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12 Letters and Contributors FULL TEXT

16 Wavelengths
Enjoy the best of Michigan’s waters and beaches, the ways we
relax and the awesome appeal of summer.

32 Vintage Views
What was it about The Mystery Spot and other quirky attractions
that drew so many travelers to roadside stops?

40 Undercurrents
Successfully having preserved 10,000 acres of private and public
land, the Land Conservancy of West Michigan
faces a growing demand.

73 Michigan's top 5
Five great beaches to explore this summer. Find out why.

88 Reflections
While sailing from Charlevoix to Toronto, the beauty of the
Detroit waterfront becomes undeniable.

18 Waterways
Dog-friendly beaches, a new luxury B&B, waterfront art camp,
Michigan-made paddleboards and beach house guest-room
designs to please.

32 State of Mine
Dreaming about wildflower fields and a visit by the
Queen of Fairies.

38 The Sporting life
A river’s secrets are unveiled when paddling a canoe,
the watercraft Great Lakes natives used for centuries.



42 At the helm
Steeped in tradition, the 149-year-old Detroit Yacht
Club draws a modern and growing membership.

61 Excursions
Antique festivals, wine and food festivals, a Pirates of the
Caribbean shoreline cruise, sand sculpting competition
and art fairs.

84 Tasting Room
Organic spirits and tasty fare are served up by the
Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks.

86 Dining Destination
Three SW Michigan eateries provide creative dishes and
alfresco dining on the waterfront.

44 The beachcombers
It’s a way of life, a soulful pursuit. Sea glass and stone collected
on Great Lakes beaches provides artisans with the
perfect materials to make objects of beauty.

50 Enjoying the good life
Michigan beaches are the perfect diversion. Having an abundance
of sandy shoreline is something Michiganders celebrate.

56 Inspired by water
Poets, painters, writers and musicians are often inspired by water.
They write, compose, paint and sing about it, our connections
to it and relationships.

Great Lake Story