Traverse Magazine

Online supplements, continuations and links for Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine

Recipes for La Vie à Harbor Springs

Best Local Hot DogFloat Away on the Upper Manistee

Here we’ve got both the itinerary and the essential gear list from Travel editor Lynda Twardowski’s Manistee River kayak trip featured in the June 2009 issue of Traverse.

Best Local Hot DogFind the Best Local Hot Dog Near You

Here is a world of small-town butcher shops (some of them around for almost a century), each devising a homemade version of the finest weenie around.

Lake Superior AgatesBeachcomb for Lake Superior Agates

The beaches at Grand Marais are excellent hunting grounds for the ancient Lake Superior agate. Here’s the lowdown on what you’re seeking.

Gazpacho RecipeGazpacho Recipe

This fresh, garlicky rosy red chilled soup is a favorite of the Andalucían people on the hot southern coast of Spain, where cooks are apt to purée their gazpacho and sip it from a drinking glass on the hottest of nights. Bring your batch to a picnic in a plastic thermos or Tupperware jug and serve it as a shooter—just a sip or two—or in a pretty plastic mug as a first course.

Build a Better Sand CastleHow to: Build a Better Sand Castle

Master sand wizard Don Wierenga shares the secrets and simple tools for building a fairy-tale sand castle.

Microbrew TourTake Your Own Northern Michigan Microbrew Tour

Love beer? Of course you do. Find some of the nation’s best right here in Northern Michigan.

Gallery Tour in Leelanau CountyGallery Tour in Leelanau County

Art hop through Leland, Glen Arbor, Suttons Bay, Omena and Northport.

Beach Reads from Petoskey’s McLean & Eakin

The helpful and well-read staff at McLean & Eakin, in Petoskey, help us out with some dynamite reads for a summer’s day.


Excerpt from the novel Anne by Constance Fenimore Woolson. Published in the 1880’s and set on Mackinac Island.

Mrs. T.’s 14 Signs of Civility

Developed by Thelma “T.” Hanawalt for Columbia Preparatory School in Manhattan, good rules of thumb for everyone.

Jake Slater is Bellaire’s Elvis

The king lives. He is also 17 years old and lives in Bellaire.

Interview: Dave Mahan and the Skegemog Swamp

A naturalist’s thoughts and memories about a grand and mysterious swamp not far from Traverse City.

Deb Fellows with her favorite blow torch.

Sometimes a smooth ice rink requires tools Deb’s mom told her to avoid.

Kayaking the Archipelago of the Gods

Elizabeth Edwards follows the trail left by the score of missionaries who found converts and sanctuaries set apart in Lake Michigan.

Ringo the War Dog Retires to Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula

Kuwait Veteran Ringo adjusts to his new home on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula.

Fast Foodies, Sleek Kitchen

On their way to renovating their kitchen, April Stuck and Dave Mertz fell in love with modern design. Read about this star of the 2008 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour.

 How To: Store Apples (Sweet from the Tree, October 2008)

Find out which apples keep the best and how to do it. 

Michelle Rudzitis (Our Michelle, October 2008)

Visit the web site for Sergeant Michelle Rudzitis; coming October 1: full-length audio of Michelle Rudzitis interview and slideshow of the photo shoot with her.

Thoughts on a Bio-blitz and More

Essays by staff and students who helped inventory the hundreds of species living at the University of Michigan Biological Station.

60 Feet Under

Video of freediver Chris Morey’s fish encounters and more pics by Chris Morey