Chef Isaac introduces foodies to a palate-pleasing style of cooking he learned under the tutelage of his father, a student of legendary recipe maker Julia Child. While lingering in the aromas and sung notes that filled his childhood kitchen, he soaked up the skills that would lead him to create a menu that was praised by Dine Michigan. Roasted chicken tempts tongues alongside barbecue ribs, sliced pork tenderloin in a white-wine sauce, and handmade meatballs with vegetable-infused tomato sauce. One who vows to leave stomachs satisfied, Chef Isaac pairs his entrees with gourmet takes on mac 'n' cheese or warm spinach salad and ends meals with a sweet note, such as the apple flambé, which sizzles and spits like a surly tea kettle.
After experiencing a particularly long wait at a restaurant one evening, Chef Isaac decided to expand his culinary reach into the homes and minds of his clientele with a slew of delicious services. Cooking classes divulge his techniques with comfort foods and healthy cooking or guide students through the creation of specific dishes such as stuffed pasta with meatballs. Chef Isaac also brings his skills and signature menu into patrons' homes, thereby freeing up more time for them to spend with their families or search for patterns in taped episodes of Press Your Luck.
Saddling over 90 years of combined horsemanship experience, including competition at the national level, the instructors at Out Side In focus their equestrian energies on benefitting the greater good. Led by executive director and psychotherapist Jennifer McVoy, the team spends much of its time focusing on equine-assisted psychotherapy, or EAP, a therapeutic approach that aims to improve quality of life for at-risk youth by using horses as catalysts for social and emotional growth. Riding lessons, offered in the disciplines of both English and Western, are aimed at helping riders of all ages and skill levels improve self esteem by walking a mile in someone else's horseshoes. Beginners can expect to start with the basic, entry-level skills of horse care, anatomy, saddling, and safety techniques before progressing to more advanced skills, such as jumping, barrel racing, or riding a horse through a drive-thru.
12 Corners Vineyards' founding friends all grew up in Michigan. They knew the weather?the way the lake effect keeps everything a little warmer, producing lots of soft snow. They understood the way that microclimate affected the richness of the soil, and how fruit from the region was exceptionally fine. They also shared a passion for wine, which led them to copurchase their own 115-acre estate and begin planting vines. They cultivate riesling, cabernet franc, merlot, and traminette, giving familiar grapes interesting twists by cultivating them in a variety of textured soils and slopes. The winemaker of the group, Glen Greiifendorf, brings out the interesting terroirs in every varietal bottled.
Player's Choice Golf couples a deep inventory of golf clubs, accessories, and apparel with training opportunities such as lessons and ball flight monitoring. Players in the market for a new driver can peruse the lineup of shiny new sticks from major names such as Titleist, TaylorMade, and Nike. A center representative assists with the fitting, making the process far more reliable than just buying any old club and casting a spell on it. And to ensure that the club matches height and swing style, players are encouraged to test drive their selection with the FlightScope X2 technology, which takes key measurements such as ball speed, spin, and flight angle.
Tri-Cities Historical Museum occupies two appropriately historic buildings?the Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, originally built in 1870, and the Akeley Building, originally built in 1871. Today, these relics display artifacts from Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and Grand Haven's pasts, documenting events all the way back to when the land belonged to Native Americans. They cover a diverse array of topics, too, from maritime exploration and medicine to decor, through rooms decorated with historically accurate furniture, art, and tablet computers.
The bayous and creeks flowing into the Grand River form an inviting home for wildlife, including eagles that nest in the trees along the shoreline. Perched in their aeries, the birds study the water's surface. Spotting a disturbance, an eagle lifts off and glides toward the water, opening its talons to pluck the prey suspended just beneath the surface.
The team at Lakeshore Kayak Rental lends their kayaks—inspected and certified by the DNR—and other watercraft to help visitors stumble upon sights such as these throughout the gentle Grand River and its connecting waterways. The staff, which includes instructors claiming certifications from the American Canoe Association, provides lessons for beginner kayakers, canoeists, and paddleboarders, and recommends areas for more experienced outdoorsmen to explore. With advanced notice, Lakeshore's crew can also arrange transportation to and from some area lodgings and farther-away launch points. To encourage camaraderie throughout the kayaking community, Lakeshore's team hosts the annual Grand River Kayak Race.