Flying With The Pure Michigan Seasons

While the summer season is winding down our TVC regional air service message continues. The autumn season is one of harvest; and our Pure Michigan region will celebrate by way of our regional bounty, including wine. In fact, our TVC region has made an impact...

Fudgies of the South

Fudgies of the SouthSnowbirds cause the same sort of excitement (and grief) in Naples as fudgies do here. By Becky KalajianThe same group that spends millions crowding Traverse City hotels, shops and restaurants during the summer heads south as soon as the leaves hit the...

Savvy Travelers Go Old School

Savvy Travelers Go Old SchoolForget the deal-seeking, internet-savvy tourist. Experienced travelers continue to go old school, using local agencies to book millions in travel per year."We're actually flourishing, we write millions of dollars of travel every year," said Mark Allen, branch manager of the AAA...

The Cottage ATM

Ruth Brandau opens her family's cherished vacation beach home to renters each summer, though she'd rather be there herself."When I talk about it, I want to be there," she said. Ruth and her husband Louis bought the home on Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor in...

Topping Pure Michigan

What's the next big Michigan tourism idea? Nine hundred people will decide soon.A competition offering a $5,000 prize for a winning Michigan tourism idea will end at the upcoming Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism - an annual gathering that's seen as a must-attend event...

Cherry Festival In The Black

TRAVERSE CITY - After a few shaky years, the National Cherry Festival is firmly back in the black."Compared to four or five years ago our balance sheet is no longer struggling," said festival executive director Trevor Tkach. "The cash flow concerns we had in the...

On The Fly

Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) had one of the best summers on record with inbound and outbound traffic numbers up significantly. TVC had record load rates from June through August at 83.4 percent, up from 80.1 percent and 71.6 percent in 2011 and 2010 respectively....

The Place We All Want to Live

The Place We All Want to LiveNorthern Michigan towns are growing like never before; it's time to nurture what makes them so specialThere is a lot of talk these days about the concept of "place." Consultants are hired and symposiums are taught so that we...

Take Your Brain On Vacation

'Road Scholar' gets neurons firingBy Mardi LinkREGION - Which idea sounds more inviting: an "elderhostel," with its connotations of meager accommodations shared with retirees in odd locales...