Celebrate Free Fishing Weekend with youth ice derby Saturday

Posted on February 12th, 2019
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By Chris Engle, contributor This weekend marks the winter edition of a twice-annual Michigan tradition wherein fishing license fees are waived and families are encouraged to get out and fish together. It’s one thing to be able to fish for free during the aptly named “Free Fis…

Gaylord – The Snowshoe Capitol of the Lower Peninsula

Posted on February 6th, 2019
By Jim DuFresne I learned to snowshoe on a golf course while attending Michigan State University.  I learned right away that I was way overdressed and that it was important to spread your feet a bit to avoid tripping over the tails of the snowshoes. The beauty of snowshoeing is the simplicity of i…

National Plan Your Vacation Day

Posted on January 24th, 2019
Are the winter blues starting to get you down?  Well, buck up, because January 29th is National Plan Your Vacation Day and there’s no better time to start thinking about your next Gaylord getaway! Offering four seasons of Pure Michigan enjoyment, the Gaylord area is the perfect travel desti…

So What’s with the White Stuff in Gaylord?

Posted on January 18th, 2019
The Skinny on Gaylord’s Snow from Jim Keysor of the National Weather Service There are myriad ways our region stands out, though our most well-known attribute may just be the heaping helping of white stuff we receive each winter. And we mean lots of snow— the fluffiest, most amazing kind of s…

Welcome to Otsego Lake, where anything’s possible anywhere

Posted on January 4th, 2019
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By Chris Engle, contributor It was a normal, chilly morning on Otsego Lake Dec. 15 when a fish thumped the rod I’d been jigging. I was after walleye and this felt exactly like one, as the heavy, pulsing tugs bent my rod in a sharp arc. Fishing in only 4 feet of water at the north end of the lake, th…

Your Winter To-Do List

Posted on December 31st, 2018
By Christy Walcott I used to hibernate on the couch under a blanket all winter, but in recent years, I’ve had the yearning to get out and find a way to embrace this snow-covered landscape I call home.  One of the biggest drawbacks to me has always been the fear of being COLD.  Ick. No one like…

Five Really Cool Things To Do In Gaylord This Winter

Posted on December 17th, 2018
By Paul Beachnau So winter is here and your normal outdoor routine is shelved. It is cold and there is snow and you’re just not crazy about it. There are many of us crazy folks that LOVE winter. It is quiet, it is pretty and with the proper gear, you can stay warm and cozy!  Don’t have a snow…

Bear Lake Nature Pathway: Welcome to beaver country!

Posted on November 30th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor
There’s a lot to love about Big Bear Lake near Vienna Corners in eastern Otsego County. The beach is sandy and wide. Perch fishing from a boat is some of the best around. Just up the road, Big Bear Trading Post routinely has 8 flavors of soft-serve ice cream on…

Gaylord – The Inside Scoop

Posted on November 2nd, 2018
By Christy Walcott By now you think you’ve got this whole Gaylord thing down – the trails are exhilarating, each season is its own masterpiece and the friendly folks dress up in Swiss garb for one week each summer.  While you may be a Gaylord expert at this point, we thought we’d tantalize t…

Top 5 Gaylord Souvenirs

Posted on October 26th, 2018
By Christy Walcott We all know memories are the greatest souvenir from any vacation.  But what about the nifty gifties you surprise someone back home with?  Or the special little embellishments you add to your home as a reminder of the place miles away but now near and dear to your heart?&n…