For all of its small-town charm, Traverse City possesses plenty of big-city sophistication -- thanks in large part to its established and thriving arts community.
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra -- often performing in the beautifully restored City Opera House -- is easily on par with orchestras from large metropolitan areas. The renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts attracts internationally acclaimed artists and the National Writers Series hosts award-winning and New York Times Best Selling authors. The ever-changing exhibits at the Dennos Museum Center feature historical and contemporary work, and its permanent display of artwork by the Inuit people of the Canadian arctic is one of the largest and most complete in the world.
In addition to performing arts, the area is overflowing with fine artists -- many of whom display their work at local shops, museums, and art fairs throughout the region.