Michigan takes a lot of heat for its cold winters and dying auto plant business. But hey, I was raised on a cherry farm near Traverse City, and I still live here and love it and feel proud to be raising my own kids here.
My brothers still grow the best cherries, apples and, yes, even grapes. After a couple generations of cherry farmers, they’ve been a little reluctant to enter the grape business, but with all the wineries and vineyards in the area, it seems like a natural evolution.
And there’s lots to love about Michigan – lovely summers spent on white-sand beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and cozy winters with plenty of skiing and snowshoeing.
And, of course, the Traverse City Film Festival, which takes place this year July 26 – 31, 2011. Can’t wait! As soon as I know the movie line-up, I’ll post it here on the blog.
Until then, enjoy this lovely Pure Michigan ad, filmed right here in the Traverse City area.