Estate of Elegance

It isn’t often that a place can be regarded as opulent and intimate at the same time, but that is exactly the feeling one gets when visiting the 30,000-square-foot Ford House (fordhouse.org) along the shores of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores.The former home of Edsel Ford (the only child born to Henry and Clara Ford), his wife, Eleanor (Clay) and their four children, was completed in 1928. Inspired by England’s Cotswold storybook cottages, it features sandstone exterior walls adorned with ivy, along with a limestone shingled roof.

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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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Birding Soars in the Straits of Mackinac Area

Birding is currently the second fastest growing hobby in the United States after gardening, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who also reports that over 2 million Michigan residents are birdwatchers. There are countless opportunities for viewing these winged wonders in and around the Mackinaw City area during the coming warm weather season.

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Treetops Resort Celebrates 65 Years of Winter Fun

For 65 years, Treetops Resort in Gayord has offered some of the finest and family friendly terrain in the Midwest for downhill skiing and snowboarding featuring over 80 acres of terrain with a 1,345’ summit elevation and features a nice long cruising run a ¼ of a mile. There are 23 runs for all levels. Winter escapes also feature miles of cross country trails, and dozens of snowshoe and hiking trails.  

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A Walk Among the Trees

For more than 15 years, the Whiting Forest in Midland had served as a modest park where locals could hike casually through native woodlands, beneath towering trees, along the meandering Snake Creek and surrounded by nature on all sides. Yet the Forest was destined for bigger things.

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Exploring Marquette Area’s “Anatomy of a Murder” Book / Movie Trail

During the 1950s, soldiers camped out in the meadow and woods to the west of the [Big Bay Point] lighthouse while undergoing anti-aircraft artillery training. On the cliff, east of the lighthouse, they installed large guns used for target shooting over Lake Superior.

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Same Vines, New Vibe

A lot has changed at 185 Mount Tabor Road in Buchanan since the first grapevines were planted there in 1968. Incorporated as Tabor Hill Winery in 1972 and housing an award-winning restaurant since 1982, one of Michigan’s oldest wineries has now begun its next phase of life under new ownership, while celebrating a direct line to its historic past.

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