Author: Mike Norton

A former newspaper writer, Mike Norton was the media relations manager at Traverse City Tourism. He loves to walk, bicycle and kayak in the three seasons when our water is usually in liquid form. For the rest of the year he prefers snowshoeing and skinny-skiing. 


Unlike many summer resort towns, which even today maintain a genteel sense of class-consciousness and exclusivity, Traverse City has always been a remarkably egalitarian place. It has no gated neighborhoods or private security guards – and at events like the National Cherry Festival, you’ll find stockbrokers and busboys standing in the same line for a bratwurst or a slice of pie.

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