Giving Thanks for Life in Northern Michigan

It was Thanksgiving of 2009 when it really sunk in for me…spending five days alone in Empire for the holidays and being at peace with it. This year, I will celebrate Thanksgiving in Walloon Lake at “Mi Storybook Cottage” – where I am blessed and thankful once again for being able to live in such a beautiful place, making a living doing what I love and having the support of my family and friends.

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Explore Northern Michigan’s ‘Tip of the Mitt’ Wine Region Along the Bay View Wine Trail This Autumn

Northern Michigan is an ideal location to experience the changing of the fall colors and the bounty of the season. The 10 wineries that collectively that make up the Bay View Wine Trail are excited to host two weekends celebrating the harvest – November 10-12 and November 18-19.

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Hotel Walloon Awarded AAA Four Diamond Rating

Hotel Walloon is one of only two hotels in Northern Michigan (and only 17 statewide) to receive the coveted AAA Four Diamond Rating. This is the second year in a row that the luxury boutique property, first opened in May 2015, has made the list. The award was presented this spring at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Detroit, in front of a record crowd of more than 1000 hospitality and travel leaders.

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Make it Mackinaw for Memorial Weekend

First held in 1962, the 55th Annual Memorial Pageant Weekend is recognized as the longest-running, free Memorial Day historical program in the United States. This year’s festivities run Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. There is no admission charge for the historical reenactment pageant or related events.

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Nomad Cidery Launches in Northern Michigan

North Peak Brewing Company and Peninsula Cellars have joined forces to create a new joint venture on Old Mission Peninsula. Consistent with the quality and excellence these companies are known for, Nomad Cidery has launched a line of hard ciders in Northern Michigan.

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Acclaimed Photographer Provides Glimpse into Northern Michigan History with Release of 2nd Edition Title  

Nationally-recognized architectural photographer Dietrich Floeter and Leelanau Press publisher Barbara Siepker capture the beauty and essence of 60 summer cottages and the nostalgia enveloping them in a recently released second edition of Historic Cottages of Glen Lake.

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Groundbreaking Planned for July 2 for Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Petoskey

Pure Michigan’s newest cultural arts facility will break ground on Saturday, July 2 beginning at 5pm for a 500-seat state-of-the-art theater complex located along the shores of Little Traverse Bay, in the resort community of Bay Harbor in Petoskey. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts, will also offer a community engagement room, rooftop terrace, donor lounge and more, to be completed in 2018 with limitless opportunities to inspire, entertain and educate.

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