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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-07 10:00 AM
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15. Traverse City is great
Edited on Wed Jul-11-07 10:40 AM by noonwitch
My grandparents live there, and I've been spending summer vacations there my entire life.

Things to do: beaches-there are plenty, some are free. I recommend the one in Old Mission-it's hard to find, but it's a good beach.

My grandpa lives on the Old Mission Penninsula. The lighthouse at the tip has a little nature area and a beach, although the water is too shallow for swimming there. The Old Mission is kind of cool if you are teaching kids about Michigan history.

There are two or three wineries on the penninsula. I prefer Chateau Chantal, which is on M-37 and sits atop a hill in which you have a great view of both bays. They have free wine tasting, and their wine is pretty good.

In town, there is the usual mall shopping, and the unique little downtown gift shops. Horizon Books is the local bookstore (there is a Borders by the mall), and they have a good selection of local books.

The Leelanau area (west of town) is very nice, too. Leland has a fishing village and little tourist-oriented stores. Same with Suttons Bay (which has a casino) and Northport.

If you like to buy stained glass things for your windows, The Stained Glass Factory is on M-72, just past US 131 in Acme. There is a casino out that way, too, if one is inclined to gamble.

You can rent jet skis at the Holiday Inn on the West Bay.

Interlochen Center for the Arts is worth a stop. It's southwest of Traverse City and in the summer, you can either pay for a concert or listen in on rehearsals for free. They also do plays and musicals. The kids are very talented. Josh Groban is one of their many famous graduates.

Restaurants: The Bower's Harbor Inn, on the OM Penninsula is probably the best place around. It is very expensive, and they have a less expensive backroom called The Bowery. The building is a famous haunted place-there is a ghost of the original owner's wife that can be seen in mirrors, and various strange things happen there often (allegedly). The Old Mission Tavern is also good, but more expensive than the name indicates. My grandpa always takes me to Mabel's, an excellent family restaurant located on Front Street/131, east of Garfield. Or he takes me to Sheldes, in front of Tom's Grocery on East 131.

Packing a picnic: Meijer is the local (and unionized) version of Walmart. They are on 131 south of town, on the way to the mall. Tom's and Glenn's are the local grocery chains, and are both decent stores. I think Glenn's is overpriced. The lighthouse park on the Old Mission Penninsula is a good place for a picnic, and there are other parks and such around the area.
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