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Lighting the Lake: Old Mission Point Lighthouse

The story of the Old Mission Point Lighthouse on Grand Traverse Bay.

Food, Glorious Food: Casseroles

Easy and delicious recipes for the cold winter months.


The big news in West Michigan this winter is the opening of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The exhibition runs from February 9th through July 7th and showcases over 150 artifacts recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic. Full size reproductions of several rooms give a sense of life aboard the doomed ship. Actual dining room china, furniture and ship's fittings will be on display along with some passenger's belongings that survived the harsh conditions at the bottom of the ocean.

Art Galleries Along the Lake Michigan Shoreline

Feed your aesthetic sense with a visit to one of the art galleries in the Lake Effect Guide.

Wineries and Vineyards of the Lake Michigan Shoreline

Curl up by the fire and keep warm this winter while you enjoy a fine wine from one of west Michigan's great wineries.

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Skiing West Michigan

Time to get out and get some exercise while the snow lasts in west Michigan.

The Fall issue of Recommended Reads reviews:
  • An Object Of Beauty - Novel - by Steve Martin
  • Suspicion - Novel - by Barbara Rogan
  • Love, Ruby Valentine - Children's Book - by Laurie B. Friedman and illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath
  • The Perfect Hug - Children's Book - by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot
Winter days are short, so be on the beach at the right time to catch a beautiful Southwest Michigan sunset. Like snowflakes, no two are the same. Use our Beaches and Sunset Times pages to make sure you don't miss out.

Don't forget to read the
Calendar of Events for February and March. There's always something happening on the lakeshore.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Lake Effect Living photographs
are the work and property of Sharon Pisacreta.