6 Small Towns to Visit This Summer – 1 is TC!

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There is no better place to spend your summer than in Michigan, just ask the residents who flock to the lakes, the sand dunes and the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay of Traverse City. Due to the extremely cold winters, residents spend every waking moment outside in Traverse City, and after a quick walk around town or cruise around the bay, you’ll see why. Most people flock to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore during summer months, for the stunning natural sand dunes and the breathtakingly beautiful beach. However, lately, the beaches are only the second attractions thanks to a boom in local wineries, brewpubs and craft breweries as well as fantastic eateries and award winning food festivals and competitions. My favorite is the weeklong Cherry Festival, which takes place in July. Here you’ll find cherry parades, live music, pancake breakfasts, pies and bike rides, fireworks and innovative recipes from restaurants and residents featuring the tart, delicious local cherries. If grapes are more your thing, do a wine tour along the Traverse City wine trail, and hit up favorites like Chateau Chantal, Brys Estate Vineyard and Peninsula Cellars. Thanks to Mario Batali, who has a summer home here, there’s also been a surgence of top restaurants making a home here, like the farm-to-table Cook’s House, Poppycock’s and Amical.

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