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December 2018

Gift Certificates
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Happy holidays to you and yours! We know you are busy this time of year and hope you take time for yourself and slow down when you can. As stated above, you can purchase Wellington Inn Gift Certificates online through our website for easy gift giving. The amount can be for any denomination. Enter your own email address as the "email delivery address" to receive a PDF file to print immediately!

Many things are going on in Traverse City during the month of December! We have done the legwork for you and picked out some of our favorites that are within a walk from your chamber at the Inn.
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Ladies Night
December 6th
Get in on the holiday festivities with the restaurants and merchants of Downtown Traverse City. It will be a night filled with specials, food, and refreshments while finishing some holiday shopping!
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Men's Night
December 13th
Food, refreshments, and specials while you shop and sip the night away finishing up those last minute holiday gifts!
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A Christmas Carol
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays through December 8
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption. This energetic comedy with music will delight all.
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Cookbook Dinner Series at Amical Restaurant
December 3rd-9th
This Cookbook dinner series features the complete Robuchon.
Another iconic French influencer of our hospitality world, whose recipes and techniques continue to inspire those who practice the craft.
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Christmas in the Village
December 7th-9th
A weekend-long celebration filled with music, carriage rides, Santa Claus, shopping specials and Stocking Stuffer items $20 and under.
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Dinner and Shopping Downtown Traverse City
December 14th-23rd
For a festive holiday with someone special, Wellington Inn recommends; a stay at the Inn, some holiday shopping and dinner downtown Traverse City. All are conveniently located within a short walk from your chamber at the Inn.

Traverse City New Year's Eve CherryT Ball Drop
December 31, 2018
The ultimate New Year's Eve party. It's Time Square in Traverse City.
Watch the illuminated cherry drop as the clock strikes 12. Ring in the new year in a sea of people all with live music and entertainment. Don't forget your bracelet provided by the Downtown Traverse City Association for your own personal light show blinking right along with the music!
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We hope to see you this holiday season in Traverse City! 

Call 231.922.9900 for reservations

November 2018

It's that time of year again! We have some recommendations for you below for a November to remember! It includes a festive feast while you’re staying with us over the Thanksgiving holiday, and as always, is just a short walk from the Inn…

For a festive feast, this Thanksgiving, don't miss the spread at Firefly Restaurant! It's a quick walk away and check out what will be featured on their turkey day buffet; Roasted Turkey, Herb Crusted Carved Prime Rib, Salmon with Tomato Caper Cream, Pasta Primavera, Parmesan Truffle Brussel Sprouts, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Sausage & Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Green Bean Casserole, Assorted Sushi, Traverse City Salad, Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Pies, Mini Sweets & Chocolate Fondue and much more. $29.95 for Adults, $10.95 for 10 and under, Under 3 Free. Call for reservations at 231.932.1310. For more information Click Here!

Many fun things happening in Traverse City this November and most within walking distance from Wellington Inn!

Toast the Season
November 3, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail inspires you for the upcoming holiday season by sampling wine and food pairings at 25 wineries. Collect recipes from each winery, taste and buy wines to pair with your upcoming holiday meals. There will be a special gift for you at your first stop! For more information Click Here!

Cookbook Dinner Series Presents Boqueria
November 5, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Amical will feature Spanish cuisine from this New York City Tapas Bar with a true Barcelona vibe. Chef Vidal and Owner Yann display their passion and skill in every dish. For more information Click Here!

Festival of Trees
November 9, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings hosts the Festival of Trees! Come pick your favorite tree from among those decorated by eight local nonprofit organizations. Each vote you cast for a tree costs only $1 and proceeds benefit the charities. Plus, the overall winner gets a $500 bonus! For more information Click Here!

Traverse City Beer Week
November 9, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Traverse City Beer Week showcases a series of events highlighting our fabulous craft beer scene with tastings, dinners, and workshops. Get a pint or a sample, meet with brewers and brewery representatives, and learn more about our incredible beer state of Michigan. For more information Click Here!

Traverse City Light Parade, Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting  
November 17, 2018
Downtown Traverse City will celebrate the 2018 holiday season. TC welcomes Santa Claus to Traverse City all while a light parade fills the streets and the magical lighting of the tree unfolds. For more information Click Here!

November 25, 2018 - December 2, 2018
Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Old Town Playhouse. In this play-within-a-play, the spirits of Christmas work their magic as a struggling company of traveling players tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption. This energetic comedy with music will delight the entire family. For more information Click Here!

Walking In A Window Wonderland
November 30, 2018 - December 2, 2018
Join us in Downtown Traverse City and walk in a Window Wonderland! Window decorating contest meets Scavenger hunt and a whole lot of fun! Vote for your favorite store’s window display. You could WIN a $250 Downtown Gift Certificate! This is a Free event hosted by the Downtown Traverse City Association. Click Here!

We hope to see you this holiday season in Traverse City! 

Call 231.922.9900 for reservations

October 2018

We anticipate the beauty of fall each year; the vibrant varying displays of color are truly magical. Each year hundreds of thousands of people venture out for fall color tour, the key is to coordinate your trip with the yearly varying peak color times.

Although each year the specific peak time differs slightly, the following will give you an idea on times in the various areas around Michigan:
-Western Upper Peninsula – Mid September to early October
-Mid-Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan – Late September to mid-October
-Most of Mid-to Southern Lower Peninsula - Early to mid-October
-Lower Peninsula’s West Coast and parts of the East Coast – Mid to late October

As fall is upon us, get planning, you have September or October to get up north! With our Fab Fall Package, your stay includes the as always sumptuous full breakfast every morning as well as a wide assortment of discount coupons on everything from dining, movies and spa services, wine purchases and entertainment.

Ad to your plan some winery fun at the many local Michigan Wineries.
Hunts for the reds of October occurs through the month of October, it’s a fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula.

Mamma Mia will be performed through the rest of September and most of October. Call to purchase tickets and take a colorful fall stroll to the performance at Old Town Playhouse right from your room at the inn.

October 5-7th The M22 Art2Art Tour will feature award-winning work from nearly forty Michigan artists. With stops along M22 including the Suttons Bay Friendship Center, Northport Arts Center, the Old Art Building in Leland, and the Township Hall in Glen Arbor, this will also be a magnificent color tour!

We hope to see you soon in Traverse City!

Call 231.922.9900 for reservations

September 2018

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!

Call 231.922.9900 for reservations

August 2018

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!

July 2018

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
Reba McEntire
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!

June 2018

June Special
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!

May 2018

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
9:00 AM
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
7:00 AM
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.

April 2018

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!

March 2018

Chosen by "", 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!

February 2018

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.
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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.

Gift Certificates

Ask us about our Gift Certificates, an ideal gift for the Holidays, Mother's Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduation, Weddings, and a memorable way to thank outstanding employees or valued clients.

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