Valentine’s Day Trifecta – Snowshoes, the Spa and Squid

Posted on February 2nd, 2018
Although I tend to prefer nontraditional or more personalized date options, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I want to do it up right!  I’m talking roses, candlelit dinners and the type of gift that comes in a perfectly wrapped and ribbon adorned box.  This holiday brings out the bes…

I’m sensing a pattern here

Posted on January 12th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor The beauty of days like today, when ice and wind has battered my ambitions and frozen my garage doors shut, is knowing that I took advantage of the better days when they were here. My sanity relies on fishing once a week and walking in the woods at least every other da…

4 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted on January 2nd, 2018
The ball drops. Fireworks explode against the now-January night sky. This is it, the moment everyone shouts “Happy New Year” and reaches for a midnight smooch from someone nearby. But all you can think is “it’s here…the diet I said I would start after the holidays.” The ever-popular Ne…

Celebrate the Sweet Stuff

Posted on December 5th, 2017
As if trays of savory, bite size hors d’oeuvres, delectable holiday dips and sherbet topped punches at holiday parties weren’t already enough to derail my attempt at dieting, December is full of recognition days centered on the sweet stuff – I’m talking brownies, cookies, cupcakes a…

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…

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