Featured in Pure Michigan 2013 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 35.
Park the car and discover destinations where you can play hard, dine well and pamper yourself without ever leaving the property.
More One-Stop Weekends — More Resorts
Indianhead Mountain Resort
Choose from a hotel room, mountain top cabin and trailside condo at this Wakefield resort. Enjoy a meal or quick drink at onsite restaurants and bars on the bottom of the mountain or the top for magnificent views.
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
The Kids Quest Hourly Child Care provides fun for children while adults enjoy entertainment at this Mount Pleasant resort. The casino has bingo, 70 gaming tables and more than 4,400 slot machines while comedians, musicians and other shows perform at the concert hall and Talon Sports Bar and Night Club.
Whether it’s golfing, bird watching, hiking, biking or joining in a game of sand volleyball, Treetops in Gaylord offers plenty to do. After a long day of activity, wind down in the resort’s spa. Kids activities like crafts are also available.
More Things to Do — Mackinac Island
Arnold Transit Co.
Traditional ferries from Mackinac Island’s oldest ferry service putt across the water while triple-deck catamarans offer a quicker ride. Either way, see the coasts of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas and the Mackinac Bridge along the way.
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours
View the car-free island while relaxing in an old-style horse and buggy. The tour hits all the main points of interest including Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac, the Surrey Hills Museum, the Butterfly Conservatory and Grand Hotel.
Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
This art museum joined the group of Mackinac State Historic Parks in July 2010. It combines historic artwork, photographs and souvenirs displaying Mackinac Island landmarks with contemporary art of the island. A Kids’ Art Studio allows children to use the inspiration to make their own art.
More Places to Eat — Mackinac Island
The Cudahy Chophouse
The first floor of the Inn at Stonecliffe becomes a formal eatery at dinnertime. Enjoy steaks, chops and seafood entrees while overlooking the grounds of this 1904 manor. www.theinnatstonecliffe.com
Watch famous Mackinac Island fudge turn from liquid to solid goodness on marble tables. Joann’s makes a variety of flavors including rocky road, salt water taffy and orange truffle. www.joannsfudge.com
Millie’s on Main
Residing downtown, Millie’s offers a menu of sandwiches such as the Reuben and the popular egg salad provides a savory break from the fudge. You’ll find locally sourced ingredients on the menu (906/847-9901).
More Places to Stay — Mackinac Island
A small private beach highlights this hotel, complete with cozy rooms, lush suites and in-house dining. Enjoy views of downtown from front rooms and lake views from back rooms.
Beautiful flowerbeds surround the wrap around porch of this historic Victorian home turned bed and breakfast, one block from downtown. Amenities include wireless internet, flat screen TVs, a breakfast buffet and complimentary coffee and sweets each afternoon.
More Things to Do — More in Traverse City (8 miles from Acme)
Summers on this 45-acre vineyard include a cellar tour, tapas tour and wine dinners. The tasting room is open year-round for samplings of Michigan wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Gallager’s Farm Market and Bakery
Fresh cherries and from-scratch foods such as cherry pepper jelly and cherry salsa make up the inventory at this popular farmer’s market. Look for the big red barn.
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail (TART)
Go hiking or biking through Traverse City neighborhoods and Clinch Park on the 10.5-mile TART Trail. The trail winds along the West and East Grand Traverse Bays that contribute to the scenery.
Traverse Tall Ship Company
Explore Grand Traverse Bay as a sailor on the Tall Ship Manitou. The two-hour tour on a replica 1800s schooner can be spent relaxing or assisting crewmembers. (
More Places to Eat — More in Traverse City (8 miles from Acme)
The Filling Station Microbrewery
Classic in-house brews such as the Dublin Stout and Denver Brown pair nicely with The Filling Station’s wood-fired flatbreads. Try the Wolverine with marinara, pepperoni, fresh pineapple, jalapenos and mozzarella. Dessert flatbreads are also available. Simple the S’more Caboose with Nutella, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, caramel and chocolate. www.thefillingstationmicrobrewery.com
Grand Traverse Pie Company
Known for the fresh home-style pies, Grand Traverse Pie Company also serves quiches, sandwiches and salads at the original location five blocks from downtown.
The Pasty Wagon
A crisp, half-moon crust filled with meat, potato and rutabaga make up Michigan’s well-known Pasty. Find the bright yellow trailer roadside in town (231/313-0100).
This joint is known for their burgers—simple, inexpensive and delicious. Add fresh-cut fries and local sodas to round out a meal.
The Underground Cheesecake Company
The name doesn’t lie, cheesecake steals the show in slices, bite-sized treats and frozen and covered in chocolate on a stick. Flavors include cherry swirl and chocolate hazelnut truffle. www.undergroundcheesecake.com
More Places to Stay — More in Traverse City (8 miles from Acme)
Big screen TVs in each room and a common area with computers and a large stone fireplace contribute to the contemporary feel of Cambria Suites. New to the area, the hotel was built in 2009 near the Cherry Capital Airport in 2009.
Great Wolf Lodge
Boredom ceases to exist at the Great Wolf Lodge, which boasts an indoor water park and mini golf course. More relaxing activities at the hotel include a spa and restaurant with poolside dining.
Holiday Inn West Bay
Floor-to-ceiling windows in each room offer scenic views of the Grand Traverse Bay. Within walking distance of downtown, this beachfront hotel includes access to heated indoor and outdoor pools.
More Things to Do — More in Petoskey (16 miles from Boyne Falls)
Crooked Tree Arts Center
In a 120-year-old church, the Crooked Tree Arts Center offers art classes for children and adults. The restored building holds galleries, studios and a gift shop.
Jack and Jills
This textile shop specializes in tie-dye and gives shoppers the opportunity to try it out themselves. In-store, turn a piece into a new creation or bring one along to dye for a 50 percent discount.
Petoskey State Park
Sandy beaches spread 304 acres along Little Traverse Bay. Splash in the water, then sink into the sand to enjoy the beautiful sunset (231/347-2311; www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=483).
Symons General Store and Wine Cellar
Since 1960, Symons has been stocking the shelves with gourmet foods including mustards, jams, chutneys as well as imported cookies and coffee. A bakery and deli serve fresh baked goods and cheeses. Head to the wine cellar to explore a wide span of vintages (231/347-2438; www.lakeandhoward.com).
More Places to Eat — More in Petoskey (16 miles from Boyne Falls)
Enjoy seasonal, local dishes while overlooking Bay Harbor’s marina. The daily specialty pizza features different local cheeses and toppings and a pour from Cava’s extensive wine lists completes the meal.
Chandler’s serves creative dishes with an Asian flair. The menu changes with the seasons but expect to find items like salmon with bok choy and potatoes or beet risotto topped with microgreens.
Knot Just a Bar
This nautical saloon along Bay Harbor offers 69 varieties of beers. Pair a brew with a sandwich, local fish dish or salad for a full meal.
Breakfast and lunch at this cafe comes with scenic views of Lake Michigan. Twisted Olive specializes in egg dishes with a spin like the Eggs Monaco, basted eggs, saffron hollandaise and asparagus with grilled challah. Don’t have time for a full meal? Grab a pastry and a coffee from the lobby, which doubles as a bakery.
More Places to Stay — More in Petoskey (16 miles from Boyne Falls)
Stafford’s Bay View Inn
The porch on this Victorian inn sees good use due to the lack of TVs in the room. Sit in the wicker furniture while enjoying a Lake Michigan sunset. On-site dining is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bay View Terrace Inn
Don’t let age deceive; this 100-year-old Victorian Inn has plenty to offer. Packages include options that add wine, flowers, room service, massages and more.
For More Information, contact:
Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Thunder Bay Resort
Garland Lodge and Resort
Curly’s Sports Pub
Thistle Pub and Grille