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.

Guardian of the Plover Galaxy

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 12:00 PM 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. 

Creativity Shines During Traverse City Restaurant Week

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

The culinary experience in the area is remarkable all year long, but during Traverse City Restaurant Week (TCRW), the eateries go into hyperdrive. Chefs experiment with different combinations. Items appear on the menu where they’ve never been before and may never show up again. Flavor combinations get ready to dance on your taste buds. There is energy and excitement at nearly 50 participating locations. 

Get Ready for the Show – Northern Lights

Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

Breathless! That’s the reaction when you watch the dancing colors of the Northern Lights perform across the night sky. Once experienced, they are not forgotten.

For me, there were two memorable experiences. Once camping next to the Mackinac Bridge while watching the night show with my family. The

From the Ground Up: NEW Winery, NEW Restaurant

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 2:00 PM by Mike Kent

“Nematoid”  Is probably not the word you would ever expect to start a story about a new winery and restaurant near Traverse City. Yet, there it is. Be patient. Stay with us, and you’ll get the connection.

Gilchrist Farm opened Labor Day in downtown Suttons Bay. What started five years earlier with the purchase of 85 acres of nearby land, culminated with the newest wine tasting room and restaurant that is part of the Traverse Wine Coast

Winter Activities on the Traverse Wine Coast

Monday, November 13, 2023 3:00 PM by Mike Kent

The gentle rolling hills around Traverse City, carved by receding glaciers some 10,000 years ago, take on a different feel when the first snows of winter start to fall. Those slopes hug the vines that are responsible for some of the best wines of the Midwest. The Traverse Wine Coast is home to nearly 50 wineries, but the region is known for much more than wine tasting. It’s all about the experience. And in the winter that experience embraces exploration of vineyards along cross-country ski trails, snowshoe hikes, and fat tire biking.

Take a look at some of the Traverse Wine Coast experiences that welcome winter activities. 

Git’ ‘Round Town

Monday, July 3, 2023 11:00 AM by Mike Kent

Increased traffic could be the number-one complaint faced by Traverse City Tourism (TCT) in the summer according to Trevor Tkach, President of TCT. He made the observation during a monthly radio show on WTCM AM called “The Road Best Traveled.” But, he added, there are excellent alternatives to driving for both local residents and visitors that are available during the National Cherry Festival and all summer long.

Where Grace Meets Power

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 12:00 PM by Mike Kent

“This is a big deal for you guys, but it’s a big deal for us as well,” said Major Lauren Schlichting, pilot of the No.4 jet for the Air Force Thunderbirds. She made her remarks having just arrived from Iowa during her 16th stop on a 33-show schedule planned for the year. 

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