Guest post: Traverse City Tourism announces 2014 Winter/Spring 'TC Escape' packages

Enjoy this guest post from Mike Norton of the Traverse City Tourism.

 TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The tourism industry in this northern Michigan resort community is offering a special Winter/Spring “Traverse City Escape” package – good now until May 15 – that combines special rates at over 19 participating hotels and resorts with a wide range of discounts on winter recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment.

“It’s true that the busy pace of summer and fall has subsided, but everything people love about Traverse City is still here -- great restaurants, charming downtown boutiques, wine tastings, and exhilarating outdoor recreation,” said Brad Van Dommelen, president of Traverse City Tourism. “And with fewer crowds and great off-season pricing, winter is the perfect time to visit.”

There are deals at some of the area’s best restaurants and special discounts on shopping, spa services, movies, wine tastings and other entertainment. And for winter sports enthusiasts, the packages include coupons and discounts on trail passes and snowmobile rentals.

Best known as a summer vacation destination, the Traverse City region is now winning accolades as a magnet for skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoe hikers who consider Traverse City one of the country’s most beautiful winter destinations.  Budget Travel calls it one of the 11 “Coolest Winter Places in America” and has it on its list of the nation’s best winter vacation destinations.

Traverse City prides itself on the diversity of its winter experiences (both indoors and outdoors) and on the sheer physical beauty of its surroundings. The region seems to specialize in presenting a wide range of quality winter recreation for a comparatively moderate price – which appeals to people who don’t want to spend an entire vacation doing the same thing over and over.

 “There are people who come just because it’s Traverse City,” says outfitter Jamie Bush, whose rental company supplies snowmobiles to hundreds of visitors each winter. “They love the town, they love the casinos and the shopping, and they love being here at the lakeshore, even when the lake is frozen. Besides, you can get some really good deals on rooms here in the winter.”

To learn more about other winter attractions and events in the Traverse City area – and for a complete listing of lodging and dining options – contact Traverse City Tourism at 1-800-TRAVERSE or on line at