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.

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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