Traverse City, Michigan, is probably not the first place you think of when considering top vacation spots. You’re probably thinking about a getaway to sunny Orlando or a rustic nature trip in the Adirondacks. While those places are appropriately popular, Traverse City is another exciting destination that you should definitely consider.
Listed among the top vacation spots in the world by National Geographic Magazine in 2012, Traverse City is an exceptional Michigan getaway for family, friends, and couples alike. It’s premier lakeside setting on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay Resting makes Traverse City a truly popular choice. When it comes to your vacation home-base, there’s no place better than the Cherry Inn Tree & Suites, a beautiful beachfront retreat. With luxury accommodations, a selection of premier amenities, and an unparalleled location, the inn is the place to make the best of your Traverse City experience.
One of Traverse City’s popular activities is visiting the area’s incredible breweries or wineries. Named by Draft Magazine as one of America’s three newest emerging beer towns, Traverse City is home to 16 microbreweries, brewpubs and craft brew taprooms. Their local brewmasters are known for their unique flavor combinations. It’s a supremely fun (and delicious) way to spend an afternoon. When it comes to wineries, Traverse City is surrounded by countryside that produces some of the best wine grapes in the Midwest. There are over 30 wineries in the area between the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, offering up delicious Reislings, Pinot Noirs, and even Gewurztraminers. Chateau Grand Traverse’s Late Harvest Reisling is among the top-selling wines in the region!
After an afternoon winery tour, discover the perfect place to indulge in a meal. Traverse City offers visitors a plethora of dining options that includes fresh farm-to-fork options like Mission Table where the chefs find inspiration from the area to craft together dishes and a dining experience completely unique to the region.
General Manager Jonathan Pack elaborated on the surrounding restaurant scene, “Restaurant suggestions are so difficult because Traverse City and the surrounding boutique towns offer so many great options! We love going through the unique menus of each one and finding that perfect fit for our guests to enjoy. The dining experience is almost as essential as their sleep experience in our hotel. Our care and concern for both shows our level of hospitality to our guests.”
For something a little more adventurous, head over to Sleeping Bear Dunes, voted as the #1 “Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s Good Morning America in 2012. Featuring over 50,000 acres containing unspoiled, sugar-sand beaches, mountainous dunes, islands, and inland lakes, the Dunes are a fantastic place for exploring and hiking. Over 100 miles of trails allow you to wander at your leisure and take in the beautiful scenery. While the weather's still warm, make sure to stop by one of the many championship golf courses at your disposal. Several of the courses were even designed by some of the greatest golfers to ever play the sport, golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Check out stay and golf packages that include Elmbrook, the oldest public golf course in Traverse City.
Once you’re done exploring the wonders of Traverse City, there’s nothing better than coming home to the Cherry Tree Inn and watching a beautiful sunset over the bay from the comfort of the heated outdoor pool. Whether you’re with family, friends, or solo, there’s a room that will be the proverbial perfect fit. The spacious studios and suites are the utmost in quality and value, all fully equipped with convenient amenities, kitchenettes, and thick concrete-wall construction (so you know there’s nothing that can interrupt your beauty sleep). Need even more opulence? Some rooms even feature two-person Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies, so you can truly feel like royalty.
Sure, there’s Detroit, Lansing, and the rest of the more well-known cities in Michigan. And sure they each have plenty of reasons to visit. But the next time you think about a Michigan vacation, think Traverse City and think Cherry Tree Inn & Suites. Between the relaxing lakeside setting, the amazing local food, and the endless activities, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to get away to in the United States!