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Top Choice Pizza in Traverse City

Filling Station

This family-owned business in a former railway terminal has been serving up wood-fired pizzas, fresh green salads and craft beer since 2012. Check out the specials board for seasonal items like the Oktoberfest pizza…
Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Manitou Islands

The forest-cloaked Manitou Islands provide an off-the-beaten-path adventure. They’re part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hence the entrance fee. North Manitou is known for star-speckled backcountry campi…
Cocktail Bar in Traverse City

Low Bar

Every city needs a speakeasy-style cocktail bar, and Low Bar checks all the boxes: It's dimly lit, oozes 1920s glam and is a little hard to find. Classics like Manhattans and Bees Knees are served up alongside inven…
Design in Harbor Country

AP Shop

A real beauty, this Lakeside clothing and homewares shop is the seasonal idyll of a Chicago-based professor of visual merchandising. Beyond a tidy picket fence and lush front garden, the cottage is laid out with tex…
Microbrewery in Harbor Country

Transient Artisan Ales

Even before this small but lively Bridgman taproom debuted in 2016, founder and beer maker Chris Betts had established a reputation as a brewer's brewer for his yeast-driven farmhouse ales, many of which showcase wi…
State Park in Muskegon & Ludington

Ludington State Park

The lakeside park is one of Michigan's largest and most popular playlots. It has a top-notch trail system, a renovated lighthouse to visit (or live in, as a volunteer lighthouse keeper) and miles of beach.
Market in Traverse City

Warehouse MRKT

This hub of the Warehouse District is a one-stop shop for a local experience. Grab a cup of joe and a simple but perfect egg sandwich from BLK/MRKT cafe in the morning, shop for home goods at Darling Botanical and W…
Brewery in Muskegon & Ludington

Ludington Bay Brewing Co

There's an impressive range of beers on offer at this newbie to the Michigan brewing scene, which opened in May 2017. We particularly enjoyed the whiskey-barrel aged Dark Necessity Stout.
Winery in Traverse City

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

Michigan's excellent wines taste even better on Brys Estate's sprawling deck, which provides stunning vineyard and bay views. Tastings from $7; cheese and charcuterie plates available.
American in Saugatuck & Douglas

Phil's Bar & Grille

This humming pub turns out terrific broasted (combining broiling and roasting) chicken, fish tacos, lamb lollipops and gumbo in a cozy, wood-floored room.