The City Opera House in Traverse City hosted its first actual opera performance in 2011. (Alan Newton via Pure Michigan)
9 of Traverse City’s Most Historic Buildings—and the Stories They Tell

Today they’re hip breweries and luxury living spaces, but once upon a time they were candy factories and hospitals. These are the real origin stories of some of Traverse City’s most storied buildings.

A 2013 ArtPrize submission called "Kaleidoscopic" by Amanda Browder. (Experience Grand Rapids via Facebook)
Eye on the Prize: 9 Past ArtPrize Winners on Display in Grand Rapids

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids is a cherished time to soak in some of the finest contemporary art on the planet. This year’s competition lasts 18 days—but some of the best submissions from years past can be found on display all year round across Grand Rapids. 

Traverse City is among several Michigan cities with pedal pub offerings. (TC Cycle Pub via Facebook)
The New Michigan Pub Crawl: 19 Pedal Pubs (and Boats) Reinventing Boozy Fun in the Mitten

Whether you choose city streets or Great Lakes waters, there’s no longer a reason to keep your boozy gatherings confined to stuffy bars and restaurants in Michigan.

Bay City is filled with activities and landmarks.(Photo via Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Bay Region Bounty: 10 Unique Reasons to Visit Michigan’s Tri-Cities

The Great Lakes Bay Region can sometimes be overlooked by locals and tourists who explore Michigan for its “Up North” splendor, and the campier vibes of the Upper Peninsula. But there’s plenty of things to do along the base of the Thumb.

Kalamazoo had easy rail access to cities like Chicago and Detroit. (Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership)
Guitars, Corsets, and Kzoo: Kalamazoo’s Industrial History is Cooler Than You Think

Kalamazoo is filled with factories—and it’s an industrial legacy that didn’t grow overnight. Back when railroads were a dominant form of transportation in Michigan, Kalamazoo made a name for itself as the “Crossroads of Southwest Michigan.”

12 Must-Try Farm-to-Table Restaurants in (and Near) Traverse City 

For Traverse City’s farm-to-table restaurants, paying attention to the source of their ingredients is paying some delicious dividends.

Though the precise origin of Kellogg’s corn flakes is tricky to nail down, company history credits it to one fateful day in either 1894 or 1898. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Food History: Two Brothers Forge Lasting Cereal Empire in Battle Creek

Battle Creek is otherwise known as Cereal City—and it's the birthplace of the corn flakes that Tony the Tiger now calls "Grrreat!"