Michael Mackie

Freelancia

Freelancia

As of last week, I’ve been freelancing for exactly a year—and what a weird year it’s been. After being jettisoned from my job, I started—like any good American—earnestly looking for… Read more

Crash Pad

Crash Pad

First and foremost, a big word of thanks to all my besties and boos who have welcomed me into their humble (and sometimes mansion-esque) abodes over the years. From Tahoe… Read more

Montana: Wide Open Spaces

Montana: Wide Open Spaces

Montana is called Big Sky Country for a reason. It’s expansive and sprawling—and the 4th largest state in the U.S. (Size-wise, it’s slightly bigger than Japan.) Despite being gigantic, only… Read more

Inescapable Serenity at 5:55 a.m. in Lakeside, Montana

Inescapable Serenity at 5:55 a.m. in Lakeside, Montana

I’m a morning person by nature—uh, as long as nature is somehow involved. This morning I got up at 4:44 a.m. mountain time, which is surprisingly early even for me…. Read more

Get the Funk Out! My Tips for Getting Out of Your Own Head

Get the Funk Out! My Tips for Getting Out of Your Own Head

Yesterday I was chatting up a friend who—out of nowhere—said, “You know, I don’t know how you stay perpetually perky all the time. Like, what’s your secret?” (Fun fact: I… Read more

15 Fun Facts About Door County, Wisconsin—the Nation’s Best Kept Secret

15 Fun Facts About Door County, Wisconsin—the Nation’s Best Kept Secret

Just when I thought I’d been everywhere and seen everything in the Midwest, I get an assignment to tour stunningly beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. This 70-mile peninsula—which juts off into… Read more

Shreveport: The Revisiting

Shreveport: The Revisiting

The first time I visited Shreveport, it rained for 72 hours straight. We’re talking torrential downpours. Meh. Meh. And meh. Repeat. The only time I ventured out of the hotel… Read more

Southern Brunch at Lula Is Decadent and Delicious

Southern Brunch at Lula Is Decadent and Delicious

Chef Bradley Gilmore strikes again. The North Carolina native who opened his pop-up Lula Southern Cookhouse in late 2021 just added Sunday brunch to the roster. It’s an amazing mix… Read more

Kind Food: New Space, New Menu Items, New Attitude

Kind Food: New Space, New Menu Items, New Attitude

For more than two years Kind Food was nestled in the cramped confines of a shipping container in the Iron District. When they opened in late 2019, owners Jonelle and… Read more

Barceló Puerto Vallarta: Lush, Luxurious Escapism

Barceló Puerto Vallarta: Lush, Luxurious Escapism

The litmus test for me at any all-inclusive resort is whether or not I feel the need/desire/overwhelming urge to escape after a few hours. That certainly wasn’t the case at… Read more