This 5,000-square-foot waterfront haven was built with the idea of eliminating the need for a second home Up North.

Everyday Getaway

While cottages are synonymous with long-awaited, short-term stays, there’s no need to pack bags and head to another home when you live on a lake year-round. No matter the season, there’s plenty to enjoy when the abode is as majestic as the home architect Lou DesRosiers designed for Courtney and Duane Tursi on the shoreline of Upper Straits Lake in the city of Orchard Lake.
Nawal Motawi started making art tiles as a cottage business and built a highly successful art tile business with 40 employees and clients all over North America.

Tile-Dyed

Ann Arbor-based Motawi Tileworks aims to change the art of the home one tile at a time. The one-of-a-kind tiles have added color and elegance to homes, libraries and hospitals across the country.
A wraparound deck spans three sides of the distinctive dwelling with a wider section on the side reserved for al fresco meals that lure the locals.

Starting Over

For many Michigan leisure seekers, seasonal stays and scenic settings often go hand in hand. Such is the case for Catherine “Cahssey” Augenstein, who has spent summers on Gun Lake in Middleville since she was a kid.
Michigan Beach in the Summer - photography courtesy Birch Lodge

Planning for a Marvelous Summer at the Cottage

Late winter is that time of year when waterfront property owners and others begin planning for the upcoming warm seasons.
Houndstooth Restaurant Exterior

Celebrating the Unexpected

There’s nothing conventional about the hip, new restaurant called Houndstooth, located in the Benton Harbor Arts District. From its urban eclectic décor and mouth-watering menu to the brother/sister team who boldly chose Friday the 13th as opening night, Houndstooth is a stimulating dining experience designed to feed all five senses.
Todd and Brad Reed Photo Gallery

Cottage Country Art

Maybe it’s the gift of unscheduled time, maybe the inspiration of lake and woods, but no trip to our family cabin has ever ended without the practice of art in some form.
Stormy Kromer Group Collection

Cool Collab

Two iconic outdoor Michigan brands have decided to join forces for the cold season. Launched in fall 2019, a co-branded clothing collection created by Merrell and Stormy Kromer became available to consumers just in time for the cooler Michigan weather.
Cottage Style Install Fruit Salad - Photography courtesy Detroit Wallpaper.

Room With a View

Whether you have a waterfront property or not, the indoor environment always can be enhanced with sensational scenery. Artistic wall murals can deliver a dramatic backdrop that takes a space from basic to breathtaking.
Overview map of Michigan biking trail

Shore-To-Shore Bicycling

Start with a sunrise or end with a sunset. Cyclists on the state’s newest long-distance cycling trail can dip their toes — or tires — in the sand, ride for miles under a canopy of trees, say hello to grazing cattle and smell the fresh farm air.
Ice Skating in Downtown Detroit

Make a Date With the State

Yesss! Cottage Life. Reminisce about loon calls, watching the sunrise, feeling the breeze. Check out cottage and lakefront living shows or boat shows.

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Everyday Getaway

While cottages are synonymous with long-awaited, short-term stays, there’s no need to pack bags and head to another home when you live on a lake year-round. No matter the season, there’s plenty to enjoy when the abode is as majestic as the home architect Lou DesRosiers designed for Courtney and Duane Tursi on the shoreline of Upper Straits Lake in the city of Orchard Lake.

Tile-Dyed

Ann Arbor-based Motawi Tileworks aims to change the art of the home one tile at a time. The one-of-a-kind tiles have added color and elegance to homes, libraries and hospitals across the country.

Starting Over

For many Michigan leisure seekers, seasonal stays and scenic settings often go hand in hand. Such is the case for Catherine “Cahssey” Augenstein, who has spent summers on Gun Lake in Middleville since she was a kid.

Planning for a Marvelous Summer at the Cottage

Late winter is that time of year when waterfront property owners and others begin planning for the upcoming warm seasons.

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.

Celebrating the Unexpected

There’s nothing conventional about the hip, new restaurant called Houndstooth, located in the Benton Harbor Arts District. From its urban eclectic décor and mouth-watering menu to the brother/sister team who boldly chose Friday the 13th as opening night, Houndstooth is a stimulating dining experience designed to feed all five senses.

A Wine Grape for the Time

Geoff Frey’s palette was wowed when he sipped his first glass of Marquette, a red hybrid grape, during a wine event in St. Paul, Minnesota, nearly a decade ago.

Brews in an Igloo

By the time the first serious snow blankets northwestern Michigan, a village of igloos has been firmly planted in the barren woods behind the taproom at Hop Lot Brewing Co., an idyllic winter landscape illuminated by strings of glimmering white lights and blazing campfires.

Chasin’ Away the Chill

Whether you’re coming in from the slopes chilled or just want something to warm you from the inside out as you watch the snowflakes fall outside your window, consider grandma’s favorite answer to winter’s cold: the hot toddy. Luckily, Michigan’s distillers know how to tastefully chase away the chill. Here are three warming cocktail recipes, crafted with made-in-Michigan spirits.

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.