Author: Mike Norton

A former newspaper writer, Mike Norton was the media relations manager at Traverse City Tourism. He loves to walk, bicycle and kayak in the three seasons when our water is usually in liquid form. For the rest of the year he prefers snowshoeing and skinny-skiing. 

 

Traverse City Beer Week is nearly upon us. Once again, we'll be enjoying this week-long parade of tastings, dinners, games, workshops and lectures -- all devoted to our area’s celebrated craft beer industry and its many microbreweries, brewpubs and craft beer taprooms. Now in its fourth season, it’s scheduled for Nov. 11-17 this year.

It’s important to know where you should go to see the best display of fall color. After all, a true foliage connoisseur knows that it’s not just about finding a bunch of trees in full flame. It’s a matter of finding that perfect spot with just the right balance of tone and hue, with a proper framing and at least one interesting feature – a barn, perhaps, or a body of water -- to add a little artistic flair to the scene.

Quick! Which of the 50 states has the most lighthouses? Maine? North Carolina? California? Florida?

Answer: None of the above. It’s the state of Michigan, hundreds of miles from the nearest seashore, but with more than 3,000 miles of coastline -- more than any other state except Alaska. During the