Traverse City is world renowned as the "Cherry Capital of the World", holding an annual week-long Cherry Festival the first full week in July to celebrate. Besides cherries, the surrounding Tuscany-like countryside produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry. Freshwater beaches, a mild summer climate, upscale golf resorts, vineyards, a nearby National Lakeshore, prodigious snowfall, nearby ski resorts and thousands of square miles of surrounding forests make Traverse City (based on AAA's 2005 TripTik requests) the second most popular tourist destination in the state behind Mackinaw City. In addition, the historic downtown area of Traverse City is the home of many shops, restaurants, and offices. Traverse City is a home rule charter city under the Home Rule Cities Act, incorporated on May 18, 1895. The city is governed by six commissioners and a mayor, elected at-large. Together they comprise a seven-member legislative body. An appointed city manager serves as chief executive for city operations.
Traverse City "Tops" the list
For those who live in the Traverse City area, they know all too well what a great place Traverse City is!. Just the same, it’s always nice to hear what others say about this great town and its surroundings. Here’s a sampling of some of the national rankings Traverse City has been included in recent months:
AOL Travel News (June 2010) gave Traverse City the #8 spot in its list of America’s Top Ten Beach Towns, and named Traverse City one of the Top 10 “Coolest Towns in the States.”
TripAdvisor.com (May 2010) listed Traverse City in second place in “Our Top 10 Charming Small Towns.” (First Place went to Carmel, CA. We can live with that.)
Livability.com (April 2010) listed Traverse City in first place in its Top 10 list of Surprising Foodie Towns, after surveying 200 American cities.
TripAdvisor.com (Oct. 2009) listed Traverse City as one of America’s Top 10 Wine Destinations.
Midwest Living placed TC in first place in its list of the Midwest’s Five Top Food Towns in 2009 and 2010.
East Bay Sunset
GRAND TRAVERSE BAY WATERSHED FACTS
The Grand Traverse Bay watershed is
defined as the area of land that captures
rainfall and other precipitation and
funnels it to Grand Traverse Bay.
• Watershed Area: 976 mi2
• Volume of Bay: 8.97 mi3
• Surface Area of Bay: 277 mi2
• Miles of Shoreline: 132 mi
• Deepest Point in Bay: 590 ft
• Max Length = 32 miles; Max Width = 10 miles
• Average Depth: 180 ft
• Amount of Water Entering the Bay Per Year: 220 billion gallons
• Sources of Water to Bay: Tributaries – 60%, Precipitation falling
directly on the Bay – 35%, Groundwater – 5%
Traverse City State Theater (Traverse City Film Festival)
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and helping to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August, and also owns and operates a year-round, community-based, mission-driven art house movie theater, the State Theatre. The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, who runs the festival and serves as the President of the Board of Directors. The other board members are photographer John Robert Williams and New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton, both Traverse Citians, and filmmakers Larry Charles (director, “Borat”), Terry George (director, “Hotel Rwanda”), Sabina Guzzanti (director, “Viva Zapatero!”), and Christine Lahti (actor, “Running on Empty”).
The "Iconic" Traverse City Park Place
In 1873, Henry Campbell purchased a plot of park property from the city and on it constructed the Campbell House Hotel. Five years later, Campbell sold the hotel to lumber barons J. Perry Hannah and A. Tracy Lay. The property was upgraded to a level of opulence and service equal to the world class hotels of the day and renamed the Park Place in recognition of its early beginnings.
In 1930, the completion of the 10-story tower made the Park Place Hotel the tallest building in Traverse City, and its 25,000 watt beacon became the symbol of its far reaching hospitality.
Over the years, the Park Place has hosted luminaries in entertainment, business, politics and the arts – and has come to occupy a prominent and cherished role in the area.
Now in it's second century, proudly owned and managed by Regency Hotel Management, having a strong sense of community responsibility and an unwavering commitment to guest comfort and satisfaction!
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