Spider Lake Cottages, Traverse City MI


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Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
Jun 30, 2012
Time: 03:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Phone: 231-421-1172

A popular festival feature tastings & full glass pours from 27 of the region's best wineries paired with food for purchase by celebrated local chefs, seasoned with a diverse slate of musical performers and an exhibition and sale of artworks by some of the region’s best painters, potters, weavers and other artists.

It takes place at one of Traverse City’s most scenic venues: the wide tree-shaded lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons – a former mental asylum whose tawny castle-like buildings are now being redeveloped as the hub of Traverse City’s bustling culinary scene.

Special musical attraction: Rusted Root! See website for more details.

3rd Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
Feb 11, 2012
Time: 03:00 PM
Location: The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

3rd Annual Winter TCWMMF at a new location, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  Attendees will get to sample craft brews from more than 60 producers from Michigan and beyond,wine and ciders from the Old Mission Peninsula. Live music, great local food, craft beer education. Ticket price: $25 Early Bird. Included: 5-7oz tastings, entry into the Silent Disco, shuttle service between The Grand Traverse Commons, Old Town Parking Deck, Downtown TC, and hotel partners (route to be announced).

More information available online.

 Great Wakes Festival
Jun 1 - 2, 2012
Location: Open Space Park on West Bay

A weekend-long celebration of water sports, activities and organizations designed to raise awareness and funds for water conservation. Highlights of the festival will include the country’s largest self-contained wakeboarding pool system, wakeboarding demonstrations and a Wakes War Tournament Cup with local and national riders; paddle and kiteboarding events; boating displays and events; water education activities; family-friendly games and events, Michigan microbrews and wines and local foods.

 Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival
Jun 9, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM To 06:00 PM
Location: Leland, MI
Phone: (231) 271-9895
Michigan's oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor.  Everyone has a chance to go to see 17 wineries of the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas on Saturday, enjoy great food and music and kick off the summer festival season in style!  No need to purchase advance tickets - just show up rain or shine at the big tent in Leland’s picturesque Fishtown district.

When it comes to Beaches - we're tops!

Traverse CIty was ranked by AOL Travel News in the #8 spot of America's Top 10 Beach Towns - and we were the only destination ranked that is not on an ocean coastline. 

Beach bumming, treasure hunting & castle building.  This is the stuff memories are made of.  Perhaps the most stunning features of the Traverse City area are its sandy shoreline, towering dunes and crystal clear lakes. 

The Traverse City region has over 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 149 deep, aqua-colored lakes that are 10 acres or larger in size.  In this section, you will learn where some of the area’s best beaches and parks are located and the amenities that they offer.

If you are searching for solitude, choose a remote beach - even during the height of the summer season, it is possible to be alone on a long Lake Michigan beach. Or choose one of the many beaches right in Traverse City for companionship, volleyball and a friendly family atmosphere.

 Red Wings Training Camp
Sep 22 - 27, 2012
Location: Centre ICE Arena
Phone: 231-933-7465

Every autumn for a few days, Traverse City becomes “Hockeytown North” when the Detroit Red Wings bring their fall training camp to Centre ICE Arena. Hundreds of fans from the U.S. and Canada come to watch and meet team members in what may be the sport’s most “up close and personal” series of events. The training camp features as many as 60 players divided into three separate training teams. During the first three days of the camp, players work out and play intrasquad games, culminating in a traditional “Red & White” game. 

For information on tickets contact Centre ICE Arena at (231) 933-7465 or log on to www.centreice.org.

Tour Overview
The Leelanau Harvest Tour is a great biking adventure for both families and single riders as the fall colors begin to show and temperatures begin to cool. Routes of 24, 48, 67 and 106 miles wind throughout beautiful Leelanau County on excellent paved roads passing by farms, orchards, vineyards, dunes, and through quaint villages. The scenic terrain varies from flat to rolling with a few challenging hills on each route.
The 24 mile route circles Big and Little Glen lakes, includes a challenging climb to Inspiration Point with its panoramic view of Big Glen, and passes the Dune Climb at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Points of interest just off the route that riders may enjoy are the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum west of the Glen Haven food stop and the Village of Glen Arbor.
The 48 mile also circles Little Glen Lake and most of Big Glen, adds food stops on the shores of Little Traverse Lake and South Lake Leelanau, and passes through the Villages of Glen Arbor and Cedar.
Along with more of the scenic views and rolling hills typical of Leelanau County, riders on the 67mile route will enjoy a fourth food stop on North Lake Leelanau and visit the Village of Lake Leelanau.

The 106 mile route has all the features of the shorter routes only more - more country side and lake views, more hills, more food, the Village of Northport, and the opportunity to visit the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of Leelanau County.


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23rd Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge

One of the Little Belgium Gang takes a tumble

The Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge is a 29 mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan. Held traditionally on the first Saturday of November (except for years when the first Saturday of November is the 1st), the 23rd annual Bell’s Iceman will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Over $54,000 in cash prizes and $10,000 in merchandise prizes will be awarded.


Sept 22nd - 27th, 2012

Red wings Training Camp Week



Special pricing for Red Wings fans staying at Timber Ridge during training camp. Show proof of attendance at games during training camp and receive 10% off usual fall rate.

Rate available for any cabin or RV site.

2 night stay required (any night during camp week qualifies for discount). Space is limited, discount subject to availability.

Event must be referenced at time of reservation.

Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.  Training Camp held at Centre Ice Arena, Traverse City