When Girls Get Out

Featured in Pure Michigan 2013 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 59.

You gab about getting together with the girls, but where? Problem solved. We found four cities—Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Detroit—each as diverse as your personalities. With so many options, you’ll need to start planning the reunion.

Walking down Front Street, Traverse City. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny QuirinMore Things to Do — Traverse City

Clinch Park Beach
Traverse City’s most popular beach lies a couple blocks from downtown. Relax in the sand as tall ships sail by and children splash in the waves.
www.traversecity.com

Gallager’s Farm Market and Bakery
A big red barn marks the site of this popular farmers market. Walk away with fresh cherries or some of the goods made in Gallager’s kitchen like dark chocolate covered dried cherries, cherry pepper jelly and cherry salsa.
www.gallaghersfarmmarkettc.com 

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail
Travel the 10.5 mile TART Trail on bike or foot to see both the West and East Grand Traverse Bays. The trail winds through Traverse City neighborhoods and Clinch Park. www.traversetrails.org 

Traverse Tall Ship Company
Take a two-hour tour of the Grand Traverse Bay aboard a replica 1800s schooner. Passengers choose—relax and enjoy the ride or learn to help crewmembers sail the Tall Ship Manitou.
www.tallshipsailing.com

Two Lads Winery on Mission Peninsula
Wine at Two Lads goes though a nontraditional process called gravity flow to produce a smoother, gentler and more flavorful drink. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine while taking in Lake Michigan coastline views.
www.2Lwinery.com 

More Places to Eat — Traverse City

The Cooks’ House
The Cooks’ House aims to promote sustainable eating with ingredients found in Northern Michigan. The menu changes with the seasons but features items like walleye with fennel-sweet onion puree and ratatouille and roasted sunburst kabocha squash with spiced pear soup.
www.thecookshouse.net 

Grand Traverse Pie Company
The first of now 15 locations across the state, the Grand Traverse Pie Company sits within a short walk from downtown. Not only does the cafe serve fresh home-style pies, they also have lunch items including quiche, sandwiches and salads.
www.gtpie.com 

Opa! Coney and Grill
This restaurant fuses Greek and Polish fare with American food for a unique menu. Options include traditional dishes such as gyros and pierogies or try a combination of flavors like a burger with yogurt-based tzatziki sauce.
www.opagrill.com 

The Pasty Wagon
The bright yellow roadside trailer exclusively serves pasties. The common Michigan eat consists of a crisp half moon crust filled with meat, potato and rutabaga—a must-have (231/313-0100).

Right Brain Brewery
Locals buy a mug and hang it alongside the hundreds of numbered ones by the bar. The brewery experiments to create unique brews such as Fuzz Face Peach Ale and Blue Magic Lavender Wheat.
www.rightbrainbrewery.com 

Slabtown Burgers
The wrap-around porch on the little yellow house fills at the lunch hour. Slabtown, known for its burgers—add fresh-cut fries and local sodas—exhibits a nostalgic theme. Bite into a burger in shop, or brown bag it and head to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
www.slabtownburgers.com 

Soul Hole
Patrons visit Soul Hole for good Southern comfort food like hush puppies, fried chicken and waffles and drunken peach cobbler. The small restaurant fills with the sounds of jazz to complete the Southern feel (231/929-7238).

The Underground Cheesecake Company
The Underground Cheesecake Company bakes decadent cheesecakes in flavors such as cherry swirl and chocolate hazelnut truffle. Try the bit-size cheesecakes to taste each flavor or get the cheesecake-on-a-stick, a frozen, chocolate-covered treat.
www.undergroundcheesecake.com 

Zakey Restaurant
Arabic for “delicious,” Zakey serves traditional fare including shish kabobs, fattoush and rice pudding in a small, open-air restaurant. View the chef cooking each meal and on Saturday watch an Arabic belly dance performance.
www.zakeys.com 

More Places to Stay — Traverse City

Cambria Suites
Sprouted up near the airport in 2009, Cambria Suites feels brand new. Each two-story room is fitted with two big screen TVs and downstairs, the living room holds computers and a large stone fireplace.
www.cambriasuites.com 

Great Wolf Lodge
This hotel packs in plenty of entertainment with an indoor water park, mini golf course and a restaurant with poolside dining. Catch up with the girls at the Elements Spa Salon over facials, mani/pedis or a massage.
www.greatwolf.com 

Holiday Inn West Bay
Along the Grand Traverse Bay, just a walk from downtown, the floor to ceiling windows in each room present gorgeous water views. Take advantage of the heated indoor and outdoor pools at this beachfront inn.
www.tcwestbay.com   

More When Girls Get Out — More in Detroit

Detroit Insitute of Art. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Kevin MiyazakiMore Things to Do — Detroit

Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park occupies the land downtown where the JL Hudson department store once stood. Take a break with a picnic at the 1.6 acres of green space in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, and in the winter enjoy a round of ice-skating. www.campusmartiuspark.org 

Dequindre Cut GreenWay
Once a Grand Trunk Railroad line, this path now welcomes pedestrians and cyclists. The 1.35-mile trek connects the Riverfront to the Eastern Market for a day full of activity. www.detroitriverfront.org/dequindre 

Detroit Opera House
A staple to Detroit’s entertainment district, the Opera House is located downtown. Catch one of the rotating performances, common themes include music, dance, theater and comedy shows.
www.michiganopera.org 

Heidelberg Project
In hopes to improve an eastside neighborhood, artist Tyree Guyton brightens the area with urban art by painting abandoned homes. Guyton also uses discarded shoes, toys and other objects to turn two blocks into pieces of art.
www.heidelberg.org 

Pewabic Pottery
Tour the studios at Pewabic Pottery for a first-hand look at how the Arts and Crafts style dinnerware, vases and tiles are made. The company has tiled iconic landmarks such as Comerica Park in Detroit, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and Herald Square in New York.
www.pewabic.com 

Underground Railroad Memorial and River Walk
A 12-foot-high monument to the history of slavery overlooks the Detroit River, the final stretch to freedom for many slaves escaping to Canada. The depiction of a slave family looking toward Windsor marks an iconic stop on the Detroit River Walk.
www.visitdetroit.com 

More Places to Eat — Detroit

Angelina Italian Bistro
Take in the views of downtown Detroit in the dining room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows while enjoying traditional Italian food. The menu includes a variety of pizza, pasta—like the sweat potato gnocchi, sandwiches and house-smoked organic meats such as artisan salami.
www.angelinadetroit.com  

Atlas Global Bistro
The menu at Atlas Global Bistro takes current food trends and applies an ethnic twist, like the char-grilled lamb kofta served with minty feta. Pair one of the inventive entrees with a wine from the upstanding list.
www.atlasglobalbistro.com 

Bourbon Steak
The contemporary interior of this restaurant elegantly matches the contemporary menu. Glass walls and mood lighting play off exposed brick and large wooden beams throughout the dining room. Steaks poached in butter then wood-fired are served alongside organic chicken and truffle macaroni and cheese.
www.mgmgranddetroit.com/restaurants/bourbon-steak.aspx 
 
Coach Insignia
Soak in views of the city from the 71st floor of the GM Global Renaissance Center while enjoying elegant eats such as herb crusted rack of lamb and grilled Atlantic salmon. Top off the meal with a wine from the extensive selection.
www.mattprenticerg.com/coachinsignia.html 

Joe Muer Seafood
After this legendary restaurant shut its doors in 1998, it reopened in a new riverfront location in the Renaissance Center. Among the Great Lakes standard dishes like broiled whitefish and sauteed perch, Joe Muer Seafood now includes a sushi bar.
www.joemuerseafood.com 

Saltwater
This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in the MGM Grand serves seafood at an affordable price. The menu features items such as Michigan fish and chips, beer-battered prawns and San Francisco cioppino. 
www.mgmgranddetroit.com/restaurants/saltwater.aspx 

Supino Pizzeria
Bite into the thin, light pizza crust at Supino in the Eastern Market. Choose a traditional pizza with sauce, like the Supino topped with roasted garlic, olives, chili oil, mozzarella and ricotta, or a sauce-less pizza, like the Red, White and Green topped with spinach, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and ricotta.
www.supinopizza.com 

More Places to Stay —Detroit

Courtyard Downtown Detroit
Downtown, this hotel is just a walk away from attractions and dining. Each room includes access to the pool overlooking the city.
www.marriott.com/dtwdc 

Detroit Marriott
Towering 73-floors in the GM Renaissance Center, the Detroit Marriott is the tallest hotel in the country. Enjoy the river views or head out to any of the downtown attractions within a short walk downtown. 
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dtwdt-detroit-marriott-at-the-renaissance-center/

 
MGM Grand Detroit
A spa, restaurants, casino and indoor pool featuring wicker cabanas compliment the luxurious rooms at the MGM Grand. Another bonus: the hotel is downtown among other attractions such as the Cultural Center and Detroit’s entertainment district. www.mgmgranddetroit.com 

More When Girls Get Out — More in Ann Arbor

Shopping at Found, Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Phillip ShippertMore Things to Do — Ann Arbor

Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars
Stainless steel containers, fustinis, of flavor-infused olive oils and vinegars line the walls of this shop. Visit the tasting room to find the best flavors before taking home a bottle, or more.
www.fustinis.com 

Motawi Tileworks
Catch a glimpse of tile artwork being handcrafted on-site. Motawi’s tiles make a great gift or can be installed in a kitchen, bathroom or on the floor.
www.motawi.com 

Zingerman’s Bakehouse
A member of the Zingerman’s family of establishments, the Bakehouse bakes the bread used in the deli each day. Beyond breads like sourdough and pecan raisin, bagels, cookies and pastries roll out of the oven to be sold in store.
www.zingermansbakehouse.com 

More Places to Eat — Ann Arbor

Arbor Brewing Company Pub and Eatery
Crowds gather downtown for Arbor Brewing’s in-house beers and tasty local and organic food. With at least nine brews on tap, Sacred Cow IPA ranks high as a favorite. Others include Tree Fort and Espresso Love Breakfast Stout—a beer steeped in coffee. www.arborbrewing.com 

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
Pull up to the bar featuring an ice rail to keep Blue Tractor brews cold. The award-winning beers boast creative titles like Oak-Aged “Hands Off My Goat!” Oatmeal Stout and Rusty Tractor American.
www.bluetractor.net 

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub
Get the feel of Ireland while watching traditional Irish folk dancers sway to the Gaelic sounds of fiddlers playing tunes. The menu also resembles a bit of Ireland with traditional dishes such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef Reuben and Irish Boxty—all best eaten with a dark stout.
www.conoroneills.com 

Gandy Dancer
Named after railroad workers who appeared to be dancing while placing railroad track, it is fitting that this restaurant occupies the restored Michigan Central Depot. The menu offers a wide variety of entrees using shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops, mussels and fresh fish. The nonseafood lover can enjoy options such as steak, lamb and chicken.
www.muer.com 

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe and Brewery
Wooden floors and a long polished bar contribute to the old-fashioned feel of this brewpub. Order an in-house beer like the Bam Bier and Bam Noir, which pair well with the standard pub fare such as nachos, burgers, chicken sandwiches or vegetarian paninis. 
www.jollypumpkin.com/annarbor 

Mediterrano
Mediterrano has one goal: fuse the flavors of the Mediterranean with healthy, low-fat options. Menu items include spicy lamb meatballs with pasta, spiced shrimp cakes and herb and mustard roasted rack of lamb.
www.mediterrano.com 

Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar
A glass of wine from an extensive selection pairs well with the eclectic Italian entrees. Different from the traditional lasagna, Paesano serves pastas such as pappardelle with lamb ragu and meat entrees such as slow-cooked beef short rib with cipollini onions and soft polenta.
www.paesanosannarbor.com 

Silvio’s Organic Pizza
Fresh, organic ingredients come together on a thin, wood-fired crust. Silvio’s claims to be the best pizza in Ann Arbor and also offers stuffed pizza, calzones, gluten-free pizza, sandwiches, pastas, soups and salads.
www.silviosorganicpizza.com 

More Places to Stay — Ann Arbor

Bell Tower Hotel
In the center of the University of Michigan’s campus, this hotel is a great place for those planning to travel around town on foot. The warm and inviting hotel appears European with English décor.
www.belltowerhotel.com 

Dahlmann Campus Inn
On the University of Michigan campus, Dalhmann Campus Inn resides just a walk from downtown. The recently refurbished rooms feature pillow-top mattresses and marble bathrooms.
www.campusinn.com 

Frank Lloyd Wright Palmer House
Stay in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The three-bedroom, two-bath home lies next to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, boasting views of restored prairies and the Huron River.
www.flwpalmerhouse.com 

Inn at the League
Eat with University of Michigan students when you stay on campus at Inn at the League, in the administrative building. The clean and comfortable rooms are affordable and within walking distance of downtown.
www.uunions.umich.edu/league/inn 


More When Girls Get Out — More in Grand Rapids

Madcap Coffee, Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Jason LindseyMore Things to Do — Grand Rapids

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
This downtown museum is dedicated to the 38th president of the United States, a Grand Rapids native. Experience key moments in Gerald R. Ford’s life and presidency through permanent and temporary exhibits.
www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov 

Grand Rapids Original Swing Society
Join couples who swing dance downtown. The Swing Society, one of the nation’s largest, holds lessons and dancing once a week during the summer—sometimes incorporating a theme like pirate and dress to the nines.
www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com 

Heritage Hill Association
See 1,300 homes in 60 different architectural styles on a walking tour through the Heritage Hill Historic District. Walk through the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Meyer May House on Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. or Sundays from 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
www.heritagehillweb.org 

More Places to Eat — Grand Rapids

Founders Brewing Co.
Join the locals at this casual brewery where patrons throw peanut shells on the floor. The in-house brews like Centennial IPA and Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale compliment the menu, which includes sandwiches, such as the Mug Clubber (a chicken club), and French bread pizzas.
www.foundersbrewing.com 

Gaia Cafe
The East Hills cafe specializes in vegetarian and vegan breakfast and lunch. Options include omelets, pancakes, house-made granola and for lunch sandwiches, risotto and the Mean Green Burritto.
www.facebook.com/GaiaCafeGR 

Grove
Relying almost entirely on sustainable farms in West Michigan, Grove offers fine dining entrees such as vegetable gnocchi, lamb bourguignon and duck breast. The dessert list features creative dishes like pecan green tea ice cream and salted dark chocolate fudge. www.groverestaurant.com 

One Stop Coney Shop
Hot dogs and fries steal the show at this eatery. Choose from a list of geographical dogs like the Detroit, smothered in chili, onions and mustard, or the Chicago, sweet relish, dill pickle, tomato, sport peppers, mustard and celery salt on a poppy seed bun.
www.onestopconeyshop.com 

Six.One.Six
Six.One.Six fuses local ingredients into worldly Asian, French and American cuisine. Entrees include great lakes walleye and Maple Leaf Farms duck.
www.ilove616.com 

Trillium Haven Restaurant
Trillium Haven has been known as a farm for years, now the farm focuses on supplying the restaurant with ingredients including produce, herbs, eggs, chicken and pork. Enjoy a selection of dishes such as heirloom tomato salad, vegetable lasagna and house-smoked pork.
www.facebook.com/TrilliumHaven 

Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop
Names of a dozen soups made from scratch fill the restaurant’s chalkboard among them, the vegetable cream cheese wins the popularity contest. Don’t forget dessert— Uncle Cheetah’s makes sundaes with from-scratch soft serve ice cream.
www.electriccheetah.com 

More Places to Stay — Grand Rapids

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
This AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers impeccable customer service and is equipped with a spa, shopping plaza and restaurants. The Amway overlooks the Grand River in downtown, making it a walk away from main attractions.
www.amwaygrand.com 

JW Marriott Grand Rapids
The friendly staff and bold artwork make this hotel a welcome stay. Each room comes with amenities including a pillow-laden bed, Wi-Fi, a kitchenette and flat-screen TV. www.ilovethejw.com 

For More Information, contact:

Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitannarbor.org 

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitdetroit.com 

Experience Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.experiencegr.com 

Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.traversecity.com 

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Tamarack Lodge
www.tamaracklodgetc.com 

7 Monks Taproom
www.7monkstap.com 

EuroStop Cafe
www.eurostopcafe.com 

Blue Sky Rentals
www.bluesky-tvc.com  

Grand Traverse Bike Tours
www.grandtraversebiketours.com 

Chateau Chantal
www.chateauchantal.com 

Amical
www.amical.com 

Patisserie Amie (231/922-9645).

Detroit Institute of Arts
www.dia.org 

The Atheneum Suites Hotel
www.atheneumsuites.com 

Grand Trunk Pub
www.grandtrunkpub.com 

Motor City Wine
www.motorcitywine.com 

Old St. Mary’s Church
www.oldstmarysdetroit.com 

Pegasus Taverna
www.pegasustavernas.com 

Detroit Eastern Market
www.detroiteasternmarket.com 

The Mac Shack
www.macshackmichigan.com 

Peacock Room (313/559-5500)

Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes
www.goodgirlsgotopariscrepes.com 

Fishbone Rhythm Kitchen
www.fishbonesusa.com 

Weber’s Inn
www.webersinn.com 

Grizzly Peak
www.grizzlypeak.net 

Zingerman’s Deli
www.zingermans.com 

Kerrytown Market
 www.kerrytown.com 

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
www.a2gov.org/market 

Mark’s Carts
www.markscartsannarbor.com 

University of Michigan Museum of Art
www.umma.umich.edu 

Performance Network Theatre
www.performancenetwork.org 

Amadeus
www.amadeusrestaurant.com 

Cafe Zola
www.cafezola.com 

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
www.isa.umich.edu/mbg/about 

CityFlats Hotel
www.cityflatshotel.com/grandrapids 

Reserve Wine and Food
www.reservegr.com 

MadCap Coffee Company
www.madcapcoffee.com 

Grand Rapids Art Museum
www.artmuseumgr.org 

Gina’s Boutique
www.ginasboutiquegr.com 

Lia Rose
www.liarosegr.com 

MoDiv
www.shopmodiv.com 

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
www.meijergardens.org 

The B.O.B
www.thebob.com  

Sundance Grill
www.sundancegrill.com 

 

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