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102 Things To Do In Northern Michigan

Posted on September 28th, 2017
Alanson Area 1.  Feed the fish in our pond, explore and hike our 20 acres, splash in our pool, relax in our hot tub or kick back next to our indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites. 2. Visit the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center in Oden on US-31. 3. H…

13 Ways To Welcome August

Posted on August 1st, 2017
Happy August – a month to enjoy sunsets, warm weather, al fresco dining and festival fun! Here is our list of 13 things to include in your August plans.
  1. The Sweet Sounds of Summer
    From “Stroll the Streets” in Boyne City to “Street Musique” in Harbor Springs, or pullin

The Pointer Boat Is Back!

Posted on May 16th, 2017
Summer’s back and so is the Pointer Boat! Originally built in 1934, the Pointer Boat is one of our favorite ways to see Harbor Springs.  Tours depart from Stafford’s Pier Restaurant downtown and continue along the shorelines of historic associations including Harbor Point and Wequeton…

Snow Much Fun – An Outdoor Winter Playground Guide

Posted on January 13th, 2017
The snow conditions in northern Michigan are nearly perfect right now and if you don’t have plans to come up and explore northern Michigan this winter, you should and here are 6 reasons why!
  1. Cozy Winter Getaways. Our accommodations have it all. Stafford’s Bay View Inn offers cozy accom

A Guest Blog Post – Why We Love The Crooked River Lodge

Posted on September 29th, 2016
We aren’t Disney people or waterpark people. We are nature people. We like hikes, kayaks and lakes. So when my husband turned 40, we knew we had to take our son (who is 6) and go up north to celebrate – and we knew we wanted to stay in a place the whole family could have fun. We were looking for low-key and…

103 Things To Do In Northern Michigan This Fall

Posted on September 21st, 2016
Are you ready for Mother Nature’s fantastic color show in northern Michigan? It’s coming soon! Whether you are here to visit or live here year-round, check out our list of 103 Things To Do This Fall. Alanson Area
1. Feed the fish in our pond, explore and hike our 20 acres, splash in our pool…

Sip. Savor. See. Stay.

Posted on September 9th, 2016
Immerse yourself in the beauty that is fall. The crisp air, the colorful trees and all things pumpkin. There is so much to enjoy during the fall season in northern Michigan, we hope you can find time to sip, savor and see a few of our favorites with a relaxing stay. Sip
Do yourself a favor and taste & to…

8 Ways To Explore Alanson – A Local’s Perspective

Posted on August 8th, 2016
I love the feel of small communities, especially my “new” hometown, Alanson. Not only do I love the location, my family and I love exploring all the area has to offer. Here are a few of my favorite ways to explore and embrace our community.
  1. Visit Sanctuary Island on the Crooked River
    A must

5 Reasons Why I Love Harbor Springs

Posted on July 21st, 2016
Born and raised in Harbor Springs, no matter where life takes me, I will always call this place home. Below are some of my favorite places to visit and classic must-do activities loved by locals. Make a day out of all five or spread them out for some goodness each day, but don’t miss these Harbor Spri…

9 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Time In Charlevoix

Posted on July 18th, 2016
It won’t take long to discover why our beautiful community is known as #CharlevoixTheBeautiful! Here are 9 ways to make the most of your time in Charlevoix.
  1. Venetian Festival July 16 – 23
    A highlight of the summer season in Charlevoix – attracting tens of thousands of vis