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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine March 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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4 min.
the family that hikes together …

For all intents and purposes, the snow had been gone nearly a month. There was a layer of slush on the ice rink. A blazing March sun masqueraded as a source of warmth, and we were in the mood to be believers in spring. Bundling our mildly protesting clan of four kids, ages 5 to 12, into the car, we ventured out in search of fresh air and exercise, maybe even a shoulder-season adventure. Ours was the only car parked at the trailhead for the Pyramid Point trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The boys had brought a soccer ball that bounced off the frozen ruts of the rock-hard trail. We didn’t follow the clockwise trek we know: March called for counterclockwise. Just before the meadow we came upon a…

3 min.
big dipper cookie dough co.

Delish Hot Cocoa New Restaurants Black Stars’ Wine Tech Wee Bee Jammin’s 10th By the time you’re reading this, the number of stores where you can find Big Dipper’s egg-free, edible cookie dough is guaranteed to be out of date. In just two years, the company’s 22-year-old founder, Austin Groesser, has managed to land the company’s made-in-TC product in the refrigerator cases of 725 stores across the country. But he confided in us that the explosive path to success has been a rocky ride. So, slow-and-steady seems to be the course for most small food startups. But with the cookie dough, you really seem to have your foot on the accelerator. Well, ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to start a business. My dad passed away when I was…

1 min.
wee bee jammin’s big birthday

It’s been 10 years since one of our favorite off-the-beaten-path familyowned businesses got its humble start in an incubator kitchen. Fast forward to today and you’ll find the hand-crafted jams, honeys, and other items from Bear Lake–based Wee Bee Jammin’ in more than 200 stores across the country. Owner Simone Scarpace credits their success to never biting off more than they could chew, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have big dreams. Case in point: WBJ’s plans for expansion include a new brewery next door to their cozy storefront on Norconk Road.…

1 min.
taste it

Northern Michigan continues to add new restaurants to the already crowded roster, and diners saw several worthy newcomers in the past year. Fuji (Traverse City) pairs an enormous sushi menu with reasonably priced Hibachi lunches and other Japanese favorites. For Mediterranean-inspired eats, you’ll find plenty of choices at Calypso Mediterranean Grill (Traverse City), where the menu also includes a lengthy list of craft beers, wines, and house cocktails. Elsewhere in TC, we’re loving Milkweed, the new street food–focused project from the folks who brought you The Cooks’ House; and looking forward to the launch of Third Coast Bakery’s new brick and mortar, focusing on gluten-free baked goods. Farther up the Lake Michigan coast, Colin’s Corner Cafe (Harbor Springs) dishes up some tasty breakfast and lunch options, but the real draw…

1 min.
black star farms brings the tech

Northern Michigan already has earned renown for white wines, but the short, temperate growing season has always made heat-loving reds a tougher lift for Up North vintners. But Black Star Farms has a new high-tech tool that could allow winemakers in the region to produce fuller-bodied, darker vintages. Last year, the Traverse-area producer fired up a half-million-dollar “flash détente” processing system, which, among other things, ruptures the grapes at a cellular level and releases all kinds of otherwise hidden, deeper qualities in the fruit. “Rather than being lean, tart cherry, or raspberry in their profile, the wines might be more dark cherry, or blackberry, or black currant,” says winemaker and Black Star GM, Lee Lutes. He says the flashed reds will still be identifiable as Michigan wines, but with the…

4 min.

Look for this symbol in our Events listings and get your tickets at MyNorthTickets FRI 2 And More | The Golden Dragon Acrobats’ amazing artistry, beautiful costumes and props provide a visual feast. Milliken Auditorium, Traverse City. 231.995.1055, SAT 3 And More | Suds & Snow, the ultimate party in the woods, returns with beer, wine, cider, local food and winter fun. Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City. 231.947.2770, SUN 4 And More | Harbor Springs Restaurant Week offers delicious specials all week long: March 2-11. 231.526.7999, WED 7 Art | Glen Arbor Arts Center exhibits Works In Cloth 2015-2017, fiber constructions by Leelanau County artist Molly Phinny. Visit anytime in March. 231.334.6112, SAT 10 Sports | Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race winds through the trails of Mt. McSauba and North Point Nature Preserve in Charlevoix. Don’t…