Live Here, Play Here

Posted on August 20th, 2018
By Christy Walcott Gaylord is my hometown and while I do enjoy venturing out and seeing what other communities have to offer, it goes without saying that my heart is always at home.  I make it a priority to take some time off during our perfect northern Michigan summers, but instead of venturing n…
A fine fishing and swimming hole on the Upper Manistee River.

Trading trout for blueberries in Deward Area

Posted on July 20th, 2018
Out See Go
By Chris Engle, contributor The plan was simple: catch one or two brook trout for lunch. We had the stove, we had the frying pan, the butter, the salt and pepper. We had the appetite. Paige was all excited for her first shore lunch, but the fish apparently were not. Nestled in the southwest corn…

Independence Day Celebrations in Gaylord

Posted on June 20th, 2018
  June 30th  Fireworks Over Otsego Lake Boat parade begins at 2:00pm at the Otsego Lake County Park. 
Otsego Lake residents decorate their boats with 4th of July flair and parade them around the lake.
Fireworks over Otsego Lake at dusk!   July 4th Johannesburg 4th of July Celeb
Letters from fishing items used to spell out Christy

Nature Has Something to Say

Posted on June 6th, 2018
By Christy Walcott Since meeting my husband, Andy, I have attended countless antique car shows.  Don’t get me wrong, classic autos are intriguing from their unique designs to history filled with character, however, a girl can get antsy at times.  A good friend let me in on a little secr…

Sandals in the Snow

Posted on May 5th, 2018
By Christy Walcott There’s just something about spring that’s hard to explain.  With the first warm day, whether it occurs in early March or holds off until late April, you feel your senses awaken.  The crisp, pure winter air is replaced with all the scents you’d forgotten – damp

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…

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’…

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…