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Field Guides

One of the best things about Traverse City and its surrounding areas is the extensive range of options of places to visit, places to eat, places to hike, bike, play, stay… you get the idea. But with so many options available, and only limited time to explore, it’s sometimes difficult to make a choice about where to go or what to do in order to experience the best of Traverse City. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you covered.

Our Field Guides bring you the best that that Traverse City and the broader northern Michigan region has to offer. From popular spots to hidden gems, we cover the best of Traverse City in a series of dynamic publications that take the guesswork out of planning a Traverse City vacation, a date night out with your spouse, a vineyard tour, or a beach day with your kids, to name just a few examples. Check back often as we will frequently be releasing new Field Guides as they are completed. We love bringing our readers the best of Traverse City!


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Traverse City Breweries Untapped

If you like beer then you’ll love Traverse City, which is home to some of the top breweries in the country. From IPAs to amber ales, stouts to sours, Traverse City’s breweries produce a wide range of award-winning beer. DOWNLOAD

72 Hours of Fun and Adventure in the U.P.

There is endless beauty, fun and adventure to explore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In this guide we help you prioritize what to do during a three day visit to the Upper Peninsula. DOWNLOAD

Fresh & Fun: Our Favorite Restaurants in Traverse City

Traverse City is becoming known as one of the country’s top “foodie” destinations. That’s a well deserved distinction as there are many amazing restaurants here and in this guide we’ll help you discover them. DOWNLOAD

Traverse City Wineries and Vineyards Uncorked

Traverse City is an ideal place to grow grapes and make great wine. The wine produced by the region’s 40+ wineries is increasingly world-class, and many of the wine tasting rooms boast some of the most amazing views you’ll ever see. DOWNLOAD

48 Hours of Family Fun in Traverse City

This guide lays out a detailed plan for a summer weekend of family fun in Traverse City. Find out where to eat, where to visit and where to play during your family vacation. DOWNLOAD

Winter Fun in Northern Michigan

Living in Northern Michigan means embracing the winter wonderland this area becomes. From downhill skiing to fat tire biking, find out what outdoor activities you should take advantage of during the snowy season.


How to Build a Fairy House

In today’s digital age, it can be tough for parents to get their kids away from the screen and playing actively outside. Here’s a surefire way to plan an activity that is fun and rewarding for the whole family: Build a fairy house!

In this free eBook we provide you with all you need to know about building a fairy house with your children. We learned a lot about fairy houses (more than we ever thought possible!) while working on the development of Traverse City’s Fairy Trails, and we wanted to share some of that knowledge with our readers and their families. As an added bonus, we included some unique craft ideas to enhance the fairy house building fun.