Photographer of the Month: Dan Price

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Oct 16, 2017 / 0 comments

Dan Price is a Midwest-based freelance photographer whose aim is to capture the mood of a given moment.  

He got his start when a doctor prescribed daily walks as a part of his treatment in battling Lyme disease. Shooting surroundings that he was presented, like his backyard or a nearby field, became an important part of his recovery.  

6 Foodie Finds in Detroit

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Aug 28, 2017 / 0 comments

Detroit doesn’t tend to make headlines as a foodie destination.
It should.
Before moving to Detroit, Michigan, I had a grocery list of misconceptions about the Motor City, including an expectation it would be a food desert in the Midwest.
Instead, what I found was that Detroit holds a diverse mix of different cultures and people. And food.

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Foodie Finds: The Definitive Guide to Where to Eat in Port Austin, Michigan

One would think that a town located on the shoreline of Lake Huron would have restaurants upon restaurants serving up fresh fish. This is not true for Port Austin, Michigan.

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Mackinac Island with the Ghost of Magdelaine La Framboise

“Welcome to 1816.” Magdelaine La Framboise’s spirit greeted our arrival to the island she had loved. The Odawa-French fur trader, who had fascinated me for years, invited my husband, Bob, and me to stay at the Harbour View Inn. In its prior life, the current B&B had been her home. Its construction was overseen by her son-in-law, Captain Benjamin Pierce, brother to future President Franklin Pierce. The gentle breezes whispered Magdelaine's words, “I apologize that I can’t spend more time with you.

Five Favorite Places for Kids on the Sunset Coast, Michigan

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Jul 12, 2017 / 4 comments

Kids and water go together - it's a natural fit. And what better place to play, than along Michigan's Sunset Coast?

Foodie Finds: Best Place to Eat Near Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Jul 06, 2017 / 0 comments

Sleeping Bear Dunes - voted the most beautiful place in the US! And it is definitely worth the title - we've written extensively about this gorgeous place, since it is almost in our own backyard.


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Canoeing Michigan's Rivers

Canoeing - it sounds romantic, doesn't it? My aunt and uncle had their first date while canoeing a Michigan river. My parents gave my husband and I a double kayak for our wedding present. I am a nature photographer, and most of my photographs are taken out on the lake, during a quiet paddle. Every other week our daughter and I go out and clean up the lake, picking up people's trash.

It is all about the water, and how you can truly experience nature by being on it.

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The BlackRock Medieval Fest, A-Z

Today we visited the BlackRock Medieval Fest, held in Augusta, Michigan. Near Kalamazoo, this renaissance festival is lively, fun, and quite entertaining. We'll write more about it, but today, when we're full of medieval joie d'vivre, we'll share the BlackRock Medieval Fest A-Z. Take a look...

BlackRock Medieval Fest, A-Z

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Come Hither! 7 Tips for Visiting Black Rock Medieval Fest

Lords and Ladies of West Michigan, save room on your calendars for the Black Rock Medieval Fest, held on 5 weekends in summer in Augusta, Michigan. The festival runs from 10am - 6pm on weekends in July and August.

Come Hither! 7 Tips for Visiting Black Rock Medieval Fest

Michigan's Small Town Treasures: The Craziest Festival in Michigan’s Thumb

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Jun 21, 2017 / 0 comments

If you only have time for one small-town festival this summer and you want it to be filled with enough silliness to make you forget all the serious stuff going on in your life, consider the Annual "Cheeseburger in Caseville"  Festival. It is too big for a weekend and runs every year in August. As you reach the city limits, you’ll be greeted by more pink flamingos than flock anywhere else north of Miami as the small beach town of Caseville morphs into Key North.