More Winter in the City — More Things to Do in Traverse City
Original works of more than 75 local and regional artists feature fine art in themed exhibits that rotate in and out of the 1,500 square foot gallery year-round (231/223-7280; oldmissiontavern.com).
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
What was once a family horse barn is now an inviting tasting room that feels like home. The family dog greets guests entering the welcoming vineyard for tastes of sparkling wines, the popular Riesling and signature meritage (800/616-7615; bowersharbor.com).
Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery
Peek inside the vaulted barrel and cask rooms where red wines are aged, sample the estate varietals in the rich mahogany and brick tasting room or sip on a glass of cool white while overlooking 80 acres of Old Mission vineyard (231/223-9303; brysestate.com).
Take in views of Grand Traverse Bay, Power Island and rolling vineyards in between sips of Michigan wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the top-notch tasting room. A luxurious B&B accommodates overnight stays (231/223-4110; chateauchantal.com).
With a goal to reshape the perception of craft art to be valued as fine art, founder Christie Minervini displays the work of 35 national jewelers and designers in a gallery loaded with contemporary art, studio jewelry and handcrafted gifts (231/932-0775; galleryfifty.com).
Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival
This new festival features comedians, films and lots of family entertainment (February 13–16) on Front Street (231/392-1134).
More Winter in the City — More Places to Eat in Traverse City
The Filling Station Microbrewery
Set in a former train depot along the TART trail and overlooking Boardman Lake, people from all over flock to enjoy a few ales by the rails. Pair a small-batch craft brew with a wood-fired flatbread (231/946-8168; thefillingstationmicrobrewery.com).
Opa! Coney and Grill
Cobalt blue walls and paintings of Greek villages set the tone for a Mediterranean meal of soft pitas wrapped around house made falafel and juicy cuts of lamb in gyros. American dishes like Detroit-style Coneys also make an appearance on the menu (231/947-6721; opagrill.com).
Patisserie Amie/Chez Peres
Bakery by day and bistro by night. Stop by in the morning for pastries and tarts that are almost too beautiful to eat, then come back in the evening for a dressed-up entrée of steak, salmon, mussels or shrimp (231/922-9645).
The quaint yellow home in downtown Traverse City holds this burger joint draws in a crowd at lunchtime. The basic burgers piled high with toppings are inexpensive but are by no means lacking in quality (231/932-1760; slabtownburgers.com).
Southerners have a place to call home at this eatery, which surprises with chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and buttermilk battered fried chicken that exude southern comfort (231/929-7238).
More Winter in the City — More Places to Stay in Traverse City
This chain hotel surprises with touches like a large stone fireplace in the lobby, workout area and nice pool. The onsite restaurant affiliated with Wolfgang Puck stays open late and serves a rave-worthy mac-and-cheese (231/778-9000; cambriasuites.com).
Great Wolf Lodge
Bring the family to this hotel and they may never leave. Kids will enjoy zipping down the five-story water slide when adults lounge on the lazy river in the indoor waterpark. Don’t bother leaving the water, the Camp Critter Bar and Grille will serve your food poolside (866/478-9653; greatwolf.com).
Park Place Hotel
Dating back to the 1930s and rising 10 stories above the city, this downtown hotel makes a perfect base for exploring the city on foot. Nostalgia rules in the 10th-floor Beacon Lounge (231/946-5000; http://park-place-hotel.com).
West Bay Beach
A Holiday Inn Resort with a lot to offer after its multimillion dollar renovation. The hotel, just a walk from downtown shops and restaurants with breathtaking views of Grand Traverse Bay, now has updated contemporary features like HD TVs and family suites equipped with bunk beds, beanbags and a playroom (800/888-8020; tcwestbay.com).
For More Information, contact:
Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau (231/947-1120 or 800/872-8377; traversecity.com).
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (313/202-1800 or 800/338-7648; visitdetroit.com).
Marquette Country Convention & Visitor Bureau (906/228-7749 or 800/544-4321; travelmarquettemichigan.com).
Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (734/995-7281 or 800/888-9487; visitannarbor.org).
Experience Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau (616/459-8287 or 800/678-9859; experiencegr.com).