Spring is “blossom time” in the forests and orchards overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. Nature's display calls for celebration, and Traverse City residents have always observed the onset of the spring bloom with appropriate festivities. There are several festivals that promote blossom season as a time to take a wine tour or to enjoy spring’s distinctive culinary treasures -- tender asparagus shoots, sweet strawberries, and morel mushrooms.
Spring might be the most welcomed of the seasons when it comes to outdoor activities. While winter’s snow and cold don’t deter the hearty skiers and snowshoers among us, many wait patiently for that first hint of spring to hit the hiking and biking trails, walk along the beach, cast a fishing line or dip our paddles into one of our many rivers and lakes.
Take a Cherry Blossom Tour
The cherry orchards will soon be blossoming. If you've never seen several million cherry trees all flowering at once, you need to get up here and take a look! Flowers start to appear in May and they tend to peak around the middle of the month. See them on a hike, by bike and even on a wine tour!
Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
It’s one of Michigan’s five National Parks and its beauty is incredible no matter what the season is. Spring brings life and a new meaning to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Bright green leaves unfold on the trees, wildflowers dot the trails, and the sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan beckon you to stare for hours.
Go on a Wine Tour
Do you know that May is Michigan Wine Month? In the Traverse City Wine Coast, that means we celebrate all month long during Traverse City Uncorked. Take a look and find out how to plan your wine tour.
Visit a Lighthouse
Take a step back in time and discover the history of maritime culture in the Grand Traverse Region by visiting one or more of the five lighthouses in the area. Plan a little extra time to explore the grounds, take in the view of the Bay and in some cases climb to the top of the tower.
Eat Like a Local
When you find that perfect meal, it's like someone suddenly stops the clock and you are in a state of pure dining bliss. And on vacation that's exactly where you want to be. How do you know where to go? Trust a local, their recommendations are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Hit the Green
The air is cooler, the scenery is incredible, and spring is a glorious time to play at one of our distinguished courses. With 16 championship courses, it's easy to start planning your next golf getaway.
Cast a Line
This region is rapidly gaining fame among fresh water sport enthusiasts. Lake Michigan’s clear blue waters along with scores of pristine inland lakes make Traverse City a top destination for fly fishing and charter fishing.
Go for a Bike Ride
This region has likely been put on the map for biking because of the well-known Ice Man Cometh Challenge. While this is certainly an impressive race, it is not the only opportunity or event for biking enthusiasts. Cyclists will find themselves in awe of the endless country roads while mountain bikers will face new challenges at the Glacial Hills Pathway and leisure riders can enjoy a cruise on the TART trail.
Go to a Show
Rainy spring days call for indoor activities and live shows. Music concerts, plays and author readings are all part of the mix. Check the events calendar for details on what's happening at the City Opera House, Old Town Playhouse and other local venues.
Participate in a Race
Local athletes know that springtime kicks off an amazing season of sporting events. There's a high volume of races -- from fun runs and 5Ks to marathons and trail runs. Highlights include the Bayshore Marathon and the Traverse City Trail Running Festival.