Northern Michigan Events: Hard to believe that we are gearing up for our 6th Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour! This year the tour features 12 stunning kitchens scattered along an equally stunning route that leads from Burt Lake near the tip of the mitt, down to Glen Arbor in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Our kitchen designers have outdone themselves this year, and, as always, we couldn’t make this tour happen without our generous homeowners.
The tour has become such a fact of life in my yearly calendar that I’ve come to associate it with the harvest, October and the changing season (sweaters, fires, warm apple pie …). Very fitting, I think, since gathering in the kitchen is what makes the “coming inside time of year” so special. Which brings me to a kitchen design trend that especially spoke to me this year: range hoods that are built out to look more like fireplace mantels than the industrial-vibe stainless and/or stainless and glass we’ve come to know.
My favorite take on the hood-as-hearth idea in this year’s tour is Angela Goodall’s stacked-stone masterpiece in kitchen #12. It is handsome, timeless and evokes an ancient call to gather round the fire—just like any hearth should. Stove as hearth. So fitting. So much the reason why our Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour continues to be such a draw.
Hope to see you on the tour!
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of. Tickets may be purchased at MyNorthTickets.com, from any of the designers, or at the kitchens the day of the tour.
Ticket proceeds benefit Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan, which provides crucial services to children & families in our region.
2013 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour Driving Directions
Starting Point: the intersection of W Front St and Division, Traverse City
4772 Grayhawk Blvd, Traverse City, MI map
Travel west on W Front St about 1 mile to Cedar Run Rd. Turn right. Turn left onto Grayhawk Blvd House is on left.
1559 West Outer Dr, Traverse City, MI map
Turn right onto Cedar Run Rd. Turn right onto N Long Lake Rd/CR610. Continue for nearly two miles then turn left onto Zimmerman Rd. After 1.4 miles turn right onto W Silver Lake Rd/CR633. Turn right onto Secor Rd and continue straight onto S Long Lake Rd. Turn right onto Outer Dr South. The home will be about one mile ahead on the left.
5897 Northwood Dr, Glen Arbor map
Turn right onto S Long Lake Rd. Turn right onto W Long Lake Rd and proceed about 5.5 miles. Turn left onto Church Rd then left onto Cedar Run Rd. Take second right onto Goodrick Rd. At M72 turn left and continue 7.3 miles to the blinking light. Turn left (continuing) on M72 another 5 miles. Turn right (at the sign for Glen Arbor) onto S Benzonia Trail/CR677 and drive (over the Glen Lake narrows bridge) 3.4 miles. Turn right onto M22. At the corner of M22 and S. Lake (Art’s Tavern) turn right. Take the 2nd left onto Northwood Dr. The home is on the right.
5998 W Bay Lane, Glen Arbor map
Turn right onto S. Lake and right again onto M-22 (at Art’s Tavern). Proceed north through Glen Arbor about a mile. Turn left onto Bay Ln. House in on right.
2184 S Ridge Rd, Leland map
Turn left onto M22. Continue north about 18 miles. South of Leland, turn slight right onto E Overby Rd and then make a slight right onto S Ridge Rd. The house is on the right.
846 Washington St, Traverse City map
Drive north on M22 about 2 miles. Right on M204/E Duck Lake Rd and follow it for 7.2 miles. In Suttons Bay turn right onto M22 and proceed 18 miles into Traverse City (where M22 becomes Grandview Parkway). Turn right onto Barlow St, then left onto Washington. House is on right.
2364 Twin Eagles Blvd, Traverse City, MI map
Head east on Washington St. to Garfield Rd. Turn left. Continue straight through traffic light onto Peninsula Dr. After 0.6 miles continue on M37/Center Rd for 5.9 miles. Turn right onto Twin Eagles Dr.
Charlevoix and North:
Starting Point: Intersection of US-31 and Boyne City Rd. Approximately 9 miles north of Charlevoix and 8 miles south of Petoskey.
4360 N Champerret , Boyne City, MI map
Turn right onto Boyne City Rd and travel 10 miles to Chapelle Rd. Turn right, then take second right to N Champerret .
01889 Barefoot Lane, Walloon Lake, MI map
Left onto Chapelle Rd. Take 1st right onto Boyne City/Charlevoix Rd. Continue for 4 miles then continue onto W Michigan Ave. Take slight right onto N Lake St, then left onto State St. Continue onto M75 N for 4.3 miles. Turn left onto Barefoot Ln.
2400 US-31 North, Petoskey, MI map
Turn left onto M75N/Shore Dr, then turn left onto US-131. After about 8 miles US-131 becomes US-31. Continue for another 5.5 miles to Hearthside Motorcoach Resort on the right.
2800 US-31 North, Conway, MI map
Head northeast on US-31 N about one mile. Your destination will be on the right.
2600 W Burt Lake Rd, Brutus MI map
Travel north on US-31 N/Merritt St to N Conway Rd, about 8 miles. Turn right on E Brutus Rd and drive for about 5 miles. Take slight left onto W Burt Lake Rd.
The inside preview on featured homes: