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A little about Traverse City

The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. Near the time of cherry harvest, the city hosts the annual week-long National Cherry Festival in the first full week of July. The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. Visitors, both summer and winter take advantage of Traverse City's varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests

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The history of Traverse City

Traverse City is named after the Grand Traverse Bay, which the city heads. The bay earned its name from 18th century French voyagers who made la grande traverse or "the long crossing" across the mouth of the Grand Traverse Bay. In 1847, Captain Boardman of Naperville, Illinois, purchased the land at the mouth of the Boardman River at the head of the west arm of the bay. During that year the captain, his son, and their employees built a dwelling and sawmill near the mouth of the river. In 1851 the Boardmans sold the sawmill to Hannah, Lay & Co (Perry Hannah, Albert Tracy Lay and James Morgan), who improved the mill greatly. The increased investment in the mill attracted additional settlers to the new community.

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Businesses in Traverse City, Michigan

Here is a collection of local Traverse City, Michigan businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Lodging Museums / Attractions Restaurants Services Shopping


Art & Soul Gallery


Art makes life better


Peninsula Studios


Influenced by the beauty of Northern Michagan


Soul Soup Studios


Courageous Poetry and Art to Feed Your Soul


Antiquities' Wellington Inn


A 1905 neo-classical mansion


Chateau Chantal


Combines vineyards, winery and bed & breakfast


Old Mission Inn


Seven guest rooms plus a five-bedroom cabin


Park Place Hotel


The Park Place Hotel offers the best of it all!


City Opera House

Museums / Attractions

The City Opera House is a historically intact Victorian opera house




Eclectic European cuisine


Bistro Foufou


Classic French bistro in the heart of downtown Traverse City


Mode's Bum Steer


Specializing in Fresh Fish, Steaks and Seafood


Patisserie Amie & Chez Peres


Fine French Fare


Phil's on Front


American Bistro and Chocolate Lounge


Allure Salon


Hair, Skin and Nails. Aveda Concept Salon


Bay West Antiques


Voted best 5 years in a row


Boutique A La Vie


eclectic - urban - boutique stylings for the ageless artistic woman


Cool Stuff Express


Explore. Experience. Evolve.


Daisy Jane


Must-have clothing, jewelry, and accessories


Sweet Pea


Making your child's life a little sweeter


Wilson's Antiques


Wonderful antiques and vintage items