Have you ever noticed how so many of us don’t take (or have) the time to be tourists in our own hometown? I’m fortunate to have moved to a new hometown a year ago that is a lively tourist area. There is something new to explore every day. Walks or bike rides down beautiful nature trails lead to fields of flowers, interesting wildlife, or fantastic views from the top of huge sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.
The fresh water beaches are perfect for hanging out, paddle boarding, sailing, swimming or kayaking.
The open space near West Bay, and right in the heart of Traverse City has everything you could want for summertime fun.
Just across the street on Wednesday & Saturday mornings you can pick up some fresh, organic fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market.
Enjoy nature right in the middle of town with a walk along Boardman River.
If you’re in the mood to shop, check out the boutiques and specialty shops in the vibrant downtown area, a short walk from West Bay. Be sure to pick up a bag of gourmet popcorn from Pop-Kie’s. Try the Front Street Blend of Cheddar & Caramel – Yum!
For a unique movie experience, check out the nostalgic charm of the State Theatre.
Keep going a few more blocks to The Little Fleet food trucks at 448 E Front St. It’s a fun place to grab a picnic table and enjoy some delicious food. A couple of personal favorites are the fish tacos from Roaming Harvest or the chopped salad from EZ Cheesy.
I’ve decided to spend this summer being a “tourist” in my own hometown. This is just a broad overview, and with so many directions to choose from, I hardly know where to start. It’s going to be a busy summer checking out my new hometown!
Please share your favorite place in Traverse City, or your own hometown!