Historically Traverse City is closely intertwined with the water. Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bays, lakes, and rivers continue to leave an impression on all who touch this region. That connection to the water can be critical for a business thirsty to grow employees into a team. There are many team-building opportunities here and many of them are connected to the amazing natural resources. The water of the region can revitalize a team, but there are also plenty of excursions on the land that build a business into a team. Here are some of them:

Driving around the Traverse City area means that you’ll come across some spectacular views: pastoral landscapes, interspersed with cherry trees and rows of grapevines, all with the backdrop of Lake Michigan. It’s easy to take this slice of Earth for granted, and forget about the steps it will take to preserve this beauty for generations! Luckily, many wineries and vineyards in the area conscientiously take steps to create a more sustainable future while making delicious wine. Here are a few suggestions on who to check out for your next wine tour! 

It's already time to plan for the Fourth of July! And this year, exciting events are back on the calendar in northern Michigan -- including the annual fireworks in Traverse City. Take a look below for these ideas on how to celebrate Independence Day up north. Whether you choose one, or all of these activities, please remember to follow safe social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate.   

A recent publication placed Traverse City as one of the most “Friendly Michigan Road Trips” for the LGBTQ community. They sang our praises for award-winning wineries and microbreweries and the breathtaking views of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Leelanau County. While we appreciate the kind words, we especially like what they said next, “Up North Pride calls Traverse City one of the most beautiful, progressive and unique LGBTQ vacation destinations in the United States.” That’s some astonishing praise. 

For many a perfect vacation is much more than finding a great winery or fabulous restaurant. It’s about tracking down a cool adventure. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon or hang gliding over Lake Michigan (although you can do those things.) Sometimes it’s just being a little more adventurous than normal. So, we outlined three things that could be out of the normal for you.

Here in Traverse City, we are all about the vino. We’re also all about girl power, which is why we sat down with two of the leading women in wine in northern Michigan—Marie-Chantal Dalese, President and CEO of Chateau Chantal, and Sherri Fenton, Manager Owner of Black Star Farms—to chat about the industry…and get recs for our next favorite vintage!

Finally, a much needed and well-deserved vacation to Northern Michigan. Having never been to this region of the country before, everyone told me, “If you’re going Up North, you HAVE to go check out Sleeping Bear Dunes.” We did some research and found out that Sleeping Bear Dunes is a 35-mile section of coastline that has been designated a National Lakeshore. Sand Dunes, hiking trails, scenic vistas, historic towns (dating back to the days when the Great lakes were the superhighway of the region) are all part of the park. We decide to take a guided tour to make sure we don’t miss out on anything.

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