Area Attractions

Check out the latest issue of Traverse Magazine for current events, fairs and gallery openings.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

 ICA is world renowned as a venue and education institution devoted to the arts. It combines a residential high school, pre-K through 8th grade day school, a summer arts camp, year-round performances, and two public radio stations. The Summer Arts Festival presents a wide variety of notable performers every year. Past summer festival performances have featured performers from Willie Nelson to Tony Bennett. The summer schedule is released in mid April, and never fails to be intriguing. During the summer there are performances by students and campers almost daily. All of this is only a mile and a half away.

Traverse City

Outside Magazine named Traverse City one of the top ten places to live in the United States. The reasons are many. A spectacular natural environment, neighborly communities that are among the safest in the nation. Downtown Traverse City has unique local stores and wonderful restaurants. Two major summer time attractions are the Cherry Festival and Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival.

Traverse City Opera House

The Traverse City Opera House is one of forty-eight opera houses built in Michigan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Affectionately known as “The Grand Old” Lady, this regional treasure opened in 1892. Today only seven of these historic Victorian structures are open statewide.  Of these, only the magnificently-restored City Opera House in downtown Traverse City features two world-class Performing Arts series featuring professional national-touring artists, multiple arts education programs for learners ages 8-18, and hosts an active schedule of public and private community events year round.  

National Cherry Festival

Founded in 1926, the mission of the National Cherry Festival is to celebrate & promote cherries, tourism and community involvement, and to enhance the economic, entertainment, and cultural interests of the Grand Traverse region. This translates into a week of parades, music, food, competitive events (including the air dog competition....lots of fun), and a great airshow. The 2019 festival is June 29-July 6 .

Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) has grown to become one of the largest in the Midwest, and one of the most respected in the country. Last year, there were over 80,000 admissions to nearly 100 screenings, a number of them U.S. or world premieres. A special emphasis is given to foreign films, American independents, documentaries, and films which have been overlooked but deserve the attention of a public starved to see a good movie on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk. Panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily. The 2019 festival will run from July 30-August 4. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Welcome to one of the most impressive natural areas in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, voted "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's "Good Morning America." Come and enjoy 35 miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, explore North and South Manitou Islands, and of course climb the dunes! Learn about the history of shipping, logging, and agriculture of the area by visiting former Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations, and Port Oneida Historic District. Do yourself a favor, become a dune goon!

Crystal Mountain (15 miles)

Crystal Mountain offers an exceptional year-round northern Michigan outdoor experience. The ski resort routinely wins national awards as the premiere family ski resort in the Midwest and offers a great mix of challenging terrain and comfortable learning areas. The two golf courses have received four-star ratings from Golf Digest magazine. The resort also offers a wide range of water and outdoors activities depending on time of year.


Mistwood (Lake Ann)
The Briar (Mesick)
Interlochen Golf Club
Among Others


Check out the shops in Frankfort and Elberta. Walk along the dock and check out the boats at the marina in Frankfort (you can book a charter boat for some fishing). Then up to one of the restaurants for some lunch. A couple have decks on the back that look out over the river and Lake Michigan. If it's mid-August, you might even be able to see some of the sailboats headed for Mackinac in the Chicago-Mackinac race.

Gallery Hopping

Northern Michigan is filled with wonderfully talented artists. There are many galleries scattered across various towns and villages. Check out My North for a listing of galleries and other attractions/activities.

Some of our favorites:
Tamarack (Omena)
Main Street Gallery (Leland)
Synchronicity (Glen Arbor)
InsideOut (Traverse City)
Cycling Salamander (Charlevoix)



Black Star Farms
Chateau Grand Traverse (try the Ship of Fools White)
L. Mawby (good sparkling wine)
Chateau Chantal
Left Foot Charley (fun wine/cider bar in Traverse Commons)
2 Lads

Among Others

Local Craft Beer Breweries

Traverse City brewmasters are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to using unusual flavorings in their beers and ales. That may be one reason why Draft magazine named this small community one of America's three newest Emerging Beer Towns.

7 Monks Taproom

The Workshop Brewing Company

The Filling Station Microbrewery

Right Brain Brewery


Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown 

Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel, Williamsburg

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