Thumbs Up! Port Sanilac and Lexington, Michigan
01-Apr-2019
Thumbs Up!
From a swinging bridge, underwater shipwreck preserve and the state’s oldest hardware store to festivals, fireworks and old-fashioned fun, Michigan’s Thumb region of Lexington and Port Sanilac beckons boaters.

For Paul Hampton and his wife, Lydia, summer doesn’t get much better than cruising on Lake Huron or chilling dockside aboard their 23-foot Sea Ray at the Lexington marina, just 90 minutes from their metro Detroit home. In this boating haven on Michigan’s eastern shore, stress fad...

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Rock Your Boat in Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio
01-Mar-2019
Rock Your Boat in Cleveland
With great food, diverse neighborhoods, cultural attractions, memorable sunsets and two waterfronts — open and endless Lake Erie or the urban and industrialized Cuyahoga River — for boaters to explore, Cleveland is a cool destination.

Jim Lee is an Akron, Ohio-based IT consultant who has sailed his Ericson 30 Plus into every port on Lake Erie, but the one view that never fails to thrill him is Cleveland’s skyline. “About 30 miles out on the lake, you start to see buildings poking up on the horizon,” Lee ...

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Nature's Paradise Muskegon County, Michigan
01-Feb-2019
Nature's Paradise
A tale of three cities, five lakes and two rivers in Muskegon County, Michigan. The cities of Muskegon, Whitehall and Montague offer first-rate fishing, waterfront restaurants, boutique shops and a charming mix of old and new.

Seventeen years ago, many people thought Ted Fricano was, as he describes it, “crazy” when he decided to transform a building slated for demolition in Muskegon into a 250-seat pizzeria. But Fricano’s Pizza was ahead of the curve and a driving factor in the revitalization of...

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Toronto the Good Toronto, Ontario
01-Jan-2019
Toronto the Good
A multi-faceted personality has blessed Toronto, Ontario, with an abundance of colorful nicknames. But all it takes is a single visit to leave boaters calling it their own slice of waterfront heaven.

Hogtown. The Six. Hollywood North. YYZ. Toronto has always been a city known for its nicknames, each of which reflects a different side of Canada’s largest metropolitan area. Hogtown is a nod to Toronto’s agricultural past, when its stockyards shipped maple-smoked bacon to markets all ov...

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The M&M Twin Cities Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee Michigan
05-Nov-2018
The M&M Twin Cities
The neighboring towns of Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee, Michigan offer boaters plenty of fish to catch, sailing races, festivals and tasty eateries.

Where bay and river meet The two states and towns are divided by the Menominee River, which forms from the confluence of the Brule and Michigamme Rivers northwest of Iron Mountain, Michigan. This is a good fishing area that’s known for clean water and — as the folks in the Welcome Center...

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Where the Water Never Ends Oswego, New York
01-Oct-2018
Where the Water Never Ends
Whether you’re planning a trip through the Erie Canal or cruising Lake Ontario, Oswego, New York is worth the trip. Known as “The Port City of Central New York,” this small town is big on things to see and do. Rich on both military and nautical history, Oswego is a water and history lovers’ dream.

As you cruise into Oswego, you pass by the historic West Pierhead Lighthouse. Looking down the Oswego River offers views of a mix of old and new, industrial buildings still in use or repurposed for current needs. It’s readily apparent that this town has history. When you want to stand ...

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Munising is Rockin’ Munising, Michigan
01-Sep-2018
Munising is Rockin’
The Grand Island National Recreation Area, a shipwreck preserve, waterfalls, plenty of eateries and, of course, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, make Munising, Michigan a stunning tourist destination.

Millions of years in the making, the geologic formations that line the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have fascinated humans for centuries. The colorful sandstone cliffs, sculpted by wind and water and painted by seeping minerals, inspired stories and awe in the ...

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Picturesque Pentwater Pentwater, Michigan
01-Aug-2018
Picturesque Pentwater
Just steps from both an inland and a Great Lake, Pentwater, Michigan offers historic charm in a resort setting.

Midway up the western coast of Michigan, tucked in the Pere Marquette State Forest between Silver Lake and Ludington, the village of Pentwater is the perfect place to spend the day, the week, or the entire summer. The serenity and natural beauty of this coastal village is on full display, and its ea...

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More than a Skyline Chicago, Illinois
01-Jul-2018
More than a Skyline
Chicago, Illinois is more than just the Cubs and White Sox, skyscrapers, tasty deep-dish pizza and the city’s notorious wind. Thanks to waterfront development, riverfront revitalization and endless activities, the “Second City” is a true Great Lakes destination.

Chicago’s skyline from Lake Michigan is breathtaking, especially as the sun begins to dip, silhouetting the city’s many skyscrapers. Visiting boaters could be tempted to spend all their time anchored out on the lake, drinking in the city’s beautiful architecture from a distance. ...

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Rust Belt Renaissance Buffalo, New York
01-Jun-2018
Rust Belt Renaissance
Who would have thought that the New York Times would include Buffalo, New York on its 2018 list of “100 Places to Visit in the World”? But there it is, testament to the fact that Buffalo is buzzing and making a big comeback from its Rust Belt image. The waterfront leads the way after a decade-long redevelopment, with new hotels, restaurants, patios, parks and bike trails dotting the shoreline and attracting boaters of all stripes.

Check out Canalside Start your visit to Buffalo at Canalside, where the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal converge at Buffalo’s Inner Harbor. Here, the city is repurposing historic buildings for entertainment, dining and recreation, turning its long-dormant grain elevators into tourist-worthy...

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