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We encourage you to discover the things about Newaygo County that will bring you back and make you want to share your experiences with others. There is something for every-one to do no matter what the season. Sometimes it’s a bald eagle flying in the blue sky overhead, a ride on the bike path in the fresh crisp air, a hidden treasure in an antique store, or a dinner so delicious you would order it again tomorrow. Come back and bring your friends.

Advice from a Hiking Trio

Meet Annie Trapp, Linda Trapp, Kathy Broome & pup Novalee, all residents of the White Cloud area. They enjoy hiking the North Country Trail as a trio in their spare time. I caught up with these ladies  to ask how this year has been going so far…So far in 2021 they...

Spring Break Day Trips – Outdoors & On The Cheap

Spring Break Day Trips – Outdoors & On The Cheap

Pretty much every year around this time, my wife and I scramble to find exciting, enriching things to do with our kids during spring break.  Although she’s fully vaccinated and I’m currently half vacc’d, we are still a bit reluctant to head to the typical spring break...

Modern Workhorse or Adventure Machine?

Modern Workhorse or Adventure Machine?

Back in the day, if you could have looked in a cowboy's saddlebags, you would have seen a few things that every one of them made sure they had whenever they jumped onto their trusty steed. A good rope, a coffee pot and a few tools were part of every cowboy's gear....

8 Stops For a Unique Gift

8 Stops For a Unique Gift

    Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is here!  I’m probably more guilty than most of having a certain distinct box showing up on my porch on a regular basis, but this year is more important than ever to support small businesses.     I’ve put...

First Time Hiker

First Time Hiker

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit, that even growing up next to the Manistee National Forest, literal minutes from the North Country Trail, my first time hiking it was this past winter… in my mid 30’s!  While my preferred adventure typically includes a glass of wine on...

Traipsing Through the Winter Woods

Traipsing Through the Winter Woods

I am in love with Newaygo County.  We’ve lived here three years now and keep discovering hidden treasures. If you love to be out in nature as my husband and I do, then each season brings new adventures and experiences.I did not think snowshoeing sounded like much...

Winter Wanderings: Newaygo County’s Trails

Winter Wanderings: Newaygo County’s Trails

I first learned to love cross-country skiing during my senior year of high school after befriending a Norwegian exchange student named Ingvar.  My first trip out was perfection.  A snow day from school and the type of snow globe snow falling through the trees onto us...

Christmas Season Festivities

Christmas Season Festivities

I grew up in Newaygo country. My memories of the area are rich odes to the senses.  There’s the feeling of the cold river running over my feet in the summer, sunlight on my face as it blinked through the rustling tree branches along the bank. There was the taste of...

Church’s Tree Farm

Church’s Tree Farm

Finding the right tree!Snow fell, and we said goodbye to fall as if it were a thing that never existed. There were never leaves of red, yellow, or orange decorating the skyline. There were no greying trees of exposed branches and bark. There is only this place, this...

Fall Color Tour Time! 

Fall Color Tour Time! 

Top 5 places (and maybe a few more) to take great Fall color photosFall is my favorite time of year. I love watching the rainbow of colors change from day to day. Science says that water and temperature determine when a tree’s leaves turn colors. I don’t much care for...

Get Your Art On!

Get Your Art On!

This not so summery weather seemed to call for something fun inside today.  Newaygo County, known for its outdoor activities, has plenty of hidden treasures for these occasions.  However, this morning, I was really in for a special treat as I ventured into an...