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Lynda Wheatley | Author

The V.I. Grill’s Grateful Dead

June 12, 2021


We assumed there would be no way to improve upon our early summer ritual of basking in the sun at Suttons Bay beach, then flip-flopping our sandy feet across M-22 to sip a cocktail at the the V.I. Grill’s summer patio bar. Then we tried the Grateful Dead. And we were ... Read More >>

Do Not Go Dumbly into This Good Summer

June 12, 2021

Summer brain drain — aka the “summer slide” — is the theory that students stop learning and sometimes even forget much of what they learned during the school year, and — get this — research shows it’s a real deal.

Before you...

Gifts for Dad

June 12, 2021

A card, a case of beer, a big hug or handshake — most dads don’t require much fanfare on Father’s Day (June 20 this year). But if you’ve got one who always goes the extra mile for you, maybe this year you’d like to get a little something extra for him too. He... Read More >>

Broomstack’s Cubano

June 12, 2021

You might expect a former schoolhouse turned restaurant and curling facility would be more sedate in its dining options. Or at least, with primarily Scottish or Canadian fare — the former said to be the early creator of the game; the latter its adoptive obsessor. In any case, you&rs... Read More >>

Harry Connick Jr., Young Americans, The Accidentals & Sawyer Fredericks

June 12, 2021

And the hits just keep coming. Interlochen Center for the Arts (pictured above) has announced the return of its Interlochen Arts Festival, albeit in abbreviated for, for August.

Tickets will go on sale June 22 here&n... Read More >>

We Like Big Boats, and We Cannot Lie

June 12, 2021

Since buying your own yacht isn’t likely this year due to supply and demand issues, what’s the harm in dreaming bigger? The best place to do it is Bay Harbor June 18–20. That’s when the village hosts its annual In-Water Boat show, an event that draws dozens of droo... Read More >>

Makers’ Markets

June 5, 2021

Whether you're interested in adding to your art collection, looking for that special gift, or hearing your mother-in-law hiss too loudly in your ear a half-dozen times, “Oh, I could make that!” you’ll want to check out the variety of summer art shows held across northern... Read More >>

Frankfort Elberta Feeding Frenzy

June 5, 2021

As if you needed another reason to visit two of the sweetest lil’ beach and bayside towns Up North in June. Nevertheless, Frankfort and Elberta are joining forces to lure you west with a full week’s worth of affordable introductions to their culinary virtuosity. A full 18 eate... Read More >>

Your Super Summer Checklist

June 5, 2021

Know what you’ll do this summer? Make it the best one ever, obviously. The way we see it, with Mother Nature’s cooperation, you’ve got about 12 divine weeks of warm weather ahead of you in one of the prettiest places on earth. Don’t squander a single weekend ahead ... Read More >>

Charlevoix: Fisherman's Island Campsites Re-Opening

June 5, 2021

Anyone trying to book a full weekend at a state campground site anywhere in northern Lower Michigan this summer can officially go by the initials S.O.L. [Slowly, sadly raising a hand.] Rather than spend your Thursday nights stalking the state’s online reservation system for last-min... Read More >>

Detroit Blues on Elmbrook GC's Patio

June 5, 2021

Like at most golf courses, you’re encouraged to keep quiet on the tee at Elmbrook GC in Traverse City. But at 7pm June 13 on Elmbrook’s patio, you’re welcome to scream, shout, and rock your heart out. That’s because Elmbrook and the TC Golf Center are bringing in a... Read More >>

The Little Fleet’s Jala at Your Girl

June 5, 2021

There’s only one thing local Traverse Cityians look forward to more than the latest reveal of The Little Fleet’s ever-changing cocktail menu: the latest reveal of its cocktail menu in summer. Always an inventive delight but somehow especially tantalizing when perused at the Fl... Read More >>

Michigan Brew’s Turkey Apple Sandwich

June 5, 2021

One of the North’s hottest spots for fishing is quickly — and wisely, we think — becoming a hotbed of complementary comestibles and local libations. Grayling, home to the Old AuSable and Manistee rivers and has added Michigan Brew to its steadily expanding roster of apre... Read More >>

Happy 30th to Northern Express

May 29, 2021

We don’t normally like to toot our own horn, but we couldn’t let the month go by without a nod to the 30th anniversary of Northern Express. Launched in Traverse City in May 1991 by Bob Downes and George Foster, this local paper was modeled after the nation’s equ... Read More >>

Maxbauer’s Legendary Homemade Bacon

May 29, 2021

(Vegan, vegetarian, and parental advisory: The following write-up contains words, imagery, and soft-core-porn-like references to bacon.)

There’s bacon, and then there’s bacon. And then somewhere up on a pedestal of meat in heaven, we suspect, there’s... Read More >>

Tackle a New Trail & Picnic on National Trails Day

May 29, 2021

Quit trudging up and down that same ol’ backyard trail. The North Country Trail-Grand Traverse Hiking Club is hosting a mini hike-o-Rama in Kalkaska on June 5 to celebrate National Trails Day. You can hop on a guided 7-mile hike that sets out at 8:30am or choose a 2.75-mile hike tha... Read More >>

Celebrate a King … or Just Feel Like One

May 29, 2021

While the rest of what seems like the world boards ferries bound for Mackinac Island’s venerable annual Lilac Festival (running June 4–13 in this, its 73rd fragrant year), you, Limey, shall embark on a far more rebellious pursuit: the June 4 celebration of King George III&rsqu... Read More >>

Bike Night at Boyne Mountain

May 29, 2021

Start your engines! Bike Night and Car Cruise-In returns to Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, 6pm–9pm June 1 and every Tuesday after through August. Bring your favorite roadster, hog, or coupe to The Clock Tower Lodge circle drive — aka your showplace filled with p... Read More >>

Two K’s New World Slushee

May 29, 2021

About a decade back, we tasted our first wine slushee Up North. We liked it so much we bought a special freezer bag to make our own at home.

We don’t remember much of that summer except our bathing suit size went up two elastic (but worthwhile) belt notches, and our kitc... Read More >>

Stockist Cold Brew Coffee

May 22, 2021

Those in a business ruled by deadlines that barrel at you like an oncoming train tend to live or die by their morning (and afternoon and, more frequently than we’d ever admit to our family physician, evening) coffee. Mostly, we die — pot by acidic, stained pot. Those days we u... Read More >>