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For those of you who do not know me, I love up north, and for those of you not from Michigan "Up North" pretty much means anywhere past Clare, Michigan, or the Zilwaukee bridge. Growing up I was blessed enough for every summer our parents would rent a cottage for one week on one of the small inland lakes around Traverse City, Michigan. So, I know this area pretty well.


Alligator Hill, Stocking Rd. Empire, MI

Houdek Dunes, 5959 N Manitou Trail, Leland, MI 49654

Boardman valley nature preserve, 3000 Racquet Club Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684

Eat/ Drink

Best Burgers: Arts Traven, 6487 W Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

- Cheeseburger on gluten-friendly bun, they also have black bean burgers.

Best Breakfast: Rounds, 1033 E Eighth St, Traverse City, MI 49686

- Corn beef hash, eggs, sausage, buckwheat pancakes; everything is good and homemade!

Best Lunch: Dockside Market, 13418 S W Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684

- Don't let the liquor store fool you, good sandwiches and salads.

Best Coffee: Higher Grounds Trading Company, 806 Red Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684

Best Bar: Little Bohemia, 540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Places to Watch the Sunset

Empire Beach, Empire, MI

Port Oneida Historic District, off M22 in sleeping bear dune national lakeshore

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, 2 Grant St, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Sunset Park, 2 Grant St, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Enjoy your time with family and friends, email me if you need any other recommendations!


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