There are many things that make Traverse City, Mich., unique, but the main one is possibly geography. Its location near the 45th Parallel makes it a great spot for produce, particularly of the grape variety. Just north of the city at the tip of the Mission Peninsula is the 45th Parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator and a perfect spot for wine. Yes, Traverse City wine and beer are some of the highlights of a visit.
Many things have changed for our family through the years when we travel, but one constant that has remained from our pre-kid days to today when we travel with an energetic 8-year-old boy is our desire to visit bookstores. We love bookstores when we travel about as much as we enjoy sampling local food. And the more crowded the shelves are with rare books or locally set stories the better. I’ve always enjoyed finding travel in books, especially when it’s a destination I’ve just discovered or one I dream about visiting one day.
Finding the right destination for a traveling family can be difficult. Each family member probably has his or her own unique interests, and it can be tricky to find a place that keeps everyone happy. When we traveled to Traverse City, Mich., in September I knew we would find a good mix of natural beauty, shopping, water sports, food and wine to keep our family of three happy. Unsure if the northern shores of the lower peninsula of Michigan is the right spot for your family? These seven reasons to visit Traverse City might help make the decision.
The biggest challenge to cramming as many activities as possible into a small window of time is actually being able to enjoy everything on the itinerary. On our recent three-day visit to the Traverse City, Mich., area, we were faced with this situation as we wanted to experience as much of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as possible, while also visiting other attractions along the Leelanau Peninsula. So in our attempt to experience the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in just a few hours, we followed this Sleeping Bear Dunes three-hour guide.
For parents traveling with children one of the biggest challenges isn’t what the kids will eat in a foreign land or how many times the little ones will say how bored they are in a museum. The biggest challenge we have dealt with over our eight years of traveling as parents is finding privacy in a hotel room we are sharing with our son. We finally found it at the West Bay Beach Resort Holiday Inn in Traverse City. And no, we didn’t have to book adjoining rooms to gain that privacy. A recent renovation at the West Bay Beach Resort Holiday Inn ensured us we could have some privacy while giving our son the feeling of having his own room.