Harold's and Laura's Guidebook

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Harold's and Laura's Guidebook

Food Scene
Voted Americas favorite ice cream! 4.5 Miles (7.3km)
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Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
7263 North Long Lake Road
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Voted Americas favorite ice cream! 4.5 Miles (7.3km)
Our favorite couples night restaurant. Make sure you have the pita chip appetizer. Not a kids favorite spot.. Parking meters are free after 6 pm and all day Sundays
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Poppycocks
128 E Front St
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Our favorite couples night restaurant. Make sure you have the pita chip appetizer. Not a kids favorite spot.. Parking meters are free after 6 pm and all day Sundays
Groceries, Deli and Prepared Meals. Moomer's Ice Cream by the carton without the wait in lines! 4.5 Miles (7.3 km)
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Fresh Coast Market
7270 North Long Lake Road
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Groceries, Deli and Prepared Meals. Moomer's Ice Cream by the carton without the wait in lines! 4.5 Miles (7.3 km)
Great Coffee Shop. Light Meals, Ice Cream and Baked Goods. Kid Friendly. Cool "Up North" Décor. 5 Miles (8.1 km)
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Bud's
3061 Michigan 137
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Great Coffee Shop. Light Meals, Ice Cream and Baked Goods. Kid Friendly. Cool "Up North" Décor. 5 Miles (8.1 km)
Close to Birchwood Cove, typically not crowded with tourists. On nice day's, choose the patio. Amazing Stuffed Burgers. Great salads and Pizza choices. 4.3 Mikes (6.9 km)
Mulligan's Pub & Grill
2430 W Crown Dr
Close to Birchwood Cove, typically not crowded with tourists. On nice day's, choose the patio. Amazing Stuffed Burgers. Great salads and Pizza choices. 4.3 Mikes (6.9 km)
Popular tourist destination. Can be noisy and crowded. Deck is a nice choice with live music on occasion.
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Boone's Long Lake Inn
7208 Secor Road
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Popular tourist destination. Can be noisy and crowded. Deck is a nice choice with live music on occasion.
Popular Beer and Entertainment Stop. Great Live Music. Food Available (order next door at the Stone Oven eat at Lake Ann Brewing). Outdoors seating very kid friendly. 9.7 Miles (15.6 km)
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Lake Ann Brewing Company
6535 1st St
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Popular Beer and Entertainment Stop. Great Live Music. Food Available (order next door at the Stone Oven eat at Lake Ann Brewing). Outdoors seating very kid friendly. 9.7 Miles (15.6 km)
Glen Arbor, MI. One of the few area restaurants directly on Lake Michigan.
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Blu
5705 South Lake Street
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Glen Arbor, MI. One of the few area restaurants directly on Lake Michigan.
Another of our favorite couples restaurants and a beautiful drive on the Old Mission peninsula. Consider an afternoon on the peninsula visiting wineries, beach's and the light house. $$$ restaurant that should not disappoint you. 19.7 Miles (31.7 km)
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Boathouse Restaurant
14039 Peninsula Drive
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Another of our favorite couples restaurants and a beautiful drive on the Old Mission peninsula. Consider an afternoon on the peninsula visiting wineries, beach's and the light house. $$$ restaurant that should not disappoint you. 19.7 Miles (31.7 km)
Nice Bar. Outside sitting options with free entertainment (check schedule). Beautiful Golf Course view seating. 4.5 Miles (7.3 km)
Bradley's Pub & Grille
10586 US-31
Nice Bar. Outside sitting options with free entertainment (check schedule). Beautiful Golf Course view seating. 4.5 Miles (7.3 km)
Sightseeing
Make sure you stop at all the view-points on the Pierce Stocking Drive. Take the kids to the dune climb. 26.4 Miles (42.5 km)
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Sleeping Bear Dunes
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Make sure you stop at all the view-points on the Pierce Stocking Drive. Take the kids to the dune climb. 26.4 Miles (42.5 km)
Fun little "fishing" town on the M-22 Loop. Buy smoked or fresh fish at Carlson's on the docks. Swim at "Vans Beach" just south of the river in town. 27.6 Miles (44.4 km)
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Fishtown
203 W River St
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Fun little "fishing" town on the M-22 Loop. Buy smoked or fresh fish at Carlson's on the docks. Swim at "Vans Beach" just south of the river in town. 27.6 Miles (44.4 km)
Perfect Place for walk on the pier (weather permitting) and Sunsets. Nice choice of restaurant's. Stop at Crystal Falls Mini Golf on the way there or back. 32.3 Miles (52.0 km)
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Frankfort
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Perfect Place for walk on the pier (weather permitting) and Sunsets. Nice choice of restaurant's. Stop at Crystal Falls Mini Golf on the way there or back. 32.3 Miles (52.0 km)
Family Fun
Best choice for floating the Platte River. Kids will love this one! (Interesting note - The Platte begins at Long Lake)
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Honor Trading Post
8367 Deadstream Rd
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Best choice for floating the Platte River. Kids will love this one! (Interesting note - The Platte begins at Long Lake)
Super Family Friendly Drive-In Theatre. If you have not tried a Drive-In Movie this is your chance. Check website for movies. Only drawback, sun-sets late in Northern Michigan, get the kids to take afternoon naps if they want to make it through the first movie. You have to be a night owl to make it through the second.
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Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre
9812 Honor Highway
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Super Family Friendly Drive-In Theatre. If you have not tried a Drive-In Movie this is your chance. Check website for movies. Only drawback, sun-sets late in Northern Michigan, get the kids to take afternoon naps if they want to make it through the first movie. You have to be a night owl to make it through the second.
Family owned 36 Hole Mini Golf. Hard and Soft serve ice-cream, try a fresh raspberry shake. 24.5 Miles (39.4 km)
Crystal Falls Mini Golf & Ice Cream Shop
1405 Michigan Ave
Family owned 36 Hole Mini Golf. Hard and Soft serve ice-cream, try a fresh raspberry shake. 24.5 Miles (39.4 km)
Rainy Day
Kids Rainy Day Option 2-3 Hours - Kid friendly bowling (bumpers and light balls). Large Game Room. Pizza.
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Incredible Mo's
1355 Silver Lake Crossings Boulevard
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Kids Rainy Day Option 2-3 Hours - Kid friendly bowling (bumpers and light balls). Large Game Room. Pizza.
Best for adults and older children.
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Music House Museum
7377 U.S. 31
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Best for adults and older children.
Kids Rainy Day Option 1-2 Hours - Kids will love the game room (its in the basement). You can spend $50.00 on games real fast!
Great Wolf Lodge
3575 US-31
Kids Rainy Day Option 1-2 Hours - Kids will love the game room (its in the basement). You can spend $50.00 on games real fast!
The Arts
Check online for free and ticketed events. If a headliner is on (and you don't have tickets) during your stay, head down, get a coffee or ice cream and sit in the public square next to the open sided concert hall. Audio quality is pretty darn good and you can even get a few glimpses of performers. 6.0 Mile (9.7 km)
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Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Michigan 137
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Check online for free and ticketed events. If a headliner is on (and you don't have tickets) during your stay, head down, get a coffee or ice cream and sit in the public square next to the open sided concert hall. Audio quality is pretty darn good and you can even get a few glimpses of performers. 6.0 Mile (9.7 km)
Beaches
Great Kid Friendly Beach. Be aware of Rip Currents when waves are high. Close to the Sand Dunes. Good Grub at Joes Friendly Tavern or Empire Village Inn.
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Empire
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Great Kid Friendly Beach. Be aware of Rip Currents when waves are high. Close to the Sand Dunes. Good Grub at Joes Friendly Tavern or Empire Village Inn.
National Park Pass Required. Otter Creek Beach, End of Esch Road. Our favorite Lake Michigan Sunset Beach. You can build a fire on the beach. Swim till the sun sets. Note: Bugs arrive immediately after sunset during summer months.
Otter Creek
National Park Pass Required. Otter Creek Beach, End of Esch Road. Our favorite Lake Michigan Sunset Beach. You can build a fire on the beach. Swim till the sun sets. Note: Bugs arrive immediately after sunset during summer months.
Another favorite Lake Michigan Sunset location. Easy Access to beach and playground. Good restaurants and a great brew pub.
Frankfort Public Beach And Playground
Another favorite Lake Michigan Sunset location. Easy Access to beach and playground. Good restaurants and a great brew pub.
State Park Pass Required. Large Safe Beach with Playground.
Traverse City State Park Beach
State Park Pass Required. Large Safe Beach with Playground.
Clinch Park Beach - Parking across the road Free after 6:00PM and all day Sundays, walk through tunnel (flooded 2020).
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Clinch Park
111 East Grandview Parkway
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Clinch Park Beach - Parking across the road Free after 6:00PM and all day Sundays, walk through tunnel (flooded 2020).
Distilleries, Wineries and Brew Pubs
Check website for food and entertainment options. Whiskeys and Gins with local ingredients, great craft cocktails.
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Iron Fish Distillery
14234 Dzuibanek Rd
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Check website for food and entertainment options. Whiskeys and Gins with local ingredients, great craft cocktails.
Check website for hours and entertainment. Stage is outside, kid friendly. Order your food from Stone Oven (next door) and eat at Lake Ann Brewing Company (inside or outside).
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Lake Ann Brewing Company
6535 1st St
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Check website for hours and entertainment. Stage is outside, kid friendly. Order your food from Stone Oven (next door) and eat at Lake Ann Brewing Company (inside or outside).
Absolutely amazing craft cocktails. Food choices also.
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The Parlor TC
205 Lake Avenue
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Absolutely amazing craft cocktails. Food choices also.
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Traverse City Whiskey Co.
201 East 14th Street
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The Workshop Brewing Company
221 Garland Street
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Check out the Low Bar (downstairs)
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7 Monks Taproom
128 South Union Street
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Check out the Low Bar (downstairs)
Great stop on your Frankfort beach trip.
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Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
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Great stop on your Frankfort beach trip.