Amazing Blues

Friday, June 28, 2024 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

“It’s gorgeous here.” There’s a tone of amazement in his voice as Commander Alex Armatas describes flying over Grand Traverse Bay on his first approach to the area.

With over 4,500 flight hours, Armatas, has seen most of the country from very high levels at very fast speeds. He’s the Commander,

Picture this: the sun painting the sky in hues of orange and pink as it sets over the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan, casting a golden glow on soft, sandy shores.

This is the magic of the beaches in our region, where each stretch of sand tells a story of relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty.

Our region boasts a vibrant culinary scene with Asian Fusion restaurants that combine the various cuisines of different Asian countries to create dishes that will satisfy your taste buds. Whether indulging in a sushi roll or savoring a spicy noodle bowl, you are bound to have a memorable dining experience. 

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. 

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