Spring Cider, Fresh at Yates

Yates Logo

Once again Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills has opened for a spring pressing of fresh apple cider. Open for cider and donuts from April 15 (Tax Day) until May 10 (Mother's Day). Four full weekends to enjoy the tasty treat that usually is only available in the fall. Also opening with the spring pressing is The Ice Cream Shoppe, with cool sensations such as their Yates Donut Sundae and the Cider Crème, a blend of cider slush and vanilla custard. The list is too long to mention all their … [Read more...]

Field & Stream Opens First Store in Michigan

The First Field & Stream Store in Michigan Opened in March at the Oakland Mall - photo by Michael Dwyer

For Those Who Love the Outdoors The first Michigan Field & Stream Specialty Store opened in Troy in early March. They hosted a large four-day grand opening to celebrate the eleventh store nationwide to the Oakland Mall location. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, March 26. Field & Stream, a specialty retail concept carrying the best brands to meet the evolving needs of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts welcomed media for guided tours to get to know … [Read more...]

Horsing Around in the Bluegrass

Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie at the Bluegrass Stakes in Lexington, KY 2014

By Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie Lexington was Kentucky’s first city and residents were so sure of their role in the new nation that they embraced decadent banquets, dancing, horseracing, and torchlight parades. Bankers, lawyers, and merchants brought an extension of the elite to the city and mingled with the emerging professional class. Exotic travel books were written and visitors were greeted by a new gentry with Old World ways when visiting the “Athens of the West.” The … [Read more...]

Travel Europe by Rail

Local travel writer, Michael Dwyer will discuss how train travel is the efficient, easy and enjoyable way to visit Europe on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Traveling by train enhances the European experience. Taking you from city center to city center allows visitors to relax, sleep and enjoy the views from a quiet, comfortable seat. Michael Dwyer will highlight the various rail passes available, which one you should get, and explain how they work. … [Read more...]

The 63rd Annual Detroit Autorama this Weekend

2015 Autorama

Pitched as the America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show, the 63rd Annual Autorama returns to Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit this weekend. Nearly 1,000 hot rods and customs cars that have been chopped, channeled, dumped and decked will keep all the car buffs busy for hours. The featured vehicles will be five cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise. “We are delighted to have this amazing collection of movie cars at this year’s Autorama,” said Peter A. Toundas, President of … [Read more...]

Top Travel Destinations for 2015

Zip Line Adventure in Costa Rica

Top Travel Destinations for 2015 Every travel expert, travel website, or major news outlet has published a list of the top travel destinations to consider in 2015. Here are a few of those lists to peruse as you and the family curl up by a fireplace, drink hot chocolate and try to stay warm over the next several days. U.S. News Travel Paris London Barcelona Maui New York City San Francisco Puerto Rico Sydney Rio de Janeiro Bora … [Read more...]

Human Powered Winter Activities in the UP

Michael Dwyer Fat Tire Bikes the Marquette Snow Bike Route

While most places in Michigan have snow on the ground, there is just something about going north to the Upper Peninsula for a true winter escape. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge is always an adventure and when the Great Lakes freeze over, it provides tremendous wintery views. Marquette County is a wonderful option to try many of the human-powered activities that flourish during the colder months of the year. Snow biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all a soft adventure way to … [Read more...]

Sea Life Comes to Great Lakes

The Turtle Exhibit is the part of the changing exhibits that rotate out once per year - photo by Michael Dwyer

SEA LIFE Comes to Great Lakes Five-thousand new fish flood Great Lakes Crossing The new attraction at the mall is the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Media had a chance to preview the 35,000-square-feet indoor aquarium before it opens to the public on Thursday, January 29. When the doors open at noon, visitors will be welcomed into a water wonderland of 250 diverse species with more than 5,000 sea creatures altogether. SEA LIFE Michigan is part of the U.K. based Merlin Entertainments. … [Read more...]

Learning to Ski and Snowboard

Pine Knob Instructor Tyler Walton teaches a first time skier - photo by Michael Dwyer

Do you want to learn to ski or snowboard? Ski clubs, high school race teams, and recreational skiers and boarders from around Southeast Michigan have been skiing for over a month now. Pine Knob (Clarkston), Mt. Holly (Holly), Alpine Valley (White Lake) and Mt. Brighton (Brighton) are the four ski and snowboard resorts in or near Oakland County. The four resorts offer a multitude of programs so anyone, at any age, can learn to ski and snowboard. Skiing is generally easier to learn than … [Read more...]

Skiers and Boarders Take to the Hills

Sunrise at Mt. Brighton as the Snow guns Blow a Fresh Winter Coat on Slopes

Southeast Michigan Ski Resorts are Open Blessed with a record amount of snowfall last winter, ski and snowboard resorts had wonderful conditions most of the year. Those who braved the polar vortex temperatures raved about the slopes and enjoyed run after run at Mt. Brighton, Pine Knob, Mt. Holly and Alpine Valley. The snow has not been as giving, so far, this season. However, with freezing temperatures and numerous snowmaking machines, the four resorts of southeast Michigan opened before … [Read more...]