Destination: Northern Michigan Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Jessie Fetterling
May 31, 2012
Long known as the Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City, Mich., offers so much more than the blossoming trees that attract thousands of visitors each year. Take its burgeoning food and wine scenes, for instance, which have garnered accolades from Bon Appetit and Midwest Living, among others. Today, the city and surrounding areas have 28 wineries and an ever-growing number of fine-dining restaurants.
By Jane Simon Ammeson
April 30, 2012
Michigan has faced its challenges in recent years, with the automobile industry recalibrating itself, but the state, with rivers, lakes, mountains (yes, they call their green hills mountains) and lively, thriving cities, has always been about more than cars. After all, it was here that the legendary Motown sound was born and originally flourished. Aretha Franklin moved back to Detroit decades ago. Kid Rock still has a home in the suburbs. Actor Jeff Daniels lives in Chelsea, where he grew up. And such prolific writers as Elmore Leonard and Mitch Albom remain true to their state.
Learn about Northern Michigan for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Northern Michigan holds a reputation for being the rougher, woodsier side of the industrial giant. Nestled between two great lakes, boasting miles of pristine waterside beaches and beautiful thickets of woods, Northern Michigan has a wealth of options for planners.
Traverse City, in the northwest corner of the peninsula and one of the region’s better known locales, sits at the end of Grand Traverse Bay (referred to as the Caribbean of the North). Just a few of the city’s accolades include: top 10 coolest towns in the U.S., top 10 charming small towns, surprising foodie town and one of America’s top beach towns. The city is known for its miles of sugar-sand beaches, bays, wineries, orchards, golf courses and small-town hospitality.
Commonly referred to as Uppers, Upper Michigan is a great destination with a myriad of unexpected draws.