You really haven’t “done” the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore unless you’ve floated the Platte River. For those visiting the area, the thought of floating a river on an inner tube might sound crazy. They’ve never done it. They’ve never thought of doing it. But, as they say, when in Rome…

It was July 11th, and the curtain rose on a new, state-of-the-art outdoor theatre in downtown Traverse City! Opening night capped a nearly decade-long journey for Parallel 45 Theatre. What began as a 2010 performance of Our Town has grown into a year-round programming calendar, featuring a summer season with three different shows and 27 performances. Now, their collaboration with Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation has made the creation of a permanent summer home possible. 

The National Cherry Festival is June 29 to July 6, 2019 in the heart of Traverse City. This festival has over 150 events and 85% of those events are free! There are three magnificent parades, a Cherry Queen, a slew of Cherry Princes and Princesses and one lovable mascot: Super Cherry. If your crew gets a chance to come to the festival this year, here’s a peek at some of 2019 highlights for everyone from adults to kiddos… and the foodies in every crew.

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Having our four-legged companions join us on the trails makes the experience all the sweeter—there’s just something about being outdoors, watching our tongue-wagging canines so deliriously happy as they sniff and run and check out every turn in the path. Here are a few of our favorite pet-friendly spots to get out in nature and explore:

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