Oakland Lakefront Lifestyles July 2019

Reader photos: On the Water and in the Community

A perfectly paired lakeside dinner

Lovers of food and wine, we have a date with destiny as we kick off “some perfectly paired recipes and their complementary wines.” This month I am teaming up with my dear friend Nidal Daher, who just happens to be one of the most highly acclaimed wine sommeliers in Michigan. A number of years ago we collaborated on a food […]

Stepping out of the box to decorate homes from the inside out

Gone are the days when a welcome mat or wreath were the only decorations you needed on your front porch and all you had to do was throw a single plant on your patio or deck and you were done. More and more homeowners are upping their game when it comes to putting their creative touches on their outdoor spaces. […]

Upgrade scenery with feathered friends, music

Backyard landscapes aren’t complete without birds, and when they’re singing they add even more to the idyllic setting. The trick is attracting them to your property. If you live on a lake, think about adding a purple martin house, explained Laurel Zoet, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Brighton. “What’s happened is that purple martins were at one point described […]

Learn tips to up your fun with water sports

Brian Snabes came full circle when he recently moved his business to Pine Lake Marina, where he coached water sports as a high school student. Snabes founded Michigan’s first school for wakeboarders in 1997. Today, he owns WakeBoard Clinic with his wife Rachelle at their new location on Pine Lake in West Bloomfield. “I was an upcoming young athlete, wakeboarder […]

Follow dog water safety tips to sidestep disaster

Learning simple safety tips will help you train yourself to have fun and be safe with your dog on a boat or in the water this summer. The most important thing is to plan  ahead. First off, remember to bring extra water for your dog, according to Patti Strand, National Animal Interest Alliance president. Drinks lots of water Dogs can […]

Waterford boat dealer and marina owner invests in the future

Rob Davis is a successful business owner, passionate boater and entrepreneur. Club Royale, his home away from home, located in Waterford and Commerce has evolved from a single location marina to a multi-faceted marine operation, well known for putting customers first and developing long-lasting relationships. Rob is old school but always learning and exploring new opportunities, adding new boat brands, […]

News & notes from the MBIA

Educational Foundation grants $7,500 to scholarship recipients The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) has awarded $7,500 in scholarship funds to seven students, and one marine industry educator, for advanced education. The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) as a support program for students interested in pursuing careers in the recreational boating […]

High water levels mean slow down and wake responsibly

The past few years there has been a lot of discussion around the fact that a little consideration for your fellow boaters and lakefront property owners can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings, conflicts and new laws. This conversation continues, but with the current water levels, the saying “Watch your wake, Share the Lake” goes to a whole […]