Go Now! Why Michigan's Lower Peninsula is the Perfect Summer Getaway
Sand, dune, and sky on the shores of Lake Michigan — who needs the ocean? (Photo: Thinkstock)
Pacific and Atlantic? Those coasts are old hat. This summer head inland to Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, on the northwest coast of its Lower Peninsula (about the “tip of the ring finger,” as any local might point out). A welcoming spirit and natural beauty that rivals the seashore’s, plus wine and food and culture, have made it a much-loved summer vacation spot for generations. Here are 10 reasons why you should join the Midwesterners and make it yours, too.
1. Fly direct from Chicago or Detroit in less than an hour. Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) is easy to navigate, gorgeous (its Arts and Crafts architecture is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright), and just 10 minutes from downtown Traverse City. Arrive on an early flight and ask for a pump of cherry syrup in your latte to kick off your Cherry Country adventures right.
2. Traverse City’s bustling downtown. The pedestrian-friendly commercial district is made for leisurely afternoons and fun-filled nights, be it window shopping along the brick-lined sidewalks of Front Street or taking in the weekly “Friday Night Live” outdoor musical events and street vendors. And with plenty of waterfront along Grand Traverse Bay, all sorts of activities from kiteboarding to sailing are available, too. Get your bearings at Horizon Books, stocking an encyclopedic selection of books on Michigan and all the natural wonders of its coast since 1961.
Traverse City’s walkable downtown is great for a lazy afternoon. (Photo: Michigan Municipal League/Flickr)
Traverse City, Michigan’s picturesque waterfront at sunset (Photo: David Cornwell/Flickr)