Black Indian

Kalamazoo was not big enough for me, my Mama, and my Mama’s ghosts.

Trout at Night

Fly fishing for trout is a dramatically visual sport. Watching a faux mayfly made of feathers and thread as it drifts downstream and disappears into a swirl on the surface is exactly what flips many an angler’s switch.

Michigan’s Unique Boat-Tour Opportunities

Whether you are looking to explore the beautiful dunes on Michigan’s western shores, the rocky coast of Lake Huron, or the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, you can always hitch a ride on someone else’s boat instead.

Paving the Way

With outdoor rooms in high demand, patios set the stage for al fresco living. As emerging trends demonstrate, this designated section of a property, especially in a lakefront setting, provides a sophisticated transition from inside to out.

Finding Respite Outdoors

It is hard to get away from the terrible effects of the COVID-19 virus that weighs on us all, creating anxiety, constricting our lives, and causing many to fear leaving home.

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 along the shores of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Vicarious Travels in Michigan

To say the least, it’s been a tragic and trying year, something most of us could never have imagined. Here at BLUE, our hearts go out to those of our readers and others who may have lost someone due to the COVID-19 virus, or who fell ill and continue to struggle.

Summer 2020: Contributors

Meet the authors, photographers, and contributors who helped bring this issue of Michigan BLUE Magazine to life.

A Novel Retreat

Located on a lovely slice of paradise, The Hendryx Beach Retreat has a novel history.

Of Cattails & Bootleggers

Kayakers explore historic canals and learn about Detroit's wild side

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Black Indian

Kalamazoo was not big enough for me, my Mama, and my Mama’s ghosts.

Trout at Night

Fly fishing for trout is a dramatically visual sport. Watching a faux mayfly made of feathers and thread as it drifts downstream and disappears into a swirl on the surface is exactly what flips many an angler’s switch.

Michigan’s Unique Boat-Tour Opportunities

Whether you are looking to explore the beautiful dunes on Michigan’s western shores, the rocky coast of Lake Huron, or the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, you can always hitch a ride on someone else’s boat instead.

Finding Respite Outdoors

It is hard to get away from the terrible effects of the COVID-19 virus that weighs on us all, creating anxiety, constricting our lives, and causing many to fear leaving home.

Improving Sailing Safety

The tragic death last summer of a Chicago-to-Mackinac sailor from the Transpac 52 Imedi led to a re-examination of life-saving techniques and equipment for sailors.

Paddling at a Dragon’s Pace

At modern-day dragon boat festivals, it’s common to paddle casually out on the water and scatter flowers on the surface to honor those whose...

Au Sable River Dream

Josh Greenberg, author and owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge, one of Michigan’s iconic trout fishing outfitters.

New Life for Old Boats

Rent an electric-powered retro runabout and cruise the waters around Saugatuck.

Grand Haven’s First Brewery Marks 10 Years with Big Expansion

Oddside Akes in Grand Haven began as small taproom serving small-batch brews. Today it is a major destination.

Now Serving: A Fine Dining Culinary Education

In the village of Hessel, a quaint northern Lake Huron port, Les Cheneaux Culinary School readily lives up to its boutique restaurant status.

Raising the Wine Perception

William Schopf is a storyteller, though not in the traditional sense of taking pen to paper or tapping away on a keyboard to craft novels, short stories or screenplays (though he majored in English literature at Princeton University).

Spirit of Seventy-Six

Walk through the back entrance of Holland restaurant Seventy-Six, and you’ll see a framed photograph hanging on the wall.

This Century Modern

Completed in 2018, this unique property was a detail-oriented undertaking driven by the homeowners, Andy and Christina, that includes a separation between its public and private spaces.

Antiques Afloat

Rogers is among hundreds of antique boat enthusiasts who will display their vessels at antique and classic boat shows across Michigan this summer.

Michigan State Parks as You like Them

I’d still count card games, bike rides and falling stars among my favorites, but today, I’d add hunting for Petoskey stones and agates, watching (and photographing) sunsets and sunrises, and most anything you find at Michigan parks, which celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

Protecting Rivers

Summer paddling can be a serene experience, an opportunity to commune with nature or an exciting challenge negotiating rapids or fast-moving currents on twisty streams.