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Interlochen Center for the Arts
ICA is world renowned as a venue and education institution devoted to the arts. It combines a residential high school, pre-K through 8th grade day school, a summer arts camp, year-round performances, and two public radio stations. The Summer Arts Festival presents a wide variety of notable performers every year. Past summer festival performances have featured performers from Willie Nelson to Tony Bennett. The summer schedule is released in mid April, and never fails to be intriguing. During the summer there are performances by students and campers almost daily. All of this is only a mile and a half away.
Outside Magazine named Traverse City one of the top ten places to live in the United States. The reasons are many. A spectacular natural environment, neighborly communities that are among the safest in the nation. Downtown Traverse City has unique local stores and wonderful restaurants. Two major summer time attractions are the Cherry Festival and Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival.
Traverse City Opera House
The Traverse City Opera House is one of forty-eight opera houses built in Michigan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Affectionately known as “The Grand Old” Lady, this regional treasure opened in 1892. Today only seven of these historic Victorian structures are open statewide. Of these, only the magnificently-restored City Opera House in downtown Traverse City features two world-class Performing Arts series featuring professional national-touring artists, multiple arts education programs for learners ages 8-18, and hosts an active schedule of public and private community events year round.
National Cherry Festival
Founded in 1926, the mission of the National Cherry Festival is to celebrate & promote cherries, tourism and community involvement, and to enhance the economic, entertainment, and cultural interests of the Grand Traverse region. This translates into a week of parades, music, food, competitive events (including the air dog competition....lots of fun), and a great airshow. The 2018 festival is June 30-July 7 .
Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) has grown to become one of the largest in the Midwest, and one of the most respected in the country. Last year, there were over 80,000 admissions to nearly 100 screenings, a number of them U.S. or world premieres. A special emphasis is given to foreign films, American independents, documentaries, and films which have been overlooked but deserve the attention of a public starved to see a good movie on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk. Panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily. The 2018 festival will run from July 31-August 5.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Welcome to one of the most impressive natural areas in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, voted "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's "Good Morning America." Come and enjoy 35 miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, explore North and South Manitou Islands, and of course climb the dunes! Learn about the history of shipping, logging, and agriculture of the area by visiting former Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations, and Port Oneida Historic District. Do yourself a favor, become a dune goon!
Crystal Mountain (15 miles)
Crystal Mountain offers an exceptional year-round northern Michigan outdoor experience. The ski resort routinely wins national awards as the premiere family ski resort in the Midwest and offers a great mix of challenging terrain and comfortable learning areas. The two golf courses have received four-star ratings from Golf Digest magazine. The resort also offers a wide range of water and outdoors activities depending on time of year.
Check out the shops in Frankfort and Elberta. Walk along the dock and check out the boats at the marina in Frankfort (you can book a charter boat for some fishing). Then up to one of the restaurants for some lunch. A couple have decks on the back that look out over the river and Lake Michigan. If it's mid-August, you might even be able to see some of the sailboats headed for Mackinac in the Chicago-Mackinac race.
Northern Michigan is filled with wonderfully talented artists. There are many galleries scattered across various towns and villages. Check out My North for a listing of galleries and other attractions/activities.
Local Craft Beer Breweries
Traverse City brewmasters are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to using unusual flavorings in their beers and ales. That may be one reason why Draft magazine named this small community one of America's three newest Emerging Beer Towns.
Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown
Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel, Williamsburg
Chris and Candace's Fun List:
Go to Saving Birds Thru Habitat for the plant sale or a nature talk
Kayak/Canoe on Duck Lake
Bike to the Interlochen State Park store for a snack
Tubing on the Platte River
Canoeing on the Betsie River -- Alvina's in Karlin (10 minutes from the house).
Canoeing on the Manistee River (near Mesick, 20 minutes from the house).
Ballooning over Grand Traverse County
Bike to Interlochen Center for the Arts for a concert
Interlochen Farmers Market (Sundays 9:00-12:00 in summer/fall)
Cherry Bowl Drive-In for a movie (show starts in three minutes. Get your popcorn now!) (Honor)
Check out the Loons on Duck Lake
Biking on the Betsie Valley Trail (22 mile bike trail from Frankfort to Thompsonville)
Head to Front Street in TC for happy hour at Red Ginger, Low Bar or Bistro FouFou
- followed by a nice dinner at Amical, Georgina's, Sorellina, or Bistro FouFou,
- and a show at The State Theatre
Spend the afternoon painting ceramics at Handz On Art in Traverse City
Gwen Frostic Shop (near Beulah) for some of their original stationery
Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm (and boutique - 1/2 mile from Gwen Frostic) to see the Alpacas and pick up some really warm socks.
Grass River Natural Area (Near Alden and Lake Bellaire)
Ice Cream on the deck in Glen Arbor (after a day of Gallery hopping)
Explore South Manitou Island (Ferry from Leland)