March 20, 2019


Spring Break in Your Own Backyard

Under-the-radar indoor and outdoor adventures Up North
By Ross Boissoneau | March 16, 2019

You’ve sprung ahead, and now you’re looking to spring somewhere nearby.Not to worry. The region offers plenty of fun. Sure, you can do the usual: Traverse City Children’s Museum, Kilwin’s chocolate factory tour in Charlevoix, bowling and laser tag at Traverse City’s Incredible Mo’s, or hitting the slopes where there’s still snow — but if you’re looking for less crowded, under-the-radar options for family fun Up North, try these:  Call of the Wild ... Read More >>

Metal Scrapper Murder

Trading scrap for cash and drinking hard, two scrappers turn on a third and are charged with murder.
By Patrick Sullivan | March 16, 2019

The day that 64-year-old Frederic resident Dennis Everson went missing was a busy one for his two partners. The pair, downstaters who salvaged and soldscrap metal with Everson, made several hauls, according to records investigators dug up. For Matthew Franklin Smith, 37, the day — July 2 — started off at the B&B gas station and convenience store in Frederic, where, at 8:34am he bought a pint of Mohawk peppermint schnapps. Just over ... Read More >>

Vitamin D

See what a dose of Detroit does for your system
By Amy S. Eckert | March 16, 2019

Think you can’t afford to head south for spring break? Rethink it. An afternoon’s car cruise from most parts North, the Motor City is hardly the has-been metropolis the unfamiliar like to call it. To those in the know, Detroit is a vibrant trove where historic and of-the-moment imagination meet. Sure, there’s no guarantee it’ll be 80 and sunny, but it’ll certainly be warmer than our neck of the woods — and, ... Read More >>

One-Tank Road Trips

Just 2 ½ hours to a day’s worth of family fun.
By Ross Boissoneau | March 16, 2019

No, it won’t be 80 degrees and you won’t be on the beach. But there are plenty of things to do and enjoy if your break means staying home, or at least nearby. These options for a daytrip/daycation are all within 2½ hours of Traverse City. For starters, head south to Grand Rapids. And yes, while it’s not even close to 80 degrees outside, it is inside to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture ... Read More >>

Sober St. Patty’s

Irish-inspired events for bar-averse folks and families  
By Ross Boissoneau | March 9, 2019

You don’t need to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, and despite what the North’s many packed pubs and bars indicate each year, there are other ways to celebrate the holiday without guzzling a gallon of green beer. Here are our picks for getting in the Irish spirit before and on St. Pat’s: Pre-Patty PartyFirst up, get a little pre-Patty warmup in with Kennedy’s Kitchen, performing at the Bay Theatre in Suttons ... Read More >>

Living the High Life

International pilot, homebrew master, business co-owner, and pianist Chuck Green
By Eric Cox | March 9, 2019

Chuck Green is halfway to James Bond. He’s an international man, but not so much a mystery. The facts: The 43-year-old Traverse City bachelor travels the world as an pilot for United Airlines. And when he’s not aloft, he’s likely hanging out on Cass Road, sipping and selling his own brews while chatting about the art of microbrewing with other local enthusiasts.It’s quite the life — maybe not 007 status, but pretty ... Read More >>

Trattoria Stella

Old World Italian in one of Traverse City's coziest spaces.
By Janice Binkert | March 9, 2019

Without a lot of vision and a big leap of faith, this well-loved and highly respected Traverse City eatery would never have come to be. Opening back in 2004, it was the first and only business in Building 50, part of the former State Hospital — also known as the Northern Michigan Asylum. Although the whole property was under redevelopment at the time, many windows on the floors above the restaurant were ... Read More >>

14 Breweries in One Day

Beer blogger Kevin McKinney sets out to prove what a great beer city Traverse City is.  
By Patrick Sullivan | March 9, 2019

Kevin McKinney started out 2018 with an ambitious goal. He’d started a blog the year before called Michigan Brewery Review, which serves as not only a creative outlet but also a justification to spend his free time travelling the state in search of craft beer. In 2018, he decided to up the ante: He’d attempt to visit all of the state’s roughly 300 breweries in one year. But he soon discovered that too ... Read More >>

“Electric Folk” To Sit Down and Listen To

Young Scots bringing traditional and original tunes to Crooked Tree, Petoskey
By Ross Boissoneau | March 9, 2019

The Scottish band Heron Valley is performing for the first time in the region on March 17 at Crooked Tree Arts Center. The group is comprised of six friends from Argyll: piper/guitarist/whistle player Euan McNab; banjo player and drummer Nick Hamilton; keyboardist Arlene Mackechnie; her brother Alex Mackechnie on fiddle, accordion and guitar; bassist Callum Cronin; and guitarist/vocalist (and fiddler) Abigail Pryde. Pryde explained that they came together organically. “Alex and Arlene are ... Read More >>

Lucky You: Local Brewers Spill Their Go-to Beers

One they brew, and one they buy 
By Craig Manning | March 9, 2019

You won’t catch a Ford salesman tooling around town in a Toyota, but seeing a local brewer tipping back a beer in another’s pub … ? Well, let’s just say it wouldn’t shock us. Local beer culture is a community culture. And be it in the name of love, respect, or research, these Up North brew masters were generous in telling us about the beers they reach for — their own and ... Read More >>

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