September in Traverse City! Its Harvest time and time to explore the many waterless wonders the Traverse City area has to offer! Garden tours, historical tours, farmers markets, area art, races, dining, wine tasting and more. If you haven’t had your fill of Lake Michigan yet you can still get away with dipping yourself in a few times, but get to it. For now, we’ve mapped out a few September highlights to get you started on an eventful northern Michigan adventure.
Saturdays through October 27
Sara Hardy Farmers Market
Find local vegetables and fruits, fresh baked goodies, herbs, cut flowers, perennials, etc. From spring through late fall harvest, fill your senses with the sights, aromas, and tastes of all things northern Michigan! For more information Click Here!
Through September 2
Botanic Garden Tours
Harvest season is the perfect time for a guided tour of the beautiful Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park. Tours are free and include exploration of the visitor center, pavilion, walled garden, historic barns and additional garden areas. See the ever-changing beauty of this rapidly-developing gem! A Golf cart is available for anyone needing extra support, otherwise please be prepared for a walk. For more information Click Here!
Friday, September 7
The Downtown Art Walk
A local favorite that will showcase art exhibits throughout Downtown Traverse City, enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food, and music on a self-guided tour throughout Downtown Traverse City. Walking maps are available at each participating location and the Downtown Traverse City office. For more information Click Here!
Friday, September 14
Dining in the Vines
Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Fustini's guide you through a five-course meal with a complimentary wine (or 3!) that accompanies each fresh and flavorful dish. This event will take place at Bowers Harbor Vineyards right in the middle of their gorgeous vineyards. For more information Click Here!
Thursday, September 30
Colantha's Garden Celebration
Ride a bike or take a walk through the city streets to this free festival! Featuring an arts and crafts market, educational exhibitors, Botanic Garden tours, food trucks, live music and much more, this celebration honors Traverse Colantha Walker, the most famous cow in town! A 1957 restored Ford tractor named "Ginny" and a tour wagon named "Rosie" will be on site offering Botanic Garden wagon rides. For more information Click Here!
We hope to see you soon in Traverse City!
Stay with us at our small elegant hotel in Traverse City for 5 nights during the Film Festival July 31st-August 5th! A couple chambers with varying nights are still available. No need for a car, we are walking distance to all the movies and shuttles. Reserve your stay online now! Or, call 231 922 9900 to make a reservation.
The only film festival in northern Michigan, Traverse City Film Festival is located amongst the beautiful surroundings of East and West Grand Traverse Bays. With many venues around the bay, downtown and some that are free, there is something for every interest and budget.
Don't leave without tasting and going home with some Michigan wines! Take a tour with one of the many tour companies or drive to some of your own choices. Leelanau Wine Trail and Wineries of Old MIssion will keep you busy. Michigan has over 100 wineries. With most in northern Michigan, take your time and pick some favorites to bring home and enjoy remembering your getaway to Michigan wine country.
We hope to see you soon in Traverse City!
Get ready for July in Traverse City! Relax in the beauty of northern Michigan or make a plan from our list of Traverse City area events from concerts to festivals to bike rides most within a short walk from your room at our small elegant hotel.
Sunday, July 1st
Traverse City Arts and Crafts Fair
A juried Arts and Crafts Fair held downtown Traverse City. With over 100 artists from across the Midwest, don't miss a taste of northern Michigan's culture and purchase unique hand-crafted items from the area."Click here" for more information.
Wednesday, July 4th
Fourth of July Fireworks
Celebrate the 4th along the south end of West Grand Traverse Bay at the Open Space Park, Clinch Park Marina, Bryant Park or West End Beach watching a spectacular fireworks display. Sponsored by the TC Boom Boom Club, you will not be disappointed by this fabulous display. "Click here" for more information.
Thursday, July 5th
Cheryl Crow in concert Presented by the National Cherry Festival
Help welcome Nine-Time Grammy Award recipient, Sheryl Crow, to Traverse City. With nine studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide, she will take the stage during the National Cherry Festival. "Click here" for more information.
Thursday, July 12th
Go back in time with a visit to Kresge Auditorium at Interlochen Arts Academy for a night with Creedence Clearwater Revival in concert. "Click here" for more information.
Monday, July 16th
Monday Evening Old Mission Peninsula Bike Rides (each Monday)
Bring your bike and gather at the Central High School parking lot for an evening cycle along the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula! Enjoy spectacular views all the way. Choose from 15-, 20-, 35- or 40-mile rides. "Click here" for more information.
Friday, July 20th
Tour De Tart
TART Trails will host the 18th Annual Tour de TART bicycle tour. Over 600 people of all ages will hit the TART and Leelanau Trails for an evening ride. It begins in Traverse City and ends in the Village of Suttons Bay. "Click here" for more information.
Saturday, July 24th
With more than 56 million albums sold worldwide, Reba is a superstar. superstar. Singing all the hits you know and love on the Kresge stage, Reba will provide you with an amazing evening. "Click here" for more information.
Tuesday, July 31st to Sunday, August 5th
Traverse City Film Festival 2018
During this time, movie buffs will be lured away from the beaches and golf courses with an outstanding selection of independent, foreign, and documentary films. There will be panel discussions, lectures about the world of film, parties and more. Most events will be held near downtown -- at the State Theatre, Bijou by the Bay, the City Opera House, and the Old Town Playhouse. "Click here" for more information.
We hope to see you soon in Traverse City!
This is your chance to stay at the Wellington Inn at a discounted rate! We never discount rooms but are offering this JUNE SPECIAL through June 14th while supplies last!
Take $110 off per night on your stay of at least 2 nights when you stay
Sunday - Thursday (June 3rd-7th and June 10th-14th). This special is based on availability and for new reservations only. To make a reservation for our June Special please
call 231-922-9900 between 9 am and 7 pm to book.
We hope to see you and happy spring!
You’ll easily walk to any downtown Traverse City restaurant straight from your quarters at our small elegant hotel. Or, maybe take a drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes where you can discover endless amounts of nature minus the bugs or need for hot weather gear. Either way, think about treating mom to the gift of a getaway this mother’s day. She’ll enjoy strolls through the city streets and the smell of spring in the air. Ideas for an eventful May below:
May 4, 2018
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
For those who love art; The Downtown Art Walk highlights art exhibits throughout Downtown Traverse City. This is an evening of art, refreshments, food, and music as you stroll all along the city streets.
May 5, 2018
For the more athletic; Mud Sweat and Beers Fat Tire Fest at Mt. Holiday! It’s spring bike racing at its best! With the Stout or Pale Ale courses for adults and Ginger Ale or Root beer for youth, there is something for everyone at this event!
May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Do you like wine? If so, Spring Sip & Savor might be just what you’re looking for. You’ll enjoy Leelanau Wines with scrumptious pairings! This is a self-guided tour of 24 participating wineries!
May 7, 2018 - May 12, 2018
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Who doesn’t like Mexican food? Authentic as it can get, during the Cookbook Dinner Series at Amical this month, you’ll experience traditional recipes from Guzman and his restaurant in San Francisco. He brings us a collection of dishes which reflect the true spirit, freshness, and variety of regional Mexican food.
May 11, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A local favorite, Levi Britton! Help Rove Estate celebrate two years since they opened their doors! Indulge in music, wine, and flights all with 20% off happy hour all day!
May 13, 2018
9:00am to 2:00pm
Treat mom to a delicious Mother's Day Brunch all while taking in the beauty of Grand Traverse Bay! Where every table has a view of the water, Apache Trout Grill offers their decadent Sunday Brunch every Sunday.
May 19, 2018
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Blossom Day celebrates the blossoms, beauty, and bounty of Old Mission Peninsula! Old Mission winemakers invite you to their tasting rooms to give you a sample of unreleased wines!
May 26, 2018
Celebrating its 36th Anniversary, the Bayshore Marathon has become a “must run” for runners throughout the Midwest and beyond. This annual spring run along the old Mission peninsula is one of the worlds most beautiful.
May 31, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An upscale, gourmet dining experience, Small Plates is an intimate progressive dinner with Leelanau Winemakers. Local chefs have partnered with the winemakers to prepare delicious pairings.
Spring is full of things to do in Traverse City. In April you won't fight the crowds or the heat. It's a perfect time to breathe in the fresh air as you discover the wonders of northern Michigan. Search no more; we have an easy access guide to what to do in Traverse City this April 2018!
Jump on the TART (Traverse Area Recreational Trail) trail only a few blocks from Wellington Inn. Followed to the west bikers will head toward the village of Suttons Bay in beautiful Leelanau County along 16 miles of beautiful countryside. Followed to the east you'll find easy riding and access to local establishments all along Traverse City's "Miracle Mile".
Either way you peddle it, you're in for a beautiful adventure.
Want a quick but still scenic trail? Wellington inn is a walk or short bike ride away from the Boardman Trail which is a scenic bike ride around Boardman lake right in Traverse City. Grab a picnic lunch and your afternoon is complete!
Saturday mornings, from 10am-2pm.
There is much to explore at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Grab a bike for perfect springtime transportation and fill all of your senses. Take a pit stop at the Traverse City's indoor farmers market located inside and indulge in local farm fresh food.
Sunday, April 15
9th annual Chocolate Festival
It's the biggest Chocolate Festival in Michigan and will not disappoint at the historic City Opera House. With a variety of exhibitors, there will be door prizes and even live music by Traverse City's own Jim Hawley. This is a great festival supporting the Northwest Food Coalition.
Saturday, April 21
MyNorth Wine & Weddings
Brides their friends and families get ready for a springtime tour of various participating wineries on both the old mission and Leelanau peninsulas. Wine & Weddings is a progressive event that includes eight wineries along the entire Traverse Wine Coast. Get a wine taste at each winery and meet vendors including photographers, bridal gown shops, wedding cake bakers, and florists to help plan your fairytale wedding.
Friday and Saturday, April 27th & 28th
Trail Running Festival
With a two-person adult 10k relay kickoff, the Traverse City Trail Running Festival is northern Michigan's biggest off-road running race. The individual 10K, 25K and 50K runs get underway Saturday morning and the post-racing celebration is not to be missed!
Chosen by "iLoveInns.com", Wellington Inn has been named one of America's Top 10 Most Romantic Inns for 2018!
March is full of things to do in Traverse City; we have done the legwork for you! Below you will find an array of activities from dining to live performances or parties in the woods most within a short walk from your room in our small elegant hotel.
Sunday, February 25th through Saturday, March 3rd get familiar with Traverse City Restaurant Week. (TCRW) offers culinary delights of Traverse City at a really affordable price!
With prices from $25 - $35 per person, you can enjoy multiple nights out discovering your new favorite spots! Reservations are strongly encouraged. "Click here" to see participating establishments and menus.
The 12th Annual Suds & Snow is back again this year on Saturday, March 3rd from 1-6pm!
Michigan's ultimate "Party in the Woods will take you on a 1/2 mile hike through the backwoods of Timber Ridge Resort where two live-music stages will feature local musicians, 20 + craft breweries serving beer, wine, & cider, and local food vendors. "Click here" for more details.
Monday, March 5th through Sunday the 11th Amical will feature its CookBook Series in which this month's week-long feature will be by Marcus Samuelsson. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, some of his recipes of American cuisine inspired by the South will come to life in Traverse City. "Click here" for reservations and more.
On Friday, March 16th The City Opera house will be featuring one of the world's greatest and most innovative vocal groups, The Manhattan Transfer! Winners of 10 Grammy Awards, this quartet has sold millions of records worldwide and has been together for over 45 years! "Click here" for more details and to purchase tickets.
Friday, March 16th through Saturday the 31st, The Old Town Playhouse will put on William Shakespeare's most popular comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream". With various performance times Thursdays through Sundays, "Click here"for tickets and more information.
We hope to see you soon in Traverse City!
It's no problem that Valentine's Day doesn't fall on a weekend this year, with some romantic events happening right in the Traverse City area, you have your choice of two weekends to celebrate!
On Friday, February 9th or 16th, you could get settled in at Wellington Inn. Stay warm and recharge in the comforts of your chambers private fireplace or, take a short walk to just about anywhere downtown Traverse City.
February 10th and 11th could be an adventure of snow-covered vineyards with sweet & savory bites paired with amazing wine. Should you choose to "Taste the passion" along the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail, it will be taking place Saturday from 11 - 5 and Sunday from 12 - 5.
Taste the passion tickets include a souvenir wine glass, Leelanau wine and food pairings at each participating winery which include the Sleeping Beer loop (Rove Estate, Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Good Harbor Vineyards, Laurentide Winery, Cherry Republic, Chateau Fontaine) See wineries on the Grand Traverse Bay and Northern loops by clicking the link below.
Click here for more info and Tickets
If local breweries and music would be more your style, the Microbrew & Music festival has you covered on February 9th and 10th! The festival will be held at the newly opened Mt. Mancelona. With transportation options still TBD, the music lineup will not disappoint with Delilah DeWylde, Mustard Plug, and The Ragbirds. For more information and tickets click the link above.
The weekend of February 17th will be a very romantic one with the annual WOMP Romancing the Riesling.
The Saturday event runs from 10am - 5pm and tickets include wine and food pairings at each participating winery. Hence the name, this festival is in honor of the famed Riesling grape and features Wineries along the Old Mission Peninsula. For more information and ticket sales click here.
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