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How to Stay & Play in Northern Michigan’s Leelanau State Park

North of Northport, perched at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, and surrounded by the expanse of Lake Michigan, this approximately 1,350-acre park...

Marvel at Masterpieces in the Making with the Northport Arts Association

The Northport Arts Association is celebrating its ninth Plein Air Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale (July 23 and 24 from 6–8 p.m.). Fifty artists will...

Add These Northern Michigan Small Bites to Your Must-Try List

Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, has been on the hunt for must-try food finds, local cookbooks and artisan, made-in-Northern-Michigan kitchen...

Go Behind the Scenes of Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tour

Black Star Farms is a staple on both Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula. Go behind the scenes as one of our MyNorth team members...

Red Hot Best 2021: Northern Michigan’s Top 7 Breweries

You voted for the Top 7 Breweries in each region of Northern Michigan and the results are in! Whether you prefer IPAs, classic stouts, or hard...

Your Guide to Local Suttons Bay Restaurants, Taverns & Bars

Our Suttons Bay restaurant guide is here! From the tasting menu at Wren to the Biergarten at Hop Lot, there are options for all in this Leelanau...

Red Hot Best 2021: Top 7 Up North Outdoor Dining Restaurants

In the wake of Covid-19, restaurants have embraced open-air dining as the way of the future; many using the natural backdrop of Northern Michigan to...

Leelanau Lodging Options for Your Northern Michigan Getaway

Leelanau County is home to gorgeous beaches, a blossoming culinary scene and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore our list of lodging...

Red Hot Best 2021: Northern Michigan’s Top 7 Restaurants

From charming bistros to lakeside patios with signature cocktails, you voted for your favorite Northern Michigan restaurant in each region. Here are...

Meet the Murphys: New Bohemian Cafe & Omena Bay Country Store

What are Amy and Kevin Murphy cooking up at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula? Lots! We check in with the couple, who owns New Bohemian Cafe in...

From Our Cellar: What to Drink this Month in Northern Michigan

Every month, Traverse Magazine's Culinary Columnist Stacey Brugeman asks Northern Michigan beverage experts what they're drinking. In "From Our...

Red Hot Best 2021: The Best of Benzie & Leelanau

You voted and the results are in! From the region's best beaches to Veterinarian Practices making a local impact, here are your 2021 Leelanau &...

Celebrate Father’s Day with These 5 Northern Michigan Events

Make this the best Father's Day yet with these five Northern Michigan events. From brunch to-go in Traverse City to the Father's Day Sail in Suttons...

Sip Like a Local: Leelanau Wineries, Breweries & Cideries

Leelanau is known as “The Land of Delight,” so you might imagine that when the ingredients are Leelanau-grown and the bottles are poured in the...

10 Can’t-Miss Spots in Leelanau County

Northern Michigan Vacations: If you only have a short time on the picturesque Leelanau peninsula don’t miss these summer must-dos!

How We Choose Our Wine, Beer and Cider For ‘From Our Cellar’

Each month, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine culinary columnist, Stacey Brugeman, is responsible for carefully curating a list of recommended...

Outdoor Dining in Leelanau County

Leelanau County is known for its gorgeous beaches, endless outdoor activities, colorful towns and delicious restaurants. Explore our list of...

Outdoor-Only Events this June & July in Northern Michigan

Summer is on the way and so are these great Northern Michigan events! Explore our list of outdoor-only events for this June and July to start...

Sip & Savor: Don’t Miss This Northern Michigan Wine Tour

The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is pleased to announce its upcoming three-day event, Sip & Savor. Dive in to learn more about this event and...

Northern Michigan Spring Sips & New Local Wine Releases

In Northern Michigan, spring brings three things: morels, cherry blossoms and new wine releases. And we are thankful. Explore three wineries in...

Don’t Miss These 9 Northern Michigan Dinners this May & June

Whether you're looking to celebrate the return of warm weather or reconnect with friends and family, Northern Michigan is serving up unique dinner...

Northern Michigan Food Truck Updates for 2021

As the Northern Michigan food truck scene continues to grow, so do our summer plans! We've rounded up our favorite food trucks, Northern Michigan's...

Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Northern Michigan Brunches

Start the day celebrating Mom with these great Northern Michigan brunches. Whether you are dining in or ordering items to-go, there's sure to be a...

The Ultimate Spring Northern Michigan Vacation Rental Roundup

Searching for the perfect spring weekend getaway? Explore some of our favorite Northern Michigan vacation rentals from Airbnb, VRBO, local inns and...

31 Northern Michigan Ciders To Try From Dry to Sweet

Hard-pressed to pick, but we are overjoyed to present our 31 Northern Michigan ciders to try now… 1  Queen Ann // Townline Ciderworks, Williamsburg...

Celebrate Spring with Northern Michigan’s Top April Events

Searching for events in Northern Michigan this April? Whether you're looking for an Easter Brunch in Suttons Bay or Wine Dinner Party in Petoskey,...

Mawby and Leelanau Conservancy Partner for Farm Preservation

The Mawby family partnered with the Leelanau Conservancy to help preserve their 151-acre family farmland in Leelanau County. Featured in the March...

10 of Northern Michigan’s Best Restaurants for Easter Brunch

Holiday cooking doesn’t always need to be handcrafted at home. If you’re looking to spend time with your family instead of your kitchen this Easter,...

3 Northern Michigan Food and Drink Pivots We’re Loving!

We’ve been so impressed by the creative—and absolutely delish—ways in which Northern Michigan restaurants and local food and drink businesses have...

Eat, Drink, Ski, Hike, Explore on These Northern Michigan Tours

An added bonus to Northern Michigan food and drink tours? Many offer opportunities for outdoor excursions either onsite or close by. Here are a few...

These Northern Michigan Birding Spots Some of State’s Best

These Northern Michigan natural areas and preserves offer some of the best birding in the state—from unique waterfowl to a wide array of migratory...

Meet the Woman Who Built Traverse City’s Recreational Trails

The vision, drive and sheer passion of Julie Clark has built TART (Traverse Area Recreational Trails), a nonprofit that has us recreating on...

10 Northern Michigan Valentine’s Day Events & Getaway Ideas

Show some love to your special someone (and yourself!) this month with these Northern Michigan Valentine's Day events, specials and getaways. TADL...

Walk, Bike, Ski These TART Trails in Traverse City Region

These TART trails, in and around Traverse City in Northern Michigan, provide an array of options for biking, hiking, skiing or a casual stroll in...

Leelanau Fiber Knits Community, Friendship in Suttons Bay

A Michigan transplant discovers she’s not alone in finding comfort and healing in a Suttons Bay knitting community. Featured in the January 2021...

Suttons Bay Business Hosts The Laundry Project Fundraiser

The founder of The Front Porch in Suttons Bay, Bobbie Eggert, will be honored the weekend of January 29 with a fundraiser for The Laundry Project....

9 Red Hot Best Chicken Wings to Try in Northern Michigan

Who's craving chicken wings? These 9 recipes were voted best in the north. So go ahead; plan a Red Hot Best chicken wing tour of Northern Michigan....

6 Scenic Places to Take Northern Michigan Engagement Photos

Grace Hudson of Captured by Grace Photography is a pro when it comes to capturing couples' intimate and adventurous moments. Here, she shares six...

5 Things to Do This Winter at Traverse City’s Farm Club

Farm Club has become a welcome escape to country living simplicity, dressed up at a clean and contemporary Leelanau County haven. Already a massive...

Norte’s Winter Campaign Pledges to Keep Walkways Clear

It's time to grab a shovel and join Norte's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign, as The Great Northern Michigan Shovel Experiment kicks off year...

New Year’s Eve Events Happening in Northern Michigan

On New Year's Eve, we simultaneously reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new one. Even though many beloved annual events have been...

The Best Local Chocolate to Try (and Buy) This Holiday Season

Luscious, local chocolate makes the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list (yourself included). This holiday season, indulge in the...

A Delicious, Formal Attire New Year’s Eve at Black Star Farms

New Year’s Eve 2020 promises to be one to remember at Black Star Farms. Their events and culinary team will present a special multi-course,...

21 Cozy Places for Winter Outdoor Drinks in Northern Michigan

Thanks to these innovative Northern Michigan restaurants, distilleries, breweries, wineries and hotels, you can enjoy a drink outdoors this winter...

Six Northern Michigan Cinnamon Rolls from Classic to Clever

Rounds Restaurant offers a timeless take on a sweet breakfast staple, the cinnamon roll. Treat yourself to the classic, then start your tour of five...

50+ Northern Michigan Gifts for Everyone on Your List 2020

Get cozy, sip a warm cup of cocoa and browse these Northern Michigan gifts from local stores. We’re sharing just some of many wonderful gifts from...

11 Northern Michigan Events Not to Miss in November

Northern Michigan holiday events, music and authors all ring in November. Wrap your event in some small-town shopping and be sure to look out for...

Northern Michigan Fall Color Map: Last Chance for Peak Color!

We're partnering with Tom O'Hare, chief meteorologist at 9&10 News, to bring you the latest Northern Michigan fall color map every week...

Saving Northern Michigan’s Small-Town Theaters

As other Up North communities have done, Suttons Bay residents recently rallied to keep their vintage theater from going dark, and the tradition of...

Try the Leelanau Peninsula’s Best Red Wines This October

Wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, voted No. 2 Best Wine Region in the nation by USA Today, are well-known for riesling and other...

A New Suttons Bay Home with a Cozy European Aesthetic

This brand-new home embodies a European aesthetic. Enjoy the sneak peek of the home below, and see the rest of it on the Northern Home & Cottage...

Want to Own a Northern Michigan Golf Course? Bahle Farms For Sale

The Bahle family is listing Bahle Farms Golf Course for sale. This is a decision driven by the need to simplify our business as we transition to the...

Join a Northern Michigan Walking Group & Tips to Start Your Own

A walking group fosters camaraderie in Omena. Featured in MyNorth Inspired Life 2020. Click to read the full magazine. It's a sunny June afternoon,...

USA Today Names Inn at Black Star Farms Best Wine Country Hotel 2020

Congratulations to the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, named Best Wine Country Hotel 2020 by USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. A...

Outdoor Dining in Suttons Bay

The picturesque small town of Suttons Bay has everything you’re looking for in dining options. After a ride on the TART trail, enjoying a movie at...

Leelanau Outdoor Dining in Northport, Omena, Lake Leelanau

These three Leelanau towns offer unique outdoor and waterfront dining, from in-town people watching to a seat just feet from beautiful Omena Bay to...

3 New Food & Drink Experiences (Outdoors!) in Northern Michigan

Many Northern Michigan restaurants, wineries and breweries are offering innovative outdoor seating for visitors this summer. Check out three of the...

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Hosting Annual Lobster Fest

The 16th Annual Lobster Fest Fundraiser at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport will be held on August 15 from 5–8 p.m.Dinner options include...

Northern Michigan Inn Nominated for 10 Best Wine Country Hotels

The Inn at Black Star Farms is a nominee for USA TODAY’S 2020 Readers' Choice award for Best Wine Country Hotel. Black Star Farms is a family-owned,...

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07may01octSmall Works Holiday Exhibition - Call For Entry(may 7) 9:00 am - (october 1) 5:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

24may11:00 am24jul5:00 pmArt Exhibit | Passionate Reality: Life in Full ColorThrough the imaginative colors and bold brush strokes of six Northern Michigan artists, Passionate Reality: Life in Full Color presents a world that is full of life, energy, vibrancy, and passion.(may 24) 11:00 am - (july 24) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City

24mayAll Day24julArt Exhibit | Essential Cargo: Explorations in Hand-Built CeramicUsing hand-built techniques, bold colors, and nontraditional ceramic textures, Leipski aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia, whimsy, and the surreal.(All Day) Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City

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Up North Kids

Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!

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Northern Michigan Magazines

All these fabulous magazines are delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine subscription (except Weddings) and you can read many of them for free as digital magazines.

Northern Home & Cottage

For The Way You Live Up North

Life is lived a bit differently at our Northern Michigan homes. We hang on screen porches and bring in sand between our toes. We entertain friends and family and put in bunk beds for grandkids. Mud season is real. And views of every kind are maximized. Find your Northern Michigan home ideas with this beautiful magazine, delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine subscription. You can also read this magazine digitally just by clicking below.

Weddings

For Couples Who Love Northern Michigan

Everything you need to plan your perfect Northern Michigan wedding. Packed with ideas, gorgeous wedding stories, resources and more. Plan the Northern Michigan wedding of your dreams!

Northern Michigan Vacation Guide

Over 100 pages of fun throughout Northern Michigan. Food, beer, wine, events, shopping, lodging and all-day outdoor fun including Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Grand Traverse County, Emmet County, Leelanau County, Benzie County and Charlevoix County. Delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine subscription. You can also read this magazine digitally just by clicking below.

Inspired Life

Living Better after 55 in Northern Michigan

Life in Northern Michigan after age 55 is truly inspired and we love sharing all the ways you can dive in. Find ways to get outside for health and fitness, ways to volunteer, navigate the health system, find community and so much more. Delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine subscription. You can also read this magazine digitally just by clicking below.

Give

Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan has an incredibly vibrant nonprofit community and GIVE offers us all a chance to give back to a region that gives so much to each of us. Read about Northern Michigan nonprofits that are making a difference and then volunteer or donate! Delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine subscription. You can also read this magazine digitally just by clicking below.

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On the Town at the Traverse City Film Festival

This guide to the Traverse City Film Festival is the one to tuck under your arm to enjoy the festival and everything in between your movie choices. Find fun insider tips, where to grab a quick lunch and much more. Delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine subscription. You can also read this magazine digitally just by clicking below.

Estate & Financial Planning

Your Northern Michigan Guide to a Secure Financial Future

Whether you're a millenial just starting out or retiring to your dream spot in Northern Michigan, this region's experts have excellent advice for how to ensure your financial future so you get to live your best life Up North! Delivered to your door for free with your Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine subscription. You can also read this magazine digitally just by clicking below.

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Ideas to Make Your Up North Meeting Great

Northern Michigan professional meetings and conferences take on their own personality when you add a gorgeous, relaxed environment and fun ways to bond with peers.