Author: Jillian Manning

Jillian Manning is the Executive Director at the National Writers Series. She loves exploring Northern Michigan, getting lost in a good book, and catching a Traverse City sunset.

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!


Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to see Traverse City in winter: rentals are affordable, you get a great workout, and there are tons of places to explore. It may take a few minutes for newbies to get used to a new stride, but once you’re winding through a forest on top of the snow, pausing to catch a glimpse of an eagle overhead or a deer dashing across your path, you’ll know like you’re in a pretty great place.

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together up north! If you’ve never taken a sleigh ride before, it’s everything you see in the movies—prancing horses, falling snowflakes, and cozy blankets. Across northern Michigan, there are plenty of ways to get your sleigh on, whether it’s a romantic ride for two or an adventure for the whole family.


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.


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.

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