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Restaurants in Fall

In a thriving agricultural region where farm-to-table fare rules, fall is an amazing time to enjoy the bounty of the harvest in the Traverse City area.

Locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses, and wines make for unforgettable meals. Morel mushrooms found in the area woods, cherries and apples picked from local orchards, and the fresh whitefish, perch and salmon from area waters all lend themselves to become eclectic dishes of fresh flavors when mixed with the talents of the area’s chefs and restaurateurs.

Fall is also a great time to go wine tasting at one of our nearly 40 wineries and tasting rooms, where you will not only enjoy spectacular fall color during your wine tour, but you might also see grapes being pressed into wine.  

For those who like to tip a pint on a cool fall afternoon, be sure to check out one of our many craft breweries. You’ll find that even our brewers love experimenting with locally sourced ingredients in their beers and ales – one of the reasons Draft magazine named us one of America’s three new Emerging Beer Towns. Local hard ciders are also a fall favorite.

Families will want to set aside an afternoon to visit one of the area’s many pumpkin patches or apple orchards. Take a hay ride and then enjoy a glass of freshly pressed apple cider and a warm pumpkin doughnut sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Yum!

It’s no wonder Bon Appetit named Traverse City one of the country’s Top Five Foodie Towns!


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