In my 20-plus years as a wine journalist, educator, and wine taster, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the perfect approach to wine and food pairings. I even co-authored an entire book on it.

I feel passionate about putting wine into a real-life context rather than expecting non-industry people to taste wine in a sealed void, and since most people drink wine with food and find it’s the most fun and least complicated way of getting to know different styles and varieties of wine, it makes sense that I and they consider wine pairings advice valuable.

The Fourth Up North

Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00 PM by Hannah Schramski

It’s the most patriotic time of the year: The Fourth of July! There is no better place to spend it than Traverse City; the Midwest Caribbean.

With so many events taking place this July, including the beloved National Cherry Festival, you’ll be guaranteed an action-packed holiday getaway. Prepare for an unforgettable summertime celebration of our American freedom. 

Good Traverse City Reads

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 4:00 PM by Mike Kent

Readers of the new release from the wildly popular New York Times best-selling writer, Emily Henry, may find themselves a bit confused. The just-out novel, “Funny Story,” takes place in the fictional town of Waning Bay. For good reason, Waning Bay sounds a lot like Traverse City. Henry will be the first to tell you that Waning Bay was inspired by Traverse City and its neighboring towns. 

While titled the Most Traveled Person of America, having covered the fifty states well over twenty times, I had yet to visit the small town with a mighty name, Traverse City. Decades in the making to complete a lifetime milestone to visit every pinpoint on the U.S. map, I drove from my home state of Oregon, where many features like the Columbia River Gorge and Cannon Beach feel like you’re observing all the world’s natural beauty in one place, I felt a similar sentiment about Traverse City. Instead, spotting all the fine features of small-town America in one destination. 

Guardian of the Plover Galaxy

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 12:00 PM by Mike Kent

Alice Van Zoeren stands to watch on the sands of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. She has come to these shores for 17 years as a guardian. She searches to find, defend and protect the endangered bird known as the Piping Plover. 

Yay! It’s officially spring. Over the next several months there will be lots of days full of sunshine and swimming, beaches and boating, festivals and fall color, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing...the list could go right through to next winter.

With so many ways to experience the beauty of Michigan’s upcoming seasons, it can help to make a list. So, here are seven classic activities for a healthy dose of Mitten State fun: 

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