August is here and you can feel that some people are feeling summer is almost over!
Summer is not over!
There’s a saying among winemakers that “grapes love beautiful places.” The wine country of Traverse City bears eloquent witness to its accuracy — when the vineyards of the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas are surrounded by acres of blossoming cherry trees, perched on steep hillsides overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. What a great time to do some wine country touring!
You can tour on your own, or take advantage of the many “wine trail” tasting events!
For all of its small-town charm, Traverse City possesses plenty of big-city sophistication – thanks in large part to its established and thriving arts community. In addition to performing arts, the area is overflowing with fine artists and artisans — many of whom display their work at local shops and museums, and at local art fairs throughout the region.
Traverse City’s clear blue waters have always beckoned boaters — and with good reason! Sheltered by gentle hills, the twin arms of Grand Traverse Bay combine the advantages of deep water with protection from storms, convenient marinas and nearby shopping, dining and marine services. Just inland, you’ll find even more boating opportunities at deep glacial lakes like Torch Lake, Elk Lake and Lake Leelanau. Whether you’re cruising, or just out for a weekend excursion, you’ll discover why Boating Magazine named Traverse City one of its “Ten Best Places to Live and Boat.”
There’s no better season than summer for a hike through the beautiful Traverse City area, where paved trails take you through flowering orchards and into deep forests filled with blossoms. Try the wonderful Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail and the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail between Glen Arbor and Empire, or head off-road entirely to enjoy some unpaved adventure on your own on at the Timbers Recreation Area, the Brown Bridge Quiet Area or the Peninsula Township Park near Mission Point.
Of all of the ways to experience the natural beauty of the Traverse City area, the best just might be from the water! And thanks to an abundance of freshwater lakes, streams and rivers, you can find the perfect spot and mode of paddle-transit that’s right for you — whether in spring, summer or fall!
Adventurous? Take a sea-worthy kayak out on Lake Michigan for spectacular views of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Feeling more laid back? Canoe or drift the afternoon away in a tube down a tree-shaded river. Or maybe you want to try the latest craze: stand-up paddleboarding. Most early summer mornings you can find SUP lovers enjoying yoga out on Grand Traverse Bay.
There are kayak, canoe and SUP rental outlets all around the Traverse City area, and several offer instruction and guided tours.
Or, if your group wants to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes we can customize a package just for you!