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Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

#1 Post by David Glasser » March 10th, 2019, 3:28 pm

My wife and I are going to spend some time in the Traverse City area this summer and would appreciate any tips.

Definitely going to spend a day at Sleeping Bear - fond childhood memories of running up and down the dunes.
Also plan to stay overnight on Mackinac Island.

Thought we would stay in Traverse City for 3 nights, then Mackinac Island for 2 nights. Maybe 4 and 1?
Any hotel recommendations?
In Mackinac, Grand Hotel looks like it might be better to visit than stay? Hotel Iriquois?

I gleaned the following list of restaurant recommendations from prior threads. Any comments or updates?

Traverse City
Cooks House
Bistro FouFou
Trattoria Stella
Alliance
Mission Table
Spanglish
7 Monks Taproom
Low Bar
Left Foot Charley

A little drive
La Becasse - Maple City
Trattoria Funistrada - Maple City
Blu - Glen Arbor
Roadhouse - Benzonia
Bluebird - Leland
Port City Smokehouse - Frankfort
Coho Cafe - Frankfort

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Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

#2 Post by Michael Martin » March 10th, 2019, 4:49 pm

I can’t give you any feedback on Traverse City, but I have been to Mackinac Island a couple times.
Most of the restaurants on the island are mediocre at best, so saying a place is good is relative.
We enjoyed The Woods, which is in an old hunting lodge behind the Grand Hotel and is accessible only by carriage. It’s a very cool setting and the food is “good.”

For lodging I recommend one of the B&B’s just off the main drag. There is something magical about the town once the last ferry leaves and the “fudgies” as the locals call the daily tourists, leave. Quiet takes over. You no longer feel like you will be run over by someone on a bike for the first time in years.
I highly suggest walking the island since everyone rides a bike and in season it is chaos. You can cut through the middle and make it over to the British Landing, the beach that the British landed on in the war of 1812. The “real” town where the folks that live on the island year round is also in the center of the island. The more you get off the beaten path, the more you will enjoy the island.
A night may be too little. Two nights may be too much. It depends on how much you want to venture off the main tourist street and really get a feel for the island.

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Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

#3 Post by David Glasser » March 10th, 2019, 6:31 pm

Thanks Michael. We like to walk and taking trails to the interior of the island sounds enjoyable, so we’ll probably stay 2 nights on Mackinac. Did you stay overnight on the island, and if so, any comments on lodging?

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Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

#4 Post by Michael Martin » March 10th, 2019, 7:17 pm

David Glasser wrote:
March 10th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Thanks Michael. We like to walk and taking trails to the interior of the island sounds enjoyable, so we’ll probably stay 2 nights on Mackinac. Did you stay overnight on the island, and if so, any comments on lodging?
We stayed overnight on the island both times we were there. Check out the Cottage Inn on Market St.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie ... higan.html

Nice place, cozy. Market St is still in the heart of it all, but not in the bee hive of tourists during the day.

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