Spring Fling-Romantic Getaway

Why not try something unexpected this spring? Instead of heading to the same old place, make your spring getaway to Michigans True North beautifulTraverse City!

After winters long sleep, the beauty of this wonderful place is at its fresh peak. The hills and valleys are misted in new greenery, the endless beaches are coming alive with warmth, and the air is filled with the scent of millions of flowering cherry trees.

A Traverse City spring has a gentler, more sensuous feel than most people associate with the Up North experience. Its a time of moist warm mornings, golden afternoons and cool, lingering evenings; the summer crowds and heat havent arrived yet, and everyone seems to be wearing a mellow glow.

Spring Al Fresco Downtown Traverse City  - Courtesy of Traverse City Convention & Visitors BureauEven the travelers who find their way here in springtime are a different breed. Theyre looking for something special -- a quiet retreat from the humdrum, a villageshopping adventure, or a tasting tour of the beautifulwine country of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas. (And it doesnt hurt that in spring the enchantment of Traverse City is available at very reasonable prices.)

Between now and May 17, the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a special "Traverse City Escape" package that combines special rates at participating hotels and resorts with great deals at some of the areas bestrestaurants and special discounts on shopping, spa services, movies, wine tastings and other entertainment.

Traverse City is an increasingly famous wine-producing region, with over 30 wineries and tasting rooms offering tours and tastings of their award-winning vintages, and its many restaurants are creating a national reputation for their fresh, innovativeregional cuisine. (Bon Appetit has even named us one of Americas Top Five Foodie towns!) Spring is an excellent time to enjoy it for yourself -- before everybody else arrives.

The region enjoys more than 150 inland lakes and hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan shoreline -- including the majesticSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted Most Beautiful Place in America last fall by viewers of Good Morning America . And although the waters still a little chilly for swimming, youd be surprised how many good sunbathing days there can be in a Traverse City spring!

Surrounding Traverse City are deep, fragrant forests crisscrossed with trails forhikers, horseback riders and cyclists, and more than 20 golf courses with some of the most striking configurations ever designed. This is Michigans Golf Coast, an area Golf Digest named #12 on its list of the Worlds Top 50 Golf Destinations.

On a single morning, you could enjoy one of the best meals youve ever had, amble through the shops and stores of a friendly, tree-shaded village like Suttons Bay or Elk Rapids, or cast your line into one of Americas most famoustrout streams. You couldpaddle the shores of a forest lake, play a round of championship golf, or take a drive through the most gorgeous display of spring wildflowers youll see anywhere.



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