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Guidebook for Traverse City

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Guidebook for Traverse City

Sightseeing
Great scenery takes you through vineyards, orchards and a cool old general store with ice cream.
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Old Mission
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Great scenery takes you through vineyards, orchards and a cool old general store with ice cream.
Classic summer-time beach town. Bike to Sleeping Bear Dunes or stay in town and visit galleries and restaurants.
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Glen Arbor
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Classic summer-time beach town. Bike to Sleeping Bear Dunes or stay in town and visit galleries and restaurants.
Best place in town to plan your trip and learn about the greater Traverse City area.
Traverse City Tourism
101 West Grandview Parkway
Best place in town to plan your trip and learn about the greater Traverse City area.
Nice small-town atmosphere and scenery.
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Northport
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Nice small-town atmosphere and scenery.
See historic Fishtown! Take the ferry to South Manitou Island.
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Leland
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See historic Fishtown! Take the ferry to South Manitou Island.
Arts & Culture
Performing arts venue...concerts of many types during the year.
Interlochen
Performing arts venue...concerts of many types during the year.
Excellent rotating exhibits and galleries as well as concerts.
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The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College
1701 East Front Street
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Excellent rotating exhibits and galleries as well as concerts.
Beautifully restored home of the Traverse City Film Festival, great movies all week and voted one of the world's best theaters by Conde Nast.
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State Theatre
233 East Front Street
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Beautifully restored home of the Traverse City Film Festival, great movies all week and voted one of the world's best theaters by Conde Nast.
Good for mini-golf, go-carts, bumper boats and other young-at-heart entertainment. Within walking distance.
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Pirate's Cove Adventure Park
1710 U.S. 31
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Good for mini-golf, go-carts, bumper boats and other young-at-heart entertainment. Within walking distance.
Built from the former Con Foster Museum, the Bijou shares management with the great State Theater downtown. Bijou and State are best places to see movies in T.C.--cannot beat the atmosphere and there are no commercials before the movie!
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Bijou by the Bay
181 East Grandview Parkway
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Built from the former Con Foster Museum, the Bijou shares management with the great State Theater downtown. Bijou and State are best places to see movies in T.C.--cannot beat the atmosphere and there are no commercials before the movie!
Food Scene
World-famous Moomer's...stop by and see if you agree.
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Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
7263 North Long Lake Road
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World-famous Moomer's...stop by and see if you agree.
Concrete Mixers...and the fact that they are about 100 yards away. mmmmm....
Culver's
876 Munson Avenue
Concrete Mixers...and the fact that they are about 100 yards away. mmmmm....
French cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Patisserie Amie
237 Lake Avenue
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French cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
hearty omelettes and locally owned.
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The Omelette Shoppe
1209 East Front Street
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hearty omelettes and locally owned.
organic, farm-to-table food
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9 Bean Rows Restaurant
303 North Saint Joseph Street
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organic, farm-to-table food
Good hamburgers, "pub food" and brews.
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Bubba's
428 East Front Street
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Good hamburgers, "pub food" and brews.
Hidden gem of a restaurant, pizza with DUCK BACON.
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Black Star Farms Suttons Bay
10844 East Revold Road
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Hidden gem of a restaurant, pizza with DUCK BACON.
Green House Café
115 East Front Street
Biggby Coffee
748 Munson Ave
If it's brewed with beans or brewed with barley and hops you can find it here.
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Brew
108 East Front Street
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If it's brewed with beans or brewed with barley and hops you can find it here.
"Opened in October 2009, Frenchies has been providing Traverse City with fresh, flavorful food made from scratch with a whole lotta love. Business hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-3pm and Sundays 10am-3pm. Brunch is offered all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us for takeout or join us in our cozy dining room. Warm weather opens the backyard garden patio. But while its cold out...the coffee is pouring very nicely and We'd love to see you. Located at 619 Randolph St (next to Tilleys) Traverse City Michigan"
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Frenchies Famous
619 Randolph Street
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"Opened in October 2009, Frenchies has been providing Traverse City with fresh, flavorful food made from scratch with a whole lotta love. Business hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-3pm and Sundays 10am-3pm. Brunch is offered all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us for takeout or join us in our cozy dining room. Warm weather opens the backyard garden patio. But while its cold out...the coffee is pouring very nicely and We'd love to see you. Located at 619 Randolph St (next to Tilleys) Traverse City Michigan"
"We're located on the corner of West Front and Spruce Streets, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the main drag. We serve up Homemade Hand Pattied Burgers and Fresh Cut Fries made here every day."
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Slabtown Burgers
826 West Front Street
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"We're located on the corner of West Front and Spruce Streets, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the main drag. We serve up Homemade Hand Pattied Burgers and Fresh Cut Fries made here every day."
"Snug burger joint with limited seating & old-school decor serving burgers & shakes from a counter."
J & S Hamburg
302 W Front St
"Snug burger joint with limited seating & old-school decor serving burgers & shakes from a counter."
A hidden dining gem. This place should be busier based on the quality of its food and service. Excellent meat entrees including the pork shank.
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The Towne Plaza
203 Cass Street
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A hidden dining gem. This place should be busier based on the quality of its food and service. Excellent meat entrees including the pork shank.
THE BEST flatbread pizza in Traverse City. Outdoor seating area on a warm day is sublime. Very good microbrews. I've never been disappointed by The Filling Station. Parking is limited in summer.
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The Filling Station Microbrewery
642 Railroad Place
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THE BEST flatbread pizza in Traverse City. Outdoor seating area on a warm day is sublime. Very good microbrews. I've never been disappointed by The Filling Station. Parking is limited in summer.
Green coconut curry is my favorite here. Two can eat for $25-$35 here.
Thai Kitchen
1133 W South Airport Rd
Green coconut curry is my favorite here. Two can eat for $25-$35 here.
My choice is the three-taco plate; hard to go wrong. Outdoor seating in the summer but be ready for a wait unless you're there in the winter.
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Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
149 E Front St
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My choice is the three-taco plate; hard to go wrong. Outdoor seating in the summer but be ready for a wait unless you're there in the winter.
First, it's a mile east and an easy bike ride there. Very good goat cheese pizza and they smoke their own meat. Outdoor seating is nice during the summer.
Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom
2032 US-31
First, it's a mile east and an easy bike ride there. Very good goat cheese pizza and they smoke their own meat. Outdoor seating is nice during the summer.
Great bahn mi and spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches. Very good selection of microbrew beer and outdoor seating during nice weather.
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Rare Bird Brewpub
229 Lake Avenue
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Great bahn mi and spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches. Very good selection of microbrew beer and outdoor seating during nice weather.
Everything Else
Neat terminal building made from stone; quiet and scenic.
Woolsey Memorial Airport-5D5
East Woolsey Lake Road
Neat terminal building made from stone; quiet and scenic.
Thousands of great hats (and accessories). If you can't find the right hat here they don't make it! Plus supplies for the home brewer.
Diversions
104 East Front Street
Thousands of great hats (and accessories). If you can't find the right hat here they don't make it! Plus supplies for the home brewer.
Delicious hard ciders. Located in a tranquil country setting.
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Tandem Ciders
2055 North Setterbo Road
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Delicious hard ciders. Located in a tranquil country setting.
Shopping
Tacky TC shirts and other knick-knacks.
Mr Bill's Shirt Co
228 East Front Street
Tacky TC shirts and other knick-knacks.
Dang near anything you want made with/from cherries.
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Cherry Republic | Traverse City
154 East Front Street
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Dang near anything you want made with/from cherries.
Flagship store in Glen Arbor. Great place to spend a sultry summer evening.
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Cherry Republic | Glen Arbor
6026 South Lake Street
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Flagship store in Glen Arbor. Great place to spend a sultry summer evening.
4 floors of treasures! Never know what you'll find in this old department store.
Wilson Antiques
123 South Union Street
4 floors of treasures! Never know what you'll find in this old department store.
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Horizon Books
243 East Front Street
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Parks & Nature
Walk out onto the bottom of East G.T. bay when the water level is low.
Old Mission State Park
Walk out onto the bottom of East G.T. bay when the water level is low.
Fantastic scenery and hiking. Plan on several hours here. Voted most beautiful place in the United States.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
6748 South Dune Highway
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Fantastic scenery and hiking. Plan on several hours here. Voted most beautiful place in the United States.
Great beach for swimming; fifteen-minute walk away.
Traverse City State Park
1132 U.S. 31
Great beach for swimming; fifteen-minute walk away.
Site of first dam removal along Boardman River. Witness the re-birth of the river and its habitat.
Brown Bridge Quiet Area
Site of first dam removal along Boardman River. Witness the re-birth of the river and its habitat.
"The Grand Traverse Commons Recreation and Natural Area is a 140-acre park that was dedicated to Garfield Township in the early 1990s. Miles of unpaved trails, many covered with woodchips, wander up, down, and around wooded hillsides, streams, meadows, and wetlands. The park is a part of the overall Grand Traverse Commons Redevelopment District and was originally a part of the former State Psychiatric Hospital."
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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
830 Cottageview Drive
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"The Grand Traverse Commons Recreation and Natural Area is a 140-acre park that was dedicated to Garfield Township in the early 1990s. Miles of unpaved trails, many covered with woodchips, wander up, down, and around wooded hillsides, streams, meadows, and wetlands. The park is a part of the overall Grand Traverse Commons Redevelopment District and was originally a part of the former State Psychiatric Hospital."
"The 158-acre Boardman Valley Nature Preserve (BVNP) is located along both sides of the Boardman River south of Airport Road, and includes opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting (with prior Township approval), and nature watching. "
Boardman Valley Nature Preserve
3000 Racquet Club Dr
"The 158-acre Boardman Valley Nature Preserve (BVNP) is located along both sides of the Boardman River south of Airport Road, and includes opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting (with prior Township approval), and nature watching. "
"Nestled between the Great Wolf Lodge and Kohl's, this park is a hidden gem along US-31. The 3/4 mile trail network includes wooden bridges and boardwalks following Kids Creek. Development of this park into a passive recreation resource is an ongoing process. Kids Creek Park makes for a great walk after some shopping at the nearby businesses!"
Kids Creek Children's Clinic
5024 N Royal Dr
"Nestled between the Great Wolf Lodge and Kohl's, this park is a hidden gem along US-31. The 3/4 mile trail network includes wooden bridges and boardwalks following Kids Creek. Development of this park into a passive recreation resource is an ongoing process. Kids Creek Park makes for a great walk after some shopping at the nearby businesses!"
"Just behind the Grand Traverse Crossings Mall on South Airport Road, you can find the 88-acre Miller Creek Nature Reserve. Recreational opportunities at this park include hiking, nature watching, hunting (with prior Township approval), cross county skiing, and snowshoeing. The trails at the Miller Creek Natural area pass through a former Red Pine plantation, skirt the edges of open meadows, wind through beautiful beech forests, cross boardwalks though cedar swamps, and follow Miller Creek, a tributary of the Boardman River. Very shortly, the trails at Miller Creek will be linked to the miles of trails within the Boardman Valley Nature Preserve via a connection across Cass Road at Dairy Square Drive."
Miller Creek Nature Reserve
"Just behind the Grand Traverse Crossings Mall on South Airport Road, you can find the 88-acre Miller Creek Nature Reserve. Recreational opportunities at this park include hiking, nature watching, hunting (with prior Township approval), cross county skiing, and snowshoeing. The trails at the Miller Creek Natural area pass through a former Red Pine plantation, skirt the edges of open meadows, wind through beautiful beech forests, cross boardwalks though cedar swamps, and follow Miller Creek, a tributary of the Boardman River. Very shortly, the trails at Miller Creek will be linked to the miles of trails within the Boardman Valley Nature Preserve via a connection across Cass Road at Dairy Square Drive."
South Manitou Island Visitors Center
Drinks & Nightlife
Delicious, local beer! Try a waffle sandwich while you're there.
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Right Brain Brewery
225 East Sixteenth Street
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Delicious, local beer! Try a waffle sandwich while you're there.
Winery
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Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn
15900 Rue De Vin
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Winery
They make some of my favorite wines and the drive there is great...try the late harvest riesling if you like white wine.
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Chateau Grand Traverse Winery
12239 Center Road
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They make some of my favorite wines and the drive there is great...try the late harvest riesling if you like white wine.
More delicious, local beer.
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The Workshop Brewing Company
221 Garland Street
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More delicious, local beer.
Great reputation for delicious, regionally-brewed beer.
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Short's Brewing Company Bellaire Pub
121 North Bridge Street
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Great reputation for delicious, regionally-brewed beer.
locally made beers, food and occasional music
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Rare Bird Brewpub
229 Lake Avenue
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locally made beers, food and occasional music