Tired of going to the same old places for vacation? Why not try somewhere new? After heading south to Florida for the Winter vacation, head North to Traverse Michigan for your Summer vacation. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Stay at the wonderful North Shore Inn, a condotel located at 2305 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686-3755, just East of the main city, on the more quiet outskirts, The are upscale hotel rooms, more like a condominium, to make your stay more enjoyable, with all the amenities of home. Free wi-fi, full kitchens, with 1-3 bedroom suite choices. The amenities here include an outdoor heated pool, private sandy beach with lounge chairs, and an outdoor deck to enjoy your favorite beverages.
Experience the views of the huge Traverse Bay, which leads to Lake Michigan, the second largest of the five Great Lakes in North America. Summers are great in Traverse, as it is right off the Bay, and lake, with lots of breezes. No muggy summer days, but plenty warm enough to swim and enjoy the great outdoors.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast that loves doing all kinds of outdoor recreation, then this is the place for you. Take the whole family to the Traverse Area Recreational And Transportation Trails (TART). Ride bikes, walk, jog, or rollerblade. There are dirt trails, as well as paved that go for miles. On some of the trails, are microbreweries and cafes to stop and rest at. Don’t have a bike? That’s okay, there are several places to rent them.
There are also plenty of shoreline parks to enjoy a picnic, walk, jog, or even disembark on a kayak. Yes, you can rent them too, at the same place as bicycles. If you are so inclined, you can pitch a tent for a night. Perhaps you may want to rent a canoe, to the lesser populated areas on the Boardman River. Glide along peacefully and quickly, on the lookout for the abundant wildlife.
Do you love botanical gardens? Traverse has you covered there too. The Botanic garden at Historic barns park has 25 acres of plants and flowers native to Michigan. There are fun whimsical features as well as fairy gardens and more. It is an evergrowing project, to which the grounds are open year rounds to stroll around. They also have special events, classes, and can be rented for weddings too. Another fun place is the Secret Garden at Brys Estate. Let your senses come alive as you walk amongst twelve acres of Lavender, berry patches, herbs and more.
Do you have kids that want to do a little more exciting things than nature? Let’s face it, kids like action, so take them to Pirates Cove. Enjoy a swashbuckling game of mini-golf, suitable for every age. From there hit the go-carts. Don’t worry they also have kiddie go-carts for the smaller ones. Of course, you will have to board the bumper boats for more fun. There is also a ropes challenge course for the more adventurous. Then round up the day playing games in the arcade, where you can win prizes too. Stop at the outdoor patio for some Lavender Lemonade, and homemade ice cream with fresh berries from there.
Are you one of those people, namely a “Foodie” who likes to try the area specialty foods? If so, you won’t be disappointed here. As you drive along the way to Traverse, you may see several “pasty” stores, and think hmm, what is that? some kind of dessert? Well, there are several places that offer this Upper Peninsula of Michigan specialty. It is actually a meat, potato, and onion filled pastry that you can pick up and eat, somewhat like a pot pie that is like finger food. Several places offer their take on this specialty, which is a must when visiting here. Vernor’s cherry pie is also another specialty out of Michigan.
The Grand Traverse Pie Company is a great place to get this, in season. There is also the annual National Cherry festival held every year in Traverse, for a week of fun, activities, and of course, every imaginable cherry recipe possible.
Being on the lake and bay also means there is plenty of local freshwater fish to try. However, if you are craving traditional crabs, scallops, or even lobster, you can get that too. You can also try the many other unique restaurants located in the city that have steaks, Asian, Italian, and more on their menus.
If you love microbreweries, you are sure to find one here. AS a matter of fact, there are tours, so that you don’t have to drink and drive. You can experience five different microbreweries, to decide which is your favorite. Go back to that one on your own to enjoy some more. If you are more of a wine connoisseur, there is no shortage of wineries. you will love the view of acres of grapes growing as you sip, and sample the many different varieties of wines available. Schedule a bus tour for an adults-only outing, for a five-hour tour of some of the local wineries. Take another day and visit some other ones, so you can pick your favorites to take home a few bottles of.
No vacation is complete without shopping and touring neighborhoods, right? Head downtown to East Front Street, where you are sure to find fun places to shop, such as The Cheese Lady, Children’s World, Critters, Diversions, and so many many more unique stores. You may want to do some Christmas shopping. Nothing like a special gift from your trip to Traverse. A gift is always better with a story. Of course, there are also antique stores and art galleries too.
No matter when you visit Traverse City in Michigan, there is always something going on. Whether it is the cherry festival in July, The Iceman Cometh bicycle race, in November, or even The Traverse City Film festival, also in July. These events bring people from all over the world to participate in or watch. Do something different and memorable this year. Take the time to enjoy nature and the finer things in life. Relax, eat, play, and shop in Traverse Michigan.