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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine February 2021

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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

4 min.
winter wonders

Living in the time of COVID-19 has reaffirmed the things in our lives that bring joy, keep us sane, bring us peace—some in their absence, some because we can still enjoy them. Being outside brings all those things; this winter more than ever. And as has always been true, it’s about coming back home. This defined my twenties, when I could ski out my backdoor and return to a fire still ablaze in the woodstove. But it became an imperative when we had kids. Our family of four kids close in age has always been at its best in the winter when we get outdoors. My husband, Neal, and I clung to that truth as we stuffed chubby, squirmy legs into snowsuits and rifled through the basket for the dinosaur gloves…

3 min.
tapping into maple season

What do you think would surprise people about maple syrup tapping season? How much time and work it takes just to tap. Even though the production season is every spring, there's work to be done all year round in order to be prepared for the intense schedule we jump into once the temps warm above freezing (but still go below at night). Prep for tapping actually starts in the fall. Art gets his exercise by walking through the woods, picking up all the dead trees that have blown over during summer storms and are lying on top of the sap lines. He also looks for breaks in the sap line connections, and repairs as many of the problem areas as he can see. This continues until the first snowfall, and then…

2 min.
st. ignace celebrates 350

1. Native Americans lived along the Straits of Mackinac for many generations before the arrival of the first Europeans. The Museum of Ojibwa Culture sits on land that’s one of the oldest native gathering sites in the western U.S. 2. There are six miles of beautiful, sandy beaches on Lake Michigan within the Hiawatha National Forest that are such a hidden gem, they don’t even have a name. One particularly attractive dune area is found eight miles west of downtown on US-2, from Point Aux Chenes to beyond the National Forest boundary. 3. Hiawatha National Forest encompasses 879,000 acres and touches three Great Lakes: Superior, Huron and Michigan. Visit the information center, and find guided nature trails and a Lake Michigan lookout, at the forest’s St. Ignace office on US-2. 4. St. Ignace…

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. 19 YEARS Saving Birds Thru Habitat, Omena Real People Media, Northern Lower MI & U.P. 18 YEARS Beaver Island Music Festival Leelanau Press, Glen Arbor 17 YEARS Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, Traverse City Field of Flowers North, Northport Kitchen Choreography, Traverse City Boyne City Main Street 16 YEARS Monarch Home Health Services, Traverse City Trillium Shore, Elk Rapids Sullivan’s Harbor Springs Airpark Mackinaw Trail Winery, Manistique Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire 15 YEARS Bay Lavender Trading, Co., Glen Arbor Steel Appeal, Empire Oltersdorf Realty, Suttons Bay Uniquely North, Bellaire Crosshatch Center for Art…

2 min.

WED 3 Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival started in 1922. This year, organizers are working hard to adjust many of the carnival’s outdoor events to follow current health and safety guidelines. Feb. 3–6. SUN 7 Join The Red Dresser Marketplace and Pieces (both based in Traverse City) for The Big Paint, an international online painting workshop. Learn how to use Chalk Paint® and create a painted tea tray with step-by-step instructions. Kits available for pick up at The Red Dresser. FRI 12 The White Pine Stampede is going virtual. Racers can use the Nordic trails at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire from Feb. 1–12, or any favorite trail, to take part in the 10K or 20K classic or freestyle events. SAT 13 A Snowball Target Competition and Frozen Fish Toss are just two of the…

2 min.
ski weekend fun (on & off the slopes!)

GO AU NATURAL Tackle the trails at Grass River Natural Area. The 1,492-acre nature preserve is located 6 miles south of Bellaire. Along with beautiful views of Grass River, there are 7 miles of trails, including 1.5 miles of boardwalk floating above northern fen and cedar wetlands. The Chippewa, Nipissing, Algonquin and Rail trails are groomed for classic cross-country skiing (3+ miles), while the remaining trails are open to snowshoeing. (Watch for whitetail deer and all kinds of wildlife!) Trails are open daily from dawn till dusk and the Grass River Education Center is open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (days vary by season; check online). Naturalists are available to answer questions and take you on a guided hike if you call ahead. TEE UP Golf—yes, golf! Pop into Shanty Creek’s new Topgolf…