Author: Tricia Phelps

Tricia Phelps is the CEO at Taste the Local Difference, Michigan’s Local Food Marketing Agency. She loves the winter season in Traverse City for its cross-country skiing and wide variety of delicious comfort food.


It’s times like these that a local guide can point you in the right direction. Luckily, we’ve been creating one annually here in Northwest Michigan for over 16 years. The Local Food Guide debuted in June 2020 and now officially covers the entire state, so wherever you’re from, we’ve got the tips to explore Michigan’s food and beverage scene like a local. 

The snow flurries and cold temps give us the perfect excuse for a delicious cocktail. These five winter favorites and their warm comfy locales are the perfect complement to winter in Traverse City. Meet you at the bar in time for Happy Hour!

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