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Traverse City Tourism announces 2014 winter/spring "TC Escape" packages

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With winter in full effect and snow being in abundance, this is the perfect time to plan your winter vacation. Our neighbors to the north, the "true north" as they like to say, await you in Traverse City, Michigan. This season shows off some of the plushest snow, the best activities, and the most beautiful scenery that the Midwest has to offer.

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The tourism industry in this northern Michigan resort community is offering a special Winter/Spring “Traverse City Escape” package – good from Jan. 3 until May 15 – that combines special rates at over 19 participating hotels and resorts with a wide range of discounts on winter recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment.

“It’s true that the busy pace of summer and fall has subsided, but everything people love about Traverse City is still here -- great restaurants, charming downtown boutiques, wine tastings, and exhilarating outdoor recreation,” said Brad Van Dommelen, president of Traverse City Tourism. “And with fewer crowds and great off-season pricing, winter is the perfect time to visit.”

There are deals at some of the area’s best restaurants and special discounts on shopping, spa services, movies, wine tastings and other entertainment. And for winter sports enthusiasts, the packages include coupons and discounts on trail passes and snowmobile rentals.

Best known as a summer vacation destination, the Traverse City region is now winning accolades as a magnet for skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoe hikers who consider Traverse City one of the country’s most beautiful winter destinations. Budget Travel calls it one of the 11 “Coolest Winter Places in America” and Livability.com has it on its list of the nation’s best winter vacation destinations.

Traverse City prides itself on the diversity of its winter experiences (both indoors and outdoors) and on the sheer physical beauty of its surroundings. The region seems to specialize in presenting a wide range of quality winter recreation for a comparatively moderate price – which appeals to people who don’t want to spend an entire vacation doing the same thing over and over.

“There are people who come just because it’s Traverse City,” says outfitter Jamie Bush, whose rental company supplies snowmobiles to hundreds of visitors each winter.

For more details about the 2014 Traverse City Escape Package, go to http://www.traversecity.com/tc-escape-package-491/

To learn more about other winter attractions and events in the Traverse City area – and for a complete listing of lodging and dining options – contact Traverse City Tourism at 1-800-TRAVERSE or on line at www.TraverseCity.com.

Special thanks to Mike Norton, Media Relations Manager, for this travel feature from Traverse City Tourism.

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