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The Pike

Avoiding the Crowds

Nature-focused tour company helps visitors explore the quieter sides of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

An Adventurous Spirit

The story of the M22 brand centers around more than just apparel; it’s based on friendship and a northern Michigan lifestyle.


When the lakes freeze, hard-water sailors hop on their sleek ice boats and glide across the frozen expanse, reaching speeds up to 60 mph

Blending Flavors

Yummy specialty pizzas and wine tastings add spice to a foodie’s west Michigan travels
Leigh Kakaty

Hometown Heroes

If rock ’n’ roll is dead, West Michigan-born band Pop Evil is proof hard work and perseverance can fuel new life. For vocalist Leigh...
Nate Holley

In My Own Way

Jam-pop. Dance-funk. Alternative-folk. Electroacoustic.Bar-goers and fans say it’s tough to define Nate Holley’s specific genre, and he agrees.“I always struggle mightily with describing my...
Nordic style cross-country skiing at Crystal Mountain

Adventure Beyond the Slopes

Every year since the sixth grade, I’ve traveled Up North with my family to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville for a long weekend of skiing...
Grandpa Shorter's Gifts

Petoskey Provisions

For a small family business to thrive for three generations is a significant accomplishment. Each generation that chooses to take up the mantle and...
Michigan logging

Lumbering Michigan

The enticement that pulled 19th-century settlers to the western coast of Michigan revolved around land, fortune, and lumber — a lot of lumber. Although...

Tracing Its Beginnings

The Lake Michigan Circle Tour loops the waterfront of this massive natural treasure on a 1,110-mile adventure through four states