Rebirth of the Hammer Hamilton, Ontario
01-Jan-2016
Rebirth of the Hammer
With the decline of the steel industry, the city of Hamilton, Ontario has reinvented itself — its growth once again built upon having the best natural harbor on the Great Lakes.

Pittsburgh is famous for a lot of things: the Steelers, of course, and its 446 bridges. But the city is perhaps best known for emerging from the ashes of the steel industry collapse, reinventing itself and moving forward to thrive in a new economy. Today, it is impossible to walk the tree-lined...

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Alaskan Adventure Inside Passage, Alaska
02-Nov-2015
Alaskan Adventure
Our publisher joins NW Explorations on an unforgettable Alaskan journey through the inside passage.

Alaska is not an easy place to get to. Yet, once you arrive you will spend the rest of your days praising the area and planning your next trip back. I have been to Alaska twice now — both times as a guest of NW Explorations and its famed “Mother Goose Flotilla.” My first crui...

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Gateway to the Keweenaw The beauty of Houghton, its sister city Hancock, and the rest of Michigan’s northernmost peninsula, is instantly obvious to anyone who motors, sails or paddles near shore. Settled on the Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton is the largest city in Copper Country and is a year-round getaway off Lake Superior.
01-Oct-2015
Gateway to the Keweenaw
The beauty of Houghton, its sister city Hancock, and the rest of Michigan’s northernmost peninsula, is instantly obvious to anyone who motors, sails or paddles near shore. Settled on the Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton is the largest city in Copper Country and is a year-round getaway off Lake Superior.

Old-growth forests tower above rocky shelves, wide swaths of sugar sand beach dot shorelines accented by boulders and colorful agates, eagles soar from cliffs, and sheltered harbors invite visits to pristine wilderness areas, bordered by villages notable for multi-ethnic traditions dating back three...

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Keen on Kenosha Kenosha, WI
31-Aug-2015
Keen on Kenosha
What is now the fourth largest city on Lake Michigan was first settled by Paleo-Indians over 13,000 years ago and named Kenozia, meaning “place of the pike.” In 1836, a post office was established, and the burgeoning community called Pike Creek was morphed into Southport, before coming full circle back to the name Kenosha — a variation of the original name bestowed by the Paleo-Indians all those years ago.

We’re taking for granted that this charming city, nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan in southern Wisconsin, won’t be changing its name again anytime soon. And why should they? A wonderful commingling of natural beauty, historic architecture, cultural happenings, water fun, along with...

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Lake Meets River at the Cape Cape Vincent, New York
30-Jul-2015
Lake Meets River at the Cape
Cape Vincent in Upstate New York is described as the town “Where Lake and River Meet.” Its rugged shores hug both Lake Ontario and the mighty St. Lawrence River along a panoramic peninsula that is the western gateway to the world-famous Thousand Islands.

The charming coastal town of Cape Vincent— located about 25 miles north of Watertown — is known for the Victorian-era Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, which stands watch over the Great Lakes and neighboring Canada and marks the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Cape Vincent overlooks Wo...

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Lakeside Retreat(s) Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin
01-Jul-2015
Lakeside Retreat(s)
Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago and the surrounding communities of Appleton, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Neenah offer visiting boaters a warm, friendly atmosphere with more than 1,000 events and festivals
to keep you entertained, no matter the season.

I’m plopped cross-legged in the center of Appleton, Wisconsin’s Houdini Plaza, thumping an inverted paint bucket with a pair of wooden drumsticks. It’s a blue sky day pretty enough to make anyone sing, or, in our case, pound out some increasingly complicated rhythms — this un...

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Summer Lovin’ Michigan City, IN
31-May-2015
Summer Lovin’
Michigan City, Indiana offers visiting boaters a mix of fun, food and fishing in this charming port city located along the southern Lake Michigan shore.

Settled in 1830 where Trail Creek flows into the southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, historic Michigan City, Indiana is a charming port city offering boaters easy walkability to an abundance of fun and cultural activities. “There’s so much to do,” says Rod Bensz, who, along w...

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Place of Rolling White Sands Penetanguishene, Ontario
01-May-2015
Place of Rolling White Sands
With first-class marine facilities and close proximity to Georgian Bay, the 30,000 Islands, Trent-Severn Waterway and so much more, it’s little wonder that Penetanguishene remains a popular destination for Great Lakes boaters.

Owning a boat on the Great Lakes is a bit like owning a time machine. Because so much of our region was originally settled from the water, approaching a new community by boat lets you see it as its first inhabitants might have, and that’s especially true when you travel to more sparsely-popula...

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Hello, Toledo! Toledo, Ohio
31-Mar-2015
Hello, Toledo!
This Ohio port city, nestled on the banks of the Maumee River, welcomes visiting boaters with open arms, inviting them in to experience its friendly atmosphere and local charms.

Boaters can get anywhere from Toledo. But before cruising up the Great Lakes from Lake Erie or heading off to sea via the St. Lawrence Seaway, why not drop anchor and sample the smorgasbord of attractions in this Ohio port city on the banks of the Maumee River? You may be pleasantly surpr...

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Charlevoix the Beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan
27-Feb-2015
Charlevoix the Beautiful
Nicknamed the “Queen of Northern Resort Country,” this charming Michigan town lives up to its moniker, offering visiting boaters an abundance of delightful views, culinary treats and good, old-fashioned history.

As the drawbridge lifts and we motor between Lake Michigan and Charlevoix’s Round Lake, the only thing missing is the blare of a trumpet or two. Like visiting royalty is the best way we can describe how we’re feeling, as spectators smile or shout “Hello!” from nearby benches ...

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