No Traverse City trip is complete without at least one day spent shopping our boutiques, art galleries and antique shops. Downtown Traverse City is a destination unto itself, with its tree-lined streets, historic buildings and sidewalk cafes.
The first Friday in August is the much-anticipated Downtown Street Sale – an annual favorite of visitors and locals, alike. And each Friday evening in August Front Street becomes a giant block party with “Friday Night Live," featuring street vendors, food, live music, face painting and street performers.
Take a 5-minute drive to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons to soak up some local history while you investigate more boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Allow enough time for a walk through the Common’s spectacular grounds and cool off with a cold cider on the patio at Left Foot Charley.
Want to make a day of it? Head to one of the port towns within half an hour's drive to experience the relaxing feel of small-town shopping. Tooling along spectacular stretches of Grand Traverse Bay, you’ll realize the drive is half the fun!
Farm markets are another not-to-be-missed stop during your visit to Traverse City. Enjoy seasonal produce as well as cheeses, preserves, flowers and handmade treasures. A perfect way to spend a warm summer day!