Northern Michigan Events: On October 15 we’ll host our fourth Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour. And once again we have a lineup of all-star kitchens that run the gamut of styles from modern to farmhouse and locations from Cadillac to Cheboygan. To whet your appetite, pick up our October 2011 issue of Traverse Magazine—on stands now—that contains the guide to the tour. Although there are usually several über-efficient and energetic couples that manage to take in all the kitchens in one day, we don’t expect that pace is for everyone—which is why we’ve kept the ticket price to a reasonable $10.
But it is possible to see the majority of these kitchens in a leisurely fall drive—a drive that wends past part of the spectacular featured color tour in the October 2011 issue of Traverse Magazine. And once again the route works out perfectly to ride the Ironton Ferry at least one way. This charming old-timey ferry across the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix has come to signify for me what an incredible opportunity this tour is to get out and see Northern Michigan in all its autumnal glory—and pop in and out of to-die-for-kitchens along the way. The tour route spans a wide swath of landscape—from bluff top views of Lake Michigan to narrow lanes flanked by oaks and maples. Not to mention that these kitchens themselves are tucked into some pretty exquisite real estate.
And when the tour wends to East Jordan and Boyne City, I’ll do as the guide directions advise between kitchens # 4 and #5 and drive my car onto the four-cable ferry that crosses—and has been crossing since 1876—the thin reach of water at this picturesque narrows on Lake Charlevoix. I will have my camera and my $3.25 (per car) fare ready. And I’ll be basking in this delicious dovetail of our region’s stunning scenery and sophisticated design sensibilities with an event that benefits Habitat for Humanity.
Hope to see you out there!