A charming old-fashioned house surrounded by shady trees, White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast boasts four unique, cozy rooms that provide guests with a chance to unwind near the calming beaches of Lake Michigan. Four distinct bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and modern amenities, offer guests eclectic slices of comfort. The Cygnet Suite’s dark red carpet, queen-size bed and all-season fireplace provide a luxurious setting for relaxing, while its Ultra Bath Thermo Massage Tub fosters the ideal mood for a mini recreation of the Battle of Trafalgar. Wicker furniture, floral-print décor, and a birdhouse-shaped lamp line the Jasmine Room, while the Mariner Room’s is encased by vibrant blue walls and carpet.
Cosmeceuticals International smoothes wrinkly faces with half-hour nonsurgical face-lifts. The liquid face-lift consists of a 4-ounce supply of a skin- and muscle-toning formula that, like dark magic, can be easily applied at home. After painting on the formula with a wet lift brush, customers allow the skin to dry for 20 to 30 minutes before removing the lift with a warm, damp cloth. When it’s applied every other day for 30 days and once a week thereafter, the face-lift formula penetrates multiple layers of skin, delivering moisturizers, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes to malnourished networks of muscle and dermis. The result is a healthy, tightly toned demeanor that highlights smiles and showcases naturally occurring beauty.
While the S.S. Badger has been honored with a placement on the National Register of Historic Places, its beginnings were humble. First setting sail in 1953, the Badger originally carried railcars, along with a few select passengers, across scenic Lake Michigan year round. Now the last of the United States’s coal-fired steamships, the 410-foot vessel ships cargo of a different kind, transporting guests and their vehicles across Lake Michigan with the comforts and amenities of a modern cruise ship, with efforts to improve their ship environmentally in the near future.
While the boat embarks along between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, guests amble through the open deck for views of the scenic shorelines or set up shop on deck chairs, armed with a cool drink and a Mermaid-to-English dictionary. The ship’s shaded interior entertains with movies, guests shouting at celebratory bingo, and arcade games giving off musical tones as kids set new high scores. For a more muted ride, private staterooms let guests snooze away the hours, and a quiet room elucidates the ship’s history in hushed solitude. An in-house bar blends, shakes, and stirs ingredients into a range of refreshing cocktails, while the café showcases artfully crafted sandwiches like a deli hall of fame.
At Handsome Hobo Pizzeria, the chefs put a local American twist on classic Italian cuisine. In the kitchen, they toss risottos with vegetables and seafood, and pastas with meats and sauce. They also prepare both Chicago-style deep-dish and New York-style thin-crust pizzas. At the bar, 16 wines pour from a refrigerated tap. The aromas of herbs and spices waft through an eclectic space created by interior designer and HGTV Star finalist Tylor Devereaux, conjuring an atmosphere that seems to fit the restaurant's name. Seats gather on the outside rims of striped banquettes, and against a brass-topped table curved around an open fire pit. The restaurant's walls, some painted and others covered with reclaimed wood, are hung with everything from vintage signs to typewriters.
The unconscious mind is where the brain's automatic thought processes reside, making it the realm of habit, addictions, and infuriatingly stuck songs. Master hypnotist Rick Wheeler of Mastermind Hypnosis Services works inside this typically inaccessible sphere, relaxing his clients to the point that he can implant positive ideas or unravel negative ones. With his soothing voice, Rick instructs the mind to cease cravings for unhealthy foods, cigarettes, and other people's fingernails. Rick also turns his talents toward comedy, suggesting outlandish situations and behaviors to volunteers who fall under his spell at parties and events.
Although Nonie's serves up a smorgasbord of internationally inspired eats, ranging from mediterranean chicken to italian sausages, Windy City cuisine is the most prominent. The menu features Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs, gyros, and italian-beef sandwiches. Both traditional and deep-dish pizzas emerge from the oven sprinkled with various toppings, such as roasted artichokes, scrambled eggs, and homemade kifta kabob meat. Portions are large, so customers should come with an appetite or a sweater with lots of empty pockets.