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Travel & Outdoor
Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine January 2020

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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in this issue

5 min.
a rink in time

We weren’t really skaters when we decided to make an ice rink each winter, first on the lake and then in our yard. We love winter and with three boys and a tomboy, skating right outside our door was just a dreamy vision. And it was … most of the time. Our journey to skating bliss was fraught with joy and challenge: Marital challenges (it’s amazing how crazy you can become over smooth ice), one bout of stitches, one broken arm (mine), dozens of lost hockey pucks, hundreds of flaming cheeks and giddy grins, untold gallons of hot cocoa, breathtaking full-moon skates and three homemade Zambonis the second of which involved visible flames. When you live on an inland lake in Northern Michigan, winter brings a wide-open playground. We’ve skied across it…

3 min.
meet chelsey skowronski

You really love poppies! Yes! My whole family lived in Cedar. I grew up on my parents’ farm and down the way was my grandparents’ house and upholstery shop. When I was 12, my mom let me ride my bike to visit them. That’s when I first noticed the Poppy House. I became obsessed with it, detouring there every trip. It’s on seven acres with a beautiful view of Lake Leelanau. A little white farmhouse. I went there to pray, journal, sketch. I remember one day the poppies just burst open—Oriental poppies are bright red-orange with a black center. They’re fairly hard to grow, but once they find land they like, they really take to it. Between the pleats and colors … I was amazed. How did Poppy Things go from dream…

2 min.
the revival of northern libraries

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."—Albert Einstein ELK RAPIDS DISTRICT LIBRARY 300 ISLE OF PINES, ELK RAPIDS | 231.264.9979 A white footbridge across the Elk River connects this beloved historic library to the center of downtown. Built as a private residence in the 1860s, the library was originally known as the Island House. Katherine Dexter McCormick gave the home to the village in 1948 and it became the library in 1949. Today, a $5 million capital campaign is underway for a 6,300-square-foot addition, including a program room, adult reading area, children and teen areas, and a deck overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay with outdoor seating. The plan also calls for the restoration of several historical elements of the Island House such as the parlor,…

9 min.

Look for this symbol in our events listings and get your tickets at WED 1 NEW YEAR'S DAY SAT 4 And More | Experience Black Star Farms in its winter splendor at the Snowshoes, Vines & Wines event held every Saturday. Warm up with wine and food after exploring the trails. WED 8 Kids | The Peninsula Community Library offers yoga and mindfulness for children ages 3–5 on the second Wednesday each month. SUN 12 Sports | In appreciation of local patronage, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands are offering a full day of FREE, all-access skiing and snowboarding to residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties. FRI 17 Theater | Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse presents Indecent, Paula Vogel’s haunting drama of artists who risk everything. Jan. 17–Feb. 1. SUN 19 Sports | The Fat…

2 min.
ski out your door

DESTINATION ON THE PINES, GAYLORD Book rental number 305 and up to 10 people can ski directly onto the 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) of ski trails that wind around Lake Michaywe, including a lighted loop for nighttime skiing. PINECONEVACATIONS.COM ROCKY TOP FARMS, ELLSWORTH All four seasons are magical at Rocky Top Farms, a working cherry orchard with several vacation rentals. The custom-built Treehouse sleeps six and the sweet one-bedroom Little Cabin sleeps two. The owners groom cross-country trails on the property, and for après-ski ahhhs, there's a shared six-person outdoor hot tub. ROCKYTOPFARMS.COM SAARI HOUSE, IRONWOOD ABR Ski Trails is a full-service ski touring center boasting 75 kilometers of trails on more than 1,100 wilderness acres in “Big Snow Country.” Choose skate or classic trails; there are even areas for snowshoeing and skijoring. On-site rentals…

4 min.
six degrees

I hadn’t seen the sun in a full 12 days. It was late winter, and even the most diehard outdoor enthusiasts were thinking about leaving Northern Michigan, maybe for good. I could get to the lake before the sun finished coming up, if I hurried. Six degrees. A sparkling, crisp, still, six degrees. The trailhead parking lot was empty, the snow crunching under my tires, loud, over the engine. With no fresh snow and nothing but packed, solid white ground, sound traveled everywhere in an instant, the slightest movement like spilled marbles on hardwood. I pulled cleats on over the soles of my boots. I was off, a burst of pink jacket in the stark quiet. The trail wound through the woods, gaining on the lake with every curve to the right. I…