We just got back from spending a long Memorial Day weekend in Michigan. Perfect weather, adventure, and delicious food. Traverse City and Glen Arbor are so beautiful.
We started our first day off with a brunch at the highly recommended restaurant The Towne Plaza.
The food did not disappoint. As you may have guessed from the sign, The Towne Plaza specialized in pork. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu here.
Who would have known I have my very own park in Traverse City? The town may be small, but it’s full of cute shops and wonderful restaurants. Unfortunately we didn’t get photos of everything, but a few other places not to miss while visiting:
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons: cute shops in an interesting setting. The complex used to be a mental institution in the 1930s. Now it’s home to stores, restaurants, and even apartments.
The Cook’s House: This was hand’s down the best meal of the trip. The restaurant is, true to its name, set inside the first floor of a house. With only a few tables, its a very intimate setting. Our service was fantastic and the food, well, lets just say my mouth is watering as I type.
Patisserie Amie – Delicious French food and pastries. Open from breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Frenchies Famous – A quirky, and very small Traverse City institution. A great spot for brunch. And now it morphs into “Frenchies Taqueria” on Fridays.
For our final two nights, we set up camp at D.H. Day Campgrounds right outside of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. We were concerned without a reservation we might not find a spot, but luckily we pulled up with fingers crossed and there were several spots still available.
First things first, we had to do the dune climb. Little did we know these would be the first steps of a 6 miles round trip trek barefoot in the sand.
So, SO much sand! For a small relief from the heat, you could dig your feet down beneath the top layer, and the sand underneath was still very cool to the touch.
Just when it felt like there couldn’t possibly be more to walk, there was. The sun was beating down and the water going quick, but we were determined to push on.
So happy we did. The view of Lake Michigan was breathtaking. The water was crystal clear (although freezing!) and it was the perfect prize after a long and tiring hike.
Happy campers. I still can’t get over how clear and blue the water is on this side of the lake.
For a less exhausting view of the shoreline, we visited the lookout point. It can be hard to tell from images, but the steep incline down to the water is almost unbelievable. And people were actually climbing down and then back up. From what we could tell, it was taking people over an hour just to make their way back up.
Camping right outside Glen Arbor couldn’t have been more perfect. The little town is packed with fun things to do, delicious restaurants and an absolutely charming atmosphere. We took advantage of the kayaking and spent an afternoon on the river. After 3 hours of rowing, we treated ourselves to a delicious slice of cherry crumble pie with vanilla bean cherry ice cream from Cherry Republic.
Our time in Traverse City and Glen Arbor was the perfect Memorial Day weekend getaway, and now it may just become an annual trip. See you next year, Michigan!