If you like the small town feel but a quick drive to all of life's luxuries then A Shore Thing is for you! Leave the traffic of Traverse City behind in a lake house that will put you at ease.
Aside from what is aforementioned, Fife Lake is an all-sports lake that was recently voted the best inland lake in Michigan by Lansing State Journal! Fife Lake also has ATV/Snowmobile trails that connect you to neighboring cities, towns, and counties and hosts annual ice-fishing competitions and derbies.
The city of Fife Lake is the slower, quieter life (aside from its Fourth of July Celebrations!) but it is just outside Traverse City (25-30 minute drive) where you can experience a wide variety of activities:
Enjoying Grand Traverse Bay:
Para-sailing; Shipwreck diving/Scuba diving; Catamaran rides; Windsurfing: River tubing; Ski boat rentals; Jet ski rentals; Kayak rentals: Canoe rentals; Sunset cruises; Kid-friendly boat cruises; Lighthouse tours: Public sand volleyball courts; Public beaches great for swimming; Guided Fly Fishing; Charter Fishing; Tall Ship cruises; Boat & yacht tours
World-renowned golf courses; internationally acclaimed Traverse City Film Festival; National Cherry Festival; Trail for biking, walking, rollerblading (TART Trail and Leelanau Trail); Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Empire; ATV trails ; Geocaching; Tree climbing adventures; horseback riding tours; Hot-air balloon rides; seasonal fruit picking; U-Pick flowers; Boardman River Nature Center; Beach Bums game; skiing, snowboarding; snowshoeing; cross-country skiing; snowmobiling; and snowtubing
-Wine Tasting; Movie theaters; Bowling, Laser Tag; Bumper Cars; Art galleries; performing arts; nightlife; casinos; museums; live entertainment; microbreweries; distilleries; wineries; tap rooms; chauffeured and non-chauffeured wine tours; Art tours; Brewery tours; chaufeeured and non-chauffeured food tours; Fine dinging, Casual dining, bar and pubs; Magical History Tour; Spas, Sleigh rides; Rockclimbing; Chidren’s Spa; MagiQuest adventure game; paint your own at Handz on Art.
Fun on the Road (via personal Automobile/Motorcycle):
Fall color drives including on the renowned M-22; Day trip on the Tunnel of Trees.
-Downtown Traverse City has several blocks of souvenir shopping, unique specialty shops, dining, and entertainment; Grand Traverse Commons in next to Downtown Traverse City and has specialty boutiques; Tower Gallery of Shops located in the Grand Traverse Resort ; Farm markets Grand Traverse Mall (indoor); Cherryland Mall (outdoor)
DID YOU KNOW? Traverse City (and the surrounding area) has many distinctions!
Top 6 Golf Destination in the U.S. by Golf Magazine
Top 5 Foodie Town in America by Bon Appetit
One of Top 6 Best Cities for a bike vacation by Bicycling Magazine
Top 10 Summer Trips in 2012 by National Geographic
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and National Lakeshore was voted Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America Viewers
Top 10 Local Place to enjoy local wine by USA Today
Top 5 Foodie Town in Midwest by Midwest Living
Top 10 Beach Town in America by AOL Travel News
Top 10 Best Winter Vacation by Livability
Top 3 Emerging Beer Town in USA by Draft Magazine
Top 10 Charming Small Town
Home to internationally acclaimed Traverse City Film Festival
Best 10 Coastal Drives in the U.S. by USA Today
America's Top 10 Tourist Towns by Family Fun
Top 10 Most Adventurous Honeymoon by The Knot
Top 10 Best Buddies-Trip Golf Destinations by Golf Digest
Top 7 Beer Destinations in America by The Travel Channel
Top 10 Best Places to Live and Boat by Boating Magazine
Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations
Top 10 Places to Retire by US News & World Report
Top 10 Places for Families in Michigan
Top 10 Best Small Towns in America by Fodor's
Top 5 Midwestern Small Towns to Visit Now by Fodor's
Home to America's Best Ice Cream Shop, Moomer's, by Good Morning America