Spring is often the most overlooked season in Northern Michigan. Event-filled summer days, breathtaking fall foliage and a snowy winter wonderland have come to define Traverse City. However, spring, signified by its beautiful cherry blossoms, has long held a special place in the heart of Old Mission Peninsula.
When you’re in a pretty great place, you tend to drink some pretty great stuff. And here in the land of 40+ wineries and tasting rooms, you know that the vino is no exception. Over the last 15 years the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula wineries have exploded in popularity, honing global attention and furthering the story of the Traverse City region. Recently the peninsulas have joined forces to promote their craft under one name, Traverse Wine Coast. We sat down with Paul Hamelin, owner of Verterra Winery in Leland, to learn more about the Traverse Wine Coast…and maybe sip a little red.
Northern Michigan’s wooded, winding trails are second to none, and the Vasa on the east side of Traverse City holds an extra special place in my heart. I grew up with these trails literally in my backyard and years later fell in love with running and mountain biking on these paths meandering through the Pere Marquette State Forest.
Vitamin N: nature. It fills our spirits and makes our bodies strong. And for visitors to the Traverse City area, a beautiful and health-giving year-round daily dose is readily had. Here’s our punch list of possibilities for getting outdoors in every season.
Getting out on the trails come winter is its own kind of beautiful experience. A quiet path blanketed with snow, sunshine piercing through the ice-encrusted branches, snowshoes crunching along the path the only sound I hear … and, oh, the fresh, cold air. It’s crisper and cleaner during our most frigid months.
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 Appetite, Liveability.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!).
Once a year, some of Traverse City’s best restaurants offer diners a way to experience their food at a super affordable price. Traverse City Restaurant Week takes place from February 24 - March 2. For seven days, participating eateries will offer three-course prix fixe meals between $25 - $35 a person.