Author: Mike Kent

Mike Kent is the PR Manager for Traverse City Tourism. He has decades of experience in journalism and marketing. He was a TV political reporter in Lansing and news manager in Detroit, Lansing and Traverse City. Biking area trails, enjoying a craft brew with friends and family, or just enjoying Grand Traverse Bay makes his life complete.

The Ironwomen of Ironman

Friday, September 16, 2022 12:00 PM by Mike Kent

The 2022 Ironman 70.3 Michigan in Frankfort was notable for many reasons. It brought about 1,500 of the top athletes in the U.S. and ten countries to our little corner of northern Michigan. It was time for Frankfort to shine and demonstrate northern hospitality. But it was also time for women to

Accessing the Inaccessible

Thursday, August 25, 2022 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

“Walk a mile in my shoes,” is a common refrain when talking about viewing life from other perspectives. For many, walking a mile can be painful or maybe impossible. Many people in northern Michigan face physical challenges every day and are unable to enjoy life to the fullest due to the barriers they face. But times are changing. Barriers are coming down in northern Michigan that makes taking advantage of the resources of the area accessible to everyone. 

Where's the beef?

Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:00 AM by Mike Kent

I don’t have a culinary degree, but I do feel qualified to teach a master’s degree class on the subject of burgers. Recently, my wife and I embarked on a two-year-long effort to taste the top 22 burgers in Michigan based on a report by Thrillist. The concern at the time was that none of the burgers on the list were from Traverse City, yet this place is considered a “Foodie Town.”

After that two-year quest, we can report that many of the Thrillist burgers deserve to be on the list. Others? Not so much. At the same time, we concluded that the list was sorely lacking without important Traverse City burger joints.

Placing Traverse City Wines First

Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:00 AM by Mike Kent

Is it possible that Traverse City can compete with the most beautiful wine regions of Europe and South America? After all, they have steep cliffs that hug stunning, meandering rivers and grapes that grow in volcanic soil. 

But northern Michigan has its own story to tell. We have the magnificence of the Great Lakes and soil created 12 thousand years ago by receding glaciers. We have over 40 wineries that compose the Traverse Wine Coast. 

A Hug Around Boardman Lake

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

In any other city the Boardman Lake would be the prime centerpiece of the town. But with competition from Grand Traverse Bay, Boardman Lake has been a forgotten lake. Not anymore. The heralded grand opening of the new Boardman Lake Loop Trail shines a new spotlight on the lake. 

Great Depths, Great Lakes

Monday, July 11, 2022 4:00 PM by Mike Kent

In so many ways, Traverse City is defined by the water. This area was 20,000 years in the making when massive glaciers melted and cut gouges in the earth that became the Great Lakes. It was worth the wait. Today, it doesn’t matter if you are on, in, under, or just sightseeing; enjoying the beauty of the fresh, blue water, is an important part of any Traverse City vacation. 

Back To Family Roots

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 12:00 PM by Mike Kent

One bite is all it takes. One bite when the red juice drips down your chin and you rotate your face so the sweet nectar doesn’t stain your shirt. Take that first bite of a northern Michigan strawberry and you will be spoiled for life. No other berry will compare. The problem is this sweet strawberry season only lasts a little over two weeks. After the harvest, you count the days until the next season starts. 

Seeds of Treasure

Monday, June 27, 2022 12:00 PM by Mike Kent

Imagine taking your first steps on a treasure hunt today, and you know for certain you will never see the treasure for at least four years. Plus, there’s a good chance when you open the treasure chest you will find nothing; just four-year-old rancid air. Would you take that first step in search of treasure?  

Guardian of the Plover Galaxy

Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

Alice Van Zoeren stands to watch on the sands of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. She has come to these shores for 17 years as a guardian. She searches to find, defend and protect the endangered bird known as the Piping Plover. 

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