If you have never visited Traverse City, Michigan; I highly recommend it. The area offers many attractions including beautiful shores lines, rolling hills of cherry orchards, an active downtown area, outdoor recreation, wine tours and much more.
There are two main events held every year; the Traverse City film festival and the Cherry Festival. The film festival brings celebrities from all over the world and a lot of attraction to the city. The recent Michigan film incentives should work in tandem with Traverse City film festival and help bring activity to Michigan as whole. The Traverse City Cherry Festival began in 1910 and can bring over 500,00o visitors over an eight day period. The festival includes 150 activities and events to participate in. Its a great time of year to celebrate cherries, tourism, and community involvement.
The city is located on the northwest region of Michigan. The sits at the head of Grand Traverse Bay, a water of Lake Michigan and also sits at the base of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. The two bays, East and West, are a scene of sail boats, power boats and kayaking during the summer months. The are many hotels lining the coast of the two bays and make for a very nice retreat.
There is nothing like taking a scenic drive down the peninsula on a warm summer day. You will see a nice mix of cherry orchards, wine distilleries, beautiful homes, and passing bicyclists. There are restaurants to eat at and many scenic stops to take pictures. After about a 30 minute drive you will end up at the end of the peninsula where you will find a lighthouse. A very pleasant summer experience in Traverse City.
Its also a great place to live. The city offer a variety of restaurants, recreation activities, education, and shopping. Cost of living and property is reasonably priced. Traverse City has ordinances in place to make sure there is a certain percentage of green space. There are not many rundown buildings and you will see construction and development throughout.
Overall, Traverse City is a great place to visit, live, work and play.