February 28, 2021

Lynda Wheatley | Author

Every Dog has its Day

June 13, 2020

They say happiness starts with a wet nose and ends with a tail. We’d be inclined to agree. In tribute to our canine co-workers, who proved to be a 12-week quarantine’s most (only?) tolerable companions, we declare summer’s dog days start now.

Rather than...

Dock Side Brats

June 13, 2020

There’s no shortage of great barbeque up here, but if you’re gonna DIY it, you’ve got to get grilling in true Northern style. First, get a package of Dock Side Party Store’s turkey/pork bratwurst, then, do like owner Matt Hunter does: Boil the brats in beer until a... Read More >>

Good News: Music is in the (Outdoor!) Air

June 6, 2020

As the curve continues to drop, the opportunities to take in live music at some of our favorite summer spaces are rising in number. Lavender Hill Farm (pictured above) near Boyne City has announced it’ll kick off its summer season J... Read More >>

A Big Apple Bagels Picnic

June 6, 2020

When you’re working from home, the edges of the workday are no longer hard stops — tasks start before the coffee’s brewed, it’s easy to log on and get “one more thing” done after dinner. So why not let lunch be a little freeform, too? Our advice: Pick u... Read More >>

Cuppa Joe’s Cold Brew, Dressed to Suit

June 6, 2020

You’ve got to hand it to Traverse City’s Cuppa Joe. Among the first businesses to plant its flag in Building 50 when Traverse City’s old state hospital was beginning its transformation into The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Cuppa Joe has weathered a Starbucks moving... Read More >>

Sleeping Bear Dunes Celebrates 50 Years

June 6, 2020

You might say credit for the Sleeping Bear Dunes goes not to man but to Wisconsin — the Wisconsin ice sheet, that is.

The most recent in a 2.6 million-year span of glaciation cycles surging forth then shrinking back, the Wisconsin began nearly 80,000 years... Read More >>

Q-Tip: Treat Yo’self with Flowers

May 30, 2020

Rumor has it, gardening is the hot hobby of stay-at-home summer 2020. But guess what other backyard pastime never goes out of style, folks? Lounging — cocktail in hand, body in hammock, and eyes at half-mast as much as possible until August ends. For those of us who see our all-too-... Read More >>

Left Foot Charley's Murmur

May 30, 2020

One of our favorite spots in summer, hands down, is Left Foot Charley’s grapevine-lined outdoor patio. With a kiddie sandbox of toys on one side, a small creek babbling by, and the spires of the old state hospital soaring overhead, it is (or was, pre-pandemic, anyway) the place to w... Read More >>

How to Get — and Give — Local Retail Therapy

May 23, 2020

We don’t know about you, but after weeks spent living in sweatpants, and with spring finally receding, we’re hungrier than ever for a summer wardrobe refresh. But before you log on to Amazon Fashion or other far-away retailers for your fashion fix, we beg of you: First envisio... Read More >>

Roast & Toast's Cold-brew Whiskey Sour

May 23, 2020

Sometimes it seems as if Roast & Toast Café started roasting and brewing mighty fine coffee inside its quirky concrete-and-coffee-mug-emblazoned walls before coffee culture was even cool. In fact, May 19 marked 27 years for the venerable Petoskey shop.

A lot has cha...

Ali Ababwa’s Lamb Gyro and Chicken Shawarma Plates

May 23, 2020

In an age where just about everything’s gone virtual, The Kitchen (1249 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City) has still managed to surprise us. It just launched a new virtual takeout/delivery restaurant, Ali Ababwa.

From the taste of the Middle Eastern-inspired food’s robu... Read More >>

Good News: Annual Car Cruise is Ready to Roll

May 23, 2020

Congratulations, northern Michiganders — we’ve flattened one curve, and now we’ve got the green light to corner a bunch of them. The annual Accelerate the Cure — a car-enthusiast cruise hosted by the Northern Michigan Alzheimers Association — is on, and you c... Read More >>

Stuff We Love: A Winning Children’s Book Relevant to the Times

May 23, 2020

Heather Shumaker, northern Michigan mom and author of renegade rule-making parenting books “It’s OK Not to Share” and “It’s OK to Go Up the Slide” just won a 12-state award from the Chicago-based Society of Midland Authors for her debut novel, “Th... Read More >>

The Cooks’ House TV Dinners

May 16, 2020

Every week, 4pm–8pm Tuesday through Saturday, in addition to an insanely delicious assortment of singular takeout dishes, The Cooks’ House offers the most on-point pandemic meal options we’ve seen: a $20 TV dinner for one. Last week was a to-die-for chicken parmesan serv... Read More >>

Join The Pandemic Pedal in Benzie & Alone But Together Bike Ride in TC

May 16, 2020

The biggest annual fundraiser for the Benzie Sunrise Rotary — Bike Benzie’s Up North Bike Fest — just hucked the hole that is COVID-19.

Event chairperson Bill Kennis tells Northern Express “Our amazing sponsors still wanted to contribute to our... Read More >>

How to Honor Memorial Day 2020

May 16, 2020

This year would have marked the 50th anniversary of the longest-running free Memorial Day historical program in the United States: the North’s Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant, in which 400+ “cast members” converge in Mackinac City to dramatize the 176... Read More >>

Bel Lago’s Leelanau Primavera (& More!)

May 16, 2020

It’s always seemed a bit short of a shrift that moms — those bearers of babes, slaves to tantrum-ing tots, and saints for a lifetime — get celebrated one measly day out of 365. Thanks then to three local merchants who, the day after Mother’s Day, announced they&rsq... Read More >>

Good News: Harbor Springs Auction Extended

May 16, 2020

Thanks to an overwhelming response, the Shop & Support Harbor Springs Small Business online auction — which raised $18K for local businesses in 10 days — has been extended another week. Now, you have until May 24 to bid (or sometimes buy outright) items like a sterling sil... Read More >>

Keeping the Taste Alive

May 9, 2020

They don’t call northern Michigan the foodie capital for nothin’. Restaurant seats might remain turned over atop their respective tables for a little longer, but much like our native wildflowers, some of the region’s restaurants are emerging from the freeze — some ... Read More >>

You might actually find a morel mushroom this year.

May 9, 2020

So the world is facing a cataclysmic health and economic emergency. But you know what else? The conditions for finding morel mushrooms have never been better. 1) Spring temperatures are rising. (We think. We’ve been wrong 19 times since March began.) 2) For the first time in decades... Read More >>