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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine May 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.
savoring spring days

FOR A LONG TIME, I HAD TWO FAVORITE DAYS that aren’t holidays—the summer and winter solstice. Summer is obvious, the longest day of the year, and picture-perfect for celebrating outside as the last color eases away at what seems like midnight. Who could not relish the summer solstice? I love the winter solstice, but not for the reasons so many do—for most, it's that the shortest day of the year means the next day we begin our return to light. Don’t get me wrong. I love that. But the winter solstice for me is about stopping to be grateful for all that the dark mornings and evenings offer my life. Unlike the summer solstice, spent wringing every last glorious moment out of time on the lake or at the beach, the…

3 min.
morel madness

IT’S MAY, AND THAT MEANS WE’RE HUNTING for morels in Northern Michigan. Here we share 13 of the best tips we’ve gathered over the years from foragers and chefs. WHEN TO LOOK • Morel season lasts for five to six weeks. You start with the black morels (look near poplars and aspen) then you have a crossover period with blacks and whites, and at the end of the season, it’s only whites (common near ash trees). During the crossover, that’s when you go to an apple orchard … if you can find one that’s from an old abandoned farm, maybe 100 years old, it’s perfect. • Morels grow best in spring, mid-April to late May, when daytime temps reach around 60–65 degrees and evening temps stay above 50 degrees. This helps to warm…

2 min.
island time

Grand Hotel Over the winter, the property’s Esther Williams swimming pool underwent extensive renovations. When Grand Hotel reopens for the season on May 7, guests will find expanded outdoor spaces for leisure and mingling; 15 reserveable poolside cabanas; a family-friendly area complete with a zero-depth beach entry, water-jet play area and water slide; family-friendly events like dive-in movie nights; a heated whirlpool and a private, adults-only pool area featuring an infinity edge with incredible views of the island. Along with the pool renovation, the pool house is being reconstructed and expanded to contain a fitness center and bathhouse, complete with changing rooms, lockers and showers. Additionally, The Grand will debut a pool bar and kitchen with elevated cocktails and bites. Groups can take advantage of a dedicated area for private events…

2 min.
spring reads

“The Clover Girls” by Viola Shipman Being published May 18, “The Clover Girls” is about four very different girls who become best friends at a Michigan summer camp in the 1980s. Now approaching middle age, the women are facing challenges they never imagined as teens: struggles with their marriages, children and careers. “My novels are meant to be shared amongst friends and family and generations, like the books that were shared with me growing up,” says internationally bestselling author Wade Rouse, who chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, as his pen name. “I want to remind readers to slow down and remember what matters most in life.” “Early Morning Riser” by Katherine Heiny Published April 13, the novel is a love letter to the Boyne City area, taking readers to the Boyne River…

1 min.
may is bike month

Norte, a Traverse City-based, youth-focused nonprofit dedicated to building stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly communities, has lots of ways to celebrate. Let’s ride! ALL MONTH Get Your Bike Rolling at the Community Bike Shop: Norte shares tools, work-bench space, bikes and knowledge. The Clubhouse’s Community Bike Shop is free to all Monday–Friday, 10–6, and Saturday, 10–2. MAY 1 Bicicleta Launch at Silver Spruce: Silver Spruce Brewing Company is re-launching their “Bicicleta” brew May 1 and offering it for one month only. $1 from each pint will benefit Norte. MAY 2 Previously Loved Bicycle Yard Sale: Norte’s annual yard sale is open to the public. You’re invited to sell an old bike or pick up a previously loved set of wheels. Proceeds support Norte’s Kids Bike Library. MAY 3 Norte Youth Mountain Bike Team Practice: The…

4 min.
birchwood farms

SPRING AMONG BIRCHWOOD FARMS GOLF AND Country Club’s 1,600 acres of rolling hills brings verdant forests blooming with trillium and dotted with morels. Come October, forests of fall color frame Lake Michigan views; in winter, trails amid silent pines are groomed for outings on skis or snowshoes. Birchwood Farms has long offered access to this landscape packed with solace and fun to Birchwood residents; now, for the first time, anyone can enjoy the scenery as well as the thriving community of friends. Head to the clubhouse, comment on a euchre game that’s underway amid a lot of laughter, and you’ll likely be invited to pull up a chair. Then round the corner and find yourself asked to join a group for drinks at the social hour following an impromptu women’s golf…