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Cambria Suites Hotel This was the first time we stayed at this property. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. We were treated like old friends coming back to the hotel. Rooms are nicely appointed. Modern decorating. 2 TVs in the room...Living Room has wall mounted unit with a media center adapters set up for your iPad or computer presentations. The ‘bedroom’ area has a large screen TV. Small mini-bar with empty refrigerator for your snacks and drinks (warning no freezer). There is a small coffee pot and microwave. Bathroom is nice size with plenty of towels.
Grand Traverse Pie Company, Traverse City
Apache Trout Grill, Traverse City
Flap Jack Shack, Traverse City
Knot Just A Bar, Bay Harbor Village
What we did:
We arrived on Monday about 10:30 a.m. The hotel allowed us to check in early. We were happy to leave our bags behind for our day of sightseeing. We went to Grand Traverse Pie Company and picked up sandwiches and pie to go. We stopped at Empire Beach to eat our lunch & get our first glimpse of the beautiful Lake Michigan. Our next stop was the Visitors Center of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. We bought our pass, got oriented and then hit the highlights of the park.
We LOVED Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. We enjoyed the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Watched folks climb the dunes. Went to the small dune climb and did that (view wasn’t that impressive...overcast day).
We enjoyed Glen Haven with the historic buildings and nice beach.
From there we stopped in the small town of Glen Arbor. We poked through a few of the shops before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
We figured Monday night in Traverse City...how busy could it be?? Our dinner spot was Apache Trout Grille. 1.5 hour wait for a table. We decided to snag 2 seats in the bar area and ordered dinner there. The restaurant is deceptively small. They have a large Tiki Bar area (patio on the waterfront) but only serve drinks and no food. We found that a bit unusual. The food was good, but not great. I wanted to order local fish and had the panfried Walleye. It was served with a very sweet pecan butter sauce. I had to scrape the sauce off. My husband ordered the Crab Cake over ravioli. It was excellent. Overall food and service were good, but we would not go back. Too many other places to eat in town with better food & better ambiance.
Tuesday we ate breakfast at Flap Jack Shack. The decorating of the restaurant is very hip and modern. The service was good. We sat at the counter to avoid a long wait. Somehow our server did not get our food in before a few large parties that were seated after us (not quite sure how that is possible). Our breakfast was very tasty and served hot but the wait was too long for such a large restaurant.
We decided to head up the Old Mission Peninsula. We were impressed with the beauty of the peninsula. There are many roadside farm stands where they pick the fruit at their farm and sell it at a stand off the highway. There are several wineries on the peninsula. We wanted to stop at 2 Lads Winery and were not disappointed. Our next stop was the Old Mission Point Lighthouse. Very nicely maintained. Worth the stop.
From here we decided to take 31 North to Petoskey. We enjoyed the drive and wanted to look for the famous petoskey stones. We enjoyed the marina area....and beach-combed for about an hour or so. We found a handful of small petoskey stones.
We went to Bay Harbor Lake Marina for lunch. We ate at Knot Just a Bar for a late lunch. It was very delicious! We had their Bloody Mary’s and Fried Perch & Chips. Beautifully presented and the Bloody Mary was one of the best we’ve had. Bay Harbor is a fun spot. Few eclectic shops & restaurants to eat at. They have a good sized beach.
Our trip was a quick one...but we enjoyed tasting the highlights of the area.