Upper Peninsula: Exploring Pictured Rocks

We woke up bright and early in the sleepy town of Grand Marais, pulled on our boots, and headed into the wilderness of Pictured Rocks. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a vast, sprawling park with landscape that changes dramatically every couple of miles, from dunes to birch forests to dramatic craggy cliffs. There’s a paved road that runs right through the entire…
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Upper Peninsula: Historic Grand Marais

Cosy looking wood-shingled beach shacks line the grassy dunes of the Lake Superior coastline in Grand Marais, standing guard against the passage of time. In the centre of town you’ll find a Post Office Museum, an antique but still-working gas pump, and the historic Pickle Barrel House that is exactly what it sounds like. During the era of the lumber-barons, Grand Marais…
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Sunday Stroll in Corktown

  Late on Sunday afternoon my mum and I finally rolled out of bed and headed to Historic Corktown for brunch at the newest market in town.     The walls of Farmer’s Hand are brimming with everything you could ever want. They specialize in artisanal, Michigan-made products ranging from kale to ceramics and postcards.       All of their produce…
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Hot Diggity Dogs

  Hidden inside the UFO Factory is a new subterranean joint called Laika Dog. If you missed the joke, Laika was a Soviet space dog that became the first mammal to orbit the Earth, and it’s in the UFO Factory…geddit?   When you first walk in, your eyes will be blinded by darkness but will quickly adjust. In a word, this…
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Parks & Rec, Downtown

  We walked into this tiny triangle-shaped slice of heaven with the late morning sun streaming into the diner from all directions.     Parks & Rec is one of the most beautifully designed places in the city, straddling the line between quirky and classic with ease. They’ve got Oreo shaped bar stools, a giant painting on driftwood of an antique postcard,…
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