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If you have been looking for the perfect way to cool off this summer season, look no further than visiting Traverse City. There is no place better that offers amazing fun by the lake along with lively activities and attractions in the area. Traverse City is also known to have some stunning events that will elevate your stay like no other. Take a look below at some of the top June 2024 events in Traverse City, MI.

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Top June 2024 Events in Traverse City, MI

When it comes to the biggest event of the year in Traverse City, there is no contest, it is always the National Cherry Festival! Cherries are one of Traverse City’s biggest natural products grown in the area and they have a huge impact on the local economy. When you visit in June, you will be able to catch the few first days of the National Cherry Festival. This annual event kicks off on Friday June 28th before running for over a week altogether. When you think of events, you typically think of one type of activity you will enjoy. The National Cherry Festival holds nothing back as it features a combination of live music, lively events, workshops, parades, and plenty more cherry related activities.

You will not want to miss out on the opening ceremony taking place on Friday June 28th where the U.S. Coast Guard Open Ramp kicks everything off. The fun really begins to take shape as the event rolls into Saturday June 29th when the main festivities take place. The Bayside Beach Volleyball Tournament is always a favorite to participate in as men’s and women’s two person teams attempt to win it all. The Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast will fuel you up for the day with delicious cherry flavored pancakes and all the sides. Try out a Zumba class with Zumba by the Bay. The amusement park area of the festival will also open up so you can enjoy incredible rides on the Ferris Wheel and other midway style rides. You can’t forget to grab a slice of the Grand Traverse Cherry Pie that is always perfect when served a la mode. The Navy’s Blue Angels will have their fan-favorite aerial demonstration take place high up in the sky.

One of the most popular events at the National Cherry Festival is the live music lineup that always includes some of the biggest artists in the business. The Stone Temple Pilots will be on hand June 29th for a stunning show including all of their hits. There is so much to experience with the National Cherry Festival so don’t miss out this June!

Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair

Another great event that can be found during the month of June this summer is the Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair. This annual event has over 100 different artists from the area set up to display their wonderful works of art. This event has been running for several years now and is considered the biggest arts and crafts event in the city. The Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair sets up along Union Street under giant tents and canopies. The event is set up similar to a farmer’s market so you can easily find something you are looking for. You will find plenty of unique arts and crafts that will make for a perfect gift for someone back home. The Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair is scheduled to take place on Saturday June 15th starting at 10:00 AM and closing up at 5:00 PM.

Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market

One of the best ways to feel like a local when visiting somewhere new is a visit to the local farmer’s market. You can find the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market right here in Traverse City this summer. This farmer’s market will be open for all of June on Wednesday and Saturday each week. The market can be found at the southwest corner of Cass St. and Grandview Parkway over at Downtown Traverse City. A variety of local farmers will be on hand selling their naturally grown produce and local goods. Local vendors will also be on hand selling a variety of goods including honey, soap, art work, jewelry, apparel, and more. The market will move over to Old Town Parking Deck while the National Cherry Festival is going on. The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market is open 7:30 AM to noon on Saturdays and 8:00 AM to noon on Wednesdays during the month of June.

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Enjoy a June Visit to Traverse City

There is all kinds of fun taking shape here in Traverse City this summer season. Contact us for the best stay possible by reserving one of our vacation rentals in the area. Take a look at the fun you will have with these events!

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.

Check Out Chateau Chantal Winery

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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Get ready for your Memorial Day fun by reserving a trip here to Traverse City. Let our vacation rentals keep you comfortable from start to finish. Simply find your favorite property with us today and check out Traverse City. Contact us to book your stay today.

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.

Check Out Sleeping Bear Dunes

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!

While there are many people who believe Valentine’s Day was just a day the greeting card companies made up to sell cards (and to make us feel bad for feeling this way!) we at Elevated think of it as one of our favorite holidays. Held in the middle of winter, we have the opportunity to cuddle even closer with our own special Valentine’s, the cold weather bringing us together in celebration and in search of warmth as we practice all the ways there is to show how much we love each other. If you are of like mind and you are seeking a chilly spot to cuddle with your sweetest, your February journey to Traverse City will be a vacation you never forget and this guide to the top reasons you should spend Valentine’s Day in Traverse City, will help the day shine even brighter. 

Top Reasons To Spend Valentine’s Day In Traverse City

You could stay home and do all the things you can do here in Traverse City, but experience shows that it is easy to be distracted when you do. Kids needing to be fed, bosses asking you to work late on February 14th, even all the chores that seem to jump out at you when you are trying to take some time alone to relax. When you choose a Michigan getaway for your vacation destination and a stay in our Elevated romantic love nests as your shelter, the only distractions will be the ones that urge you to hug her a little tighter, kiss her a little deeper, and listen to her a little harder. (That last one may be the most romantic distraction of all, just ask her!) 

Chocolate Just Tastes Better Here

We can’t explain it, but we have traveled the world, and we can’t find chocolate that tastes any better than the ones available at Great Lakes Chocolate & Dessert Company. Offering a massive selection of sweet desserts and chocolates created right there in the bakery of their shop, every bite you take of every treat they create is practically guaranteed to be your favorite and because every Valentine deserves a chocolate gift, you are destined to be designated Gift Giver Supreme. They also sell rich and creamy hot chocolate, so buy a box to enjoy in your Elevated escape, knowing that you can order more any time you want simply by visiting their website. 

Michigan Wine is So Fine

The world is rapidly beginning to realize that Michigan wines are starting to give Napa Valley a run for its money and some of the best wineries are located in or near our Traverse City hometown. Tabone Vineyards offering small batch wines and an online shop so guests can keep sipping their favorites even after returning to real life, Chateau Grand Traverse, offering charcuterie boards with their tastings and also offering its own online shop, and Rove Winery at the Gallagher Estate, perched high above the Leelanau Peninsula and offering special events as well as, you guessed it, providing an online store that will ensure you never have to go without your favorite grape drink. All of these wineries, and so many more will add a sparkle to your Valentine’s Day getaway in the heart of Michigan. 

The Meal You Will Never Forget

Perhaps the most important part of any Valentine’s Day celebration is the holiday dinner, and you may be surprised to know that Traverse City is well known for its beautiful selection of romantic restaurants. Plan a holiday meal at Harrington’s By The Bay, 13890 S W Bay Shore Drive and enjoy sunset views as you share a delicious meal with your sweetheart or sink your teeth into the delicious Italian dishes prepared by the talented chefs at Trattoria Stella, 830 Cottageview Drive. These are just two of our favorite romantic restaurants and we encourage you to try them or any other that catches your eye during your stay. 

Us HereThe Top Reason for a Traverse City Valentine’s Day Escape

There’s no reason for a drum roll at this point as you have probably already figured out the number one reason you should choose a Traverse City vacation for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Our cozy love nests will shelter you from the cold winter nights, providing comfort, style, and beautiful luxuries that welcome love birds from all over the world. Plan a picnic in front of a roaring fire, sipping the wine you brought back from your daylight tasting at any of the wineries we mentioned earlier, and watching the snow fall gently to the ground. These beautiful moments, shared with the one that makes your heart skip a beat will become memories you will treasure forever. Contact us to reserve your favorite Elevated escape today and discover all the romance Traverse City has to offer! 

For many of us, the resolutions we made for 2024 offer a slightly different slant than the ones made in previous years. This year, we resolve to be good to ourselves, to embrace the quiet moments, and to spend more time traveling, perhaps starting with a trip to Traverse City. If your journey brings you in our direction, we at Elevated have created a guide to the beauty of our Michigan town, showing you everything that makes our hometown special and all the ways you can enjoy the most comfortable adventures with a stay in our seasonal sanctuaries. 

Kick Off 2024 With a Trip to Traverse City

In the long dark days of winter, it is important to keep your sense of humor which is why we have devoted January 31st to February 4th to hosting the Traverse City Comedy Fest. Offering over 20 different shows and 80 different comedians during its hilarious 5 days, some of our nation’s and many of Michigan’s funniest men and women will be performing on multiple stages in 7 different venues, all determined to make you laugh until your jaw aches. It’s hard to be sad over gray skies and a little extra snow when you are surrounded by laughter and any night on the town during the comedy fest is destined to bring you your happiest memories. 

Not Just for Summer

For most people the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market is strictly a spring and summer event, but in Traverse City, we are known for coloring outside the lines and as such, we would like to present to you the Traverse City Indoor Farmers Market. Located at the Mercado, 800 Cottageview Drive, and opening at 10 AM on Saturday mornings, a visit to the indoor market will give visitors a chance to stock their vegetable crispers, pick up some gifts for their pet sitters, house watchers, and mail gatherers back home, and enjoy a summery activity in the warm confines of the Mercado. 

Sunsets on Snowy Eves

The beauty of Traverse City shines even brighter at sunset whether you have bundled up and stepped out onto the balcony of your Elevated escape with a cup of hot cocoa in hand or are dressed in your warmest clothes, perched on a log in Sunset Park (635 E Front Street) with a cup of coffee in hand. These last few minutes of sunshine will bring you the most tranquil memories. Watch the sky come alive in a kaleidoscope of fiery color and for those final seconds, you will forget about the cold and feel peace and serenity invade your heart. 

A Taste-FULL Good Time

Your foodie tour to Traverse City will set the stage for a year filled with happy stomachs and cheering taste buds. The culinary landscape of our hometown is an exciting one, filled with international delights intermingled with classic home cooking that travelers will swear could have come from their own grandma’s country kitchen. Explore the casual delights found in the food trucks that are an important part of the downtown arena, coming together in one big convergence in a space called The Little Fleet. Elegance and tradition combine with a visit to the Cook’s House, a chef-driven restaurant serving farm-to-table foods that are both healthy and delicious and when nothing but a thick and juicy burger will sate your traveler’s appetite, stopping by the casual confines of Blue Tractor Cook Shop will give you the meal you crave. And because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we can’t end this paragraph without mentioning the breakfasts and brunches offered by the Red Spire Brunch House. Go. You won’t regret it! 

A Step Back in Time

As the snow falls on the winter landscape of Traverse City you may find yourself wanting to explore the warmer side of our Michigan hometown, so why not spend the day exploring our history? The museums of Traverse City will take you on a trip back in time or, if you prefer, can offer an exploration of our creative side. Music is a language the entire world can understand and the Music House Museum, 7377 US-31 in nearby Williamsburg, offers an up close and personal glimpse into music boxes that have been created throughout the decades. The Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum, Sleeping Bear Dunes Road in nearby Glen Arbor explores the history of the Coast Guard, and the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, 15500 Lighthouse Point Road in Northpoint are all museums worthy of exploring while also offering a place to stay warm on the coldest of winter days. 

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At the end of every day, our Elevated escapes will bring guests the comfort, coziness, and warmth they seek. Contact us today to reserve your favorite sanctuary today! 

As the end of year comes sliding into place, we often find ourselves contemplating the months that have passed in a blur, remembering the good, trying to forget the bad, and wondering what we can do to make 2024 shine even brighter. In our experience, we have always found that a great vacation to an exciting new place sets the path for the next 12 months of our lives and we would like to invite you to spend New Year’s Eve in Traverse City. This guide will help convince you as to why we think it is a fantastic idea to end the year in homes that provide comfort, style, and all the warmth you may not find outside the doors of our properties! 

Spend New Year’s Eve In Traverse City

We all have those special holiday traditions we engage in every year, but maybe 2024 should be the start of some new traditions as well. Rising early to greet the sun, walking in the predawn cold along paths through bare trees in our country homes, sitting on the front porches or back balconies of our town homes, or sitting on the deck overlooking a beautiful lake, watching the world awaken around you is one of life’s greatest luxuries. On this, the last day of 2023, these quiet moments (spent well bundled up, of course) can bring you clarity and peace and may be the perfect time to jot down some of the resolutions you want to make for the year ahead. (Watching sunrises may be number one on that list) 

Farewell to Bad Habits

Another popular resolution is saying farewell to bad habits and often, one of the top resolutions is to eat better. We are all for anything good for your health, of course, but we also think the best way to start new habits is by ending the old ones with a hearty farewell, perhaps even a gigantic breakfast at J&S Hamburg? Offering two locations in Traverse City, the original one downtown is our favorite, serving up plate-sized pancakes, flaky biscuits drowning in creamy country gravy, and just about all your favorite not-so-healthy breakfast foods! 

Exploring the Town

Since you aren’t having to cook and clean for a huge party in your own home, it is the perfect time to explore a little of what Traverse City has to offer. Some of our more popular attractions may be closing early for the holiday, and the cold weather may encourage you to stay inside where it is warm and cozy, but a walk along the streets of downtown, dipping in and out of the shops and boutiques still dressed in their favorite holiday “apparel” may be just the thing you need to send 2023 off with a proper goodbye. When it gets a little chilly, stop by Morsels for a hot chocolate and a snack, savoring the sweet break in a day filled with sweet moments. 

Let the Good Times Begin

When it is time to start celebrating the reason you are here, the Cherry T Ball Drop is destined to become a new tradition for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Who needs to watch the ball drop in New York City when you have the opportunity to gather on Front Street in the Cherry Capital (that’s us; Traverse City is the Cherry Capital of the nation, in case you were wondering) watching a glowing red cherry descend into the new year? The party starts at 10 p.m. and donations of $5 per person are requested as the proceeds of the Cherry T Ball Drop go to charity. (See what they did there?) After the cherry drops, fireworks will light up the sky, intoxicating revelers with their color and beauty.  

Happy New Year from Elevated

For many of us, the thought of venturing out into the cold on the last night of the year does not bring joy, even when on vacation. Thankfully, our Elevated holiday havens offer a beautiful blend of creature comforts and modern conveniences making them the perfect option for ringing in the new year comfortably.  

Go ahead and watch the crystal ball drop in Times Square on state-of-the-art televisions, use the kitchen to create your favorite “lucky” foods, or heat up frozen appetizers for an elegant night of snacking, sipping champagne, and wearing your pajamas instead of ballgowns, and maybe even watch the fireworks display from your patio or balcony if the home you choose is near the festivities.  

Every holiday tradition will be your favorite (including that first kiss of the new year) when you choose Elevated for your New Year’s celebrations. Contact us to reserve your favorite escape today and fall in love with Traverse City and our Elevated sanctuaries!