Author: Jillian Manning

Jillian Manning is a local author and journalist. She loves exploring Northern Michigan, getting lost in a good book, and catching a Traverse City sunset.

Three Women Shaping Northern Michigan

Friday, February 25, 2022 9:00 AM by Jillian Manning

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating three of the women who are shaping the future of Traverse City and beyond. As leaders of a world-class resort, a pie emporium, and the largest running club in the state, these women are creating legacies that will carry on for generations. And along the way, they’ve made our region a more wonderful place to live and visit.

Art and the Outdoors

Friday, March 12, 2021 9:00 AM by Jillian Manning

Every day is a beautiful day to explore the art world in Traverse City. Our region is home to dozens of outdoor sculptures, exhibits, and murals by artists hailing from all over the world. We’ve put together a few must-see spots, but we’d love to hear from you about hidden gems you discover during your visit!

Women Entrepreneurs of Traverse City

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:00 AM by Jillian Manning


November 19 is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and we are here to celebrate it! So many of the incredible businesses in northern Michigan are run by smart and creative women—it was hard to just pick a few for this story! From restaurants to breweries to retail, check out how four Traverse City women created successful and beloved businesses in our community.

Under the Radar: Hidden Gems in NoMi

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:00 AM by Jillian Manning


The northern Michigan area is home to dozens of incredible attractions, like the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and the region’s many freshwater beaches. But whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, there’s still more to explore. Let’s get to know some of the Traverse City area’s hidden gems.

Looking for an outdoor art experience? Head to downtown Traverse City, where murals and street art have begun to pop up to decorate the sides of buildings and illuminate alleyways. While there are more than just these murals downtown—and far more than that around the region—we chose these classics to start your art education.

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