Traverse City

Welcome to Traverse City

A bustling, urban center sat along a scenic shoreline, nestled between the East and West Grand Traverse Bays
 
This idyllic bayside city is always full of excitement, friendly smiles, numerous festivals, and gorgeous Michigan sunsets.
 
Like any city, it was slowly developed through a series of events that shaped the northern Michigan region, from its humble beginnings as a remote outpost to its busy modern streets. For those looking to take a step back in time or simply broaden their horizons, the Dennos Museum regularly hosts a variety of interesting events to attend.
 

What to Love

  • The city’s tasty cuisines
  • A heavy-handed helping of northern Michigan’s incredible natural elements 
  • A wealth of fun and excitement at the city’s many festivals and events
  • The region’s intriguing history 
 

Local Lifestyle 

The people here are friendly, and they absolutely know how to have a great time. Just look at the National Cherry Festival for instance. Then there’s the Interlochen Arts Academy, which both serves as a boarding school and regularly hosts a variety of artistic performances. There’s also the popular Traverse City Horse Show, where residents can enjoy watching the majestic creatures as well as their skillful riders in action.
 
The Northwestern Michigan College BBQ is a fun and tasty annual tradition that is sure to allure you. Whether you’re dropping in for a pit stop at The Little Fleet or catching a live performance at the City Opera House, the bustling Traverse City is guaranteed to have something you’ll love. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

No city would be complete without a variety of delicious foods, and Traverse City certainly doesn’t disappoint. First up, there’s Amical for a gourmet experience spiced with some of the best-prepared salmon in the state, or or the Cooks’ House for sustainable fare. There’s also The Little Fleet, known for its great beer and amazing tacos. 
 
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a vast complex with a great deal of history. Formally the Traverse City State Hospital, which was builtwhich built in 1882 and run as an asylum.  The property, designed by architect Gordon W Lloyd from Detroit, now has shops, condos, restaurants, and a farmers market. It’s possible to tour the extensive grounds. Lastly, we have to mention Artisan, known for its classy cuisine. Come and savor every moment. 
 

Things to Do

The city is no stranger to having a good time, and, as such, it features a variety of fun amenities for everyone to love. For the little explorers, there’s the Great Lakes Children's Museum, where visitors can enjoy a series of fun, interactive exhibits all focused on The Great Lakes region. Similarly, the Music House Museum offers a fascinating look into the history of automated music from the 1700s to the 1950s. 
 
If you’d rather see a live performance, the City Opera House regularly holds several events featuring the region’s most talented artists. Perhaps you just want to feel the sand between your toes and that Grand Traverse Bay breeze flowing through your hair. Well, there’s no better place for that than the gorgeous Clinch Park Beach.
 
 
 
 

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