Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Bike Mackinac Island’s Interior

    Sneak away from Mackinac Island’s downtown to discover what made this island a tourist heaven in the first place.

  • One Persnickety Bird

    Trees too short.
    Trees too tall.
    Trees too thick.
    Trees too thin.
    Oh, Kirtland’s.
    Is there no pleasing you?

  • Ride at Traverse City’s Ranch Rudolf

    Take a trail ride on a chestnut mare, play in the river, then head into town and chow down on some homestyle cookin’.

  • Guided Trips: Wonders of Eastern U.P.

    Guided outdoor adventures in the Eastern U.P.

  • Relight the South Manitou Light

    After 50 years the beautiful beacon will shine again.

  • Thoughts on a Bio-blitz and More

    This August, the University of Michigan Biological Station is hosting events celebrating 100 years of research at the camp near Pellston. To share in the festivities, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine is publishing a feature article about the camp in the August issue and is inviting people to share memories and thoughts about the camp on our website (see bottom of page). To get things started, we are publishing essays by staff and students who helped inventory the hundreds of species living at the University of Michigan Biological Station during a three-day event called a bio-blitz.

  • Beach Us Maximus

    Five Fabulous Swaths of Lake Michigan Sand

  • Beyond S’mores

    6 easy, tasty campfire recipes for those longing for an alternative to the S’more.

  • Horse Shows By the Bay

    Spy Coast Farm Sponsors First Grand Prix at 2008 Horse Shows by the Bay in Williamsburg, just outside Traverse City.

  • 10 Insider Picks for the Sleeping Bear Dunes

    10 top picks for trails, beaches, views, history and more in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • What is sand made of?

    A closer look at the stuff that makes our beaches beautiful.

  • Easy, Memorable Traditions for Every Summer

    27 ways to soak up summer’s sublime moments.

  • TC Beach Day

    Escape the hot streets of Traverse City at these great beaches, where the surf and seagulls croon a lazy daytime lullaby.

  • Ride Traverse City’s Tart Trail

    Take a smooth spin through Traverse City on this 11-mile paved pathway.

  • Lightning Illuminations

    Stuff you (probably) don’t know about sky bolts.

  • Mystery of the Wrinkled Fingers

    Why swimming makes your digits weird.

  • That Busy Beaver: Hard Worker, Small Brain

    One amazing–and large–rodent.

  • Summer Vacation: Kayak Les Cheneaux

    Les Cheneaux travel

  • See the New Hybrid Boat

    CraigCat’s earth-friendly hybrid boat makes its debut at the Bay Harbor’s In-Water Boat Show this weekend.

  • Explore Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

    Look for wood thrush and whitetail deer as you hike the shady forest of this beautiful preserve north of Harbor Springs, bordering Little Traverse Bay.