Virtual Explorations

Curious what the weather is like on Isle Royale, Mackinac Island or your favorite Lake Michigan beach?

A Special Place

With its vernal pools and hushed wet meadows, Tobico Marsh seems like a tantalizingly secret place. But this special Michigan attraction is just four miles off the I-75 freeway near Bay City.“I enjoy the...
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Travel & Adventure 2020 – Contributors

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

Michigan Artist Celebrates Water

Water-loving artist Robyn Ladwig conjures coastal works of rolling blue waves by using resin, ink, paint and beach sand.

All in the Family

In many ways, Good Harbor Vineyards and Aurora Cellars are like sisters in a close-knit family but with different outlooks on life or, in this case, wine.

Michigan Outings Worth Writing (Novels) About

Just as he carefully sketches his human characters, best-selling author Wade Rouse gets intimately acquainted with Michigan, the setting for all of his novels, making him both a travel and literary expert.

Port Sanilac: A Hidden Gem

Just 90 miles from Detroit, Port Sanilac is a small village with a big harbor and bigger heart.

Closing the Cottage

I’d crossed the lake to my grandparents’ cottage in autumn just once before. I was six then, and standing on the last remaining section of dock marveling at odd creatures washed ashore.

North Country Trail Association Director Finds Her Footing in the Midwest

As a child, Andrea Ketchmark spent more time on the water than in the woods. She got her first taste of hiking at Wildwood Preserve, a crown jewel of Toledo, Ohio’s, Metroparks system, but it wasn’t until she moved to Colorado for college that she discovered a love for the trails themselves.

Say it with Paint

Boost your curb appeal with a fresh coat of color

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Virtual Explorations

Curious what the weather is like on Isle Royale, Mackinac Island or your favorite Lake Michigan beach?

A Special Place

With its vernal pools and hushed wet meadows, Tobico Marsh seems like a tantalizingly secret place. But this special Michigan attraction is just four...

Travel & Adventure 2020 – Contributors

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

Michigan Artist Celebrates Water

Water-loving artist Robyn Ladwig conjures coastal works of rolling blue waves by using resin, ink, paint and beach sand.

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.

All in the Family

In many ways, Good Harbor Vineyards and Aurora Cellars are like sisters in a close-knit family but with different outlooks on life or, in this case, wine.

Say Cheese

You can still buy bricks of creamy orange-gold Pinconning at the official Cheese Capitol of Michigan — and from the recipe that founder Dan Horn brought from neighboring Wisconsin.

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.

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.