Visionary Views

Cadillac-born Pierce “Pat” Stocking had a vision and he wanted to share it with others who explored the scenic shoreline in what is now known as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He pictured a series of overlooks atop the dunes where visitors could gaze out, up and down to soak up the unparalleled vistas while also protecting the area’s fragile ecosystems.

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Ale Trail Adventure

Some may think that the designation of “Beer City USA” is something new for Grand Rapids – the state’s second largest city. But beer has actually been brewing here since the late 1830s. Today, the Kent County region boasts about 40 breweries, with about a dozen currently in the greater downtown area.

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A Ticket to Ride

In recent memory, cruising the crystal blue waters of Little Traverse Bay – hugged by the shoreline communities of Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs – has been limited to those who have access to a boat. Now, thanks to the community vision and historical reflection of the Little Traverse Bay Ferry Company, a new water taxi is bringing service back to the region.

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