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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine November 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.
rural route

Our mailbox is at the end of our dirt road, a half-mile from our house. We gave this nary a thought on that sleety November day when we moved our family—two-and-a-half-year-old Ben, one-week-old Peter and our aging dog, Sara—into our little spot on the lake. But we’d never lived with a mailbox farther away than the end of our drive and we quickly found the distance disconcerting. We added coordinating who would get the mail to our hectic daily schedule, lest it be discovered we’d forgotten it just as we’d settled in for a winter evening. On occasion we’d forget. Sometimes we’d leave it, but that was surprisingly hard to do. As we got settled and Peter grew heartier, I began bundling the boys onto the sled for a trip up…

2 min.
up north

TRIBUTES A Toast to Bernie Rink The closing of Boskydel Vineyard last December left the Leelanau Wine Trail void of one of its most colorful characters: Bernie Rink. Rink, 91, retired after operating Boskydel for more than four decades. The homespun tasting room won legions of fans over the years but puzzled newcomers, often taken aback by the owner’s sometimes curmudgeonly ways. Rink is credited with launching the peninsula’s flourishing commercial wine industry, now home to more than two dozen wineries. Created from French-American hybrids, his wines were approachable and affordable. Boskydel wines may be no more, but, fittingly, three Leelanau Peninsula vintners have released tribute wines to Rink. “What a pioneer he was and what an impact he had on all of us,” says Taylor Simpson, co-owner of Good Harbor Vineyards,…

1 min.
joe pera talks with you

Not only has New York comedian Joe Pera’s Adult Swim program garnered respectable ratings and oodles of critical acclaim in its first season, it’s also given viewers a look at life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s one of the year’s most refreshing new comedies, and it’s perfect for parents and kids home from college to watch together after, say, a big turkey dinner. The soft-spoken and endearingly unconventional lead plays a middle school choir teacher, who was born and raised in Marquette and, to quote the character, is “just in awe of Michigan’s geological splendor.” Though filming was split between Marquette and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last year, the U.P. is a clear focal point of Talks With You. Upper Michigan’s largest city is used to familiarize viewers with the kindly, old fashioned protagonist…

2 min.
the pride of ponshewaing

What’s the first thing you would do if you built a 30-foot sailboat in your driveway? Make sure it floats? Okay. What’s the second thing you would do? Take friends and neighbors for a sail? Exactly. And, that’s exactly what Ponshewaing resident Bob Schafer did. After making sure his hand-hewn boat floated and he had the right amount of rocks on board for ballast, he invited his family, friends and neighbors earlier this year to go sailing on Crooked Lake in his yet to be officially named Mackinaw Boat, which is currently simply referred to as “Bob’s Boat.” Bob began building his own boats back when he and his family lived in St. Ignace, between roofing and carpentry jobs. As his skills grew, so did his interest in boats designed specifically for the region, in…

6 min.

SAT 3 Sports | Bell’s annual Iceman Cometh is a challenging 30-mile mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City. SUN 4 Music | Anda Union brings a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles together in a fusion that would make Genghis Khan himself proud. Milliken Auditorium, Traverse City. TIX SUN 4 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS TUE 6 ELECTION DAY THU 8 Theater | Join the Young Company under the sea! Old Town Playhouse presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Traverse City. SAT 10 Festivals | Flapjack & Flannel Festival: 10+ Breweries. 30+ Brews. Pancake pairings, live music, heated tents and good times! The Little Fleet, Traverse City. TIX SAT 10 And More | Toast the Season along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail with wine and food pairings, recipes and holiday shopping. Two weekends: Nov. 3 & 4…

2 min.
big lake drama

LAKE MICHIGAN Let Lake Michigan’s power play out from your elegant Grand Suite at the Inn on Bay Harbor, especially perfect for the way you can gaze at the fireplace and big lake at the same time. Plus, whether the day brings rain or snow, your whole vacation is under one trademark red roof. You’re just an elevator ride from your cocooning lavender body wrap and Petoskey stone massage that comes with the signature Northern Luxury Body Treatment at the on-site spa. Then enjoy the dinner classic of Great Lakes walleye by the massive dining room windows. INNATBAYHARBOR.COM LAKE HURON Settle into the hot tub on the private deck jutting over the beach to savor the Lake Huron spray without even getting a chill. Rooms at Huron House Bed and Breakfast in Oscoda…