• The Perfect Summer Getaway: The Grand Hotel

    Truly grand, for more than a century. America's original grand hotel.
    No summer trip to Northern Michigan would be complete without a visit to Mackinac Island's famed Grand Hotel.  Before I get into the details about this amazing resort, I've got to tell you a bit about Mackinac Island first.  Mackinac Island is only accessible by boat and the...
  • Detroit Winter Weekend Getaway Part II

    Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.- Lawrence Durrell
    Part Two of yesterday's weekend guide focuses on some of my favorite Detroit restaurants and shops.  The food scene is really expanding in the Motor City and I absolutely love finding new spots to check out.  It seems that there's something interesting popping up all the time.  The...
  • Detroit Winter Weekend Getaway

    When all else fails, take a vacation.- Betty Williams
    It's February.  It's dreary and gray.  It's so cold.  And if I don't take some time for a quick getaway, I think I may very well lose my winter weary mind.  I have a serious case of cabin fever.  How about you?  Is this winter starting to get to you? I know the...
  • A True Love Story

    True love stories never have endings.- Richard Bach

    My maternal grandparents, Jack and Dorothy Garber, have an amazing love story. All stories have a beginning and theirs began when they were just thirteen years old in the small waterfront town of Linwood, Michigan. Linwood, located on the shores of the Saginaw Bay, was a popular place to have a...
  • American Rehab Detroit

    Detroit is full of talent.- Martha Reeves
    Detroit is making a comeback.  There are so many talented people who are either returning to the city or moving there for the first time to renovate houses and open businesses.  I believe in the city, that my dad was born and raised in, so much so you can imagine how thrilled I was...
  • Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit Exhibit at the DIA

    "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly.- Frida Kahlo
    I have a confession to make; I love museums.  Phew!  I feel so relieved to have gotten that off my chest- 'You'll still like me, right?'.  Now that you know that I'm an art history nerd at heart, I feel like I can tell you that one...
  • Versatile Warrior Interview & Giveaway

    Semper Vincit: Always Conquer-
    One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is the unique opportunity to meet interesting and talented Michigan based entrepreneurs who are passionate about what they're doing. This past fall, at The Fashion Speaks event in Detroit, I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Martone, who along with his brother James, founded
  • American Spoon Cherry Peach Pumpkin Chili Recipe

     American Spoon was ahead of the curve when it comes to the artisanal movement.- Florence Fabricant
    This past fall when my mom and I visited Traverse City, Michigan we stopped in the American Spoon store and picked up some of their Cherry Peach Salsa and Pumpkin Chipotle Roasting Sauce so that we could make their...
  • The Hillside Homestead in Suttons Bay, Michigan

    People have come disconnected from where their food comes from, from the way life used to be lived; and here you can have this real, authentic experience.- Susan Odom
    In February, my mom and I are looking forward to a weekend getaway at food historian Susan Odom's Hillside Homestead Historic Farmstay in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Suttons Bay is a...