Category Archives: Tourism

Little Traverse Conservancy gives an excuse to brave the cold

Almost every Saturday this month Little Traverse Conservancy is hosting, what they call, outdoor adventure events.

The events are aimed at getting families outside to appreciate Michigan’s unique winter landscape.
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Sno-drift: Rally racing on ice

Professional skateboarder, turned rally racer Bucky Lasek.

Professional skateboarder, turned rally racer Bucky Lasek.


Rally racing takes place on blocked off sections of public roads. Drivers race the clock attempting to get a faster time than the other teams.

Whoever finishes the course fastest is the winner.
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Fewer Canadian tourist are visiting U.S. as dollar stays strong

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What a difference a dollar makes. Officials say the decline of the Canadian dollar, is affecting the number of visitors to the United States.

Officials say travel has been declining for two years. They believe it is because of the weak Canadian dollar. Continue reading

Warm weather could offer something new to the Mackinac Island Adventurer

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Northern Michigan’s warmer than usual weather could allow ferries headed for Mackinac Island to stay open throughout the winter season.

Allison Abraham is the assistant director for the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. She said winter tourism on the island isn’t a new thing.

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Finding Santa in a sea of red and white

The workshop

The workshop

When I walked into the replica of Santa’s workshop and was confronted by well over 40 real-bearded, bright red suit wearin’ Santas, this somewhat-mature 23-year old reporter immediately turned into a 10 year old boy.
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Santa’s not so little helper: Reindeer man

Bronner the white deer.

Bronner the white deer.

Ladies and Gentleman drop everything and listen, I’ve solved a Christmas mystery! I’ve located the man who takes care of Santa’s reindeer in the off season.
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CMU student studying abroad in Paris safe, staying for remainder of semester

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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

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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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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