We hear you Northern Michigan: our region is in love with food, wine, cooking and entertaining. In honor of those worthy passions, Northern Home & Cottage is co-producing the Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour—a tribute to the room that is the heart, hive and control center of all of those deliciously wonderful things. After over a year of planning, of scouring Northwest Michigan for cool kitchens in all sizes and styles, after pulling together the signs, lining up volunteers and a million other details that make an event like this tick, The Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour is happening Saturday, November 1. To purchase your ticket (which includes directions to the kitchens) go to Mynorth.com/store. Mark the date on your calendar—the day when 19 homeowners with spectacular kitchens from Cheboygan to Manistee let you in for a peek. For a map and directions to the kitchens, see below.

Our partner in this event is the Northern Michigan chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a group of dynamic designers at the forefront of their industry. Given the energy in this chapter, it comes as no surprise that the current president of NKBA nationwide, Sara Busby, came out of this Northern Michigan group. You’ll see two of Busby’s kitchens on the tour.

In fact, each of these 19 kitchens was designed by an NKBA designer who will be on hand the day of the tour to explain how they worked their magic. Enchanted by corbels, moldings and granite patterns? Want to see how a dinky old-cottage kitchen was transformed into something you’d find in a gracious country home? Ever thought of mixing up your cabinetry finishes? We’ve got kitchens for you to see. You might also run into Steve Cobb, the regional rep for our tour sponsor, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, showing off the bells, whistles and uber-efficiency of Sub-Zero refrigerators and Wolf ranges, hoods and ovens.

The kitchens are grouped so that anywhere you leave from in Northwest Michigan you should be able to make it to about half of them easily—the ticket price, $10 ($12 the day of) was structured accordingly. Use the Kitchen Tour Guide section of this issue to help you map out your day. Proceeds from ticket sales for this tour benefit the NKBA scholarship fund and two Northern Michigan chapters of Habitat for Humanity.

Round up your friends and get your tickets—either online at MyNorth.com/Store, or at any of the locations listed below.

Tickets for the Ulitmate Up North Kitchen Tour, November 1, 2008 are $10 in advance, $12 the day of. Purchase your tickets (which include directions to the kitchens) at these fine locations:

  • Online:  MyNorth.com/Store
  • Traverse City: Traverse Northern Michigan’s Magazine, (231-941-8174); Max’s Service (231-947-6830); Kitchen Choreography (231-932-9700); Wooden Hammer Annex (231-943-7801); Northwood Kitchens (231-941-1470); Habitat for Humanity Restore (231-944-1182)
  • Leelanau County: Northern Lumber Company (231-271-3804); The Yarn Shop, Glen Arbor (231-334-3805).
  • Elk Rapids: Sara Busby Design (231-264-9511)
  • Manistee: Pamela’s Interior Desgin, (231-723-8688)
  • Petoskey: Signature Kitchens (231-439-0100), Preston Feather Building Centers (231-347-2501); Lake Street Design (231-347-1977), Kitchen & Co (231-348-6906)
  • Harbor Springs: North Country Cabinets (231-348-2869); Pumco Interiors (231-347-8124); Preston Feather Building Centers (231-348-2990); Habitat for Humanity Restore (231-347-8440)

Special thanks too: Sherwin Williams, Stone Care International and Guardsman.

Directions to homes on the tour:

#1: Lilac Ln., Russo, Cheboygan

From I-75 take exit 313 for M-27 N. toward Cheboygan/Topinabee. Right at M-27/S. Straits Hwy. Straits Hwy. turns into N. Straits Hwy. Left at Topinabee Mail Rte. Left at Love Rd. to Peace Trail. Right at Lilac Ln.

#2: 1246 Wahbee Ave., Freismuth, Indian River

From I-75, take exit 313 for M-27 N. toward Cheboygan/Topinabee. Turn left at M-27/S Straits Hwy. Continue to follow S. Straits Hwy. Turn right at Waubun Rd. Turn left on Chippewa Beach. Turn right at Frontenac Rd. Turn right at N. Wahbee Ave.

#3: 10488 McCarthy Rd., Morales, Alanson

Heading north on U.S. 31 10.9 miles north of Petoskey, turn right on M-68. Stay on M-68 2.8 miles, right at Lakeview. Left on McCarthy Rd.

#4: 251 E. Bay St., Patton, Harbor Springs

From Petoskey follow M-119 (approximately 9.5 miles) west into Harbor Springs where it becomes E. Main St. Left at Gardner St. Right at E. Bay St.

#5: 3424 Aurora Dr., Scholl, Petoskey

From U.S. 31 in Petoskey, turn south on N. Division Rd. Left at Country Club Rd. Slight left at Autumn Ln. Right at Aurora Dr.

#6:  615 Harbor View Ln., Fettig, Petoskey

From U.S. 31 in Petoskey, east on E. Mitchell St. (C-58) 2.5 miles. Right at Harbor View Ln.

#7: 7665 Indian Garden Rd., Banks, Petoskey

From Petoskey, take U.S. 31 toward Charlevoix 1.3 miles to Resort Pike Rd. Stay on Resort Pike 6 miles, past the first Indian Garden Rd. Left on second Indian Garden Rd.

#8: 5092 Wildwinds, Corrington, Bay Harbor

From Petoskey take U.S. 31 to Charlevoix 3.8 miles.Right on Coastal Ridge Dr.  (Bay Harbor Yacht Club entrance). Left at Wildwinds Dr.

#9: 11641 Pa-be Shan Ln., Sutton, Charlevoix

From U.S. 31 in Charlevoix, north on Mercer Blvd. Right at Pa-Be-Shan.

#10: 12695 Pa-be Shan Ln., White, Charlevoix

From U.S. 31 in Charlevoix, north on Mercer Blvd. Right at Pa-Be-Shan.

#11: 1021 Bay View Dr., Pond, Kewadin

11.4 miles north of Elk Rapids on U.S. 31, left on Bay Colony Rd. 1.2 miles. Continue on Bay View Dr.

#12: 7248 N. Bayshore, Pentland, Elk Rapids

2.3 miles north of Elk Rapids on U.S. 31, left Harbor Dr. Left on N.Bayshore Dr.

#13: 512 Webster St., Waskiewicz, Traverse City

From E. Front St. and Wellington, turn south on Wellington, 3 blocks to Webster St. Turn left on Webster.

#14: 16650 Vineyard Ln., Kronberg, Traverse City

From U.S. 31 in Traverse City follow M-37 north out Old Mission Peninsula 11.2 miles. Right at Ladd Rd. Left at Smokey Hollow Rd. Left at Vineyard Ln.

#15: 696 Brakel Point Dr., Colling, Traverse City

From U.S. 31 in Traverse City, south on Division St. (M-37/U.S. 31) 6.2 miles. Right on Chums Village Dr. Left on Heartland Dr. Right on S. East Silver Lake Rd. Right on Brakel Pt. Dr. Keep left at fork.

#16: 12800 S. Harbor Pointe Dr.,  Stuck-Mertz, Traverse City

From intersection of M-72 and M-22 in Traverse City, 1.2 miles on S. West Bayshore Dr./M-22 (toward Suttons Bay). Turn right at N. Marina Village Dr./S. Marina Village Dr. Follow right at S. Marina Village Dr. Turn right on S. Harbor Pointe Dr.

#17: 5619 S. Elm Ridge Dr., Amos, Suttons Bay

From Traverse City, take S. West Bayshore Dr/M-22 (toward Suttons Bay) 8.4 miles from M-72 West. Turn Left on E. Shady Ln. Turn Right on S. Elm Valley Rd. Barely 1⁄8 mile turn right on S. Elm Ridge Dr. On right at end of cul-de-sac.

#18: 1971 S Lakeshore Dr., Haring, Lake Leelanau

From M-204 in Lake Leelanau, south on C-643* (South Lakeshore Dr.) 1.8 miles, just past red barn on left. *Please note, the directions on the ticket should read C-643.

#19: 520 4th St., Grove, Manistee

From U.S. 31 in Manistee, west on 1st St. Left at Spruce St. Right at 4th St. Corner of 4th & Cedar Sts.

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski