A Taste of Traverse City Traverse City, Michigian
A Taste of Traverse City
Sample the many sights, sounds and flavors this northern Michigan gem has to offer.

Nestled at the base of twin bays lies the heart of a vibrant northern Michigan community called Traverse City. Michiganders know it best as the Cherry Capital of the World, thanks to the renowned National Cherry Festival held each July. But the famed wonder fruit is not the only star in this sho...

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Secret Getaway Southwest Florida
Secret Getaway
Explore the exquisite, oft-overlooked charter grounds of Southwest Florida.

The conversation between my wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed, and I went something like this: SWMBO: “Do you think he’s standing there?” Me: “The chart says there’s plenty of water where he’s standing.” SWMBO: “That may be, but I don&rsq...

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Sea Change Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Sea Change
Escape pressures of everyday life and find a renewed sense of peace and tranquility in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

If there was ever a time to get away for a spell, this is it. At home in the U.S., we’re dealing with a recession that won’t go away. We are in political turmoil, split down the middle; one half diametrically opposed to the other. Watch the news on television, and what you get is an ...

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Call of the Wild Alaska
Call of the Wild
A “Mother Goose” charter cruise refreshes the mind and renews the spirit.

Cruising is my thing. In particular, I enjoy landing places I’ve never been before. When we were planning Lakeland Boating’s special charter issue last year, I suggested we cover the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve spent time in Seattle and Anacortes, the Wa...

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Thrill Coast Sandusky, Ohio & the Erie Islands
Thrill Coast
Sandusky, Ohio and its surrounding island communities offer inescapable joys and excitement for visitors around every twist and turn.

Nestled into Sandusky Bay, on Lake Erie’s southern coast, lies the gem of the Great Lakes: Sandusky, Ohio. The city and its host county, Erie, home to 77,000, have long been destinations for tourists and thrill-seekers of every sort, in every season. With a whole host of entert...

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Les Cheneaux Islands Hessel & Cedarville, Michigan
Les Cheneaux Islands
Brimming with beauty and a storied maritime history, the Les Cheneaux islands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are a boater’s dream.

A long the north shore of Lake Huron in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula lies an archipelago of 36 islands called Les Cheneaux. While the actual meaning of Les Cheneaux remains murky, most accept a loose translation from French meaning “the channels.” The archipelago is ...

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French Connection Québec City, Canada
French Connection
Canada’s Québec City offers visitors a bit of Old World Europe right here in North America.

Bienvenue. Welcome to Québec City and the Île d’Orléans. Join me as I share a recent visit to Canada’s historic French city. The language is an old, provincial style of French known as Québécois. Don’t be concerned if your French is non-existen...

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Victorian Grace Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Victorian Grace
Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake and the surrounding communities welcome boaters year round with the perfect atmosphere for recreation, relaxation and restoration.

Not every boating destination in the Great Lakes region is a big-water cruising ground. Throughout the Midwest, gem-like inland lakes and their distinctive waterfront communities beckon to trailerboaters and vacationers seeking a respite from the hectic pace of life in teeming metropolises such ...

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Paradise Found Naples, Florida
Paradise Found
Florida’s Paradise Coast, including the charming and eclectic city of Naples, offers a little something for everyone.

If you were to fly over Naples, you might have good reason to think this western Florida city is nothing more than one very long golf course that seems to block the wilderness of the Florida Everglades from encroaching on the pristine white beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico. Depending on who...

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Picture Perfect Grand Marais, Michigan
Picture Perfect
Whether you choose to explore from the water or via land, Lake Superior’s Pictured Rocks, the country’s first National Lakeshore, remains a stunning Great Lakes treasure.

They soar from 50 to 200 feet above the pristine south shore of Lake Superior, gleaming with subtle hues of cream, apricot, champagne, gold and taupe. They’re streaked from mineral-laden groundwater seeps, and caves, arches and hoodoo-like rock outcroppings decorate their strong arms and b...

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Prestige 750 Skyscraper
Cruiser Yachts