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10 Wavelengths
Cottage living brings out the best in life. FULL TEXT

12 Letters and Contributors FULL TEXT

32 Vintage Views
Lake Michigan cottage associations were steeped in
religion during this founding era.

36 Undercurrents
The Detroit Zoo and others, seeking a clean environment,
are turning away from bottled water.

91 Michigan's top 5
Late winter ice caves and frozen waterfalls you can hike to.

104 Reflections
The one rule that opens the minds of youth, allowing
them to experience life and nature.

16 Waterways
Muskegon Lake renaissance, Traverse City’s uncommon tours,
Belle Isle restoration, Shinola Hotel comes to Detroit,
functional art and casual décors.

28 State of Mine
A retired Michigan conservation officer shares tales from the field.

34 The Sporting life
Fish biologists and anglers hope one day to see the beautiful
Arctic grayling fish restored in historic Michigan waters

38 At the helm
They call themselves “Boat Nerds.” Need we say more?



83 Excursions
World-class ski jumping, Microbrew and Music Festival,
Seed Swap, paczkis in Hamtown and frontier-style sugarbushing

Alpena chef comes full circle, merging farm-to-table with
West Coast fusion at The Fresh Palate.

Learn about fine cacao from Ecuador; taste, smell
and enjoy it at Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. FULL TEXT

40 The real deal
This custom waterfront home is simple but striking, quaint
and charming, yet full of important personal touches.

46 Night lights
Unique overnight, shoreline stays are offered at some Michigan
lighthouses that operate as bed-and-breakfast inns.

52 Just the right size
Builders and developers recognize that well-appointed
small homes make people smile; a cozy atmosphere
with less space to clean.

Great Lake Story