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Les Cheneaux's Government Islands

Islands in the Straits

Mackinac Island: The carriage awaits — literally — as we dock at our island getaway.  The British-style coach is polished to a shine and roomy enough to house our top hats (should any of us be actually wearing one). Two elegant Percherons are soon clip-clopping us past Victorian boutiques and toward our impressively grand hotel.

Fishing the Flats

For huge fish that will chase down large flies in shallow, crystal-clear water the Beaver Island Archipelago is about as good as it gets.
Sweetgrass Golf

The Hazards of Golf

Water, as it turns out, is not only essential to life but to golf course design. Michigan has an abundance of both.
Yellow House in the Woods

Designed for the Dunes

Crafting a castle in sand deemed a Critical Dune Area by the State of Michigan requires more than a bucket of cash. Rights of ownership call for a special level of care and commitment — and architectural ingenuity.
Vintage Poster of the Great Lakes Cruises Fleet of Ships

Voyaging the Great Lakes

Picturesque lake towns, historic lighthouses, freshwater dunes — Michigan has it all. One of the best ways to explore this majestic heritage is by cruise ship.
Summer Glow - Manistee

Lured to the Lake

Stretching up along the state’s Gold Coast, from New Buffalo into Mackinaw City, Lake Michigan is punctuated by charming towns and historic ports linked by distinctive beaches.
Salmon & Strawberry Salsa Crostini

Festival of Flavors

What do a fish boil, a 5K run and jammin’ concerts have in common with blueberry pies and a parade? All are highlights of the 49th annual National Blueberry Festival, Aug. 9-12, held in the historic beachside city of South Haven.
Charlevoix home

Vacation Havens

Real estate agents representing some of Michigan’s top vacation spots say their catapulting base of buyers is much less focused on building a nest egg than it is a second family nest.




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