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Labor Day Weekend 2021 – Ways to Celebrate in Traverse City, Michigan

Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is rooted in the late nineteenth-century labor movement when activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers. The holiday also marks the last three-day weekend of summer and is the perfect time to soak up the last moments of warm weather.

From craft breweries and beaches to last minute watersports, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Labor Day and create lasting summertime memories in Traverse City. 

Enjoy a Local Craft Beverage 

Whether you’re a beer person or wine person, Traverse City has it all. The Old Mission Peninsula, located just minutes from Downtown Traverse City, is the heart of Michigan’s wine region. This narrow 19-mile stretch of land is home to 10 wineries, including Bowers Harbor Winery, Chateau Chantal Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and others. 

If beer is more of your style, Traverse City is also a nationally recognized hotbed for craft brewing. There are more than a dozen breweries in the immediate Traverse City area. Some of the local favorites include North Peak Brewing Company, Mackinaw Brewing Company, and Earthen Ales

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Traverse City, Michigan

Soak up the Warm Weather at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Home to 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, forested wilderness islands, and miles of hiking trails, including the multi-use paved pathway Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Northern Michigan. 

The picturesque freshwater beaches along the lake are perfect for relaxing, listening to the calm, serene waves, and soaking up the warm, summer weather. Platte River Point, Esch Road Beach, and Glen Haven Beach are some options for beaches to enjoy this Labor Day Weekend.

Sail on Grand Traverse Bay

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with one final boat cruise or sail? Traverse City has a variety of sailing options for visitors. Delamar Traverse City’s breathtaking waterfront location is located minutes from several private charters, sunset cruises, kid-friendly tours, and lake activity rentals. Here are a few options: 

  • Wind Dancer – Wind Dancer provides Sailboat and Sunset Sail cruises, as well as pontoon charters. The luxury Regency 6-passenger pontoon can be rented by the day (in two-hour increments) or by evening (a 3-hour sunset charter). 
  • Nauticat Boat Tour – Nauticat offers four different daytime cruises that are sure to be a romantic escape for every couple.

Wind DancerTry Last Minute Summer Watersports

Take advantage of the last few warm weeks of summer weather and enjoy the abundance of watersport options in Traverse City. Whether you want to kayak out on Lake Michigan, or jet ski on the bay, there’s a water activity for everyone. Kayak rental shops can be found all over Traverse City and nearby coastal towns. The unsalted waters of Northern Michigan are also the perfect place for a jet-skiing adventure, as well as paddleboarding. 

Enjoy the Best of Labor Day Weekend at Delamar Traverse City

Relax and soak in the last days of summer at a beautiful waterfront setting. As the newest addition to the Delamar family, Delamar Traverse City offers exquisite views of Grand Traverse Bay, and an elegant waterfront restaurant, Artisan, and is minutes from last-minute summer excursions. 

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