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Every so often we will receive a phone call where the conversation leads to “Where is RF System Lab located?” When we provide the caller with an answer, their response is usually one of the following two options:

“Hmm. Never heard of it – is it cold up there?” – Usually someone located on the west coast or the deep south.


“I vacationed there a couple years back! I’ve been dying to get back; there was so much to do. It was the perfect summer getaway. You’re lucky to be located there!” – Someone who cannot wait to get back and visit.

Therefore, we decided to provide a bit of insight about our gorgeous location and the benefits of having an office in Traverse City, Michigan.

One of the first things to mention would be that Traverse City is quickly becoming a nationally recognized “Top Foodie Town,” which is thanks to our keep-it-local mentality, farm-to-table fare and freshly caught seafood options. In addition, microbreweries have been steadily opening all over town over the past few years. In fact, our very own Right Brain Brewery boasts the title of one of 2013’s Top 5 Local Breweries in the Nation via Answers.com. If craft beer isn’t your thing, we have one of Michigan’s best wine trails: over 30 award-winning wineries stretching across two beautiful different peninsulas.

Traverse City is known for our abundance of festivals, which occur all year round. While most people are aware of the National Cherry Festival (Traverse City is the “Cherry Capital of the World”), the area is also home to many wine and food festivals, Horse Shows by the Bay, a comedy festival featuring some of the nation’s top comedians, and even Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. It is pretty much impossible to not snag a ticket for something going on almost every weekend.

While most tourist-related events take place during the warm, beautiful summer months, such as hiking the Nationally-acclaimed Sleeping Bear Dunes, hitting one of our stunning beaches, or biking the TART Trail, there is still an abundance of things to do in the colder winters. Yes, truthfully some winters are extreme, but for the most part, as long as you are bundled-up properly, you are able to participate in some outdoor recreation. We have numerous downhill ski-hills, great opportunities to snowshoe or cross country ski through back country trails surrounded by snow-covered trees, and even a Winter Festival.

Traverse City sunset over West Bay.

Traverse City sunset over West Bay.

Some who are less familiar with the area may still be thinking that it is too small and remote to be considered a great place to work. On the contrary, Traverse City is thriving. The Cherry Capital Airport, which allows residents to catch a quick flight to both Detroit and Chicago and arrive in only an hour, rapidly growing business community, and  all things already mentioned, it’s hard to name many reasons that anyone wouldn’t want to work here. As a bonus, having this view from your office doesn’t hurt.

To find out more about Traverse City, you can visit the Traverse City Website. Interested in finding out more about RF System Lab? Visit the RF System Lab website here.