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The Foodie Culture of Traverse City, Michigan, by Stephen Goettle

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

One of America’s favorite vacation spots, Traverse City, Michigan, provides many choices for “foodies.” Its restaurants offer culinary selections to suit any palate. The Grand Traverse Pie Company produces 27 different types of fruit pie, with several variations on common fillings. The city prides itself on the multitude of specialty artisan shops that feature such foods as cured meats, gourmet popcorn, cheeses, homemade ice creams, and fresh-baked bread. Invested in its foodie culture, the town’s official website, TraverseCity.com, publishes a “Self-Guided Foodie Tour” that takes people through its best eateries.

In addition to these shops, every year, the city hosts a weeklong National Cherry Festival where people can buy hundreds of different cherry-based foods, including chocolate-covered cherry pits and cherry-infused soda, wine, mustard, meats, and barbecue sauce.

Breweries also constitute a major portion of the region’s specialties. Short’s Brewery Company develops beers utilizing chocolate, licorice, coffee, orange peel, and a variety of flavors depending on the season. Traverse City’s northern peninsulas serve as its wine country and feature over two dozen wineries complete with tasting rooms. For those who just want to relax, the 125-year-old Sleder’s Family Tavern provides a social atmosphere in a historic setting.

Traverse City contains many more attractions beyond its renowned food and drink. The area’s multiple options for relaxation and outdoor activities include watersports and sailing, as well as golf and hiking destinations.

About the author:

Stephen Goettle serves as an Associate in the Financial Services division at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He often enjoys vacationing in the Traverse City area during the summer.

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Summers in Traverse City, Michigan, by Stephen Goettle

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

One of my favorite vacation areas is Traverse City in Michigan, and I particularly enjoy visiting in the summer. Chosen by TripAdvisor LLC as the second best small town travel destination in the country in 2009, the scenery of Traverse City makes it a prime location for people interested in the outdoors and water sports. In addition, the area hosts the National Cherry Festival and the Cedar Polka Fest. Both are very distinctive events not found elsewhere in the U.S.

There is fun, easy hiking for all ages and abilities on the 15-mile Leelanau Trail or the 10-mile Traverse Area Recreation Trail. Visitors may also take part in the intense Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which rewards climbers with views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan. Day trips by boat to the Manitou Islands are great for hiking and site-seeing. Additionally, individuals can hit the links at the area’s nearly 20 world-class golf courses, including A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, the Crown Golf Club, the Mistwood Golf Course, and the Spruce Run.

Water lovers have plenty to enjoy about Traverse City as well. Off Grand Traverse Bay near Lake Michigan, the city offers opportunities to fish for lake trout, whitefish, and salmon, or to sail the bay and view the city from the double-masted schooner Manitou. Furthermore, vacationers can relax on the beaches at Bryant Park or Clint Park, as well as many spots on the Leelanau Peninsula.

These represent only some of the possibilities in the Traverse City area. The surrounding region also presents easy access to concerts at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, spas, resorts, casinos, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and places of historical interest. To learn more about the area, visit TraverseCity.com.

About the author: A graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Business Administration in Business and a Master of Science in Accounting, Stephen Goettle previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University. Stephen Goettle currently works for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an Associate in its Financial Services division.