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The Family Vacationer

Traverse City, MI

  • S1E53
  • 41:29
  • September 7th 2021

Special Guest Mike Kent stopped by to talk to Rob and Danny about Traverse City, MI.

When asked what separates Traverse City from other places families can travel, Mike says that hands down it's the people that make the difference. Traverse City has all the attributes of a larger city with more natural beauty. Mike talked about some incredible biking paths and walking trails in the area. He also touted Sleeping Bear Dunes which was recently tabbed by Good Morning America as the most beautiful spot in the US.


Mike was excited about the over 40 wineries in the area and mentioned how Traverse City is on the 45th Parallel which is the same parallel as some of the finest wineries in France and Italy. These wineries are family-friendly with plenty for kids to do.

Year-Round Town

Traverse City is not just a summer town. Obviously, during the summer months, there are fantastic beaches and festivals for families to enjoy. Fall brings a breathtaking change of colors. Winter offers downhill skiing and snowmobiling with springtime bringing rebirth and the blooming of hundreds of miles of Cherry Trees.


One of the most interesting things Mike mentions about the beaches in the area was that, yes, there are miles and miles of lifeguarded beaches. But there are also endless trails that have trails branching off to secluded beaches.


Some of the iconic festivals in the area include:

Traverse City Film Festival

National Cherry Festival

Michigan Lighthouse Festival

Family-Friendly Lodging

Great Wolf Lodge

Crystal Mountain

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa


Red Ginger

The Cook's House

Farm Club -Farm to Table

Little Fleet -Food Trucks

Oakwood Propper Burger

Moomers Ice Cream! - Can't miss, must stop!

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