Category Archives: Tourism

CMU student studying abroad in Paris safe, staying for remainder of semester


A Central Michigan University student studying abroad in Paris is safe, and is staying for the rest of the semester following the terrorist attacks on the city.

The student, whose name is not being released, is studying fashion merchandising and design. After Friday’s attacks, she made contact with the director of the study abroad office at CMU, Diane Desalvo. Continue reading

More travelers heading to northern Michigan during the fall season

IMG_1076Northern Michigan has rapidly changed over the last several years, seeing growth not only in visitors, but also in new businesses like wineries, breweries, and foodie restaurants.

Many of those visitors are now heading north during the fall. Business as usual is clearly changing in not only Traverse City, but all of northern Michigan.

Nearly a decade ago, Labor Day was essentially the end of the tourism season in northern Michigan. Students would head back to school, seasonal workers would depart, and many businesses would shut down for the long winter ahead. Continue reading

Midland will be crawling with rock collectors over Halloween weekend


Rock collectors and geologists from around the state are coming to Midland Halloween weekend — and not necessarily in costume. They’re here for some serious rock business.

The 21st annual rock show in Midland will feature gems, rocks, and minerals for every rock-hound. Continue reading

Destiny or self-will? The story behind a Traverse City entrepreneur’s success

Sue Kellogg holding her product, Nawgum.

Sue Kellogg holding her product, Nawgum.

There are entrepreneurs and then there are “mom-preneurs”.

In Traverse City lives a woman who does it all — she created a teething toy for children, started her own company and now sells her product all over the United States and Canada. Continue reading

Saginaw Bay fishery regulations changing

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Walleye bag limits in Saginaw Bay are being raised from 5-8. Yellow Perch limits are being cut in half to twenty-five. Continue reading

An introduction to outer space

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

The Bay City Planetarium is attempting to restore some of the intrigue and wonder towards outer space that some people may have lost since childhood.
Continue reading

The DEQ grants quarter million dollars for ‘Trail Towns’

The state granted more than a quarter-million dollars for improving coastal trails and nearby towns across the state.

Grand Traverse County received the single largest grant, just under $100,000.

The rest of the money was parceled out to the Clinton River Watershed Council, and three other environmental groups farther south.
Continue reading

As summer comes to a close Environment Michigan looks at the many ways Michiganders are using water for recreational use

Great LakesA summer fun index from Environment Michigan shows that Michigan ranks third in boating out of twenty-six states that were rated.

Annalise Dobbelstein is the Campaign organizer for Environment Michigan in Ann Arbor.

She said water-loving Michiganders are benefiting from the EPA’s Clean Water Act.

“ We need to continue to make sure that our local officials all the way up to the senate do continue to support the clean water rule. So we can continue to have not only clean drinking water but clean water for recreational uses for many generations to come.”

Dobbelstein said this summer more than 9-million visitors came to Michigan to enjoy the waterways.

It’s National Trail week- but a Northern Michigan trail is celebrating for a different reason


A 2,000 mile-long trail that runs through Wexford, Grand Traverse and Emmet counties is celebrating its first corporate donation.

The Iron Belle Trail has been awarded $25,000 from TransCanda, a pipeline company based in Kalkaska County. Continue reading

Drummond Islanders suggest new regulations to DNR

Map of Drummond Island

Map of Drummond Island

Drummond Island has been a wilderness getaway for Michigan outdoorsmen for decades. However, in recent years, the island has become a prime destination for offroading on ATV’s and snowmobiles.

The recreation groups that have been competing for land use have now decided to work together in order to manage the island in a way that benefits everyone.
Continue reading

USS Edson brings naval history alive in Bay City

USS Edson

USS Edson

Our ‘On The Map’ tour of Bay City wraps up with a stop right near the foot of the of the Independence Bridge.

There, moored along the shore of the Saginaw River, sits the USS Edson. It’s a Forrest-Sherman class destroyer that served, with distinction, during the war in Vietnam.

The USS Edson is one of the engineering marvels to come out of the 1950s. Built in Maine, she was commissioned in late 1958, and remained in service for over 30 years. Continue reading

Program geared toward autistic and cognitively impaired children is making waves

Photo courtesy |

Photo courtesy |

Autistic and cognitively impaired children have a chance to try their hand at watersports with a program launched in central Michigan.

Above The Wake is a nonprofit that teaches youth with learning disabilities how to paddleboard, wakeboard and tube. Continue reading

On The Map goes out of this world

Planetarium from the outside.  Courtesy of the Planetarium.

Planetarium from the outside. Courtesy of the Planetarium.

Near the riverfront in Bay City is a huge red and orange colored cone set into a modern looking black building.

This stark architectural contrast to the rest of the city is the Delta College Planetarium.
Continue reading

‘On the Map’ visits one of the world’s largest toy museums

If you’re young at heart or craving a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bay City.

Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading

Produce and community: putting Sault Ste Marie, Ontario On the Map

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario is a big city, more than 75 thousand people live there. But in all the hustle and bustle of big city life, the city manages to create pockets with a small town community feel.

One of those pockets is the Mill Market farmers market.
Continue reading

A tale of two Saults

Aerial Images of the International Bridge, Soo Locks, and St Marys river area, including views of Sault St. Marie Ontario, and Sault St. Marie Michigan

Aerial Images of the International Bridge, Soo Locks, and St Marys river area, including views of Sault St. Marie Ontario, and Sault St. Marie Michigan

When you say ‘I’m going to Sault Ste Marie,’ you could be going up north like many people do every summer, or you might need a passport.

When two cities have the same name, things can get a little confusing, but if you look deeper at the similarities and differences, things can clear up.
Continue reading