While I do love traveling to remote and/or exotic places, I am not beyond enjoying the delights found closer to home. Case in point: Traverse City, Michigan. It’s just two states over, and yet I never managed to get there until last year. Now, I’ve visited two years in a row, just returning about a week ago from my most recent foray. It’s an incredibly beautiful area, with verdant national forests, lush vineyards and orchards, and rolling hills, all surrounded by beautiful beaches and the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan. It also happens to be a world-class foodie destination. Good combination, I think.
Traverse City faces the water and is nestled at the base of two hilly, green peninsulas, the Leelenau and the Mission Peninsulas. When I speak of Traverse City, I am referring to this entire, sprawling area of woods, water, and wineries, not just of the city itself. However, the city’s downtown area is incredibly charming, streets lined with wonderful old buildings, all housing great shops and dandy eateries. Cherry trees decorate the sidewalks, so you can always tell whether the cherries in the surrounding orchards are in bloom or getting ready to pick. And that’s a big deal here. Traverse City and environs is the cherry capital of the United States, producing around 75% of the nation’s tart and sweet cherries. Continue reading