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“First Class Resort Area”
Review of Traverse City

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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
8 helpful votes
“First Class Resort Area”
Reviewed September 11, 2010

Stumbled upon Traverse City while touring around Lake Michigan. Beautiful town offering plenty to do, see, and experience - shops, galleries, culture, views, restaurants and a wide variety of accommodations from campgrounds to luxury waterfront resorts. Take a drive out on the peninsula for outstanding views of the bay, estates, and several vineyards and wineries. I hope to return!

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La Salle, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 helpful votes
“gambling anyone?”
Reviewed August 22, 2010

Avoid the casinos associated with Grand Traverse Bay Resort, they are dirty, bad food, poor service, should be closed down.
Instead - a nice drive an hour North to Petoskey & visit Obawa Indian Casino. Spotless, beautiful place, excellent restaurants, great views in the area. All Indian casinos are this way, no regrets except we didn't win. West Traverse Bay area can be touristy, so opt for accommodations on the East Bay or away from town center. Something for all. Great area.

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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
27 helpful votes
“Incredible Place, Just not during a Holiday Weekend”
Reviewed July 6, 2010

We spent a long Fourth of July weekend in Traverse City, Michigan. If you like sitting in traffic and waiting in long lines, this is the perfect trip for you. This is the busiest weekend of the year for this small city, and it does not have the infrastructure to support it. Avoid going into the city before any of the air shows or fireworks and leave the city before these things are over, or you will spend hours in the car just to travel a couple miles. If you are planning to go to any particular restaurants or shops, be sure to have several back up plans because they may or may not be open during their advertised hours, and those that are open will have very long lines.

The best escape from the crowds is Old Mission Peninsula. There are seven wineries with tasting rooms on this peninsula, bike tours, and a park at the top. The roads are not congested, and the scenery is beautiful and peaceful, full of cherry orchards and vineyards. The city and the Leelanau peninsula just do not have the ambience and character that this peninsula has. If you decide to tour the wineries on both peninsulas, plan to start as soon as they open and do not depend on the last hour or two because many of them just lock their doors early. If you are short on time, skip the Grand Traverse rather than the smaller, family-owned wineries. Some of these have much better quality wine.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express to the east of Grand Traverse Bay. This is a small motel in a nice, quiet area. If you are planning to spend a lot of time downtown at the festival activities, it would definitely be worth staying as close to the city as possible to avoid all of the driving. Otherwise, this is a great choice. The staff was friendly, and the rooms were new and clean.

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1 review
“Traverse City Bed and Breakfast!! Great experience”
Reviewed May 23, 2010

My wife and I spent two nights at a bed and breakfast in Traverse City Michigan and it was amazing!

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Milwaukee, WI
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 helpful votes
“One of our favorite cities in Michigan”
Reviewed November 7, 2009

We are from southeastern Wisconsin and have been to Traverse City, MI, twice. We already look forward to the next time we can go. Most recently, we were there in the summer of 2009. We had an excellent overnight stay at the Comfort Inn at 460 Munson Ave. It was recently remodeled, excellent breakfast, and nice pool/whirlpool. One of the restaurants in Traverse City, called "Ham Bonz", is really why my husband loves the area. If you like BBQ pork or smoked ham, you will love this place. It is a very small restaurant that doesn't look like much on the outside, but awesome food and friendly people on the inside. Check their hours before you go though to make sure they're open. We only went there for lunch both times. Next we liked window shopping the downtown historic district. A stop at the Cherry Republic Store is a must. Lots of samples and neat things to buy. The cherry balsamic vinegar is fabulous on caprese salad! If you like fly fishing, there are quite a few shops in the area for that too; and there are trout ponds within a half hour to try your luck if you want to learn how to fly fish. A stop at Moomer's Dairy outside of town for ice cream is a yummy treat for kids and adults! We were there in late June this year, so we also found some roadside stands with fresh picked strawberries. If you go later in July, the cherry picking season would be in full swing. We did that on our trip several years ago, and the sweet cherries are wonderful! There are scenic beaches right in Traverse City with beautiful clean water to play in if the weather is warm enough when you're there. If you are planning a trip to Mackinac Island, make sure you also go to Traverse City, Charlevoix(they plant flowers along the highway for miles), and Petosky(lots of historic Victorian homes), to make your trip memorable and complete.

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