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Hey Sassy Peeps!
A little over a week ago, my family and I had the pleasure of experiencing the roads of Traverse City, MI in the All-New 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and boy was it fun!
Keep reading to learn all about our experience….
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is definitely for the family of go-getters and thrill seekers. The vehicle is very strong, very well built and extremely easy to handle/drive. Additionally, we felt very comfortable and safe inside the SUV.
You guys know I am all about the sound system/technology that comes equipped in a vehicle and the Traverse met all of my expectations. The Bose® premium 10-speaker system has amazing sound, and the Chevrolet MyLink® with 8″ diagonal Color Touch screen with Navigation made it easy to get to our destinations without any issues. #SuperUserFriendly!
One thing that I can’t stop talking about is the Rear Vision Camera. When I participated in the Reverse Drive Exercise, and the instructor clicked the button forward to demonstrate, I just couldn’t believe my eyes! All I could say was, “Now that is innovation”!
Additionally, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes equipped with a 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine/9-speed automatic transmission. The starting MSRP price of the vehicle $29,930.00, price tested: $52,205.00 (Premier). It gets 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway (17 Combined). Annual fuel cost $1,800.00. (You SPEND $2,250.00 more in fuel over 5 years compared to the average new vehicle.)
Now let’s talk roadtrip….
The Tall Ship Experience
We were so excited to hang out with the Manitou and her crew! The scenery was beautiful, the atmosphere very tranquil, the crew was super nice/fun and during our time on the ship we made lots of new friends. The entire experience was simply amazing!
Just a little history…
Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain. With a 59 passenger capacity, there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. Her overall length of 114 feet, beam of 21 feet, and displacement of nearly 100 tons ensures a comfortable, relaxing motion, soothing to both landlubbers and “old salts” alike.
Robert Manning Memorial Lighthouse
When I told a buddy that I was heading to Traverse City, she told me that if at all possible I should stop by the city beach and grab a photo of the Robert Manning Lighthouse Memorial. She said it’s not only beautiful, but historical and a great place for photos. So that’s what we did and she was totally right! These photos of the Traverse next to the Lighthouse are actually a few of my faves from the trip! Thanks girl for the info! You totally ROCK!
Just a little history..
Per TraverseCity.Com Robert H. Manning was a life-long resident of Empire who spent as much time as possible indulging his passion for fishing on Lake Michigan, and longed to see a lighthouse built at Empire for returning fishermen. After his death in 1989, Manning’s family and friends raised money to build this tiny lighthouse on the beach. It’s not an official nautical lighthouse, and no tours are available, but people love to have their pictures taken with it
The Dune Climb
When we first arrived in Detroit, our driver took us to the fabulous The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit to freshen up. From there we headed over to the immersion, where we learned about the Traverse’s new design, engineering, connectivity, convenience etc… This is also where I learned about the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Just a little history…
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a breathtaking symphony of water, sky and towering sand dunes on our Lake Michigan shoreline. Part of the national park system since 1970, Sleeping Bear is one of America’s most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, miles of hiking trails and the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, is a multi-use pathway that will run for 27 miles from the northern end of the park to a point just south of Empire.
Sounds fantastic right?!?!?! Yes, I thought so to until I saw that hugggeeeee mountain of sand staring at me like, “Let’s see what you got.” I stared back for a few minutes and then said “Bye Felicia”, turn around and head back to the SUV! HA! After a few minutes my mom and aunt talked me into taking the climb and I am SO HAPPY I DID! I think if I wouldn’t have, I would have totally regretted my choice.
The Honor System
I lived in Michigan *cough* years before moving to South Florida and until we were finding new roads with Chevy, I had never ran across a money box! One day while heading back to the hotel, we noticed a really awesome establishment, called Cherry Capital Equipment. It’s funny because it actually looked more like an antique/thrift store than a place where you can find wholesale farm equipment. Since we are all about the antiques we decided to stop. To our surprise they not only sold equipment, but they sold several other cool things like wood, corn, trinkets etc… I was even more surprised when I saw Money Boxes located next to the items being sold. All I have to say is #TheHonorSystem #FindNewRoads!
The Cherry Capital of the World
OK, so when we stopped at a fresh cherry stand to grab a bag we had no idea that Traverse City is considered The Cherry Capital of the World. However, we found out very quickly that those cherries were DELISH; that they were the BEST we had EVER had, and that we wanted MORE!
Later I found out that in July/early August, the countryside around Traverse City is full of stands, markets and u-pick signs offering cartons of sweet, dark cherries. Ahhhhh now it all made sense, because we had never tasted cherries that sweet before.
During our visit, we made it a point to stop at several other stands in the local area. On our last day, we decided to grab a few bags from Meijer before hitting the road back to Detroit. I know it’s not a countryside stand, but we figured they had to be good since we were in The Cherry Capital of the World! Yep, we were right! #Delish!
She came, she saw, she participated, she passed out..but I guess its easy to do in those heated/ventilated front bucket seats!
Check out The All-New 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Midsize SUV Walk around Video Below!
Thank you Chevy for this amazing experiences! The hospitality you showed my family and I will never be forgotten! Your brand is exceptional!
To learn more about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse visit their website!
Now to my peeps, Are you loving the The All-New 2018 Chevrolet Traverse? If so, what do you love about it….Inquiring minds want to know!
Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always…