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About mikelovestc

These days, I’m the media relations guy for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, but before that I spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, a job that frequently took me out into the most remote backroads, forests, beaches and islands of the beautiful Grand Traverse Region. My strategy was pretty simple — just drive, paddle, ski or walk until you’re certain you’re lost, and then find somebody to talk to. It was a great job! I never intended to live in Traverse City. I grew up in Grand Rapids, spent four years in the Coast Guard in places like Miami Beach, Monterey and San Francisco, and when I finally graduated from college I took a summer job at the Miami Herald. To my surprise, I discovered I didn’t like the tropics nearly as much as I thought I would — and when the Record-Eagle offered me a job I took it, figuring I’d put in a year or two and head off to someplace like Seattle or Portland. What I discovered very quickly is that this place gets to you in a variety of unexpected ways. The beaches here are as lovely as anyplace else I’ve ever been, the weather is mild all year round — warm enough for swimming in September and cold enough for skiing in December — and just about the time you’re getting tired of one season you get another one every bit as pleasant. The people are laid-back and friendly, the music and arts scene is awesome, and the place still hasn’t gotten so sophisticated that a guy like me feels out of place.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED!

Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike    

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A Royal Chef Stars at September’s “Taste of Traverse City” Food Festival

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike By … Continue reading

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Dance with the Girl Who Brought You: More Thoughts about Tourism

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike By … Continue reading

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Tourists: Why I Love Them (And Why You Should, Too!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike By … Continue reading

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Food Trucks Arrive with a Roar on Traverse City’s Culinary Scene

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike Ah, … Continue reading

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The Cherries Start to Ripen — and Thereby Hangs a Tale

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike By … Continue reading

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Striking a Blow Against One-Dimensional Tourism

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike By … Continue reading

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