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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.
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.
Kristin Hurlin’s Gallery and Studio

Inspired by Nature

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

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.
Hotel Walloon Fireplace and Lobby

Settle in, Relax

Skiing beneath fir trees heavy with snow. Speeding through the backcountry on a snowmobile or simply relaxing before a roaring fireplace with a stack of books. Michigan’s lakeside getaways attract plenty of attention in the summer. But winter in the Great Lakes State offers its own beauty, whether visitors long for fun in the snow or some cozy time indoors.
Golden Reflection

Magic Moments

Kristina Lishawa was just a young girl when her grandfather recognized her appreciation for wild beauty. He bought her a camera, something simple, and introduced her to new worlds.
echo park guitars

Sunken Treasure

In 2015, “sink logs” — timber that fell to river bottoms or lakes when floating en route to mills — were dredged from Muskegon Lake. Perfectly preserved specimens of this prized lumber found their way to Gabriel Currie, the brains and hands behind Echopark Guitars.
Yates Cider Mill

The Cider Mill Effect

The sweet magic of fall cider draws thousands each year to historic mills where water once powered apple presses. As if under a spell, Michiganders from all over join with family and friends for a pilgrimage to the cider mill. Sweet cider, warm doughnuts and fresh produce take center stage with caramel apples, old-fashioned candy and home-baked pies.
Becky Kagan Schott and Christopher Winter

Dark Memories

Underwater photographers capture haunting images of a Great Lakes freighter that broke in two and sank during a 1966 Lake Huron gale.

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