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Whip up a string of sizzling, one-of-a-kind festivals, throw in a food and beverage scene that is turning heads around the nation, add beaches, azure water and a vineyardcovered peninsula and you have the intoxicating brew that is a Traverse city vacation. What’s more, somehow this fabulous city on the bay has managed to preserve a small town attitude that all but reaches out and wraps folks of all ages in a big, soft Midwestern hug. Play in the sun, eat your heart out then party into the night—or call it an evening under the stars. Welcome to Traverse city! —The editors of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.



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The Good Stuff IF YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS BY THE BAY DO NOT MISS: JULY 4 FIREWORKS Tc loves its July 4 fireworks so much there’s even a club solely devoted to pulling off the big show every year. But you don’t have to be a “Boom Boom club” member yourself to enjoy them—just head out anywhere along the West Bay waterfront at dusk for a spectacular view. TCBOOMBOOM.ORG.

MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR: Get a fresh look at what made the Traverse region legendary in decades past—from its wild lumbering roots to its Prohibitionera, rum-running con men. The 90-minute tour is led by local historians aboard an appropriately painted psychedelic trolley. Reservations required. TRAVERSEHISTORY.ORG. Tickets Available at

HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: 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 3 at Flintfields Horse Park and run intermittently through August. HORSESHOWSBYTHEBAY.COM.

MOOMERS: Good Morning America viewers voted this farm and creamery America’s best ice cream back in 2008. come see what the hype’s about by trying a scoop or two of the 120-some flavors, from Amaretto cherry to White chocolate Oreo. A summertime must for locals and vacationers alike. MOOMERS.COM.

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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY ART FAIR: On August 17, the fine arts take over cass street downtown for Traverse city’s annual juried art fair. Browse paintings, sculpture and other works from more than 90 regional and national artists. The event is free and open to the public. DOWNTOWNTC.COM.

TRAVERSE CITY’S FARMERS MARKET: With as many as 75 vendors and hundreds of shoppers at the peak of the season, elbow room is often in short supply at the region’s premier farmers market. Abundant, however, are the fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and baked goods that make Tc a true locavore’s paradise. Wednesdays and saturdays, between union and cass, one block north of Front street. DOWNTOWNTC.ORG. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Wander downtown streets without having to “look both ways” during one of Tc’s favorite summer events, when the city closes two blocks of Front street’s main drag to traffic and opens them to live music, food, and family entertainment. Friday evenings in August, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. DOWNTOWNTC.COM.

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Clinch Park: Clinch Park’s prime location just off downtown’s main drag makes it one of the area’s busiest beaches. But with 1,500 feet of sandy shoreline, you won’t have to jockey for real estate—even during peak season. Look for a top-tobottom reno of amenities and facilities this summer. Cross busy Grandview Parkway via the pedestrian tunnel on Cass Street. Bryant Park: If you’ve got the family in tow, the beach at Bryant Park is a top pick, with a playground, picnic tables, charcoal grills and shallow water for young swimmers. For the sun-cautious, Bryant’s tall pines cast cool shade for book reading and watching the kids. Located at the base of Old Mission Peninsula where Garfield Avenue meets Peninsula Drive.


Long Lake Township Park: If

the beaches on Grand Traverse Bay are packed, this park west of town might give you a more secluded swim. Long Lake is one of the area’s most lovely inland lakes, and because it’s quicker to warm up than the bay, it’s a good bet for early-

season swimming. Grab all the makings of a picnic lunch just across the street at Long Lake Grocery. Located 10 minutes west of TC on North Long Lake Road.

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hideout away from main roads, the beach at East Bay Park is the in-town place for a quiet afternoon at the beach. Enjoy picnic tables, restrooms, and water so shallow many locals park their lawn chairs right in the water. Great views of the tree-lined hills that line the eastern shore of Grand Traverse Bay. Located where East Front Street meets the water on East Bay.

glory of Lake Michigan become an excuse for not exploring some of the region’s inland lake systems. One of the best? Sprawling Arbutus Lake, about 10 miles southeast of Traverse City. The public beach at the north end isn’t huge, but neither are the crowds, and the little brook that empties into the lake will fascinate the kids for hours. Superb picnic area, fun fishing, and a campground nearby if you decide to stay awhile.

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two lakes: located on an isthmus that runs between Green Lake and Duck Lake, Interlochen State Park offers swimming, fishing, hiking, playgrounds, restrooms, picnic areas and a campground. Plus you’ll be treading on hallowed ground: Interlochen State Park was Michigan’s first state park—christened in 1917 to preserve one of the state’s last virgin pine stands. 4167 M-37, Interlochen, 231.276.9511. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 5

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Grand Traverse Commons

Once the campus for the Northern Michigan Asylum, a 19thcentury state mental hospital that closed in 1989, this 430-acre oasis now serves as Traverse City’s unofficial Central Park, with wooded hiking trails and sweeping hilltop views of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City and the gorgeous Victorian-Italianate spires of the Commons’ historic buildings. Trails range from flat to hilly. Trail maps online, THEvILLAGETc.cOM/TRAILs.HTML.

Boardman Lake Trail

Bike or stroll along the wooded eastern shore of Boardman Lake on this mostly paved, two-mile path that offers up a shaded gazebo for a picnic lunch pitstop. Don’t worry about special footwear or gear—this trail is more of a pleasant walk than a hike. Park at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere and find the trail along Boardman Lake behind the library.

Sand Lakes Quiet Area

With its ban on motorized vehicles, this secluded section of the Pere Marquette State Forest delivers the serenity its name suggests. Eleven miles of easy-to-moderate hiking trails, five geologically unique marl lakes (two of which are stocked with rainbow and brook trout), abundant wildlife and bird-watching. Ten miles east of Traverse City, off Broomhead Road. 231.922.5280

Tip of Old Mission Peninsula

The gentle meeting of land and inland sea at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula once led a New York Times writer to mistakenly wax poetic about Lake Michigan’s unique “tidal flats.” Of course, we don’t experience tides on the Great Lakes, but this magical area, home to a lighthouse, beach and lovely trail network, is a spot you’ll return to over and over again. At the northern terminus of M-37.



Whether you’re a hardcore cyclist who’s no stranger to spandex, or someone who likes to take in the sights from the comfort of a cruiser, Traverse city’s extensive 10.5-mile, east-west bike pathway known as the TART (Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation) Trail is a relaxing way to explore the city without having to worry about traffic. The western length of the trail offers panoramic views of Grand Traverse Bay. But don’t miss out on the trail’s eastern reach, which bends inland at the eastern edge of downtown, traces through Traverse city’s majestic Washington street neighborhood and passes by the must-visit garden at Traverse Area District Library. For a full afternoon of riding, follow the trail east (a midway stop for a strawberry milkshake at Don’s Drive-In helps refuel) all the way to Acme. If you didn’t bring your own wheels, pick up a rental at McLain cycle & Fitness (McLAINcycLE.cOM) or Brick Wheels (BRIckWHEELs.cOM), both located just off the trail on 8th street. Or, if you’re on the west side, try The River (THERIvERTRAvERsEcITy.cOM) on Grandview Parkway.

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Float up to 80 feet above Grand Traverse Bay for a seagull’s view of one of the biggest, cleanest, freshwater bays on earth. Try East Bay Parasail (EAsTBAyPARAsAIL.cOM) or Traverse Bay Parasail (TBPARAsAIL.cOM) for solo and tandem flights.



If you love speed and don’t 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 all the kneeboarding, tubing and waterskiing paraphernalia you’ll need for a perfect afternoon. 231.922.9336, THEBOATRENTAL.cOM.


A sailboat is still one of the most nostalgic and romantic ways to experience the water. Bay Breeze Charters has a fleet of more than 20 yachts you can rent. Not a captain? You can hire one there too. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. 231.941.0535, BByc.cOM.

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Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Paddling the shoreline of Traverse Bay is a summer classic. But if you’re up for something new, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding: a hot sport that’s akin to surfing on still water. Whatever your paddling pleasure, The River at Clinch Park can connect you with rentals by the hour or day. 231.883.7890, THERIvERTRAvERsEcITy.cOM.

Charter Fishing on Grand Traverse Bay

For the outdoorsman, there are few thrills like chasing game fish on the Great Lakes. Traverse City offers options right at the docks, with the bonus that fishing amid the protection of Grand Traverse Bay offers more assurance of smooth waters. With nearly 300 square miles, a depth of 600 feet, and an abundance of lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and salmon, the bay offers fisherman all the species of desire. Charter fishing need-to-know: All bait and tackle are usually provided; a typical half-day trip runs about four hours; and anyone over 17 who plans to fish will need a valid Michigan fishing license (day licenses run about $10). Three charters to try in TC: Big Kahuna (BIGkAHuNAcHARTER.cOM), Daydreamer (FIsHDAyDREAMER.cOM), and Reel Fun (REELFuNFIsHINGcHARTERs.cOM).

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Three signature courses, each designed by golf legends, cover the rolling terrain surrounding Grand Traverse Resort. The courses have all scored accolades by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, and the Jack Nicklaus–designed course, The Bear, hosted Michigan’s best golfers in the Michigan Open for decades. 100 GRAND TRAVERSE VILLAGE BLVD., ACME, 231.236.1577, GRANDTRAVERSERESORT.COM.


CROWN GOLF CLUB An option for serious golfers, offering an 18-hole championship layout course that’s packed with challenging shots and great views. Try the front nine if you’re still in early-season form; low handicappers can contend with some serious hills, hazards and dog legs on the back. Finish up with dinner at the laid-back Mulligan’s Pub and Grill, located on site. crown offers some decent discounts late spring and early fall, so look out for those to keep your budget a little under par. 231.946.2975,

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), and a full clubhouse with dining, beverages and snacks round out the experience at day’s end. Rates are reasonable at just $15 a round if you’re walking, or $29 with a cart. 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 public course can be quite challenging—so beginners and hackers, take note. But with a well-stocked pro shop, outstanding restaurant and attentive staff, this is a perfect place to be if your idea of vacation is spending as much time on the course as possible. 231.938.9800, LOCHENHEATH.COM.

BAY MEADOWS The best choice for beginners and casual golfers, Bay Meadows offers two nine-hole 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 $12 for nine holes walking. 231.946.7927, TCBAYMEADOWS.COM.

INTERLOCHEN GOLF CLUB If your past golf outings in Tc have kept you in or around town, you may consider changing things up with a trip to Interlochen. This 18-hole course cuts through a mature Northern Michigan woods, offering an enchanting mix of sun and shade, views of local wildlife and 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. 231.275.7311, INTERLOCHENGOLF.COM. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 11

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Reopened in 2007 after being shuttered since 1991, downtown Traverse City’s historic State Theatre has a story almost as dramatic as the art-house films it’s known for today. In early 2005, Michigan native and adopted Traverse City hero, Michael Moore, spearheaded an effort to renovate the old movie palace, and the community responded by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and almost as many in-kind volunteer hours. Today, the volunteer-run, state-of-the art State is again a full-service theater, boasting an unmatched lineup of indie films, tons of special events, and even 25-cent classic and children’s matinees. (Worth a visit just to see the replica of a summer night’s stars twinkling from the ceiling; and the seats: cushy!) Every summer, it’s also ground zero for the renowned Traverse City Film Festival. sTATETHEATRETc.ORG.

Traverse City Beach Bums

Since the Beach Bums played their first-ever game at Wuerfel Park seven years ago, the Frontier League ball club has become a beloved part of Traverse City’s summertime traditions. Reasonable ticket prices, between-inning kids games, giveaways, fireworks, and a pair of hilarious mascot bears—Suntan and Sunburn—make this a perfect family-friendly outing. If you have a larger group, ask about renting the “Party Patio” along the first-base line; for a sweet date, there’s nothing more romantic than taking advantage of Wuerfel Park’s laid-back outfield lawn seating. Spread a blanket and bring a jacket for the late innings, and make it your own field of dreams. 231.943.0100, TRAvERsEcITyBEAcHBuMs.cOM.


Milliken Auditorium

For decades, Milliken Auditorium has quietly reigned as one of the region’s most exemplary cultural centers. Tucked away among the trees on the west end of Northwestern Michigan College, Milliken has become renowned for its annual concert series, which specializes in jazz, blues and world music. At

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With more than 1,000 slot machines and all the traditional Vegas-style table games—blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more—this 56,000-square-foot, 24/7 casino will keep you playing. Beyond the casino floor, however, there’s even more to love: The Level 3 Lounge hosts live and DJ’d music throughout the year, and fans of stand-up won’t want to miss the weekly comedy series on Thursday nights. Other amenities include a hotel with elegantly appointed rooms and suites, four restaurants, ranging from a steakhouse to a ’50s-inspired diner, and enviro-details like eco-friendly slot machines and a 2,400-square-foot green roof. 800.922.2WIN, TURTLECREEKCASINO.COM. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 13

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FESTIVALS TRAVERSE CITY WINE & ART FESTIVAL JUNE 21 & 22: If a glass of wine is your style, Tc’s got you covered on that front, too. The fifth annual Traverse city Wine & Art Festival celebrates the region’s role as one of the top wine-growing regions in the country, with a chance to sample more than 100 different wines from more than two dozen area winemakers. Like Tc’s beer fest, the wine fest gives a nod to the arts too, with plenty of the best from area artists and musicians. special musical guest sixto Rodriguez, star of the Oscarwinning documentary Searching for Sugarman, headlines this year’s entertainment bill. 231.421.1172, TRAVERSECITYWINEFESTIVAL.COM. Get tickets at



JUNE 29 - JULY 6: 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 ubiquitous fruit (Michigan, and specifically this area, grows nearly 75 percent of the nation’s tart cherries). Fittingly, annual highlights include cherrypie-eating and pit-spitting contests—but there’s also a giant county-fair-style midway, a parade nearly every

day, a cherry Queen pageant, air shows, car shows, beer tent, musical mainstage, fireworks, and more … way more. 231.947.4230, CHERRYFESTIVAL.ORG. TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL JULY 30 - AUGUST 4: Brainchild of filmmaker and Traverse city transplant Michael Moore, this film fest has grown to be one of the largest festivals in the Midwest in less than a decade. With its motto, “Just Great Movies,” the emphasis is on exemplary independent, foreign and documentary films—but there are also other events, including parties, workshops and panel discussions with writers, actors, directors and other industry pros. Don’t miss the nightly free movies at the Open space waterfront park, where classic flicks are projected on a giant inflatable screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. 231.392.1134, TRAVERSECITYFILMFEST.ORG.

MICROBREW & MUSIC FESTIVAL AUGUST: With nearly 100 microbreweries statewide, Michigan has become a hotspot for the nation’s craft beer revolution—and the movement is alive and well in Tc. The twice-yearly Microbrew & Music Festival offers a chance to sample some of the best

brews the Mitten has to offer, with some 50 craft beverages, including beer, wine, ciders and mead. Organizers pair the extensive beer menu with food from local restaurants and four tents’ worth of musical acts. The summer installment of the festival happens in August; the winter one in February. Dates and schedule online. 231.499.4968, TCBEERFEST.COM. Get tickets at WINTER COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 2014: Proof that Northerners don’t just hunker down and hibernate in the winter, Traverse city has a combo winter festival that helps visitors and locals alike keep the seasonal blues at bay. Joining comedy with classic wintertime fun, in February, downtown Tc’s Winter comedy Arts Festival allows festivalgoers to sample local foods and ice wines in the comfort of a heated tent while taking in family-friendly events like the “Monster Dog Pull” (open to dogs of all sizes) and the “snowball softball Tournament.” If you’re looking for something with a little more edge, head inside to hear nationally touring comedians at five top Traverse city venues. WINTERCOMEDY.ORG. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 15

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Old Mission Tours Old Mission Peninsula, a finger-like, 22-mile-long strip of land that divides East and West Grand Traverse Bays, serves up miles of beachy coastline, rolling hillsides, cherry orchards, vineyards, nature preserves and parks, and some breathtaking views. Here are some of our picks for the best Old Mission has to offer. For a map of roads and attractions, visit OLDMIssION.cOM.


See: A lazy, self-guided driving tour that leaves plenty of room

for spontaneity is the best way to take in the sights of Old Mission. Follow Center Road (M-37) from the base of Old Mission all the way to the tip, feeling free to divert from this mainline for more scenery and off-the-beaten-path exploration. For great views on the west side of Old Mission, try stretches of scenic Peninsula Drive; on the east, the best scenery can be found on Bluff Road and East Shore Road. Whichever route you take, make sure to hit up Lighthouse Park at the northern tip of Old Mission for access to trails, beaches, a historic lighthouse and a picnic area. Time it right, and you’ll also find this is one of the best spots around to catch a romantic sunset.

Do: Old Mission’s location at the 45th parallel combined with its soil and topography make it one of the best wine regions in the country. A half-dozen wineries call Old Mission home, making

it an ideal destination for a serene day of wine tasting (see our guide on page 35). Other great ways to while away an afternoon on Old Mission include a hike through Pelizzari Natural Area, where easy to moderate trails wind through a mix of meadows, woods and a lovely stand of old hemlocks; swimming at Haserot Park, a fantastic (and seldom busy) beach; and picnicking at the kid-friendly park on beautiful Bowers Harbor. (Find provisions, plus ice cream, antiques and souvenirs at the funky Old Mission General Store. 18250 MIssION RD., vILLAGE OF OLD MIssION, 231.223.4310.)

Eat: Many of Old Mission’s restaurants are tucked down side roads that are easily missed from M-37. On the peninsula’s main artery, however, you’ll find a great lunch spot: Bad Dog Deli (14091 cENTER RD., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.9364), a great place for a grab-and-go lunch on your way to the park or beach. Peninsula Market (14111 cENTER RD., 231.223.9500, THEPENINsuLAMARkET.cOM) is another spot for assembling a meal to go, including local produce and wines. For sit-down dining, the Jolly Pumpkin (13512 PENINsuLA DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.4333, JOLLyPuMPkIN.cOM) offers craft beers, spirits and classy twists on the traditional pub grub menu; or try Mission Table for an inspired farm-to-table destination that also offers beer, wine, and house-made distilled spirits (13512 PENINsuLA DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.4222, MIssIONTABLE.NET). MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 17

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eight billiard tables, 33 lanes of bowling, bumper cars, or the 12,000-square-foot arcade. Classic pub grub and pizza onsite for when you’re ready to recharge. 1705 S. GARFIELD AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.2610, LUCKYJACKS.COM.

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Take the kids because they’re aching to go, but don’t forget to have some fun yourself. With two 18-hole mini golf courses (voted the best in Michigan by AAA), go-carts, zip-lines, a ropes course and full arcade, there’s no reason the whole family won’t smile. 1710 U.S. 31 N., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.938.9599, PIRATESCOVE.NET.


Great Lakes Children’s Museum

A captivating rainy-day spot to bring young kids, this hands-on venue is equal parts entertainment and education. Children learn all about the magnificent Great Lakes watershed as they pilot freighters, become raindrops in the water cycle, and splash around in the “water table”—a free-flowing water installation that’s the museum’s most popular exhibit. $6 for all day admission; kids under age 2 are free. 13240 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.4526, GREATLAKESKIDS.ORG.

Other than a day at a public beach, there’s no cheaper way to entertain the kids than a Saturday morning matinee at the historic State Theatre. A 10 a.m. show will set you back just 25 cents a person—the same price the theatre charged when it first opened as The Lyric back in 1916 (25 cents would equal $5.20 in today’s dollars, fyi.). Schedule online. 233 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231-947-4800,

Dennos Museum Discovery Gallery

A solid bet for kids of all ages, this permanent gallery at Dennos puts a focus on both the arts and sciences. Highlights include the Laser Harp, Anti-Gravity Mirror, Sound Wall (an interactive sculpture that creates music when you touch it), and the Hubble Space Telescope Theater, which features an ongoing transmission from NASA. 1701 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.995.1055, DENNOSMUSEUM.ORG.

Pebblebrook Fun Park

Another solid choice for an afternoon of mini golf, featuring two 18-hole courses, go-carts, an arcade and a snack bar stocked with Michigan-made Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream. 2072 U.S. 31 N., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.938.2066, PEBBLEBROOKGOLF.NET.

Lucky Jack’s

A great rainy-day destination, Lucky Jack’s is the largest indoor spot for family fun in Northern Michigan. Choose from laser tag,


Kids Kove

A low-key public playground located on the grounds of Traverse City’s Civic Center. Playground equipment includes a large wooden fort, mazes, bridge obstacle course and classics like slides and swings. The shady play area gives shelter from the summer sun. 1125 W. CIVIC CENTER DRIVE.

Handz On Art

A paint-your-own pottery studio that’s the perfect outlet for the little artist in the family—not to mention a chance to bring home a memento of the trip Up North for grandma and grandpa. TCHANDZONART.COM.

Incredible Mo’s

Laser tag, bowling—fun for the entire family. Fill ‘em up after they play with pasta and pizza at adjoining Sauce restaurant. 1355 SILVER LAKE CROSSING BLVD., GRAWN, 231.944.1355, INCREDIBLEMOS.COM.

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BREAKFAST Potter’s: This classic bakery has been a Traverse City favorite for more than eight decades. Doughnuts, Danishes and muffins are a few of the many choices for a graband-go breakfast, but the shop’s new location on Hall Street also has a full menu if you’d like to linger. 231.947.5125, POTTERSBAKERY.COM.

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cozy shop’s claim to fame is the decadent cheesecake on a stick, but it’s also home to daily lunch specials starring delicious homemade soups and sandwiches. 1333 YELLOW DR., 231.929.4418, UNDERGROUNDCHEESECAKE.COM.

Mary’s Kitchen Port: This kitchen supply store has a little secret: coolers full of gourmet packaged sandwiches and salads, made fresh daily. Head to the back of the shop to peruse the offerings (our faves: the Gobbler turkey sandwich and Rustic Italian pasta salad). 5369 W. FRONT ST., 231.941.0525.

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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. GTPIE.COM.

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Write your order on the white paper menu, hand it to the cook, and prepare for sandwich nirvana (the hot veggie sandwich is transcendent). 519 W. FRONT STREET, 231.941.1144,

shop’s namesake baked treats: bite-sized versions of brownies, muffins, cookies, cakes and scones. The tiny delights pair perfectly with the shop’s exceptional coffee drinks. 321 E. FRONT ST., 231.421.1353, MORSELSBAKERY.COM.

Eurostop: Eurostop’s bright new downtown location makes it a great go-to for nabbing a quick breakfast before a day of shopping Front Street. Take-out choices include breakfast wraps and homemade croissants. 300 E. FRONT ST., 231.421.1168, EUROSTOPCAFE.COM.

Bay Bread: In addition to incredible breads, this West End institution also offers breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, homemade granola bars and coffee too. The blueberry scone with lime icing is a must. 601 RANDOLPH ST., 231.922.8022, BAYBREADCO.COM.



Burritt’s: This West End specialty grocery has a fully stocked deli counter, perfect for outfitting a picnic. Highlights include pre-made salads, ready-to-eat BBQ pulled pork, sliced meats and cheeses, local produce and a huge wine selection. 509 W. FRONT ST., 231.946.3300,

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a full line of deli-inspired sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh baked goods. One of the few places to get a bite of mediterranean–inspired food in the North. 13692 WEST BAY SHORE DR., 231.932.0203,


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Microbrews Filling Station: A newcomer to the Traverse City microbrew scene, housed in the city’s old train depot. The focused menu of homemade ales and wood-fired flatbreads complements a comfortably minimalist decor. 642 RAILROAD PLACE, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.8168, THEFILLINGSTATIONMICROBREWERY.COM.

North Peak: North Peak, another longtime local favorite, has house-made beers that run the gamut from aggressive, hoppy IPA’s to smooth stouts. Picking a dish from their huge restaurant menu is hard, but we recommend the Monte Cristo with fries. Outdoor deck with live music all summer long. 400 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7325, NORTHPEAK.NET.

Right Brain Brewery: At any one time, you might find as many as 50 microbrews on the constantly rotating menu at this hip microbrewery. A menu offering light snacks ensures you won’t drink on an empty stomach. New location on 16th Street. 225 E. 16TH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1239, RIGHTBRAINBREWERY.COM.


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5 Towne Plaza: A downtown eatery where the passion is for all things local—and

all things pork. Sit on the pretty brick patio and feast on classics like pulled pork, or stretch your palette with pork confit or roasted pork belly. Smart presentation. 202 E.

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Apache Trout Grill: Enjoy signature dishes like BBQ ribs, fresh Great Lakes fish, steaks and key-lime pie on the big outdoor deck, where there’s a bit of rustic Northern Michigan charm and a great view of the bay. 13671 s. WEsT BAy sHORE DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.947.7079, APAcHETROuTGRILL.cOM. Amical: A Traverse City institution with classic Euro-inspired cuisine, a solid wine

menu, and outdoor dining right on Front Street’s main drag for primo people-watching.

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Boathouse: Upscale dining room on the Bower’s Harbor shore that blends the culinary traditions and ingredients of traditional French cuisine with those of the Great Lakes. 14039 PENINsuLA DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.4030, BOATHOusEONWEsTBAy.cOM. Harbor 22: The classic bar-and-grill motif gets modern upgrades with a menu

that’s built around ingredients from local farms and fishermen. Linger-forever views overlooking West Bay and the marina. 12719 s. WEsT BAy sHORE DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.922.2114, HARBOR22.cOM.

The Shed: A cozy pub and seasonal rooftop beer garden, attached to Blue Tractor

Cook Shop in Old Town. Excellent burgers, brick-oven pizzas, and beer from every brewery in Michigan. 423 s. uNION sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.922.9515, BLuETRAcTORcOOksHOP.cOM.

been a local favorite for more than 15 years. Full line of house-made craft beers, even fuller restaurant menu (pulled-pork from on-site smokehouse!), and some of the best and biggest burgers in town. 161 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE

Mission Table: A superb farm-to-table experience at a casually elegant restaurant


plates, steak and cocktails. Snag a seat on the back patio, which overlooks a quiet section of the Boardman River. 310 cAss sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.932.1310, TcFIREFLy.cOM.

overlooking sparkly Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula. 13512 PENINsuLA DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.4222, MIssIONTABLE.NET.

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FUN U-Pick: In one of the prime fruit-growing regions in the world, spending a few hours in a U-pick berry patch or orchard—filling buckets (and bellies) full of nature’s bounty— is a summertime must. Almost every month Up North offers a different fruit: look for strawberries in June, cherries, blueberries and raspberries in July and August, peaches in late summer, and apples in the fall. Visit LOCALDIFFERENCE.ORG for a searchable directory of the region’s U-picks.

Farmers Markets: Traverse City’s downtown farmers market is certainly the best known in the region, but to avoid the accompanying crush of customers, you might try one of TC’s other spots for direct-from-the-farm produce. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons offers a supremely laid-back market scene on Friday afternoons (THEVILLAGETC.COM); or, for a traditional roadside farm market experience, try Hoxsie’s Farm Market. (HOXSIESFARMMARKET.COM), OPEN DAILY, 2 ¾ MILES EAST OF ACME ON M-72.



Power Island

On a foggy day, you might not even notice this island gem in the middle of West Grand Traverse Bay. Located about seven miles from downtown Traverse City and 2.75 miles from the nearest boat launch at Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula, this 202-acre county-owned oasis offers a microcosm of the best the region has to offer: sandy beaches, wooded hikes, rustic camping, and even a touch of history (auto titan Henry Ford owned the island from 1917 to 1944). For experienced open-water kayakers, Power Island makes for a sweet day trip; otherwise, renting or chartering a powerboat is the way to go (several local charter boat companies offer transportation to and from the island). Find the public dock on the east side of the island. Park department: 231.922.4818.

Rogers Observatory: With long summer days full of fun and sun, don’t forget about the beauty that a Northern night sky has to offer. Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory is the best place for guided stargazing—especially since 2009, when a retiring General Motors engineer donated his twice-used Meade 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope to the college. Twice-monthly public viewing nights run just $2 for individuals and $5 for families. Check the schedule at or call 231.946.1787.

Islands of Long Lake With four little islands scattered across its waters, Long Lake offers more choices for an island-hopping experience than even nearby Grand Traverse Bay. Though all of the islands are protected by a local conservancy, only two—South and Fox Islands—are open to the public. Thirteen-acre South Island has short-but-sweet hiking trails and views of its unusual island bog ecosystem; Fox Island’s blanket of second-growth hardwoods gives you a quintessential Northwoods experience and a chance to spot bald eagles, which nest on the island. Because of the calm waters, most days you won’t need anything more than a canoe or kayak to reach either island. GTRLC.ORG. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 25

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Interlochen Center for the Arts 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 (the 2013 schedule was not available at press time; last season’s headliners included the Beach Boys, the Decemberists, Chicago, Lucinda Williams and A Prairie Home Companion). The main stage here is the lovely 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; and the brand-new, Elizabethaninspired Upton-Morley outdoor pavilion, with open seating and lawn space for taking in Interlochen’s annual Shakespeare Festival performances. Interlochen is more than just a cluster of fine venues in a lovely setting, though. The sprawling woods here also comprise the campus of a nationally acclaimed independent

boarding school devoted to the fine arts. Here, high-schoolers are immersed in a major of their choosing, including music, creative writing, theater, dance, visual art and filmmaking. After graduation, many students go on to become household names—some of Interlochen’s A-list alumni include Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Rufus Wainwright, David Blum and Felicity Huffman, to name just a few. And in addition to the four-year academy, Interlochen hosts an annual summer arts camp, drawing some 2,500 talented young artists between the ages of 8 and 18 from around the world. The public can tap into all this talent and energy at Interlochen’s regular student recitals—a great source of summer entertainment, at a fair price to boot (tickets for student events are often under $10). Interlochen’s annual “Collage” performance is one not to miss; the signature event is an exhilarating “rapid-fire sampler” of student performances in all mediums, showcasing the talents of these rising young stars. Find more about Interlochen, a full events schedule and ticket information online. 231.276.7800, INTERLOCHEN.ORG. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 27

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Shopping Districts Downtown: Summer is high season for strolling and shopping downtown Traverse City. The heart of the action is the three-block stretch on Front Street between Boardman and Union Streets, home to dozens of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Lots of clothing and home accessories shops, independent bookstores, boutiques for babies, a toy store, gourmet food purveyors and more. Best of all? Many of the retailers showcase locally made goods, making it easy to shop Michigan made. Don’t forget to duck down the side-streets and alleys to find off-the-beaten-path shops. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.

West End: On Front Street between Union and Division is a host of independent businesses. Highlights include a doggie boutique, a gourmet kitchen supply shop, a chocolatier and several specialty grocers with regional wines and fabulous food finds from around the region.

counter) and a handful of casual restaurants, like Blue Tractor Cook Shop, where you can dig into burgers, comfort food and a post-shopping brew.

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have to be an overnight guest at this resort to meander through the Gallery of Shops, a collection of inventive boutiques ranging from a toy store to gourmet foods boutique to a pro shop. New this year is Mud Pie, a store with hip clothing and accessories, gifts, items for baby, and beachy gear for summer living. 231.534.6705,

Garland Street between Front Street and Grandview Parkway, the Warehouse District offers a touch of urban edge in this little city. Formerly home to warehouses and factories, the area has been undergoing a renaissance, with an eclectic variety of shops and eateries moving in to take advantage of the spot’s primo location—just blocks from downtown and steps from the beaches on West Bay. 231.922.2050,



Old Town: On Union Street a few blocks south of Front Street is TC’s Old Town district, a handsome shopping district where the vibe shifts to more laid-back. Businesses here include galleries, boutiques, home goods stores, salons, a neighborhood grocer (with a renowned butcher


Mercato: Find this expansive indoor marketplace on the garden level of Grand Traverse Commons’ historic Building 50—one of the gorgeous 19th-century buildings that make up the former Northern Michigan Asylum.

The arched corridors, exposed brick alcoves and selection of fine boutiques make for an Old World European 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 a jewelry boutique, furrier, yarn shop, fine art gallery, wine tasting room, bike shop, Michigan-made market and much more. THEVILLAGETC.COM

South Side: About three miles south of Traverse City is a host of retailers on South Airport Road, anchored by Grand Traverse Mall (GRANDTRAVERSEMALL.COM) and Cherryland Center (CHERRYLANDCENTER.COM). The Mall is home to more than 100 shops, a food court, a nine-screen cinema and even an antique carousel. Cherryland includes a number of national retailers plus Opa! Coney and Grill, a sweet cafe and coney joint specializing in Greek and Polish food. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 29

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This beautiful museum’s main attraction is its collection of antique musical instruments dating from about 1870 to the 1930s. A walking tour gets you up close to rare nickelodeons, pipe organs, music boxes and other music makers from back in the day. Another highlight: the annual silent film series featuring live accompaniment on the museum’s ornate Wurlitzer theater organ. 7377 u.s. 31 N., WILLIAMsBuRG, 231.938.9300, MusIcHOusE.ORG. Get tickets to Music House Museum events at


Dennos Museum

The region’s premier art museum is just steps from downtown Traverse City, yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle, 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—its interactive pieces include an antigravity mirror and a “laser harp” that plays music when you pluck its invisible strings. Call or visit online for times, ticket information and a schedule of upcoming exhibits. 1701 E. FRONT sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.995.1055, DENNOsMusEuM.ORG. Get tickets to Dennos Museum events and exhibits at

History Center of Traverse City

In the 1930s, Traverse City parks commissioner Con Foster envisioned a new kind of cultural center downtown: a park right on the bay, with a zoo, beach house and regional history museum. Foster scoured the Midwest to find photos and artifacts for the museum—more than 10,000 pieces total, when all was said and done. Though the waterfront Con Foster Museum has long since closed, the entire museum collection is now housed at the History Center on Sixth Street, where you can peruse exhibits that allow a peek into this region’s past—from railroad history to Native American culture to the era of lumber barons. Exhibit schedule online. 322 sIxTH sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.995.0313, TRAvERsEHIsTORy.ORG. Get tickets to history center events and tours at MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 31

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Art Galleries Gallery Fifty

This mixed-media gallery and boutique shines the spotlight on one-of-a-kind studio jewelry, but also offers an eclectic variety of other works by artists from all 50 states. Themes here include antiquity, mystery, contemporary/abstract, upcycled pieces and found art. Of special note is Gallery Fifty’s collection of coveted Fordite and Leland Blue Stone jewelry; the former is a swirling “gem” resulting from hardened automotive paint from Ford’s River Rouge factory near Detroit; the latter is slag with a pretty blue hue leftover from Northern Michigan historic iron ore smelters. 800 COTTAGEVIEW DR., SUITE 50, TRAVERSE CITY,

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. If you’re planning an event, ask about renting the banquet room in the middle of the gallery—a gorgeous spot to host any sort of reception. 17015 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY,


A fine art gallery attached to Old Mission Tavern on Old Mission Peninsula, focusing



Peninsula Studios

Americana Gallery

Landscape artists share a space in downtown Traverse City. Walk in, be inspired. 102 S Union St., 231.933.1194.

Showcasing classic American artistry with an eye toward Michigan-related pieces, including prints by the legendary local artist Gwen Frostic and gorgeous wooden relief maps of Michigan lakes. 224 E. FRONT ST., 231.933.0297.

231.932.0775, GALLERYFIFTY.COM.

Bella Galleria

Featuring fiber arts, ceramics, furniture, works on paper and canvas, in addition to original jewelry by owner Kim Bazemore.

Cog’s Creek This hip space in TC’s Little Bohemia neighborhood serves as a contemporary gallery and studio space for local artists.

Soul Soup A studio and gallery is home to artist Kristen Jongen’s lively, whimsical prints, each a signature blend of mixed media and inspiring poetry. You’ll also find works by other area artists, plus workshops and community gatherings. Hours vary; call ahead. 144 HALL ST., SUITE 107, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.7363, MYSOULSOUP.COM.

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Regionally Expressive Seasonally Dynamic Three Locations in the Grand Traverse Bay Area 231.944.1250 .

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Winery and Tasting Room Fermenting the region’s best vineyards. In The Village at Grand Traverse Commons





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Wine Tasting The tempering effect of the Great Lakes, the soil of glacial till, the hills and ridges that let air and water flow across the land … it all adds up to a climate and place just right for growing some of the world’s classic wine grapes. Take a day to savor both the wines and the gorgeous landscape of TC and Old Mission Peninsula with an afternoon along the wine trail (designated driver recommended).


Brys Estate: The luxe tasting room here is a perfect comple-

ment to vintner Coenraad Stassen’s sophisticated wines. Artful reds, crisp whites and a lovely brick patio for enjoying the scenery. 3309 BLUE WATER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.9303, BRYSESTATE.COM.

tion of memorable fruit wines. 11480 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.4050, PENINSULACELLARS.COM.

Black Star Farms Old Mission: The cool atmosphere at this tasting room includes a cozy fireplace and a bar made of wine barrels. Try award-winning wines and brandies from the onsite distillery. 360

Two Lads: Vintners Cornel Olivier and Chris Baldyga have made


a name for themselves teasing out delicate, nuanced flavors from sustainably grown wines, particularly cool-climate reds, sparkling wines and small-batch whites. 16985 SMOKEY HOLLOW RD., TRAVERSE


CITY, 231.223.7722, 2LWINERY.COM.

Cherry Republic: This tasting room celebrates the Cherry Capital’s namesake fruit with a number of cherry wines. 154 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.9205, CHERRYREPUBLIC.COM.

Chateau Grand Traverse: This winery helped put Michigan on the map for world-class wines. Showcasing fine reds, whites, rieslings and specialty cherry wines. 12239 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.7355, CGTWINES.COM.

Left Foot Charley: Find hard cider and great wines at this warehouse-cool tasting room at the Grand Traverse Commons. Live music on the patio; Thursday Happy Hour, featuring ethnic eats. 806 RED DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.995.0500, LEFTFOOTCHARLEY.COM.

Chateau Chantal: This Old World–inspired winery and B&B sits on a hilltop, affording gorgeous views of grapevine-trellised hillsides and Grand Traverse Bay. Live jazz Thursday evenings; look for special tours and treats in honor of the winery’s 20th anniversary, July 6–20. 15900 RUE DE VIN, TRAVERSE CITY, 800.969.4009, CHATEAUCHANTAL.COM.

Taste of Black Star Farms: This intimate space at the Grand Traverse Commons offers samples of Black Star’s signature wines and brandies, plus vodkas and whiskeys from nearby Grand Traverse Distillery. Sweet and savory small plates, too. 800 COTTAGE VIEW DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1349, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM.


Bowers Harbor: Sample this boutique winery’s award-winning varietals in a casual tasting room near Bowers Harbor Park. 2896 BOWERS

Hawthorne Vineyards: Take in postcard views of East and


Peninsula Cellars: A historic one-room schoolhouse serves as

West Grand Traverse Bays while sipping fabulous estate wines from this lush new vineyard and elegant tasting room four miles out Old Mission Peninsula from Traverse City. 1000 CAMINO MARIA DR., TRAVERSE CITY,

the tasting room for this family-run winery. The line here includes a selec-


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Grand Traverse Bay Old Mission Lighthouse

Suttons Bay Swaney Rd


Brinkman Rd

Murray La Tompkins Rd

Prescott Lake

Old Mission

Old Mission Rd





Eimen Rd

okey Sm

Two Lads


Seven Hills Rd

Kroupa Rd

Pyatt Lake Natural Area Wanta Rd Ta

Bowe Harbo rs r Rd

Nea h


Bowers Harbor Vineyard


Elk Rapids

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

Blue Water Rd Chateau Grand Traverse

Power & Bassett Islands


Nelson Rd

West Arm Grand Traverse Bay


Chateau Chantal


Petobego Pond

Peninsula Cellars

Munro Rd


Gray Rd


East Arm Grand Traverse Bay

Elk Lake

Township Park

Yuba Rd

Skegemog Point Rd


Angell Rd

Montague Rd




Deal Rd

Broomhead Rd


Lake Rd Forrest Rd



Spring Lake

Lake Road


Summit City


Fife Fife Lake Lake



Walton Walton Pond

Maple Hill Rd

Elliott Road

Fritz Rd




Gleaner Hall Rd

Jackson Rd

Downs Marsh Rd Lake

Sparling Rd

Walton Rd



Cram Rd

Farrell Rd

Moore Rd Hodge Rd

Cedar Creek Rd

Vans Lane Rd

Summit City Rd

Kingsley Rd

Westminister Rd

Williamsburg Rd

Bates Rd Saylor Rd

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Perch Knight Rd



Barratt Rd

Boardman Rd

Mayfield Rd

Marsh Rd

Wood Rd


Arnold Rd

Lautner Rd Wo o

4 Mile Rd

Clark Rd

JaxHency Rd on Cre ek

Bott Rd

Bogart Rd

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Voice Rd

Townline Rd

Elliott Rd

Hackman Lake

Brewster Lake Bumphrey Lake

Matchett Rd

Karlin Rd

Zue Rd


Center Rd


Fish Lake 37

Ramsey Rd


Schneider Rd


Fox Rd

Harrand Rd

Rd Clous Rd

Rd Branch

Jackpine Rd

Brown Bridge Scharmen Rd Quiet Area

Voice Rd


Red School Rd

Rd ke La

Forks State Forest Campground Martuch Rd

ch Rudolf Rd Ran

e Cr

Williams Rd

Hilltop Rd

Hannah Rd

Fryzelka Rd


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Scheck’s Place


Cass Rd

Dracka Rd

E Silver Lake Rd

Lemcool Rd

Silver Lake Rd

Mason Rd

Duck Lake Rd Robertson Rd

Wilson Rd

t brech Al

Steed Rd

3 Mile Rd

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Zimmerman Rd

E. Long Lake Rd

Bass Long La L ke Rd

Rogers Rd

Dubonnet Trl

Kar lin Rd

Hoosier Valley Rd

Mill Rd

Miller Rd

Davis Rd

Jewell Rd

S Division St

Gray Rd

Tilton Rd

Church Rd

W. Long Lake Rd


Heniser Rd Gonder Rd Bush Rd


Norton Rd

Karlin Rd


Brown Bridge Pond

d lR gona Dia Dead Horse R d

MuMuncie Lake nc ie Lak e Rd

Rennie Lake

Arbutus Lake

Blair Town Hall Rd

Hamlin Rd

Schell Rd

Spider Lake


Twin Lakes


Youker Rd

Sleights Rd


Stro m

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Betsie River Rd


Riv Hoosier V er alle Nimrod Rd yR d

Truax Lake


Green Lake

Vance Rd

Arbutus Campground

Sand Lakes Quiet Area

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Duck Lake

Ne sse nR d


Grawn Fall Rd

R Bo iver R ar d d

Hursh Rd

Dollar Lake

Muncie Lakes Pathway


Interlochen State Park



Tibbets Lake

Chandler Lake

Watson Rd

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Su pp ly Rd

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

Rennie School Rd

Holiday Park Campground

Ellis Lake

Riley Rd

Grand Traverse Natural Education Keystone Reserve Hoch Rd Potter Rd Pond Rusch Rd

Interlochen Golf Club


Sabin Pond

Benak Trl


Timber Ridge RV Resort



Lost Lake Trail

Hammond Rd

ur db

Prou ty Rd

Wemple Rd


Crisp Rd

Mt. Holiday

Rd ke nnie La Re

Cedar Hedge Lake

Silver Pines Rd

Silver Lake Galvin Dr

Cherry Capital Airport


Kirkridge Dr

Traverse City State Park

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Rd eld r fi Ga

Fewins Rd

Boardman Lake



Samuels Rd



Lake Dubonnet

Bass Lake

Rd ake


Lossie Rd

Williamsburg Old M 72


bolis Rd

Boone Rd

Lake Dubonnet Trl


Silver The Crown Secor Rd


Vasa Pathway


Long Lake

Thiel Rd

Traverse City

East Bay Park



Left Foot Charley & Tastes of Black Star Farms N. Long Lake Rd


Park dvieBryant w Pkwy Front St

Hawley Rd



Gr an

Brackett Rd

Grand Traverse Resort and Nordic Center

5 Mile Rd

Lyons Lake

Randolph St Hickory Hills


Dock Rd


Bay Meadows

Cedar Run Rd

Black Star Farms

Clinch Marina

C O U N T Y Barney Rd

Maitl and Dr

Hawthorne Vineyards




Bennett Rd

Lochenheath Mckinley Rd

Cook Rd




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At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, your vacation comes to life with a backdrop of 900 acres of rolling greens, woodlands, and beach, surrounded by orchards, vineyards, and the beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan. It’s the surprising destination that has it all: exceptional golf, beach club, soothing spa, shopping and delicious food and drink.

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Ideas for your ultimate Northern Michigan vacation. A supplement to Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine.

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