Spring for a Traverse City Getaway

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  Beach in Spring

Get Here Ahead of the Crowd
Break away and set your compass for Traverse City. Long thought of as one of the nation’s favorite summer playgrounds, this picturesque vacation mecca has its own charms in spring as well. Become mesmerized as hills and valleys come alive with new greenery and the scent of cherry blossoms fills the air. Bike‚ hike or skate along miles of trails winding through the area’s unique terrain; golf a championship course; indulge in a romantic getaway‚ or attend a festival or outdoor sporting event. Get ahead of the crowds and take advantage of great spring escape packages.
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Girls Shopping

Spring Shopping Extravaganza
Browse the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown Traverse City with its scores of fascinating boutiques‚ restaurants‚ coffee shops and galleries. Explore specialty shops in the neighboring lakeshore villages of Suttons Bay‚ Leland and Glen Arbor. Take home one-of-a-kind treasures from the 63-acre Village at Grand Traverse Commons—converted from an old mental asylum—where you’ll find superb shopping as well as festivals‚ farmers’ market‚ artist receptions‚ concerts and celebrations.
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Plate of Food

Culinary Adventures
Sample the innovative cuisine that has made Traverse City one of America’s top culinary destinations. Savor local flavor and taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named the area one of America’s top five foodie towns in 2010. Dine around town and discover why top chef Mario Batali is one of the city’s biggest fans. With nine microbreweries‚ brewpubs and craft-brew taprooms‚ beer enthusiasts will discover a number of extraordinary beers and ales exclusive to this region.
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Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Time
Come for the view‚ come for the experience‚ and come for the celebration‚ when Traverse City turns into a sea of flowering trees. Witness the dawn of spring each May‚ as some 2.6 million blooming cherry trees transform the city into one of America’s most impressive floral displays—it’s a sight nobody should miss. Come‚ enjoy the festivities hosted by local vineyards and restaurants across the Grand Traverse Bay to celebrate the season’s first blossoms.
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Couple Walking in Forest

For the Birders
Calling all bird-watchers! Traverse City is a must for birders since many of the area’s best watching spots are on public land and easily accessible. Luring many species to its coastal-like landscape‚ the region is especially popular for migratory birds and is a chief refuge for the endangered piping plover‚ which nests on open beaches. Each year‚ hundreds of bird-watchers travel to the region to enjoy the many birding opportunities. Grab your binoculars‚ telescopes‚ camera and sense of adventure and make plans to be on the watch this year.
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Couple Wine Tasting

Balance‚ Body‚ Bottle‚ Glass
Uncork your taste buds and venture out on a wine-tasting tour of the Grand Traverse Bay. Long known as the cherry capital of the world‚ the area is also gaining an increasingly famous wine-producing reputation. Graced with incredible scenery‚ the region is home to two beautiful peninsulas and boasts over 30 wineries that offer tours and tastings of their award-winning vintages.
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Couple Drinking Wine Outside

Spring Getaway Packages
Enjoy the best that Traverse City has to offer this spring—and save some money with the deals and amenities offered in the Spring Traverse City Escape Package. Make your stay more enjoyable and more affordable with packages—valid now through May 15—when you combine special rates at participating hotels and resorts with a wide range of discounts on recreation‚ shopping‚ dining and entertainment.
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