Exploring Pigeon Forest is child’s play for KOO

Posted on November 13th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor All outdoor adventurers start somewhere. For Kids Outdoors Otsego (KOO), here and now works just fine. KOO – pronounced “coo” by its fans – is the brainchild of Sam Cornelius and Nancie Kersey, longtime friends and colleagues in education. They forme…

Otsego Club Skiing Opens to the Public

Posted on November 9th, 2017
Gaylord, MI–Since 1939, Otsego Club in Gaylord, MI, has made its name as a private ski facility with an historic and beautiful resort. Otsego Club is pleased to announce that this once-private club is now open to the public! Otsego Club has the exceptional ability to combine the historical el…

Sandwiches – Not Just Peanut Butter and Jelly Anymore!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017
What is the timeless #1 go-to meal for fussy children?  While peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may have saved many of us from starving, over the years we grew to crave more between our bread.  Fortunately, Gaylord is filled with a heaping helping of appetizing options that do not requir…

Celebrate Sweetest Day…

Posted on October 18th, 2017
I’ll take any excuse to entice my husband into a day of exploring northern Michigan, Sweetest Day included!  Traditionally not considered a “real” holiday, this special occasion gives you the opportunity to make everyday moments more meaningful, simply because you can say “it’…

Kids’ hike and colors at Sturgeon River Preserve

Posted on September 20th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor I’ve written about the Sturgeon River Preserve before but it’s always worth revisiting this time of year, when fall colors stretch all the way from the dense canopy to the musty forest floor there. It’s the vividly colored fungi that get mos…

Finding the Pigeon Forest’s emerald gem

Posted on September 6th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor I had doubts last week whether Paige would make it all the way to our destination within the Pigeon River Country State Forest without me carrying her at some point. I also wondered if she should be wearing her new shoes for kindergarten, but they were the only ones…

A Selection Of Great Dining Options, That Just Keeps Growing

Posted on August 11th, 2017
Pictured is Main St. Market pan seared Alaskan halibut w/ citrus chive butter, au gratin potatoes, and asparagus.
It was a recent summer Thursday evening and Main Street in Gaylord offered sensory overload in sounds of live music, the smell of a great variety of food and people watching. In the past g…

Paddling Otsego’s chain lakes

Posted on June 29th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor to GaylordMichigan.net There’s a body of water in southern Otsego County where a long-running commercial comes to mind when exploring its far corners. You know the one, with a battery-powered bunny cruising around beating a drum? The pink rabbit with black…

Where the (maple) magic happens

Posted on April 8th, 2017
Out See Go By Chris Engle, contributor Two weeks ago I wrote about tapping maple trees for their crystal-clear sap that Ivan Witt turns into prized, golden maple syrup. The time for Ivan’s alchemy has arrived. He invited me out last weekend to the “sugar shack,” his backwoods l…

Tapping into springtime

Posted on March 16th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor Songbirds whistled in the crowns of maple trees yesterday to the tune of cordless drills cutting holes into the trunks below. The morning’s labor marked the beginning of spring for Ivan Witt (pictured above), a maple-syrup maker who draws his raw material …

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