Out and About: Michigan’s Marvelous Manitou Islands

Part of an island chain that extends north to the Straits of Mackinac, North and South Manitou Islands are located in the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan near Leland, and are accessible only by private watercraft or by the Manitou Island Transit Ferry.

Regional Feature: Endura Performance Homes

Ryan McCoon, president of Traverse City-based Endura Performance Homes, explains how beauty goes well beyond skin deep in this Home Builders Association Grand Traverse Area - Parade of Homes Judges Choice Overall Award winner.

Out and About: Enjoy the Good Ol’ Days This Summer: Old-Style Ranch Resorts

In the Grand Traverse area, two old-style ranches -- Ranch Rudolf and Wolf Lake Ranch -- are great destinations for escaping the hustle and bustle of our daily routines.  

Regional Feature: Lakeshore Custom Homes

Located on a Lake Michigan critical dune in the Frankfort area, this unique 1970s-era home spoke to the homeowners when they first saw it. Though the home didn’t fit their needs perfectly when they purchased it, they saw the potential for all that the home could be.

Building Community: El Grupo Norte

The El Grupo Norte organization began when two parents, both physical therapists, decided to help alleviate the snarled car pickup lines at their kids’ school and at the same time create a healthier alternative: a bike club.