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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine November 2019

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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Prism Publications
12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
joy to the small town

The settlers who followed the Native Americans and fur traders to this region were mostly farmers, and for them, community was second only to the richness of the soil. The ability to nurture crops was inextricably linked to the ability to get to town and sell them. Towns offered the chance to meet neighbors, attend church, and get the kids to school when it wasn’t harvest season. And those small towns held small shopkeepers who bought and sold the bounty of all that was grown and made around them, and who also, somehow, provided their community access to critical things that could only be made elsewhere. That so many of our region’s small towns are still in existence today, intact and engaged, is a source of continual wonder, as well as…

2 min.
hometown heroes

Sometimes the most important people and places serving our Northern Michigan communities can be overlooked or forgotten over the years. When it came to the Manistee Fire Department, longtime engineer paramedic Fred LaPoint made sure to get the record straight. “I wanted to find some way to make sure the history of the station and the people who had served was remembered and preserved,” Fred says. After hours of research, his preservation project turned into something more. Fred contacted the Guinness Book of World Records to apply to create a category for “Oldest Continuously Manned Operating Fire Station.” Two years and countless more hours of research later, Fred was able to prove the fire department has been continuously manned and operated since 1889. The station was approved for the record book just…

2 min.
thankful to be a northerner

1 What actor lent his voice to Star Wars’ Darth Vader and to The Lion King’s Mufasa but stuttered as a child, until an English teacher at Brethren’s Dickson Schoolhouse made him recite a poem about grapefruit in class? 2 The world’s first pro hockey team—all players were paid—was founded in what U.P. city in 1903? 3 What jolly fruit has lorded over Beulah’s cherry mecca since 1922, having his perma-grin cut into the tops of pies as an escape for bubbling fruit? 4 On what day did the “Storm of the Century” sweep through Leelanau County, downing thousands of trees and leaving some towns without power for nearly a week? 5 This world-renowned decorator is responsible for Grand Hotel’s wildly colorful rooms and also worked for Joan Crawford and several U.S. presidents. 6 What…

12 min.
november events

FRI/1 Music | Steel & Wood, a traditional bluegrass band, performs in Bay Harbor’s coffee house-style venue at Red Sky Stage. MyNorthTickets.com SAT/2 Sports | The annual Iceman Cometh Challenge brings more than 5,000 mountain bikers from Kalkaska to Traverse City, racing a slightly different course each year. iceman.com SUN/3 And More | Sample mouthwatering wine and food pairings along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail at the annual Toast the Season event, and get inspired for your holiday gatherings. Nov. 2 & 3 and 9 & 10. MyNorthTickets.com SAT/9 Music | The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history. See the Grammy-nominated band at Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee. MyNorthTickets.com SUN/10 And More | Indulge in luscious wines paired with small plates of homemade delights at 12 wineries during the Petoskey Wine…

2 min.
wine country cozy

Chateau Chantal has the feel of a visit to a country manor, and that’s because the owner of the house makes it so. Book a stay in one of 11 hilltop rooms with views of orchards, vineyards, classic red barns and—yes—two bays, and your custom breakfast mimosas will be poured by owner Bob Begin, the same guy who likely stoked your real wood fire the night before. If Bob and his family aren’t serving you directly, you’ll still feel part of it. As one staffer says he tells his friends: If you want to learn a lot about wine, come after the busy harvest when the tasting room takes on the feel of a private class—and retreat. Day visitors can also call ahead to book a private tour and tasting…

2 min.
tucked in up north

WINE COUNTRY RETREAT In the Petoskey Wine Region, crest hills to find sunset views of patterned vineyards, flocks of turkeys, and tasting rooms with varietals that are making waves in regional and national tasting competitions. Waterfront beauty Hotel Walloon was just named best wine country hotel—in the country—in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel competition, which promises that a sojourn in the up-and-coming wine region that surrounds, is both convenient and luxe. Find vintage elegance in breezy porches and classic wainscoting. Amenities include a hearth room with make-your-own macchiatos and outdoor hot tub along the waterfront. Ask at the desk, and staff will have the outdoor heaters ready so you’ll stay toasty even when getting out. HOTELWALLOON.COM; PETOSKEY.WINE SPA GETAWAY Book a treatment, and you can spend all day at Crystal Spa…