There’s not many vacation plans more daunting to make than those once the kids hit the teenage years. The things that used to work before don’t work as well – and if they do, it’s because you’ve set them free and gone your separate ways. But, never fear. Traverse City is loaded with great opportunities for teens and parents to enjoy outings together – with a little freedom built in.

 

Mineral C: Comfort. It’s a top priority when you’re cashing in that precious PTO and, let’s be honest, it’s a fun one to throw a little money at. So here we go, we’re taking you to the wonders of the great indoors and indulging in four-season comforts of Traverse City. A/C and heat included---these aren’t necessarily adventures, and they’re certainly not “roughing it.” These, simply put, are our top picks and suggestions for staying inside.

For years now, Traverse City has gained exposure as a top foodie town from well-known publications like Bon AppetiteLiveability.com, and theDailyMeal.com. And everyone knows that a foodie town isn't complete unless there's a booming wine and beer scene. Our hub is an eclectic mix of restaurants, wineries, breweries and festivals (We even have one in the spring dedicated to asparagus!).

As couples, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day craziness of life. There’s so much accountability, and too often when we think we’ve found some resemblance of balance among the madness, the universe has a funny way of reminding us that we live perpetually on shaky ground.

No matter how rocky life’s journey becomes, it’s important to maintain our vitality as partners so we don’t get trapped preserving the status quo. For my wife and I, we keep our relationship fresh by tapping into new experiences in Traverse City together – these can be as simple as planning out short day trips (some great ideas and itineraries can be found here), a wine tasting, or riding our bikes somewhere we hadn’t before.

Sure, it's cold. And yes, there's lots of snow. But here in northern Michigan, that's what is expected. And for most of us, it's actually exciting! Now we know some of you might think we're crazy, but aren't we all...just a little bit? Seriously...what do we love about January and February? Well, to

The penchant for alcohol, in all its forms, continues to evolve in Traverse City. First, there were the wineries. Boutique, often family run endeavors that began in the 70s, they gained a reputation for their signature Chardonnays and Rieslings. Then came the breweries, riding the wave of the craft movement that started in the 80s on the West Coast. Today, “hop heads” can enjoy everything from a chocolatey Stout to a golden Saison in over 15 (and counting) breweries.