Michigan Magic

Bewitched by the state’s northern beauty, a couple crafts a gorgeous retreat. Photography: Jeff Garland.
The 23.5-mile River Road National Scenic Byway heads westward from the U.S. 23 Heritage Route in Oscoda and follows the Au Sable River, which flows into Lake Huron. The byway travels through the Huron National Forest.

Driving the Sunrise Side

Wonderful water activities, tasty treats, and mom-and-pop resorts await along the Standish-to-Harrisville stretch of the U.S. 23 Heritage Route

The View!

Stroll on Boyne’s new 1,200-foot-long SkyBridge Michigan and you’ll see colorful vistas of the spectacular valley below.


Nothing signals springtime like the return of Michigan’s wildflowers and the arrival of beautiful colors.

Water, Water Everywhere

Love to paddle? More than 3,000 wonderful miles of designated water trails in Michigan await explorers.
The Haworth Hotel’s spiral staircase is the lobby’s focal point.

A Holland Showpiece

The Haworth Hotel’s $7.5-million renovation adds a little Italian flair to the Hope College campus
Warda Pâtisserie on West Alexandrine in the Midtown District

Regaining National Acclaim

A new age of downtown kitchen talent and restaurant owners shifts Detroit’s cuisine into drive

The Balm for Calm

1. Take a flight of fancy with the Meadow Butterfly Trio wall décor by MACKENZIE-CHILDS. $78, Cutler’s, Petoskey, cutlersonline.com, mackenzie-childs.com.2. Give your skin some love with this Carrot & Chamomile Soap from ORGANIC INFUSIONS...

Exploring Port Austin

From sunrises and sunsets to Lake Huron kayaking and one of the state’s top farmers markets, fun awaits at the tip of The Thumb.
[two ducks swimming in a lake] Loon Love: Michigan BLUE Magazine - Spring 2023

Loon Love

With their jewel-like red eyes and attractive plumage, these aquatic birds have captured a writer/photographer’s heart





Megan Swoyer

Pockets of Possibilities

Small towns such as Port Austin, Empire, or Tawas can miraculously slow the passing of time.The more time I spend in suburbia, the more...
Megan Swoyer


On a chilly morning not long ago, my husband and I set out for Alpena from our cottage to check out some shops and art galleries, and pick out some wall paint for our bedrooms. 

Loon Love

The Blue Hour

Water Color