Along M88 in the heart of Antrim County, discover the Bellaire region nestled along the shores of the Chain of Lakes waterway. Located 45 minutes from Traverse City, Bellaire boasts four seasons of endless activities for the thrill seeker to the beach comber. 

We’re one month out from the first-ever IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City -- a swim-bike-run event that will bring 2,500 athletes and their families to our city. Whether you’re competing in the triathlon yourself, or you’re gearing up to spectate, we’ve got some insider tips to share (best spot to watch your runner and where to park!) and great ways to make the most of your time spent up north, including a few excellent choices for post-race celebrations.

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…

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.

(Photo: nckstagram on Instagram)

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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