Editor's note: Set sail for summer

A kayak invites a paddle on Davis Lake in Maple City.

Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's Summer I 2019 issue. Pick up a free copy at area hotels, visitor's centers, chambers of commerce or at the Record-Eagle building on Front Street. Click here to read GT Scene in its entirety online.

Summer — could any other word hold such promise?

It’s a season that stretches out deliciously before us, a season when time and rules and the ordinary business of life seem to be suspended, giving us permission to do anything or nothing at all, as the mood strikes.

It’s a season, more than any other, of heightened senses — when the slap of screen doors, the distant drone of lawn mowers, the lazy buzz of insects and the exuberant cries of children at play seem to hang on the air. When the tantalizing aromas of roses and peonies, meat on the grill, campfires and bonfires on the beach drift and linger.

And there’s nowhere that does summer better than northern Michigan, with its seemingly endless lakes and sand dunes, scenic cities and villages, and inspired wines and cuisine, all meant for exploring.

In this issue of Grand Traverse Scene we dine in the vines Tuscany- and Provence-style, visit makers of handcrafted water art, from boats to boards, and meet long-distance swimmers who challenge themselves against the Great Lakes.

We visit grand old resorts that have welcomed generations of families, and learn about a chef whose dishes include such locally-sourced ingredients as sumac and puffed wild rice. We meet luxury real estate partners whose jobs require them to shop, and take a trip to Beulah, home of one of the region’s most charming art fairs.

Finally, we get the scoop on downtown Traverse City’s explosive growth in a new, regular Scene business feature.

All this, plus regional summer reads, upcoming events and an essay that pays homage to the crazy things we do on summer vacation.


— Marta Hepler Drahos

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