Traverse City, MI is a Terrific Winter City

Traverse City, MI is known for its beaches that host hundreds of families each summer, but winter brings other great reasons to live in or visit this lakeside resort town.

For one: Traverse City’s burgeoning wine trail. Winter snow covers and helps protect vineyards from frost, which leads to a fruitful and delicious harvest. While vineyard activities are limited in winter, most wineries keep their tasting rooms open throughout the year so visitors can sample the local flavors. A second reason not to write off Traverse City in winter is its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Visitors are often amazed at how summer attractions like the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore transform into winter wonderlands. Dunes Overlook, with its scenic vistas, is perfect for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and in winter, the park service allows sledding on the 260-foot Dune Climb. The park’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center is also open in winter and serves as the departure point for weekend guided tours of the Dunes most interesting winter features.

Traverse City also made our Top 10 Foodie Cities list.

Learn more about Traverse City, MI.

Population: 14,925
Average Jan. low: 14 degrees
Average annual snowfall: 101 inches
Unemployment Rate: 11.5 percent

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