Why not try something unexpected this spring? Instead of heading to the same old place, make your spring getaway to Michigan’s True North – beautiful Traverse City!
After winter’s 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. It’s a time of moist warm mornings, golden afternoons and cool, lingering evenings; the summer crowds and heat haven’t arrived yet, and everyone seems to be wearing a mellow glow.
Even the travelers who find their way here in springtime are a different breed. They’re looking for something special -- a quiet retreat from the humdrum, a village shopping adventure, or a tasting tour of the beautiful wine country of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas. (And it doesn’t 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 area’s best restaurants 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, innovative regional cuisine. (Bon Appetit has even named us one of America’s 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 majestic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted “Most Beautiful Place in America” last fall by viewers of Good Morning America . And although the water’s still a little chilly for swimming, you’d 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 for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists, and more than 20 golf courses with some of the most striking configurations ever designed. This is Michigan’s “Golf Coast,” an area Golf Digest named #12 on its list of the World’s Top 50 Golf Destinations.
On a single morning, you could enjoy one of the best meals you’ve 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 America’s most famous trout streams. You could paddle the shores of a forest lake, play a round of championship golf, or take a drive through the most gorgeous display of spring wildflowers you’ll see anywhere.