Help Wanted – Lifesaver 

  • Work in isolated area 

  • Schedule is 24 hours a day 

  • Work seven days a week 

  • Save lives in inclement weather 

  • Trim wicks & replenish whale fat 

  • Wages $700 a year 

By today’s standards this may not be the most attractive “Help Wanted” ad to entice you to change your career. But this is exactly what was expected of the early Lighthouse Keepers who kept watch over the Great Lakes in the late 1800s.  

To many of us, summer means getting outside. And whether you’re itching to spend the day on a boat, on the trail, or at a campground, there’s no better place to enjoy the beauty of nature than northern Michigan.

The concert venues were empty. The nightclubs were painfully silent. Even the buskers kept away for the downtown streets where they played for tips. Now, we are on the backside of the pandemic, and music is starting to once again to fill the air of Traverse City. 


Historically Traverse City is closely intertwined with the water. Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bays, lakes, and rivers continue to leave an impression on all who touch this region. That connection to the water can be critical for a business thirsty to grow employees into a team. There are many team-building opportunities here and many of them are connected to the amazing natural resources. The water of the region can revitalize a team, but there are also plenty of excursions on the land that build a business into a team. Here are some of them:

Driving around the Traverse City area means that you’ll come across some spectacular views: pastoral landscapes, interspersed with cherry trees and rows of grapevines, all with the backdrop of Lake Michigan. It’s easy to take this slice of Earth for granted, and forget about the steps it will take to preserve this beauty for generations! Luckily, many wineries and vineyards in the area conscientiously take steps to create a more sustainable future while making delicious wine. Here are a few suggestions on who to check out for your next wine tour! 

For many a perfect vacation is much more than finding a great winery or fabulous restaurant. It’s about tracking down a cool adventure. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon or hang gliding over Lake Michigan (although you can do those things.) Sometimes it’s just being a little more adventurous than normal. So, we outlined three things that could be out of the normal for you.

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