FINE DINING IN FLIP-FLOPS: LES CHENEAUX CULINARY SCHOOL, HESSEL, MI

LES CHENEAUX CULINARY SCHOOL  SERVES UP ELEGANT CUISINE AND CHEF EDUCATION On the eastern edge of the Upper Peninsula is the tranquil waterfront village of Hessel. The year-round population of 200 swells to 10,000 during the summer, due in no small part to the annual Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of the Arts each […]

CRUISING THE FOODIE TRAIL IN THE UPPER PENINSULA, MI

Throughout the Upper Peninsula, eateries offer hearty and delicious fare. They often shop from local purveyors, with freshwater fish and cherry-something-or-others commonplace on menus. After all, Michigan is the Number One cherry-producing state in the country. Another regional favorite is the pasty, a hand-held meat-and-potato pie popularized by Cornish miners who immigrated to the area […]

CRUISING THE FOODIE TRAIL IN SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

Throughout the Upper Peninsula, eateries offer hearty and delicious fare. They often shop from local purveyors, with freshwater fish and cherry-somethings commonplace on menus. After all, Michigan is the Number One cherry-producing state in the country. Another regional favorite is the pasty, a hand-held meat-and-potato pie popularized by Cornish miners who immigrated to the area […]

LOCKVIEW MOTEL: COMFY, COZY DOWNTOWN SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

A delightful place to anchor your stay in Sault Ste. Marie is the Askwith Lockview Motel. It’s a comfortable, family-run motel with affordable prices and a friendly 24-hour staff.   The key advantage to staying at the Askwith Lockview Motel is its downtown location on historic Portage Avenue. Just across the street is Soo Locks […]

BOTSWANA: BASKING IN THE EXOTIC BEAUTY OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Mapula Lodge was the last stop on our 16-day journey that began in Cape Town (originating in Chicago), South Africa, so we had stayed in charming lodges and classy hotels along the way. This one–to the remote reaches of Okavango Delta in Botswana–was the most magnificent in a one-with-nature, take-your-breath-every-minute way. Mapula’s greatest amenity is […]