When it comes to visiting the Traverse City area, you will find that there is a wide variety of places you can pick from to stay. One of the great options is Condotels. These places are usually overlooked by people as they are not your typical inn.
Instead of staying at a fancy and over the top hotel that has many different people sharing walls, this is a far more spread out system for guests. You will get a much larger room and will even have access to a kitchen, which is not always offered for guests at hotels unless they want to pay a lot more for their room.
When you stay at a condotel, you can expect each room to have 1 bed, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a sleeper sofa, which means 4 people in total can stay in the room. The condotels that can be found in this area will offer you many other wonderful things to enjoy during your stay.
For example, they often have a private beach that you can enjoy. If you want to stay a little closer to your room, then you can use the heated outdoor pool and hot tub that is located on-site. Some of the other things you might find at your condotel is a private balcony and a fireplace.
If you have children to worry about, then you can rest assured that there are plenty of children’s activities that can be enjoyed. There is also a lot more room within your condotel room in case the weather makes it unpleasant to be outside.
This is highly desirable for people who have children because it gives them a lot more room to run around and be entertained.
These are some of the different activities that can be enjoyed while staying at any of the condotels found in the area. Below are two of the most common and popular watersport place options when it comes to watersports.
This location can be found right in the heart of Traverse City, making it close to many of the condotels that can be enjoyed. You can choose from paddle boats and kayaks to get while in the area for enjoying some great water-related fun.
The location of this business is a very good one as it is on one of the beaches that can be found in Traverse City. This beach can be found on East Grand Traverse Bay, and you have the chance to rent things by the hour, for half a day, or a full day.
There are many different ways you can enjoy water activities by renting from this location. Some of the things you might choose are using a pontoon boat, a speed boat, a ski boat, a jet boat, a duck boat, a fishing boat, a wakeboard boat, a kayak, a water trampoline, a paddleboard, a jet ski, or parasailing.
There are many different art galleries that you can enjoy while you are in Traverse City. Each of the works of art that can be enjoyed is done by artists that can be found locally, regionally, and nationally. Each of the works of art is different in more ways than one though.
The artworks that can be enjoyed are done in a wide range of mediums. An example of this is that there are sculptures, photographs, paintings, folk art, and fabric works that can all be enjoyed at the galleries.
The Art and Soul Gallery is a great choice when it comes to different galleries to be enjoyed. The works of art that can be found in this gallery are made out of fiber, clay, glass, fabric, jewelry, paper, metal, photographs, wood, and paint.
There are other things as well, but these are the main mediums that are focused on in the gallery. The wide variety of materials is what makes this such a wonderful place to visit and enjoy. Even kids will enjoy the different things that can be seen in the gallery.
Besides just going into the art galleries, you can check out the arts and crafts fairs that are often held throughout the year. One of these fairs is the Old Town Arts and Crafts, which is held every June right in downtown Traverse City.
During the very next month, July, you can enjoy the National Cherry Festival’s Art and Crafts Fair. The fair features more than 100 different artists that can be found all across the Midwest.
Bird Watching in Northern Michigan
During the spring season, you can see and hear a wide range of birds in the area, making it a great place for bird watching. For example, there will be loons to watch and hear as well as many other types of birds.
These birds usually will stay in the area until the beginning of fall though some do not and only stay for a short period of time. It is usually the middle of April into the middle of May when large groups of migrating birds will gather at the Leelanau Peninsula, which is located just west of Traverse City.
All of the peninsulas and shorelines that can be found in the area will have a bunch of these birds as they tend to flock to them.
Places to Eat
There is a wide variety of different places that can be picked from when it comes to places to eat, and each of them has its own unique menu and taste. Below are some of the places that you might want to try while you are in the area.
This business inhabits a 2 story building that is made out of pale bricks, and it is located a block away from the beach. This makes it a great pick for someone who is spending the day at the beach. The chefs at this place make a large variety of bread.
Bread is not the only thing they make though as cookies, scones, and other treats are also made. If you enjoy their bread but want more things to choose from to eat, then you should look for the cafe that uses their bread to make amazing sandwiches.
The cafe uses their bread, but it also offers you the chance to enjoy espresso drinks and a fantastic view of West Bay while eating.
This cafe has a prime location right on the best block of Front Street. It has been around for 18 years, and it serves breakfast foods until 10:30 in the morning. Some of the types of food that can be enjoyed are soups, salads, and sandwiches, which are all made from scratch.
OPA! Grill and Taproom
This is a fun place that your whole family can enjoy eating, and they are very well known for their gyros, which have a glorious flavor. The entrees that can be picked from at this establishment are made from fish, lamb, big salads, and pasta.
The tap for this place has 50 different beers that can be chosen from, and you can enjoy them along with the full par alongside your burger or other food.
This place to eat has been open for 12 years, and it is by far one of the best places to enjoy some great Asian cuisine. The chefs make their food so that it celebrates what makes Asian cuisine satisfying.
One of the ways to accomplish this is by making sure they source the best ingredients possible and make sure they are grown locally. The local ingredients will only be bought in used though if they are currently in season as they want only the best.
Michigan is known for having a wide selection of wines that can be enjoyed, so it should be no surprise to you that this area has a wide selection of wines. Many different places can be picked from to enjoy some great wine, and these are just a few of them.
Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery
The vineyard grows a great crop of wine grapes every year and is family-owned, and the location is a beautiful one to take in. It is located where it overlooks not only Lake Leelanau but also Lake Michigan.
Their grapes are used to make 12 different types of wine, each with its own unique flavor. There is a tasting room so that you can enjoy a sample of some of the wines that are ready at the time of your visit.
Bays Estate Vineyard and Winery
The estate that this vineyard is located on is 111 acres, and it can be found on the Old Mission Peninsula. This means it is encompassed by the immaculate waters of the Grand Traverse Bay. Once you have gained entrance onto the property, you will get to take in many beautiful sights.
For example, the first thing you will see is a renovated 1890s farmhouse, but there is also a barn that has been turned into a private guest house. Besides the buildings, there are also the lush gardens to be admired, and of course, the rolling vineyards.
Each of these sights will be enjoyed while you are headed to the winery. If you plan to stay awhile at the winery, then you can enjoy the restaurant that is found at the vineyard for guests to enjoy.
Château Grand Traverse
The tasting room at this vineyard is a popular place that guests love to visit because of the beautiful sights it offers. The whole vineyard offers great views of the water but also over 100 acres of fantastic vineyards.
The vineyard produces a variety of wines that can be enjoyed, but they are best known for their sought after fruit wines.
As is a common thing to find in a city of Michigan, this area has a large variety of breweries that can be picked from and enjoyed. Below are some of the most popular and often visited choices but by far not the only ones you can choose from.
Right Brain Brewery
This brewery can be found situated in the SoFo District, which is in downtown Traverse City. Their focal point is on making some truly inspired and unique brews. To accomplish this, they use only locally grown ingredients.
If you are enjoying a great brew and pick up a hint of a flavor you were not expecting, you might be surprised that it is really in it. For example, you could pick out the flavor of asparagus or even pig.
Rare Bird Brewpub
While the menu at this brewery contains foods that you will be familiar with, they are not what you will be expecting flavorwise. They are made with a different yet interesting flair. Whenever the brewery can, they use a bunch of locally sourced ingredients.
An example of this is that the ingredients that are used in their beer are sourced locally whenever possible, such as the malt and hops.
Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant, Brewery, and Distillery
In the way of food that is served at this brewery, you can enjoy some unique sandwiches, artisan pizza, locally caught fish, and ribs that are smoked in house. This is one of the few breweries that makes small batches of their brews at a time.
All of the spirits that are sold at this establishment are distilled by them, but some of the brews of beer that they offer are not made by them personally. You can easily purchase some of the brews that they have made through and enjoy them.
The location for the establishment is on the Old Mission Penisula’s West Bay. It has made out of a 19th-century historic mansion that has been renovated but still keeps its historic charm.