displays of municipal Fourth of July fireworks shows — by the way, shout out to the thousands of never-say-die DIYers who lit their backyards on fire to entertain the rest of us — local town and festivals are back with big plans this Indepen... Read More >>

The Mediterranean

June 26, 2021

Since opening in the Cherryland Center in 2007, Paul Barbas’ Opa! eatery has made a multitude of positive changes — chief among them a transition to becoming a liquor-licensed Opa! Grill & Taproom in its move to a standalone location at Grand Traverse Crossing, across from... Read More >>

Race to Eat Most Cooked Cabbage in 3 Minutes

June 26, 2021

What would you be willing to do to support your local farms and farmers market? We’re pretty sure it can’t compete with the commitment five intestinally stalwart Elberta people are about to undertake: racing to ingest the most cooked cabbage possible in three minutes.
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Stafford’s Hospitality Heads Step Down

June 26, 2021

More than 60 years after his summer job at the 1886-built Bay View Inn evolved into him taking ownership at age 22, the venerable Stafford Smith, along with his longtime business partner, Dudley Marvin, is retiring.

The pair are handing over the reins of their northern Michigan ho... Read More >>

PRIDE Knows No Season

June 19, 2021

Up North Pride usually holds its multitude of events celebrating Pride Month every year in late June, but to keep its diverse range of attendees and locals safe from COVID-19, the group canceled the local celebration in 2020. This year, they’re bringing the whole shebang back &mdash... Read More >>

Minogin’s Indian Tacos

June 19, 2021

Did you ever stop to think how weird it is that, no matter what your ethnicity, you probably eat far more Italian, French, Polish, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, or just about any food from far away countries than you do the food of your own country? We’re not talking about hot dogs and ap... Read More >>

Life on the Margins Up North

June 19, 2021

What’s it like to grow up in, move to, and live, work, or raise children in a place where 99 percent of the population doesn’t look like you? Do you feel like part of the community? Or are you made to feel you don’t belong? Northern Express asked these Northerners to... Read More >>