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There’s no shortage of summertime goodness to be had in Traverse City: pristine beaches on one of the biggest, cleanest freshwater bays on Earth, festivals all summer long, a booming wine and craft-brew scene, arts and music and boutique shopping, and a foodie culture that continues to turn heads across the nation. What makes this bustling waterfront city so endearing, though, is that it still maintains its warm, welcoming, small-town Up North charm. It’s the best of both worlds—and the perfect place for an escape. Enjoy your time in Traverse City! —The editors of MyNorth.com and Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
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The area’s flagship summer festival draws more than a half-million people to the downtown Traverse City waterfront every year to celebrate the region’s favorite fruit (Michigan, and specifically this area, grows nearly 75 percent of the nation’s tart cherries). Fittingly, annual highlights include cherry-pie-eating and pit-spitting contests—but there’s also a giant county-fair-style midway, a parade nearly every day, a Cherry Queen pageant, car shows, beer tent, musical main-stage, fireworks, and much, much more. This year marks the festival’s 88th anniversary; opening weekend will be headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show, 231.947.4230, CHERRYFESTIVAL.ORG.
Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, July Experience the thrill of a real-deal equestrian competition just minutes from downtown Traverse City. Thousands of the nation’s best horses and riders show their stuff in show-jumping and dressage events. Festivities start July 2 at Flintfields Horse Park and run intermittently throughout the month, HORSESHOWSBYTHEBAY.COM.
Traverse City Film Festival, July 29–August 3 Every year the TCFF brings the very best independent, foreign and documentary films to a handful of downtown venues and viewing spaces (including our favorite: a giant inflatable outdoor screen at the waterfront Open Space park); we also suggest checking out the workshops and panel discussions with directors, actors and screenwriters. Ticket information and event schedule online. 231.392.1134, TRAVERSECITYFILMFEST.ORG.
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Friday Night Live, Friday evenings in August Downtown TC turns into one big block party during this beloved summer tradition. Live music, street food, face-painting, dance performances, and other family-friendly fun. From 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., August 1 through 22. DOWNTOWNTC.COM
Microbrew & Music Festival This annual event, now held twice a year (February and August), is a great way to check out what the Mitten’s best brewers have been up to. Sample a curated selection of 150-some craft beverages and custom brews from more than 30 Michigan brewers, chow on local food from regional restaurants and vendors, and catch live music. Dates and schedule at MICROBREWANDMUSIC.COM.
Schooner Fest 2014, September 14-22 White sails on the blue bay usher the Schooner Fest to the Traverse City waterfront. Highlights include the seven-vessel Parade of Tall Ships on September
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Acme Fall Festival Pancake breakfast, craft show and demonstrations, antique and classic cars, trucks and tractors, pie contests and much more. Last Saturday in September. Flintfields Horse Park, Bates Rd., Williamsburg. DISCOVERACME.COM.
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Renowned comedians descend upon Traverse City in the depths of winter each year for this festival, which also offers a host of free activities right on Front Street, including a Ferris wheel, ice skating, sledding and even frozen mini golf (the obstacles are ice carvings). WINTERCOMEDY.ORG. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 5
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Summer Staples Farmers Markets: Traverse City’s emergent food culture isn’t just a passing trend; it’s firmly rooted in the region’s rich agricultural tradition, which grows more exciting each year as farmers and food artisans with great ideas put their stamp on the scene. Check out the bounty at the city’s two weekly markets: the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays at Cass St. and Grandview Parkway; DOWNTOWNTC.COM) and the Village Outdoor Farmers Market (Mondays at Grand Traverse Commons; THEVILLAGETC.COM).
Rogers Observatory: Northwestern Michigan College’s J. H. Rogers Observatory is the area’s best spot for guided stargazing. Twice-monthly public viewing nights run just $2 for individuals and $5 for families, 1753 BIRMLEY RD., TC, 231.946.1787, NMC.EDU. Ranch Rudolf: The Boardman River meanders through a thickly forested valley, serving up quietude and wildlife just a short jaunt from Traverse City. The river runs clear and cold and, in some places, is fairly swift—but it’s kind to paddlers of all skill levels. Rent canoes, kayaks or tubes at Ranch Rudolf, 6841 BROWN BRIDGE RD., TC, 231.947.9529, RANCHRUDOLF.COM.
State Theatre: One of the crown jewels of Traverse City’s cultural scene, the State Theatre (233 E. FRONT ST.) is also one of the region’s best historic preservation stories. Saved nearly a decade ago from an uncertain, shuttered future, the 1916-built single-screen theater now gleams as a volunteer-run, state-of-the-art cinema boasting an unmatched lineup of art-house and foreign films, and even 25-cent classic and children’s matinees. Last year, in another big win for the region, the State saved another historic TC landmark—the WPA6 MyNorth.com
era Con Foster building in Clinch Park—and renovated it into a jewel-box-sized, first-run movie theater: the 170-seat Bijou by the Bay, 181 E. GRANDVIEW PKWY., 231.947.4800, STATETHEATRETC.ORG.
Traverse City Beach Bums: This Frontier League ball club is a beloved part of Traverse City’s summertime traditions. Reasonable ticket prices, between-inning kids games, giveaways, fireworks, and shenanigans from the team’s mascot bears make this a perfect family-friendly outing. For a sweet date-night, there’s nothing more romantic than taking advantage of the park’s laid-back outfield lawn seating. Simply bring your own blanket and a jacket for the late innings, and make it your own field of dreams, Wuerfel Park, 333 STADIUM DR., TC 231.943.0100, TRAVERSECITYBEACHBUMS.COM.
U-Pick: In one of the world’s prime fruit-growing regions, spending a few hours in a U-pick berry patch or orchard is simply a summertime must. Look for strawberries in June, cherries, blueberries and raspberries in August, peaches in late summer, apples in fall. Visit LOCALDIFFERENCE.ORG for a searchable directory of the area’s U-picks.
Ice Cream: It’s not truly summer unless there’s ice cream involved. TC is anchored on either end of town by two vintage-cute walkup ice cream stands: Bardon’s Wonder Freeze to the east (1100 E FRONT ST., TC, 231.941.4326) and Dairy Lodge to the west (405 N. DIVISION ST., TC, 231.941.4374). Downtown, across from the State Theatre, find Cherry Cone (240 E FRONT ST., TC, 231.944.1036). For a destination ice cream experience, take a drive to Moomers, a dairy farm and creamery voted America’s best ice cream by viewers of Good Morning America. A whopping 120 flavors await. 7263 N. LONG LAKE RD., TC, 231.941.4122, MOOMERS.COM.
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Jazz at Sunset: A longstanding weekly live jazz series at the breathtaking Chateau Chantal vineyard and winery on Old Mission Peninsula, 15900 RUE DE VIN, 231.223.4110, CHATEAUCHANTAL.COM.
tution since the ’30s with great grub and live local entertainment several nights a week, 540 W. FRONT ST., TC, 231.946.6925, LILBO.COM.
Poppycock’s: Both emerging and longloved local music acts can be found playing to the cocktail crowd at this casual, contemporary restaurant. 128 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.941.7632, POPPYCOCKSTC.COM..
Kilkenny’s Irish Public House: A lively Irish pub with local and touring musicians many nights, 400 W. FRONT ST., 231.941.7527, KILKENNYSPUB.COM.
Beacon Lounge: Known simply to locals as the “Top of the Park,” this intimate, vaguely throw-back space on the 10th floor of the historic Park Place Hotel is the place for great martinis, great sunsets and live piano music. 300 E. STATE ST., TC, 231.946.5000, PARK-PLACE-HOTEL.COM.
Turtle Creek Casino: This 24/7 casino has more than 1,000 slot machines and all the traditional Vegas-style table games—blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more. But beyond the casino floor is the Level 3 Lounge, which hosts live and DJ’ed music plus a weekly comedy series on Thursday nights, 7741 M72, WILLIAMSBURG, 800.922.2WIN, TURTLECREEKCASINO.COM.
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City Opera House: This cherished downtown Victorian opera house has been a cornerstone of culture in the region since the late 1800s, hosting everything from gala balls to rock concerts. After a meticulous renovation and preservation campaign, the 700-seat venue is now a marriage of historic details—fresco paintings, gold-leaf accents, a dramatic barrel vault ceiling—and state-of-the-art acoustics. In short, it’s a spectacular space to catch a show. Diverse national touring acts include live comedy, readings by acclaimed authors, music, dance, theater, family productions and more. Schedule online. 106 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.941.8082, CITYOPERAHOUSE.ORG.
Union Street Station: A low-key neighborhood watering hole where live entertainment has been a staple since 1891. You’ll find music here most evenings, including open mic nights, karaoke and DJ’ed dance parties. 117 S. UNION ST., TC, 231.941.1930, UNIONSTREETSTATIONTC.NET.
InsideOut Gallery: The emerging artists featured at this 200-seat Warehouse District venue often fly just under the radar, so stay tuned to the schedule, and you’ll be treated to some of the nation’s best up-and-coming acts in jazz, folk, blues, Americana and world music. Featuring a collection of gritty pop art, this is also the place to catch exhibits, local acts and curated flicks as part of the free “Brew and View” series every Tuesday.
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Milliken Auditorium: At Dennos Museum Center’s intimate, acoustically superior 350-seat venue, the focus is on a diverse line-up of theater, dance and music from around the world, including jazz, soul, folk and the blues. Check the schedule to find performances ranging from Tuvan throat singers to Chinese acrobats. 1701 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.995.1553, DENNOSMUSEUM.ORG.
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Clinch Park: Just steps from downtown, TC’s most popular beach offers 1,500 sandy feet of frontage on West Grand Traverse Bay. It’s a sublime spot for sunbathing and swimming, with picnic tables, lifeguards and big shade trees for when you need a break from the heat. Major renovations last year included sparkling new restrooms and a splash pad for little ones. Get there safely from downtown via the pedestrian tunnel at the foot of Cass Street. Taylor Park: The sandy swimming area
here is bordered by shady woods, making the spot feel sheltered and peaceful. Amenities include a volleyball court, dock and picnic area; Long Lake Grocery is just across the street for snacks and picnic fare. Located on North Long Lake Road, 10 minutes west of downtown TC.
East Bay Park: The shore here is very
shallow, making it ideal for young families (and anyone wishing to park their lawn chair right in the water). Lifeguards, restrooms, playground, shaded picnic area. Located at the foot of East Front Street, where it meets East Grand Traverse Bay.
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Traverse Bay an “undevelopment” project. The spot was formerly a string of privately owned parcels, home to motels and restaurants, but Acme Township and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy teamed to envision the invaluable beachfront as something that everyone should be able to enjoy. Now, the beach at Bayside Park—one section of what will eventually be the mile-long Shoreline Park—is open to the public, with picnic tables, basketball and shuffleboard courts, and public restrooms. (Read more about the project at gtrlc.org). Enter the park just south of the intersection of US31 North and M72.
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Lake, about 10 miles southeast of Traverse City, is a glorious fishing spot—but being just 44 feet at its deepest point, it’s also one heck of a swimming hole, with warm, shallow waters. The public beach at this sprawling lake’s north end is small, but you’ll likely have the place to yourself, and the little brook that empties into the lake will fascinate little kids for hours. Off East Arbutus Lake Road.
Bryant Park: If you’ve got the whole
gang along for a beach day, then head to Bryant Park, on West Grand Traverse Bay
just east of downtown. The enormous beach offers plenty of space to sprawl out, plus there’s a playground, picnic tables, charcoal grills, shade trees and squeaky-clean restrooms. Find Bryant Park at the base of Old Mission Peninsula where Garfield Avenue meets Peninsula Drive.
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Tall Ship Manitou: This 114-foot replica of an 1800s schooner seems to have sailed straight out of a Great Lakes history book. A ride aboard the tall ship is a thrill for all ages; choose from three daily tours (noon, afternoon and the popular evening cruise), each two hours long. 13258 SW BAY SHORE DR., TC, 231.941.2000, TALLSHIPSAILING.COM.
Nauti-Cat: A sunset sail around Grand Traverse Bay aboard this catamaran is a dreamy way to cap off a summer day. The boat departs on four cruises daily; or, throw a party and rent the whole boat for you and up to 45 of your closest buds. Cash bar and bathroom on board. 615 E. FRONT ST.,
of a parasail, which lifts you high over the waves of Grand Traverse Bay, you’ll get what’s quite possibly the best view to be had in all of Traverse City. That, plus the bragging rights that you survived dangling up to 500 vertical feet over the water. Try East Bay Parasail (1401 US31, TC, EASTBAYPARASAIL. COM) or Traverse Bay Parasail (1773 US31, TC, TBPARASAIL.COM) for solo and tandem flights.
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love the feeling of gliding over glassy H2O, put paddleboarding—the area’s emerging new favorite watersport—at the top of your summer bucket list. Or, kick it old-school in a canoe or kayak. Whatever your paddling pleasure, we suggest getting out on the bay early in the morning, when the water is calmest and there’s no boat traffic to contend with. Find rentals at The River, Clinch Park, TC, 231.883.7890, THERIVERTRAVERSECITY.COM.
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want to miss an inch of Grand Traverse Bay’s 300 square miles, a powerboat is a must. Sail & Power Boat Rental has ski boats, pontoons and jet skis—plus kneeboarding, tubing and waterski paraphernalia. We suggest heading over to Power Island, a 202-acre oasis in West Bay where you can drop anchor for a sandbar swim, 615 E. FRONT
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depth of 600 feet, and an abundance of lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and salmon, the bay offers all the perks of fishing Lake Michigan with some buffer from the elements. Here’s what you need to know: Bait and tackle are usually provided; a typical half-day trip runs about four hours; and anyone 17 and over who plans to fish will need a valid Michigan fishing license (day licenses run about $10). Three charter companies to try: Big Kahuna (bigkahunacharter.com), Daydreamer (fishdaydreamer. com), and Reel Fun (reelfunfishingcharters.com). MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 13
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TC has long been home to a thriving bike culture, with loads of trails and paths for all types— whether your preferred two-wheeler is a mountain bike, road bike or laid-back cruiser. Find rentals in town at McLain Cycle and Fitness (mclaincycle.com), Brick Wheels (brickwheels.com) and The River (therivertraversecity.com).
Vasa Pathway: Come summer, Michigan’s premier cross-country ski trail becomes the region’s best mountain biking path. A series of loops (5K, 10K, 20K) threading through Pere Marquette State Forest offers a challenging mix of terrain and top-notch scenery. Trailhead: 4450 BARTLETT RD., ACME, TRAVERSETRAILS.ORG.
Old Mission Peninsula: Old Mission’s undulating terrain makes it both a visual delight (picture: orchards, vineyards, sweeping water views) and a wonderful challenge for experienced road cyclists. For a beautiful half-day ride, park at East Bay Park and cruise up the peninsula’s west shoreline, then down along the east shoreline, avoiding the steep inclines (and heavier car traffic) of M37 up the spine.
Boardman Lake Trail: This short, easy out-and-back skirts the east side of Boardman Lake through thick woods that dapple the path with filtered sunlight. The path is just two miles; we suggest circling back and ending the trip with smoothies at nearby Oryana Food Co-Op, accessible via a bike-friendly bridge across the Boardman River. Find parking off Hannah Road, south of the Traverse Area District Library, TRAVERSETRAILS.ORG.
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HIKING TRAILS Sand Lakes Quiet Area: This secluded section of the Pere Marquette State Forest delivers on the peacefulness its name suggests. Eleven miles of easy-to-moderate hiking trails wind through nearly 3,000 wooded acres, home to five geologically rare marl lakes (two of which are stocked with rainbow and brook trout); a beautiful spot for bird- and wildlife-watching. Ten miles east of Traverse City, off Broomhead Road, 231.922.5280.
Grand Traverse County Natural Education Reserve: A 505-acre gem with nearly seven miles of trails winding along the Boardman River, past rapids, marshes, swamps, forests and an active beaver pond. Great place to bring kiddos for an easy nature walk; don’t miss the interpretive gallery exhibits at the Boardman River Nature Center (open Tuesday through Friday, some Saturdays), at the north end of the reserve. 1450 CASS RD., TC, NATUREISCALLING.ORG.
Old Mission State Park: At the tip of Old Mission Peninsula lies this park, home to the 144-year-old Mission Point Lighthouse. Walk the cobbled beach way out to where the land meets the water, or take an easy stroll along the paths surrounding the lighthouse. For longer hikes, explore the extended trails through the acres of woods and abandoned orchards that surround the park. Located at the northern terminus of M37.
Grand Traverse Commons: This 430-acre, in-town oasis was once the campus for the Northern Michigan Asylum, a 19th-century state mental hospital that closed in 1989. Now, the rolling grounds here serve as TC’s unofficial “Central Park,” with miles of meandering hiking trails, plus sweeping views of Grand Traverse Bay and the stunning Victorian-Italianate spires of the Commons’ historic buildings. 830 COTTAGEVIEW DR., TC, TRAIL MAPS AT THEVILLAGETC.COM.
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Bay Meadows: The best choice for beginners and casual golfers, Bay Meadows offers two ninehole courses—one, an exclusively par-3 course; the other, a slightly longer executive course that has a few par 4’s and 5’s thrown in. If you’re a true beginner, or need to brush up on your skills, Bay Meadows also offers a driving range, practice putting greens and private instruction. Rates as low as $13 for nine holes walking, 5220 BARNEY RD., TC, 231.946.7927, TCBAYMEADOWS.COM.
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Grand Traverse Resort: Three signature courses, all designed by some of the game’s biggest legends, cover the rolling terrain surrounding Grand Traverse Resort. The courses have all scored accolades by the likes of Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, and the Jack Nicklaus–designed course, The Bear, hosted Michigan’s best players in the Michigan Open for decades, 100 GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT VILLAGE BLVD., WILLIAMSBURG, 231.236.1577, GRANDTRAVERSERESORT.COM.
Elmbrook: A full USGA, par-72, 18-hole course that has the distinction of being one of the region’s oldest—and most beautiful—public courses. The high, rolling hills afford some breathtaking views of Grand Traverse Bay (the panoramic view at the sixth hole is spectacular); the clubhouse’s big covered deck is the place to kick back at the end of a round. Rates are very reasonable at just $14 a round if you’re walking, or $32 with a cart, 1750 TOWNLINE RD., TC, 231.946.9180, ELMBROOKGOLF.COM.
Lochenheath: If you’ve always wanted to get close to the sport’s roots, Lochenheath offers one of the few Scottish links-style courses in Northern Michigan. Set on a scenic bluff that was once home to a cherry orchard, this consistently top-rated course can be quite challenging—so beginners and hackers, take note. Well-stocked pro shop, attentive staff, outstanding restaurant (don’t miss the decadent brunch; Frosted Flakes-encrusted French toast, anyone?), 7951 TURNBERRY CIR., WILLIAMSBURG,
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Crown Golf Club: For serious golfers, this 18-hole championship layout course is packed with
challenging shots and superb views. Try the front nine if you’re still in early-season form; low handicappers can contend with hills, hazards and dog legs on the back. Finish up with dinner at the laidback Mulligan’s Pub and Grill, located onsite. Watch for shoulder-season discounts late spring and early fall, 2430 E. CROWN DR., 231.946.2975, GOLFTHECROWN.COM.
Interlochen Golf Club: This scenic, playable 18-hole course is an Interlochen gem. Velvety greens, lush fairways, mature woods and a meandering tributary of the Betsie River all offer plenty of serenity—even if your game isn’t cooperating. Other perks include a practice green, driving range, pro-shop and clubhouse with full dining room. Voted one of the 100 best golf values in America, 10586 US31, INTERLOCHEN, 231.275.7311, INTERLOCHENGOLF.COM.
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4Great Lakes Children’s Museum: This enchanting kids’ museum mixes entertainment, hands-on activities and education to make the science of the Great Lakes watershed come alive. Kids will love racing boats and making waves at the water table, “becoming” a raindrop in the water cycle exhibit, even captaining a freighter. Other highlights include make-and-take crafts, a cool “living river” exhibit, and the Toddler Beach area, which offers age-appropriate books and toys for kids under age three. Admission $6; children under age two are free. 13240 S. WEST BAYSHORE DR., TC, 231.932.4526, GREATLAKESKIDS.ORG.
Pirate’s Cove: Chances are, your kids were begging to go here as soon as you passed it on US31 on your way into Traverse City. Don’t miss it: With two 18-hole mini golf courses, go-carts, zip-lines, a ropes course, bumper boats and a “water coaster” with a 50-foot drop, it’s a summertime must. 1710 US31, TC, 231.938.9599, PIRATESCOVE.NET/TRAVERSE-CITY.
State Theatre Children’s Matinee: Remember the last time a movie cost a quarter? Neither did we—until the historic State Theatre started the brilliant tradition of offering matinee movies for 25 cents twice a week, inspired by the cost of a single ticket back when the State originally opened in 1916. The Wednesday flicks are always silver screen classics, and the Saturday movies are geared toward kids and young families: Shrek, for example, or The Mighty Ducks. We just love the idea of treating the whole gang to a trip to the movies—on nothing but pocket change. 223 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.947.4800, SCHEDULE AT STATETHEATRETC.ORG.
Lucky Jack’s: This 12,000-square-foot arcade has more than enough activities to bust through inevitable kid vacation boredom. Laser tag, bumper cars, billiards tables, bowling, plus pizza and pub grub (and craft beers and wine for Mom and Dad). 1705 S GARFIELD AVE., TC, 231.947.2610, LUCKYJACKS.COM.
Incredible Mo’s: Wear ‘em out at this emporium of fun: bowling, laser tag, pizza, arcade and playroom. SILVER LAKE CROSSINGS BLVD.,
Dennos Museum Discovery Gallery: On the long list of reasons to love Traverse City’s top-notch art museum, the Dennos, is this permanent gallery featuring hands-on art and science installations aimed specifically at kids. Highlights include a laser harp, which plays via invisible strings, an interactive sound wall, and the Hubble Space Telescope Theater, featuring ongoing transmissions of programming from NASA. 1701 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.995.1553, DENNOSMUSEUM.ORG.
Kids Kove: This sprawling outdoor public playground, set on the grounds of the city’s pretty Civic Center, is simply one of the coolest playgrounds we’ve ever seen. Little ones can spend hours exploring the series of wooden towers, pyramids and forts, connected by rope bridges, slides, planks and tunnels. For older kids, there’s a skate park and basketball courts, plus a mile-long walking track for parents to stretch their legs.
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corridor, as it’s hidden on Garland and Hall Streets—close to but out of sight from Traverse City’s busy Front Street and Grandview Parkway. But the location and urban vibe here have encouraged an eclectic variety of businesses to set their roots here, and over the years, it’s evolved into a vibrant little marketplace anchored by a live music venue, a brewery and a cafe. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.
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TC’s Old Town district, where, despite being so close to downtown, the vibe is decidedly more laid-back. Businesses here include galleries, boutiques, home goods stores, salons, bars, a brewery, a neighborhood grocer and a handful of casual restaurants, like Blue Tractor, where you can dig into burgers, comfort food and a post-shopping brew. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.
Mercato: An expansive indoor marketplace on the garden level of Grand Traverse Commons’ historic Building 50—one of the gorgeous 19th-century structures comprising the former Northern Michigan Asylum. The arched corridors, exposed brick alcoves, art-lined hallways and fine boutiques make for an Old World Euro feel, which was exactly the developer’s intent—as a nod to the building’s architectural heritage as well as his own Italian roots. Find jewelry boutiques, a furrier, fine art galleries, wine tasting room, bike shop, Michigan-made market and much more. 830 COTTAGEVIEW DR., TC, THEVILLAGETC.COM.
West End: Step away from all the foot traffic downtown by heading west on Front Street, over the bridge that spans the Boardman River, to find a little cluster of independent shops. Highlights include a doggie bakery and boutique, a gourmet kitchen supply shop (with cult-worthy made-to-go sandwiches), a chocolatier, a jeweler, and two specialty grocers with local wines and fabulous food finds from around the region. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.
Grand Traverse Resort: This destination east of Traverse City is pure Up North: shopping, dining, golf, a world-class spa. The resort’s Tower Gallery of Shops, open to the public, is a cool collection of boutiques ranging from a toy store to gourmet foods boutique to a pro shop. Two of our favorites: Dylan’s Candy Bar and Candy Cafe, with gumball-topped tables and candy cane bar stools, and Mud Pie, a shop with hip clothing and accessories, gifts, items for baby, and beachy gear for summertime. 100 GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT VILLAGE BLVD., WILLIAMSBURG, 231.534.6705, GRANDTRAVERSERESORT.COM.
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Bella Galleria: A fine art gallery attached to Old Mission Tavern on Old Mission Peninsula, focusing on original works by more than 75 local and regional artists. Don’t overlook the adjacent sculpture studio, featuring work by Verna Bartnick, owner of the tavern and gallery. 17015 CENTER RD., TC, 231.223.4142, OLDMISSIONTAVERN.COM.
Americana Gallery: A fine collection of classic American artistry with an eye toward Michigan-related pieces, including prints by Northern Michigan’s beloved Gwen Frostic and gorgeous wooden relief maps of Michigan lakes. 224 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.933.0297.
Cog’s Creek: This chic space in TC’s Little Bohemia neighborhood serves as a working studio and contemporary gallery showcasing the work of more than a dozen local artists and craftsmen, including original jewelry crafted by owner Kim Bazemore. Fiber arts, ceramics, furniture, works on paper and canvas and more. 124 N. MAPLE ST., TC, 231.620.0458, COGSCREEKGALLERY.COM.
Evergreen Gallery: A lovely, spunky selection of fine art and gifts, much of it sourced from local and regional artists. Paintings, prints, photography, pottery and wall tiles, glass work, cards and more. 153 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.929.9522, EVERGREENGALLERYTC.COM. Soul Soup: A working studio and gallery, home to artist and author Kristen Jongen’s lively, whimsical prints, each a blend of mixed media and poetry. You’ll also find works by other area artists, plus workshops and community gatherings. Hours vary; call ahead. 144 HALL ST., 107, TC, 231.932.7363, MYSOULSOUP.COM.
This newly expanded mixedmedia gallery and boutique shines the spotlight on one-of-akind studio jewelry, but also offers an eclectic variety of other works by more than 150 regional and North American artists. Themes here include antiquity, mystery, contemporary/abstract, upcycled pieces and found art. Gallery Fifty also hosts six fine art exhibitions each year in the mercato space adjacent to its boutique, in addition to trunk shows. 800 Cottage View Dr., G50, TC, 231.932.0775, galleryfifty.com. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 25
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Situated on 1,200 wooded acres between two glacial lakes, Interlochen Center for the Arts is a major hub for music, art and culture in Northwest Michigan. The annual performing arts series here is a summer highlight, bringing some of the world’s top musical touring acts in all genres (last season’s headliners included the Avett Brothers, the Steve Miller Band, Josh Groban, and Harry Connick Jr., among others; the 2014 lineup will be posted online in the spring). The main stage is the gor-
geous 3,900-seat covered outdoor Kresge Auditorium on Green Lake, but there are smaller venues, too: 952-seat indoor Corson Auditorium for dance and music; 200-seat Dendrinos Chapel for intimate recitals; state-of-the-art Harvey Theatre for dramatic performances; the Writing House for readings by authors and poets; and the Elizabethan-inspired Upton-Morley outdoor pavilion, with open seating and lawn space for taking in Interlochen’s annual Shakespeare Festival performances.
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Founded in 1928 as a summer music camp, Interlochen is now a three-pillared institution, comprised of the arts camp (for grades 3 through 12), the summer music festival, and an independent boarding high school devoted to the fine arts. While much of the public knows it for its fantastic concert
Interlochen is also home to an internationally renowned high-school arts academy and a summer camp. Student recitals are open to the public—and with tickets often under $10, they make for an inexpensive date night. Interlochen’s annual “Collage” performance is one not to miss; the signature event is an exhilarating sampler of student performances in all mediums, showcasing the talents of these rising young stars. Find a full events schedule and ticket information online. 4000 M137, INTERLOCHEN, 231.276.7800, INTERLOCHEN.ORG.
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Dennos Museum Center
The region’s premier art museum is just steps from downtown Traverse City, yet tucked away from the busyness of downtown, as it sits among tall pines and a sculpture courtyard on the oasis-like campus of Northwestern Michigan College. All year long, Dennos maintains a dynamic array of exhibitions, including three galleries that showcase national and regional exhibits. Its permanent collections include the nation’s largest and most complete collection of Inuit art, plus the hands-on Discovery Gallery, which will enchant young children. Milliken Auditorium is Dennos’ intimate onsite venue for music, dance, theater and other live entertainment; expect dazzling acoustics and a world-class line-up of touring acts. Call or visit online for ticket information and a schedule of upcoming exhibits and events. 1701 E. Front St., TC, 231.995.1055, dennosmuseum.org. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 29
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A family tradition for over 35 years Sandwiches Soups & Salads Fresh Seafood Daily Childrens Menu Complete Carry-out Menu Fresh-crafted Ales Lunch & Dinner Menu Available All Day Authentic Southwest Smokehouse BBQ
Located In The Heart of Downtown Traverse City Front Street & Cass OPEN 7 DAYS 231-933-1100
Red Hot Best
424 W Front St. • Traverse City 231.941.7651 • folgarellis.net
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BREAKFAST Omelette Shoppe: A TC classic with specialty omelets, griddle favorites, breakfast scrambles, diner coffee and cinnamon rolls as big as your face. Two bustling locations: 124 CASS ST., TC, 231.946.0912, AND 1209 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.946.0590, OMELETTESHOPPE.COM.
Green House Cafe: Slide into a booth before the 10:30 a.m. breakfast-time cut-off, and you’ll be rewarded with classics done right—hot cakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs every which way, and house specials starring fresh, seasonal ingredients. 115 E FRONT ST., TC, 231.929.7687,
E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.421.1353, MORSELSBAKERY.COM.
made-to-order sandwiches. Or, for a true Euro-style picnic, grab some cheese, fresh-made bread and a bottle of wine. 424 W. FRONT ST., TC, 231.941.7651, FOLGARELLIS.NET.
Folgarelli’s: An Italian grocer with a killer sandwich counter with more than 30
Mary’s Kitchen Port: In the back of this gourmet kitchen store is the city’s best-kept secret: coolers full of gourmet packaged sandwiches and pasta salads, made fresh daily. Bottled drinks, snacks and homemade desserts, too. 5369 W. FRONT ST., 231.941.0525.
Morsels: A bright little cafe whose namesake treats—bite-sized cakelets, scones and muffins—pair perfectly with exceptionally executed coffee and barista specialties. The simple menu includes house-made granola, breakfast tacos and biscuits with Morsels’ own bacon jam. 321
A lot of thought went into the menu at this downtown “it” spot, and breakfast is no exception: slow-roasted pork belly, stuffed tomatoes, smoked salmon, Grand Marnier French toast. 202 E. STATE ST., TC, 231.929.0900, THETOWNEPLAZA.COM.
Grand Traverse Pie Co.: We think it’s perfectly fine to let a slice of pie stand alone as a meal. But for a more well-rounded lunch, the menu here also includes grilled sandwiches, quiche, pot pies and homemade soups, all available to go. Two locations downtown, 525
Burritt’s: This West End specialty grocery has a fully stocked deli counter, perfect for outfitting a picnic. Pre-made salads, ready-to-eat BBQ pulled pork, sliced meats and cheeses, local produce and a huge wine selection. 509 W FRONT ST., TC, 231.946.3300,
Patisserie Amie and Chez Peres: A favorite spot to linger over a late brunch. Rich, bold coffee and a European-inspired menu featuring sweet and savory crêpes, beignets, truffled eggs, plus “bebe waffles” and Nutella-banana sandwiches for les enfants. 237 LAKE AVE., TC, 231.922.9645, PATISSERIEAMIETC.COM.
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Chef’s In: Head to Clinch Park with a paper sack stuffed with build-your-own hot and cold sandwiches and containers of composed salads from this friendly, no-frills lunch joint. Write your order on the white paper menu, hand it to the cook, and prepare for sandwich nirvana. 519 W. FRONT STREET, 231.941.1144, CHEFSINTC.COM.
Bay Bread: Take-out doesn’t get easier than this Slabtown bakery’s boxed lunch specials, featuring hot and cold sandwiches on freshly baked breads like ciabatta, foccacia, sourdough and rye. Bonus: It’s right across the street from the bay’s long public beach, one of our favorite places to unfurl a picnic blanket. 601 RANDOLPH ST., TC, 231.922.8022, BAYBREADCO.COM. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 31
CRAFT BEER FLATBREAD PIZZA FRESH SALADS OUTDOOR BAR & PATIO
Located just off the TART Trail in the Historic Railroad Depot Lunch and Dinner Service Daily Sunday Brunch 9am to 3pm 229 E. Front Street • Traverse City 231-941-8888 • www.amical.com Reservations Accepted • Gift Certificates
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Boathouse Restaurant: Take a table on the spacious deck overlooking the Bowers Harbor Shore, savor the Boathouse’s refined, contemporary fare and feel like you just tasted heaven. 14039 PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.4030, BOATHOUSEWESTBAY.COM.
Firefly: This hip little spot is hugged by a slim patio that overlooks the sleepy Boardman River. A favorite place for after-work cocktails, known for its small plates, sushi and steaks. 310 CASS ST., TC, 231.932.1310, TCFIREFLY.COM.
Bistro Fou Fou:This intimate patio facing Cass Street feels like Paris. Bon Appétit! 118 CASS ST., TC, 231.421.6583, BISTROFOUFOU.
ANGELA BROWN, JORDAN OSTER
Amical: Like a sweet little Parisian sidewalk
Microbreweries Filling Station: In the city’s historic train depot, with a rotating list of 10 craft beers and wood-fired flatbreads. 642 RAILROAD PL., TC,
The Shed: Watch the stars come out while enjoying local beers on tap at this pint-sized pub and seasonal rooftop beer garden, tucked away upstairs from Blue Tractor Cook Shop in Traverse City’s Old Town district. Legendary burgers, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, brick-oven pizzas, and other crave-worthy, homestyle foods. 423 S. UNION ST., TC,
Right Brain: As many as 25 creative brews on tap, ranging from an apple pie amber ale to a fiery chipotle porter. Snack plates, waffle sandwiches. 225 E 16TH ST., TC, 231.944.1239, RIGHTBRAINBREWERY.COM.
cafe, this TC institution offers casual streetside dining with European-inspired fare, a wonderful wine selection, aged Scotch and cognac, and a dessert case full of temptations. 229 E. FRONT ST.,
Workshop: A zero-waste brewery with
TC, 231.941.8888, AMICAL.COM.
ST., TC, 231.421.8977, TRAVERSECITYWORKSHOP.COM.
Pangea’s Pizza: If you can dream it up,
Brewery Terra Firma: A good bit of
a mix of classic brews and creative seasonals made with organic grains. Fresh sandwiches, snacks, kids menu. 221 GARLAND
North Peak: Beers that run the gamut from smooth stouts to aggressive, hoppy IPAs. Extensive menu, cheerful service, huge outdoor deck, live music. 400 W. FRONT ST., TC, 231.941.7325, NORTHPEAK.NET.
it’s probably a topping offered at this inventive downtown pizzeria, which has patio dining tucked away from the bustle of Front Street. Gluten-free crust available. 135 E. FRONT ST., TC, 231.946.9800,
the beer lifecycle—from hop harvest to first pour—happens on this historic 10-acre farm. Come prepared with an adventurous tasting mindset. 2959 HARTMAN RD., 231.929.1600,
The Little Fleet: The street food revolu-
Brewery Ferment: A bright space
Jolly Pumpkin: Award-winning handcrafted spirits and beers. Order a tasting flight, then troll the menu for bison sloppy joes, pulled pork nachos and other hearty fare. 13512 PENINSULA DR., TC, 231.223.4333, JOLLYPUMPKIN.COM.
tion is alive and kicking at this food truck lot and sleek bar that dishes up everything from gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese to smokehouse-style BBQ. Dine outside (or indoors if the weather isn’t favorable).
where the vibe feels like lounging in a pal’s living room. Five flagship beers plus throw-back bar snacks like pickled eggs and spiced nuts. 511 S. UNION ST., TC, 231.
Mackinaw Brewing Co.: Full line of
448 E FRONT ST, TC, 231.943.4116, THELITTLEFLEET.COM.
TC, 231.933.1100, MACKINAWBREWING.COM.
craft beers and huge menu offering some of the best burgers in town and a superb onsite smokehouse (ribs!). 161 E. FRONT ST.,
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Old Mission Tour Old Mission Peninsula, a 22-mile-long finger of land that divides East and West Grand Traverse Bays, boasts beachy coastline, rolling hillsides, cherry orchards, wineries, vineyards and breathtaking views. It’s the perfect destination for a meandering daytrip; here are some of our picks for the best Old Mission has to offer. For a map of roads and attractions, visit oldmission.com.
ANGELA BROWN, KAITLYN BUSSELL
Among the many Traverse City restaurants leading the wave of hyper-local cuisine, Mission Table is at the front of the pack, with an elegant menu inspired by ingredients sourced from the region’s farms and fisheries. Local wine, spirits and craft brews, too. The bayside setting is sublime; the service, top-notch. (13512 PENINSULA DR., TC, 231.223.4222, MISSIONTABLE.NET). Next door find Jolly Pumpkin, a casual brewery and distillery with elevated comfort food like truffled French fries and crab tater tots. The dough for the artisan pizzas is crafted with Jolly Pumpkin’s own beer (13512 PENINSULA DR., TC, 231.223.4333, JOLLYPUMPKIN.COM). Art and great food create a masterpiece of an experience at Old Mission Tavern Bella Galleria (17015 CENTER RD. TC, 231.223.4142, OLDMISSIONTAVERN.COM.)
Two great bets for picnic food: Bad Dog Deli for grab-and-go goodies (14091 CENTER RD., TCGRILLS.COM/BAD-DOG-DELI) and Peninsula Market for local produce, wines, sandwiches and even homemade pie (14111 CENTER RD., 231.223.9500, THEPENINSULAMARKET.COM).
One of our favorite drives Up North is Center Road (M37), which meanders up the spine of the peninsula all the way to where the land tapers off into Grand Traverse Bay. At the northern tip you’ll find Lighthouse Park, home to the 1870built Mission Point Lighthouse, miles of hiking trails and a sprawling, pebbly beach that’s perfect for rock picking and catching a stellar sunset. On the way back, take a detour down Peninsula Drive
along West Bay or East Shore Road on East Bay for yet more gorgeous scenery.
Wine: Old Mission’s rare geography—thin strip of hilly land surrounded by Great Lakes waters—and location on the 45th parallel make it one of the best wine regions in the country. Eight wineries call Old Mission home, making it an ideal destination for a wine tour (see our guide on page 35). Hike: The beautifully maintained trail system at Pelizzari Natural Area winds through a lovely mix of landscapes, including a stand of fragrant mature hemlocks. Watch for bluebirds in the meadow. (6854 CENTER RD.) Swim: The big beach at Old Mission Village’s Haserot Park on East Bay is never busy; with a playscape and shallow water, it’s a great spot to stop with kids. Picnic: Bowers Harbor Park on West Bay is a pretty spot for a breezy lunch; find provisions, plus ice cream, antiques and kooky souvenirs at the historic Old Mission General Store (18250 MISSION RD., 231.223.4310).
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Find a designated driver and follow our ultimate guide to spending a day on the wine trail, savoring the wines—and scenery—of Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula. miss the signature meritage blend. 2896 LANGLEY VINEYARD, 800.616.7615, BOWERSHARBOR.COM.
on estate wines that best reflect Michigan’s terroir. The pinot noir and pinot blanc are mesmerizing, as are the views. 1000 CAMINO MARIA DR., 231.929.4206,
Chateau Grand Traverse: As one
Baldyga—the namesake “two lads”—have made a name for themselves teasing out delicate flavors from their sustainably grown wines. Cool-climate reds are their signature, but you’ll also find sparkling wines and small-batch whites at their stateof-the-art, ultra-modern facility. 16985 SMOKEY
of the region’s first wineries, Chateau Grand Traverse helped put Michigan on the map for world-class wines. Now CGT is blazing a trail for more sustainable practices in pest management, erosion control and other aspects of wine production. Fine reds, whites, rieslings and specialty cherry wines. 12239 CENTER RD., 231.223.7355,
Brys Estate: The brick-and-mahogany tasting room provides the perfect backdrop to vintner Coenraad Stassen’s sophisticated wines. Artful reds, crisp whites and a lovely patio for enjoying the scenery out back, formerly home to a centennial cherry farm. 3309 BLUE WATER RD., 231.223.9303,
HOLLOW RD., 231.223.7722, 2LWINERY.COM.
Bonobo Winery: The newest production
OLD MISSION PENINSULA
Two Lads: Vintners Cornel Olivier and Chris
by HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse and Justified’s Amy Smart. 12011 CENTER RD., TC, BONOWINERY.COM.
ANGELA BROWN, KAITLYN BUSSELL
Chateau Chantal: This Old World– inspired winery and B&B is set on a hilltop, affording gorgeous views of grapevine-trellised hillsides and the bay. Cellar tours on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (mid-June through Labor Day); live jazz every Thursday evening; in-depth Tapas Tours explore the intricacies of winemaking through tasting flights paired with small plates. 15900 RUE DE VIN, 800.969.4009, CHATEAUCHANTAL.COM.
An 1896-built one-room schoolhouse serves as the tasting room for this family-run winery. In addition to classic reds and whites, the line-up here includes a selection of enchanting fruit wines made from local tart cherries, sweet cherries and apples. 11480 CENTER RD., 231.223.4050, PENINSULACELLARS.COM.
Black Star Farms Old Mission: You’ll probably want to dawdle over your drink in this cushy tasting room, which boasts a fireplace and a bar crafted from wine barrels. Award-winning wines, fruit brandies from the onsite distillery. 360 MCKINLEY RD. E., 231.944.1300, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM.
Bowers Harbor: A family-run boutique winery pouring award-winning varietals in a laidback tasting room near Bowers Harbor Park. Don’t
Cherry Republic: Cherry wines for adults and a number of playful cherry sodas for kids. 154 E. FRONT ST., 231.932.9205, CHERRYREPUBLIC.COM.
Left Foot Charley: A distinctly urban vibe, mellow white wines, hard ciders, and a big, beautiful patio with a sandbox to occupy any kids in tow. Live music many nights and a weekly “Happy Hour” featuring ethnic eats. 806 RED DR., 100, 231.995.0500, LEFTFOOTCHARLEY.COM.
Taste of Black Star Farms:
Two Traverse City locations to sample Black Star’s signature wines and brandies plus locally crafted vodkas and whiskeys. 800 COTTAGE VIEW
Hawthorne Vineyards: The newest
DR., 231.944.1349; 360 MCKINLEY RD. E., 231.944.1300,
addition to the wineries of Old Mission focuses
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