Doug Stanton, NWS co-founder, chats with authors Elizabeth Letts, Elizabeth Berg and Lynne Olson.

A Lark, but No Joke

The story behind the National Writers Series in northern Michigan would make a great book.
Those were exciting times. Aerial photography gave us new perspectives for destinations like Saugatuck and the Detroit business district.

Aeroplane Views of Michigan

People have wondered for centuries what the Earth looks like from the air above. Before modern aviation, people attempted to take aerial photographs by sending cameras aloft by balloon, kite and even strapped to pigeons.
Photography courtesy Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Express Excursions

Paddling beneath the towering sandstone cliffs of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore got a little easier last summer once the new 64-foot Kayak Express hit the water.
Lodge owner Frank Willetts is in his element on the river.

For Love of Trout

Ryan White remembers exactly how he became a fishing guide.
Sunning on the lawn amid the gardens at the island House Hotel is to revel in its history.

Live-In History

If the porch of Island House Hotel could give up its secrets, it would surely spill details of the century-old soirees and vacation stays of early Mackinac Island settlers, Chicago socialites, members of the Moral Re-Armament and 21st-century guests.
Wavelengths Spring 2020 Nature Trail Photo courtesy iStock

A Season of Renewal

Like the weight of a heavy coat being shed, the passing of winter brings a smile to most people’s faces and a certain lightness of being.
Dablon wines have been highly ranked and praised by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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).
The plan for new gardens, designed by Piet Oudolf, will include 25,000 flowers along with wetland and rain gardens.

World-Class Outdoor Garden Takes Shape on Belle Isle

The musical chiming of Belle Isle’s stately Nancy Brown Peace Carillon will take on an even more beautiful air once its 85-foot tower is surrounded by a new world-class outdoor garden.

Hot Pots, Creative Expression

If you’d like to spice up your outdoor spaces, containers add color and character to the backyard and beyond.
The Dawn Chorus - Spring 2020, Illustration by Glenn Wolff.

The Dawn Chorus

Morels usually start popping in early April around here, but the big white ones don’t show up until about the first of May.

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A Lark, but No Joke

The story behind the National Writers Series in northern Michigan would make a great book.

Aeroplane Views of Michigan

People have wondered for centuries what the Earth looks like from the air above. Before modern aviation, people attempted to take aerial photographs by sending cameras aloft by balloon, kite and even strapped to pigeons.

Express Excursions

Paddling beneath the towering sandstone cliffs of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore got a little easier last summer once the new 64-foot Kayak Express hit the water.

For Love of Trout

Ryan White remembers exactly how he became a fishing guide.

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.

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.

Celebrating the Unexpected

There’s nothing conventional about the hip, new restaurant called Houndstooth, located in the Benton Harbor Arts District.

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.

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.

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.

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.