Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions


Upscale Dining

  • Amical
    • Acclaimed space for European fare offers seasonal & themed menus amid bright, bistro-style decor. 231.941.8888
  • Red Ginger
    • upscale, chef-owned spot offers small plates of light Pan-Asian cuisine & signature cocktails. 231.944.1733
  • Georgina’s
    • Cozy, brick-walled eatery with creative Latin & Asian fusion tacos & entrees, plus burgers & salads. 231.943.1555
  • Sorellina
    • Relaxed choice spotlighting artful plates of traditional Italian fare, plus house-infused vodkas. 231.421.5912
  • Alliance
    • Casual, modern eatery serving inventive, locally-sourced New American fare & craft cocktails. 231.642.5545
  • Stella
    • Italian fare with a farm-to-table philosophy plus a curated wine list in old-world environs. This is in the Commons building. 231.929.8989
  • PepeNero
    • Upscale restaurant & lounge with swanky decor serving Southern Italian cuisine in a former chapel. This is in the Commons building. 231.929.1960
  • The Franklin
    • Expansive space offering modern tavern fare such as risotto & lamb burgers, plus rooftop tables. 231.943.2727


Casual/ Lighter Fare Dining

  • Spanglish
    • Cozy, colorful restaurant with counter service, offering tacos, tamales & other Mexican eats. This is at The Commons. 231.943.1453
  • Little Fleet (summer only)
    • Fixed collection of food trucks offering an eclectic array of bites, plus a bar & outdoor seating. 231.943.1116
  • Mama Lu’s
    • Gourmet tacos with savory sauces & sides pair with margaritas & beer in a cozy, colorful space. 231.943.2793
  • The Harvest
    • Industrial-chic eatery serving Asian & Mexican street-style fare using local ingredients. 231.486.6037
  • The Filling Station
    • Flatbreads & salads pair with house-brewed beers at this cozy outpost in a vintage train depot. 231.946.8168
  • 7 Monks
    • Cozy, woodsy tavern with refined American pub grub, 46 beers on tap & kegs of wine. 231.421.8410



  • Red Spire
    • colorful and cozy dining room welcomes you for a relaxing breakfast or brunch. Classic and delicious. This is located on the first floor of the The Commons building. 231.252.4648
  • The Towne Plaza
    • Contemporary eatery with a leafy outdoor seating area, featuring a seasonal, pork-centric menu. 231.929.0900
  • Patisserie Amie
    • Quaint French bistro offers house made pastries to go, classic brunch fare & weekend dinner service. 231.922.9645
  • Cousin Jenny’s
    • Savory hand pies highlight this British-themed cafe also offering soup, sandwiches & sidewalk seats. 231.941.7821
  • Bubba’s
    • Bar/eatery known for unique burgers & diverse beer options, breakfast, plus daily happy hour on food & drinks. 231.995.0570
  • Common Good Bakery
    • Bakeries, breakfast, brunch, soups, and a quick grab & go breakfast option. No reservation necessary. 231.933.8002


Bars/ Drink

  • The Little Fleet
    • Fixed collection of food trucks offering an eclectic array of bites, plus a bar & outdoor seating. 231.943.1116
  • TC Whiskey Company
    • Craft distillery/tasting room offering tours & artisanal whiskey cocktails in speakeasy bar setting. 231.922.8292
  • 7 Monks
    • Cozy, woodsy tavern with refined American pub grub, 46 beers on tap & kegs of wine. 231.421-8410
  • Low Bar
    • Located below 7 Monks, throwback into a modern era. Re-igniting pre -prohibition with crafted concoctions stemming from old favorites. A quintessential hideout for those seeking the perfect beverage. 231.944.5397
  • Rare Bird
    • Industrial spot in a restored building with house & regional beers, plus seasonal grub & live music. 231. 943.2053
  • Grand Traverse Distillery
    • Michigan's oldest craft distillery 231.946.1259
  • The Parlor
    • Hip bar offering craft cocktails & American small plates in a warehouse space with exposed beams. 231.753.3131
  • Taproot Cider House
    • Local hard ciders & cocktails are served alongside farm-to-table fare at this chill, rustic tavern. 231. 943.2500
  • (TC Speakeasy)
    • Call or visit website to make a reservation and get the password to enter. Very cool atmosphere and drink menu. 231. 753.8841
  • Hotel Indigo
    • Can be rather busy, but it’s the only rooftop bar in town with a great view of West Grand Traverse Bay! 231. 932.050


Wineries/ Cider Houses

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  • Right Brain Brewery
    • This microbrewery serves its own brands of brews & waffle sandwiches in a creative, industrial site. 231. 944.1239
  • Workshop Brewing
    • delicious hand- crafted beer and food, with a focus on traditional recipes and delicious pairings. 231. 421. 8977
  • The Filling Station
    • Flatbreads & salads pair with house-brewed beers at this cozy outpost in a vintage train depot. 231. 946. 8168
  • Shorts Brewing Company
    • Counter service gastro pub offers 20 house beers & menu inspired by the band Ween, plus local music. A bit of a drive, but worth it. 231. 498.2300
  • Hoplot Brewing Company
    • Small batch microbrewery with on-site hop garden, beer garden, patio and tasting room; Located in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Would highly suggest making a reservation. 231. 866.4445

Site Seeing & Hikes

  • GT State Hospital Trails
    • See maps for trail entries. Walks can be short or long depending on your preference.
  • Empire Bluff Trail
    • This hike will be one you’ll never forget- panoramic views of Lake Michigan. If you put “Empire Bluff Trail Head” into GPS on phone, should be easy to find from there!
  • TART Trails
    • Located all throughout TC, this will allow you to bike all around on an easy flat road!
  • Pyramid Point
    • Great reference to get there, this one is a little tricky to find! I usually put “Pyramid Point Trailhead” on my GPS and never have issues. However, if you are on M22 and turn on to Port Oneida Rd, you’re in good shape. Signals for cell phone use can be hit or miss out there, so I would recommend looking over the route before heading out there!
  • VASA Trails
    • Located on state forest land, the Vasa Pathway features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offer users a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. Cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists enjoy the Vasa Pathway. The Vasa Pathway is maintained and groomed.
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
    • The Dune Climb at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is perhaps the best known natural feature in Michigan. The walk up can be difficult, but so worth it!!! GPS will pick up “Sleeping Bear Dunes”, no problem!


Things to do

  • Brick Wheels
    • Bike, fat bikes, kayak, paddle board, snowshoes, cross country ski rentals 231.947.4274
  • Parasailing
    • Traverse Bay Parasail LLC, on East Grand Traverse Bay 231.929.7272
  • Book A tour of the State Hospital
    • Numerous options available for tours of the Grand Traverse State Hospital. Book online or call from site!
  • Shopping Downtown
  • Darling Botanical Company
    • Build your own terrarium from start to finish 231.421.8440
  • Charter Fishing
    • Reservation required for these, but all are great.
    • Mega Bite Charters LLC  (231) 218-5381
    • Reel Fun Fishing Charters Traverse City, MI  (231) 929-9272
    • Traverse City Charter Fishing  (231) 632-7168
  • Nauticat Cruises (would highly recommend)
    • The Largest Commercial Sailing Catamaran on the Great Lakes. Offering cruises for noon, happy hour, champagne sunset, late music, ect.. many options and a must do if you have time!!!
      • Note this is during summer months only.
      • 231.464.6080