Tag: Traverse City

Brys Estate: A glimpse at paradise

Brys Estate: A glimpse at paradise
On a sunny fall day in 1975, Walt and Eileen Brys toured a winery in Napa Valley. Some number of tastings in, a dream started to form in their imagination. The Brys wanted to create their own winery. The two returned home. Back to reality. Walt went to his job, Eileen stayed at home raising their three kids. The years went... Read more »

I'm in love with Chicago AND Northern Michigan (part 4/finale)

I'm in love with Chicago AND Northern Michigan (part 4/finale)
Ashley and I have a healthy TV truce. I have basketball. She has The Bachelor. When either one of these shows are on, the remote control is off-limits. And it works because we’re both secretly invested in each other’s show. What happens every time at the end of The Bachelor (or Bachelorette) is the main character will be in love with two... Read more »

I'm in love with Chicago AND Northern Michigan (part 2)

It’s 5:15 in the morning. Instead of heading to the writer’s chair, I head down to the storage area in our condo building. Walk over to the bike, wheel it over the cold concrete, up the stairs. It’s not a Northern Michigan bike ride with my Dad, but it is my Dad’s old Fuji bike... Read more »
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I'm in love with Chicago AND Northern Michigan (part 1)

I'm in love with Chicago AND Northern Michigan (part 1)
Every year, I fall into a Chicago rut. I think we all do. It usually happens some time in the middle of winter or during the spring winter “expansion pack” that runs from late March through Memorial Day. The Chicago rut can last anywhere from an afternoon to an entire month. The rut is when everything starts... Read more »