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Dream. Explore. Build.

The Fairy Trails is a passion project lovingly created and maintained by Life and Whim. At Life and Whim we are passionate about engaging the imaginations and inspiring the curiosity of children, and so we set out to build a special spot for kids in a place we love – Traverse City!

FREE FAMILY EVENT SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD
Please save the date for an awesome event on Traverse City’s Fairy Trails on the afternoon of June 3rd! While lots of families have already been out on the Fairy Trails exploring and building this spring, this event will be the official kick-off to fairy house season in Traverse City. It will be a FREE event, featuring music, fun and, of course, lots of amazing new fairy houses! Lots of details to come in the next month, so stay tuned.

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Sign-up to get updates about our upcoming Fairy Tails event on June 3rd! You’ll also get access to download your free copy of our How to Build a Fairy House eBook and receive our weekly blog posts and free Field Guides.

SEND US YOUR PICTURES!
Connect with us on Instagram and send us your photos by tagging your fairy house images using the hashtag #FairyTrailsTC.

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There are few things as magical as a hike on one of Traverse City’s many trails and pathways. It’s not just the fresh air and beautiful surroundings that thrill and inspire, but also the sense of discovery that comes from exploring nature’s wonder. From a brilliant blanket of trillium to a majestic soaring eagle, there is always something to see in Traverse City’s forests.

And now there’s even more to discover. We are happy to announce the unveiling of Traverse City’s new enchanted forest, the Fairy Trails. The Fairy Trails is a magical place for kids of all ages to explore and discover fairy houses built along the Cedar Cathedral Trail at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The trailhead is located near the water tower.

While mystical creatures have inhabited the minds and imaginations of Traverse City’s youth for years, Traverse City’s fairies and sprites will now have dwellings of their own in a magical woodland setting.

We invite you to come explore and discover the fairy houses and build one of your own using all natural materials! Searching for fairy houses on the Fairy Trails is a fun family adventure. The Fairy Trails are free to explore. In order to stay up to date about events and news about the Fairy Trails, please subscribe using one of the links on this page. We can’t wait to see you on the Fairy Trails!

FAIRY HOUSE BUILDING GUIDELINES
The fairies on the Fairy Trails love houses made with all natural materials such as pinecones, shells, branches, flowers and more. Have fun exploring, scavenging and building your fairy house! Download a copy of our free “How to Build a Fairy House” eBook for fun and creative ideas and crafts that are fun for the whole family. And please remember to help us keep the forest clear of man-made materials, such as toys, books and plastic fairies. Thank you!

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