Traverse City, Michigan, has been my home since 1989. I am a writer and photographer.

It’s a vibrant small town nestled between forests and the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Traverse City was a native American crossroads for centuries before the town was established in the 19th century. Traverse City has grown since I arrived – the surrounding townships have seen rapid growth, and the four-county micropolitan population now totals about 143,000. Traverse City proper is home to about 14,000 souls, but the immediately surrounding townships bump the effective town population to around 38,000. The town today functions as a regional hub for commerce, manufacturing, health care and recreation. It has recently developed a national reputation as a hotbed of good food, good local beer and good local wine.

Leelanau Peninula and Old Mission Peninsula, separated only by a narrow arm of Grand Traverse Bay, are the two closest American Viticultural Areas in the country.

Summer is busy as tourists from around the world visit to enjoy beaches, rivers, forests, dunes, trails, shopping, dining, wineries, breweries, museums and golf. Skiers and silent sports enthusiasts arrive in winter. The shoulder seasons offer their own brands of outdoor beauty. But Traverse City’s residents are one of its greatest attractions.

Traverse City is a gateway and jumping-off point for visitors exploring Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim and Kalkaska counties. Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Little Traverse Bay are a 90-minute drive north. Manistee and Cadillac are an hour south. Old Mission Peninsula and the twin Grand Traverse Bays are just steps away from downtown Traverse City.

All images on this website are copyright Daniel C. Nielsen, tclocal@gmail.com.

Daniel Nielsen
Writer, Photographer



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