Author: Kandace Chapple

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“Mom to the rescue!” may well be the war cry at home – and at work – for these regional businesses! March is Women’s History Month, and we chatted with three mothers who’ve built thriving Michigan businesses, and, in some cases, even passed their businesses on to their kids. Read on to hear about Michigan ice cream, wine, and chocolate – could there be a better trio? 

Best local cherry product picks

Monday, February 10, 2020 12:00 PM by Kandace Chapple

Here in the Cherry Capital of the World, we're proud of the little red fruit that could. When you visit Traverse City, you'll see cherries on T-shirts and sundresses. They theme our hotels, drive-in and traditional theaters. You can even find the World's Largest Cherry Pie Pan on Cass Rd!

Floating the Platte River

Friday, July 19, 2019 9:00 AM by Kandace Chapple

You really haven’t “done” the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore unless you’ve floated the Platte River. For those visiting the area, the thought of floating a river on an inner tube might sound crazy. They’ve never done it. They’ve never thought of doing it. But, as they say, when in Rome…

Fun Things to Do with Teens in Traverse City

Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:00 AM by Kandace Chapple


There’s not many vacation plans more daunting to make than those once the kids hit the teenage years. The things that used to work before don’t work as well – and if they do, it’s because you’ve set them free and gone your separate ways. But, never fear. Traverse City is loaded with great opportunities for teens and parents to enjoy outings together – with a little freedom built in.

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