Author: Kandace Chapple

Kandace Chapple is a freelance writer in Interlochen. Visit her at www.kandacechapple.com.

The Iceman Cometh Challenge celebrates its 30th year this fall in Traverse City. The Nov. 2, 2019, event marks three decades of the largest single-day mountain bike race in the country, with riders cutting through the Pere Marquette forest from Kalkaska to TC via a web of single tracks, two tracks and back roads. 

It’s not your traditional girls night out. You don’t want to wear your best clothes or your new shoes. Don’t even think about high heels. This is a night that will be the closest you’ve come to high school art class in over a decade(s).

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…

The National Cherry Festival is June 29 to July 6, 2019 in the heart of Traverse City. This festival has over 150 events and 85% of those events are free! There are three magnificent parades, a Cherry Queen, a slew of Cherry Princes and Princesses and one lovable mascot: Super Cherry. If your crew gets a chance to come to the festival this year, here’s a peek at some of 2019 highlights for everyone from adults to kiddos… and the foodies in every crew.

 

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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