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Kara's favorite places to eat, drink, and explore

Kara

Kara's favorite places to eat, drink, and explore

Coffee Scene
This cafe has everything "brew". Coffee, tea, and beer with small eats. Perfect for first thing in the morning or last stop before bed.
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Brew
108 East Front Street
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This cafe has everything "brew". Coffee, tea, and beer with small eats. Perfect for first thing in the morning or last stop before bed.
My favorite coffee shop in town. They take pride in their coffee and drinks and it shows. Grab a drink and head across the street to enjoy it in the "open space" on west bay!
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BLK \ MRKT
144 Hall St
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My favorite coffee shop in town. They take pride in their coffee and drinks and it shows. Grab a drink and head across the street to enjoy it in the "open space" on west bay!
This little cafe is connected to potters bakery, only a few blocks from the condo. Their food packs some great taste and has become a favorite for a breakfast sandwich. Also a coffee shop if you are looking for a morning brew.
Rose & Fern Cafe
910 E Eighth St
This little cafe is connected to potters bakery, only a few blocks from the condo. Their food packs some great taste and has become a favorite for a breakfast sandwich. Also a coffee shop if you are looking for a morning brew.
Great coffee spot in Suttons Bay. Start the morning here and then lead to Vans Beach for some rock hunting
Mundos Roasting & Co.
206 North Saint Joseph Street
Great coffee spot in Suttons Bay. Start the morning here and then lead to Vans Beach for some rock hunting
Drinks & Nightlife
Some of the best drinks around. Order the whiskey sour, you wont be disappointed.
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Traverse City Whiskey Co.
201 East 14th Street
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Some of the best drinks around. Order the whiskey sour, you wont be disappointed.
A distillery that makes every kind of liquor possible. Stop in for FREE tastings and end the stay with a full drink at the back bar. This place is great!
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Northern Latitudes Distillery
112 East Philip Street
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A distillery that makes every kind of liquor possible. Stop in for FREE tastings and end the stay with a full drink at the back bar. This place is great!
One of the best tap line ups in town. Small menu with great food for while you are drinking. Really into beer? Ask for the secret "cellar menu" for small batch, rare beers not sold to the general public.
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7 Monks Taproom
128 South Union Street
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One of the best tap line ups in town. Small menu with great food for while you are drinking. Really into beer? Ask for the secret "cellar menu" for small batch, rare beers not sold to the general public.
New to Traverse City. Great, high end drinks. Pair your drink with some of the chocolates they sell.
Mammoth Distilling Cocktail Lounge
221 Garland St
New to Traverse City. Great, high end drinks. Pair your drink with some of the chocolates they sell.
Take the elevator down to the basement and find northern Michigans most extensive list of rare bourbon, scotch, tequila gin, rum, and vodka. Awesome crafted cocktails.
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Low Bar
128 S Union St
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Take the elevator down to the basement and find northern Michigans most extensive list of rare bourbon, scotch, tequila gin, rum, and vodka. Awesome crafted cocktails.
Traverse City's newest speakeasy. Must call ahead for reservations and to receive a password for entry. Great for groups or just couples. High end drinks. An experience in downtown.
123 Speakeasy
123 W Front St
Traverse City's newest speakeasy. Must call ahead for reservations and to receive a password for entry. Great for groups or just couples. High end drinks. An experience in downtown.
Awesome, slightly secret (for now) wine bar within walking distance of downtown. Get a glass or a flight and head to the backyard where there are TONS of games. Im talking bocce ball, volleyball, cornhole, and more. KID FRIENDLY
Glen Arbor Wines
5873 S Lake St
Awesome, slightly secret (for now) wine bar within walking distance of downtown. Get a glass or a flight and head to the backyard where there are TONS of games. Im talking bocce ball, volleyball, cornhole, and more. KID FRIENDLY
Parks & Trails
Close to the condo. (Walking distance) Play area for the kids and large sandy beach.
Bryant Park Beach
Close to the condo. (Walking distance) Play area for the kids and large sandy beach.
Bucket list, must see, Northern Michigan spot. Just know it really does take an hour to climb back up the dune.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Bucket list, must see, Northern Michigan spot. Just know it really does take an hour to climb back up the dune.
Usually not as many tourists. Maintained beech with nice kids playscape. Close bathrooms. Water is protected by a marina which is nice for the younger children.
Greilickville Harbor Park
13133 S W Bay Shore Dr
Usually not as many tourists. Maintained beech with nice kids playscape. Close bathrooms. Water is protected by a marina which is nice for the younger children.
Great for the family. Splash area, beach, bathrooms, water rentals, ice cream. Take the tunnel right into downtown for some more shopping or eating.
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Clinch Park Beach
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Great for the family. Splash area, beach, bathrooms, water rentals, ice cream. Take the tunnel right into downtown for some more shopping or eating.
A great, shorter hike, that is family friendly. Ends at a great look out over lake Michigan!
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Pyramid Point Trail
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A great, shorter hike, that is family friendly. Ends at a great look out over lake Michigan!
Great, new park in Glen Arbor that is walking distance to Cherry Republic (restaurant, brewery, winery, ice cream shop). Lots of kids structures, new restrooms, tennis courts, workout equipment, pickleball courts.
6053 S Glen Lake Rd
6053 S Glen Lake Rd
Great, new park in Glen Arbor that is walking distance to Cherry Republic (restaurant, brewery, winery, ice cream shop). Lots of kids structures, new restrooms, tennis courts, workout equipment, pickleball courts.
One of our favorite beaches. Playscape, volleyball, restrooms, and right in downtown Elk Rapids. We love setting up next to the inlet of the river. Lets the little ones swim in calmer, warmer water.
Veterans' Memorial Park
410 River St
One of our favorite beaches. Playscape, volleyball, restrooms, and right in downtown Elk Rapids. We love setting up next to the inlet of the river. Lets the little ones swim in calmer, warmer water.
Entertainment & Activities
Great for a rainy day with the kids.
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Great Lakes Children's Museum
13240 South West Bay Shore Drive
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Great for a rainy day with the kids.
Guided kayak brewery tour. Reservations are a must, so is sunscreen.
Kayak Brewery Tours
228 Garland St
Guided kayak brewery tour. Reservations are a must, so is sunscreen.
Great, unique way to explore TCs drinking scene. We have personally done it and it is awesome! Pick the places you want to go, bring drinks on the pub, and have a great time! Best part, the starting location is walking distance from the condo.
TC Cycle Pub
642 Railroad Pl
Great, unique way to explore TCs drinking scene. We have personally done it and it is awesome! Pick the places you want to go, bring drinks on the pub, and have a great time! Best part, the starting location is walking distance from the condo.
One of many companies that you can use to make a personalized wine or brew tour. Will pick you up from the condos!
Brew Bus
116 Gillis St
One of many companies that you can use to make a personalized wine or brew tour. Will pick you up from the condos!
Essentials
20 second walk from the condo. Grab everything you need to prepare meals for your vacation.
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Family Fare Supermarket
905 East Eighth Street
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20 second walk from the condo. Grab everything you need to prepare meals for your vacation.
Looking for some organic, local groceries? This is the place for you. A community co-op open to the public for shopping. Everything you could ever need for a great, fresh meal can be found here.
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Oryana Community Co-op
260 East Tenth Street
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Looking for some organic, local groceries? This is the place for you. A community co-op open to the public for shopping. Everything you could ever need for a great, fresh meal can be found here.
Shopping
Lots of local vendors have opened shop in the basement of the commons. Then explore the grounds and discover restaurants, brewery, winery, coffee shops, and lots more.
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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
830 Cottageview Drive
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Lots of local vendors have opened shop in the basement of the commons. Then explore the grounds and discover restaurants, brewery, winery, coffee shops, and lots more.
Super cute shop downtown Suttons Bay with handmade and local items. Tell Chelsey Hey for me and that Kara sent you. Grab ice cream across the street after and then head to the water to take in the view!
Poppy Things
326 North Saint Joseph Street
Super cute shop downtown Suttons Bay with handmade and local items. Tell Chelsey Hey for me and that Kara sent you. Grab ice cream across the street after and then head to the water to take in the view!
Food scene
Our FAVORITE restaurant! On the pricey side. Menu changes daily with dishes being made with fresh, local ingredients. The chef will bring some food to your table and let you know what is in each dish. Reservations are usually a must. Bar is first come, first serve if you are feeling lucky. This is the only restaurant I would not attempt to take my children to. Very small, close seating, open to the kitchen.
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Alliance Restaurant
144 Hall St
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Our FAVORITE restaurant! On the pricey side. Menu changes daily with dishes being made with fresh, local ingredients. The chef will bring some food to your table and let you know what is in each dish. Reservations are usually a must. Bar is first come, first serve if you are feeling lucky. This is the only restaurant I would not attempt to take my children to. Very small, close seating, open to the kitchen.
A locals secret spot. Perfect for a quick lunch on the go.
Kitchen
1249 Woodmere Ave
A locals secret spot. Perfect for a quick lunch on the go.
This is a place for everyone. Brewery, coffee shop, eateries.
State Street Market
329 E State St
This is a place for everyone. Brewery, coffee shop, eateries.
CASH ONLY This little shack makes some of the best sandwiches in northern Michigan. On the iconic old fishing docks. Grab some food and enjoy the views.
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Village Cheese Shanty
199 West River Street
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CASH ONLY This little shack makes some of the best sandwiches in northern Michigan. On the iconic old fishing docks. Grab some food and enjoy the views.
GREAT Italian food. Reservations would be a good idea. Full menu at the bar for those last minute plans.
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Sorellina
120 Park Street
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GREAT Italian food. Reservations would be a good idea. Full menu at the bar for those last minute plans.
Very close to the condo. Amazing bake goods. Soup and salad for a quick lunch.
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Potter's Bakery
908 E Eighth St
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Very close to the condo. Amazing bake goods. Soup and salad for a quick lunch.
One of our favorite brunch spots, but open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every meal is great! The earlier the better for weekend brunch to avoid a wait. If its nice out eat on the large patio!
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The Towne Plaza
203 Cass Street
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One of our favorite brunch spots, but open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every meal is great! The earlier the better for weekend brunch to avoid a wait. If its nice out eat on the large patio!
Restaurant, brewhouse with beer garden, winery, ice cream shop, outdoor area for the kids to get energy out. What more could you need in one place?!
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Cherry Republic | Glen Arbor
6026 South Lake Street
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Restaurant, brewhouse with beer garden, winery, ice cream shop, outdoor area for the kids to get energy out. What more could you need in one place?!
Great place to grab a meal or drink after exploring those sand dunes. Loved by many of our past guests!
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Art's Tavern
6487 West Western Avenue
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Great place to grab a meal or drink after exploring those sand dunes. Loved by many of our past guests!
Great little Mexican restaurant on Front Street. Start with the street corn or guacamole!
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Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
149 E Front St
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Great little Mexican restaurant on Front Street. Start with the street corn or guacamole!
Great brunch with some awesome original dishes!
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S2S Sugar to Salt
1371 Gray Dr
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Great brunch with some awesome original dishes!
Highly recommend reservations for this great brunch location! Start with a cinnamon roll! They serve alcohol for those in need of a mimosa.
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Red Spire Brunch House
800 Cottageview Dr
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Highly recommend reservations for this great brunch location! Start with a cinnamon roll! They serve alcohol for those in need of a mimosa.
Awesome ice cream spot with some really cool options. We love the pothole. Served in a orange cone!
Scoops 22
403 North Saint Joseph Street
Awesome ice cream spot with some really cool options. We love the pothole. Served in a orange cone!
A locals favorite. Well done comfort food. Open late for drinks
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Streetside Grille
111 N St Joseph St
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A locals favorite. Well done comfort food. Open late for drinks
Great prime rib! Also great outdoor patio in the summer and fall.
North Country Grill and Pub
420 North Saint Joseph Street
Great prime rib! Also great outdoor patio in the summer and fall.