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CINDERELLA OF THE PACIFIC

She’s called the “Cinderella of the Pacific, and she’s a city worthy of the title. Not only is the city home to world-class boating and fishing, myriad cultural attractions, and diverse recreational opportunities, it lies adjacent to the Valle de Guadalupe, a wine-growing region celebrated throughout Mexico and garnering increasing attention worldwide.

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AN UNPRECEDENTED JOURNEY

In his 2011 book Grand Traverse: The Civil War Era, Mitchell brings to life the prolific writings of Reverend George Smith of Northport and Grand Traverse Herald editor Morgan Bates. And through the eyes of these two men, the Civil War era is thrown into sharp relief.

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RIVER OF SECRETS

Its velvety nights seethed with pirates. Its waterfront districts were a colorful riot of lawlessness, from the teeming brothels, dance halls and saloons to the professional thieves and con men prowling unfriendly alleys. It saw gunfire, siege and starvation during wartime, and its muddy belly still holds the sad remains of countless ships sunk in its often treacherous waters.

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Photo courtesy of Karla Lindgren Wotruba.
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OUT OF BOUNDS: THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS

If you’re a Great Lakes trailer boater, or any Midwesterner with a bent for watersports and the great outdoors, chances are you are familiar with Up North — that vast country stretching from northern Minnesota, across Wisconsin and Michigan, to eastern Ontario. Like a magnet, it draws the region’s population into its embrace throughout the summer months, the fall color season, during holidays and on snowy winter weekends.

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LONGING FOR LA PAZ, BCS

The best way to discover the real Baja California is to spend a few days before or after your on-water adventure in La Paz, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Located just 100 miles, or roughly three hours, north of the more famous Los Cabos corridor, this bustling, friendly seaport has managed to retain its laid-back, muy tranquilo character even in the face of increasing development and a population explosion.

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