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Michigan's Hidden Gems

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Guest writers blog their experiences, tips and ideas for exploring the places and spaces featured in AARP Michigan's new travel series, Michigan Hidden Gems.

Episode 1: Grand Traverse region

Hidden Gems
When visiting Northwest Michigan, we love to bike the Little Traverse Wheelway, a 23-mile paved path that offers incredible scenery and a non-motorized link between three of the most popular resort towns in the area: Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Much of the trail skirts Little Traverse Bay, featuring open views of the breathtaking deep blue and turquoise water. 

The wineries near Traverse City are increasingly popular, largely because the wines are getting better and better. Old Mission Peninsula features 10 wineries and Leelanau Peninsula is home to 15 wineries. Most offer gorgeous vistas of the Traverse bays. In high-traffic seasons of summer and fall, visit the wineries during week days when crowds are smaller. Many of them now require reservations. 
- Mark Hornbeck, Guest Blogger

Traverse City Restaurants
Traverse City is also known for its restaurant scene.  The city and surrounding area are a foodie’s dream.  There are a variety of eateries offering everything from delicious drive-in burgers to delectable five-star dinners, standard pub fare, farm-to-table options, ethnic foods and even vegan meals.  Prices run from moderate to expensive, so there is something for most tastes and wallets.  
- Lori Hornbeck, Guest Blogger

What are your favorite places and spaces in the area? We'd love to hear from you!

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