Sunday, October 31, 2010
American Harvest. There are eight chefs who teach here, leading their students in all aspects of the culinary arts from using the freshest ingredients to table presentation. Master Chef Kevin Gawronski, C.M.C. was on hand overseeing his staff during our visit. We enjoyed the food, the service and the ambiance as well as the Mexican shrimp cocktail, empanadas, salad with an apple cider dressing, and a pumpkin mousse chocolate cake dessert. Reservations required. Happy Halloween!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Moomer's was voted the best in the country on Good Morning America. Sitting on their deck you can watch the cows from which they get the milk to make their fabulous frozen creation. It is located a few miles west of Traverse City out in the country. You can partake in their Halloween adventure in their store this week which highlights children's author Greg Pugh's fictional character. He wrote the book Moomer's Ice Cream Tamed Bigfoot!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
L Mawby Winery for over 30 years. They specialize in the sparkling variety and use the traditional methode champenoise. The view from their tasting patio is heavenly as well as their wines, their whitefish pâté and their herbed goat cheese. Since last year, they've been bottling a brand called Detroit. Among the 30 wineries in the Traverse City area, we love this one. If you like the bubbly, they are the best.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
snowmobile museum, the only one of its kind in our state which makes it totally worth a visit. Every vintage brand is pretty much represented. Some are hanging from the ceiling. Did you know they even made them in pint size for little children? The people who own the museum and maintain it are very personal and, of course, have a passion for preserving this little niche of history. It is open year round 11am to 5pm, every day 'cept Tuesday. Don't you know that snow showers are predicted in the UP this week!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club near Harbor Springs. The rolling terrain offers a challenge for most. But you can't beat the views. The well-attended restaurant offers non-golfer fare like escargots, rack of lamb and perch. They will close for the season on October 23rd, so get out those clubs just one more time.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Red Jacket Brewing Company in Calumet. Their charming little 1905 building, called the Michigan House, also offers lodging. We asked for a sampler tray and the waitress informed us that they only make two beers at a time and that they were out of one and would we like to try the oatmeal stout? We tried it and heartily recommend it. Their hotel consists of two apartments that have been historically restored and offer wifi. When the gorgeously renovated Calumet Theatre down the street has plays or shows, these are the prime rooms in town. See our post on the Calumet Theatre here.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Reeking ambiance--those are the kinds of places we like to stay in, and there are a plethora of bed and breakfasts in Michigan that fit this bill! We so enjoyed our girls weekend away at Vitosha's in Ann Arbor. It's almost 100 years old, but carefully maintained and filled with delightful art objects and antiques like a Holtkamp pipe organ or these Isle of Lewis chess pieces all set up inviting us to play. Transported in time to a different era, hostess Kei served us a wonderful tea on beautiful china. All their rooms are ensuite and of course, they have the obligatory wifi.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Woodward south of the Davison freeway is considered the mother church in Detroit as it is the home of the archdiocese. It is located adjacent to the historic Boston-Edison district's beautiful mansions and has been registered as a national historic landmark for almost 30 years. On display is the chair especially constructed for Pope John Paul II when he came in 1987 and visited guests in this place of worship.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Germack, America's oldest pistachio roaster company stands. It's not just the pistachios we go for, but the cashews and mixed nuts as well as other delectable sundry treats! They even have your classic peanuts in the shell packaged to promote whichever Detroit team you are currently rooting for.
Friday, October 15, 2010
French Laundry? Well, it's so different you do remember it and we found out that in the 1940's it was indeed, a place that cleaned clothes, hence the name! Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's just a delightful and totally unpretentious treat. They serve Orangina pop and offer a great selection of wines. They have some funny names for sandwiches like Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Fenton, C'est Grace and No John I'm not Cheezing on You ;} Manager, Lindsay, has a cute French Laundry blog! We do not think you could be disappointed here. Oh, and if you are looking for the bathroom, it is labeled WC.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sandcastles Children's Museum is all about. Housed in the big blue building downtown, kids can work at the ice cream shop, the grocery store, on the USS Badger playship, in a bank or on a farm. They can actually milk a cow and get into costume and perform on stage. With these fabulous hands-on learning experiences, don't we wish were kids again!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Being Columbus Day, we are featuring the statue of Christopher downtown on Jefferson close to Hart Plaza. Created by Italian sculptor, Augusto Rivalta, it was dedicated exactly 100 years ago today. It was the Italians of Detroit who spearheaded this project to honor the discoverer of America. It used to stand on Washington Boulevard at Grand Circus Park. After it was restored it was moved to its present location in 1987. Funny thing is though, the time capsule that was placed in the pedestal for its dedication in 1910 was not there when they opened her up. Oops.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Affectionately known as The Little Stone Church, this Union Congregational church is just down the street from the Grand Hotel and a very popular spot for weddings. The last service of 2010 will be held here at 10:30am today. It will batten down the hatches for the winter and then reopen again May 22. It was built in 1904 of stones found on the island. The Reverand Vincent Carroll, a retired Navy Chaplain, has been pastor of its 85 members since '04.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
IXL Museum. IXL became known throughout the country for developing the tongue-in-groove flooring from hardwoods like maple and birch. They supplied the flooring for the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, the lodges in Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. They were the largest producer of hardwood flooring in the nation. C.J.L. Meyer founded the town in the late 1800's (named after his son, Herman) and set up the sawmill there that cut the trees into planks and then they got creative and invented the tongue-in-groove flooring. It's a darling little museum and certainly worth a visit.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is located in the Sugar Hills Arts District on Forest Avenue, east of Woodward and was created by George N'Namdi as a nonprofit dedicated to enlightenment through the arts. N'Namdi is a leading art dealer and has 30 years experience as a gallery owner. The Center has four exhibition spaces, indoor and outdoor performance areas, an outdoor sculpture garden, a movement/yoga center and a vegetarian restaurant. We found the gallery pleasing to all of our senses.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
pet casket factory? They offer tours of their factory where you can see how they make 8 different sizes of caskets out of molded, durable plastic in various styles. They ship them all over the US from this plant in Gladstone, near Escanaba. We have found many unique places using Hunts' Mapguide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula which we highly recommend!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Art Prize that is, in Grand Rapids. It is billed as the biggest and most lucrative art competition in the world. Is it any wonder that 1,700 artists are here from all over the world to compete? The top prize is a quarter of a million dollars. Second prize is a mere $100,000. There are venues displaying these unique creations all over town--restaurants, hotels, museums of course, as well as bars, nightclubs, stores and more--even the B.O.B.--the Big Old Building which is behind Steam Pig in the photo. It's just so totally wild and crazy! It started September 22 and runs through October 10th. Join the fun. Vote for your favorites. It's the voters who decide who wins!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Quincy Mine was opened 164 years ago! We had a great opportunity to tour this real copper mine in Hancock. Would you believe it is 92 levels deep? It is a national historic landmark district now. When it stopped producing in 1945, it had the world's deepest shaft, about 1 3/4 miles down. The tour takes you down to level seven and guides inform tourists about the different techniques and equipment like this widowmaker on the right. Quite a few miners died using it. You can buy copper souvenirs in the gift shop. Tours are offered spring, summer and fall.