Author: Tricia Phelps

Tricia Phelps is the CEO at Taste the Local Difference, Michigan’s Local Food Marketing Agency. She loves the winter season in Traverse City for its cross-country skiing and wide variety of delicious comfort food.


There is nothing quite like a real Christmas tree this time of year! The fresh scent and holiday cheer it provides is unmatched. If you're considering a natural tree, ponder no more! When purchasing your tree from a local farm, you are making a difference by helping the economy and the environment. Not to mention, it's a one-of-a-kind souvenier that you'll remember for years to come! 

Amber sunlight and leaves changing color make fall in northern Michigan universally picturesque; almost as universal as fall's association with pumpkin spice lattes. But if you ask me what flavor imparts feelings of autumn in the Traverse City area, it's not always pumpkin related, instead it's freshly-baked doughnuts and apple cider. 


It’s times like these that a local guide can point you in the right direction. Luckily, we’ve been creating one annually here in Northwest Michigan for over 16 years. The Local Food Guide debuted in June 2020 and now officially covers the entire state, so wherever you’re from, we’ve got the tips to explore Michigan’s food and beverage scene like a local. 

The snow flurries and cold temps give us the perfect excuse for a delicious cocktail. These five winter favorites and their warm comfy locales are the perfect complement to winter in Traverse City. Meet you at the bar in time for Happy Hour!

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