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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine December 2020

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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.
home for the holidays

When I was a child, we spent every other Christmas at home. In the off years, Santa came to our house early, which never, ever felt right. Then my parents would load us at 4 a.m., sleepy and rumpled, into the station wagon where we’d snuggle like kittens on the foam pad in the back, and my dad would drive the 14 hours to his hometown in southern Illinois. I tried not to be too jealous when Santa actually came to my cousin’s homes on the real day. My favorite Christmases were the occasional years my grandma, aunts and uncles would come and spend the night at our house. One year, the adults had a bit too much of my dad’s “Moose Milk,” and when I saw the photos later, my…

3 min.
the magic of shopping small

Built in 1935, the stone building has been inhabited by various businesses, including two other toy stores over the years. Generations of local and seasonal families have walked through the front door in search of gifts and games for more than 25 years; children now accompanying their parents and grandparents who share fond memories. When Becky bought the shop, she initially didn’t intend to continue selling toys, but after listening to the community, she decided to preserve the joyful legacy, allowing herself and her customers to discover the store’s magic. As an independent specialty toy shop, you offer a lot of items you can't find at a box store. Because I’m so limited in space, I don’t carry large or licensed lines of toys like big box stores and Amazon do. I…

2 min.
u-cut christmas trees

NICKELSON’S CHRISTMAS TREES | LUDINGTON At Nickelson’s, it’s not uncommon to meet people who’ve cut their tree here every year for 20–30 years. Established in 1956, the farm also sells festive Christmas signs made with barn wood and hosts wreath-making parties on weekends in November and December. Reservations are required for wreath-making, and the popular event often sells out, but if you’re interested in setting up a weeknight party, send Charlotte Nickelson a message via Facebook. For more information, follow the farm on Facebook or call 231.843.8524. LUTZ FARMS | KALEVA The Lutz family has been farming near a small village in Manistee County for 125 years—starting with cattle, then transitioning to fruits, vegetables and Christmas trees. Today, they operate two U-Cut farms—in Kaleva and Bear Lake—and three retail locations in the Detroit/Lansing…

1 min.
a thriving region

It’s impossible to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Traverse without also honoring the small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have supported our mission throughout the years and who make Northern Michigan such a special place to live and visit. Each month we’ll continue to share these important anniversaries in print, and you can find the full list at —A.J. 29 YEARS Cottonseed Apparel, Glen Arbor 28 YEARS Trisha Witty Fine Art, Harbor Springs Good Harbor Coffee & Bakery, Traverse City 26 YEARS Bayshore Resort, Traverse City Karen Youker Photography, Buckley Judy Levin, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, Suttons Bay Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, Frankfort, Beulah 25 YEARS Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville Surroundings, Manistee Crystal River Outfitters, Glen Arbor Garden Goods, Traverse City 24 YEARS Taylor True Value Rental (Bishop Family), Petoskey Cup of the Day, Sault Ste. Marie Otsego County Sportsplex, Gaylord…

2 min.

TUE 1 NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING #GIVINGTUESDAY TUE 1 CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE MARKET A festive shopping experience featuring more than 30 local artists and makers. Browse a curated selection of handmade gifts Nov. 19–Jan. 2. THU 3 AN EVENING WITH ALBERT WOODFOX Woodfox’s book "Solitary" is the extraordinary saga of a man who, despite spending four decades in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit, inspired fellow prisoners with his humanity. The free virtual Zoom event is hosted by Traverse City’s National Writers Series. FRI 4 HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS St. Ignace’s annual holiday event includes a special parade with Santa, treats, crafts and tree lighting. FRI 4 FARMLAND 5K & FREE FOR ALL BIKE Traverse City Track Club has created a unique hybrid virtual race to avoid crowds during the pandemic. Run or bike the 12-mile course at a time that’s…

3 min.
give the gift of an up north getaway

SNOWSHOE SLEEPING BEAR The Homestead, a family-friendly ski resort in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, has everything you need for a perfect winter getaway; breathtaking ski and snowboard runs with views of Lake Michigan, a serene spa and a stocked wine cellar at Nonna’s (one of several on-site eateries) where Chef John Piombo serves authentic Italian cuisine. The Glen Arbor resort even has a fleet of cross-country skis and trails that connect the property to the national lakeshore, which, when winter comes, transforms into a wildly stunning snowscape. Miles of trails lace the lakeshore (find maps at, but Pyramid Point (a 5-minute drive from the resort) is always a must-visit. The trailhead parking lot is seasonal, so leave your car about a half mile away next to…