Traverse City, Michigan is more than just a summer vacation hotspot.
This thriving northern Michigan lakeside town offers year-round opportunities for those seeking a week-long vacation or a peaceful weekend respite. As winter’s snow thaws and makes way for the blossoms of spring, Traverse City comes to life with outdoor activities and fun for everyone.
After a quick stop by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for your annual fishing license, head out to one of the many freshwater fishing spots in and around West Grand Traverse Bay. It does not matter if you are an expert or a novice fisherman, you can expect to find a bounty of salmon, bluegills and muskies in the bays and lakes that surround the city.
Tour the Wineries
Whether you want to head out on your own for an adventure or explore with a group of friends, the wineries on Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas are not to be missed. There are over twenty vineyards to explore and many of them are known nationally and internationally for their award-winning reds, Rieslings, and chardonnay. If you are looking for a nice spot to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset, check out Chateau Chantel. The winery’s location on Old Mission Peninsula makes it the perfect spot to view both the east and west bay at dusk.
Take in the spring Foliage
Color and scent explode in the city as the spring blossoms reveal themselves in the orchards and woods around the Grand Traverse Bay. From the brilliant wildflowers that carpet the landscape to the blossoming cherry and fruit trees that cover the vineyards, the spring foliage creates a stunning natural backdrop for the blue waters of the Bay.
Play a round of Golf
Golf Digest consistently ranks Grand Traverse Resort in Acme (just outside of Traverse) as one of the top 25 courses in Michigan based on shot value, aesthetics, conditioning, and memorability. The resort offers three distinct courses—the Bear, the Wolverine, and Spruce Run—all designed by seasoned players who know what a golfer wants when hitting the green.
Remember, one of the perks of visiting Traverse in the spring is that you have access to all of its wonder without the crowds that converge on the city during the peak summer months. Check out the official tourism page at traversecity.com to view more of the city’s spring offerings.