Posts Tagged ‘Downtown Traverse City’

Downtown Traverse City was the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The Cherry T Ball Drop, a charity-based event for Goodwill Inn, is Traverse City’s version of New York City’s famed ball drop. Since the Traverse region is the cherry capital of the nation, our New Year’s Eve celebration included a giant cherry ball drop in the heart of downtown.

At the stroke of midnight, the crane holding the glowing cherry dropped it to the stage below. Then fireworks ensued in front of the stage while the crowd of an estimated 12,000 celebrated with friends and family.

2011 is shaping up to be a banner year. Our house is becoming very comfortable and this spring will mark our 3-year anniversary in this house. We have really transformed this former duplex into a warm, inviting cozy space. We are still planning a big upstairs renovation this spring and outdoor landscaping will take priority on the to-do list this summer. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2011. Cheers!


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Morsels is a swanky noshery located on the bustling downtown Traverse City corner of Cass and Front. They are best known for their bite-size baked goods, but you can also enjoy a warm beverage on-site.

The decadent bite-sized wonders are packed with flavor, but since it’s only one bite, go ahead, indulge yourself. And if you need a mocha, latte or cuppa joe to wash things down, they do that too. The fancy designs made in the latte froth will heighten your experience. How fun is that? This hip little cafe will offer a gourmet taste sensation that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

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Farmers Market (6)OK, I know I’ve already written a post about the Sara Hardy Farmers Market! But trust me, it’s worthy of more boasting! On Saturday, I set off to walk Wyatt, grab a cup of coffee at Good Harbor Coffee & Tea and planned to pick up a few plants for the garden. My only limitations were that I had walked downtown and had our black lab, Wyatt, with me. It was a great strategy in retrospect because I tend to go a little overboard when it comes to gardening! And being on foot agrees with my pocketbook too, as I could only buy what I could easily tote the 1.5 miles home with me.

Farmers Market (5)So… these wonderful grass plants were out of the question because they would be waaaay too heavy. But don’t you think they look lovely?

Farmers Market (8)Ahhhh, the soap table! As I walked by, I happened to spot their lotions and I grabbed a Lily of the Valley scented lotion, and I have to say that it is just divine. A little dab goes a long way too! Not to mention that it’s all locally made in Rapid City!

Farmers Market (7)About the only table that smelled better than the soap display were the bread vendors! There were 4 wonderful bread vendors on Saturday! Too bad I had bought a loaf at the grocery store on Thursday! I’ll know better to wait until the Market next week!

Farmers Market (11)So, my final haul on Saturday included a large cup of light roast coffee (not seen here because I had already gulped it down), 3 cosmos, 3 yellow bell pepper plants, 3 red bell pepper plants, 1 catnip, 2 lavender plants, 2 harebell plants, 1 bottle of Lily of the Valley lotion, 1 bag of Maple Ridge Farms Golden Delicious Granola, and 4 dog treats from the dog bakery (yep, even four-legged friends are represented at the market!) All this complete before 9:30 a.m. which left plenty of time to read the paper, plant my new goodies from the market and finish up my painting projects!

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