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There are a variety of reasons of why you will want to visit Traverse City. Our Michigan home is a beautiful community full of exciting activities and attractions with something for everyone. One of the best parts of visiting Traverse City is the city being located right on the Grand Traverse Bay. A gorgeous lake awaits you to explore from top to bottom. What many do not realize is just how big Lake Michigan is—it is one of the Great Lakes, after all! The size of the lake allows it to be an ideal spot for sailing. You can hit the “open” waters for a sailing adventure that will take you from wave to wave. Of course, if this is your first time in the area, you will want to take a look at our guide to sailing in Traverse City, MI below.

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Guide to Sailing in Traverse City, MI

The best way to get ready for your first time at sailing is by enjoying a sailing course. For some of the best sailing instruction in Traverse City head over to Great Lakes Sailing Company. They have been named an ASA Award Winning Sailing School and has a history of over 30 years introducing over 5,000 sailors to the craft. Great Lakes Sailing Company operates out of a private marina here in Traverse City making it extremely easy to get to. The company features 11 certified instructors who will all be able to show you the ropes during a lively course.

The Basic Sailing course is the most popular option that is perfect for those with little to no experience sailing. You will be taken out on the water and shown how to perform all of the essential sailing techniques. This course can be completed in two days and features all private instruction. Additional courses that are available to take including Advanced Sailing, Catamaran Courses, and private or group events. Most other courses are a four-day experience, perfect for those having an extended stay here in Traverse City.

Courses are available at Great Lakes Sailing Company from mid-May up to the first week of October during the warmer weather seasons. Book your sailing experience with Great Lakes Sailing Company by calling 231-941-0535 today.

Book a Sailing Tour with Wind Dancer

One of the best ways to experience Lake Michigan is by booking a sailing tour with a local charter. You will have nearly endless options here in Traverse City when looking for the perfect experience. However, Wind Dancer is a local favorite and has been providing local sailing charters for years now. You will vacation like a pro with their highly rated sailing tours that will take you across Lake Michigan and back again. You will find that Wind Dancer offers a variety of sailing tours out on the water including their signature sunset and day sails.

The Signature Sunset Sail is a popular private charter option that allows up to 18 people to enjoy this 2.5-hour experience. Of course, you will be provided with an amazing sailing experience, but the fun does not stop there. You will be served food from local artisan vendors including local beer and wine that are included in your ticket price. Expect a fine dining picnic out on the open water as the sun sets in the backdrop—nothing is more beautiful than this!

If you prefer to stick to the daytime, the Signature Day Sail is just as exciting with wide open views of Lake Michigan. You will still be given the full food and beverage treatment as the sunset sail. Add a little fun by joining for the Champagne Sunday Sail that takes off every Sunday during the season. As you glide over the West Bay waters, you will be given flutes of bubbly wine to enjoy with your charcuterie snacks.

Wind Dancer also hosts special event charters, including the Goo Goo Dolls Sail that will have you on the water for several hours before being dropped off at the National Cherry Festival to see the artist live in concert. Make sure to also browse the additional services offered by Wind Dancer, including pontoon charters and island adventures. Your next adventure out on the Grand Traverse Bay starts here with Wind Dancer and it’s amazing sailing tours!

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Sailing is always better when you experience it here on the open waters of Lake Michigan and the Grand Traverse Bay. What will make your expedition to Traverse City even better is by reserving one of our vacation rentals here in the area. Our properties offer the finest amenities and keep you close to the best attractions in the city. Simply find your favorite rental with us today and get ready for Traverse City. Contact us to book your stay today! Search our rentals by bedroom here.

Some holidays seem to sneak up on us out of nowhere, giving us little time to prepare. Father’s Day can occasionally fall into that grouping, resulting in a quick dinner for your dad. This year, skip out on the quick and uneventful plans and instead book a wonderful vacation getaway for you and your dad. Father’s Day will be here before we know it, so timing is of the essence. There is no place more exciting for Father’s Day than Traverse City. You will find that Michigan is full of sunshine and exciting activities right here in June. Take a look at our Father’s Day guide to Traverse City, MI.

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Father’s Day Guide to Traverse City, MI

If your father or dad to be is an art fan they will want to make sure a visit to the Grand Traverse Bay Father’s Day Art & Craft Show is on the itinerary. This is the annual art show available each year located at the Civic Center. A variety of arts and crafts vendors will be on hand so you can show dad something cool or pick up a last-minute Father’s Day gift. Some items that dad may like include whiskey barrels cut down into the shape of wooden guitars and unique metal work. Regardless of what kind of art he is into there is sure to be something here that speaks to him. The 2024 Grand Traverse Bay Father’s Day Art & Craft Show at Civic Center will take place on June 15th and 16th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Admission is always free for this event.

Sail the Grand Traverse Bay

There is nothing more exciting for your father to do here in Traverse City than to take a sailing journey upon the waters of the Grand Traverse Bay. You will find the water is always a bright blue and the sun is shining here in June. You will find plenty of wind sailing charters available to book in the area but none are as fun as The Wind Dancer Experience. Their day sailing experience is 2.5 hours out on the water as you get to help sail or unwind and enjoy the view. This fully immersive experience is perfect for friends and family to join in on the fun as there is plenty of room on the 63-foot schooner. The experience starts by helping the captain hoist the sails and let you sit at the helm to prepare for the journey. The captain and crew of The Wild Dancer will provide a history of the Grand Traverse Bay and help you relax by offering a variety of food and drink. The Food, Wine, & Cocktails Tour is perfect for the adults to hit the water and be worry free. Book your experience today to truly enjoy the Grand Traverse Bay.

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

If your dad is an outdoorsy kind of guy, head on over to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is one of the country’s most beautiful national parks and is close to Traverse City. As the name implies it is a stretch of national lakeshore that offers sandy beaches and winding hiking trails. There are plenty of flora and fauna that live on the lakeshore while high dunes provide incredible views of the lake. Stop by the island lighthouse for a look into the rich history of the lake. If you prefer to just unwind instead of hiking around you can always take a drive on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive that takes you through both the dune and forest areas. If your dad is a national parks lover, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Hit the Breweries

Don’t stop at just the outdoor activities when you stop here in Traverse City. Take your dad out for a guy’s night out at the breweries. Traverse City has plenty of local craft breweries to stop at for a quick pint or tasting flight. Local favorites in the area include Silver Spruce Brewing Company, Right Brain Brewery, and Fresh Coast Beer Works. Each spot creates their own handcrafted beers with a variety of styles available. Order up your classic go-to options such as IPAs, lagers, wheat ales, and more, or try out seasonal favorites that are perfect for a crisp summer day on Father’s Day.

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Get Ready for Father’s Day in Traverse City

The fun never ends here in Traverse City making it the ideal spot for your next Father’s Day adventure. Contact us to book one of our vacation home rentals here in the area to find the most comfortable stay in town. Dad will how much you care when you treat him to a trip here!

Whenever you are looking to spend some time outdoors while perusing locally sourced goods you know that a farmers market is the best place to stop at. We all love a good farmers market where you can find local businesses selling locally sourced goods to help the community. The same fun can be had while you are out vacationing especially when you come to Traverse City. Our Michigan home has beautiful weather during most months of the year allowing us to host a variety of markets. Take a look at the best local farmers and craft markets we have in Traverse City:

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Local Farmers and Craft Markets in Traverse City, MI

When it comes to the biggest farmers market located in Downtown Traverse City, you will find that Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market has it all. This seasonal market is located between Cass and Union Streets on Lot B for a vibrant community market. The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market is open during the months of June through October allowing you to enjoy our beautiful summer weather. The market takes place every Saturday during the season from 7:30 AM to noon and on Wednesdays from 8:00 AM to noon. This market has a big focus on locally sourced produce from local farms in the community and state of Michigan. Expect to find plenty of produce needed for you to prepare a gourmet meal back at your vacation rental; each of our rentals offer plenty of space in the kitchen to make it feel right at home! You will also find vendors selling artisanal products such as honey, soap, olive oil, and much more. Whatever you need can most likely be found at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market here in Traverse City!

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Markets

Whenever you visit Traverse City you are sure to spend some time over at The Village located over at Grand Traverse Commons. The Village is a combination of historical buildings that have been repurposed from the previous Traverse City State Hospital into what is now a large commercial center. You will find a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and more during your visit to The Village. Visitors will also be able to find farmers markets held here at The Village during different season of the year. During the winter, head over to The Village to find the Indoor Farmers Market located in The Mercato corridor. A variety of vendors will be stationed in this indoor space where you can find a variety of produce and goods. As you peruse the different stations you will also find that breakfast and lunch are also available from local businesses in the center. These businesses include Cuppa Joe, S2s-Sugar2Salt, Red Spire Brunch House, Spanglish, Pleasanton Bakery, and B50 The Village Store. Enjoy a bite to eat with a cup of coffee during a quick break from all the shopping. The Indoor Farmers Market takes place during the months from November to April from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM each Saturday.

While the Indoor Farmers Market is alive and well during the winter it will shut down once the summer season has arrived. During the warmer months of the year the Outdoor Farmers Market will take place on The Piazza between Cottageview and Red Drive. This outdoor space allows even more produce and locally sourced goods to be made available for you to purchase. Come check out produce, farm fresh eggs, fresh flowers, homemade sweets, baked goods and more. The Outdoor Farmers Market is always adding even more artisans and farmers to the growing portfolio so you are sure to find something new during your visit. The market will be held on Monday afternoons in June from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery

While farmers markets are typically a weekly or yearly special event you will find that Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery is open every day for business. This local farm stand is where you can stop by for all things freshly baked or made. Enjoy a variety of breads, fresh produce, and fresh apples to choose from. You will also find their donuts including the popular cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts that alone are worth the drive. Make sure to stop by during the fall season where you can also find pumpkins for decorating or additional pumpkin flavored goodies. Cherry season is another popular time to stop by for the fresh cherries. The little children even have a spot to play on in the back along with seeing the farm animals too. Make sure to visit Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery during your next visit!

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Welcome to Traverse City, where spring brings new life to this beautiful destination along the shores of Lake Michigan. As the snow melts away and temperatures rise, Traverse City comes alive with vibrant colors, blooming flowers, and endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or a history buff, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Traverse City during the spring season. Explore the ultimate spring guide to Traverse City, filled with activities, attractions, dining options, and reasons why spring in Traverse City is the perfect time to visit this corner of Michigan.

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Exciting Activities for Everyone

Traverse City invites outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of exciting activities under the warm spring sun. Lace up your hiking boots and set off on an adventure through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore the winding trails that lead to stunning views of Lake Michigan and sand dunes, offering a glimpse of nature’s beauty. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just out for a stroll, the trails of Sleeping Bear Dunes provide unforgettable experiences.

For those looking for a more relaxed day, hop on a bike and cruise along the scenic pathways of the TART Trail. Winding through lush forests, green vineyards, and charming waterfront communities, the TART Trail offers a beautiful journey through Traverse City. Pedal at your own pace as you take in the sights and sounds of Northern Michigan. With numerous trailheads and access points scattered throughout the city, the TART Trail invites people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the outdoors.

As spring unfolds in Traverse City, the region’s iconic cherry orchards burst into bloom, painting the landscape in shades of pink and white. Experience the season’s charm with a visit to a local cherry orchard, where guided tours provide insight into cherry farming and the area’s rich agricultural heritage. And no trip to Traverse City’s cherry country would be complete without treating yourself to some cherry-themed treats, from freshly baked pies filled with juicy fruit to refreshing glasses of cherry wine.

Discover Local Attractions

Traverse City offers an array of attractions that capture the essence of Traverse City, providing ample opportunities for exploration and discovery. Spend an entire day exploring the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Traverse City, where charming boutiques, art galleries, and cozy cafes line the streets. Wander through the bustling sidewalks, taking in the sights, sounds, and aromas of this bustling city center. Discover unique treasures as you peruse the shops, from handcrafted souvenirs to locally made artwork, and enjoy delicious bites at the many restaurants scattered throughout the area.

For a taste of the region’s rich history and maritime heritage, make your way to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding landscape, and step inside to explore the museum’s fascinating exhibits. Dive into the history of Great Lakes shipping and navigation and learn about the courageous keepers who manned the lighthouse throughout its past. The Dennos Museum Center is another must-visit destination, housing an impressive collection of contemporary art and cultural artifacts from around the world. Lose yourself in the diverse array of exhibits featuring works by local and international artists that showcase creativity and diversity.

Traverse City’s natural beauty is also on full display at attractions like the Boardman River, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along its scenic banks. Enjoy the historic architecture of downtown Traverse City as you walk through charming neighborhoods and waterfront parks, each offering its own unique charm and allure. Take advantage of the city’s proximity to Lake Michigan by spending a day at one of its beaches, soaking up the sun and enjoying water activities like swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. With so much to see and do, Traverse City promises endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation, making it the perfect destination for a Traverse City spring getaway.

Enjoy Delicious Dining

Traverse City’s dining scene is as diverse as it is delicious, offering a large variety of dining experiences to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. With an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and innovative cooking techniques, Traverse City’s restaurants are renowned for their commitment to quality and flavor. Whether you’re craving classic comfort food or eager to explore unique dishes, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this food lover’s paradise.

Start your dining adventure at one of Traverse City’s waterfront restaurants, where you can dine al fresco while soaking up the stunning views of the bay. From elegant seafood bistros to laid-back beachfront cafes, these establishments offer a feast for the senses, with dishes that showcase the region’s seafood and farm-fresh produce. Enjoy grilled fish, tangy ceviche, or decadent lobster rolls, paired with a crisp glass of locally produced wine or a refreshing craft beer.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Traverse City’s bakeries and dessert shops are sure to satisfy your cravings. Treat yourself to a slice of Michigan’s famous cherry pie, made with plump, juicy cherries harvested from nearby orchards, or treat yourself to a scoop of homemade ice cream churned to perfection with the finest local dairy. With flavors ranging from classic vanilla bean to exotic mango sorbet, there’s a frozen treat to suit every palate.

For those craving a taste of international cuisine, Traverse City offers a global smorgasbord of flavors to explore. Visit one of the city’s Italian trattorias to enjoy traditional pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas made with imported Italian ingredients. Or journey south of the border with a visit to a lively Mexican restaurant, where you can feast on spicy tacos, tangy ceviche, and refreshing margaritas. With so many delicious options to choose from, dining in Traverse City is an experience that’s sure to leave you craving more.

Why Spring Is a Great Time to Visit Traverse City

Spring is the ideal time to visit Traverse City, offering mild temperatures, blooming cherry blossoms, and fewer crowds compared to the busy summer months. With the arrival of spring, Traverse City comes alive with outdoor festivals, farmers’ markets, and cultural events celebrating the season’s charm. From cherry blossom festivals to wine tastings and art fairs, there’s always something exciting happening in Traverse City during the spring.

Plus, spring offers the perfect opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region, from hiking through lush forests to kayaking along pristine waterways. Traverse City’s scenic landscapes are at their most beautiful during the spring season, providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures and relaxing strolls. And with a wide range of vacation rentals available, from cozy cottages to luxurious waterfront homes, there’s no shortage of accommodation options to choose from for your spring getaway in Traverse City.

Beautiful Weather Awaits

In the spring, Traverse City experiences a transition from the chill of winter to the warmth of summer, creating the perfect climate for outdoor adventure. As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to rise, Traverse City comes alive with the vibrant colors of blooming flowers and budding trees, making it an ideal time to visit this charming destination.

During the spring months, Traverse City enjoys mild and pleasant weather, with daytime temperatures typically ranging from the 50s to the 70s Fahrenheit (10-25 degrees Celsius). While mornings and evenings may still be crisp, especially earlier in the season, the afternoons often bring comfortable temperatures perfect for outdoor activities.

One of the highlights of spring in Traverse City is the gradual thawing of the surrounding lakes and rivers, offering opportunities for boating, fishing, and other water-based adventures. As the ice melts away, the waters of Lake Michigan and the nearby inland lakes become inviting for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding, providing a refreshing way to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

Explore Our Spring Rentals

At Elevated Stays, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive selection of vacation rentals in Traverse City, ensuring that every traveler can find their perfect home base for a spring adventure. Our diverse range of properties includes condos, homes, downtown rentals, and pet-friendly options, catering to a wide variety of preferences and needs. Whether you’re seeking a cozy retreat for two or a spacious getaway for the whole family, we have accommodations to suit every group size and budget.

Our condos offer a convenient and comfortable option for couples or solo travelers looking to experience the best of Traverse City. With modern amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, wireless internet, and cozy living spaces, our condos provide everything you need for a relaxing stay. Plus, many of our condo rentals boast stunning views of the surrounding area, allowing you to soak in the beauty of Traverse City right from your own private balcony or patio.

Our homes and downtown rentals offer ample space and flexibility for larger groups or families traveling together. From charming cottages nestled in quiet neighborhoods to stylish downtown apartments within walking distance of shops and restaurants, our vacation rentals provide the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. With multiple bedrooms, well-appointed kitchens, and spacious living areas, our homes and downtown rentals are designed to make you feel right at home during your stay in Traverse City.

At Elevated Stays, we understand that pets are part of the family, too, so we offer a selection of pet-friendly vacation rentals. With plenty of space to roam and explore, our pet-friendly properties ensure that your furry companions can join in on the fun of your spring adventure in Traverse City. Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors or simply relaxing at home, our pet-friendly accommodations provide a welcoming retreat for both you and your four-legged friends.

No matter which vacation rental you choose, you can rest assured that it will be equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. From washer and dryers to well-maintained bathrooms and stylish furnishings, our properties are designed to meet the needs of modern travelers. Plus, with our commitment to exceptional customer service, you can trust that our team will be there to assist you every step of the way, ensuring that your spring adventure in Traverse City is truly unforgettable.

Book Your Spring Adventure

As you plan your Traverse City spring getaway, book one of our vacation rentals to make the most of your visit. Our properties feature a wide range of options catering to different group sizes, with stylish furnishings and luxury amenities to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the great outdoors or relaxation by the waterfront, Traverse City offers the perfect spring escape for travelers of all interests. So, pack your bags, book your stay, and get ready to experience the ultimate spring getaway in Traverse City!

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Before you know it, summer will be here, and with it should come an adventurous summer vacation. Treat yourself to a wonderful summer getaway to the shores of Traverse City. Our Michigan home is the perfect place to cool off as the temps start to rise. Traverse City features plenty of different ways to celebrate your summer. This includes an incredible selection of exclusive events that take place over the summer so you and the family can have a blast. Take a look at the top summer events in Traverse City.

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Top Summer 2024 Events in Traverse City, MI

There is no summer event here in Traverse City bigger than the National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is home to the best cherry orchards in the country and celebrates that with this annual event. The National Cherry Festival is no small feat but instead a week-long celebration of the community and industry found here in the city. Each year, the National Cherry Festival gets bigger and better, and the 2024 event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The National Cherry Festival features over 150 different events all throughout the week, with around 85% of them free for kids to enjoy.
The Opening Ceremony will start off the fun for the week with a message from the National Cherry Queen herself. Other prominent figures from the Grand Traverse Region will also be on hand to help with the festivities. The rest of the week is a rollercoaster of fun and exciting events for the whole family. This includes an air show with the United State Navy Blue Angels, cherry pit spit content, classic car show, cherry pie eating contest, orchard tours, and much more. Many of the events will take place multiple times to ensure everyone can enjoy them at some point in the event. Some events that are new for the 2024 festival include beach volleyball tournaments with multiple options for teams.

We hope you love live entertainment, because the concert schedule for the National Cherry Festival is sure to be great. This year’s artists include the Goo Goo Dolls, Dylan Scott, and Gabriel Iglesias Live. Each performance will be held at the Pepsi Bayside Music Stage with tickets needed to be purchased.
The National Cherry Festival takes place over the Fourth of July, so you can expect a patriotic parade on the holiday itself. This year’s National Cherry Festival will take place from June 29th through July 6th for a whole week of fun and excitement. Come see Traverse City’s biggest event of the year!

Tour de TART

Traverse City is also home to various other events in the area too. Tour de TART is a local bike ride event taking place in later in July. This event takes place on July 19th for a 17-mile bike ride starting from Darrow Park before ending at North Park. Along the way riders will be able to enjoy two food stops before ending their ride with a bayside meal. This family friendly event is perfect for those wanting to enjoy an outdoor activity together while feeling like a local. Adults will be able to order a glass of local wine or craft beer from the cash bar. All bikes will be transported back to Traverse City so you do not have to bike all 17 miles back to your vacation rental. Traverse City features several bike shops in the area where you can enjoy rental bikes to help you participate in this exciting event. Registration is required in advance and on sale now!

42nd Annual Cedar Polka Festival

Our neighbors over in Cedar will be hosting their 42nd Annual Cedar Polka Festival that celebrates all things Polish. This festival brings in 10,000 visitors each year to participate in the four days of events and activities that highlight the rich Polish history in the area. Live Polka music will be on hand each day from the best Polka bands around the country. Of course, you cannot have a Polish festival without indulging yourself with delicious food and drink. Vendors will be on hand selling delicious Polish food along with hot dogs, ribs, popcorn, and much more. The Cedar Polka Festival is one of the largest Polka celebrations in the country and has become a mainstay in the area since its inauguration. Don’t miss out on this year’s 42nd Annual Cedar Polka Festival!

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Get Ready for Traverse City This Summer

Make sure to book the best stay in town by reserving one of our vacation rentals here in the area. Our properties feature the finest amenities and plenty of space for you and your family. Contact us to book your favorite property today and get ready for the ideal Traverse City getaway! Search our rentals by bedroom here.

We all have a bucket list for activities and events we want to enjoy whenever we take a summer vacation. Having this mental list is a great way to help you figure out the perfect summer destination. If your list includes stunning scenery, unique shops and restaurants, gorgeous beaches, and all kinds of excitement you will want to spend your summer getaway to Traverse City, MI. Our Michigan home has plenty for you to enjoy during a summer trip. Take a look at what you can plan for when you spend summer in Traverse City:

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Planning a Summer Getaway to Traverse City, MI

One of the lesser known facts for those who have yet to visit Traverse City is that we have our own wine country. The area surrounding Traverse City features a special wine country where you will find plenty of wineries and tasting rooms to try out. The climate allows the region to grow special grapes that add a fruitier flavor to our offerings. Trying out more than one winery can be difficult, especially when you have to drive. Let someone else do the driving for you when you book a winery tour. Companies including Brew Bus will take you around to four wineries so you can enjoy a tasting flight without worrying about getting back to your vacation rental. Transportation is typically included along with snacks or flights at each stop. Make sure to pick up a bottle or two of your favorite wine to have back at your vacation rental! These shuttle tours can sell out so make sure to book in advance.

Take a Haunted Ghost Tour

Like many cities in the Midwest Traverse City has a rich and long history in the area. If you are in the mood to learn about the darker side of Traverse City book a walking ghost tour with Haunted Traverse. This local guide company will bring the ghosts of Traverse City to life with their engaging tour that takes you around Downtown Traverse City. These walking tours are approximately an hour and a half in length and will give you an in depth look into the reported hauntings of older buildings. Whether you believe the stories or not you will find a fun and exciting way to learn about the history of Traverse City that only Haunted Traverse can provide; don’t forget your walking shoes!

Check Out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

If you want to check off another national park on your travel itinerary, make sure you visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This nearby park offers an area of pure bliss and tranquility. Sleeping Bear Dunes is especially known for its scalable dunes that are nearby the lake beaches. You will not find a more serene location in the area that is relaxing to visit. The park is Northwest of Traverse City making it easy to get to from our vacation rentals. You can explore the hiking trails to see the scenery or relax on the beaches that include Platte River Point. Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of the most picturesque national parks so make sure you do not miss on the opportunity to see it in person.

Enjoy a Round of Golf

The warm summer weather is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some golf while visiting Traverse City. You will find several different golf courses in the area each with their own draw. Local clubs include Crystal Mountain, Traverse Resort, and A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. Visitors will be able to reserve their time on the green to ensure a great outing. Check out the onsite shops in case you did not bring your own golf clubs with you.

Enjoy the Beaches

The beaches found at Sleeping Bear Dunes are not the only ones here in Northern Michigan. You will be able to find closer beaches by Traverse City that offer a perfect time by the water. Enjoy views of the bay as you walk the local beaches under the sunshine. The freshwater of the lake offers a clean and beautiful view while you get to avoid any seawater critters like jellyfish or sharks in the water. The beaches offer plenty of sand so the kids can enjoy making sandcastles or splashing around in the water. Grab a kayak from a local shop and explore the coastline until your heart is content. There are even dog-friendly beaches too so make sure to check out the beach that fits your needs!

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Traverse City is Waiting This Summer

There is no bad way to enjoy your summer vacation in Traverse City, but these ideas are sure to help. Get ready for your upcoming trip by reserving one of our luxury vacation rentals in Traverse City. You will not find a better lodging here in Traverse City. Contact us to book your stay today.

Get ready for a most excellent start to your summer vacation by planning for a Memorial Day getaway. Everyone knows that Memorial Day Weekend always signals the start of summer. The kids will finally have a break from school and the heat will be rising. Make the most of your summer plans by spending this Memorial Day getaway up here with us in Traverse City. We offer a stunning Michigan vacation destination that has plenty of exciting activities and events. Take a look at how you and your family will be able to celebrate Memorial Day in Traverse City:

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Celebrate Memorial Day in Traverse City, MI

Memorial Day is a holiday that celebrates our nation’s armed forces many times by looking at our past history. While Traverse City does not have specific Memorial Day events you can still enjoy a look into the history of the area. There is no more exciting way to do that than by visiting The Village Grand Traverse Commons. This area is popular with both locals and visitors, as it houses some of the best shopping and restaurants in Traverse City. Grand Traverse Commons is a repurposed asylum that was originally built in the 1800s. The building features a gorgeous Victorian Italianate design found nowhere else. Grand Traverse Commons is located on a 480 acre preserve with wooded terrain all around. While the asylum previously helped patients in need it now houses different eateries, boutiques, salons, exercise studios, and more. In between your shopping take a walking tour that will show you around the grounds while learning about its extensive history. Grand Traverse Commons is a great way to understand the past while looking forward to the future.

Visit the Dennos Museum Center

Another great way to cherish our history is by visiting one of the most established culture institutions found at Dennos Museum Center. This art gallery is an extension of the Northwestern Michigan College and features artwork that dates all the way back to the 19th century. The museum is specifically known for its Inuit art collection with over 3,000 pieces collected. Additional exhibits also feature the Canadian Woodland Indian collection, a compilation of woodcut art and works from Jozsef Domjan, and more. The museum also hosts a variety of special events including concerts and film screenings too. Educational attractions are an exciting way to learn more during your family travels over Memorial Day Weekend.

Bayshore Marathon

One of Traverse City’s biggest events taking place over Memorial Day Weekend each year is always Bayshore Marathon. This is one of the biggest marathons in the country and brings in thousands of participants each year who want the beautiful Grand Traverse backdrop during the race. Bayshore Marathon started back in 1983 and has since become one of the most scenic and enjoyable races in the Midwest. The marathon includes a variety of events for you to participate in including a 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and kids’ run. The races are held on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, offering a full day of excitement. The marathon and half marathon often sell out each year and early registration is always highly encouraged. Some of the events still have openings, so make sure to book your pass for the upcoming Bayshore Marathon.

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Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to enjoy that early summer weather with the sun shining and temperatures often staying in the low 70s during the day. Spend an amazing day outdoors when you visit a local winery such as Chateau Chantal Winery. Traverse City is a sprawling wine region where specially grown grapes are used in incredible wines. Wineries such as Chateau Chantal Winery offers charming tasting rooms with extensive outdoor patios. Try out a glass of wine or dive into a tasting flight to try a little bit of everything. Traverse City even has winery tours you can join where you are taken around to the different wineries in a shuttle. This allows you to enjoy your day without having to worry about driving. Come see the incredible wines here in the area.

Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shore

Traverse City is also home to one of the most beautiful national parks, Sleeping Bear Dunes. This national shoreline features a sprawling park with gorgeous beaches, historic lighthouses, and hiking trails that will take you around the area. Many of the attractions in the park open up around Memorial Day making it a great time to check it out.

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Welcome to Traverse City, Michigan, a hidden gem nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Traverse City offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and culinary delights, making it the perfect destination for your next getaway. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the heart of Traverse City, showcasing the best of what this charming destination has to offer. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or a culture connoisseur, there is stuff to do in Traverse City to enchant every traveler.

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Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

Morning: Kickstart your Traverse City adventure with a visit to the iconic Grand Traverse Pie Company for a hearty breakfast. Sink your teeth into a slice of their famous cherry pie, a local delicacy that perfectly encapsulates the flavors of Northern Michigan. As you savor each bite, you’ll immediately feel welcomed into the warmth and hospitality of Traverse City.

Afternoon: After fueling up, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Traverse City. Explore the charming boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops that line Front Street, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and creativity. Don’t forget to swing by the Traverse City Visitor Center, where friendly staff members are always eager to share insider tips and recommendations to enhance your Traverse City experience.

Evening: As the day winds down, treat yourself to a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Boardman Lake Trail. As you meander along the tranquil pathway, you’ll be greeted by stunning views of the waterfront and lush greenery. For dinner, head to The Cooks’ House, a cozy restaurant known for its innovative farm-to-table cuisine. Enjoy dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, each bite bursting with fresh flavors and culinary creativity.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures

Morning: Wake up early and venture to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a natural wonderland just a short drive from Traverse City. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a scenic trek along the park’s trails, where you’ll encounter towering sand dunes, lush forests, and sweeping views of Lake Michigan. Take your time to soak in the breathtaking beauty of this pristine landscape, and don’t forget to snap a few photos to capture the memories.

Afternoon: After working up an appetite, head to Fishtown in nearby Leland for a taste of authentic Great Lakes cuisine. Pull up a chair at The Cove Restaurant, a local favorite known for its freshly caught whitefish and perch. With each bite of flaky fish and crispy fries, you’ll experience the region’s flavors in a truly unforgettable way.

Evening: End your day with a sunset kayaking tour on Lake Michigan, a serene experience offering unparalleled shoreline views bathed in golden light. As you paddle along the tranquil waters, you’ll feel a sense of peace and connection with nature. After working up an appetite, indulge in a delicious dinner at Trattoria Stella, housed in a historic psychiatric hospital. Here, you’ll savor rustic Italian fare made with locally sourced ingredients, paired with fine wines from Michigan’s acclaimed vineyards.

 Day 3: Cultural Immersion

Morning: Begin your day with a journey through the rich tapestry of art and history at the Dennos Museum Center. Admire a diverse collection of artwork spanning centuries and continents, from contemporary masterpieces to indigenous artifacts. Each exhibit offers a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the region’s cultural heritage and gain a deeper appreciation for the artistic expressions of the past and present.

Afternoon: After exploring the museum, embark on a scenic drive along the Old Mission Peninsula, renowned for its picturesque vineyards and wineries. Stop by Chateau Chantal for a wine-tasting experience unlike any other. You’ll sample exquisite wines while enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and Grand Traverse Bay. With each sip, you’ll discover the region’s unique terroir and gain a deeper appreciation for the art of winemaking.

Evening: Wrap up your cultural immersion with a captivating performance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. As you take your seat in the historic venue, you’ll be transported to a world of artistic excellence and creativity. From world-class concerts to mesmerizing dance performances, each show offers a unique opportunity to experience the transformative power of the arts. As the final curtain falls, you’ll feel a sense of awe and inspiration, carrying the memories of the evening with you long after the performance has ended.

This expanded guide provides a more in-depth exploration of Traverse City’s offerings, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of this beloved destination. Whether you’re indulging in culinary delights, embarking on outdoor adventures, or exploring the rich cultural heritage of the region, Traverse City promises to captivate your senses and leave you with memories to last a lifetime. So why wait? Start planning your Traverse City getaway today and discover the magic of this enchanting destination for yourself.

Day 4: Delicious Dishes and Local Flavors

Morning: As the sun rises over Traverse City, start your day with a visit to the bustling Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market. Stroll through the lively market stalls adorned with vibrant produce, artisanal crafts, and homemade delicacies. Engage with local farmers and artisans as you sample fresh berries, artisan cheeses, and fragrant herbs, immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of flavors that define Northern Michigan’s culinary scene.

Afternoon: After exploring the farmers market, embark on a culinary adventure at The Little Fleet, a beloved food truck park that celebrates the diversity of flavors found in Traverse City. Pull up a chair at one of the communal picnic tables and indulge in a feast of global cuisine, from gourmet tacos to wood-fired pizzas. Savor each bite as you relax in the laid-back atmosphere and soak in the eclectic charm of this culinary hotspot.

Evening: For a truly unforgettable dining experience, make your way to The Franklin, a cozy neighborhood bistro renowned for its inventive small plates and cozy ambiance. Allow the knowledgeable staff to guide you through a culinary journey, showcasing the best of Michigan’s seasonal ingredients in dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious. From delicate seafood to hearty meat dishes, each plate is a testament to the culinary craftsmanship that defines Traverse City’s thriving food scene.

Day 5: Lakeside Escapes and Waterfront Fun

Morning: Embrace the tranquility of Lake Michigan with a leisurely morning at Clinch Park Beach, a pristine stretch of shoreline nestled in the heart of Traverse City. Sink your toes into the soft sand, take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters, or simply bask in the warmth of the sun as you unwind and recharge. With panoramic views of the bay and easy access to water sports rentals, Clinch Park Beach offers endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure.

Afternoon: After soaking up the sun, satisfy your hunger with a picnic lunch at Bryant Park, a charming waterfront park that offers stunning vistas of West Grand Traverse Bay. Spread out a blanket on the lush green lawn, unpack your picnic basket filled with local cheeses, artisanal charcuterie, and freshly baked bread, and indulge in a leisurely alfresco meal surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Evening: As dusk falls, embark on a magical sunset dinner cruise aboard the Nauti-Cat, Traverse City’s premier catamaran sailing experience. Set sail on the tranquil waters of Grand Traverse Bay, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the coastline bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun. Indulge in a gourmet dinner served on deck, featuring locally sourced ingredients and expertly crafted dishes that perfectly complement the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Day 6: Hidden Gems and Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Morning: Venture off the beaten path and explore the charming village of Suttons Bay, a picturesque waterfront community located just a short drive north of Traverse City. Meander along the quaint streets lined with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes, pausing to admire the historic architecture and soak in the small-town charm that defines this idyllic lakeside enclave.

Afternoon: After exploring Suttons Bay, venture to nearby Leelanau State Park for an afternoon of outdoor exploration. Lace up your hiking boots and traverse the park’s scenic trails, which wind through lush forests, along rugged coastline, and past historic lighthouses. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, including deer, bald eagles, and foxes, as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this hidden gem.

Evening: For a memorable dining experience, make your way to The Riverside Inn, a historic restaurant housed in a beautifully restored 19th century farmhouse overlooking the picturesque Cedar River. Enjoy seasonal dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients; each bites a symphony of flavors that pays homage to the bounty of Michigan’s land and sea. As you savor your meal in the warm glow of the restaurant’s rustic interior, you’ll feel a sense of connection to the rich agricultural heritage that defines Traverse City’s culinary identity.

Day 7: Farewell to Traverse City

Morning: On your final day in Traverse City, treat yourself to a leisurely brunch at The Towne Plaza, a charming eatery known for its creative twists on classic brunch favorites. Indulge in decadent dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, and eggs Benedict, each bite bursting with flavor and flair. Wash it all down with a refreshing mimosa or Bloody Mary, raising a toast to the memories you’ve made during your time in Traverse City.

Afternoon: After brunch, take one last stroll through Downtown Traverse City to soak in the sights and sounds of this vibrant community. Browse the boutiques for locally made treasures, stop by the Cherry Republic for a taste of Michigan’s famous cherries, or simply wander the streets, taking in the beauty of the historic buildings and bustling waterfront.

Evening: As you bid farewell to Traverse City, take a moment to reflect on the experiences you’ve shared and the memories you’ve made during your time in this enchanting destination. Whether you’ve spent three days or a full week exploring its hidden gems and local favorites, one thing is certain – Traverse City will hold a special place in your heart long after you’ve said goodbye. As you embark on your journey home, carry with you the warmth of Traverse City’s hospitality, the beauty of its landscapes, and the flavors of its cuisine, knowing that you’ll always be welcomed back with open arms.

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Traverse City, Michigan, is a destination that captivates the senses and leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. With its breathtaking natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and thriving culinary scene, Traverse City offers a truly unforgettable experience for travelers of all ages and interests. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, culinary delights, or simply a peaceful retreat, there is stuff to do in Traverse City to enchant every traveler. So why wait? Book your Traverse City vacation rental today and discover the magic of this beloved destination for yourself.

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Welcome to Traverse City, Michigan – a foodie paradise nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan. Renowned for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and, of course, mouthwatering cuisine, Traverse City offers a culinary experience like no other. Whether you’re craving a hearty breakfast to start your day, a casual lunch with friends, an elegant dinner with a view, or a decadent dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, Traverse City has it all. Join us as we embark on a gastronomic journey through the top places to eat in Traverse City, showcasing the diverse flavors and culinary delights that make Traverse City a must-visit destination for food lovers.

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Start your day off right with a visit to The Omelette Shoppe, a charming diner known for its hearty breakfast fare and friendly service. Situated in the heart of downtown Traverse City, this beloved eatery has been serving up delicious omelets, pancakes, and bacon since 1975. Locally sourced ingredients and made-from-scratch recipes ensure that every dish is bursting with flavor and freshness. Try the signature “Traverse City Omelette,” filled with savory bacon, tangy cheddar cheese, and sweet cherry tomatoes for a taste of local flavor.

Next up, head to the Grand Traverse Pie Company for a breakfast experience that’s as sweet as it is satisfying. This family-owned bakery is famous for its homemade pies, made from scratch using only the finest ingredients. Start your day with a slice of their signature cherry pie, bursting with juicy Traverse City cherries and flaky, buttery crust. Pair it with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a creamy latte for the perfect morning pick-me-up.

For breakfast with a twist, look no further than Brew, a hip and eclectic eatery located in the heart of downtown Traverse City. Known for its innovative dishes and creative cocktails, Brew offers a breakfast menu that’s anything but ordinary. Try the avocado toast topped with poached eggs and spicy sriracha aioli for a flavorful kick or indulge in the Belgian waffles drizzled with local maple syrup and fresh berries for a sweet start to your day.


When lunchtime rolls around, treat yourself to a taste of Italy at Trattoria Stella, a cozy Italian eatery housed in a historic firehouse overlooking the picturesque Boardman River. With its rustic ambiance and authentic cuisine, Trattoria Stella transports diners to the streets of Tuscany with every bite. Start your meal with a plate of antipasti, featuring an array of cured meats, artisan cheeses, and marinated vegetables, before diving into a hearty bowl of house-made pasta or a wood-fired pizza topped with locally sourced ingredients.

For a more casual lunch experience, head to Slabtown Burger, a laid-back burger joint located just a stone’s throw from downtown Traverse City. Known for its handcrafted burgers and creative toppings, Slabtown Burger has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike since opening its doors in 2013. Sink your teeth into the Traverse City Cherry Burger, featuring a juicy beef patty topped with tangy goat cheese, crisp arugula, and a generous drizzle of house-made cherry barbecue sauce for a sweet and savory flavor explosion.

No trip to Traverse City would be complete without a visit to the Cottage Cafe, a beloved neighborhood spot serving up classic comfort food in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. From hearty sandwiches and homemade soups to freshly baked pies and decadent desserts, the Cottage Cafe has something for everyone to enjoy. Try the signature “Traverse City Turkey Reuben,” featuring tender sliced turkey, tangy sauerkraut, and melted Swiss cheese on grilled rye bread, served with a side of house-made coleslaw for a satisfying lunchtime treat.


For a truly unforgettable dining experience, make your way to The Cooks’ House, a farm-to-table restaurant located in a historic Victorian home just steps from downtown Traverse City. Known for its seasonal tasting menus and locally sourced ingredients, The Cooks’ House offers a culinary journey through the flavors of Michigan’s bountiful landscape. Settle in for a multi-course feast featuring innovative dishes like “Lake Michigan Whitefish Crudo” with pickled ramps and trout roe or “Honey-Glazed Duck Breast” with roasted root vegetables and Michigan cherry jus, paired with thoughtfully selected wines from around the world for a dining experience that’s as elegant as it is delicious.

For a taste of France in the heart of Traverse City, look no further than Amical, a cozy bistro known for its classic French cuisine and warm, inviting ambiance. Situated in a historic building dating back to 1891, Amical exudes charm and sophistication from the moment you step through the door. Start your meal with a bowl of “Gratinee,” topped with melted Gruyere cheese and crispy croutons, followed by the “Coq Au Vin,” featuring tender braised chicken in a rich red wine sauce with mushrooms, pearl onions, and bacon, served over creamy mashed potatoes for a satisfying dinner that’s sure to please.

If Asian cuisine is more your style, make a reservation at Red Ginger, a sleek and stylish restaurant specializing in contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. From sushi and sashimi to stir-fries and noodle dishes, Red Ginger offers a diverse menu of flavorful dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, and beyond. Start your meal with a selection of fresh sushi rolls, like the “Traverse City Roll” with salmon, avocado, and cucumber, or the “Spicy Tuna Roll” with yellowfin tuna, spicy mayo, and crunchy tempura flakes, before moving on to entrees like the “Miso-Glazed Black Cod” or the “Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs” for a dinner that’s both delicious and satisfying.


No visit to Traverse City would be complete without indulging in a sweet treat at Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, a local institution known for its rich and creamy ice cream made from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. With flavors ranging from classic vanilla and chocolate to inventive creations like “Cherry Amaretto” and “Butter Pecan,” there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Moomers. Grab a scoop (or two) of your favorite flavor and savor every creamy bite as you stroll along the scenic shores of West Grand Traverse Bay, taking in the sights and sounds of this charming lakeside town.

For a taste of Northern Michigan’s finest fruits, head to American Spoon, a specialty food shop and cafe known for its artisanal jams, preserves, and fruit syrups. Treat yourself to a scoop of their signature gelato, made with fresh cream and pureed fruit from local orchards, or indulge in a slice of homemade pie topped with their famous fruit spreads for a dessert experience you won’t soon forget. With flavors like “Michigan Cherry,” “Wild Blueberry,” and “Raspberry Rhubarb,” American Spoon offers a sweet taste of the region’s natural bounty in every bite.

Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Kilwins, a beloved confectionery shop known for its handcrafted chocolates, creamy fudge, and mouthwatering caramel apples. Watch as skilled chocolatiers work their magic behind the counter, dipping fresh strawberries in rich, velvety chocolate or swirling ribbons of caramel onto crisp, juicy apples for a treat that’s as beautiful as it is delicious. With a wide selection of sweets and treats to choose from, Kilwins is the perfect place to indulge your cravings and treat yourself to something sweet after a long day of exploring Traverse City.

Casual Drink

After a day of exploring Traverse City’s culinary delights, unwind with a casual drink at one of the city’s many charming bars and breweries. Traverse City is home to a thriving craft beverage scene, with breweries, cideries, and distilleries aplenty offering an array of libations to suit every taste.

Start your evening at Right Brain Brewery, a quirky and eclectic brewery known for its innovative brews and laid-back atmosphere. Located in a converted warehouse space adorned with colorful murals and funky decor, Right Brain Brewery offers a rotating selection of craft beers ranging from classic IPAs and stouts to experimental creations like their famous “Thai Peanut” ale and “Cherry Pie Whole” sour. Pull up a stool at the bar or relax on the outdoor patio as you sip on a pint of your favorite brew and soak in the vibrant energy of this local hotspot.

For a taste of Traverse City’s wine scene, head to Left Foot Charley, a unique urban winery located in the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Housed in a former mental asylum turned mixed-use development, Left Foot Charley offers a diverse selection of wines made from locally grown grapes, including crisp whites, fruity rosés, and robust reds. Sample a flight of wines in the cozy tasting room or enjoy a glass on the outdoor patio overlooking the picturesque grounds of the Commons.


When the sun goes down, Traverse City comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene, offering everything from live music and dancing to cozy wine bars and craft cocktail lounges. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink with friends, Traverse City has something for everyone to enjoy.

For live music and entertainment, head to Union Street Station, a popular nightlife destination located in the heart of downtown Traverse City. With its spacious dance floor, stage for live bands, and outdoor patio, Union Street Station is the perfect place to let loose and have a good time. Grab a drink from the bar, hit the dance floor, and groove to the sounds of local bands and DJs playing everything from classic rock and blues to hip-hop and electronic dance music.

If you’re in the mood for a more intimate and upscale experience, make your way to The Parlor, a sleek and sophisticated cocktail lounge specializing in craft cocktails and small plates. Located in the historic Warehouse District, The Parlor offers a refined atmosphere with plush leather seating, dim lighting, and a carefully curated selection of spirits. Sip on a classic Old Fashioned or try one of their signature creations, like the “Traverse City Mule” made with local cherry vodka, ginger beer, and lime, as you unwind and mingle with fellow patrons in this stylish and upscale setting.

Whether you’re looking for a casual drink or a night on the town, Traverse City has plenty of options to choose from. So, grab your friends, raise a glass, and toast to a night of fun and adventure in this vibrant and bustling city.

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Traverse City, Michigan offers a culinary adventure like no other, with a diverse array of dining options to suit every palate and preference. From cozy diners and charming cafes to upscale bistros and fine dining establishments, there are places to eat in Traverse City for all types. So why wait? Book your Traverse City vacation rental today and embark on a gastronomic journey through this foodie paradise. Whether you’re savoring a slice of homemade pie, indulging in a gourmet dinner, or treating yourself to a sweet treat, Traverse City is sure to treat your taste buds and leave you craving more.

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The year is shaping up to be one of our favorites right here in Traverse City, so we hope you can join us sometime soon. If you are looking for an opportunity soon to come check us out, look no further than Easter. The spring season features many different holidays, including Easter, allowing you to have the perfect opportunity for a quick vacation getaway. Traverse City has many different Easter events and spring activities that will leave you with plenty of memories. Take a look at the top ways to celebrate Easter in Traverse City, MI.

Top Ways to Celebrate Easter in Traverse City

There is a lot to see and do in Traverse City but The Salvation Army has been putting on one of our favorite Easter events here in the city. The Easter Eggsperience Family Fun Event is much more than just a standard Easter egg hunt. This event takes place the Saturday before Easter, letting you have a whole weekend to celebrate the holiday. Head on over to the Salvation Army Community Center located at 1239 Barlow St to find the fun. The Easter Eggsperience Family Fun Event includes an Easter egg hunt that starts every 30 minutes so you do not have to worry about missing one. The event also includes lovely activities for children such as family photo booth, arts and crafts, bounce houses, an ice cream truck, hot food, and much more. The Salvation Army Easter Eggsperience Family Fun Event is absolutely free to attend and runs from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Easter Brunch at Black Star Farms

The children get most of the fun on Easter but the adults know they have something to look forward to: Easter Brunch. Everyone knows that Easter brunch is where you can indulge yourself in delicious entrees and cocktails. There are plenty of incredible places to check out Easter brunch here in Traverse City, but Black Star Farms has one of the best selections. Their team will provide a culinary experience that includes savory and sweet items to delight the senses. You will be able to serve yourself with a variety of delicious options, including lox salmon strata, scrambled eggs, red skin hash browns, glazed ham, braised chicken, and much more. You will also find an assorted selection of house baked goods such as croissants and cinnamon rolls. Don’t forget desserts like Ghirardelli brownies and whipped cheesecake bites. Adults will be able to order wine by the bottle or grab a mimosa that is always a brunch staple for an additional cost. Tickets are currently on sale for the Easter brunch at Black Star Farms. Brunch will be available on Easter Sunday and an outdoor Easter egg hunt will also take place following the meal. Come experience brunch the best way it can be.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lake Ann Farm

Another Easter egg hunt can be found here in Traverse City for the kids at Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lake Ann Farm. Their annual egg hunt is a favorite here in the city and has fun for the whole family. The egg hunt starts right at noon and will be outside so make sure to dress warm! A separate egg hunt will also be held for young children to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to collect as many eggs as possible. Additional activities at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza also include pony rides and a petting zoo. Attending the Easter Egg-Stravaganza is free with the pony rides costing $5 per person. Make sure to not pass up the Easter egg hunt as there will be a golden egg hidden among the others for a special prize your child can win. This year’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza will take place on Saturday March 30th from noon to 4:00 PM.

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Make sure your Easter weekend also includes the opportunity to explore local attractions in the area. This can include heading on over to Sleeping Bear Dunes, a local national park that is a must see spot. Sleeping Bear Dunes is a national lakeshore that has some stunning scenery. You can explore the beautiful beaches in the area. The spring season is a great time to visit as everything will be in bloom and local plant life will be bright green. You can find the temperature to be a little chilly by the water so make sure to layer up. Sleeping Bear Dunes is a great spot to see!

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The Easter season will be here before you know it, so start planning for your trip today. Our vacation rentals are guaranteed to provide you with a comfortable stay. Expect fine amenities and spacious homes in our selection of properties in the area. Contact us to book your stay today!