Congregation Beth El

Michigan's oldest synagogue in continuous use since 1885



The Grand Traverse area is a four seasons paradise

teaser-19For the outdoor enthusiasts, state and national forests offer boundless hunting and fishing opportunities. Snowmobilers, hikers, mountain bikers, and cross country skiers find an elaborate system of trails for every level of ability. Lake Michigan, the two Grand Traverse Bays, as well as the numerous interconnected inland lakes make the region a boaters' paradise. Swimmers and sun worshippers find crystal clear waters and gleaming sandy beaches along hundreds and hundreds of miles of coastline. If golf is your bag, you can choose your own level. Championship courses and duffers' delights are all within a few miles from town, as are courses of every level in between. The cultural side of life has not been ignored. 39-duneclimbFew cities of our size can boast a symphony orchestra. The Traverse Symphony Orchestra attracts enthusiastic audiences and nationally acclaimed performers for their active schedule of performances throughout the summer and winter seasons.

Located only a few miles south of the bays is The Interlochen Center for the Arts. Founded as a summer music camp for high-school age students, Interlochen is now a year round Arts Academy, attracting talented youth from around the world. During the winter months the students of Interlochen Arts Academy offer performances at astounding levels of professionalism. During the summer camp sessions, when the population on campus swells to several thousand students, they are joined by a galaxy of internationally renowned performers in an impressive schedule of daily performances. During the four seasons, you can find art festivals, antique or craft shows within driving distance almost every weekend, or you can stay right in town and visit the Dennos Art Museum located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. The museum features several outstanding exhibits each year and is home to an unequalled collection of Inuit art.

fourseasonThe character of the area has changed considerably during the last 150 years. The lumber boom of the last century has been replaced by the cherry industry. Because of its unique climatic conditions, Traverse City has become the world's largest supplier of tart cherries which of course provides us with an excellent excuse for the annual ten-day Cherry Festival, an enormously popular attraction, temporarily swelling the population of the region to a quarter million. Although cherries are still the area's major source of income, the rapidly growing wine industry is pushing into a close second place, favored by ideal climatic and soil conditions. Top notch local restaurants proudly complement their culinary offerings with local vintages, which have gained national and international recognition.
"Four Season Paradise" Courtesy of Hannah Dietz. Photograph courtesy
of the Traverse City Record-Eagle www.record-eagle.com