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Why Northern Michigan?


The Grand Traverse Region

A hub of arts and leisure, Traverse City is home to a film festival, tall ships, and myriad breweries, shops, and restaurants. 

This gorgeous northern Michigan city has all the amenities of big city living with the friendly energy of a small town. 

Paddle Boarding in Traverse City

Things To Do in Traverse City, MI

From restaurants that specialize in cherry pie to French bistros with world class crepes, you will find exquisite cuisine, bustling boutiques, fresh roasted coffee, and a prolific arts community in the lively downtown and surrounding area. 

People choose to live in Traverse City, because it has that special something even locals can't always put into words—it's a mix of natural beauty and unchecked enthusiasm that has its residents saying what's next. Traverse City is a place where you can live life to the fullest, taking advantage of four seasons and the robust assortment of leisure activities from downhill skiing to water sports the inhabitants enjoy.

As this region grows and expands, now is the time to make it a part of your future!


Cherry Festival

Bayshore Marathon

Iceman Cometh Challenge

Wine & Cider Festival


National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes


Tall Ships

Wine Tasting

Hiking/ Biking

TART Trails

Recreational Centers

Grand Traverse Resort

Centre Ice Arena


Winter Sports

Crystal Mountain

Boyne Mountain

Historic Places

Mission Point Lighthouse

Dougherty House Old Mission

Car Clubs

TC Classics and Customs

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Golf Traverse City

A golfers paradise offering courses with breathtaking views and seasonal beauty!

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Dining Traverse City

Traverse City has a reputation for locally sourced produce and the chefs of the downtown area create world class dishes featuring fresh ingredients and a cozy ambience.

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Traverse City is home to very special microbreweries featuring fresh ales, IPA's and unusual recipe beers!

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Downtown Traverse City is full of unique stores that cater to your every need. Whether it is fudge, high fashion, or art you seek— you will find it here.

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Traverse City Entertainment

Downtown Traverse City is host to two movie theaters and also boasts a long running playhouse. As a host to the Traverse City Film Festival and a short drive from Interlochen center for the Arts this area is known to attract celebrities and artists from around the globe.

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The Old Mission Peninsula

Life is different on the 45th parallel...

This vibrant Northern Michigan area offers so much to see and do—from farms and vineyards to scenic shorelines, world class restaurants & wineries, and breathtaking views.This area holds a special place in the hearts of those lucky enough to call it home. Long a summer destination for generations of families from nearby Chicago and Detroit, the Old Mission Peninsula has become a permanent residence to many people who felt an almost magnetic pull of the area. Whether you are planning on making this a summer home or a permanent residence, rest assured you will find no better place to raise a family, retire to, or make the kind of summer memories that last a lifetime.

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Dining on the Old Mission Peninsula

This less then 19 mile strip of land is home to several restaurants, many of which feature local wines and sourced fare.

The Old Mission Tavern: Featuring gourmet meals and an art gallery this is a favorite of locals and those who visit this gorgeous region yearly.

The Boathouse: Offering bay front dining featuring eclectic fare & produce from the owner’s farm.

Jolly Pumpkin: Featuring Artisan Pizzas and a large selection of beer

Peninsula Grill: Upscale rustic dining, featuring a full bar, pizzas and smoked meats.

Bad Dog Deli: Take out and dine in sandwiches, cheeses, fantastic fresh sandwiches, homemade pizza, beer & wine to go, local products & more!

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Vineyards and Wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula

The Old Mission Peninsula is home to Vineyards & Wineries many of which offer outdoor seatings, private event spaces and breathtaking views of East and West Grand Traverse Bay. Located right off of scenic M-37 they are all worth a visit.

Wine Decanter

Amenities on the Old Mission Peninsula

A northern Michigan lifestyle means life moves at a more leisure oriented pace, still you are never far from sourcing a last minute charcuterie supply or gassing up the Sunday driver on the Old Mission Peninsula.

The Peninsula Market: Gas, Groceries & Sundries, Beer, Wine and Liquor as well as take out meals.

The Old Mission General Store: Eclectic General Store with take out meals & interesting tales.

Old Mission Post Office

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