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Northern Michigan Vacations: Michigan weather has garnered a reputation as being a bit unreliable. One morning it will be a gorgeous 75 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and hours later a storm can come whipping up out of nowhere. Traverse City is hard to beat when the sun is shining over the beaches of West Bay, but on those days when time is best spent indoors this Northern Michigan town also has plenty of rainy-day offerings. Here are our top five picks to still have an awesome time on an otherwise dreary day in Traverse City.
Catch a matinee at the historic State Theatre.
Reopened in 2007 after being shuttered since 1991, downtown Traverse City’s historic State Theatre has a story almost as dramatic as the art-house films it’s known for today. In early 2005, Michigan native and adopted Traverse City hero, Michael Moore, spearheaded an effort to renovate the old movie palace, and the community responded by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and almost as many in-kind volunteer hours. Today, the volunteer-run, state-of-the art State is again a full-service theater, boasting an unmatched lineup of indie films, tons of special events, and even 25-cent classic and children’s matinees. (Worth a visit just to see the replica of a summer night’s stars twinkling from the ceiling; and the seats: cushy!) Every summer, it’s also ground zero for the renowned Traverse City Film Festival. STATETHEATRETC.ORG.