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Paul & Diane's TC Guidebook

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Paul & Diane's TC Guidebook

Food Scene
A favorite breakfast & lunch place with a creative menu using local ingredients, always perfectly executed. Don't be in a rush … good food takes time. Located on the old State Hospital grounds, a bit hard to find so often is not as busy as places downtown.
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S2S Sugar to Salt
1371 Gray Dr
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A favorite breakfast & lunch place with a creative menu using local ingredients, always perfectly executed. Don't be in a rush … good food takes time. Located on the old State Hospital grounds, a bit hard to find so often is not as busy as places downtown.
New gluten-free bakery that somehow manages to make things that don't taste gluten-free! Full coffee bar. Easy bike from here. Get your goods and take them around the corner to East Bay Park.
Third Coast Bakery
523 Munson Ave
New gluten-free bakery that somehow manages to make things that don't taste gluten-free! Full coffee bar. Easy bike from here. Get your goods and take them around the corner to East Bay Park.
This is where you go to have your culinary senses challenged and delighted! A small, hip restaurant with a cutting-edge menu and great cocktails. $$$$, make reservations well in advance.
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Alliance Restaurant
144 Hall St
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This is where you go to have your culinary senses challenged and delighted! A small, hip restaurant with a cutting-edge menu and great cocktails. $$$$, make reservations well in advance.
One of the best places to eat outdoors for lunch or dinner! Right on the harbor with West Bay views from indoor and outdoor seating. Menu is simple and good, with a smattering of small plates and good wines to match. The walleye sandwich with slaw is a must for out-of-towners. You won't often find this fish on menus outside of Northern Michigan.
West End Tavern
12719 S W Bay Shore Dr
One of the best places to eat outdoors for lunch or dinner! Right on the harbor with West Bay views from indoor and outdoor seating. Menu is simple and good, with a smattering of small plates and good wines to match. The walleye sandwich with slaw is a must for out-of-towners. You won't often find this fish on menus outside of Northern Michigan.
This is an old standard in TC that has always served excellent food and drinks in the heart of downtown. Their menu is creative with many vegetarian items. Huge martini menu. They typically run three specials a day, and they are usually really special! They run amazing deals in wintertime. If you're running around and just a little hungry, grab a pita platter with hummus and Jarlsberg dip!
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Poppycocks
128 E Front St
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This is an old standard in TC that has always served excellent food and drinks in the heart of downtown. Their menu is creative with many vegetarian items. Huge martini menu. They typically run three specials a day, and they are usually really special! They run amazing deals in wintertime. If you're running around and just a little hungry, grab a pita platter with hummus and Jarlsberg dip!
Tacos! This is the best sit-down place for tacos and margaritas. It is small, so be prepared to wait at peak times.
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Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
149 E Front St
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Tacos! This is the best sit-down place for tacos and margaritas. It is small, so be prepared to wait at peak times.
This is TC's famous food-truck parking lot with a bar! It is a hopping scene almost all day in the summertime. Choose from a variety of food trucks serving local favorites, Mexican, Asian, Italian, BBQ … you never know for sure. The open-air bar has some covered seating, or sit in the open air and enjoy the bix mix of locals and tourists.
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The Little Fleet
448 East Front Street
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This is TC's famous food-truck parking lot with a bar! It is a hopping scene almost all day in the summertime. Choose from a variety of food trucks serving local favorites, Mexican, Asian, Italian, BBQ … you never know for sure. The open-air bar has some covered seating, or sit in the open air and enjoy the bix mix of locals and tourists.
It's popular for a reason! You will most likely wait for a table in the summer, especially on weekends, but the Euro-chic brunch is worth it. Service can be a little slow, so don't go here if you're in a hurry. French menu features lots of crepes both savory and sweet, beautiful brioche and croissant creations, and elegant salads and sandwiches.
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Patisserie Amie
237 Lake Avenue
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It's popular for a reason! You will most likely wait for a table in the summer, especially on weekends, but the Euro-chic brunch is worth it. Service can be a little slow, so don't go here if you're in a hurry. French menu features lots of crepes both savory and sweet, beautiful brioche and croissant creations, and elegant salads and sandwiches.
Right next door to Lake Ann Brewery you'll find this family-run restaurant. You can get a seat outdoors at the brewery, order here to-go, and they'll bring it to your table at the brewery. Great pizza and salads, and the best Chicken Jalapeño Soup you'll ever taste.
Stone Oven
6551 First St
Right next door to Lake Ann Brewery you'll find this family-run restaurant. You can get a seat outdoors at the brewery, order here to-go, and they'll bring it to your table at the brewery. Great pizza and salads, and the best Chicken Jalapeño Soup you'll ever taste.
This cozy Italian restaurant is one of our favorite places for a romantic date with a lovely drive through the country. The Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca is so good that Paul refuses to try anything else. I love the butternut squash ravioli when it's in season.
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Trattoria Funistrada
4566 West MacFarlane Road
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This cozy Italian restaurant is one of our favorite places for a romantic date with a lovely drive through the country. The Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca is so good that Paul refuses to try anything else. I love the butternut squash ravioli when it's in season.
Serious Happy Hour and weekend late-night drink deals! Nice place to hit before or after a show at Old Town Playhouse. The Mac & Cheese small plate is my favorite thing on the menu. Their sushi is also well loved. On a nice night, sit outside by the river.
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Firefly Restaurant
310 North Cass Street
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Serious Happy Hour and weekend late-night drink deals! Nice place to hit before or after a show at Old Town Playhouse. The Mac & Cheese small plate is my favorite thing on the menu. Their sushi is also well loved. On a nice night, sit outside by the river.
There are not a lot of restaurants on Old Mission Peninsula. For a special dinner, this is our favorite. Creative, seasonal dishes are served in a historic inn. They offer a $25 three-course tasting menu that offers a light taste of local ingredients.
Mission Table and Tasting Room
13512 Peninsula Dr
There are not a lot of restaurants on Old Mission Peninsula. For a special dinner, this is our favorite. Creative, seasonal dishes are served in a historic inn. They offer a $25 three-course tasting menu that offers a light taste of local ingredients.
A whole bunch of hard ciders on tap pair with delicious small plates in a bright and open setting on a busy corner downtown. We love their mac & cheese on a wintry day!
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Taproot Cider House
300 E Front St
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A whole bunch of hard ciders on tap pair with delicious small plates in a bright and open setting on a busy corner downtown. We love their mac & cheese on a wintry day!
You wouldn't stop here if you drove past. But it's the locals' secret favorite lunch joint. Shh. We're happy they never update their miserable interior because it keeps the tourists away, and the food more than makes up for its lack of hip decor. Allow a good 15 minutes to decide on your order. The menu is huge, and there are always a few tempting specials. Takeout is always a nice option in summertime. Check Facebook for current specials: https://www.facebook.com/centrestreetcafe/
Centre Street Café
1125 Centre St
You wouldn't stop here if you drove past. But it's the locals' secret favorite lunch joint. Shh. We're happy they never update their miserable interior because it keeps the tourists away, and the food more than makes up for its lack of hip decor. Allow a good 15 minutes to decide on your order. The menu is huge, and there are always a few tempting specials. Takeout is always a nice option in summertime. Check Facebook for current specials: https://www.facebook.com/centrestreetcafe/
We finally tried this place on a cold November night, and we were more than happily satisfied with the flavorful, fresh Vietnamese pho and bún. Generous servings were enough to bring some home for lunch the next day. And they give $1 per bowl to a rotating slate of charities both local and worldwide. Casual counter ordering, good for takeout.
The Good Bowl
328 E Front St
We finally tried this place on a cold November night, and we were more than happily satisfied with the flavorful, fresh Vietnamese pho and bún. Generous servings were enough to bring some home for lunch the next day. And they give $1 per bowl to a rotating slate of charities both local and worldwide. Casual counter ordering, good for takeout.
A true neighborhood eatery with homemade breakfast and lunch. You will feel like a local here. Try the Missile breakfast burrito, with or without sausage. And it's connected to Potter's Bakery, probably the oldest and most loved TC source for flour/sugar/butter creations. Parking in the back alley. We like to bike there to burn some of those calories.
Rose & Fern Cafe
910 E Eighth St
A true neighborhood eatery with homemade breakfast and lunch. You will feel like a local here. Try the Missile breakfast burrito, with or without sausage. And it's connected to Potter's Bakery, probably the oldest and most loved TC source for flour/sugar/butter creations. Parking in the back alley. We like to bike there to burn some of those calories.
Real crêpes made by a French chef! Eat them outside on the patio on a sunny morning.
Crepes & Co TC
329 E State St
Real crêpes made by a French chef! Eat them outside on the patio on a sunny morning.
Our favorite place for authentic Italian. The owners are from Sicily, and the menu highlights their love of that region. Chic atmosphere, fabulous food and service, tucked under historic Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons.
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PepeNero
700 Cottageview Drive
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Our favorite place for authentic Italian. The owners are from Sicily, and the menu highlights their love of that region. Chic atmosphere, fabulous food and service, tucked under historic Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons.
Elevated deli fare with a Mediterranean influence. Located in a construction zone for summer of 2019, but easy to access from the alley behind (marked as a detour). Go a few doors down to Bon Vin for a perfect wine pairing by owner Rick who is a veritable encyclopedia of oenophilia!
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Raduno
545 E Eighth St
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Elevated deli fare with a Mediterranean influence. Located in a construction zone for summer of 2019, but easy to access from the alley behind (marked as a detour). Go a few doors down to Bon Vin for a perfect wine pairing by owner Rick who is a veritable encyclopedia of oenophilia!
Recently renovated with a really nice rooftop patio! Really good pizza and friendly service, right in the heart of Front Street. Sit up top for a bay breeze.
Pangea's Pizza
135 East Front Street
Recently renovated with a really nice rooftop patio! Really good pizza and friendly service, right in the heart of Front Street. Sit up top for a bay breeze.
Latin/Asian Fusion! It's great. It's not as good as years ago when it was in the teeny-tiny 11-seat joint down the street. But now more people can get their fix of Puerto Rican Lasagna (my fave), and when you can't agree on bibimbap vs. a taco platter, this is the solution!
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Georgina's
236 East Front Street
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Latin/Asian Fusion! It's great. It's not as good as years ago when it was in the teeny-tiny 11-seat joint down the street. But now more people can get their fix of Puerto Rican Lasagna (my fave), and when you can't agree on bibimbap vs. a taco platter, this is the solution!
Arts & Culture
You can walk here in about 5 minutes! Recently almost doubled in size, this art museum has a rotating slate of interesting exhibits featuring all kinds of art. They have one of the largest permanent collections of Inuit art in America. Also a very fun museum store with unusual gifts and souvenirs.
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Dennos Museum Center
1701 East Front Street
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You can walk here in about 5 minutes! Recently almost doubled in size, this art museum has a rotating slate of interesting exhibits featuring all kinds of art. They have one of the largest permanent collections of Inuit art in America. Also a very fun museum store with unusual gifts and souvenirs.
Housed in TC's old Carnegie Library with a Midcentury Modern addition right on the Boardman River, this gallery features well curated art, mostly from local or regional artists. Admission is free and everything is for sale. Start here and then stroll down Sixth Street to admire the grand old lumber baron homes.
Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City
322 6th St
Housed in TC's old Carnegie Library with a Midcentury Modern addition right on the Boardman River, this gallery features well curated art, mostly from local or regional artists. Admission is free and everything is for sale. Start here and then stroll down Sixth Street to admire the grand old lumber baron homes.
Choosy selection of art by Michigan artists at various price points in a beautiful riverview setting right downtown.
Michigan Artists Gallery
317 E Front St
Choosy selection of art by Michigan artists at various price points in a beautiful riverview setting right downtown.
Intriguing selection of art and artsy gifts from local artists. A number of pieces in our art collection have come from here.
Secret Garden
10206 W Front St
Intriguing selection of art and artsy gifts from local artists. A number of pieces in our art collection have come from here.
Essentials
Nearby grocery and liquor stores
One of our closest grocery stores. All the basics plus organic produce, big wine section, good premade items in the deli.
Tom's East Bay
One of our closest grocery stores. All the basics plus organic produce, big wine section, good premade items in the deli.
One of our closest grocery stores. Pretty basic with a neighborhood feel.
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Family Fare Supermarket
905 East Eighth Street
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One of our closest grocery stores. Pretty basic with a neighborhood feel.
Huge selection of booze!
The Beverage Company
1116 Carver St
Huge selection of booze!
Yep, Rite Aid is there.
Rite Aid
511 S Garfield Ave
Yep, Rite Aid is there.
You can walk or bike to this wine shop and get expert recommendations for a bottle to match your food and mood. Bottles are arranged by flavor profile making selections and exploration especially easy and fun. They also carry ice and picnic provisions, which you can tote a few steps east to Bryant Park Beach.
Blue Goat Wine & Provisions
875 East Front Street
You can walk or bike to this wine shop and get expert recommendations for a bottle to match your food and mood. Bottles are arranged by flavor profile making selections and exploration especially easy and fun. They also carry ice and picnic provisions, which you can tote a few steps east to Bryant Park Beach.
Owner Rick will wow you with his encyclopedic knowledge of every wine on the shelves. Free tastings on Saturday afternoons.
Bon Vin
539 E Eighth St
Owner Rick will wow you with his encyclopedic knowledge of every wine on the shelves. Free tastings on Saturday afternoons.
Consistently lowest prices, with a 1960s butterfly-roofed kiosk. Easy in and out from Front or Peninsula Drive.
Mutual Gas Station
901 E Front St
Consistently lowest prices, with a 1960s butterfly-roofed kiosk. Easy in and out from Front or Peninsula Drive.
Parks & Nature
This is our own neighborhood park, about 1/3-mile walk to the north. Large grassy areas, shady wooded areas, a small trail through native plantings, and by August 2018, a pavilion and refreshed playground and basketball courts.
Clancy Park
This is our own neighborhood park, about 1/3-mile walk to the north. Large grassy areas, shady wooded areas, a small trail through native plantings, and by August 2018, a pavilion and refreshed playground and basketball courts.
This is the perfect place to waste away an afternoon with a picnic, swimming, sunbathing, reading in the shade, or playing lawn games. Big grassy areas and a sandy beach. Water here is more shallow and generally a little warmer than other bay beaches. Restrooms. Easy to bike here!
East Bay Park
220 East Bay Boulevard South
This is the perfect place to waste away an afternoon with a picnic, swimming, sunbathing, reading in the shade, or playing lawn games. Big grassy areas and a sandy beach. Water here is more shallow and generally a little warmer than other bay beaches. Restrooms. Easy to bike here!
A quick bike ride or a walk through the neighborhood will put you at Bryant Park on West Bay. This is a popular and active family park for swimming, picnicking, and hanging out. The crowd usually clears out around 5-6pm, so it's also nice for a relaxing sunset over West Bay. Bring beverages in non-glass containers.
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Bryant Park
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A quick bike ride or a walk through the neighborhood will put you at Bryant Park on West Bay. This is a popular and active family park for swimming, picnicking, and hanging out. The crowd usually clears out around 5-6pm, so it's also nice for a relaxing sunset over West Bay. Bring beverages in non-glass containers.
Where would we begin to tell you the fun that can be had at Sleeping Bear Dunes? Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, paddling, wildlife-watching, stone-skipping, dune-climbing, scenic driving, art & photography … the list goes on and there's no way you can see it all in a day or even a week. Talk to us about what you want to do and we'll help you make the most of your time there. Park pass required for parking in most lots.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Where would we begin to tell you the fun that can be had at Sleeping Bear Dunes? Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, paddling, wildlife-watching, stone-skipping, dune-climbing, scenic driving, art & photography … the list goes on and there's no way you can see it all in a day or even a week. Talk to us about what you want to do and we'll help you make the most of your time there. Park pass required for parking in most lots.
Just about one mile up Center Road you can take a refreshing hike in the woods and fields of Pelizzari Natural Area. It's not really big, but there's a good network of trails for a couple-mile hike and fresh air.
Pelizzari Natural Area
6852 Center Road
Just about one mile up Center Road you can take a refreshing hike in the woods and fields of Pelizzari Natural Area. It's not really big, but there's a good network of trails for a couple-mile hike and fresh air.
If you want to enjoy the drive up Old Mission with a nice swim at the end, this is the place. Nice sandy stretch of coastline with clear water.
Haserot Beach
If you want to enjoy the drive up Old Mission with a nice swim at the end, this is the place. Nice sandy stretch of coastline with clear water.
This is one of the best-kept secrets for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. We used to live right next to it, and we know it like it's our own. It's undiscovered, unspoiled, and simply gorgeous with about 7 miles of trails along a gurgling creek, an old railroad grade, upland hardwoods, open fields, and pine stands. Magnificent.
Cedar Run Creek Natural Area
This is one of the best-kept secrets for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. We used to live right next to it, and we know it like it's our own. It's undiscovered, unspoiled, and simply gorgeous with about 7 miles of trails along a gurgling creek, an old railroad grade, upland hardwoods, open fields, and pine stands. Magnificent.
This is a park, a hiking trail, and a beach all in one. Hike about a mile to lose the crowds, then settle your towel into the sand at this quiet East Bay beach.
Maple Bay Natural Area
This is a park, a hiking trail, and a beach all in one. Hike about a mile to lose the crowds, then settle your towel into the sand at this quiet East Bay beach.
Looking for peace, quiet, and a knockout sugar-sand beach that's quite likely to be all yours (or almost) on a summer day? This mile-ish hike through the woods leads to a short and not-steep dune trail that ends at a spectacular beach. Pack light and stop often to listen to the breeze in the leaves and nothing else.
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Leelanau State Park — Hiking Trailhead
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Looking for peace, quiet, and a knockout sugar-sand beach that's quite likely to be all yours (or almost) on a summer day? This mile-ish hike through the woods leads to a short and not-steep dune trail that ends at a spectacular beach. Pack light and stop often to listen to the breeze in the leaves and nothing else.
This sweet little loop trail is the best quick nature fix around. Hike it and feel like you own it, as you probably won't run into anyone else. The trailhead off Lake Ann Road is the best place to start. Hike along Ransom Creek, then pause on the bridge before circling Ransom Lake. There's also a fun side trail that leads to property on Bellows Lake owned by Eastern Michigan University. They seem not to mind trespassers, and there are some fun stone sculptures along this creekside section of the trail. Reward yourself with a beer on the patio at Lake Ann Brewing.
Ransom Lake Natural Area
5501 Lake Ann Rd
This sweet little loop trail is the best quick nature fix around. Hike it and feel like you own it, as you probably won't run into anyone else. The trailhead off Lake Ann Road is the best place to start. Hike along Ransom Creek, then pause on the bridge before circling Ransom Lake. There's also a fun side trail that leads to property on Bellows Lake owned by Eastern Michigan University. They seem not to mind trespassers, and there are some fun stone sculptures along this creekside section of the trail. Reward yourself with a beer on the patio at Lake Ann Brewing.
Some of the finest beaches in Northern Michigan are here at the "end of the earth" in Northport. An easy hike through the woods and over a small dune rewards you with crashing blue waves and white sugar sand with barely a soul in sight most days.
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Leelanau State Park
15310 North Lighthouse Point Road
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Some of the finest beaches in Northern Michigan are here at the "end of the earth" in Northport. An easy hike through the woods and over a small dune rewards you with crashing blue waves and white sugar sand with barely a soul in sight most days.
Wide sandy beach with a long, walkable pier (weather permitting) and two lighthouses. Beautiful ripple-sand bottom, perfect for swimming and sunning. On windy days, watch the surfers here.
Frankfort Public Beach And Playground
Wide sandy beach with a long, walkable pier (weather permitting) and two lighthouses. Beautiful ripple-sand bottom, perfect for swimming and sunning. On windy days, watch the surfers here.
Drinks & Nightlife
Looking for someplace kind of secret, very dark and romantic? Hit the down button and go to Low Bar, an elegant if windowless basement cocktail bar. High-end cocktails served in impressive fashion.
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Low Bar
128 S Union St
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Looking for someplace kind of secret, very dark and romantic? Hit the down button and go to Low Bar, an elegant if windowless basement cocktail bar. High-end cocktails served in impressive fashion.
Is it a really a tea room? What's behind that bookcase? Make a reservation at 123speakeasy.com. (Side note: Most luxurious restrooms in TC.)
Teetotallers
123 W Front St
Is it a really a tea room? What's behind that bookcase? Make a reservation at 123speakeasy.com. (Side note: Most luxurious restrooms in TC.)
This is some of the best wine in Northern Michigan with one of the most appealing tasting rooms. Brys has a gorgeous deck with views of the vines and the distant bay. Tastings, tours, snacks, wine by the glass, bocce on the lawn, and a wonderful adult slushy called frosé!
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Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
3309 Blue Water Road
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This is some of the best wine in Northern Michigan with one of the most appealing tasting rooms. Brys has a gorgeous deck with views of the vines and the distant bay. Tastings, tours, snacks, wine by the glass, bocce on the lawn, and a wonderful adult slushy called frosé!
You'll feel like you're in the big city on the rooftop deck at Hotel Indigo. It's a chic scene for fancy drinks in the evening. If it cools down, they fire up the gas-powered firepits. Great place to look over the bay and watch boats. Downstairs they often have live music.
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Hotel Indigo Traverse City
263 W Grandview Pkwy
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You'll feel like you're in the big city on the rooftop deck at Hotel Indigo. It's a chic scene for fancy drinks in the evening. If it cools down, they fire up the gas-powered firepits. Great place to look over the bay and watch boats. Downstairs they often have live music.
Take a drive about 12 miles out to lovely little Lake Ann Village. This brewery has revitalized the town, and the beer is very good. Try my favorite, the Doc Hilladay with its creamy coffee-chocolate flavor profile. Frequent live music and a feel-good, small-town vibe.
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Lake Ann Brewing Company
6535 1st St
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Take a drive about 12 miles out to lovely little Lake Ann Village. This brewery has revitalized the town, and the beer is very good. Try my favorite, the Doc Hilladay with its creamy coffee-chocolate flavor profile. Frequent live music and a feel-good, small-town vibe.
Beer, wine, and spirits—they make them all here. We especially love their rye whiskey done up in a Sour or Manhattan. The food is good—and filling. Try a wood-fired pizza or the bison sloppy joe. But the real draw here is the bar. Lively scene that will be crowded on a summer night and sometimes even in the off-season.
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Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant & Brewery
13512 Peninsula Drive
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Beer, wine, and spirits—they make them all here. We especially love their rye whiskey done up in a Sour or Manhattan. The food is good—and filling. Try a wood-fired pizza or the bison sloppy joe. But the real draw here is the bar. Lively scene that will be crowded on a summer night and sometimes even in the off-season.
Solid winery with the usual setup plus a fun gift shop. This is one of the oldest and largest wineries on Old Mission. The main reason I included it here is for the stunning overlook on Center Road just south of the entrance. Pull off around sunset and gaze over West Bay and Power Island, across to Leelanau. This is the view that will make you want to keep coming back. Oh, and take home a bottle of CGT Dry Riesling.
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Chateau Grand Traverse Winery
12239 Center Road
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Solid winery with the usual setup plus a fun gift shop. This is one of the oldest and largest wineries on Old Mission. The main reason I included it here is for the stunning overlook on Center Road just south of the entrance. Pull off around sunset and gaze over West Bay and Power Island, across to Leelanau. This is the view that will make you want to keep coming back. Oh, and take home a bottle of CGT Dry Riesling.
It's a bit of a drive, but Benzie County and the town of Frankfort have their own charm. As breweries go, I'd give this industrial-style place just steps from the beach top spot for tastiest beer and food.
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Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
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It's a bit of a drive, but Benzie County and the town of Frankfort have their own charm. As breweries go, I'd give this industrial-style place just steps from the beach top spot for tastiest beer and food.
This small piano lounge at the tip-top of the Park Place Hotel comes to life at night and shows off the highest view downtown. Enter the Park Place lobby and take the elevator to the top floor. Often shoulder-to-shoulder year-round. Go up before 9 for lighter crowds.
Beacon Lounge
310 E State St
This small piano lounge at the tip-top of the Park Place Hotel comes to life at night and shows off the highest view downtown. Enter the Park Place lobby and take the elevator to the top floor. Often shoulder-to-shoulder year-round. Go up before 9 for lighter crowds.
An uber-chill atmosphere with comfy chairs and top-notch spirits. Live music on the regular.
Mammoth Distilling Cocktail Lounge
221 Garland St
An uber-chill atmosphere with comfy chairs and top-notch spirits. Live music on the regular.
Fun, industrial-themed brewpub with good beer and good food from a limited menu. They often host fun events with lots of local color.
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The Workshop Brewing Company
221 Garland Street
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Fun, industrial-themed brewpub with good beer and good food from a limited menu. They often host fun events with lots of local color.
Sightseeing
You cannot miss a drive up Old Mission Peninsula! This lighthouse is at the dead end of M-37. The lighthouse itself and its grounds are a fine destination, but the drive is the real highlight. We recommend taking Center Road/M-37 north and Peninsula Drive back south for views off each side of this narrow peninsula. Take the side roads, too! You really can't get lost because you'll hit the water soon enough. There are views of the bays, farms, vineyards, grand architecture, harbors, and historic sites. Stop for some fresh fruit at an honor-system farm stand, taste wine every mile along the way (almost), and take a dip at Haserot Park.
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Old Mission Lighthouse
20500 Center Road
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You cannot miss a drive up Old Mission Peninsula! This lighthouse is at the dead end of M-37. The lighthouse itself and its grounds are a fine destination, but the drive is the real highlight. We recommend taking Center Road/M-37 north and Peninsula Drive back south for views off each side of this narrow peninsula. Take the side roads, too! You really can't get lost because you'll hit the water soon enough. There are views of the bays, farms, vineyards, grand architecture, harbors, and historic sites. Stop for some fresh fruit at an honor-system farm stand, taste wine every mile along the way (almost), and take a dip at Haserot Park.
Great biking route off the beaten path. Stunning bay views and interesting homes line this leafy road. Take Eastern Ave to its end and turn left for a leisurely pedal.
East Shore Road
Great biking route off the beaten path. Stunning bay views and interesting homes line this leafy road. Take Eastern Ave to its end and turn left for a leisurely pedal.
Picturesque lighthouse with an enchanting drive through Benzie County.
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Point Betsie Lighthouse
3701 Point Betsie Road
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Picturesque lighthouse with an enchanting drive through Benzie County.
You can't say you've been to the tip unless you go here. Enjoy the rich history in the museum.
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Grand Traverse Lighthouse
15500 Lighthouse Point Road
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You can't say you've been to the tip unless you go here. Enjoy the rich history in the museum.
Everyone asks, so here is the best way to see Old Mission Peninsula from our location: Drive north on Center Road/M37 to Bluff Road. Take that along the water to Blue Water Road and turn left. (Stop at Brys Estate Winery on Blue Water Road!) That takes you back to Center Road which you can follow to the lighthouse at the tip. On your way back (time for a West Bay sunset!) cut west on Bowers Harbor Road to meet Peninsula Drive and take that all the way back.
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Old Mission
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Everyone asks, so here is the best way to see Old Mission Peninsula from our location: Drive north on Center Road/M37 to Bluff Road. Take that along the water to Blue Water Road and turn left. (Stop at Brys Estate Winery on Blue Water Road!) That takes you back to Center Road which you can follow to the lighthouse at the tip. On your way back (time for a West Bay sunset!) cut west on Bowers Harbor Road to meet Peninsula Drive and take that all the way back.
Shopping
Two locations: West (Slabtown) and East (US31 along the bay). Well-curated consignment shop with current styles for reasonable prices.
Zany Consignment Boutique West
318 Vine St
Two locations: West (Slabtown) and East (US31 along the bay). Well-curated consignment shop with current styles for reasonable prices.
Four floors to explore in this former-furniture-store-turned-antiques-mall. Each booth has its own personality. (Insider Tip: They will always give you 10% off if you ask.)
Wilson Antiques
123 South Union Street
Four floors to explore in this former-furniture-store-turned-antiques-mall. Each booth has its own personality. (Insider Tip: They will always give you 10% off if you ask.)
Stylish selection of antiques and modern furniture and accessories with emphasis on Midcentury Modern and Farmhouse Industrial.
Reclectia
1132 S Garfield Ave
Stylish selection of antiques and modern furniture and accessories with emphasis on Midcentury Modern and Farmhouse Industrial.
Sophisticated jewelry inspired by Northern Michigan's natural features. A truly unique souvenir.
Becky Thatcher Designs
234 E Front St
Sophisticated jewelry inspired by Northern Michigan's natural features. A truly unique souvenir.
One of my favorite boutiques in TC (also in Suttons Bay) carries casually elegant clothing that's nicely coordinated across brands. Very helpful sales staff.
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238 E Front St
One of my favorite boutiques in TC (also in Suttons Bay) carries casually elegant clothing that's nicely coordinated across brands. Very helpful sales staff.
Well chosen selection of art and handmade gifts in the historic Building 50 at the GT Commons.
Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods
800 Cottageview Dr
Well chosen selection of art and handmade gifts in the historic Building 50 at the GT Commons.
The best place to buy local food to take home! Handcrafted preserves, jams, salsas, sauces, and toppings as well as unique gift baskets. Taste it all, then ship it home or to a friend. Try the classic Sour Cherry Preserves or my favorites: Chili Jam, Pumpkin Seed Salsa, and Salted Maple Caramel.
American Spoon
230 E Front St
The best place to buy local food to take home! Handcrafted preserves, jams, salsas, sauces, and toppings as well as unique gift baskets. Taste it all, then ship it home or to a friend. Try the classic Sour Cherry Preserves or my favorites: Chili Jam, Pumpkin Seed Salsa, and Salted Maple Caramel.
Bath products and unique gifts made from their own farm-grown lavender. Wander the acres of flowers, berries, and fall pumpkins.
Secret Garden at Brys Estate
3309 Blue Water Rd
Bath products and unique gifts made from their own farm-grown lavender. Wander the acres of flowers, berries, and fall pumpkins.
The general store from your memories! This place is charming and nostalgic without realizing it. Their motto is, "If we don't have it, you don't need it." And they mean it. Slam the screen door and find just about anything your little vacationing heart desires here in the narrow aisles of a historic building.
Lake Ann Grocery
19619 Maple St
The general store from your memories! This place is charming and nostalgic without realizing it. Their motto is, "If we don't have it, you don't need it." And they mean it. Slam the screen door and find just about anything your little vacationing heart desires here in the narrow aisles of a historic building.
Fun shop with everything for the home cook, plus lots of cool local gifts with a sense of humor.
Peppercorn of Traverse City
226 E Front St
Fun shop with everything for the home cook, plus lots of cool local gifts with a sense of humor.
Locally owned and operated, with unique designs on shirts and souvenirs of all kinds. They customize!
Mr Bill's Shirt Co
228 East Front Street
Locally owned and operated, with unique designs on shirts and souvenirs of all kinds. They customize!