September 21, 2018


Where Have All the Whitefish Gone?

Experts, restaurants and fishermen watching with bated breath
By Al Parker | Sept. 15, 2018

Whether you grill it, bake it, bake it, steam it, boil it, or broil it, Lake Michigan whitefish is one of the most popular — and tasty — dishes available across northern Michigan.                                   Its sweet, light flavor has long made whitefish a staple enjoyed by locals and visitors alike at area eateries. The humble, silvery-brown fish has sustained people in the Great Lakes for centuries and continues to do so.         But ... Read More >>

The Eat List

A "RestauranTour" of where to eat this fall
By Janice Binkert and Kristi Kates | Sept. 15, 2018

Please be seated for these abbreviated versions of the restaurant reviews we’ve featured since our last RestauranTour issue.The Boyne River Inn – Boyne CityThe Boyne River Inn (BRI)’s, origins trace back to 1893, when the city was at the crossroads of flourishing lumber, brick-making, and tannery industries, and the Water Street pub was the place to do business or relax after a hard day’s work. Today, it’s decorated in a time-honored northern ... Read More >>

What The Eyes Don’t See, Dr. Mona Attisha Did

The doctor-detective who revealed Flint’s water crisis coming to TC
By Clark Miller | Sept. 15, 2018

In 2015, Flint pediatrician and researcher Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha began noticing symptoms in her young patients that suggested lead poisoning. Health data from a local hospital confirmed her suspicions: Lead exposures had risen — doubled, in fact — since the introduction of a new source of city water in 2014. Alarmed, she quickly called a press conference. Within days, what became known as the Flint Water Crisis became national news. Faced with ... Read More >>

Health Inspectors

A restaurateur’s best friend — or worst enemy?
By Molly Korroch | Sept. 15, 2018

Each year, every restaurant in Michigan receives a surprise visit from an environmental health sanitarian. Empowered with the ability to both end livelihoods and protect the public, environmental health sanitarians spend their days examining things like expiration dates on food containers and exhaustive checklists of internal cooking temperatures. Sometimes, a single health inspector in Grand Traverse County will visit up to six food service establishments in a day.             Both restaurants and health ... Read More >>

Lose Yourself Among Hartwick’s Ancient Pines

An Ideal autumn daytrip
By Al Parker | Sept. 15, 2018

Covering just a shade under 10,000 acres, sprawling Hartwick Pines State Park is one of the largest state parks in Michigan. Its rolling hills, formed by an ancient glacier deposit, overlook the verdant valley of the east branch of the AuSable River north of Grayling, four small lakes and an awe-inspiring 49-acre stand of Old Growth forest, which gives the park its name. “Some of our trees are 350 to 400 years ... Read More >>

Closing Time

Mackinac Island's hottest hangouts offer a peek into their last hurrah
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 15, 2018

During summer, Mackinac Island receives about 15,000 visitors each day. Come October, the island — whose populations dwindles to roughly 500 permanent residents — comes to a near halt. Horses are ferried to more forgiving climes, the hotels and inns are shuttered, and the usually packed restaurant and bars — well, how do they do it? Closing a place of perishables isn’t as simple as winterizing the pipes and turning out the ... Read More >>

Cadillac’s Up North Arts

One Year In
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 15, 2018

Something was missing in Cadillac.         At least, something was missing if you were the artistic type — or an appreciator of the fine arts.         So the Cadillac Arts Council decided to do something about it.         “A physical building for the arts was something we just didn’t have,” said Mollie Frier, board member of the new Up North Arts Inc.  With input from eight arts groups in the Cadillac area — the Gopherwood ... Read More >>

What Happens When Weed is Legal?

The November ballot proposal looks likely to pass. Here's what it means for northern Michigan.
By Patrick Sullivan | Sept. 8, 2018

Voters in Michigan will decide Nov. 6 whether to legalize recreational marijuana, a measure that observers on both sides believe is likely to pass.What’s it going to mean for northern Michigan? Mark Clark, an attorney who specializes in marijuana at Traverse Legal in Traverse City, said he believes the legal recreational marijuana marketplace will look a lot like the medical marijuana marketplace did before the state cracked down on dispensaries.That means some local ... Read More >>

Shoulder Season Meanders for Locals

Take back your North!
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 8, 2018

The shoulder season of fall is a northern Michiganian’s reward for working their way through another hot, bustling, crowded northern Michigan summer season.          The tourists have departed, the roads and sidewalks are less crowded, the weather is right in that comfortable middle ground between sweltering and freezing. It’s the perfect time to reclaim your roads and trails and become something of a tourist yourself, so take advantage of this slower time ... Read More >>

Less Attila the Hun, More Buddha

Targeting zen with the Michigan Centaurs
By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 8, 2018

The half-horse, half-human centaurs from Greek mythology were famous for their archery skills. The creatures, which also made several appearances in the Harry Potter stories and films, are the inspiration for a group based in Gaylord: The Michigan Centaurs. Their goal is to capture that expertise once again. There are a few differences. For one, the Gaylord-based group isn’t mythical at all. The brainchild of Maryellen Werstine and her business partner and co-founder, ... Read More >>

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