Guidebook for Traverse City

Michael

Guidebook for Traverse City

Food Scene
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Blue Tractor Barbeque
423 South Union Street
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Higher end breakfast and drinks
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Patisserie Amie
237 Lake Avenue
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Higher end breakfast and drinks
Famous local breakfast spot with fresh baked breads
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The Omelette Shoppe
124 Cass Street
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Famous local breakfast spot with fresh baked breads
Great lunch and dinner spot.
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The Franklin
160 East Front Street
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Great lunch and dinner spot.
Our family favorite little diner a short drive southeast within TC. Carry gluten free options.
Randy's Diner Inc
1120 Carver St
Our family favorite little diner a short drive southeast within TC. Carry gluten free options.
A higher end lunch and dinner spot with a huge local following.
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The Towne Plaza
203 Cass Street
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A higher end lunch and dinner spot with a huge local following.
Trendy restaurant and bar located within a Hagerty building. Excellent reputation locally.
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Firefly Restaurant
310 North Cass Street
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Trendy restaurant and bar located within a Hagerty building. Excellent reputation locally.
High end, busy restaurant that may need a reservation. Very successful and highly rated spot.
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Little G's Fusion Cuisine
236 East Front Street
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High end, busy restaurant that may need a reservation. Very successful and highly rated spot.
Sushi and more at this local favorite. Higher end menu and prices and may need a reservation.
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Red Ginger
237 East Front Street
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Sushi and more at this local favorite. Higher end menu and prices and may need a reservation.
BBQ at its best!
Sparks BBQ
439 E Front St
BBQ at its best!
Full menu and has its own brewery located within. A local icon!
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Mackinaw Brewing Company
161 East Front Street
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Full menu and has its own brewery located within. A local icon!
Burgers are amazing! Another local hot spot.
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Bubba's
428 East Front Street
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Burgers are amazing! Another local hot spot.
Classic steak house. Has been a longtime local favorite.
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Mode's Bum Steer
125 East State Street
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Classic steak house. Has been a longtime local favorite.
Short drive east on 8th St. to a local favorite bakery.
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Potter's Bakery
908 E Eighth St
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Short drive east on 8th St. to a local favorite bakery.
Small deli and restaurant. All homemade foods with a deli and butcher.
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Raduno
545 E Eighth St
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Small deli and restaurant. All homemade foods with a deli and butcher.
A new local favorite!
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Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
149 E Front St
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A new local favorite!
Cool inexpensive cafe.
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The Dish Cafe
108 South Union Street
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Cool inexpensive cafe.
Excellent coffee shop.
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Morsels
321 East Front Street
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Excellent coffee shop.
Local coffee spot
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Good Harbor Coffee & Bakery
111 West Front Street
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Local coffee spot
Breakfast and lunch at this local classic hot spot.
Green House Café
115 East Front Street
Breakfast and lunch at this local classic hot spot.
Breakfast same block as condo.
Benedict
405 South Union Street
Breakfast same block as condo.
Historic TC diner.
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J & S Hamburg
302 W Front St
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Historic TC diner.
Short drive to our family's favorite diner!
J & S Hamburg South Airport
1083 West South Airport Road
Short drive to our family's favorite diner!
Drinks & Nightlife
Great brewery a bit south down Cass St.
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Right Brain Brewery
225 East Sixteenth Street
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Great brewery a bit south down Cass St.
Just opened Dec. 2018
Silver Spruce Brewing Company
439 E Eighth St
Just opened Dec. 2018
Huge taproom with many different beers! Trendy local spot for with great atmosphere.
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7 Monks Taproom
128 South Union Street
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Huge taproom with many different beers! Trendy local spot for with great atmosphere.
Short walk to State St. and located within a brand new marketplace with many food options.
MiddleCoast Brewing Company
329 E State St
Short walk to State St. and located within a brand new marketplace with many food options.
Local hot spot! Full range of cocktails and beer.
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The Parlor TC
205 Lake Avenue
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Local hot spot! Full range of cocktails and beer.
Laid back local hangout.
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Brady's Bar
401 S Union St
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Laid back local hangout.
Very popular local bar.
Bootlegger's
119 S Union St
Very popular local bar.
Another local hangout that has many drink options.
Dillinger's Pub
121 S Union St
Another local hangout that has many drink options.
Many good musicians add to this great local bar.
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Union Street Station
117 South Union Street
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Many good musicians add to this great local bar.
Excellent food menu and excellent bar.
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Poppycocks
128 E Front St
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Excellent food menu and excellent bar.
Outdoor patio and right next door!
The Shed Beer Garden
423 S Union St
Outdoor patio and right next door!
Explore the wonderful Leelanau Peninsula by enjoying the famous wines of the region.
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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 E Cherry Bend Rd
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Explore the wonderful Leelanau Peninsula by enjoying the famous wines of the region.
Enjoy the amazing view of both East and West Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying these beautiful wineries.
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Old Mission Wineries
12239 Center Road
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Enjoy the amazing view of both East and West Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying these beautiful wineries.
Paddle down the Boardman River while bar hopping all the way! Very successful new business that may need advance booking.
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Kayak, Bike & Brew
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Paddle down the Boardman River while bar hopping all the way! Very successful new business that may need advance booking.
Indoor bar area year round with a parking lot full of food trucks in the summer months. Very popular spot.
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The Little Fleet
448 East Front Street
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Indoor bar area year round with a parking lot full of food trucks in the summer months. Very popular spot.
Lounge with a cool and trendy atmosphere.
123 Speakeasy
123 W Front St
Lounge with a cool and trendy atmosphere.
Local fav, with food to enjoy with your drinks.
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U And I Lounge
214 East Front Street
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Local fav, with food to enjoy with your drinks.
Famous wood fired pizza!
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The Filling Station Microbrewery
642 Railroad Place
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Famous wood fired pizza!
Very popular spot and coffee and alcoholic drinks.
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Brew
108 East Front Street
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Very popular spot and coffee and alcoholic drinks.
Lots of local beers on tap, upscale cocktails and great food.
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Rare Bird Brewpub
229 Lake Avenue
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Lots of local beers on tap, upscale cocktails and great food.
Essentials
Great products with cafe and grocery. Lots of organic and locally sourced products.
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Oryana Community Co-op
260 East Tenth Street
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Great products with cafe and grocery. Lots of organic and locally sourced products.
Pharmacy only 1 min walk to west on Union St.
Thompson Pharmacy & Medical
324 S Union St
Pharmacy only 1 min walk to west on Union St.
Open 24/7
7-Eleven
538 West Fourteenth Street
Open 24/7
Shopping
Famous local meat shop and small grocery.
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Maxbauer's Meat Market
407 South Union Street
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Famous local meat shop and small grocery.
Full grocery and goods at this full service 24/7 business.
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Meijer
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Full grocery and goods at this full service 24/7 business.
Open 24/7.
Walmart Supercenter
2640 Crossing Cir
Open 24/7.
Local mall and food court.
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Grand Traverse Mall
3200 West South Airport Road
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Local mall and food court.
Local hardware store a quick car ride or bike ride.
De Weese Do it Best Hardware
1029 Carver St
Local hardware store a quick car ride or bike ride.
Sightseeing
Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Drive is a great start to begin to explore this amazing park.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Drive is a great start to begin to explore this amazing park.
Empire Bluffs trail leading you out onto the side of a massive 500 foot sand dune right on top of Lake Michigan is awe inspiring! Located off of Wilco Rd. just south of Empire on M22.
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Empire
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Empire Bluffs trail leading you out onto the side of a massive 500 foot sand dune right on top of Lake Michigan is awe inspiring! Located off of Wilco Rd. just south of Empire on M22.
Drive the M22 highway along the shores and hills of Lake Michigan. Frankfort to Northport; explore our world famous stretch of M22!
Michigan 22
Drive the M22 highway along the shores and hills of Lake Michigan. Frankfort to Northport; explore our world famous stretch of M22!
A moderate hike roughly a mile, out onto this massive 550ft bluff on top of Lake Michigan. Our family's favorite spot!
Empire Bluff Trail
A moderate hike roughly a mile, out onto this massive 550ft bluff on top of Lake Michigan. Our family's favorite spot!
Gorgeous views of both bays. Stop at the many wineries and finish at the end of the peninsula where the beautiful lighthouse resides.
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Peninsula Township
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Gorgeous views of both bays. Stop at the many wineries and finish at the end of the peninsula where the beautiful lighthouse resides.
History and beauty.
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Old Mission Lighthouse Park
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History and beauty.
Many pictures taken of this magnificent lighthouse.
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Point Betsie Lighthouse
3701 Point Betsie Road
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Many pictures taken of this magnificent lighthouse.
Summer and fall months are great to explore the views at the top of Crystal. Our family skis and hikes Crystal Mountain year round and love it out there!
Crystal Mountain Drive
Summer and fall months are great to explore the views at the top of Crystal. Our family skis and hikes Crystal Mountain year round and love it out there!
Fall color favorite of the locals.
Rollaway Trail
Fall color favorite of the locals.
Just west on Union St. bike rentals for exploring the TART trails.
City Bike Shop
322 S Union St
Just west on Union St. bike rentals for exploring the TART trails.
Move east to west thru TC on bike or foot. The trails extends up the Leelanau peninsula as well.
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Traverse Area Recreation Trail
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Move east to west thru TC on bike or foot. The trails extends up the Leelanau peninsula as well.
Explore Elk Rapids and its beautiful beaches and many excellent restaurants.
Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed
Explore Elk Rapids and its beautiful beaches and many excellent restaurants.
Great beach town with the new, successful Stormcloud brewery within the town.
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Frankfort
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Great beach town with the new, successful Stormcloud brewery within the town.
Arts & Culture
Art gallery and music venue at Northwestern Michigan campus. Venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
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Dennos Museum Center
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Art gallery and music venue at Northwestern Michigan campus. Venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
Many different plays and performances. A venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
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Old Town Playhouse
148 East Eighth Street
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Many different plays and performances. A venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
Local performances and is a venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
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City Opera House
106 East Front Street
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Local performances and is a venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
Newly restored local favorite. It is a venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
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Bijou by the Bay
181 East Grandview Parkway
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Newly restored local favorite. It is a venue for the Traverse City Film Festival.
The Famous State! Venue and headquarters for the Traverse City Film Festival. Many day time movies for free or very cheap!
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State Theatre
233 East Front Street
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The Famous State! Venue and headquarters for the Traverse City Film Festival. Many day time movies for free or very cheap!
Venue for Traverse City Film Festival.
Lars Hockstad Auditorium
301 Seventh Street
Venue for Traverse City Film Festival.
Small local performances.
Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre
620 Railroad Pl
Small local performances.
Getting Around
Refer to BATA online schedule for exact times and stops.
Downtown Hall St Transfer Station
Refer to BATA online schedule for exact times and stops.