They say that grapes love beautiful scenery, and that certainly seems to be true in Traverse City’s wine country.
Our vineyards and wineries are surrounded by some of the region’s loveliest landscapes, where the steep vine-covered slopes of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas rise above the blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay. A wine-tasting excursion to several of these picturesque tasting rooms can be a wonderful way to spend a day or two.
After you enjoy our beaches and lakes, golf courses, wineries and shopping, there's still plenty to do!
Traverse City has a rich maritime history as evidenced by our beautiful lighthouses and maritime museums. And the lovely Tall Ships that glide along West Grand Traverse Bay are a long-time favorite sight for locals and visitors alike.
Kids and families will find plenty of fun distractions playing mini-golf, feasting on hotdogs during a Beach Bums baseball game or climbing the now world-famous Sleeping Bear Dunes. Or spend a rainy day playing laser tag, billiards or bowling indoors.
For more than 80 years the National Cherry Festival has been our way of celebrating Traverse City’s status as America’s Cherry Capital. The eight-day summer festival offers over 130 events and attractions, including free air shows, concerts, two parades, daily kids events, food tastings, the Festival of Races, and (of course) Cherry Pie Eating and Pit Spitting competitions for every age. Everything is located conveniently within walking distance, and since almost all the events are free, it offers more than a week of affordable family fun.