Vacation! Al Fresco Dining & Drinks CHANDLER’S The street-side courtyard dining at this revered Petoskey establishment, housed alongside a historic general store, is a wildly romantic experience—one of the best places around for an intimate date. Fabulous wine list, creative cocktails, elegant fare, live music on weekends. 215 HOWARD ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.2981, LAKEANDHOWARD.COM.
DINING OUT Cafe Sante: This casually refined, European-style bistro dishes up its unique breakfast options every day till 3 p.m., making it a great go-to for a late, lingering brunch. Simple classics like eggs Benedict and quiche Lorraine mingle on the menu with treats like the tiramisu Belgian waffle; lunch items include smoked salmon salad, steak and frites, and escargot. 1 WATER ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.582.8800, MAGNUMHOSPITALITY.COM/CAFESANTE.
The Original Pancake House: The hardest part about breakfast here is making your selection from the lengthy, tempting menu: omelets, corned beef hash, waffles, crepes, and of course, flapjacks—a dozen different kinds, from coconut to bacon-filled to lacy Swedish pancakes served with lingonberry sauce. Don’t miss the signature Apple Pancake, a baked beauty heaped with sautéed apples and a cinnamon-sugar glaze. 4165 MAIN ST., BAY HARBOR, 231.439.9989, ORIGINALPANCAKEHOUSE.COM.
Roast & Toast: Breakfast is quick and satisfying at this eclectic café. All the classics—pancakes,
This Boyne City restaurant and pub is all about the locavore movement—so it’s not uncommon for 10 of the 15 rotating taps to be devoted to regional breweries like Founders, Short’s, New Holland and Keweenaw. Enjoy a beer on the patio; stay late to catch live local music and the nightlife scene. 220 LAKE ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.268.4628, THIRSTYGOAT.COM.
KNOT JUST A BAR Located in Bay Harbor’s marina, this restaurant is refined yet still casual—to be expected from a place where patrons often arrive by boat. Sip a cocktail from the waterfront deck, order from the seasonally inspired menu, and spend the evening yacht-watching. 820 FRONT ST., BAY HARBOR, 231.439.2770, KNOTJUSTABAR.COM.
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French toast, egg sandwiches—but with a few delicious twists: cumin-crusted home-fries, bagels with Sirracha cream cheese, a slow-cooked oatmeal bar. Other delectables include freshly made pastries, granola, bread, and in-house roasted coffee. 309 E. LAKE ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.7767, ROASTANDTOAST.COM.
Julienne Tomatoes: The sandwiches at this charming Petoskey cafe and deli are the stuff of foodie dreams: there are more than a dozen to choose from, each crafted from super fresh, locally sourced ingredients and specialty breads from nearby Crooked Tree Breadworks. Housemade soups, salads, and desserts too. 421 HOWARD ST., 231.439.9250, JULIENNETOMATOES.COM. Guerney’s Harbor Bottle Shop: Tucked in the back of a wine store in downtown Harbor Springs, Guerney’s no-frills sandwich counter has developed a passionate following for its fresh-sliced meat-and-cheese delights on super-soft, house-baked bread. Two tips: Do order the deli sauce (it’s divine), don’t ask for tomatoes (the owners are anti, claiming tomatoes ruin their spectacular bread). 215 E. MAIN ST., 231.526.5472.
Good Hart General Store: The spectacular drive along M-119 is made better with a stop at the deli inside this 1930s-era general store. Order up some hot or cold made-to-order sandwiches, then ask for directions to the nearby beach—a secluded Lake Michigan oasis just waiting for you and your picnic. 1075 N. LAKE SHORE DR., 231.526.7661, GOODHARTSTORE.COM. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 25
Ideas for your ultimate Northern Michigan vacation. A supplement to Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine.