Traverse City Labor Day: Dedicate your Traverse City Labor Day Weekend 2013 to a labor of TC love and fit in as many Up North end-of-summer activities as you can! Here are some Traverse City Labor Day 2013 ideas to get you started.

Tour the Best Breweries and Wineries by Bike

Meet your guide at Left Foot Charley’s—a hip, newly-renovated urban wine bar on the historic grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons. From there you’ll take the scenic back roads and trails to Traverse City’s most beloved microbreweries and wine stops. Casually paced for full enjoyment, your tour ends with a refueling of artisan wood-fired pizza…. and maybe one more beer.

Taste the Tapas Tours at Chateau Chantal

Labor Day Weekend 2013 is the last Tapas Tour offered for the 2013 season, so put on your driving shoes and take a meandering drive out to the scenic Old Mission Peninsula for Traverse City’s acclaimed wines and eats! The Chateau Chantal Tapas Tour is a unique experience at a beautiful Northern Michigan winery located on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. It consists of an extensive and enlightening tour of the vineyard and winery, as well as a tapas-style offering of small bites paired with Chantal wines. Old Mission Peninsula boasts many of Northern Michigan’s award-winning wineries, so if you have the time, stop in at some of the other wineries and restaurants and have yourself a phenomenal foodie day.

Hear Live Music on the Rooftop at Traverse City’s Blue Tractor

Lounge on the rooftop beer garden tucked in the heart of downtown Traverse City. Artist Ron Getz brings on the entertainment from 4-9pm but the barbecue and craft brews are served all day.

Watch a Traverse City Beach Bums Home Game

This Labor Day Weekend 2013 Traverse City’s beloved Beach Bums face the Joliet Slammers at Wuerful Park for the last home series of the season. Watch professional baseball, snack on ball game fare, sip local microbrews and make sure to root for the home team! Friday and Saturday: gates open at 6:05 p.m., game begins at 7:05 p.m. Sunday: gates open at 4:05 p.m., game begins at 5:05 p.m. Bonus: Friday and Sunday are Fantastic Fireworks Nights!

Run the 5th Annual Barefoot Triathlon at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Calling all athletes! Take part in this Traverse City Labor Day Weekend 2013 triathalon. Here’s what you’ll do: Swim: Athletes gather at the private beach on East Grand Traverse Bay and swim in the crystal clear and shallow waters of the the Bay. Bike: The road course takes cyclists through the dense woods of Deepwater Point residential area, across US-31 and into the rolling, orchard-filled countryside north of the Resort. Run: Athletes run the perimeter of the Resort property. Olympic distance competitors also venture into the nearby countryside.

Shop the Outdoor Farm Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Local Northern Michigan farmers bring a wide selection of deliciously wholesome produce and farm products to The Great Outdoor Farmers Market on Monday on the Piazza (across from Pleasanton Bakery). Peruse the produce and pick up farm fresh foods to take home! After the Farm Market, walk over to the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons and shop the local stores and art galleries, then walk the historical and beautiful State Hospital grounds.

Beach it Up in Traverse City

The best part of living (or visiting!) Traverse City is time spent outdoors at the beach. No where else in the world is the water so clean and pure, the sand so soft and the horizon so uninterrupted. Take advantage of Traverse City’s access to paradise and the last rays of summer sun with’s handy guide to Traverse City beaches.

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