Cruise the Chain Lower Chain of Lakes, Michigan
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
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
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 County, Ontario
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
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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A GREAT Lake Place Huron, OH
A GREAT Lake Place
The small town waterfront alive with history, marinas, beaches, shops and nightlife makes Huron, Ohio, a Great Lake Place.

“Huron is a community filled with pride; a small town with a rich heritage and an eye on the future,” says Huron mayor Brad Hartung. Pride in the city is evident, and celebrating the water is a not-to-be-missed event in Huron, especially the Huron River Fest the second week in July, wh...

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The Sunrise Coast Saginaw Bay, Michigan
The Sunrise Coast
Michigan’s famed mitten silhouette is shaped by Saginaw Bay, a sparkling stretch of water that opens up to Lake Huron and is dotted with towns, ports, beaches, carpets of forests, rivers and trails.

Each community along Saginaw Bay is unique and charming in its own distinct way: There are the small hamlets of Port Austin at the eastern-most tip; to Tawas Point on the western side of the bay’s entrance — nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” with its Victorian-era light...

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Belle City of the Lakes Racine, Wisconsin
Belle City of the Lakes
For contemporary arts and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, Danish kringles and festivals, drop anchor in the Lake Michigan harbor town of Racine, Wisconsin.

If you’ve cruised Lake Michigan’s western shoreline, you have likely passed the 11-story Wind Point Lighthouse that sticks out at the north end of Racine. But did you know that there’s also a 15-story tower designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright nearby? The Wright st...

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Rebirth of the Hammer Hamilton, Ontario
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
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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