The Yenta asked around for reader favorites when traveling Up North. Here are a few of the responses: “Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast is our new favorite place to stay; highly personalized service, and great for older kids — parents can go out and kids can walk the town or hang out in the suite.” … “For outstanding dining it’s the Edgewater Bistro and Grey Gables, both in Charlevoix.” … “Golf at Bay Harbor and Crooked Tree, Papa Lou’s for pizza and American Spoon Gelato Cafe in Petoskey.” … “Siren Hall in Elk Rapids, Stella’s in Traverse City.” …

Closer to home, there is another way to have fun and beat the heat. Gather up the kids and take them to Blue Heron Bay, the new $2 million splash park at Independence Lake County Park in Webster Township in northwestern Washtenaw County, open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Washtenaw County residents pay $5 admission; non-residents pay $9 (734-449-4437) … Michigan’s largest indoor golf and outdoor volleyball facility, On the Dunes, 2055 Haggerty, Commerce, is now open for fun. The facility features 10 regulation-size beach volleyball courts and eight state-of-the-art golf simulators, driving range and 18 real-world courses, as well as a restaurant. Leagues forming now for kids and adults (; 248-313-9713).

Get ready for a new fun and exciting, contemporary Mexican culinary experience coming soon to West Bloomfield: Huerto Restaurant & Tequila Bar. Flaunting a festive and casual atmosphere, the moderately priced restaurant is expected to open this September at 6199 Orchard Lake Road and will be open for both lunch and dinner serving a blend of creative southwestern and traditional Mexican cuisine, along with a sprinkling of American dishes. Buen apetito!