Luminarias light the way during a special night ski at Metamora-Hadley State Park.

Making Tracks

A perfect way to appreciate the glories of winter is to slip on cross-country skis and glide into the night when even a thin crescent of moon is enough to overlay the glistening snow with soft shadows from the trees.
Kristin Hurlin’s Gallery and Studio

Inspired by Nature

Glen Arbor artist captures all that grows in paintings, drawings and coloring books.
A bridge during sunrise over an ice covered lake.

To Freeze or Not to Freeze, That Is the Question

Winter is fast approaching, and it is difficult to know what to expect. Will this be the year to buy an all-wheel drive vehicle, a pair of pac boots and a snow blower? Or, a year where there is no need to mothball that favorite sports car for a season due to deep snow conditions?

Great Reads by the Fireplace

Michigan winters: They’re epic, they’re beautiful and they can leave even the most seasoned native wishing to be somewhere else. When blizzard conditions and ice-slick roads have you feeling a touch of cabin fever, go somewhere — and let a good book take you there. Here are some great winter reads with Michigan roots to accompany you on your armchair travels.
Heated igloos at Hop Lot Brewing allow people to enjoy imbibing outdoors even in the coldest of winters.

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.

Timeless Tradition, Fresh Tracks

When the powder falls, nature calls. And snowshoes make it easy to indulge in winter’s delights. This ancient form of transportation takes outdoor adventurers and nature lovers high atop bluffs and into dense forests, across deep snow and to places skis, fat-tire bicycles and snowmobiles cannot go.
Snowy Owl Dennis Winter Art

Winter Visitors

In the morning, we woke to a new world. The storm had filled the driveway with waist-high drifts, and the road beyond was unplowed and impassable. Schools were closed, of course. It appeared that nobody was going to work, either.
Across the 90-acre area, the Gilmore Car Museum has various vehicle displays for visitors to explore

Car Candy

Much more than a vintage car collection, Gilmore Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile and car innovations that changed how people live, work and play. 
U.S. Navy and Marine pilots trained over Lake Michigan during World War II, flying off passenger steamers converted to aircraft carriers.

Cold-Weather Distractions

For many boat owners, the day their vessel is hauled for winter storage is the worst day of the year. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways they can get a maritime fix during the winter months. With more than 3,200 miles of coastline and hundreds of years of commercial, passenger and pleasure boating heritage, Michigan maritime history is on display at several museums around the state. Here’s a look at a few:
Illustration by G. Odmark

A Winter Soul

The essay “A Winter Soul” was published in “Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction” in 2018. This excerpt from that essay is reprinted here with permission from Jessica Mesman and Wayne State University Press.

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Making Tracks

A perfect way to appreciate the glories of winter is to slip on cross-country skis and glide into the night when even a thin crescent of moon is enough to overlay the glistening snow with soft shadows from the trees.

Inspired by Nature

Glen Arbor artist captures all that grows in paintings, drawings and coloring books.

Great Reads by the Fireplace

Michigan winters: They’re epic, they’re beautiful and they can leave even the most seasoned native wishing to be somewhere else. When blizzard conditions and ice-slick roads have you feeling a touch of cabin fever, go somewhere — and let a good book take you there. Here are some great winter reads with Michigan roots to accompany you on your armchair travels.

To Freeze or Not to Freeze, That Is the Question

Winter is fast approaching, and it is difficult to know what to expect. Will this be the year to buy an all-wheel drive vehicle, a pair of pac boots and a snow blower? Or, a year where there is no need to mothball that favorite sports car for a season due to deep snow conditions?

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.

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.

Changing Times

Old Mission’s historic establishment delivers relaxed farm-to-table dining.

Heirloom Tomatoes Growing in Popularity

“People are looking for a food that has more taste and is offering more nutritionally, that’s the draw for most people. People like the fact organic heirloom tomatoes are different. Even though they’re ugly (whole), they’re prettier on a plate.” - Kate Poirier

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.