'Traverse City 2014' magazine hits the stands

Traverse City Tourism Corporation has just released the 2014 edition of its popular magazine and visitor’s guide, Traverse City.

 The free publication features 107 pages of articles, colorful photos and useful information designed to bring this picturesque Lake Michigan vacation region to the attention of a wider national audience.

Traverse City has long been treasured by Michigan residents for its matchless scenery, colorful history, imaginative cuisine and laid-back friendliness, as well as the low humidity, warm sunshine and cool coastal breezes that make its summers so comfortable. Still, until recently it has remained relatively unknown outside the state.

“Traverse City is a wonderful destination, but historically we haven’t done a really good job of sharing it with the rest of the world,” says Traverse City Tourism president Brad Van Dommelen. “The most common thing we hear from first-time visitors is, ‘I had no idea there was anything like this in this part of the country!’ Now, at last, we’re doing what we can to spread the word.”

The word is certainly getting out. This past year, Travel & Leisure Magazine named Traverse City one of America's favorite Towns, while Fodor's called it one of America's 10 Best Small Towns, and Family Fun magazine listed it as one of  America's Top 10 Tourist Towns.

More of a coffee-table magazine than a tourist guide, Traverse City avoids promotional clutter in favor of clean layouts, large color photos and informative articles. The 2014 edition, for example, features a guide to the region’s award-winning wine varieties, some pointers on finding the most secluded spots at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and a primer on the “idiot-proof” winter sport of snowtubing.

Naturally, the magazine also contains a great deal of practical information to help visitors plan their vacations, including detailed schedules of activities and events, a helpful lodging section describing the area’s best hotels and resorts, a guide to some of the region’s best restaurants and a section called “Traverse City Regions” that describes the area’s diverse neighborhoods, enclaves and communities.

The entire magazine can be viewed online by visiting the TCT website at www.TraverseCity.com. (The site also has a handy online order form that viewers can use to order a free copy of the real thing.)