“That’s a Really Big Tree”
Story Behind the Name
There are trees. Then, there are really big trees. Tom’s son thought that this tree we found up north was a real big tree.
Detroit is such an incredible place that we went back again. There’s so much growth and energy happening there right now that it’s overwhelming. I even came up with a great theme for this new Detroit segment that’s called “Detroit: earth, wind and fire.” But for some reason it turned out to be wine, cheese and fire. I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m guessing it was the wine. Yeah, it was the wine.
For thousands of years mankind has marveled at the mysteries and folklore behind the mystical art of fine cheese making. I just made that up, but actually, have you ever wondered how the stuff is really made? And did you know that some of the best cheese in the world is made right in Detroit?
Have you ever thought about what fire is? I did, so I looked it up. It’s actually a chemical reaction that happens when oxygen in the air and a fuel source are heated to a certain point. When that happens, there’s a chemical reaction and boom, you’ve got fire. The real trick is to get the fire to entertain and amaze you. For that, you’ll need to add one more thing into the mix.
With this segment we tried to wine, cheese and fire you up about exploring and rediscovering Detroit. Why do you think we’re there so much? Because there’s so much there!
When people tell me they love Traverse City because it’s got everything, I can’t really argue with that. It’s a great city that’s set in one of the most beautiful parts of Michigan. There’s enough to explore there to keep you busy for a lifetime. And if you’re a foodie, it truly is one of the best places for your palate.
On UTR we’re always looking for cool or unusual places to stay, even if it means driving a few extra miles. So we headed seventeen miles straight north out of Traverse City, up the Old Mission Peninsula through some of Michigan’s most beautiful wine country. Why did we drive so far? I’ll tell you why: to stay at the oldest continually operating inn in northern Michigan.
The Old Mission Inn really completed our trip and gave us a true appreciation for Michigan’s rich history. As for Traverse City, it doesn’t have everything; it has everything, and then some.