Traverse City Wine Tourism

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Set at the edge of Lake Michigan’s beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is known for its miles of sandy beaches and the Caribbean color of its waters – one reason why National Geographic named it one of its “Ten Best Summer Trips” for 2012. Ancient glaciers carved the long deep lakes and roller-coaster hills that give this region its splendid natural setting. (The magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted “Most Beautiful Place in America” by viewers of Good Morning America, is a breathtaking example.)

Traverse City is a magnet for active vacationers who enjoy sailing, boating, beachcombing and kayaking, and has so many top-flight golf courses that Golf Digest named it one of the world’s 50 top golf destinations. Anglers can fish some of the nation’s finest trout streams, while hikers and cyclists explore miles of unspoiled trails in the surrounding forests.

In spite of its northerly latitude – on the 45th parallel, exactly halfway between the Equator and the North Pole – the Traverse City area has a surprisingly moderate climate thanks to the warm Lake Michigan waters that surround it. Today the vineyards of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas are increasingly known for their uniquely fresh and intensely fruit-forward  wines. As the home of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, the region is also winning recognition for its innovative cuisine. (In 2011 Bon Appetit named it one of the Top 5 Foodie towns in the U.S.)

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