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Its main industry is tourism. The Grand Traverse area grows more tart cherries than anywhere else in the United States, and is home to the annual National Cherry Festival, which draws in nearly half a million visitors every year. Its temperate climate is ideal for growing grapes, and the area around Traverse City has over fifty wineries.

Beautiful beaches, an excellent cycling trail network, and superior fishing are popular within the community and its visitors. Its downtown core has been loving refurbished, its historical buildings brought to a fresh sheen, making it both a spectacle and a place to shop, dine, and attend cultural events. Residents and out-of-towners love the performances by the symphony orchestra, by its opera guild, and by its actors in the Old Town Playhouse.

Traverse Center Downtown Development Authority: Once the Traverse City State Hospital and the Northern Michigan Asylum, these beautiful Victorian buildings are now a family destination for shopping, dining out, and for enjoying the sixty-three acres of surrounding property. Guided tours of the historical buildings are available. On the M, Sutton Bay is only twenty minutes north of Traverse City, and has delightful ways to spend a day with family or friends.

Marina Park has a lovely beach on the turquoise waters of the bay. The majority of the restaurants and cafes serve locally-grown food, and many have patios for those who like al fresco dining. Kids will love the ice cream shop and the candy store which has forty different flavors of award-winning fudge. Sutton Bay Visitor Center: It was in use from , and now is open to tourists who come to climb to its top and look out at Lake Michigan and its shores.

The lighthouse has a small gift shop, and is surrounded by miles of trails that run through the park. On the same property can be found the Hessler Log Cabin, home of Joseph and Mary Hessler, who built the cabin in The pioneering Hesslers crafted their cabin out of white pine and hemlock trees, and cleared sixteen acres of land to grow corn and wheat.

It has an enormous collection of Inuit art from the Baffin Island area of Nunavut in northern Canada; there are prints, drawings, sculptures, and textiles by Inuit artists. Beyond that, there are a significant amount of woodcuts by Hungarian-American artist Jozsef Domjan, 19th and 20th century American and European graphic art, and 18th and 19th century Japanese prints.

The gallery has a shop, is open for school visits, has a concert series, and provides adult, youth, and family programming. Open since , the museum has engaging exhibits that teach children about gravity, the water cycle, the Great Lakes watershed, allows children to play on a Great Lakes freighter, and gives them opportunities to test out a water table, to build bridges, and to use a periscope.

There is a puppet theater which encourages children to use their imaginations, and a room designed to help youngsters develop their fine and gross motor skills. The museum has a gift shop with carefully-selected products, are open for field trips and birthday parties, and have science and nature programming, along with story time and craft classes. The Manitou has regular entertainment nights, ice cream sailings, and wine tasting cruises with catered Mediterranean-style cuisine.

The Scout does private charters that can last as little as two hours, all day long, or overnight. It is a wonderful yacht for watching fireworks, or for sailing to Power Island for its swimming, hiking, and picnicking facilities. All flights are undertaken by an F. Most flights last an hour long, soar to heights of two to three thousand feet, and are followed up by both a champagne ceremony, and the presentation of a First Flight Certificate, a Color Photo, and a commemorative pin to the riders.

Summertime flights over Grand Traverse Bay are beautiful, and look down upon wineries, forests, lakes, rivers, and farms. Fall color tours head over the Michigan forests to enjoy the changing colors of the seasons.

Private charters are also available. This popular beach has lifeguards from June until August, a splash pad, kayak rentals, a snack bar, and clean restrooms.

The beach has access to bike trails and bike racks for those who wish to rest at the beach after pedalling hard. Open air music is performed on summer nights. Clinch Park is a terrific location for relaxing for watching either the boats in Grand Traverse Bay, or viewing the spectacular sunsets.

Wine tours on the Old Mission Peninsula or on the Leelanau Peninsula include pick-up and drop-off at hotels, the pleasure of tasting rooms at estate wineries and creative winemakers, and scenic drives. Traverse City Craft Beer Tours take guests around breweries, and give them the opportunity to chat with brewers, pair great beers with fine food, and visit hops fields from which the beers originate. An exciting outing offered by Grand Traverse Adventure Company gives visitors a kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding experience on Boardman River, followed by visits to wineries or breweries for celebratory after-exercise drinks.

The non-profit organization advocates for healthy outdoor living, and works to preserve and maintain open space and bike corridors. It has eight multi-use trails covering over sixty miles. The longest of the trails is the mile long Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, which connects major parks with local communities. In Traverse City itself, there are several point-to-point routes throughout the downtown. Traverse City residents can easily access the town of Sutton Bay along the paved, mile path along a former railway corridor, and the Vasa Pathway, on state forest land, offers challenging terrain for mountain bikers, joggers, snowshoe users, runners, and hikers.

The Boardman Lake Trail is a lovely, winding, heavily wooded trail that has a bridge to cross the Boardman River. No address beyond a P. The team played its first game in , in its 4,seat home stadium of Wuerfel Park, which is in Blair Township, a suburb of Traverse City. At an estimated , fans per season, the Beach Bums are one of the most popular teams in independent baseball.

The team is very family and child oriented, and have a baseball academy for youth which holds several mini-camps each year to instruct young players. The team also has a school reading program, hosts birthday parties, and has a Kids Club for ages 12 and under which includes free lawn tickets to each of its forty-eight home games.

Open June until late October, the farm market sells seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as award-winning pies, breads, pastries, jams, jellies, and salsa, all homemade. The store also sells local wine, cheeses, maple syrup, and honey.

The idea of biodynamics is credited to Dr. Rudolf Steiner, who in the s developed a philosophy of farming that involved using the Lunar calendar to guide planting and harvesting, using positive thoughts and prayer while farming, and having reverence for everything in creation. On the twenty-five acre farm outside Traverse City are grown organic, Fair Trade teas, which are hand harvested, made up in small batches, and sustainably packaged.

The teas are believed to contribute to holistic emotional and physical health. Light of Day Organic Farm holds tea wellness classes as well as tea tastings, and its teas have won awards locally and nationally. It blends peace and quiet with easily accessibility to the restaurants and shops of Traverse City.

To the unmistakable call of the common loon as a backdrop, Long Lake is an ideal place for fishing, waterskiing, sailing, and kayaking. Public boat launches are available at the west end of the lake, and at the north end in Gilbert Park.

The four islands on the lake are great picnic sites, and South Island is a natural preserve with hiking trails open to the public. Flyboards are attached by a 55 foot hose to the front of personal watercraft, and allow the rider to fly above the water, up to forty feet in the air. Flyboards work best attached to horsepower Seadoos, or Yamaha, Kawasaki, or Honda personal watercraft. Flyboard TC offers packages for beginners, experienced riders, and groups; packages include dedicated instruction and supervision, flight time, a wetsuit, helmet, and life jacket.

A frequent flier discount is available. Flyboard TC has safety-conscious licensed instructors who wish their riders to have the utmost fun high above the water. Clinch Park Beach, E. This area of the Old Mission Peninsula is on the 45th parallel, the same as the Bordeaux wine region in France. The winery has several tours every day, which cover the history of the winery, which was established in , the agricultural and bottling process, and the Northern Michigan wine industry; the tours last approximately thirty minutes.

The winery has a large tasting room with an enclosed patio, and a shop that sells wine, wine paraphernalia, and apparel. Its ideal location grants it warm sunlight, a temperate climate, verdant soil, and soft bay breezes from Grand Traverse Bay. The vineyard and winery are situated on an s homestead; its owners have transformed old farm buildings and built a beautiful brick and mahogany tasting room.

Upstairs from the tasting room is an Upper Deck, which overlooks the vineyard and Grand Traverse Bay, and where guests can purchase wine by the glass, in addition to trays of cheese or charcuterie.

A walkway leads to a lookout point where guests may overlook the growing grape vines, a feature unique amongst Michigan wineries. It has a 9-hole executive course, a 9-hole par three course, three practice greens, a practice sand trap, and a large driving range. Award-winning PGA professionals provide training to men, women, and children using the latest video equipment, launch monitors, and teaching aids. The instructors use a video system that allows them to e-mail students video of their lessons to review for later use.

For children there are golf camps, as well as membership in the PGA Junior League, including tournaments, uniforms, instruction, golf fees, and balls. Whether it is buying the right equipment, learning to scuba dive, taking advanced scuba diving specializations, or joining local and international diving trips, Scuba North is the place to be.

Since , the instructors at Scuba North have been teaching beginners to gain their open water diving certification, a process that starts with scuba diving in a swimming pool, and has trained experienced scuba divers in rescue diving, technical diving, ice diving, and becoming instructors themselves. Scuba North hosts local diving expeditions in the Great Lakes, and takes interested scuba divers to international sites, which have included the locations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Every year in late July, more than movies from around the world are previewed at this historic theater. The theater building was first erected in , has been destroyed twice by fire, but is now open with comfortable seating, affordable concessions, and over four hundred movies annually shown on its screen. It began in , with performances held in local high school auditoriums. Presently a theater was built, and then a second, smaller stage. The Old Town Playhouse has a commitment to educating children in the arts, and has an extremely popular four-week summer theater camp.

Its quarter-mile of sandy beaches on Grand Traverse Bay draw campers and day-trippers from all over the state and beyond. The park is a convenient location for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, hiking, and metal detecting, and boats are available for rent. The beach has a snack concession and a playground. The campground is a short walk across a bridge from the beach, and has sites with electrical and water hookup, picnic tables, and fire pits.

In the campground there are clean modern bathrooms with hot showers, and wood and ice are available for purchase. Located on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, the company rents out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, bicycles, tubes, and rafts. For adventurers who enjoy outdoor activity and good beer, the KaBrew Tours are just the thing: The KaBrew Tours can be taken by individuals, couples, and groups. Guided bike and paddle eco-tours around the wetlands and dams of Northern Michigan can be arranged, and hike, bike, and paddle tours of the Boardman River watershed can be taken by groups with a minimum of five participants.

The magnificent structure, which has been lovingly tended to and restored, has an impressive barrel vault ceiling, fresco paintings, gold leaf accents, and massive amounts of Victorian charm. Courtesy of sebra - Fotolia. Courtesy of vetdocadam - Fotolia.


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