Often a mere destination, we at Britten have made Northern Michigan our home. We feel fortunate to call one of the most beautiful regions in America our permanent residence. There are a lot of reasons to love Northern Michigan,—like for instance, Britten Studios is located here!—but here are a few specifics as to what makes it so awesome!
Home of the National Cherry Festival
Summer is festival season in Northern Michigan, with festivities celebrating everything from mushrooms to dogs, and everything in between. But the pinnacle of said season happens every year during July: the Annual National Cherry Festival. With an annual attendance of over 500,000, Cherry Fest brings fantastic vendors, artists, entertainment, and musical acts—and people watching!—right here to Traverse City.
One of the greatest parts of living in the Midwest is that we get to experience all four seasons—winter, winter, winter, and a little bit of summer. Just kidding! While some locals joke about our seemingly long winters up here, it’s hard to beat experiencing all of the pros—and ok, some cons—each season brings us.
Everyone knows summertime in Northern Michigan can’t be beat. Days on the water, afternoons hiking, and drinks on outdoors patios—this is why we live here. Northern Michigan is truly extraordinary from June through August. But the other seasons bring unique activities to visitors and locals alike. Autumn is all about u-pick orchards, fresh cider, and winery tours. Winter showcases some serious sport options— everything from skiing to curling—and gives us locals time to frequent all of our favorite bars and restaurants, crowd-free. Lastly, spring is when our region comes alive again: hundreds of thousands of cherry blossoms, fresh flowers, and a pleasant anticipation for the awesomeness that is summer.
Being that we’re headquartered here, we may be biased in thinking that we live in one of the—if not, the—best towns in America. But don’t just take our word for it! Check out the accolades Traverse City has recently received:
- Greatest Midwest Town 2016 (Midwest Living Magazine)
- One of the best small towns to visit in 2015 (Smithsonian)
- Top 5 Beeriest Beach Towns (Craftbeer.com)
- Top 10 Top Foodie Cities (Bon Appetit)
- Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Place in America 2011: Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
A picture is worth a thousand words, so we’re just going to leave this here (and Britten is only 27 miles from here!)
Imbibers will have no trouble finding a winery at which to relax. In fact, we have not one, but two peninsulas chock full of vineyards. Head up Old Mission Peninsula for some of the most picturesque wineries in the state. Make sure to stop by Chateau Chantal for amazing views of both bays, and the newly completed Mari Vineyards (which Britten Woodworks and Britten Metalworks had a major hand in!) Or, make a day of it and head up the Leelanau Peninsula, home to a whopping 24 wineries! Cheers!
There is certainly no shortage of outdoor activities here in the North, but there are also quite a few spectacular indoor attractions as well. Don’t forget to stop by the Dennos Museum at Northwestern Michigan College, a great rainy or snowy day option. From their website:
The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is a premier cultural facility in northern Michigan offering a dynamic array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts.
The Museum’s signature collection is Inuit art of the Canadian Arctic, one of the largest and most historically complete collections of these distinctive sculptures and prints in the United States. A significant collection of outdoor sculptures by noted international and Michigan artist surrounds the Museum on the beautiful campus of Northwestern Michigan College. In 2000, the Dennos Museum Center was recognized by ArtServe Michigan with the Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture.
We could go on forever, but we geel like you need to experience Northern Michigan for yourself. We have to admit, it’s pretty awesome to call it our home—and we’re certain that once you get a taste, you’ll find your own reasons to to love Northern Michigan!