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National Geographic picks Traverse City as one of Top 10 Summer Trips for 2012
What does little Traverse City have in common with Barcelona, Scotland’s Argyll region, and Bolivia’s Isla del Sol? It was named to National Geographic’s list of the Top 10 Summer Trips for 2012.
“The region’s 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline basically trace the upper left edge of Michigan’s ‘mitten,’ “reads the article on National Geographic’s website. “Add another 149 inland lakes that are 10 acres or larger and you get a rambling Cape Cod-on-freshwater summer playground: quaint port villages, sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, rolling orchards, family-friendly festivals (including the National Cherry Festival, July 7-14), and summer-only Traverse City Beach Bums pro baseball games (team members bunk with local families).
Traverse City’s TART Trails part of New US Bicycle Route 35
Two major Traverse City recreational trails, the 10.5-mile crosstown TART Trail and the 15.5-mile Leelanau Trail from Traverse City to Suttons Bay, are included in the nation’s newest cycling road,U.S. Bicycle Route 35. USBR 35 extends for 501 miles along a network of state highways, roads, and regional trails from the Indiana border to Sault Ste. Marie, passing dozens of lakefront towns, sandy beaches, and historic destinations.
Three More Microbreweries to Open in Traverse City
Traverse City’s reputation as an “emerging beer town” continues to grow. By late summer, Boardman River Brewing Co. will move into the Garland Street space vacated Right Brain Brewery, which moved to a larger building on the south side of town in June. And plans are moving forward for Brewery Ferment on Cass Street in the city’s Old Town district, with an early summer opening.
Meanwhile, master brewer Michael Rizik is opening his own Beggars Brewery — an alehouse with American and European styles — on Village Park Dr. near the Traverse City Beach Bums stadium, Wuerfel Park, and expects to be up and running by Halloween.
New Winery Opens on Old Mission
Bruce and Cathleen Hawthorne are opening the Hawthorne Vineyard, a new winery along the west shore of the Old Mission Peninsula, with help from their neighbor, Chateau Chantal. The new winery, on a bluff overlooking West Bay, stands on one of the peninsula’s largest vineyards, with 26 planted acres – mostly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Gamay, and Lemberger (Blaufränkisch). The winery/tasting room has a soft opening planned for Aug. 1.
New Bus Route Serves TC’s “Resort Row”
The Bay Area Transportation Authority, Traverse City’s public transit system, has launched a new fixed route serving the “Resort Row” area along East Grand Traverse Bay, where most of the city’s beachfront hotels are located. The route will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Additional routes, including one serving the Interlochen area, are slated to come on line within the next year.
And Yes, There Are New Restaurants, Too!
Guillaume Hazael-Massieux, chef and owner of La Becasse at Glen Lake, is opening his long-planned French bistro, FouFou, at 118 Cass Street, the former home of Hanna Bistro.
Towne Plaza, a new eatery on the 200 block of Cass, is specializing in pork, especiallyu charcuterie, cured meats and roast cuts of the woolly locally-raised Mangalitsa hogs. Chocolate Exotica’s Chocolate Cafe has opened inside Cedar Creek Interiors in Traverse City’s Old Town, offering chocolates, desserts and Higher Grounds coffee. The Soup Cup, a lunch spot specializing in soups, sandwiches and Belgian-style fries, has opened in Traverse City’s former railroad depot..
Miguel Osorio (a favorite of chef Mario Batali) is making another foray into the restaurant business with Osorio’s Tacos and Salsas at the intersection of US 31 and M-72 in Acme, featuring his own Oaxacan specialities, fish tacos and homemade fresh salsas. On the west side of town, at Zimmerman and Silver Lake Roads, is another new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria TC Latino, from husband and wife team Adolfo Mendez and Sandra Rios.
Glen Harrington and John McGee, co-owners of Harrington’s By the Bay, have opened an Italian fine-dining restaurant, Sorellina, at 120 S. Park St. And OM Café, the popular Ferndale natural vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic eatery, is opening a Traverse City location at the corner of Cass Street and Lake Ave.
History Center Introduces Bus Tours
The Traverse City History Center has inaugurated what they’re calling a “Magical History Tour” – a 90 minute bus tour that showcases such key places as Front Street, Sixth Street, Old Town, the city waterfront and theGrand Traverse Commons. The tours will be held on Mondays (when tickets are only $10) and Wednesday through Saturdays. Aside from those discount Mondays, tickets are $14.95 for adults and $10.95 for students and seniors.
Improvements, expansions, etc.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is renovating 238 rooms in its six-story section, with new carpeting, bedding, furniture, 37-inch flat screen TVs, new phones/iPod docking stations as well updates to the heating/air conditioning controls and the addition of a sprinkler system. The resort has invested heavily in infrastructure and technology since 2011, including repaving of its main parking lot, major roofing, new fiber optic lines and a new power cable.
The Mission Table restaurant at Bowers Harbor on the Old Mission Peninsula has opened its own in-house tasting room, offering tastings of their Civilized Spirits, Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers and Bonafide Wines from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Elmbrook Golf Course has launched its own golf school, the Elmbrook Golf Academy. Area PGA Professionals Brian Davis and Tom Van Pelt will offer instruction programs for adults and juniors, beginners and advanced.
Blue Lakes Charters & Tourshas acquired Great Northwest Tour and Travel, a transportation and tour company based in Traverse City.
The Chateau Chantel Winery B&B has updated its three original B&B units. Formerly known as Rosé, Merlot, & Pensee, the newly-renovated rooms have been rechristened in line with the winery’s French Impressionist theme as Degas, Morisot, & Cassatt, each featuring a reproduction of a signature work by its sponsoring artist and decorated with colors inspired by that painter’s palette.
Awards and Honors
Knights Inn Traverse City has been awarded the 2011 Property of the Year by Knights Inn Franchising System, and parent company, Wyndham Hotel Group. The award was given to the property during the 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group International Conference in April.
Chateau Chantal Winery B & Bwas named Winery of the Year by the Tasters Guild “in recognition of their continuing endorsement of consumer education, understanding
and appreciation of the responsible use of wine with food.”
Therese McInnis, sales director for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau was named Michigan’s Finest Sales Professional for 2012 by members of Michigan Meeting Professionals International.
Grand Traverse Pie Company Founders Mike and Denise Busley were listed among the 10 Michiganians of the Year by the Detroit News.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Director of Tennis, Christopher “Mick” Michalowski has been certified by the United States Tennis Association’s Tennis High Performance Coaching Program and is recognized by the USTA and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as a Specialist in Competitive Player Development.
Jul 4-29 — Horse Shows by the Bay
Thousands of the nation’s best horses and riders competing in the International Olympic disciplines of show jumping and dressage. Feature events are scheduled on the weekends and include the exciting Gran Prix plus exhibitions, family activities and charity fundraisers.
Jul 5-8 — Cedar Polka Fest
This Polish-American Leelanau Peninsula community kicks up its heels at a four-day party with hearty food, drink and continuous polka music and dancing. Call for admission prices for adults. Ages 12 and under are free when accompanied by parent.
Jul 7-14 — National Cherry Festival
Traverse City celebrates its role as America’s Cherry Capital with an eight-day party featuring over 150 family activities: air shows, fireworks, parades (including the nation’s largest all-children parade) games, races, midway rides, demonstrations, nightly outdoor concerts and lots of chances to taste delicious cherry products.
Jul 14 — Leland Artists’ Market
The 16th annual art fair will include 100 art booths featuring fine art paintings,photography, pottery, tiles, hand-blown glass, jewelry, woodcarving, basketry, fiber, folk art, sculpture, and quality artisan wares.http://www.oldartbuilding.com
Jul 20-Aug 10 — Friday Night Live
Held each Friday from July 20th through Aug 10 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m., downtown’s popular community block party features a full slate of music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Front Street.
Jul 27-29 — Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament
This tournament brings together the best lacrosse teams from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and Canada for what promises to be one of the top competitive events in the Midwest. Free of charge.
Jul 31-Aug 5 — Traverse City Film Festival
An outstanding selection of independent, foreign, and documentary films, as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held near downtown. Free family movies are shown each night at an outdoor screen on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay.
Aug 3 — Paella in the Park
An evening festival celebration with wine, food and live music that pairs the seven Old Mission Peninsula wineries with seven regional chefs who prepare 36″ pans of Spanish paellas over an open fire on-site.
Aug 4 — Classic Boats on the Boardwalk
A judged show along the Boardman River boardwalk, featuring 50 boats, circa 1900 through current wooden classics, including high-powered mahogany runabouts, hydroplanes, outboards, vintage engines, powered launches, wooden canoes, and rowboats. Admission is free.
Aug 4-5 — Suttons Bay Community Art Festival
One of the most competitive art shows in Michigan, this festival at Suttons Bay’s Marina Park features some of the area’s best artists and crafters as well as artisans from other parts of the country.
Aug 10-12 — Cherry Roubaix Cycling Race
Traverse City hosts the Michigan State Road Race Championship and delivers three days of activities and events on scenic Old Mission peninsula, Leelanau County and downtown Traverse City. http://www.cherry-roubaix.com
Aug 16-19 — 43rd Annual Buckley Old Engine Show
This event has over 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks — and a working 1923 steam locomotive that runs around a mile of track. http://www.buckleyoldengineshow.org
Aug 18 — Rubber Ducky Festival
The Village of Bellaire’s “12 Days of Summer” observance culminates with a parade, a foot race, an arts & crafts show on the Courthouse Lawn, and the Rubber Ducky Race in which 2,000 Rubber Ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River. http://www.bellairechamber.org
Aug 18 — TC Waterman Challenge & Expo
The Midwest’s largest Stand Up Paddle Board challenge & Expo event, staged on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. Events include a 3.5 mile recreational challenge course, 10-mile down-winder distance race, Open Age-Group Events, free kid’s races, demonstrations and beginner clinics, live music, and an awards luau banquet.http://www.tcwaterman.com
Aug 18 — Downtown Art Fair
Fine art will fill the streets on this weekend in Downtown Traverse City. This annual juried art fair features over 90 Midwest and National artists. Open to the public free of charge. http://www.downtowntc.com
Aug 18-19 — Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians holds its annual Pow Wow featuring native singers, dancers and artisans.http://www.gtbindians.org/departments/eyaawing.html
Aug 19 — 4th Annual Traverse City Triathlon
A swim in the calm waters of Bowers Harbor, followed by a cycling course that winds along orchards and vineyards, on the Old Mission Peninsula and finally a run along Neahtawanta Road Sprint and Olympic distances are both included. http://www.enduranceevolution.com
Aug 24–25– Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival
Great craft beers from around the Midwest, focusing especially on Michigan brews, and a lineup of acclaimed musical guests headed by country great Dierks Bentley. http://www.porterhouseproductions.com
Sep 14 — Downtown Art Walk
Downtown Traverse City invites you to enjoy art, wine, food and music during this walking tour where you can experience sculpture, paintings, glass and watercolor. Prize Drawings at participating stores.http://www.downtowntc.com
Sep 15-19 — NHL Prospect Tournament
The Detroit Red Wings, and seven other NHL hockey clubs(Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues) conduct this annual tournament in Traverse City’s Centre ICE arena. http://www.centreice.org/ProspectTournament.htm
Sep 22-27 — Red Wings Training Camp
Every autumn for a few days, Traverse City becomes “Hockeytown North” when the Detroit Red Wings bring their fall training camp to Centre ICE Arena. Hundreds of fans come to watch and meet team members in what may be the sport’s most “up close and personal” series of events.