Cherry Fun In The Cherry Capital


Cherries are a Michigan delight. Thanks to the sweet and tart red treats grown all over our region, people flock from across the country to visit our state to see the ripe abundance of the cherry trees.

In 1925, the Blessing of the Blossoms began in Traverse City, giving many a way to celebrate the natural wonder. Almost a century later, the event now known as the National Cherry Festival brings more than 500,000 people to the region every year.

A celebration such as this carries the feeling of excitement and thrill throughout the eight days of the festival. With food and craft vendors, live music, parades, and an air show, the whole family is certain to have a great time. In the distance, you may hear a rumble: Follow that sound and you will find yourself taken back in time a the classic car show. And don’t forget to check out the local farmers markets where you can pick up the freshest, plumpest cherries.

Of course, all the excitement can make you want to get a good night’s sleep—or a nap between fun activities. Luckily, Traverse City is full of lodging options. If a 420-friendly option is what you are looking for, be sure to check out for a variety of listings. There, you may even find some other locations around Michigan that you will want to visit.

After booking that nightly stay, swing by any of our six dunegrass locations for help planning your trip. Whether you are visiting from another state or town—or if you are a local—we want to help elevate your Up North experience. We have the details on the best local spots for biking, hiking, fishing, and other summertime adventures. Check out our website for more details ( and enjoy your time celebrating cherry season!