Author: Kandace Chapple

Kandace Chapple is a freelance writer. You can reach her at

Here in the Cherry Capital of the World, we're proud of the little red fruit that could. When you visit Traverse City, you'll see cherries on T-shirts and sundresses. They theme our hotels, drive-in and traditional theaters. You can even find the World's Largest Cherry Pie Pan on Cass Rd!

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…


There’s not many vacation plans more daunting to make than those once the kids hit the teenage years. The things that used to work before don’t work as well – and if they do, it’s because you’ve set them free and gone your separate ways. But, never fear. Traverse City is loaded with great opportunities for teens and parents to enjoy outings together – with a little freedom built in.

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