TC Wine Girl's Guide to Traverse City!

Welcome to Northern Michigan's wine country! We are excited to share our personally curated guide to the area so that you can enjoy our favorite places to eat, drink, shop & experience. Enjoy!
Downtown Traverse City

🍽 Dining
Most local options close by 9pm. Late night food options: Mode's Bum Steer, Lil Bo's

🅿️ Parking (map)
Downtown and surrounding streets have metered parking and are strictly enforced (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm)
*FREE parking on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day

🚻 Public Restrooms (map)

🚲 TART Trails (maps)
A network of multi-use trails in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties as well as a cross-town bike route

⛱️ Clinch Park
Metered parking
Splash Pad turns off at 6pm

🚗 Transportation
Traverse City has both Lyft and Uber as well as various local taxi companies




Crepes and Co

French restaurant
329 E State St, Traverse City


My personal favorite food place downtown!
310 cass st, traverse city, mi


Gourmet sandwiches, Italian market & wine
424 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Grab their pasta, sauce, meatballs & focaccia for a quick authentic meal!

Milk & Honey

Ice Cream Shop
240 E. Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Open until 10pm Fri & Sat all year long

Oakwood Proper Burgers

Burger restaurant
1108 E 8th St, Traverse City


New American restaurant
128 E Front St, Traverse City

Red Ginger

Asian cuisine & sushi
237 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Elegant/casual dining room dress code. Casual attire accepted in the bar

Red Spire Brunch House

Classic Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant
800 Cottageview Drive, Suite 30, Traverse City

Slabtown Burgers

Local neighborhood burger restaurant
826 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Brown bag burgers & fries are an easy and delicious meals to go

Boathouse Restaurant

Eurocentric "farm to table" restaurant
14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City
Local's tip: Burger + glass of cabernet for only $18 on Wednesdays in the lounge


Brengman Brothers

Leelanau Peninsula Winery
9720 S Center Hwy, Traverse City
Local's tip: The menu provides the Chef's suggested wine pairing with each food item!

Earthen Ales

Local Brewery
137 Gray Drive #200, Traverse City
Locals tip: Every Sunday is

Mundos 305

Coffee bar
305 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Try the Cheddar Lime Hash Burrito!

North Bar TC

TC’s only year round rooftop lounge
160 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great place to watch sports

The Parlor

Craft cocktails, wine, MI beers & food
205 Lake Ave., Traverse City
Locals Tip: TC's best Happy Hour. 1/2 OFF Cocktails 4-6pm. Live music Thurs, Fri, Sat

Bonobo Winery

Old Mission Peninsula Winery
12011 Center Rd, Traverse City

Brys Estate

Old Mission Peninsula vineyard & winery
3309 Blue Water Rd, Traverse City

Blush: Rooftop Terrace

Light food options, cocktails, local beer &
2227 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49686
Beautiful and vast views of East Bay.

Aurora Cellars

Boutique Leelanau Peninsula winery
7788 E Horn Rd, Lake Leelanau

Hop Lot Brewing Co.

Beer Garden
658 S W Bay Shore Drive, Suttons Bay
Things to Do

Things to Do

Clear Water Kayaks

Canoe & Kayak Rental
6784 East Traverse Highway, Traverse City

Discovery Cruises

Boat tours
13170 S W Bayshore Dr, Traverse City
WHY WE RECOMMEND: Happy Hour on the Water!!!

Kayak, Bike & Brew

A pedal & paddle brewery tour
436 W Front St Traverse City

Nauti-Cat Cruises

Largest commercial catamaran sailing the Great Lakes
615 E Front, Traverse City

Skydive TC

1160 Airport Access Rd, Traverse City
Local's tip: Amazing views of the bay!

TC Whiskey Co

A speakeasy-style cocktail bar is located in
201 E Fourteenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Traverse City Beach Volleyball Courts

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri evenings reserved for
314 US-31, Traverse City

Mt. Holiday

Ski & snowboarding, tubing, ziplines & bar
3100 Holiday Road Traverse City

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Beaches, hiking & dunes along Lake Michigan
6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor
Local's tip: Dunes get hot. Morning climbs in Summer are best. Take the scenic drive!

Crystal Mountain

Golf, ski & spa resort
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr. Thompsonville


Bay Bread Co

Local artisan bakery
601 Randolph St, Traverse City
Local's tip: If you like cheese, try the Cheddar Cheese & Onion Loaf!

Burritt’s Fresh Markets

Specialty Grocery & Meat Market
509 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Fresh seafood and great brats for the grill


Specialty oils and vinegars
141 E Front St, Traverse City


Organic Grocery Store and Café
260 E. 10th Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: The $5 Roasted Chickens on Wednesdays are the best in TC! Get them early!

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

Local produce, baked goods, flowers & more
Parking Lot B, Corner of E Grandview Pkwy @ Cass St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Open Saturdays 730am-12pm(May-Oct) & Wednesdays 8am-12pm(June-Oct)

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Shopping, dining, tours & more
1200 W Eleventh St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss the tunnel tours.

Bayside Market

Specialty market featuring meat, seafood, deli, beer, wine & liquor
1532 US-31 N, Traverse City

Groleau’s Farm Market

Farm Market, Specialty Grocery Store & Ice Cream
2100 Hammond Rd E, Traverse City

Francisco’s Market & Deli

Pizza, Sandwiches, Beer, Wine & Groceries
2770 Silver Lake Rd, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great pizza. The Breakfast Pizza is a local favorite!


Aussie Watersports

Boat, Jet Ski, Kayak & More - Rental &
6214 E Traverse Hwy. (M-72 West) Traverse City
Multiple locations on Lake Michigan. Rentals can be delivered to you!

Brick Wheels

Bike service, sales & rentals
736 E 8th St, Traverse City

ELEV8 Climbing & Fitness

Climbing & fitness gym
777 Boyd Ave, Traverse City
WHY LOCAL'S LOVE IT: Great workouts. Fun for families!

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA (West)

Exercise facilities & indoor pool
3700 Silver Lake Rd, Traverse City

Snowblitz Snowmobile Rentals

Snowmobile rentals
525 High Lake Rd, Traverse City


Local grocery delivery service
Delivering Northern MI
Local's tip: Deliveres made into the rental & directly into the frigde before arrival

TC Golf Carts

Golf cart rentals, repairs, and sales.
707 W Blue Star Dr., Traverse City, MI 49685

Wind Dancer Traverse City Tours

Sailing tours and pontoon charters.
615 E Front St Traverse City

Green Mitt

A luxury, eco-friendly auto spa
1840 N US 31, Traverse City
Local's tip: The BEST free vacuums ever!

Crystal River Outfitters

Kayak and bike rentals & sales
6249 W. River Road (M22), Glen Arbor
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