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Traverse City, Michigan
—  City  —
The State Theater at the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival
Location of Traverse City within Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°46′05″N 85°37′20″W / 44.76806°N 85.62222°W / 44.76806; -85.62222Coordinates: 44°46′05″N 85°37′20″W / 44.76806°N 85.62222°W / 44.76806; -85.62222
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Grand Traverse, Leelanau
Incorporated 1891 (village)
Incorporated 1895 (city)
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Chris Bzdok
 - City Manager R. Ben Bifoss
 - City 8.7 sq mi (22.5 km2)
 - Land 8.4 sq mi (21.8 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 626 ft (191 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 14,532
 Density 1,728/sq mi (667.2/km2)
 Metro 131,342
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-80340[1]
GNIS feature ID 1615042[2]

Traverse City (pronounced /ˈtrævr ˈsɪti/) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County,[3] although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. The population was 14,532 at the 2000 census. In 2008, the Traverse City micropolitan area was estimated to have a population of 142,316.[4] Despite its modest population, Traverse City functions as the major commercial nexus for a seven-county area totaling over 2,700 square miles (7,000 km2) and, along with cross-peninsula counterpart Alpena, is one of Northern Lower Michigan's two anchor cities.

Traverse City is the "Cherry Capital of the World," holding an annual week-long Cherry Festival the first full week in July to celebrate. Besides cherries, the surrounding Tuscany-like countryside produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry. Freshwater beaches, a mild summer climate, upscale golf resorts, vineyards, a nearby National Lakeshore, prodigious snowfall, nearby ski resorts and thousands of square miles of surrounding forests make Traverse City (based on AAA's 2005 TripTik requests) the second most popular tourist destination in the state behind Mackinaw City. In addition, the historic downtown area of Traverse City is the home of many shops, restaurants, and offices. Traverse City is a home rule charter city under the Home Rule Cities Act, incorporated on May 18, 1895. The city is governed by six commissioners and a mayor, elected at-large. Together they comprise a seven-member legislative body. An appointed city manager serves as chief executive for city operations.



Traverse City is named after the Grand Traverse Bay, which the city heads. The bay earned its name from 18th century French voyagers who made la grande traverse or "the long crossing" across the mouth of the Grand Traverse Bay[5]

In 1847, Captain Boardman of Naperville, Illinois, purchased the land at the mouth of the Boardman River at the head of the west arm of the bay. During that year the captain, his son, and their employees built a dwelling and sawmill near the mouth of the river. In 1851 the Boardmans sold the sawmill to Hannah, Lay & Co (Perry Hannah, Albert Tracy Lay and James Morgan), who improved the mill greatly. The increased investment in the mill attracted additional settlers to the new community.

As of 1853, the only operating post office in the Grand Traverse Bay region was the one located at Old Mission, which was then known as "Grand Traverse." While in Washington, D.C. in 1852, Mr. Lay had succeeded in getting the U.S. Post Office to authorize a new post office at his newer settlement. As the newer settlement had become known as "Grand Traverse City," Lay proposed this name for its post office, but the USPS clerk suggested dropping the "Grand," in the name, as to limit confusion between this new office and the one at nearby Old Mission. Mr. Lay agreed to the name "Traverse City" for the post office, and the village took on this name.


Traverse City has the typical northern Michigan climate: Cold winters and warm summers. Traverse City can have snowfall as late as May or as early as September. Traverse City's record high temperature is 105 °F (41 °C), and its record low temperature is −33 °F (−36 °C), on February 17, 1979. Traverse City also gets a lot of lake-effect snow.

Climate data for Traverse City, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 59
Average high °F (°C) 29
Average low °F (°C) 15
Record low °F (°C) -23
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.9
Source:[6] 2008-03-07


Boardman River between downtown Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay

The city sits at the head of Grand Traverse Bay, a long protected water of Lake Michigan. The city sits at the base of the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. The Boardman River forms Boardman Lake in the city before draining into the Bay.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.7 square miles (22.5 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (3.45%) is water.

It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.


As of the census of 2000, there were 14,532 people, 6,443 households, and 3,485 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,728.7 per square mile (667.2/km²). There were 6,842 housing units at an average density of 813.9/sq mi (314.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.00% White, 0.65% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

White Black Other
96.00% 0.65% 3.35%

There were 6,443 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.9% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,330, and the median income for a family was $46,912. Males had a median income of $31,587 versus $22,512 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,247. About 4.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.





The Traverse City Record-Eagle is northwest lower Michigan's daily newspaper. It is circulated in the thirteen counties surrounding the city. In December 2006 it was sold by Ottaway Newspapers Inc., the community newspaper subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company to Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI). It is the newspaper of record for Grand Traverse County.

Daily editions of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and Grand Rapids Press also are available on news stands throughout the region (Northern Express Weekly) is the largest weekly newspaper in Northern Michigan, with distribution of up to 30,000 copies in 13 counties. It is owned and published by George Foster and Robert Downes.

The Traverse City Business News, a monthly newspaper and news email service, serves readers throughout the Grand Traverse region.

Traverse, a monthly covers nature, food, events, restaurants, recreation and lifestyle in Northern Michigan.

NM3 Northern Michigan Men's Magazine is a four color glossy local lifestyle magazine with content for both men and women and is distributed free throughout the region to its 25,000 readers monthly.

The Grand Traverse Area's only women's magazine Grand Traverse Woman Magazine serves women who live, work and play in Northern Michigan.

At least seven national magazines are published in Traverse City, including Thirdeye Magazine, a bi-monthly periodical focusing on social and political issues as well as art, and Traverse, published monthly with a focus on regional interests. Village Press Inc. is based in Traverse City. It publishes the Home Shop Machinist, Live Steam and Outdoor Railroading, Machinists' Workshop, Just Labs, Pointing Dog Journal, Retriever Journal and Twin and Turbine Magazines.


Traverse City is the largest city in the Traverse City-Cadillac-Sault Ste. Marie Designated Market Area, the largest television market in area east of the Mississippi River. Accordingly, most stations in this vast region are broadcast simultaneously on widely-spaced transmitters on separate channels.

Traverse City has two television stations licensed directly to the city:

Additionally, WGTU operates a CW Plus station on its second digital subchannel and Northern Michigan cable television systems:

  • Channel 61: WGTU-DT2 "Northern Michigan's CW" (The CW) *** The CW 61 channel is no longer in operation in Traverse City (as of June 2009)

The city also has a low power rebroadcast transmitter of Mount Pleasant's PBS affiliate, WCMU-TV, operating on channel 46 (W46AD).

Stations licensed to nearby Cadillac are considered local to Traverse City:

  • Channel 9: WWTV "9 & 10 News" (CBS) (simulcast on channel 10, Goetzville, MI in the eastern U.P.)
  • Channel 32: WFQX-TV "Fox 32" (Fox)

Fox's sister network, MyNetworkTV, did not have an affiliate in the region when it launched back in September 2006. That changed at some point in 2008 when WLLZ-LP channel 12 added the network. This station also airs programming from America One and The Sportsman Channel.

Cable television service is provided within Traverse City and many outlying communities by Charter Communications. Public access programming is provided on channel 2.


The Traverse City area is the primary hub for all of Northern Michigan's radio media. Traverse City is the home of the most powerful and most listened to station in Northern Michigan - WTCM News/Talk 580 AM[citation needed]. Other talk stations in the Traverse City area include WJML and WMKT. AM 1310 ESPN Radio (operated by WCCW) broadcasts national ESPN cntent along with Detroit Pistons, Lions, Redwings and Lions events. MSU Football and Basketball can also be heard on 1310. There are 16 [7] Commercial radio stations in a variety of typical commercial radio formats.

Traverse City has 2 Religious radio stations; W201CM (a Translator at 88.1) and WLJN AM/FM 89.9FM and 1400AM

Interlochen Center for the Arts's NPR member station Interlochen Public Radio.[8] it serves a large portion of Northwest Lower Michigan via two stations:[9]


The National Cherry Festival, held during the first full week of July every year, is a draw for tourists to Traverse City. The festival features parades, fireworks, an air show, election of festival royalty, live music, a pie-eating contest and cherries.

It is estimated that the Grand Traverse region produces up to 360,000,000 pounds (163,000,000 kg) of cherries annually. The largest variety of cherry produced localy is the Montmorency cherry, or the "pie cherry". Other cherries grown in the region include the Ulster, or sweet cherry, and the Balaton (from Lake Balaton in Hungary), a cherry situated between the Montmorency and Ulster in terms of color and taste.

Traverse City is also a popular destination for boating, sailing, kayaking, wine tasting, and tourists wishing to see autumn colors in bus-driven "color tours." Numerous golf and ski resorts nearby bring in large numbers of tourists. Among these are the Grand Traverse Resort just north in Acme, MI, Mt. Holiday and Hickory Hills. Mt. Holiday has two chair lifts, while Hickory hosts only tow ropes.

The locale and topography is conducive for bicycling.[10] A map with routes, different trips, advice and local knowledge is available.[11]

The Old Mission Peninsula is a great place to kayak. One gets close to shore, lighthouse, picnic grounds and parks. The bay offers a shelter from the prevailing westerly winds and from the Lake Michigan waves. Maps, rentals and guided tours are available.[12]

The Traverse City State Park, with about 250 campsites, is located some three miles (4.8 km) east of downtown on 47 acres (19 hectares) including a quarter mile beach on the East Bay arm of Grand Traverse Bay.

The Leelanau Peninsula north of Traverse City contains many attractions and areas of interest, including the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown, Fountain Point and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is a popular place that many go for a day trip. There are senic vistas for photo opportunity, as well as views of natural areas when driving.

There are over 50 wineries in the Traverse City/northwestern lower Michigan area.[1] Most offer free wine tasting. Due to the sandy soil with its good drainage, several vintners have produced award winning Reislings and Pinot Grigios.

The inaugural Traverse City Film Festival was held July 27–31, 2005, in venues around downtown Traverse City, including a theater renovated by film festival volunteers. First-run feature and documentaries were screened, panel discussions were planned and free family movies at the Open Space were scheduled. A driving force of the Traverse City Film Festival is Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. The following years have seen a significant increase in the popularity of the film festival.

The city was also home to Clover, a Christian dance music festival, in August 2006.

Just east of the City, in the village of Williamsburg, is Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel, a Native American run casino with hotel.

Interlochen, a small town about 19 miles from Traverse City, is the home to the world-famous Interlochen Arts Academy, which many celebrities have attended. The town is mainly forest, with a few lakes. A variety of activities such as color-tours, White-Tail deer hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, biking, boating, scenic drives, sunsets, bird-watching, swimming, diving, snorkeling and others are possible.

Psycho Path was named the wackiest street name in the United States according to a 2006 poll by Car Connection website.[13] It is a small road along M-72 near the center of the bottom of Leelanau County.


Traverse City's central business district is located along Front Street downtown. Another major shopping district is on US 31 southwest of town, where several big box stores are located, as well as two shopping malls: the Grand Traverse Mall, anchored by Target, JCPenney, Macy's, and the Preferred Outlets, a factory outlet center. Another mall, Cherryland Center, is located on Garfield Avenue on the south end of town; this mall features Kmart, Younkers, and Sears.

Professional sports

Traverse City is home to two semi-professional sports teams. The Traverse City Beach Bums are a minor league baseball team who play their home games at Wuerfel Park in nearby Blair Township, Michigan. The Beach Bums are a member of the independent Frontier League. The Traverse City Wolves are a semi-professional football team who play their home games at the Traverse City Central High School track and field stadium. The Wolves are a member of the North American Football League in the Great Lakes region of the Northern Conference.

The Traverse City North Stars are Junior "A" level hockey club (member of the North American Hockey League), and they play at the Centre I.C.E. hockey arena. Traverse City also hosts the training camp for the Detroit Red Wings NHL hockey team. Traverse City is the home of the Traverse Bay Blues Rugby Football Club, established in 1973.

The city also hosts the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, an annual tournament displaying young NHL prospects from select NHL teams.

Arts and culture

The Interlochen Arts Festival, held at various venues at the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, features concerts, plays, art exhibits, readings, and dance productions by students and guest artists. The Arts festival has both a summer and winter series.

The Traverse City Film Festival, founded by Michael Moore, takes place every summer. The five day event showcases notable rare independent films and documentaries, as well as discussion boards with directors, actors and others involved with the film industry. In 2007, the film festival acquired the historic State Theater for year round screenings.

The beginning of fall brings about the Festival of the Senses, a city-wide festival with events designed to stimulate all five of the senses. The festival features art exhibitions, music and theater.[14]

The City Opera House, located in downtown Traverse City features plays, movies, and other performances.

The Dennos Museum Center, located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, is home to a collection of Inuit art including sculpture, drawing and prints. The center is also home to a children’s museum, as well as various ongoing exhibitions in their large exhibition space.

Two major arts groups are active in Traverse City. The Artcenter Traverse City offers art classes, a summer arts workshop series, exhibition space, and year-round art gallery exhibits. The Traverse City Art Works Alliance is a member-based arts group, founded by local artist Charly Hansen in 2005 with the goal to organize events and shows which feature the region’s artists.

Traverse City is also home to several eclectic galleries.

Historical markers

Historic postcard of Building 50, circa 1930

There are thirteen recognized Michigan historical markers in Traverse City.[15] They are:



Ships and boats

  • Adjacent to the airport is Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City , responsible for both maritime and land-based search and rescue operations in the northern Great Lakes region.
  • Located in the harbor of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy is the T/S State of Michigan, a 224' former Navy submarine surveillance vessel. The vessel is used as a classroom and laboratory while cadets of the Academy are underway and shore side.
  • A tall ship, the Schooner Manitou is berthed at Traverse City, and offers passages to the public.[17]
  • Near Traverse City are two other tall ships, the Schooner Madeline[18] and the 55-foot (17 m) long replica of the sloop Welcome, an 18th century British warship) sloop, which was built for the 1976 Bicentennial of the American Revolution. They are the only two boats recognized by the State of Michigan for their Historic Significance. From May through October, trained volunteers conduct tours (when in port), and give a history of the boats and Great Lakes sailing. The Madeline is berthed at Elmwood Township "Coal Dock" (Heritage Harbor) - West Bayshore, just south of the Elmwood Township Marina[19] Both are maintained by the Maritime Heritage Alliance.[20]
  • The Nauti-Cat, a 43 passenger catamaran books passages on Grand Traverse bay. The Nauti-Cat is the Largest Commercial Sailing Catamaran on the Great Lakes at 47' long 29' wide and has a 63' mast. They offer cruises 7 days a week 4 times a day. [21]

Public transportation

Traverse City also has a public transportation system, the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) which serves most of the Grand Traverse region with dial-a-ride services and a bus service, called the Cherriot, serves Traverse City and the urbanized areas of Garfield Township. BATA recently revealed its first hybrid bus in December, 2005. BATA recently completed a downtown bus transfer terminal on Hall St. , which opened July 21, 2006. The terminal is used to transfer riders to different buses on different routes.BATA Cherriot Bus System Map

Major highways

US 31.svg
US-31 runs for 356 miles (573 km) in a northerly direction from the Indiana-Michigan state line southwest of Niles to its terminus at I-75 south of Mackinaw City. From Traverse City, it runs west across the base of the Leelanau peninsula to Benzonia before continuing south to Muskegon and other points on the Lake Michigan shore. Northwards, it continues along the east shore of Grand Traverse Bay to Charlevoix and Petoskey, ending just before reaching Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge.
M-22 follows the Lake Michigan shoreline around the Leelanau Peninsula, providing a scenic drive.
M-37 runs almost due south through the Manistee National Forest to Grand Rapids. It continues north up Old Mission Peninsula to end at Old Mission Point in the middle of Grand Traverse Bay.
M-72 passes east-west through the city and is one of three true highways that crosses the lower peninsula from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. M-72 connects with Empire and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 22 miles (35 km) west and with US-131, 25 miles (40 km) east in Kalkaska.


The Great Lakes Central (GLC) provides freight rail service to the Traverse City area on track owned by the state of Michigan. The tracks were once owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (ex-Pere Marquette Railway) and the Pennsylvania Railroad (ex-Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad) but were purchased by the state in the late 1970s and early 1980s to preserve rail service in the area. Current freight traffic includes fruit/perishables, scrap metal, and lumber.

Regular intercity passenger train service ended on October 29, 1966, after the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) discontinued Grand Rapids - Traverse City - Bay View service. Since then, excursion passengers trains have operated in and out of Traverse City on an irregular basis. Recently, Lake Central Rail Tours has operated a summer excursion during the Cherry Festival. On May 11, 1996, the Grand Traverse Dinner Train began year round service from the Traverse City depot to Williamsburg and to Walton Junction. Unfortunately, dinner train service was suspended in 2004 after a derailment and the company entered into a bitter contract dispute with the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railway. The train itself was removed to Owosso in mid-July 2006.

Other affiliations

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008 (CBSA-EST2008-01)" (CSV). 2008 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
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  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Commercial Radio Stations in Traverse City, MI". Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  8. ^ "NPR Stations in Traverse City, MI". NPR Find a Station. Retrieved 2006-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Coverage Area". Interlochen Public Radio. Retrieved 2006-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Bicycling in western Michigan, New York Times". 
  11. ^ "Cherry capital cycling club map". 
  12. ^ "Sea kayaking". 
  13. ^ See the entry for September 19 on Ben Scott, Schott's Miscellany Calendar 2009 (New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2008).
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Michigan Historical Markers". 
  16. ^ "Pellston Regional Airport". 
  17. ^ "Schooner Manitou, Tall ships". 
  18. ^ "Tall ships on Traverse Bay". 
  19. ^ "Elmwood Township Marina facts and photographs".,1607,7-153-10365_10884_18317-44294--,00.html. 
  20. ^ "Schooner Madeline, Maritime Heritage Alliance". 
  21. ^ "Catamaran.". 
  22. ^ "Diocese of Gaylord.". 


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

boats by the Traverse City waterfront
boats by the Traverse City waterfront

Traverse City is a scenic city of 14,532 people (as of 2000) founded in 1852 on the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, in the Grand Traverse Bay Area of Northern Michigan. Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World; around 75 percent of the nation's cherries are grown in Michigan, and most of those come from the Traverse City area. Directly north of Traverse City, the Old Mission Peninsula splits the Grand Traverse Bay in two, with a beautiful windswept landscape and great views of the bay on either side. Slightly to the west, the Leelanau Peninsula, with its charming small towns, forms the "pinkie finger" of the Michigan peninsula, jutting into Lake Michigan. Both peninsulas are prime winemaking regions within the state, and as such are one of the main tourist attractions in the region. Over a million visitors come each year to tour the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a scenic lakeside park with impressively large sand dunes. It's also a very popular destination for outdoor activities, owing to the proximity of Lake Michigan in summer, the impressive autumn colors, and the high snowfalls in winter.

  • Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), 3233 Cass Road, 231-941-2355, [4]. Operates 6:10AM to 6:40PM Monday through Friday, and 8:10AM to 5:40PM on Saturday; no service on Sundays. Fixed-route service within Traverse City, and an advance-reservation curb-to-curb service in rural Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. Fares $1.
Old Mission Point lighthouse
Old Mission Point lighthouse
  • North of Traverse City is one of the area's lighthouses:
  • Old Mission Point Lighthouse, Mission Point in Old Mission, 231-529-2333, [5]. Built in 1870 on the 45th parallel, and decommissioned in 1933, it now houses township employees. Located at the tip of the Old Mission peninsula, north of Traverse City.
  • Amon Orchards, 8066 US-31 N in Acme, 231-938-1644 or 800-298-3409, [6]. Cherry orchard producing unique and original cherry products like cherry juice concentrate, dried fruit, jams and jellies, sauces and more. U-Pick sweet (light or dark) and tart cherries. Orchard trolley-ride tours available; call for times and prices.
  • Traverse Symphony Orchestra, 121 E Front Street suite 301, 231-947-7120, [7]. Founded in 1951, now Northwestern Lower Michigan’s largest resident performing arts organization and only professional orchestra.
  • City Opera House, 109 S Union Street, 231-941-8082, [8]. 1891 opera house under renovation and restoration. Theatre productions and dancing.
  • Old Town Playhouse, 8th Street and Cass Street, 231-947-2443 or 231-947-2210, [9]. Created in April 1960 to bring amateur theatre to northern Michigan, now boasting a 358-seat mainstage auditorium and an 80-seat studio theatre.
  • Dennos Museum Center, 1701 E Front Street, 231-995-1055, [10]. Exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences, and performing arts since 1991. Features three changing exhibit galleries, a sculpture court, a hands-on Discovery Gallery, an Inuit art gallery, the Milliken Auditorium and a museum store.
  • Music House Museum, 7377 US-31 N in Acme, 231-938-9300, [11]. Open 10AM to 4PM most days, May through December. A one-of-a-kind collection of rare antique musical instruments and music-making machines, from 1870 through 1930.
  • J. H. Rogers Observatory, 1753 Birmley Road, 231-995-2300, [12]. A 1500-square-foot building offering public viewings once or twice a month; check the website for schedules.
  • Traverse City Beach Bums, 333 Stadium Drive, 231-943-0100, [13]. An independent professional baseball club, members of the Frontier Independent Professional Baseball League. Games are played during the summer in in Wuerfel Park, just off US-31 and M-37. Single game tickets are $6 - $60, season tickets $288 - $2,304.
  • Turtle Creek Casino, 7741 M-72 E in Williamsburg, 231-534-8888 or 888-777-UWIN,[14]. Open 24 hours a day, year-round. Card games, roulette and craps. On-site Misheekeh Restaurant and Creekside Cafe.
  • Centre I.C.E. Arena, 1600 Chartwell Drive, 231-933-7465, [15]. Home of the Detroit Red Wings training camp. Ice skating, hockey, fitness center and hockey camps.
  • Timber Lanes Bowling, 1705 S Garfield Avenue, 231-947-2610, [16]. Open M-F 9AM to 5PM, M-W 8:30PM to 12AM, Th-F 8:30PM-1AM; call for lane availability on weekends. 40 lanes of bowling, billards, snack room.
  • Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, 1710 US-31 N, 231-938-9599, [17]. Open 10AM to 11PM daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day; call for hours during the rest of the season (late April to early October). 18-hole championship adventure golf courses, water coaster, go-carts, bumper boats, kiddy cars, arcade game room. Adults $7.50 - $13, children $6.50 - $11. Pirate's cove is an outdoor activity
  • Farmers Markets of Downtown Traverse Sara Hardy Farmers Market, GT Commons Market.
  • Grand Traverse Balloons, Inc., 225 Cross Country Trail, 231-947-RIDE (7433), [18]. Multicolored, seven-story-tall hot air balloons flights over the Grand Traverse Bay area. One-hour sunrise or sunset flights with champagne celebration. $245.
  • Traverse City Hang Gliders / Paragliders, 231-922-2844. Paragliding down sand dunes near Lake Michigan.
  • Ranch Rudolph, 6841 Brown Bridge Road, 231-947-9529, [19]. A 195-acre four-season resort on the Boardman River, surrounded by the Pere Marquette State Forest. Horseback riding, trail rides, canoeing, inner tubing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, fly fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, sports, backpacking, morel hunting, hayrides and more. Motel rooms, bunkhouse and camping available. On-site lodge restaurant.

Water Sports

  • American Boat Rentals, LLC, Traverse City, Michigan, 231-645-1191, [20]. Brand New 2007 ski boats, pontoons and wave runners for rent. Hourly, Daily and Weekly.
  • Blue Sky Rentals, Inc., 525 High Lake Road or 1995 US-31 N or 2345 US-31 N, 231-633-2583 or 231-633-2584, [21]. Snowmobile, jet ski, water trampoline, deck boat, pontoon boat, jet boat, ski boat and kayak rentals. Guided tours available.
  • Sunset Watersports, 803 Bay Street, 231-932-1800, [22]. Ski boat, jet boat, jet ski, pontoon boat, water ski, knee board, wake board, tubes and water trampoline rentals. Boats $325 - $385 for 8 hours; jet skis $45 - $290, pontoon boats $215 - $385; water trampolines $195.
  • Traverse Bay Parasail, 1773 US 31 North, 231-929-7272 or 888-660-PARA(7272), [23]. Open 9AM-9PM, weather permitting. The minimum weight is 40-50 pounds and maximum of 300-500 pounds depending on wind conditions. It's $75 for a single ride for 800 feet of line. Additional discounts for tandem or triples rides are available.
  • Traverse Tall Ship Company, 13390 SW Bayshore Drive, 231-941-2000 or 800-678-0383, [24]. Two-hour to three-day sailing adventures, wine tasting cruises, astronomy cruises, entertainment nights, bed and breakfast sailing trips. Two-hours cruises $33 - $40.
  • Nauti-Cat Cruises, 614 E Front Street, 231-947-1730, [25]. 1.5 to 3-hour cruises, including a kids' cruise, happy hour cruise and sunset champagne cruise. Rentals also available for waverunners, powerboats, paddle boats, escape sailboats, water trampolines, jetboats, single and double kayaks, hobie cat sailboats and pontoon boats. $15 - $35.
  • Grand Traverse Gourmet Cruises, 231-947-2214, [26]. Gourmet all-inclusive yacht charters on Northern Lake Michigan.

Fishing Charters

  • Jon's Guide Service / Guided Fly Fishing 231-369-2997 “Fly Fishing in Michigan” [27] Your in one of the best salmon, steelhead and trout areas in the Midwest as well as North America. Guided Fly fishing is a great way to see the area and sites as well as experience some great fly fishing. All equipment is provided and the experience is one always remembered.[28] Fly Fishing Michigan
  • Daydreamer Fishing Charters, 231-218-5176, [29]. Offers 4-hour charter trips to East or West Grand Traverse Bays or Lake Michigan for salmon or lake trout. $300 - $400.
  • TC Charters, 13240 S W Bayshore Drive, 231-947-2400, [30]. Organizers of the Big Jon Invitational and the Grand Traverse Salmon Classic, held in early September.
  • Prime Time Fishing Charters, 231-645-6005, [31]. Salmon & Trout fishing charters from the port of Frankfort & the Grand Traverse Bays.


  • Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area, 3011 Holiday Road, 231-938-2500, [32]. Open 4PM-9PM Tuesday through Friday, 10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 12PM-6PM on Sunday; closed Mondays. 12 ski runs. Rentals available. Lift tickets $7 - $33.


  • Adventure Rentals, 4272 Scharmen Road, 231-263-3724, [33]. Over 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. 2.5-hour 25-mile guided tours available. Rentals $145 - $280. Guided tours $250 - $350.


  • The Crown, 2430 West Crown Drive, 231-946-2975, [34]. 18-hole championship golf course and practice green. On-site Mulligan's Pub and Grill and golf shop. Customized group outings available. $14 - $59.
  • Elmbrook Golf, 1750 Townline Road, 231-946-9180, [35]. 18 holes, par 72. On-site The Brook lounge. $21 - $54.
  • Highpointe Golf Club, 5555 Arnold Road in Williamsburg, 800-753-7888 or 231-267-9900, [36]. $11 - $69.
  • National Cherry Festival, 109 Sixth Street, 231-947-4230 or 800-968-3380, [37]. Held during a week in early July since 1926, to celebrate and promote cherries, tourism and community involvement. Cherry cuisine tasting, cherry pit spitting contest, cherry pie eating, cherry pancake breakfast, cherry buffet lunch, cherry industry information, Cherryopoly tournament, golf contest, beach volleyball tournament, sand sculpture contest, skateboarding tournament, kiteboarding demonstration, races, air show, classic film showings, arts and crafts fair, games, swing dancing, ice cream social, area tours, parades and fireworks.
  • Traverse City Film Festival, 227 E State Street, 231-392-1134 or 231-929-1506, [38]. Held in late July and early August. Six full days of "just great" movies in three classic theatres, and nighttime classic movies free of charge shown on an inflatable outdoor screen overlooking the bay. $7 - $25 per film.
  • Northwestern Michigan Fair, 3606 Blair Townhall Road, 231-943-4150, [39]. Held in early August. Exhibits, animal shows, carnival, midway rides, harness racing, horse pulls, demo derby, llama and alpaca obstacle course, go-cart races, and more.
  • Traverse City Record-Eagle, 120 W Front Street, 231-946-2000, [40]. Daily morning newspaper.
  • Grand Traverse Herald, 616-933-1412, [41]. Weekly community newspaper.
  • Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 E Front Street, 231-995-1135 or 800-748-0566, [42]. A community college since 1951, offering associates degrees and professional certificates, as well as baccalaureate and graduate degrees from 10 partner universities.
  • Celtic Rose, 140 E Front Street, 231-922-2550. Irish and Guinness-related merchandise.
  • The Cherry Stop, 211 E Front Street, 231-929-3990 or 800-286-7209, [43]. Premium Michigan dried cherries, cherry jams and preserves, tart cherry concentrate, condiments, cherry gifts, cherry gift boxes and baskets, bath and kitchen products, dried cherry recipes, CherryFlex, cherry capsules, nutraceuticals, dried blueberries, cranberries and strawberries, cherry trail mixes and blends, and more.
  • Folgarelli's Market & Wine Shop, 424 W Front Street, 231-941-7651, [44]. Selling wines and specialty products since 1978.
  • Holiday Traditions, 110 E Front Street, 231-941-3499, [45]. Department 56, Village and Snowbaby merchandise, Midwest of Canon Falls ornaments, Fontanini and Old World, and Halloween accessories.
  • Horizon Bookstore, 243 E Front Street, 231-946-7290 or 800-587-2147, [46]. Open 7AM-11PM daily. Northwest lower Michigan's independent, family-owned bookstore since 1961.
  • Direct Artwork at Grand Traverse Mall, 3200 S Airport Road W, 231-922-0823 or 1-888-932-2789, [47]. Open 10AM-9PM Monday through Saturday, and 11AM-6PM on Sunday. Lowest priced framed artwork in Michigan, carrying oak framed art, folk/country/primitive art, sports art and photo memory mats.
  • Nicole Hulet - Coldwell Banker Schmidt - Realtor, 522 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 231-409-0378 [48]. Specializing in 2nd home income investments & Vacation Rentals. Peninsula Bay Resort Condominiums on East Bay.
  • Kitchen Choreography, 811 South Garfield Avenue, 231-932-9700, [49]. Custom Kitchens, Baths, and Interiors. Look to Kitchen Choreography for your new or remodeling plans in Northern Michigan.  edit
  • Barbara Belanger - Northern Shores Real Estate Sales, LLC., 214 ½ E. Front Street, 231-409-7100, [50]. Specializing in income properties and condominiums on the greater Traverse City area. The Enclave and Brownstone Condominiums are highlight properties.   edit
  • Grand Traverse Mall, 3200 S Airport Road W, 231-922-0077, [51]. Open 10AM-9PM Monday through Saturday, and 11AM-6PM on Sunday. Over 100 shops and restaurants, movie theater with 9 screens.
  • Preferred Outlets at Traverse City, 3639 Market Place Circle, 231-941-9211, [http:]. Open M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Over 20 outlet shops and a cinema and outback steak house.
Grand Traverse Pie Company fruit pies
Grand Traverse Pie Company fruit pies
  • 310, 310 Cass Street, 231-932-1310, [52]. Massive martini list and one of the largest selection of glass wines in Northern Michigan. Soups, salads, sandwiches, tapas, sushi, entrees. Try the spider roll and sweet potato fries. Tapas $5 - $15, sushi $8 - $15, entrees $17 - $28.
  • Amical, 229 E Front Street, 231-941-8888, [53]. Open Monday through Saturday from 11AM for lunch and 5 to 10PM for dinner, and Sunday 9AM-3PM for brunch. Eclectic European cuisine. Seasonal menu with dishes like chicken with poblano and mushrooms, fetuccine with pancetta and leeks, and pork with smoky peanut mole. $12 - $30.
  • Apache Trout Grill, 13671 SW Bay Shore Drive, 231-947-7079. Salads, pasta, ribs and steak.
  • Auntie Pasta's Italian Cafe, 2030 S Airport Road, 231-941-8147.
  • Big Eazy Fish Haus & Blues Co., 1796 Garfield Avenue, 231-929-9885. New Orleans cuisine. Live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Boathouse Restaurant, 14039 Peninsula Drive, 231-223-4030.
  • Boones Long Lake Inn, 7208 Secor Road, 231-946-3991, [54]. Open 4PM-1PM Monday through Thursday, 4PM-11PM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM-10PM on Sunday. Appetizers, side orders, poultry, pork, pasta, beef, broiled steaks, surf and turf, seafood.
  • Bubba's Restaurant and Bar, 428 E Front Street, 231-995-0570, [55]. Open M-Sa 11AM-12AM, Su 12PM-9PM. Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, Tex-Mex, desserts. $6.50 - $16.
  • Dill's Olde Towne Saloon, 423 S Union Street, 231-947-7534. Try their jalapeno poppers, hot wings and deep-fried mushrooms.
  • Don's Drive-In, 2030 US-31 N, 231-938-1860. Open 10:30AM-11PM in the summer, and 10:30AM to 9PM in the winter. A 1958 drive-in diner serving soups, award-winning burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, fried appetizers, milkshakes and malts. There's a dining room and a picnic area, but why go to a drive-in if you're not going to eat in your car? Try the half-pound Big D burger and their fruit-laden cherry milkshakes. $3 - $12.
  • Gabby's Bayside Bistro, 12930 SW Bay Shore Drive, 231-922-7795, [56]. Northern Italian, Cajun and American cuisine.
  • Grand Traverse Pie Company, 525 W Front Street, 231-922-7437, [57]. Over 30 varieties of gourmet pie, including five varieties of cherry pie made with local cherries, and six varieties of Michigan apple pie. Baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and quiche. Be sure to try the popular Grand Traverse cherry cobbler pie. $4 - $6.
  • Hanna, 118 Cass Street, 231-946-8207. Bistro with an emphasis on fish and seafood.
  • Mabel's Restaurant, 472 Munson Avenue, 231-947-0252. Try their excellent breakfasts.
  • Mode's Bum Steer, 125 E State Street, 231-947-9832. Locals say it's the best steakhouse in town.
  • Old Mission Tavern, 17015 Center Road, 231-223-7280. Prime Rib night every Friday.
  • Pâtisserie Amie, 439 Front Street, 231-922-9645. French bistro and bakery. Try their mochas, salmon crêpes, pissaladière, coq au vin, steak frites and pear-almond tartlets.
  • Red Mesa Grill, 1544 US-31 N, [58]. Open 11AM to 11PM Monday through Saturday, and 11AM to 10PM on Sunday. Very popular Mexican restaurant. Appetizers, soups and salads, tacos and tostadas, Mexican specialties, desserts. Great selection of vegetarian choices and an extensive tequila list as well. $5 - $18.
  • Roma, 830 E Front Street, 231-946-6710. Italian cuisine. Pasta, pizza, meats and seafood. Try their gnocchi and chicken scallopini.
  • Scott's Harbor Grill, 12719 SW Bay Shore Drive, 231-922-2114, [59]. Waterfront dining, specializing in seafood and ribs. Appetizers, flatbreads, salads, tacos al carbon, seafood plates, grilled specialties, desserts.
  • Sleder's Family Tavern, 717 Randolph Street, 231-947-9213, [60]. Open 11AM to 11PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 12AM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM to 9PM on Sunday. One of Michigan's oldest saloons, with its original tin ceiling. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and Mexican dishes. $7 - $17.
  • Taqueria Margarita, 1319 W S Airport Road, 231-935-3712. Authentic Oaxacan cuisine, including tamales, tacos and barbacoa.
  • Trattoria Stella, 1200 W 11th Street, unit 1 suite 1, 231-929-8989, [61]. Open M-Th 11:30AM to 9PM, F,Sa 11:30AM-11PM, and Su 4PM-9PM. Featuring the best ingredients sourced from local farms. Wine bar and wine classes available. Antipasti, cheese plates, salads, pasta and meats. $7 - $32.
  • Cousin Jenny's, 129 S. Union, 231-941-7821. Try the locally known pasty (PASS-tee). It's the best you'll try anywhere!  edit
  • Steven's Place, 738 S. Garfield, 2319298945. Traverse City's Newest Night Club and Fine Dinning establishment, Full Bar, Dancing, Entertainment and a Healthy menu! apps and desserts $6 to $18 Entrees $20 to $32.  edit
  • Mulligan's Pub & Grill, 2430 West Crown Drive, 231.932.2166, [62]. Home of the Stuffed Burger! Full menu, open year round.  edit



Wineries are scattered throughout two areas - The Old Mission Peninsula North of Traverse City, and on the Leelanau Peninsula Northwest of Traverse City. We are situated on the 45th parallel which provides excellent climate conditions for growing wine grapes. Tasting room tours are popular diversions on both peninsulas any time of the year and are a great way to explore the territory.

Château Grand Traverse cherry wines
Château Grand Traverse cherry wines

The five wineries in the Traverse City area are all located about halfway up the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of the city via US-31.

  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards, 2896 Bowers Harbor Road, 800-616-7615, [63]. Open M-Sa 10:30AM-6PM, Su 12PM-6PM. 21 white, rose, red, sparkling and fruit wines, including spiced cherry and Cherritage, made from Old Mission Peninsula cherries.
  • Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, 3309 Blue Water Road, 231-223-9303, [64]. Open M-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-6PM, May through October; and, 12PM-5PM daily November through April. 12 dry white, dry red and sweet wines.
  • Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin, 231-223-4110, [65]. Open daily, year round; hours vary by season. Award-winning wines, occasional ice wine, and eau de vie. Tapas tours and cooking classes available.
  • Chateau Grand Traverse, 12239 Center Road, 231-223-7355, [66]. 28 Riesling, Chardonnay, specialty red and white wines, and fruit wines. Try the cherry wine sangria and the spiced cherry wine.
  • Peninsula Cellars, 11480 Center Road, 231-933-9787, [67]. Open M-Sa 10AM-6PM, May through October; and F-Su 12PM-5PM, November through April. 18 red, white, fruit and dessert wines.
  • Mackinaw Brewing Co., 161 Front Street, 231-933-1100. Local brewery specializing in burgers, steaks, ribs and seafood. House-smoked meats and several beers.
  • North Peak Brewing Co., 400 W Front Street, 231-941-7325. Burgers, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas, seafood. Outdoor patio with live entertainment. Try their Black and Blue burger.
  • Right Brain Brewery, 221 Garland Street, 231-944-1239. No food but a large selection of beers. In the Warehouse District.
  • Station Espresso Bar proudly brewing Starbucks Coffee for a decade. Corner 8th & Woodmere, Traverse City. (231) 932-0320. Open 7 days. Monday through Wednesday from 7AM until 5PM; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7AM until 9PM; Sunday 9AM until 3PM. Visa Mastercard accepted. Free Wifi, fireplace, outdoor seating, HDTV. Neighborhood coffee shop with a well-recognized brand of coffee beverages. Station Espresso Bar [68]
  • Firefly, 310 Cass Street, 231-932-1310, [69]. Local and international beers and wines. Five televisions, one fish tank.
  • Streeters, 1669 S Garfield Avenue, 231-932-1300, [70]. Open 4PM to 2AM Tuesday through Saturday, and 4PM to 1AM on Sunday; closed Mondays. Voted "Best Place to Dance" in Traverse City. Live music, intelligent light show, nationally recognized sound system. On-site Streeters Grille and Bar, Liquid Lounge and billiards room.


Traverse City's "Motel Mile" is along US-31 between 3 Mile Road and 4 Mile Road, although you'll find lots of places to stay at just about any point along the waterfront, from downtown continuing east to 5 Mile Road.

  • The Brownstone Condominiums, 218 Boardman Avenue, 231-922-2200, [71]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. New Luxury Condominiums located right in downtown Traverse City! 1900.00.  edit
  • Cathead Bay Vacation Properties, 121 East Front Street, 231-947-RENT, [72]. checkin: 5:00; checkout: 10:00. Private Vacation Homes on Cathead Bay (at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula) available for rent on a weekly basis. Sleeps from 4 to 10 ppl. varies.  edit
  • Americ Inn Motel and Suites, 1614 N US-31 N, 231-938-0288. 48 rooms. Heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna. Complimentary continental breakfast. Whirlpool and fireplace rooms available. $45 - $165.
  • Anchor Inn on the Bay, 12068 S West Bay Shore Drive, 231-946-7442, [73]. 6 motel rooms, 8 cottages. Motel $35 - $132, cottages $75 - $228.
  • Best Western Four Seasons Motel, 305 Munson Avenue, 231-946-8424 or 800-823-7844, [74]. 74 rooms. Indoor heated pool, hot tub, game room. Complimentary expanded continental breakfast. Hot tub loft rooms available. $39 - $235.
  • Days Inn, 420 Munson Avenue #2, 231-941-0208 or 231-941-7521. 182 rooms. Heated indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center. Complimentary continental breakfast. $45 - $179.
  • Economy Inn, 1600 N US-31 N, 231-938-2080. 10 rooms. $33 - $65.
  • Fairfield Inn, 3701 N Country Lane, 231-922-7900. 85 rooms. Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center. Complimentary continental breakfast. Whirlpool rooms available. $44 - $179.
  • Grand Traverse Motel, 1010 E Front Street, 231-947-9410.
  • Heritage Inn, 417 Munson Avenue, 231-947-9520 or 800-968-0105, [75]. 39 rooms. 20 rooms include heart-shaped spas. Exercise room, video arcade game room. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. $39 - $94.
  • Mitchell Creek Inn, 894 Munson Avenue, 231-947-9330, [76]. 15 rooms; 9 singles (no telephone), 4 doubles (with kitchenettes) and 2 cottages. Open May through October. Standard rooms $39 - $89, kitchenette rooms $59 - $109, cottages $69 - $139.
  • Motel 6, 1582 US-31 N, 231-938-3002. 45 rooms. Average price $44.
  • Pine Crest Motel, 360 Munson Avenue, 231-947-8900 or 800-223-4433. 35 rooms. Heated outdoor pool, indoor pool, spa, exercise room. Complimentary continental breakfast. Whirlpool rooms available.
  • Restwood Motel, 1566 N US-31 N, 231-938-1130, [77]. 15 rooms. Pool, waterslide.
  • Sands Motel, 1465 N US-31 N, 231-946-6930 or 800-946-6930, [78]. 21 rooms. Private beach and boardwalk. Complimentary deluxe breakfast bar.
  • Super 8 Motel, 1870 N US-31 N, 231-938-1887. 66 rooms. Complimentary continental breakfast. Whirlpool and fireplace rooms available. $45 - $121.
  • Travelodge, 704 Munson Avenue, 734-922-9111. 78 rooms. Outdoor pool, hot tub. Complimentary continental breakfast. $32 - $200.
  • Traverse Bay Inn, 2300 N US-31 N, 231-938-2646, [79]. 24 1- and 2-bedroom suites. Fireplace and jacuzzi suites available. Heated pool, outdoor whirlpool. $39 - $199.
  • Whiting Hotel, 152 E Front Street, 231-947-6360.
  • Cedar Run River Home [80] Traverse City. 6 Bedroom, 3 bath home on Cedar Run River. Sleeps 18. $350
  • Beach House of Traverse City, 444 W. Silver Lake Rd. N., 231-357-4870. [81] 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home on sandy Silver Lake. $250.
  • Baymont Inn & Suites, 2326 US-31 S, 231-933-4454. 119 rooms. Heated indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center. Complimentary continental breakfast. $51 - $295.
  • Bayshore Resort, 833 E Front Street, 231-935-4400 or 800-634-4401, [82]. 120 rooms. Indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, game room. Complimentary breakfast and newspaper. Spa and fireplace suites available. Peak season $93 - $355, off-season $70 - $305.
  • Beach Haus Resort, 1489 N US-31 N, 231-947-3560. Beachfront rooms, spa rooms available. $55 - $65.
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 3615 S Airport Road W, 231-929-1800. 83 rooms. Heated indoor pool, hot tub. On-site Courtyard Cafe. Whirlpool and fireplace rooms available. $54 - $151.
  • Econo Lodge, 1065 M-37 S, 231-943-3040. [83] 47 rooms. Indoor heated pool, hot tub. Complimentary continental breakfast. $55 - $160.
  • Grand Beach Resort Hotel, 1683 N US-31 N, 231-938-4455 or 800-968-1992, [84]. 97 rooms. Private balconies, indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub. Complimentary continental breakfast. $59 - $109.
  • Hampton Inn, 1000 N US-31 N, 231-946-8900. 125 rooms. Heated indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center. Complimentary continental breakfast. $69 - $169.
  • Holiday Inn West Bay, 615 E Front Street, 231-947-3700 or 800-888-8020, [85]. 179 rooms. Jacuzzi rooms available. Indoor and outdoor pool. Two on-site restaurants (CW's Blue Water Bistro and Wingers Sports Bar) and nightclub (Shimmers Nightclub). $59 - $154.
  • Main Street Inn, 618 E Front Street, 231-929-3592. Average price $74.
  • Park Place Hotel, 300 E State Street, 231-946-5000, [86]. 140 rooms. Indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room. $79 - $229.
  • Parkshore Resort, 1401 N US-31 N, 231-947-3800 or 877-349-8898, [87]. Indoor heated pool, exercise room, deluxe continental breakfast. On-site cocktail lounge. Whirlpool, fireplace and kitchenette suites available. $50 - $300.
  • Quality Inn, 1492 N US-31 N, 231-929-4423 or 877-329-1538, [88]. 96 rooms. Indoor pool and hot tub. Complimentary continental breakfast. $50 - $190.
  • Sierra Motel, 230 Munson Avenue, 231-946-7720. $75 - $100.
  • Sugar Beach Resort Hotel, 1773 N US-31 N, 231-938-0100 or 800-509-1995, [89]. 83 rooms. Private balconies, heated indoor swimming pool, heated indoor spa, game room. $54 - $198.
  • Traverse Bay Lodge, 460 Munson Avenue, 231-947-5436 or 800-325-3386 or 800-968-2646, [90]. 61 rooms. 24-hour indoor pool and spa, game room. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Jacuzzi rooms available. $49 - $209.
  • Traverse Victorian Inn, 461 Munson Avenue, 231-947-5525 or 800-506-5525, [91]. Gas log fireplace and double-headed showers. Indoor heated pool with adjoining spa. Spa rooms available. $60 - $112.
  • Cedar Lake Lodge, 3704 Avery Trail, 231-632-0833 [92]. Open Year Round. On Cedar Lake. 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath new home with cedar tongue and groove through out most of home. Free pontoon boat, water trampoline, kayaks, pool table, PS2, boat dock, swing set, sand box, fir pit, paddle boat, fire place and games. Check for availability [93] Price $225-$400
Cedar Lake Lodge on Cedar Lake. Open Year Round.
Cedar Lake Lodge on Cedar Lake. Open Year Round.
  • Brownstone Condominiums, 218 Boardman Avenue, "Downtown" - Traverse City. (231) 922-2200 [94]. New Luxury condominiums in the heart of downtown Traverse City - feel the excitement! $1,900 a week, Sat to Sat, Spring-Summer 2009
  • Cherry Tree Inn on the Beach, 2345 N US-31 N, 231-938-8888, [95]. 78 rooms. Suites, whirlpool suites, fireplace suites and 2-bedroom apartments available. Balconies, Playstation 2, bathroom television, heated indoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast. Average price $139.
  • Gold Coast Inn, 4612 N US-31 N, 231-938-2538 or 800-939-2538, [96]. Guest spa rooms overlooking the bay. 2-person spa, 2-person shower, gas log fireplace. Average price $198.
  • Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, 100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard in Acme, 231-534-6000 or 800-236-1577, [97]. 238 hotel rooms, 186 tower rooms, and 190 condominiums. Named among the Top 50 travel destinations by Condé Nast Traveler, and a Golf Magazine Silver Medal Resort. Three world-class golf courses, full-service spa, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, beach club, gallery of shops, six on-site restaurants and lounges. $201 - $275.
  • Inn at Bay Harbor,[98] a Marriott Renaissance resort, 3600 Village Harbor Dr., Bay Harbor. Direct 231-439-4000 or 800-462-6963. Named one of America's greatest resorts. Enjoy the championship golf course and five miles of beach coastline at the this one of a kind world class resort.
  • Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 N US-31 S, 231-941-3600 or 866-GR8-WOLF (9653), [99]. 281 suites. 51,000-square-foot indoor entertainent area, waterpark, arcade, children's craft and activity room, spa, fitness room and outdoor pool. Two on-site restaurants, the Loose Moose Cottage and the Camp Critter Bar and Grille. $199 - $309.
  • Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, [100]. Part of the Boyne collection of resorts. European styled world class resort. Hotel is slope side. 800-GO-BOYNE.
  • North Shore Inn, 2305 N US-31 N, 231-938-2365. Average price $159.
  • Peninsula Bay Resort Condominiums 1941 N US-31 N, 231-922-2200, [101]. Vacation rentals managed by Northern Shores Vacation Rentals, LLC. 13 luxury suites to choose from. All suites are 2 bedroom - 2 bathrooms. Resort enjoys an outside-bayside pool with hot tub & 330ft of private East Bay shoreline along the "miracle mile." Suites are a must see... Rates are weekly during summer from $2,200 - 3,000/week.
  • Pinestead Reef Resort, 1265 N US-31 N #2, 231-947-4010 or 800-968-1302, [102]. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom units. Indoor heated pool, whirpool, sauna, exercise room, game room. $99 - $269.
  • Pointes North Inn, 2211 N US-31 N, 231-938-9191 or 800-968-3422, [103]. 52 rooms. Bayside rooms, jacuzzi whirlpool, heated bayside pool. Peak season $99 - $279, off-season $79 - $179.
  • Tamarack Lodge, 2035 US-31 N at Four Mile Road, 877-938-9744 ext 2006, [104]. 1- to 3-bedroom residences equipped with gourmet kitchens, jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, and private decks overlooking the lake. Indoor pool, children's play area, arcade. $125 - $450.
  • Antiquities' Wellington Inn, 230 Wellington Street. 9 rooms, 2 2-bedroom carriage house apartments. Restored 1905 mansion with period furnishings. Average price $222.
  • Bowers Harbor Bed and Breakfast, 13972 Peninsula Drive. 3 rooms. Average price $97.
  • Cedar Creek Bed and Breakfast, 7651 East Timberwoods.
  • Chateau Chantal Bed and Breakfast, 15900 Rue de Vin. 3 rooms. Average price $247.
  • Cherry Knoll Farm, 2856 Hammond Road E. 5 rooms. Average price $62.
  • Field of Dreams Bed and Breakfast, 15627 Center Road. 3 rooms.
  • Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, W Carroll Road, 231-947-2214 or 800-873-0652, [105]. 3 rooms. Gourmet Northern Michigan fusion with Tuscan/Provence breakfasts. Working farm and vineyard with U-Pick grapes. Boat and breakfast available. $125 - $195.
  • The Inn at Chateau Grand Traverse, 12301 Center Road. 6 rooms. Average price $132.
  • Petals and Pines Bed and Breakfast, 19963 Center Road. 3 rooms. Average price $187.
  • Warwickshire Inn Bed and Breakfast, 5037 Barney Rd. 3 rooms. Average price $80
  • Wind in the Pines Bed & Breakfast, 13573 S. Gallagher Rd. 3 rooms. Average price $150.
  • Island View Cottages, 853 E Front Street, 231-947-2863, [106]. 13 cabins. Open from early May to November 1st. Completely furnished with kitchenettes, outdoor grills, shuffleboard and basketball courts, and beach play center.
  • Shoestring Resort, 2960 Arbutus Hill Road, 231-946-9227, [107]. 4 cottages. $300 - $350 per week.
  • The Beach Condominiums, 1995 US-31 N, 800-778-2228, [108]. 30 rooms. Heated outdoor pool, hot tub. Full kitchens, sundecks, beachfront. Whirlpool rooms available. $99 (nightly) - $1400 (5-day).
  • Traverse City Michigan Vacation Rental Home, 231-223-8441, [109]. Private 4 BR 2 BA Beachfront Home with Direct Private Beach & SUNSETS on Grand Traverse Bay $395 - $440 per night.

Get out

  • Petoskey is about 1.5 hours north on US-31.
  • Manistee is about 1.5 hours south on US-31.
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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

TRAVERSE CITY, the county-seat of Grand Traverse county, Michigan, U.S.A., on the Boardman river, between Boardman Lake and the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay, in the N.W. part of the lower peninsula. Pop. (1900), 9407, of whom 2068 were foreign-born; (1910, census), 12,115. It is served by the Pere Marquette, the Grand Rapids & Indiana and the Manistee & North-Eastern railways, and by steamboat line to Chicago and other lake ports. The climate, scenery and good fishing attract summer visitors. The city has a public library and a library owned by the Ladies' Library Association, and is the seat of the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane (opened 1885). There are various manufactures, and in 1904 the total value of the factory product was $2,176,903. Traverse City was settled in 1847, incorporated as a village in 1881 and chartered as a city in 1895.

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