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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…
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…
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…
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.
Brewery in Traverse City

Workshop Brewing Company

The wide range of beers on tap here are made with local and organic ingredients, just like the creatively named dishes on the menu (try the succulent, house-smoked Communist Pig BBQ sandwich). Board games and Soviet…
Cafe in Traverse City

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Fill up on fresh fruit pies made from regional bounty at this locally owned cafe. Our favorite? The ABC Crumb, made from a mix of Michigan blueberries, apples and, of course, cherries. In addition to the sweet treat…
Winery in Traverse City

Chateau Grand Traverse

It is one of the Old Mission Peninsula's stalwarts, pouring renowned Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (five-wine tasting $3 to $5). The patio overlooking the vineyard is a relaxed place to sip 'em. The winery also has a su…
Food & Drinks in Traverse City

Cherry Republic

It's touristy but a hoot to see all the products: cherry ketchup, cherry-dusted tortillas, cherry butter, cherry wine – you get the point. Most of it tastes better than you think. And the shop is very generous with …
Film in Traverse City

Traverse City Film Festival

The town goes Hollywood during the Traverse City Film Festival, when founder (and native Michigander) Michael Moore comes in and unspools a six-day slate of documentaries, international flicks and 'just great movies…
Food & Drink in Traverse City

National Cherry Festival

A Traverse City tradition since 1931, the National Cherry Festival attracts nearly 500,000 visitors each year during the first week of July to watch parades, taste cherry pies and crown the National Cherry Queen.