There’s no better way to enjoy the magic of a Traverse City autumn than to get out and walk about in it. Photographs are pretty, but there’s really no substitute for smelling the aromas of fallen leaves, listening to them crunch underfoot, and feeling the cool breeze brush your face as you surround yourself with in the sensory overload of this lovely, brief season.
For a community with slightly more than 15,000 residents, this town certainly makes a lot of beer. Last time I counted, this area had 19 craft breweries and brewpubs and is nationally recognized as a center of creative craft brewing.
We are almost there! Fall color is around every corner in the Traverse City region. Some areas are more intense than others, but overall, autumn's display is expected to peak later this week and into this weekend.
Tell us a little about what the President/CEO does here at Traverse City Tourism. Traverse City is a special place. It’s my job to make sure the rest of the world knows that. Leisure and business travel to Traverse City are critical to our economy and way of life. Finding new and innovative ways to grow tourism responsibly in a collaborative way is my focus.
Fall color is advancing slowly in the Traverse City area, particularly at higher elevations to the east and south of the city and the interior of the Leelanau Peninsula where temperatures have been slightly cooler than in the coastal parts of the region. Individual maples are showing bright red and orange, and there is some spot color from the butter yellow and crimson of climbing vines, but for the most part there isn’t yet the kind of massed color we expect to see in another week or so.
My legs shook, my heart raced, and I broke into a sweat despite the cold wind. I had just seen a ghost, a pure white ghost with piercing golden eyes and a five-foot wing span. He was hanging out south of Traverse City, on the side of Division Street.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the fall color from below – looking up from the seat of your bike or your car as you pass a blazing hillside of red, gold and orange maples. Hard-core foliage fans, however, won’t be content until they’ve climbed the summits of a few hills to enjoy the autumn display from above.