United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 http://www.ketonesbodyprotry.com/inteligen/
  2. 2 http://www.revommerce.com/elite-test-booster/
  3. 3 http://bettercoloncleansingguide.com/rexburn-and-maxgain/
  4. 4 CA Fire - need revised itinerary help
  5. 5 Desert Southwest
  6. 6 11 Days in Washington State and northern Oregon: what to do?
  7. 7 Lake Tahoe or ?
  8. 8 Between Naples and Fort Myers
  9. 9 Restaurant Recs for Minneapolis
  10. 10 Los Angeles Indefinitely
  11. 11 Kids Vacation Place
  12. 12 SW Colorado/San Juan Skyway ideas?
  13. 13 Boston waterfront Italian
  14. 14 Mardi Gras
  15. 15 Moving from Fresno CA to highpoint NC
  16. 16 Need advice - Charleston girls' weekend
  17. 17 Need help with National Parks trip in 2017
  18. 18 Road trip from Gulf Coast to Key West
  19. 19 Northern California Fall itinerary help
  20. 20 Best restaurants?! - first time to NYC!
  21. 21 Napa valley getaway
  22. 22 Two nights from Sacramento to Santa Barbara: where to spend the night?
  23. 23 Grand Canyon From Phoenix
  24. 24 Steamboat in August
  25. 25 Trip Report Trip Report: 2 weeks from SF to Yellowstone and back, June 2016
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Traverse City Trip Report

Jump to last reply

We just got back from Traverse City. We stayed at the Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn has a great location within walking distance to downtown and along the Tart trail, but is an older hotel and the bathroom is kind of dingy. We got a great deal on hotwire (beach, pool, exercise, restaurant, laundry, internet, golf, tennis were what was listed on the hotwire website).

At Scott’s Harbor Grill, we enjoyed a light meal of buffalo chicken, black bean nachos with a local wine and the relaxing views of the harbor. It was a nice early dinner after traveling and the weather was perfect. We also went to the Grand Traverse Pie Company twice for breakfast. Don’t judge… the pie had fruit in it. We made the drive out to Moomer’s for ice cream. I don’t know if it was the best ice cream I ever ate, but it was an experience eating ice cream and watching cows graze. The steak pasty at Cousin Jenny was very good. My husband liked Mackinaw Brewing Company’s beer, so much that we ate there twice. All of our meals were good (burger, beef brisket, pulled pork), but I thought my Mediterranean salad was the best meal. One morning we went to the Green House Café and spilt an order of biscuits and gravy and a blueberry lemon muffin. The muffins at the pie company looked better, but the biscuits and gravy was good.

Besides eating, we went on the Tall Ship cruise. I was a little disappointed that we did not go out very far away from the dock. It was a two hour tour. The highlight was watching the crew work and getting to “help” raise the sail. The cost was $35.

I do not pretend to know what I am talking about with wines, but I enjoyed stopping at Chateau Chantal (tasting) and Chateau Grand Traverse (tour and tasting). The views from both wineries were worth the trip up the mission peninsula. I also tried Black Star Farmer’s and Peninsula Cellars’ at Traverse City restaurants. The general store made a nice stop along the way. The lighthouse was OK. We did not pay the $5 to go inside. The beach had a sign about swimming. Besides the huge boulders, it looked like you would step into quicksand if you tried to wade into the water. I hope no one drives out there planning to swim.

I loved our day trip to sleepy bear dunes. It took around 45 minutes to get there. If we go back to the area again, I would stay out there for a night. We hiked the Empire Trail Bluff. It was a short hike with postcard worthy views. We also did the dune climb and the scenic drive. If you can hike, I would skip the drive and the crowds to see the park. We enjoyed the beach at North Bar Lake. It was crowded even on a week day.

Overall a very relaxing trip!

Advertisement