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Wrapping Up Summer Right in Michigan

Summer has just hit its peak here in Michigan, and we want to make sure you get the most out of the rest of the season. Delamar Traverse City is the perfect hub for you to adventure through the state, and in-between riding e-bikes downtown or enjoying beachside drinks, here are a few of our recommendations to begin planning your next getaway:

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

August through September marks the second half of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, where jockeys of all ages will compete in Olympic-level events in jumping, dressage, derby, and show. These later events offer the rare opportunity to see jockeys from youth to professional test their horses’ limits, so don’t miss out!

If you can’t make it to one of the sessions of the Equestrian Festival, don’t fret! Traverse City’s Tournament of Champions Horse Show happens to fall shortly after the festival ends, so book a ticket to an event that works for you.

Northwestern Michigan Fair

August 7th to 13th brings a fair that’s fun for everyone! Northwestern Michigan Fair is a celebration of all things Michigan Agriculture bundled with the best parts of regional fairs. Where else can you enjoy 4H shows, live music, and John Deere tractor derbies before you enjoy Midway carnival fare like cotton candy and ferris wheel rides?

If you’re bringing little ones with you, then try to make your trip out on Wednesday, August 10th, Kids’ Day at the fair, where you can expect more booths and events catering to kids.  

Hiking Lake Michigan

What’s a trip to Michigan without going to its namesake lake? Truly summer is the best time of year to plan a visit out, as temperatures crest in August and September and then quickly start to make their way back down to frigid later in the year. Noon to 6pm mark the warmest parts of the day, so be sure to dress accordingly if you’re looking to enjoy the heat or avoid it in the early morning.

Though the trail you hike will largely depend on what part of the lake you decide to start at, we recommend checking using the lakeside town of Empire as your starting point. Starting here gives you perfect access to Esch Beach to the south if you walk down the Empire Bluff Trail, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes further north if you decide to hike up the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Just a heads up: don’t be deceived by the short length of the trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. While only 3.5 miles, the sand and frequent inclines will have you putting in more effort than you’d expect.

Get The Most Out of Your Summer

At Delamar Traverse City, we offer relaxing stays and joyful experiences to all our guests where you can enjoy our outdoor patio, live music, gorgeous views and more. Luxurious accommodations and delicious meals at Delamar’s in-house restaurant Artisan await! 

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