West Michigan has been receiving a lot of national attention and recognition.  ArtPrize, lip dubs, our hospitals, beaches, and more have all gotten positive reviews.

That recognition also extends to Traverse City.

Money magazine has named Traverse City one of the 25 best places to retire.

Retiring to the water doesn't have to mean giving up four seasons or downsizing to a tiny condo. In Traverse City, residents enjoy miles of sandy beaches and all the spoils of Lake Michigan and nearby inland lakes -- where waterfront homes can be found for less than $200,000.

Moreover, despite Traverse City's location on the northwestern side of the state, it has fairly urban-like amenities, such as the 391-bed Munson Medical Center, which consistently ranks among the 100 top hospitals in the country. And the nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts brings in hundreds of concerts, art exhibits, and theatrical and dance productions each year.

This is just one of many recent accolades for Traverse City.  Mlive.com lists more:

New York Post travel editor David Landsel told his readers he has a “feverish obsession” with Traverse City this summer.

USA Today declared its State Theatre a “magical place” to see a movie and the Travel Channel listed Traverse City as one the nation’s top “beer towns.”

In February, Budget Travel magazine listed the city as one of the 11 “Coolest Winter Places in America” while the 2010 TripAdvisor.com named it one of the nation’s “Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations.”

Have to agree with Money magazine and all the rest.  Love Traverse City!  But forget retirement, I just want a few more days of summer!


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