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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

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.