Say what you will about the quality of Traverse City’s cultural and culinary scene (and believe me, I’d be the last person to disparage it) the Number One Winter Attraction up here is still what you can do in the Great Outdoors. Once the snow begins to fall across this glacier-carved landscape, it becomes a sparkling white playground for outdoor winter sports – and that’s where the fun is.
Traverse City is well-known for two unique hobbies -- cycling and craft beer . We have a vibrant cycling community here, and our weekly rides routinely end at a local craft brewery where we swap stories about the ride. But if you think we retreat to our couches when the snowﬂakes start to fall, you’d be very much mistaken. In fact, when the temperatures drop, the adventures into the woods take on a more social and leisurely vibe. With the invention of the fat bike, we get to extend our riding (and beer drinking) seasons right through the winter months.
As the weather starts to heat up, so do the trails. The paved Leelanau Trail spans a full 19 miles, flowing through orchards, wooded wildlife sanctuaries, wineries and open meadows – offering miles and miles worth of biking paradise. Every mile has something new to offer for both experienced cyclists and beginners alike. Ready to explore?
In the forests of Northern Michigan, springtime promises the warmth of sunshine, a welcome symphony of birdsong, the brilliance and scent of woodland flowers -- and an eagerly-awaited gastronomic treat.
It must be spring. I know because I heard my first loon last night. Far out on the harbor, that strange wild, half-crazy laugh came out of the evening mist. Back from the warm places where they spend their winters, back to join us in the uncertain Northern springtime. I love those big birds.