Special Advertising Section | Weekend Getaway
THE ONLY BINGE-WATCHING NEEDED IN THE SUMMER is gazing at the trees and rivers as they roll by on a weekend road trip.
The metro Detroit area is a great place to be, but now and then other destinations call. Whether you head north or south, you’ll hit on great locations. About three and a half hours south is Ohio’s capital, Columbus. With a world-famous zoo, music venues of all kinds, a great science center, and an amazing waterpark, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
Heading north, you can set your course to Traverse City, Petoskey, or both. The Petoskey area boasts Victorian charm, while hiking, biking, wineries, and theater experiences entertain. In Traverse City, visitors can find places to unwind and relax, or make it a whirlwind weekend with shopping, dining, music, golf, and miles of beautiful shorelines.
Whatever direction you choose, you’re bound to find excitement and entertainment when you treat yourself to a weekend getaway.
Guest Information: 800-845-2828 | PetoskeyArea.com
THE PETOSKEY AREA IS A MICHIGAN TREASURE. The Petoskey area of northern Michigan is more than just another pretty place. It’s where you can stroll sandy beaches looking for Petoskey stones, dive into crystal-clear Lake Charlevoix, and catch a million-dollar sunset over Lake Michigan.
But what makes the Petoskey area even more special is all there is to do when the beach towel has been put away. Its charming resort communities offer a whole vacation full of things to do.
The Young Americans Dinner Theatre is the second-longest-running dinner theater in America — and with good reason! Each July and August brings a fabulous new show full of singing and dancing, performed by an energetic group of talented young people.
With exhibits that rival those found in larger towns, the Crooked Tree Arts Center is open daily in the summer, and admission to its three galleries is free. Plays and concerts are held here, too.
The Bay View Association, with its nearly 500 Victorian structures, has earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. Summer concerts, lectures, and classes add to the appeal.
Hiking & Biking
The Petoskey area is home to some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails imaginable, some of which hug the shoreline and offer incredible views.
When staying in the Petoskey area, you’ll find more than a dozen courses that range from nationally rated to economical. Their beauty and quality are often written about in Golf and Golf Digest magazines.
The wineries around Petoskey are small, but they have a lot of heart. Twelve locations combine to create the Bay View Wine Trail, and guests can sip and sample in beautiful venues.
Choose from quaint country inns, luxurious condominiums, or modern, full-service hotels. For more information or lodging help, call the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau at 800-845-2828, or visit PetoskeyArea.com.
Guest Information: www.experiencecolumbus.com
EXPERIENCE COLUMBUS THIS WEEKEND WITH A ROAR AND EXPLORE PACKAGE!
Columbus makes it easy to enjoy an out-of-town weekend by bundling fabulous family experiences as part of a Roar & Explore Package. Enjoy three incredible attractions — the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, COSI Science Center, and Zoombezi Bay waterpark —plus a two-night stay in a great hotel for one low price. While you’re in Columbus, you can take a selfie with a 40-foot T-Rex skeleton, feed giraffes, scream with excitement as you fly down waterslides, and so much more. Redefine “family time” by booking your package today at experiencecolumbus.com.
TRAVERSE CITY TOURISM
Guest Information: www.traversecity.com
RECONNECT IN A PRETTY GREAT PLACE.
Sometimes we can reconnect at home, and sometimes we need to reconnect in a special place — a place where the hot July sun is matched with cool freshwater breezes, and where winding country roads lead to colorful storefronts and downtown eateries. It’s a place where you can leave behind the things you need to do and focus on the person you’re with. Traverse City has long been a destination for connecting with others because, naturally, it brings great things together: recreation and relaxation, celebration and serenity, rustic and refined. They say that opposites attract, and in Traverse City it couldn’t be more obvious. Whether you’re exploring the area’s 40 wineries, 150 shops and restaurants, or the 100 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, this is a getaway that hits close to home. This summer, reconnect with your other half in a pretty great place.