Where to find food trucks & al fresco dining

With the Governor’s updated executive order that allows for businesses, including bars and restaurants, in the Upper Peninsula to reopen many are wondering what to expect. While specific protocols and opening dates will vary from business to business, please recognize

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Dine-in Ready Restaurants

With the Governor’s updated executive order that allows for businesses, including bars and restaurants, in the Upper Peninsula to reopen many are wondering what to expect. While specific protocols and opening dates will vary from business to business, please recognize

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Marquette Zoom Backgrounds 

We may be under a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order but you can still visit with your family, friends and co-workers from your favorite Marquette spots, virtually.

Need instructions for using Zoom virtual backgrounds? You can find them at the bottom

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Aurora Q&A With Shawn Malone


Cover 📷: Shawn Malone


For gallery photo credits, click each individual image



A: The northern lights are driven by solar events on the sun. You can

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Must-Stop Coffee Shops in Marquette County

Before you embark on your day’s big adventure, we highly recommend a quick pick-me-up. When it comes to coffee roasters, we’ve got tons of tasty options. With over seven local shops, Marquette County offers so much more than your average

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Dog-friendly Tips & Tricks

Planning for a trip with your pup can be ruff—but it doesn’t have to be with this list of pet-friendly places to stay and play in Marquette County. Trails & Tails

Take on these top trails with your best adventure buddy at

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Four Hot Brunch Spots

Whether you’re hoping for a hangover cure, or just want to start your day off strong, these four brunch joints are sure to hit the spot. | Cover 📷: @yoopereats


The Delft Bistro

You won’t want to miss the “matinees” (aka

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Favorite Marquette Mountain Features

Five Factors that set Marquette Mountain apart from the rest of Midwest Skiing.

Natural Beauty

It’s no secret that Marquette Mountain has a Superior view. Seriously, if you’re on the slopes facing east, you can see the lake from almost any

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Marquette County Color Tour Cruises

From tunnels of color to historic attractions, these four fall foliage cruises are full of sights loved by locals and visitors alike.


Central Marquette County | 4 hours (193 miles)

• Start at Travel Marquette, head east on W Washington St. and turn

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October is bursting with autumn color and events

Looking to make your autumn more eventful? 

Whether you opt to bike through tunnels of colorful trees to the sound of crunching leaves, cheer on a slew of dogs as they excitedly prepare for winters’ anticipated UP200 sled dog races, taste-test fresh

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Scenic Spots to Fall Foliage Watch

Between the bursts of oranges, reds, and yellows and blissful, blustering breezes, fall in the U.P. is the ultimate season.

So strap on your hiking boots, hop in the car or on a bike and take in the vivid sights at

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The Ultimate Summertime Itinerary

Take on the trails

Marquette County is home to some of the best mountain biking terrain in the Midwest, and with 12,000 ft of elevation and over 150 miles of singletrack—once you ride here we know you’ll be back. But if

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Things to do in “spring”

Saturday morning farmers market

Spring brings opening day for the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Which takes place every Saturday at the Marquette Commons from 9 am to 1 pm (May 15-mid December). Whether you’re there to enjoy the fresh air or explore

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Romantic Things to Do


Grab a brew for two at Blackrocks Brewery and cozy up out by the fire or inside one of their new igloos. 



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Winter Events for the Whole Family

Heikki Lunta Winter Festival

January 18-19, 2019

Celebrate all things snow and SISU with the Heikki Lunta Festival in downtown Negaunee. Festivities include a parade, firework show, winter sports and games, bonfires, and live music!

5 Reasons Why Winter is Better

One of the best parts about the Midwest is the changing of seasons, and winter in Marquette County is no exception. Our chilly climate lends a special, snowy twist to the mix for all of your favorite outdoor adventures and activities.

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‘Haunted’ Places in Marquette County

Looking to get into the Halloween spirit? Marquette County’s got you covered. There’s plenty of festivities and frights to go around, but aside from the annual October events and activities that take place downtown, there’s other more unearthly sites and

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Celebrate the season with a couple craft beers from one of our five hoppin’ breweries. Check out their websites or stop by their taprooms to see what delicious fall classics they have in store for you and

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5 Favorite Fall Color Views

Nothing quite beats autumn in the Upper Peninsula. The days grow cooler, while the colors get warmer. And although peak season is only a few short weeks, your experience will likely be nothing but sweet. Between the fiery reds, vigorous

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7 Tips to Have a Hoppin’ Beer Fest

September 8th marks the 10th year of U.P. Fall Beer Fest, and after several annual trips to the taps, I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you have the best Beer Fest ever.


This is a 5-hour event

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Awesome Events in Autumn

U.P. Fall Beer Fest | September 8

While it’s not technically in the fall, this outdoor fest surely feels like an autumn event. With over 600 options of locally crafted beers from over 80 breweries, we recommend you taste test wisely

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Three Easy Access Waterfalls

Looking to find some family-friendly waterfalls? We’ve got you covered. And while these falls are fairly accessible—we definitely don’t recommend rushing.

Morgan Falls

If there were a difficulty rating for Marquette waterfall access, Morgan Falls would be the bunny hill. But despite its

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What’s Happening in August?


August 11 – More info

Whether you register to ride or just want to watch, you’ll definitely enjoy the epic Ore to Shore. This 42-mile race takes you along private-owned land and Superior shoreline, all throughout the

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What’s happening in July?

The weather’s not the only thing heating up in Marquette County for the month of July. Some of the hottest events of summer are coming up quick, so it’s time to start planning your trip!

International Food Festival – 7/2-4

One of

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4 Must-Stop Ice Cream Shops

The only thing better than a warm summer day is some cold ice cream to wash it down. Make your visit to Marquette County so much sweeter with these 4 must-stop ice cream shops.

Jilbert Dairy

Holy Cow—if you haven’t had a sugar

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Top 5 Shipwreck Dives

The Marquette Underwater Preserve is made up of two separate units — the Marquette and the Huron Island Units — which collectively reach depths of 200 feet and cover many miles of Lake Superior Coastline. Five favorite dives in the

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Best Family-Friendly Beaches

From the sandy shores of McCarty’s Cove’s to the ancient bluffs of Black Rocks, when it comes to beaches Marquette County has Superior coverage. So, what are you waiting for? Set up your umbrella and towel and soak it up.


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June Event Lineup

It’s (almost) June. Which for Marquette County, means a few things—more daylight, more nightlife, more events, and more excitement.  And if you won’t take our word for it, just take a look at some of the upcoming events this month.

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Art Week Event Lineup

Live Music/Performances

Art Week Kick-Off Concert with The Jimmy Almen Group Sunday, June 24, 6-8 p.m. Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third Street Free Admission More info


Marquette Symphony Orchestra Summer Strings w.s.g. Derrell Syria Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m. Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third Street Free Admission, Donations

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Where to Eat Outside

Dining out is definitely one of the best parts of traveling. From experiencing different atmospheres and ordering creative takes on your favorites, to trying new dishes entirely—it’s always exciting. But what’s even better than an excuse to eat out? Enjoying

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Five Recommended Bike Rides

Marquette County has some of the best mountain biking terrain in the Midwest, and most notable in the nation even. With 12,000 ft of elevation and over 150 miles of singletrack—once you ride here we know you’ll be back.


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Drink like a Local

Whether you’re looking for a place to take a break between daytime exploration or a spot to stop for an evening of relaxation—from breweries to wine bars, you don’t have to search far.

Ore Dock Brewing Co.

Come in for a

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Five Must-Try Food Trucks

When you’re looking for food on-the-go, food trucks are definitely the way to go. Not to mention, they’re typically cheap, convenient, and delicious. So if you’re looking for a quick bite between breakfast, beach time and your afternoon hike, give

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5 Reasons to Attend The Festival of the Angry Bear

As the weather in Marquette County is caught in transition between winter and spring, there’s more than one thing waking and warming up in northern Michigan. And the end of hibernation calls for serious celebration. April 14, Angry Bear is

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5 Things to do in Spring

The thing about Spring—you never know what the weather will bring—but for these fun Spring-things, forecast doesn’t matter. Seriously, rain, shine, or snow, just go.

Photo by Brenna Womer


Whether to purchase or merely peruse, there’s

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4 Lookouts for the Northern Lights

Tracking the Northern Lights takes patience, persistence, and a whole lot of luck — but there are also a ton of apps for that. And around the Spring Equinox (March 20), your chances of catching a light show are heightened.

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February Events

Honey Bear Classic

February 10

Come out and enjoy the hot cider and cool weather. Saturday, February 10, Ski or snowshoe the Noquemanon trails with family, friends, and friendly faces. This event is not a race but there will be

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Sip Like A Local

Before you embark on your day’s big adventure, we highly recommend a quick pick-me-up. When it comes to coffee roasters, we’ve got tons of tasty options. With multiple local shops and counting, Marquette County offers so much more than your average

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Top Ten Winter Events


December 14-17, 2017

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” you don’t want to miss FRT’s Scrooge, a musical retelling of a miserly old man who detests the holidays, until he’s taken on staggering trip through time amidst ghosts

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Top Routes for Trail Runners

When it comes to trail running, there’s a multitude of elements to consider that both influence and determine the difficulty. Such as accessibility, maps/markings, distance, experience, elevation, and terrain. When you’re in a new place, it’s hard to know

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Five Must-Stop Coffee Shops

Before you embark on your day’s big adventure, we highly recommend a quick pick-me-up. When it comes to coffee roasters, we’ve got tons of tasty options. With over 5 local shops and counting, Marquette County offers so much more than

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Three Waterfalls You Need To See in The Fall

Looking to chase some waterfalls? You’ve come to the right place—Marquette County is home to 77 waterfalls—more than any other county in Michigan. And while we recommend seeing them all, here’s three falls you must see in the fall.


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Five Ways to Support Farm-to-Table in Marquette

Supporting Farm to Table business’ is not only good for the local economy and Earth, it’s also good for your body and brain. With that in mind, here’s 5 local farm to fork farms, eateries, and shops in Marquette County.




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October Events

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest (Oct. 7) is full of fall fun for all on the 100th block of Baraga Ave. Featuring harvest themed activities from 3pm-7:30pm—food, drink, dance, games and more. Don’t miss out on all of the autumnally

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Marquette Craft Beer Week

There’s a reason Michigan is known as “The Great Beer State”—we take our beer seriously here. That’s why we have five days (Sept. 5-9) dedicated to sampling and celebrating some of the best beers and breweries Michigan has to offer,

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Top Six September Events

Summer may be simmering down, but September’s event lineup is smokin’. Here are 6 can’t-miss-events coming to Marquette next month.

Marquette Marathon & Half Marathon

Why sit around all Labor Day weekend and binge eat/drink, when you could run the Marquette marathon or

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Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic

What sets the Ore to Shore apart from other bike races in Marquette County?  The trail. As the Midwest’s largest point-to-point mountain bike race, most of the Ore to Shore is mapped out on private land. That means the only

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August Events

Summer’s not over yet. Soak it up while you still can with these 5 outdoor events and activities in Marquette County, Mi.

Marquette County Fair – Aug 10-12

This family favorite is filled with fun for all ages,

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Summer adventure doesn’t get much better than sunny days spent SUPing on Lake Superior. Though there are *limited* services with stand up paddle board rentals, you shouldn’t let that stop you from exploring your SUP options. Because endless unsalted adventure is

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Top Ten Fests—MQT

The start of Summer signifies the start of Festival Season, which means from now until October, both your schedule and your glass will be full.

Here’s the top ten fests you don’t wanna miss in 2017.

International Food Festival

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June 2017 Events

It’s (almost) June! Which for Marquette County, means a few things—more daylight, more nightlife, more craft beer, and more excitement.  And if you won’t take our word for it, just take a look at some of the upcoming events. Here’s 5

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May in MQT

Spring into the month of May with 5 events that are equally nourishing for your mind, body, pocket, and planet. Because as the grass gets greener, so should we.

Garden Extravaganza

 A day of gardening workshops, speakers, and lunch

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Summer Events 2017

With Summer just around the bend, it’s the perfect time to make those Summer plans you’ve been dreaming about all winter. And with over 50 events on our calendar, there’s plenty of awesome opportunities to take advantage of

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April Happenings


SmartPrize is a 10-day competition that brings the people with the ideas to the people with the money, think ‘Science fair meets Shark Tank.’ The second annual event will be held March 31st-April 9th in downtown Marquette; this year with

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Top Five Marquette County Beaches

It’s officially beach season! From the sandy shores of McCarty’s Cove’s to the volcanic bluffs of Black Rocks, when it comes to beaches Marquette County has Superior coverage. Here are five of our favorite Marquette County gems; so what are

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Fat Biking for Beginners

Out on the open trail— you’ll find ultimate freedom. Out here, you have the ability to leave everything but yourself behind and focus only on what lies ahead. The valleys and the peaks, accompanied solely by the sound of crunching

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March in MQT means what?

For most of the Midwest, March means the start of Spring, for Marquette County, March is just another month of Winter. And with the rather meek January and February we’ve had, it’s safe to believe that March, though mild, stands

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What’s Next, Marquette County?

Tucked between miles of trails and trees, Marquette, a city set on the pristine coast of Superior, is a hub for recreation, relaxation, and education. It’s no secret that part of Marquette’s charm is its historic structures and laid back atmosphere,

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The Scoop on Skijoring

In the world of Winter sports, Skijoring isn’t a particularly new scene, but this cutting-edge trend is rather recent to Marquette and the rest of the Midwest. Skijoring’s name stems from its Norwegian origin: kikjøring, from the root words ski

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Escape Marquette

Ready, set, LOCKED in.

Tucked away under Washington street, down a set of stairs and behind a desk sits a cheery girl named Anna, just waiting to lock you up.

It sounds slightly sinister, but Escape Marquette

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Halloween Happenings

Marquette is full of spine-chilling, bar crawling, frightening festivities in the eerie nights leading up to Halloween. Here’s some events that are sure to be Halloween hits & favorites:

10/26: You know what they say about idle hands,

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Local Flavor

My favorite part of traveling anywhere is the food. And I’m not saying, “Aside from the people,” or, “Except for the scenery.” My favorite part is the food.

I had a Full English in Cambridge, Indian fish &

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Marji Gesick 100

September 24th marks the inaugural Marji Gesick 100. Sponsored by Border Grill, and The 906 Adventure Team, this 100 mile race sets out from North Marquette to Ishpeming, ascending almost 11,000 feet along the way. Participants have 12 hours

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Thrifting Marquette County

There’s some kind of magic in owning things with a history, a past you know little to nothing about.

Whether you like to research the pieces you find, or prefer a little mystery, it’s undeniable there’s a certain depth and richness

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Marquette South Trails

Countless hours of planning and labor have been poured into the Noquemanon Trail Network’s South Trails. This expansive trail system is the mountain biker’s ultimate playground. 72 bridges, 66 berms, and no shortage of tables, jumps, and drops help to

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This Weekend In Marquette

It’s The Weekend In Marquette

The guiding light of our Red Harbor Lighthouse started spinning 150 years ago in Marquette. Three decades later, an annual festival of the Italian culture begun in Ishpeming. 59 years passed, and over 175 artists and 10,000 people

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Marquette County Swimming Holes

Marquette County Swimming Holes Plug the words Heat Dome into your favorite search engine, and you’ll quickly realize that it may be a good idea to plan some escape routes from the summer sun. With a massive heat wave expected to

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Dining at My Place

We sat right by the window and it immediately felt like we were on vacation. We sipped on a glass of red wine and enjoyed the views of the rabbits and birds playing in the garden space.

To our surprise, we’ve

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Marquette Summer Music Festivals

The perfect summer day takes three types of waves, and standing where you are, wearing your finest summer sweat Glisten, only have the heat kind. Sure, sound waves might be tickling your ear drums from the fax machine that still,

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Getting Ready For Trails Fest Like A Local

One weekend, every June, hundreds of mountain biking, trail running, and hiking enthusiasts pack their gear and head to Marquette. A three-day long celebration of all things trails, Marquette Trails Fest hosts events for every silent sports enthusiast. This

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Dining at the Portside Inn

When the waitress recommends the breadsticks, you say yes.

It’s one of the first things we learn after walking into the Portside Inn, and sailing through time. This nautically themed old-style eatery is full of anchors, propellers and even has part

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5 Reasons: The Inaugural Spring Fermentation Celebration

Why not kick your summer off with a brew, or few, from one of Michigan’s hottest craft breweries?

Along with beer, wine from a few of Michigan’s finest vineyards, Michigan made cider even with live entertainment, The Spring Fermentation Celebration takes place

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The Iron Range Roll

For years, men and women toiled in the early mines and pioneer camps of Marquette’s Iron Range. Tipping a a helmet to our area’s rich mining history, the Iron Range Roll celebrates the rich history of the area with a

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The Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Imagine working in one of the Marquette County Iron Range’s mines in the mid-1800’s.

Upon entry into a narrow tunnel, the outside light begins to fade. Guiding you is only visual memory and the dim, flickering candle fastened to a canvas hat. Eyes

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The Harlow Lake Recreational Area

There are worse things to pair a long hike or bike ride with than miles of pristine Lake Superior beachfront backed by tall pine forests. Welcome to Harlow Lake recreational area, a hub for some of the most unforgettable views

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Four Waterfalls in One Afternoon.

Looking to hit multiple falls in a day? Do you have a bit of time between breakfast and the beach, or between lunch and jumping off Black Rocks, or even (because the days will only get longer from here on out)

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Eating at Congress Pizza


The hardest thing about going to Congress Pizza in Ishpeming is leaving.

There’s the namesake pizza, of course, in all its flat-crust, secret-sauce, handmade cudighi glory. Cudighi? It’s a spicy sausage originating from Italy, but it’s popularity in the UP rivals

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Dining at The Up North Lodge

Located directly on snowmobile trail, the Up North Lodge in Gwinn is one of the greatest epicurean hidden treasures in Marquette County.

Traveling to the Up North Lodge takes you away from the congestion of downtown eateries, instead

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A Trip To The Harlow Lake Cabins

We hadn’t received new snow in at least five days, and what was on the ground had settled into a crust, crisscrossed by animal and human tracks, lain to melt among fallen pine needles and deer poop. The sky was

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Ski Jumping at Suicide Bowl

You’ve probably watched ski jumping on TV, or at the very least gaped at the spandex-clad men and women who have mastered the art of straight-lining it down a ramp and through the air with a pair of cartoonishly-large skis

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Dining at Piedmont

You may at some point while staying in the Midwest grow tired of going out for a burger and fries.

You may even, at some point, decide that meeting a friend for dinner shouldn’t feel hurried but instead that it should

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