As we look forward to the warmer days ahead, guest blogger and photographer Joshua Nowicki shares fifteen moments from Winter 2015 that took our breath away!
More than any other year, it was my goal to get out to enjoy and photograph the beauty of winter in Michigan. I enjoyed camping, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, ice climbing, and snowshoeing, and I visited ice covered lighthouses, forests blanketed in snow, ice caves, and frozen waterfalls. From the intricacy of a single snowflake to the grandeur of Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan is simply amazing. These are just a few of the photos I have taken during my adventures.
Karol Garrison stand up paddle boarding next to the ice covered lighthouse in Saint Joseph
Frozen sand “hoodoos” sculpted by high winds at Silver Beach County Park along Lake Michigan
The ice covered lighthouse in Saint Joseph at night
The refection of the ice covered lighthouse in South Haven reflected in a puddle on the pier
An icy crashing wave along the lake shore in Whitehall.
March is Michigan Food and Agriculture Month! Many travelers are trekking across the state for what they call “Foodie Adventures.” They’re vacations that revolve around great food finds. From classic comfort foods to fresh Michigan produce, your taste buds won’t be disappointed with the culinary delights of Pure Michigan. We put together this list of just a few fantastic places to eat when you’re on the road on the east side of the state. Enjoy!
Shores of Eastern Michigan
The air is fragrant with fresh breezes and scents of coffee houses, bakeries and award-winning restaurants, all tempting to a passerby.
No day is complete without dessert, make sure to stop at (4)The Atrium Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour, which has been described by its guests as the most elegant and whimsical restaurant they have experienced.
If you don’t have time to sit down, spend some time browsing a unique gift shop, (5)Weekends, with delectable gourmet foods.
Have a mid-day brunch at (6)The Raven Café to enjoy the food and drinks in a unique café atmosphere.
(7)Vintage Tavern, a treasure discovered, with a decor of fine wood, brick and tin ceilings, located in downtown Port Huron, the hot spot to dine or just enjoy your surroundings with a flight of wines.
Cider mills are an exclusive Michigan attraction that everyone should experience, stop at the (8)McCallum Orchard.
Driving through east central and the thumb of Michigan, you will stumble upon many hidden culinary destinations that the locals find to be great treasures. The scenery will captivate you as much as the amazing food.
It is time to take your taste buds on an adventure through the Upper Peninsula. You will find fresh fish from the Great Lakes, meals that fill your belly, wine and beer unique to the north, cranberry farms and local farmers markets.
Start your experience at (1)The Driftwood Restaurant & Sports Bar, one look at the menu and you won’t know where to start. With a delicious variety of Whitefish to their homemade soups, you have to have a taste of everything.
Traverse City is a classic Northern Michigan destination loved by many. See what Traverse City has to offer in a whole new light as guest blogger Coryn Briggs from Traverse City Tourism takes us on a video tour of the “Cherry Capital of the World!”
Photo by Michigan Nut Photography
Of course, we all love those Pure Michigan videos – that goes without saying! They have the perfect combination of stunning imagery and information. They engage us and connect us to experiences – whether we’ve already had them or are planning to have them. The memories and emotions captured and shared in the videos consistently remind us of that unique “sense of place” found all over Michigan and especially in Traverse City!
Maybe the term “sense of place” is overused, but to me there is really no better way to define the emotional and physical connection you feel for an area you love. In Traverse City, this sense of place is defined, strong, and shared by locals and tourists alike.
You might remember late last summer when we released “Take Me There” – the upbeat video by Traverse City natives The Hacky Turtles singing about their love for their hometown – this video, along with the following selection, demonstrates different perspectives and shows the deep-rooted connection to this magical place that I call home. And this is what makes me (and hopefully you) want to watch them.
Let’s start with Summer Sailing Adventures, by bloggers Mike and Megan Gilger, the incredibly talented and creative duo behind The Fresh Exchange and Wild Measure. This video, captured just north of Sutton’s Bay, draws you in right away – the music, the blue water (yes, it is really that blue!) and the ethereal imagery. It’s playful and fun with a peaceful tone that authentically captures a gorgeous day spent on Lake Michigan. Does it make you want to dive in?
This next video has a totally different feel to it but is equally fun and playful. Produced by Amanda from the blog titled A Dangerous Business, it is a whimsical journey around Traverse City in the fall. Since autumn is one of my favorite seasons, I immediately connected with this video. Hayrides, roadside farm stands, leaves changing color all amidst the amazing backdrop of Lake Michigan – it doesn’t get any more authentic than this!
The last video from the Leelanau Conservancy, produced in 2010, has a completely different tone and feeling, it is more serious and has a powerful message. There are so many aspects of this one that make it special to me — from personal reflections to professional reasons, this video really hits home! To begin with, the music is by one of my favorite Northern Michigan artists, Mae Erlewine. The song immediately connects you to that sense of place with an image that stands as a metaphor throughout the entire video, driving home the underlying message of conservation. The Leelanau Conservancy used photos submitted by their fans as the main visual content for this piece, which gives the messaging an authentic, home-town feeling.
What draws your attention to travel videos? Is it the images, the music, the scenery or everything combined? Whatever the reason(s) there’s always something that needs to connect with you and leave you feeling inspired or proud to have memories of that special place.
Want to see more? Take a look at Traverse City Tourism’s You Tube channel for a diverse selection of videos about recreational activities, restaurants, breweries, and wineries.
Coryn Briggs is the Digital Marketing & Design Specialist at Traverse City Tourism. A Detroit area native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a masters in Recreation and Tourism Management at Michigan State University. She has lived and worked in Traverse City since 2004 and enjoys baking, running, visiting Traverse City’s brewpubs, beaches, and recreational trails.