Spring Has Sprung – Kind Of.

Spring Has Sprung – Kind Of.

It’s spring. I think. I can’t really tell by the weather outside, and you probably can’t either. It will be months, still, until the mounds and mounds of snow finally melt away and the soaked brown grass will fully reveal itself. It’s depressing, I know, but instead of wallowing in the missery of this overly extended winter, why not look forward to all the fun things you can do when it is (finally) spring in Traverse City? I think I’ll take that route instead.

1) Lets start off with my favorite thing to do when it’s warm out, and the one thing I am most looking forward to when Spring finally does arrive – The Little Fleet.


The Awesome Mitten-Spring Has Sprung, Kind Of
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The Little Fleet has been staying plenty busy this Winter with tons of events, dinners, and drinks to keep us warm. But, nothing can beat grabbing a sandwich, a cold drink, and lounging outside with some friends, letting the sweet spring sun thaw your frozen winter skin. Guys, I can’t wait. I can smell it now.

2.) Tired of driving? Me too. That’s why I can’t wait to ride my bicycle.

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Photo Courtesy of Grand Traverse Bike Tours

If you’ve been staying in shape with cycling classes at Yen Yoga, or roughing it by riding your fat bike through the winter than I’m sure you’re more than ready to hop on your bike and go for a nice ride through the TART Trails, or just down the street to work. I know I can’t wait to catch a spring breeze while pedaling around Interlochen. Reminder-Always wear a helmet. Brains are cool, but you should probably keep them inside your skull.

3.) I don’t like fish, but I sure do love Fish Town.

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I remember the first time that my parents took my family to Fish Town. I told all of them “This is where I want to live.” I still feel this way, except in the winter. But, I think I’d feel that way about any town in the winter. That’s besides the point. Fish Town in Leland is beautiful. With jaw dropping views of the water, fun places to eat and shop, and a warm community, it just couldn’t get any better. I’m looking forward to my first trip up the winding road to my favorite Northern Michigan destination this spring.

4.) Do you like fresh foods? Me too. That’s why I love the Farmers Market.

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Photo Courtesy of The Ticker


Now, yet again, I know the Farmers Market has been open all winter long within the State Hospital. But guys, nothing feels as good as walking along the sidewalk, sun shining down, the scent of fresh baked bread filling the air, and picking up the perfect local vegetables for your table.

5.) Hiking – I just really like trees.


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This one doesn’t take much explaining. Get out there and enjoy one of the many trail heads we have in Traverse City. Take pictures, walk the dogs, run, bike, and soak in the beauty of our wonderful city.

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Hello fellow Michiganders! I'm Kelly, KB, Special K, or Downtown Kelly Brown. I've lived almost my whole life in this glorious mitten shaped state but currently reside in both Traverse City and Grand Rapids, where I am finishing up my bachelors in Creative Writing (I hear it's the golden ticket of degrees.) My love for both Traverse City and Grand Rapids is vast, and I find both the city and country life very wonderful. When I'm not locked away in my room reading books, you'll find me creeping in the back of a coffee shop or brewery with a notebook in hand, writing down ideas for future novels. I like sleeping, calling my dogs my children, and watching re-runs of shows like The Tudors, Dr.Who, Sherlock and Game of Thrones. I call my home The Shire, I drink wine in the middle of the day, and I'm just fumbling through life waiting to see what this awesome state has in store for me