When Columbia-Tusculum residents Angela and David Lyman are contemplating regional travel, northern Michigan always comes to their minds.

"To me, Traverse City is a kind of wonderful combination of the urban niceties "” fine restaurants, boutique shopping and stuff "” and then a five-minute car ride away, you're in the middle of wineries, orchards and terrific hiking country," says David. The Lymans actually moved here from Detroit "” to reside in one of the colorful purple "painted ladies" that dot Tusculum Avenue "” so they know the state of Michigan well.

"I love visiting up there," he continues. "I've sat in the western-most bar stool in the eastern time zone, a little place called the Hoop & Hollers."

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