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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CHARACTER ASSASSINATION:

Dean Templeton was a lot of things. Above all, he was a character with a colorful yet often dark past.

Born in Flint, Michigan in 1921 to Ralph and Myrtle Templeton (the second of five children), Dean’s childhood was riddled with neglect, abuse, mental anguish and broken hearts. As an adult, he became consumed with the idea of running for President of the United States and began a cross-country, hitchhiking campaign which landed him in Washington state in 1975. It was there, Dean’s bid and his life abruptly ended at the hands of an assassin. Today, more than 45 years later, Dean’s murder remains unsolved.

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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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Wright at Home in Grand Rapids

Perched on the northeast corner of Madison and Logan streets in the Heritage Hill District – behind a well-manicured bordering hedge – sits one of Grand Rapids’ most unique homes. This gem is known as the Meyer May House, after clothier Meyer May who in 1908 commissioned acclaimed Chicago architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design and build this 3,600-square-foot “Prairie Style” family dwelling.

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Dinner with a View

With a fresh coat of snow on the ground, a carriage drawn by a team of Belgian draft horses treks 2.5 miles through the wooded countryside toward the cozy Elk Antler Cabin. There, a roaring fire and a mouth-watering dinner await. Along the way, guests of Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman are given a rare opportunity to view one of the Midwest’s private elk herds – 35 head – on the resort’s 160-acre enclosed preserve along the eastern edge of the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

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