Sunday, June 30, 2013
2 Lads on Old Mission Peninsula. We were very very impressed with the quality of the wines and the beautiful views. If you are short on time they have a tasting room, but for the full effect, catch a tour where you can experience the vineyard, the cellar and partake of a food and wine pairing. The two lads who own the property are Chris Baldyga from Traverse City area and Cornell Oliver from South Africa. They make a superb team.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
St Stan's Festival which is the largest Polish festival in Michigan! Everyone who finished the race got a medal, a free beer and a bright orange t-shirt with the Polish eagle on it. There were hundreds of people who competed. Cool rains drenched everyone before it was over. The 64th annual festival runs through Sunday June 30 with carnival rides, lots of polish food, polkas, country music and fun.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Elk Rapids District Library with inviting chess games already set up and comfy rocking chairs. You have to be at least five years old to get a library card. The Lego Club meets every Saturday morning to build and create. This Island House transformed into glorious library is open seven days a week except for holidays with free wifi. Bless you, library board and staff.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Traverse City is a treasure trove of little discoveries one of which is the Mission Point Lighthouse situated 17 miles north of the city on Old Mission Point. Built in 1870, it is still possible to climb the skinny little steps to the top and be rewarded with a delightful view. Decommissioned in 1933, the township purchased it and it has been maintained by caretakers and volunteers. Painted white with black trim, this iconic symbol is surrounded by Lighthouse Park with its many hiking trails.
Monday, June 24, 2013
GM Plaza and Promenade are part of Detroit's Riverwalk and were donated by GM. The fountains are cool and refreshing and irresistible for children on a day like today! There is a free walking tour of the Riverfront sponsored by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and meets every Monday at 1pm at the GM Plaza. You will learn about the buildings, architecture and public art as well as Detroit's History and how Cadillac landed here in 1701.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Faith Baptist, but back in the 19th century, it was the First Methodist Episcopal Church of the village of Davis. It stands on Romeo Plank and 27 Mile Road. The spindles and gingerbread give it a victorian look. Inside, there is a growing congregation that fills the pews. The young'uns enjoy ringing the bell by pulling on the cord for the 10:30am Sunday church service.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Murdick's Fudge in Petoskey which has been serving happy customers for an unbelievable 126 years. Voted best of the northwest not too long ago, Murdick's not only has outstanding fudge, but their ice cream and caramel corn as well as their turtles, bear claws and taffy are top sellers. Located in Petoskey's historic gaslight district, no visit to the area is complete without indulging in something at this store. For those short on time, they are on-line and will send their goodies to you direct.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. You know this Michigan artist. He has done the Spirit of Detroit, the pterodactylus at the Detroit Zoo, Mother and bear cub at the Sterling Heights Public Library, this famous lion and the mouse pictured here at Eastland Mall and about 2000 others. Don't forget to wander around the sculpture garden as well. This unique gallery is part of the Arbury Fine Arts Center which opened in 1988.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Bay Harbor Resort on Lake Michigan, just south of Petoskey. Back in the 1800's, this huge area used to be a lime stone quarry. Somebody had a great vision 20 years ago. This became the largest reclamation project of North America and today Bay Harbor has 1200 acres of homes, a hotel, a marina, boutique shops, a banquet center, golf courses and restaurants. Many of the hotel suites come with golf carts to scoot around the complex.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Northern Lights Recreation. How nice that we could watch the Tigers game too Friday night as they pulled off a cool victory over Minnesota. Along with bowling, they have pool tables, mini golf and arcade as well as their full service Sassy Loon restaurant specializing in burgers, pizza and fish.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Chateau Chantal. Perched on a hill overlooking water on both sides of the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City, they have been producing wine for 20 years now. Their B&B consists of eleven lovely suites that are pretty much filled between Mother's Day and Halloween. They offer cooking classes and jazz evenings. Their huge open air terrace is perfect for gatherings and weddings of which they do a lot! We were there on a weekday and the tasting room was filled with wine lovers. Pretty cool.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Old Mission General Store on Old Mission Point north of Traverse City. The business has been there since 1850 and things sure haven't changed much. Swarms of people were hanging out everywhere you turned in this part antiques, part deli, part grocery store. Open every day at 8am to 9pm with the same old post office, too.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club was founded in 1914 and is joyously celebrating its 100th year. Located in Grosse Pointe Shores, the prominent bell tower is easily visible on Lake St Clair. It was voted the number one yacht club in America. They offer several restaurants, bowling, sailing, tennis, picnic grounds, a marina and a beautiful place to hold weddings and receptions.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Three Pines Studio which is a hangout for working artists and where they also provide workshops for All Things Fiber as well as Knitting Circle Workshops. Their gallery showcases only northern Michigan artists. We found these beautiful hand dyed yarns today at the Harbor Springs market.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Sturgeon River Pottery for 30 years in the Petoskey area. Karen make dishes and bowls in her studio on the grounds. You can tell they have a passion for what they do. They also love nature and the great outdoors and offer lots of unique bird feeders and garden décor. The SRP motto is "May you always have a petoskey stone in your pocket and sand in your shoes."
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Plumber's Helper, a fishing charter service on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Besides captain and crew, he can take up to six people out on his 33 foot Bertram fly bridge cruiser. A master plumber, Captain Musselman has been plying our Michigan waters for more than a quarter century with an unblemished safety record. He knows where the fishies hide.