Originally answered Sep 19, 2019

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This answer includes nearby Leelanau and Benzie counties.


  1. Apache Trout Grill
  2. Trattoria Stella
  3. The Cook’s House
  4. Slabtown Burgers
  5. Scalawags Whitefish & Chips
  6. The Omelette Shoppe
  7. Food Trucks
  8. Gold Baby Biscuits (Sutton’s Bay)
  9. The Cove (Leland) for seafood chowder and the Chubby Mary
  10. Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern (Leland)
  11. Blu (Glen Arbor) for the early bird special at 5 p.m.
  12. Boonedocks (Glen Arbor) for Canadian zander perch and live music on the deck
  13. Art’s Tavern (Glen Arbor)
  14. Foothills Café (East side of Glen Lake)
  15. La Bécasse (Burdickville)
  16. Trattoria Funistrada (Burdickville)


  1. Shopping
  2. Bars
  3. Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room
  4. State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay
  5. Traverse City Film Festival
  6. City Opera House
  7. Live Music
  1. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
  2. The Dune Climb
  3. Empire Bluff Trail
  4. Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail for biking
  5. The Manitou Islands
  1. Shopping
  2. Cherry Republic
  3. Manitou Music Festival
  4. Rent a boat on Glen Lake

Glen Craft Marina

On the Narrows Marina

5. Crystal River Outfitters

Stand-Up Paddle boards

Canoeing and Kayaking

The Cyclery for bike rentals

6. Homestead Resort for kayaks, tubes, aqua-cycles, and stand-up paddle boards

7. All About Water for guided kayak tours

  1. Shopping
  2. Fishtown
  3. Charter Fishing
  1. Old Mission Peninsula
  2. Leelanau Peninsula


  1. Arcadia Bluffs
  2. The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
  3. The Wolverine at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
  4. LochenHeath Golf Club
  5. Manitou Passage Golf Club
  6. Sugar Loaf — The Old Course
  7. Bahle Farms
  8. Crystal Mountain
  9. Pinecroft Golf Course
  10. Champion Hill Golf Course


  1. Park Place Hotel
  2. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
  3. Any of the hotels right on the bay in Traverse City
  4. The Homestead Resort (Glen Arbor)
  5. Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast (Glen Arbor)
  6. Crystal Mountain Resort (Thompsonville)

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