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Estate of Elegance

It isn’t often that a place can be regarded as opulent and intimate at the same time, but that is exactly the feeling one gets when visiting the 30,000-square-foot Ford House along the shores of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores.
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.
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.
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.
Tri-Gas Propane Hot Air Balloon

Slow Sail

Visitors from near and far flock to Traverse City for wine tasting, dune climbing and water-based recreation, but aerial adventures await those who like high-flying fun. 
Waterways Spring 2020 Nature's Big Show - Spiderwort

Nature’s Big Show

Little compares to a springtime hike when wildflowers are blooming.
Harvested violet leaves can be used in a salad or whole flowers can be candied for use in desserts.

Sustainable Foraging in Spring

As the snow melts from the fields and woodlands, the early greens of spring poke through.
Stormy Kromer Group Collection

Cool Collab

Two iconic outdoor Michigan brands have decided to join forces for the cold season. Launched in fall 2019, a co-branded clothing collection created by Merrell and Stormy Kromer became available to consumers just in time for the cooler Michigan weather.
Overview map of Michigan biking trail

Shore-To-Shore Bicycling

Start with a sunrise or end with a sunset. Cyclists on the state’s newest long-distance cycling trail can dip their toes — or tires — in the sand, ride for miles under a canopy of trees, say hello to grazing cattle and smell the fresh farm air.
Upper Peninsula rockhound Erik Rintamaki discovered rocks that glow under ultraviolet light on a Lake Superior shoreline at night while searching for agates.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stone!

These days, most who walk the Lake Superior shoreline at night aren’t looking for starry glimmers in the sky but on the ground.




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