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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine December 2019

Since 1981, Traverse, Nothern Michigan's Magazine celebrates the best of life Up North through award-winning photography and editorial. Every month, you'll get insider travel tips, regional history, armchair adventure and pristine landscapes. With Traverse Magazine you'll stay in touch with life Up North all year long-wherever you are.

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3 min.
in the moment

I’ve written a December column since my much loved, green farmhouse held just my dog, Sara, and me. Days wandering the snow-dusted hills and valleys of Northern Michigan with friends or family ended with dinner in front of one of our fires, warmth and light dancing against the darkened windows. Or maybe a meal in one of our small towns lit so simply and graciously it felt like entering something magical every single time. I came of age knowing that magic takes untold forms in this place of our hearts. In December, it is found when we wake to those delicate, impossibly formed crystals tucked delicately in the window sash. It is found in winding, snowy roads that lead to small town celebrations. It is found as people put extra items…

2 min.
my snow-filled life

SCOTT’S #1 PIECE OF ADVICE FOR BEGINNER SKIERS? Take a lesson—and take a private lesson. Don't scrimp on yourself. Scott Stillings has worked at almost every resort Up North during his 50+ years in the ski industry, is certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, done weather and ski report radio gigs across the Midwest and was the founder of Nub’s Nob’s ski school. He’s witnessed the evolution of Northern Michigan’s ski culture from its start. In the early days of snowboarding, when it was considered radical and dangerous, Scott and his buddies headed to a steep set of sand dunes next to US 131. “We were crazy,” Scott says, drawing out the last word. “We were rascals with inadequate equipment.” (Which he doesn’t recommend now.) While Northern Michigan doesn’t have massive mountains,…

2 min.
grandfather christmas

The year is 1914. A gentleman with a fuzzy white beard is hunched over his workbench, scraps of wood from previous creations scattered about. Ephraim Shay’s wife had passed away, work was slowing down and he needed a project. Inspiration struck. Over the next two winters, Ephraim built more than 400 sleds for the children of Harbor Springs, so no one was left without a present under the tree. If it was on a child’s Christmas list, it would be made. The sleds, what Ephraim called a “pair of bobs,” were about three feet long, some painted red and green, some with metal runners and some engraved with the name of the recipient, the maker and the year. A machine shop on Bay Street in Harbor Springs is where Ephraim, who held many…

4 min.

MON/1 Kids | Join the magic of the holiday season at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey for Crooked Tree Arts Center’s annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. WED/3 Theater | A yuletide take on popular Broadway show-stoppers, A Holiday Cabaret features songs from the season in a fun, dance-filled musical revue. Schmuckal Studio Theatre at TC's Old Town Playhouse. Dec. 2-4. FRI/5 Art | The Glen Arbor Arts Center celebrates the holidays with Small Works, an exhibition of original art 12” x 12” and smaller, all priced at $150 or less. SAT/6 Holiday | Eight bed & breakfasts between Whitehall, Ludington and Bear Lake deck their halls for the 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Tour, with up to 18 varieties and three dozen cookies available for taking and tasting! Dec. 6-7 & Dec. 13-14. SUN/7 And More…

1 min.
black barn farm and highland roots farm present an old-fashioned christmas

WHEN: EVERY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30–JANUARY 11, 1:30–4:30 P.M. WHERE: BLACK BARN FARM, 6241 N. STATE RD., CROSS VILLAGE This holiday season, step back in time in historic Cross Village, just 15 miles north of downtown Harbor Springs. You’ll glide through the woods on a horse-drawn sleigh pulled by two handsome Clydesdales, Levi and Barney. Then, select your Christmas tree and holiday decorations (wreaths and garland!). Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and do a little holiday shopping, for yourself or friends. You’ll find goodies like homemade pasta, pancake mix, Maple Moon maple syrup, local literature and more in the farm store. Reservations are required. Call Black Barn Farm at 231.526.2486. Entry is $8 per person. Children 3 and under free.…

1 min.
2nd annual west michigan b&b christmas cookie tour

WHEN: DECEMBER 6–7 & DECEMBER 13–14 WHERE: 8 INNS | WHITEHALL, LUDINGTON, BEAR LAKE Visit three charming coastal towns this December, stopping for cookies at eight cozy inns along the way. The halls are decked during the West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour, and merry innkeepers share holiday treats, recipes and decorating inspiration. Many of the inns also have pop-up shops with products from area artisans ranging from honey and coffee to paintings and jewelry. New this year, a portion of the proceeds will support anti-trafficking efforts through a partnership with Ludington’s HumaniTea. (The tearoom and artisan shop provides responsibly sourced teas and gifts from local and global crafters who play a role in trafficking prevention.) On the tour, enjoy freshly baked holiday cookies from each B&B (and the recipes!), a handcrafted ornament from one…