Guidebook for Traverse City

Michael
Guidebook for Traverse City

Food Scene

Making great donuts for decades. It's a short drive from Snail's Pace. Also, I worked there as a teenager.
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Potter's Bakery
908 E Eighth St
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Making great donuts for decades. It's a short drive from Snail's Pace. Also, I worked there as a teenager.
Vicki and I are not "foodies," but Sorellinas serves very nice Italian food, and it's sister restaurant Harrington's (on the way to Suttons Bay) are really good and fairly prices.
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Sorellina
120 Park Street
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Vicki and I are not "foodies," but Sorellinas serves very nice Italian food, and it's sister restaurant Harrington's (on the way to Suttons Bay) are really good and fairly prices.
Again, maybe not a place for "foodies." Great burgers, beers, and American fare. This place was formerly my grandfather's electrical shop. Downtown.
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Bubba's
428 East Front Street
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Again, maybe not a place for "foodies." Great burgers, beers, and American fare. This place was formerly my grandfather's electrical shop. Downtown.
In mid-town TC, Front & Cast. Good beers, salads, and sandwiches. MBC's Rueben is a favorite among those that enjoy this sandwich. Across the street is Cherry Republic; go there!
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Mackinaw Brewing Company
161 East Front Street
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In mid-town TC, Front & Cast. Good beers, salads, and sandwiches. MBC's Rueben is a favorite among those that enjoy this sandwich. Across the street is Cherry Republic; go there!
Iconic Traverse City burger joint has been serving up excellent burgers, malts, and fries for decades. Don's is a little over 2 miles east of Snail's Pace on US-31.
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Don's Drive-In
2030 U.S. 31 N
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Iconic Traverse City burger joint has been serving up excellent burgers, malts, and fries for decades. Don's is a little over 2 miles east of Snail's Pace on US-31.
Good wine tasting and a nice restaurant located on an outstanding property with beautiful views. One can also taste locally distilled spirits.
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Black Star Farms Suttons Bay
10844 East Revold Road
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Good wine tasting and a nice restaurant located on an outstanding property with beautiful views. One can also taste locally distilled spirits.
Eclectic purveyor of cherry products sits in mid-town Traverse City. Sample and buy stuff. It's good. If you have time, visit Cherry Republic in its home of Glen Arbor. Wow! It could be a theme park.
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Cherry Republic | Traverse City
154 East Front Street
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Eclectic purveyor of cherry products sits in mid-town Traverse City. Sample and buy stuff. It's good. If you have time, visit Cherry Republic in its home of Glen Arbor. Wow! It could be a theme park.

Parks & Nature

Pierce Stocking drive is a must. So is Glen Haven and the hiking trail. Empire and its beach, and Glen Arbor are great places to explore. Several nice places to eat lunch or dinner. Mike's 3rd great grandparents settled near Glen Arbor in the mid 19th century. They grew apples on Miller Hill. Mike's great grandfather was a respected physician in Empire.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Pierce Stocking drive is a must. So is Glen Haven and the hiking trail. Empire and its beach, and Glen Arbor are great places to explore. Several nice places to eat lunch or dinner. Mike's 3rd great grandparents settled near Glen Arbor in the mid 19th century. They grew apples on Miller Hill. Mike's great grandfather was a respected physician in Empire.
Your kids (or grandkids) will learn about the great lakes environment. It's hands-on and also fun for adults. Kids build stuff, climb on stuff, and learn stuff. Adults might too. Then drive north a few hundred yards for ice cream at Wares.
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Great Lakes Children's Museum
13240 South West Bay Shore Drive
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Your kids (or grandkids) will learn about the great lakes environment. It's hands-on and also fun for adults. Kids build stuff, climb on stuff, and learn stuff. Adults might too. Then drive north a few hundred yards for ice cream at Wares.
The best way to get to Power is Island is by private boat. Great hiking and swimming. Boaters by the dozens congregate to party in the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay.
Power Island
1213 W. Civic Center Drive
The best way to get to Power is Island is by private boat. Great hiking and swimming. Boaters by the dozens congregate to party in the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay.
Rent a boat and float the Crystal River. Outfitter is in Glen Arbor. Easy, kid-friendly, affordable. Stop and swim in the shallow, slow-moving, warm water.
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Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District
6249 River Road
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Rent a boat and float the Crystal River. Outfitter is in Glen Arbor. Easy, kid-friendly, affordable. Stop and swim in the shallow, slow-moving, warm water.
VASA is a huge complex for hikers, bikers, and skiers. There are a few different access points on the east side of Traverse City.
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Vasa Pathway Trailhead
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VASA is a huge complex for hikers, bikers, and skiers. There are a few different access points on the east side of Traverse City.
Boating or driving along this multi-county route can be breath-taking. Your sojourn will take you by many quaint towns and scenic lakes. From Elk Rapids, the chain eventually leads to Lake Huron.
Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed
Boating or driving along this multi-county route can be breath-taking. Your sojourn will take you by many quaint towns and scenic lakes. From Elk Rapids, the chain eventually leads to Lake Huron.
I have never been there, but I have heard many, many great things about it. It's a long drive from TC's east side, but it's probably work it.
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Michigan Legacy Art Park
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr
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I have never been there, but I have heard many, many great things about it. It's a long drive from TC's east side, but it's probably work it.

Arts & Culture

A very beautiful setting between Duck Lake and Green Lake. The summer series of entertainment brings top shelf entertainers to the area. There is not a bad seat in the house, so if you must settle for cheap tickets, don't feel bad.
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Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Michigan 137
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A very beautiful setting between Duck Lake and Green Lake. The summer series of entertainment brings top shelf entertainers to the area. There is not a bad seat in the house, so if you must settle for cheap tickets, don't feel bad.
Close, classy, and affordable. The museum is on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. Very accessible from Munson Avenue. An easy walk for adults.
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Dennos Museum Center
1701 East Front Street
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Close, classy, and affordable. The museum is on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. Very accessible from Munson Avenue. An easy walk for adults.
To be honest, I have never been to the Music House, but I hear so many great things about it. It's inexpensive and only a few miles east of Snail's Pace. I hear it's great for oldsters and children alike.
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Music House Museum
7377 U.S. 31
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To be honest, I have never been to the Music House, but I hear so many great things about it. It's inexpensive and only a few miles east of Snail's Pace. I hear it's great for oldsters and children alike.

Drinks & Nightlife

Top of the Park for beautiful night time views of Traverse City. Piano bar. Can be pricey and crowded, but it is the highest spot in town. Minervas restaurant is on the ground floor and serves good and affordable food.
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Park Place Hotel and Conference Center
300 East State Street
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Top of the Park for beautiful night time views of Traverse City. Piano bar. Can be pricey and crowded, but it is the highest spot in town. Minervas restaurant is on the ground floor and serves good and affordable food.
Okay. This is pretty much for the gents in your group. Tobacco bar is smokey. Great selection of cigars and spirits. This is downtown and close to Bubbas.
Nolan's Tobacco and Cigar Bar
336 E Front St
Okay. This is pretty much for the gents in your group. Tobacco bar is smokey. Great selection of cigars and spirits. This is downtown and close to Bubbas.
Best place for oysters. Parkshore has nightly specials and is just on the other side of the state park -- less than 2 miles from Snail's Pace.
Parkshore Resort
1401 US-31
Best place for oysters. Parkshore has nightly specials and is just on the other side of the state park -- less than 2 miles from Snail's Pace.
It's a little further away than Old Mission, but there are nearly three time the number of tasting rooms. The views and bargains can be outstanding. My favorite vineyards/tasting rooms include The Boathouse, French Valley, and Mawby, and there are many other great tastings rooms in this beautiful county. Check out Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau (for spirits) and the Hop Lot in Suttons Bay (for craft beers).
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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 E Cherry Bend Rd
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It's a little further away than Old Mission, but there are nearly three time the number of tasting rooms. The views and bargains can be outstanding. My favorite vineyards/tasting rooms include The Boathouse, French Valley, and Mawby, and there are many other great tastings rooms in this beautiful county. Check out Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau (for spirits) and the Hop Lot in Suttons Bay (for craft beers).
Need I say more.
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Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel
7741 M 72 E
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Need I say more.
Not quite Turtle Creek, but it is close to the village of Suttons Bay and French Valley tasting room on beautiful Suttons Bay.
Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge
2521 North West Bay Shore Drive
Not quite Turtle Creek, but it is close to the village of Suttons Bay and French Valley tasting room on beautiful Suttons Bay.

Entertainment & Activities

Pioneer League baseball. Very affordable family fun at a modern setting on the south side. Cheer on the Beach Bums as they take on baseball teams from the the surrounding states. Family and veteran friendly.
Turtle Creek Stadium
333 Stadium Dr
Pioneer League baseball. Very affordable family fun at a modern setting on the south side. Cheer on the Beach Bums as they take on baseball teams from the the surrounding states. Family and veteran friendly.
Early July.
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National Cherry Festival
250 East Front Street
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Early July.
Writer/director Michael Moore brings film treasures and producer's hopefuls to some really cool local venues. Traverse City now competes with Sundance and the Cannes film festivals. TCFF takes over Traverse City in late July.
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Traverse City Film Festival
232 East Front Street
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Writer/director Michael Moore brings film treasures and producer's hopefuls to some really cool local venues. Traverse City now competes with Sundance and the Cannes film festivals. TCFF takes over Traverse City in late July.

Getting Around

Subsidized public transportation. This is a great way to navigate Traverse City. Two bus stops are very close to Snail's Pace. One is at the south entrance to Munson Community Health Center; the other is at East Bay Shopping Plaza. Both are within a few minutes walk.
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BATA
115 Hall St
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Subsidized public transportation. This is a great way to navigate Traverse City. Two bus stops are very close to Snail's Pace. One is at the south entrance to Munson Community Health Center; the other is at East Bay Shopping Plaza. Both are within a few minutes walk.
Ride your bike up Airport Access to connect with TART. Go left or right and proceed for miles.
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Tart Trails Inc
148 East Front Street
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Ride your bike up Airport Access to connect with TART. Go left or right and proceed for miles.
An easy connection from Snail's Pace to anywhere in the country. The airport is served, principally, by major airline affiliates.
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Cherry Capital Airport
727 Fly Don't Drive
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An easy connection from Snail's Pace to anywhere in the country. The airport is served, principally, by major airline affiliates.

Essentials

East Bay Plaza is home to Tom's, Dunham's Sports, Dollar Store, a fitness center, restaurants, and other small retailers. You will find most of what you might need while staying at Snail's Pace. Tom's (and the Plaza) is just a few minutes walk, but drive if you plan to buy a lot of stuff.
Tom's East Bay
East Bay Plaza is home to Tom's, Dunham's Sports, Dollar Store, a fitness center, restaurants, and other small retailers. You will find most of what you might need while staying at Snail's Pace. Tom's (and the Plaza) is just a few minutes walk, but drive if you plan to buy a lot of stuff.