Photo: Bellaire Chamber of Commerce


You may think that you’ve done it all in Traverse City, but chances are that you have only begun to scratch the surface of what the Traverse City Area has to offer! It may be time for you to venture off the beaten path and discover all the wonders hidden in the small towns that surround TC. You need to experience playing human foosball at 1914 Cellar, listening to Drew Hale sing at Iron Fish Distillery, buying the miracle blend spice mix from Alden's Mill House, and seeing a world-class performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts


Frankfort & Elberta
 
Where to Eat
  • Birch & Maple - Craft cocktails and modern dishes prepared from scratch with deliciously real ingredients
  • FrankZ - Serving up summer's most iconic food, hot dogs
  • Stormcloud Brewing - Brewery serving Belgian-inspired beer and locally inspired food
What to Do

If you're visiting Frankfort for the first time, we recommend you start by exploring the local lighthouses: Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse and Point Betsie Lighthouse

Where to Stay
 
Beulah 
 
Where to Eat:
  • Lucky Dog Bar & Grille - Michigan craft beer, famous smoked wings, and a Pure Michigan sunset
  • Five Shores Brewing - Craft brewery offering hand-crafted ales and lagers plus a range of cocktails, wine, and appetizers
  • Cherry Hut - A Northern Michigan tradition since 1922 serving family-style fair
What to Do:

When you're ready to get off the boat and out of the sun, stop in Beulah to explore one of the many local museums such as Gwen Frostic Prints or the Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum. Make sure to check-out COGNiTiON Science & Discovery Center if you're traveling with kids!

Where to Stay:

 
Thompsonville
 
Where to Eat: 
What to Do:

Fall, winter, summer, or spring; there's always something fun to do at Crystal Mountain! Start by wandering through the Michigan Legacy Art Park and then complete the exploration with a slide down the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide.

Where to Stay:
 
Interlochen
 
Where to Eat:

•    Oaky’s Tavern - Serving smokehouse-inspired tastes as well as the joys of comfort foods
•    Hofbrau Steak House & American Grille - Interlochen's favorite gathering place for over 100 years
•    Bud’s - Cafe-style American food, ice cream, coffee, and baked goods

What to Do:

Interlochen is a great place to spend the day on the water jet skiing from island to island on Long Lake. If you prefer boots to boats, then lace up your hiking shoes and set out on an exploration of the 250-acre preserve at Timbers Recreation Area

Where to Stay: 
 
Elk Rapids
Where to Eat: 

•    Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen - Featuring Cajun/Creole cookin', southern specialties & fresh seafood
•    Cellar 152 Pub and Provisions - Live Music with food wine & spirits
•    Riverwalk Grill - Waterfront American dining

What to Do: 

It's easy to spend the day in Elk Rapids. Start by exploring the downtown shops and antique stores, there are some real treasures to be found. If you're a beach person, there's no shortage of sand to cover your toes and relax in the sun. From downtown you can walk to the beach where you can throw a towel down for some rest and relaxation. If laying in the sun isn't for you, take a walk along the marina and admire the colorful boats. 

Where to Stay:
 
Bellaire 
 
Where to Eat: 
What to Do:

Do a craft beer or cider tasting at Short’s Brewing Company Pub, a wine tasting at Torch Lake Cellars, a spirit tasting at Mammoth Distilling, or "bee" a bit adventurous and try a craft mead tasting at Bee Well Meadery & Cidery.  

Where to Stay: 
 
Lake Ann
 
Where to Eat: 
What to Do:

Go golfing! Either at Mistwood Golf or disc golf at Almira Township Park


Central Lake
 
Where to Eat: 
  • Torch Lake Café - Curated cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a warm, inviting atmosphere
  • Central Lake Tavern - Burgers, Burritos and Beers. Shrimp, Cocktail and Coke. French fries or Homemade Chips
  • Classic Pizza - Signature pizzas, grinders, sandwiches, calzones, and pasta
What to Do: 

Embrace agritourism at its finest and hop from farm stand to winery to farm stand. Our recommendations are King Orchards, Cellar 1914Providence Organic Farm, and Royal Farms. Then end your day with an old fashioned at Mammoth Distilling


Alden
 
Where to Eat: 

•    Torch Lake Beer Company - For good food and good times, this is the place to be!
•    BlueWater Bistro and Pizzeria - Mouthwatering Italian cuisines with hand-selected local wines or beers.

What to Do:

Take a stroll down Torch Lake Drive and pop your head into the shops that line the street. Make sure you stop in Alden's Mill House to pick up some of their miracle blend spice mix.