Welcome to Grand Traverse County
World-class resort living on the beautiful Lake Michigan coast
One of the most desirable areas in all of Michigan, Grand Traverse County has become one of the most affluent counties in the state, filled with resort-style living, high-end amenities, and an outdoor playground with numerous opportunities and recreational activities for residents to enjoy all year round.
Originally founded as a county in 1851, Grand Traverse County is a vibrant and historically rich area with over twelve recognized historical markers, including the City Opera House
and Grand Traverse Bay
. This distinct blend of historical landmarks and beautiful new features has helped turn the area into a serious destination, with Traverse City being one of the largest and most vibrant locales in all of Northern Michigan.
What to Love
- Luxurious resort lifestyle
- Various outdoor recreational activities
- Beautiful, picturesque scenery
- World-class amenities
People & Lifestyle
Grand Traverse County is one of the more populated areas in Northern Michigan, with numerous families and young professionals settling down here for its security, booming economy, and charming communities. The average annual household income is slightly over the national average, with residents working a combination of white-collar professional positions as well as blue-collar jobs. The average home in Grand Traverse County is valued right around the national average, making it ideal for younger professionals who are just starting out.
Many residents enjoy a lively and energetic lifestyle, making the most of the area’s natural beauty as well as the numerous shopping and entertainment options available.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The dining scene in Grand Traverse County is one of the best in Northern Michigan, with delicious and exciting restaurants and eateries in every neighborhood. Grand Traverse Pie Company
is one local favorite, with plenty of sweet and savory options to ensure every guest has something they’ll love, including strawberry Champagne, Old Mission cherry, and chicken pot pie that guests rave over.
serves some of the best Asian cuisine in the county. Their authentic and creative menu includes dishes such as Chinese-style ribs, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, and lobster fried rice. Of course, when residents are looking for an elegant evening out, there’s nowhere better than Boathouse Restaurant
. This outstanding fine-dining establishment offers guests a beautiful waterfront setting alongside dishes such as New Zealand lamb rack, Maine lobster tail, and pan-seared Norwegian salmon.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
is also a highly regarded dining destination in its own right. With eight restaurants and eateries right on site, this resort ensures that guests are able to enjoy a culinary adventure right inside the hotel. Using the best of ingredients from near and far, you can rest assured that you’ll dine on the most delicious dishes during your stay.
Things to Do
While residents are able to enjoy the amazing natural wonders Grand Traverse County has to offer throughout the year, there are also a variety of annual events and activities put on by the communities that help keep the area fun and vibrant. The National Writers Series
is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the minds and imaginations of local residents through intimate conversations with world-renowned authors such as Jodie Picoult and Alice Walker.
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
is another popular annual event. This beautiful competition is set on 88 acres of world-class riding areas, making it one of the most popular competitions for riders from around the country.
Another extremely popular competition in the area is the Bayshore Marathon
. Founded in 1983 as a way for running enthusiasts to share local beauty with the world, the marathon is now one of the biggest in the state. The North American Vasa
also takes place every year in Grand Traverse County. This one-of-a-kind cross-country skiing event brings together those who love winter sports and is a great opportunity to get the whole family involved.
Grand Traverse County is dedicated to ensuring everyone has access to a high-quality education—as a result, there are a number of highly-rated and nationally recognized schools in the area, including:
- Interlochen Center for the Arts, an immersive arts experience for children grades 3-12. Numerous musicians and artists have passed through as students, including actress Victoria Park, Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, and singer Josh Groban
- Northwestern Community College, highly-rated community college offering numerous programs for associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.