Out of the Blue Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan
01-Mar-2017
Out of the Blue
With impossibly blue water and a long history as a welcoming safe harbor, the city of Sarnia, Ontario — along with the neighboring city of Port Huron, Michigan — continues to delight boaters from across the Great Lakes.

Although its sapphire blue water looks far more Caribbean than Canadian, the elegant city of Sarnia enjoys a long and colorful history as one of Ontario’s most inviting Great Lakes ports. The city’s heritage dates back to the 17th century, when Father Louis Hennepin and several other mem...

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Fabled, Fantastic Petoskey Petoskey, Michigan
01-Feb-2017
Fabled, Fantastic Petoskey
There is a moment in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novella, “The Torrents of Spring,” when the soul-searching protagonist, Scripps O’Neill, finds himself at the train station in Petoskey, Michigan, in the middle of a snowstorm. Adrift, unhappy and in the midst of an existential crisis, the bewildered Scripps looks at the sky above and wonders if it is in fact the sky. He feels a gust of warm Chinook wind and wonders, too, if that could be the warm Chinook wind. Was it true, as he had been told, that spring was not far behind? Finally, he looks at the station’s signboard labeled “Petoskey, Michigan,” and asks himself: Does that signboard truly read “Petoskey, Michigan”? And, if so, could this place really be Petoskey, Michigan? In fact, it was — for Scripps and for Hemingway — as it is for countless other seeking souls, Petoskey, Michigan, a place whose otherworldly charm makes it seem an almost unreal place to find yourself.

Putter on in Unlike Scripps, you likely won’t arrive in Petoskey between wives and by way of Mancelona, a northwest Michigan town to the east. You’ll drift in the way the ancestors of the area’s Native Americans, the Anishnaabek tribe, did: Floating atop the azure ripples of Little...

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Sanctuary of the Great Lakes Alpena, MI
01-Jan-2017
Sanctuary of the Great Lakes
Woods and water. Fossils and fishing. Sinkholes and stars. Alpena, Michigan’s natural attributes initially shaped its history as a Lake Huron fishing port and lumbering center. After the forests were depleted, limestone for cement production helped the city continue to thrive. Located on Thunder Bay, a natural harbor and port of refuge, the area’s maritime history is accessible at several lighthouses and underwater at the country’s only freshwater marine sanctuary.

The largest city in the northeast corner of Michigan’s Mitten, Alpena’s appeal is rooted in what it isn’t, according to Mary Beth Stutzman, president and CEO of the Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This is not the place for massive shopping sprees or jumping out ...

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Koziuras on the Begonia Atlantic Ocean
01-Nov-2016
Koziuras on the <em>Begonia</em>
Illinois family sets sail across the Atlantic Ocean on an epic 18-month adventure.

Karla loved Île-à-Vache, Haiti and seeing Cuba before its tourism surges. Sebastián fondly remembers arriving at the beautiful Port of Horta in the Azores after a few long weeks of sailing. The kids enjoyed the many sounds and smells of Rabat and Marrakesh in Morocco. The time sp...

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Autumn in Ashtabula Ashtabula, Ohio
01-Oct-2016
Autumn in Ashtabula
Victorian-era Ashtabula offers autumn entertainment with festivals, historic covered bridges, wineries, apple orchards, sandy beaches, parks and more.

A lovely port city on a curve of land where the Ashtabula River meets Lake Erie, Ashtabula has a charming historic downtown filled with unique shops, galleries and restaurants. For nature lovers, Ashtabula’s city parks and beaches offer options for boating, watersports and fishing. Numero...

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Cruise the Chain Lower Chain of Lakes, Michigan
01-Sep-2016
Cruise the Chain
Michigan’s Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed — a series of 14 lakes and connecting rivers — meanders past quaint, small town ports, through one of the world’s most beautiful Caribbean-hued lakes, into smaller waters stocked with huge sport fish, and along wild and scenic rivers.

If the sky is the deep, cloudless blue of a northern Michigan September day, the water a trademark aqua more often associated with the Caribbean, then somewhere in the middle of stunning Torch Lake is where you’ll likely find Paul Fabiano. He’s the guy in the neon shirt emblazoned w...

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Spirit on the Lake Sheboygan, Wisonsin
01-Aug-2016
Spirit on the Lake
Sheboygan boasts some of the prettiest sand beaches and dunes on Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin side, as well as a few quirky claims to fame. Eating something hot off the grill is a must in this “Bratwurst Capital of the World,” but don’t dare add ketchup or sauerkraut (here, it’s raw onion and brown mustard only, and on a round roll). Take up surfing — a popular sport here since the 1950s — after going fishing; the 26 charter companies are an indication of your likely success. And be sure to leave plenty of time to explore the vibrant arts culture, world-class golf, spas and farm-to-table cuisine.

I’ve finished most of my sampler pours of Cashmere Hammer, a nitro rye stout, and Rebel Kent the First, a tasty Belgian style amber ale, but there’s enough left that I mutter “not quite yet” when the waitress at 3 Sheeps Brewing Company starts taking the glasses away. &l...

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Superior by Nature Thunder Bay, Ontario
01-Jul-2016
Superior by Nature
Framed by a supine giant and thundering headlands, Lake Superior’s largest city is a contrast of modern amenities and historical gems. From gorgeous blue water to the Blues Festival; Finnish Pancakes to local pickerel; Aboriginal artwork to boreal forests; Thunder Bay embodies the spirit and culture of Northwest Ontario.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, — lovingly referred to as “The Lakehead” and “Canada’s Gateway to the West” — is one of Canada’s greatest outdoor adventure cities. Located on the expansive bay of the same name, the city is an interesting mix of European and Abor...

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Water, Wine and Nature Prince Edward Island, Ontario
01-Jun-2016
Water, Wine and Nature
One of Lake Ontario’s true jewels is the island that makes up Prince Edward County. From the main town of Picton and the small hamlets, to the many wineries, walking and cycling trails, beaches and numerous marinas, there really is something for everyone. Rich in United Empire Loyalist history and architecture, a strong art and cultural community, excellent shopping, dining, numerous festivals, a lavender farm and the mysterious Lake on the Mountain, Prince Edward County is a special place to travel to by land or by boat.

The night sky is spectacular with stars — there are no big city lights to drown out the sights in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Although the island is rural, there is growing city sophistication. The island is located on Lake Ontario just south of Belleville. With 500 miles of shoreline s...

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Gateway to the Great Lakes Lake St. Clair
01-May-2016
Gateway to the Great Lakes
Hosting one of the largest marina districts in the Midwest, Lake St. Clair is a boating and recreational treasure with shallow, warm waters, incredible coastal wetlands, protected wildlife habitats, and world-class sport and game fishing. It’s the gateway to two Great Lakes — north to Lake Huron by the St. Clair River and south via the Detroit River to Lake Erie — with festivals
and events in the charming towns along these shores all season long!

The Great Lakes, bordering the United States and Canada, are instantly recognizable on a map or from space, but look closely and you’ll see their nautical heart. For more than 6,000 years, gorgeous Lake St. Clair has been in the incredible position of not only connecting two of the Great Lakes...

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