LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Puddles, potholes, raincoats, and umbrellas – all signs of spring. I remember as a kid how much I enjoyed splashing through the puddles, especially when there was a thin layer of ice over the top that would crunch as I stepped down; there was something so rewarding in this simple action. Not sure my mom was thrilled because it undoubtedly meant that there would be mud on my clothes. As I got older, spring meant spring break. For me, that meant spring training in Florida with my dad’s college baseball team. My friends and I couldn’t wait to climb in the car for that nonstop 24-hour drive followed by a week or two spent around a bunch of college guys. Don’t get me wrong, the team was busy practicing and playing baseball most of the time, but we were boy-crazy teens, so spending time with them in their free time was something we always looked forward to. We’d spend the days around the pool, visiting Busch Gardens, or watching the team practice and play. At night we’d go down to the all-you-can-eat pizza place and watch in amazement as the guys would eat pizza after pizza for five bucks. Spring training and spring break will always hold a special place in my heart, and it will always represent great times with good friends and family. Since I’m an avid gardener, spring is also the time I start to consider garden updates. For me, that means garden structures, flowers, bulbs, or shrubs, and perhaps a water feature. This year may be the year I install a small greenhouse because our growing season is never as long as I’d like it to be. Especially when it comes to fresh produce. It’s fun to consider the possibilities and create a plan. What does spring represent to you, I wonder? Warm destination vacations? Time out of the office? Or is it simply a time for you to look forward to warmer weather, outdoor activities, and spring projects? We touch on a few of these subjects in this spring issue; perhaps there are some ideas here that will inspire you. However you celebrate spring, and whatever the season means to you, I hope you enjoy it. I think it will always be one of my favorite seasons.

Kathy Stone
Managing Editor

SPRING FEATURES



Explore Michigan's Small Town Film Festivals
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New Kitchen, Old Kitchen, Maintaining the Origional Charm in an Updated Kitchen
Guest Designer: Kellyl Paulsen

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Michigan's Independent Bookstores–A Labor of Love
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Spring Training, the History of the Draw
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2017 MI NKBA Virtual Kitchen and Bath Tour
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SPRING RECIPES


West End Tavern
Grilled Hanger Steak Salad
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TapRoot
Ginger Glazed Root Veggies and Roasted Potatoes
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The Whitney
Beef Wellington
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Stafford's Pier Restaurant
Crab Cakes
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Aerie Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Iron Skillet-Seared Whitefish with Spring Vegetables
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Boone's Long Lake Inn
Slow Roasted Prime Rib
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Henderson Castle
Introducing:H Prime Chop House at Henderson Castle
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SPRING FEATURES

West End Tavern
12719 SW Bay Shore Dr.,
Traverse City MI 49684, 231-943-2922
www.WestEndTavernTC.com

Taproot
Downtown Traverse City
On the Corner of Front and Park
231-943-2500
www.TapRootTC.com

The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave,
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5700
www.TheWhitney.com

Stafford's Waterfront Dining
Bay View Inn
Bay View, 800-258-1886
Pier Restaurant
Harbor Springs, 231-526-6201
Perry Hotel
Petoskey, 800-737-1899
Drawbridge Bistro
Charlevoix, 231-758-3801
Weathervane Restaurant
Charlevoix, 231-547-4311 www.Staffords.com

Aerie Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd,
Acme, MI 49610 231-534-6000
www.GrandTraverseResort.com

Boone's Long Lake Inn
2708 Secor Rd.,
Traverse City MI 49684,
231-946-3991
www.BoonesLLI.com

Henderson Castle
100 Monroe St,
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269-344-1827
www.HendersonCastle.com