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Introducing Traverse City Field Guides: A Roadmap to the Best Northern Michigan Has to Offer

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. If you’re up for the weekend and only have, say, 48 hours to explore, you want to make sure that you make every moment count.

Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you covered.

We are pleased to announce that earlier this week we released our first Traverse City Field Guide. Our Field Guides are free and bring you the best that northern Michigan has to offer. From popular spots to hidden gems, we’ll be rolling out a series of dynamic publications that will take the guesswork out of planning a Traverse City family vacation, a date night with your spouse, a vineyard or brewery tour, or a beach day with your kids, to name just a few examples.

Packed with detailed information and vibrant photography, our Field Guides capture what we love best about Traverse City.


48 Hours of Family Fun in Traverse City is now available!

From the best restaurants to visit to the best activities to engage in, this Field Guide is the perfect resource for a family that is planning a weekend trip to Traverse City, or a local family that is looking for some new ideas for summer. Download your copy today by visiting our Field Guides page and entering your email in the space provided.

Stay tuned – we’ll be rolling out new Field Guides on the best restaurants, breweries and vineyards in Traverse City soon, with much more to follow. We are really excited about the Field Guides – we hope you like them too!

Join Us at the Spring Fairy Fling!

It’s fairy time! This Sunday, May 1st is the Spring Fairy Fling. This FREE event will run from noon – 4 p.m. at ELF at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The weather forecast looks great, and is there really any better way to spend a Sunday than having a cold beer, listening to awesome live music, and hunting for fairy houses in the forest? Of course not, so come join Life and Whim, ELF and The Little Fleet at the event!

Check out for all of the details. Here are some highlights:

  • There will be at least 9 artist built fairy houses on the trails the day of the event. Check out the Fairy Trails website to see the bios of the creative people who have graciously volunteered their time to build something magical. We hope that by the end of the event there will be many more fairy dwellings on the trails as kids of all ages build one of their own. Special thanks to Rachel Jezowski, one of our talented and creative designers at Harrington, who, along with her father, created the beautiful handcrafted wood markers with the Fairy Trails logo displayed in the image below.


  • We have a great lineup of music for the event. Pete Farmer of Farmer Foot Drums will be kicking things off at noon, and he will be followed by Traverse City’s Hot ‘n Bothered who will go on at 1 p.m.
  • The Maypole dance will take place at 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss this celebratory dance that dates back to Medieval times.
  • The Little Fleet will be set up at the event and selling beer, wine, an adult punch cocktail as well as a special beverage for the kids.
  • There’s more – face painting, food by ELF, games and activities for the kids – come experience the fun at this FREE event!

We look forward to seeing you there! If you can’t make the event, make sure to get over to the Fairy Trails when you can. It is our hope and expectation that the number of fairy houses on the trails will grow in number over time. Do some exploring and build a house of your own!

Connect with us on Instagram  and send us your photos by tagging your fairy house images #fairytrailstc.