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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine July 2018

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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5 min.
summer’s open doors

This column originally ran in August, 2010. I thought of it last night as I stepped out on an early summer night to get closer to the glorious late evening light painting the face the lake. Summer is in its infancy, full of promise and noise and joy. But it was quiet last night, at home and on the lake, and as I stepped out, I instinctively dropped my hand behind me so that the sound of the screen door closing was as soft as the still, summer quiet. The screen doors in our house slam when they shut. They are not the kind of doors that go quietly into the night, gliding gracefully to a soft landing. We have the springs attached, but still, they smack, wood on wood, all…

2 min.
captain mike green

The Beaver Island Boat Company is one of those places where meaningful tenures are still measured in decades and—in Captain Mike Green’s case—family dynasties. The newly christened senior captain started working there in 1975, when his dad, then a captain, needed a deckhand for the summer. Green hasn’t looked back since, and counts himself lucky to be the guy who gets to cross the roughly 25-mile stretch of water, four times daily, ferrying residents, visitors, and supplies to a place his family has called home for generations. When people think of ferries, they probably think of boats packed full of tourists heading to Mackinac Island. But your ferry is a little different, right? Yeah, we don’t have any fudge shops on Beaver Island. There are a few gift shops, but I think…

4 min.
what’s up

MITTEN YARNS SUMMER BOOKS RECS Matt Norcross of Mclean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey is one of our go-tos for summer reading recommendations—and for good reason. It’s not many bookstores, after all, that have a list of titles they’re so sure you’ll love, they actually offer a money-back guarantee. In that collection of sure-bets, you’ll find the book topping his picks for summer reads from Michigan authors: Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter, in which the protagonist, Helena, finds herself in the center of a twisted backcountry survival story set in the U.P. And you’ll get similar thrills from two of M&E’s other favorites: metro Detroit author Josh Malerman’s Bird Box, a horror bestseller that’s now being turned into a Netflix series; and the page-turning Detroit detective novel August Snow, a breakthrough…

1 min.
hang out with us beyond the pages of traverse magazine.

THE BEST OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN More than 65,000 people get The Daily Splash newsletter. One story each day featuring awesome events, vacations, people, recipes—the best of MyNorth. Sign up, free. Summer Grilling Recipes Chicken, trout, ribs, pork chops, veggies, fruit and more! Gorgeous + Fun Summer Travel Ideas Best beaches, trails, campsites & more! JULY EVENT HIGHLIGHT YOUNG AMERICANS DINNER THEATRE Boyne Highlands Resort Shows run through the end of August. for dates.…

20 min.

▴ TIX Look for this symbol in our Events listings and get your tickets at MyNorthTickets SUN 1 Festivals | Day 2, National Cherry Festival Highlights: U.S. Navy Blue Angels over Grand Traverse Bay and National Cherry Festival Arts & Crafts Show on Union Street. THU 5 And More | A special evening benefiting FLOW (For Love of Water) and their work to protect the Great Lakes. Enjoy delicious farm-to-table fare, local beverages and a performance by four-time Grammy winner and NPR's host Chris Thile. ▴ TIX SAT 7 And More | The Boskydel Tribute takes place at Aurora Cellars in Lake Leelanau. Guests enjoy a glass of three different Tribute wines created to honor Boskydel Vineyard, Northern Michigan's first winery, paired with appetizers. ▴ TIX FRI 13 Literary | The ever-popular Adriana Trigiani is the…

4 min.
6 beachside retreats

Omena This picturesque village on the northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula has a lovely public beach (just follow Omena Point Road around the arc of Omena Bay) perfect for spending an afternoon with a good read. Take a walk through the village, home to Tamarack Gallery, where you’ll find works by regional artists. Cap off your afternoon with wine at Leelanau Cellars’ tasting room. Regional fare and a waterside table await at Knot Just a Bar. Check out waterfront rentals for your stay (two-bedroom chalet with loft on Mougey Lake, $230/night, LEELANAUCHAMBER.COM. Pentwater Nestled on the shores of Pentwater Lake where a channel connects it to Lake Michigan, this sweet hamlet south of Ludington has all the makings of a relaxing, sun-kissed getaway. Stroll along Hancock Street for shopping and dining…