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Eat Your Veggies!

Michigan’s Farmer’s Markets are great places! Fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, homemade soaps and canned goods, there is something for everyone. Some people come to the market with a purpose, they know what they want and who they are going to buy it from. Vendors know them and call them by name.  Others go from vendor to vendor, looking for the best prices and the freshest produce and it is very evident that they are enjoying every minute of the hunt.  There is an air of excitement as people go from stall to stall, arms loading with their purchases. So, take time this summer to visit a Farmer’s Market near you.  You too, may find yourself hooked!




Written by Dave.

Drive By Shooting

fedexa1It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday, so I decided to head to the lakefront and watch the sunset. As usual, I had my camera; my motto is “Never leave home without it.” As I was driving in the area of the airport, I was intrigued by the lights at the FedEx hanger, so I had my passenger attempt a drive by shooting. Not an award winner, but interesting. At least to me.

Written by Dave.

Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor is one of those special places in Michigan that has a unique beauty that changes with each season.  Glen Arbor is nestled in the northern Michigan woods, between the Glen Lakes to the south and Sleeping Bear Bay north. With Sleeping Bear Bay being located just off Lake Michigan, it is easy to see why Glen Arbor is such a popular destination for tourists and also the location that many choose to buy or build a summer home. The population of Glen Arbor almost triples during the summer months.

We always make it a point to visit  Glen Arbor several times during the year.  Each visit we try to check out something new,  but we also have a few places that we must stop at each time we visit.

For us, and many others, no visit to Glen Arbor is complete without a visit to the Cherry Republic. Cherry Republic is an emporium that is all about cherries. Michigan cherries, of course. You will find everything cherry from cherry salsa (hot and mild) cherry salad dressing, cherry wine, cherry ketchup and hundreds of other products. A delightful store with an attitude about cherries. In fact, when you call them, if you do not like cherries you will be instructed to press 6- and then you will be disconnected. Be sure to visit Cherry Republic with an empty stomach, as you will want to taste each one the many, many products they have available for sampling.

Glenn Arbor is full of delightful art galleries. Our favorite is Synchronicity, located on the west edge of town. This art gallery sells quality art, displayed salon style, from a variety of Michigan artists using a variety of mediums. Visiting this gallery, with its friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff, is always one of the highlights of our trip.

Each season brings a new and unique beauty to the area. And, every time we visit we find something new to love about Glen Arbor and Leelanau County.




Written by Dave.

Eating Out of Doors

outdooreatingAs we approach the end of summer, one thing I know I will miss is going out to eat at restaurants with outdoor seating.  Many restaurants overlooking lakes or rivers have deck seating with beautiful views and diners can relax watching boats and nature as they enjoy a good meal. A great way to unwind after a long day!

I also enjoy eating at restaurants that may not have a spectacular view, but still have outdoor seating. There is just something a little more festive and relaxed about sitting outdoors and enjoying a warm summer day or evening. In the more casual atmosphere of outdoor dining, there often seems to be more camaraderie and friendliness among diners. And, there always seems to be a lot more laughter!

Summer may be nearly over, but we still have plenty of beautiful fall days left to enjoy outdoor eating.

Written by Dave.

Northport Michigan

airportMichiganders  think of an airport , they may think of the Gerald R. Ford International or Detroit Metro airports. Frazzled travelers, long lines at ticket counters, multi-storied parking garages, special x-ray equipment, security checks, and of course, long delays immediately come to mind.

However, one of my favorite airstrips is found outside of Northport Michigan, up in Leelanau County. On the grounds of the airport is a stone building with an outdoor viewing area on top of the building.  The viewing area is covered with a multicolored canvas, giving the building a very festive appearance.

With the anticipation of a nice trip to a interesting place, or when picking up returning friends or families, why should we have to put up with “cookie cutter” airport buildings?  Every airport seems to look the same, sound  the same and have the same places to eat and shop.  Why shouldn’t all airports be more festive? You might even see more smiles on the faces of the travelers.

Written by Dave.

Pump your Dump



Septic systems routinely need to be pumped by a licensed septic hauler.

A friend recently sent this photo of septic hauler to us and it is too good not to post on our site.

I am not going to rant and rave about politics and the upcoming elections. We all hear enough about that on TV and in the newspapers. But, I will refer you to the article we recently wrote on  Septic Systems.

Written by Dave.

Pump your Dump



Septic systems routinely need to be pumped by a licensed septic hauler.

A friend recently sent this photo of septic hauler to us and it is too good not to post on our site.

I am not going to rant and rave about politics and the upcoming elections. We all hear enough about that on TV and in the newspapers. But, I will refer you to the article we recently wrote on  Septic Systems.

Written by Dave.

Happy Thankgsgiving!

pilgrimThe following is an excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation declaring Thanksgiving an official national holiday in 1863.  So often we get so wrapped up in all the preparations and football games, we forget the real meaning of the day.  Take some time this Thanksgiving to reflect on all your blessings!

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Written by Dave.

Waterland Living Policy

cleaningsupplieswaterlandA bit of housekeeping today! From time to time Waterland Living has presented articles on products, services, restaurants and businesses. When we have done this, it is because we have found them to be of interest to us and hope that they will be of interest to you.

We have not received any type of financial incentive to do so. No, not even a free lunch! That to me that would seem like advertising and there are venues for that. If we did receive something, we would disclose it in the article.

At times we may have a presentation by a guest that we find interesting and feel  has value. Again, we hope you would find the same. It should not be considered a recommendation or an endorsement, unless we state that.

Now, if Porsche Corporation has an interest in having a post on our site, we would consider making an  exception for the title to a Boxster. I will let you know if that happens.

If you have a suggestion for a post on this site, please let me know.   .

Ok, I felt this had to be said. Enough of this.  We will be back to another  Michigan subject tomorrow.

Written by Dave.

Guidelines and Suggestions

pensFrom time to time, we are approached from others about writing a guest post for WaterLandLiving.com, I decided to put some of our guidelines and thoughts down in the form of a post.

We are open to the possibility if it fits into the context of our site. If you are not sure if your product or service fits in, read our articles.

The post is not an advertisement of your product or services. The idea of the post is to present information of interest and value to the readers of Waterlandliving.com   if your article is of interest to the reader, they will naturally visit your site.

The article will be prefaced by an introduction to you and your business. It will include a link back to your website. Please do not include other links to your site. That would look like advertising and will be rejected.

The article needs to be original, written by you and not previously posted on any other website (including your own). You may include it later on your website, 45 days after it is posted on waterlandliving.com.

The topic of the article must fit within the perimeter of the content of our site; special places of interest in Michigan, Michigan Real Estate, Michigan Products and Services.

The length is up to you. A post of 500 – 600 words is ideal. Develop your point, but do not try to present too much information.

Please edit the post yourself, we are not editors. A picture is a welcome addition to the post. It must be of the quality of the others found on our site. Pictures may not include people. 

All posts are subject to our review and approval of use. Content must be “family friendly” and be free of offensive language. We reserve the right to refuse to post any article.

Written by Dave.

2009It is finally here, New Year’s Day 2014.

I always like a new year. It is like opening a new chapter in the book called life. There will be new opportunities, new adventures, new people to meet, new places to visit, new foods to try, new books to read and new photos to snap.

Yes, we will be taking some of the old “baggage’ from 2013 with us. The economy does not change because we turn the calendar, but I choose to be optimistic.

  1. new year is not the only time to look ahead with expectation. Each morning we wake up to a new day with its opportunities. So, in 2014, let’s look at each day as gift and take advantage of every opportunity.

On behalf of MichiganLakes.com, I want to wish you a very Happy New Year!

Written by Dave.

2009 Upcoming Michigan Boat, Fishing, Cabin Shows

michiganshowticketsHappy New Year! I do not know how long into the new year it is appropriate to say that. Perhaps It is okay for a few weeks or so, but maybe not for the first week in April.

You know it is the new year because there are so many indoor shows taking place. I mean the boat, fishing, RV and cottage shows. These shows provide a great escape in the middle of a Michigan winter and remind us that warm weather is coming!

Here is a list of some of the shows brought to my attention. If you know of others let me know the details.

Enjoy the show!

January 8-11: Ultimate Fishing Show, Detroit, Rock Financial Showplace

January 15-18: Camper, Travel and RV Show, Grand Rapids, De Vos Place 

January 16-18: Lansing Boat Show, Lansing, Lansing Center

January 23-25: Huntin’ Time Expo West, Grand Rapids, Delta Plex

January 30-February 1: Traditonal Bowhunters Expo, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds

February 13-15: Michigan Deer and Turkey Spectacular, Lansing, Lansing Center

February 14-22: Detroit Boat Show, Detroit, Cobo Center

February 18-22: Grand Rapids Boat Show, Grand Rapids, De Vos Place

February 19-22: RV Expo, Grand Rapids, Delta Plex

February 20-22: Mid Michigan Boat Show, Saginaw, Saginaw Valley State University

February 26-March 1: Cottage and Lakefront Living Show, Detroit, Rock Financial Showplace

February 26-March 1: Outdoorama, Detroit, Rock Financial Showplace

February 27-March 1: Petoskey Boat Show, Petoskey, North Central Michigan College

March 6-8: Flint River Valley Steelheader’s Sport Boat and Fishing Show,  Birch Run, Birch Run Expo Center

March 7:  Quiet Water (paddlesports) Symposium, East lansing, Michigan State University Pavilion for Livestock and Agriculture Education

March 7-8: The Midwest Fly Fishing Expo, Warren, Macomb Community College

March 12-15: Spring Boat Expo, Novi, Rock Financial Showplace

March 12-15: Lansing Boat and Fishing Show, Lansing, Lansing Center

  1. 19-22: Ultimate Sport and RV Show, Grand Rapids, De Vos Place

March 27-29: Cottage and lakefront Living, Grand Rapids, De Vos Place

April 17-19:  Traverse City Boat Show, Traverse City, Howe Arena

Written by Dave.

Quote of the Month

forsalesignThe time to get interested is when no one else is. You can not buy what is popular and do well.”     – Warren Buffett

An interesting quote!  We believe this can and does apply to the Michigan real estate market, as well as the times we currently find ourselves in.

Opportunities always abound  for those who see things differently than other people and have the courage to take a risk.

Written by Dave.