By: Mike Norton For some of us, winter sports are a private experience. As soon as those fluffy curtains of snow start drifting down, we step into our Nordic skis or snowshoes and head out on the trail for some solitary exercise in this silent crystalline world. If we see other skiers or hikers, we […]
By MIKE NORTON Traverse City, MI – Most visitors know this Michigan town best as a summer destination of beaches, brewpubs and brilliant sunsets — but some of its best outdoor adventures linger long after the Labor Day weekend. In fact, autumn is often the best season for outdoor recreation in this place of dunes, […]
Already famous for its wines, craft brews and distilled spirits, this Lake Michigan resort mecca seems to be carving out a reputation for yet another beverage. Hard cider
Insects aren’t exactly a rarity here in northern Michigan, where summer meadows are filled with butterflies and the orchards murmur with the ceaseless hum of honeybees.
There’s Still Time for a Spring “True Escape” to Traverse City! Spring is a gorgeous time in Traverse City, with millions of cherry trees in bloom! It’s a great time to enjoy shopping, dining, walking and wine tasting… or just hanging out with friends in front of a roaring fire. And for a few more weeks […]
This bustling resort town on the Lake Michigan shore prides itself on being a four-season hub for outdoor recreation. Its miles of trails and pathways draw hikers, backpackers and cyclists in spring, summer and fall – and in winter they bring in skiers and snowshoers by the carload.
Every year, millions of Americans travel south on spring break in search of warm weather and sunny beaches.
By MIKE NORTON BELLAIRE, MI – It’s hard to tell who is most excited, the kids or the dogs. Both groups seem to be making plenty of noise. It’s a clear Saturday afternoon at Shanty Creek Resorts, and in the shadow of the Schuss Mountain ski area, the resort golf course is buried under nice […]
In summertime this Lake Michigan resort community is best known for its miles of sugar-sand beaches. But when winter arrives around, the focus shifts inland – to the heavily wooded highlands that lie to the south. Minutes from the bustle of downtown Traverse City and the glitter of its beachfront resorts, the highlands – which […]
Ann Marie Labenberg had never been on a zipline before, so she was “a little nervous” when she stepped out on the first platform at Traverse City’s Mt. Holiday Ski Area. Her hesitation didn’t last long. “It was an absolutely heart pounding fun time!” said Labenberg, who’s from Fort Wayne, Indiana and claims to […]
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – This popular Michigan resort destination is offering visitors an added incentive to spend some winter/spring vacation time with them. The special “Traverse City Escape” package (good from Jan. 2 until May 13) combines special rates at over 17 participating hotels and resorts with a wide range of discounts on winter recreation, […]
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has listed Traverse City as one of 10 U.S. winners of its 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards for “Destinations on the Rise.” The awards highlight spots in the country and around the world that have shown the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from TripAdvisor’s online community from one year to the next.
Santa Lucia Day in the Village at Grand Traverse CommonsBy MIKE NORTON TRAVERSE CITY, MI — There was a time when this resort town on Michigan’s northwest coast slowed almost to a stop in wintertime. Not anymore. These days, Traverse City fairly bustles with winter shoppers and merrymakers. Weary of looking at the same merchandise in […]
Thanks to its beautiful scenery and moderate climate, this little resort town on the Lake Michigan shore has long been a popular destination for runners, with over 30 races held in the area each year.
As winter snows cover the rolling hills of Northern Michigan’s wine country, several wineries on the scenic Leelanau Peninsula near Traverse City have responded with a new approach to touring and tasting: a vineyard-to-vineyard ski and snowshoe trail.
By midwinter, things can get a little slow in the lakeshore villages of northwestern Michigan. So when residents of Suttons Bay, a small resort community north of Traverse City started encountering characters dressed in furry white Abominable Snowman costumes lounging around their shops, taverns and restaurants last year, they weren’t alarmed. In fact, they created a festival to mark the occasion.
Most people go skiing for pleasure or exercise. For Gustav Eriksson Vasa, it was literally a matter of life and death.
Back in 1518, Gustav’s native Sweden was invaded by Denmark. His father and brother were killed by the invaders, and Danish troops were hunting for him, too. Fortunately, the young nobleman knew how to ski – so he fled over the mountains to nearby Norway, rallied a resistance movement, ejected the Danes and became King of Sweden.