Weekend in Traverse City, Michigan

During the Kayak, Bike and Brew Tour!

During the Kayak, Bike and Brew Tour!

Traverse City, Michigan is located on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Home to the National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival and the Paddle for Pints. Traverse City is a charming small town with delicious food, great beer, and charming residents. Here are a few key things to do while in Traverse City…either before or after camping in Sleeping Bear Dunes. :)

Things to Do:

  • Either Paddle for Pints (if you can get tickets….the entire summer sells out the day they go on sale), or its sister tour, Kayak, Bike and Brew. The tour starts at Pangea’s pizza and allows the group to bike and kayak to 4-5 breweries, including The Filling Station, Rare Bird, Right Brain Brewery and The Workshop Brewing Company.  From there, you are able to purchase flights or full beers, along with food. Hopefully, you will end up with a fun group of people like we did!
  • Stop into all the shops along Front Street. If you need outdoor gear, check out both Backcountry North and Boyne Country Sports. 
  • Take a day trip to go wine tasting in the Leelanau Peninsula area. I have heard great things about the Traverse City Wine and Beers Tour!
Grabbing beers at Rare Bird Pub during our Kayak, Bike and Brew tour!

Grabbing beers at Rare Bird Pub during our Kayak, Bike and Brew tour!

Places to Eat:

  • Little Fleet: This isn’t a restaurant, but rather a collection of rotating food trucks, along with a bar. Extremely family-friendly and great for cheap eats.
  • Rare Bird: Not only is this a brewery, but it’s also a full restaurant. A lot of their food is locally sourced…try the burger or grouper tacos.
  • Harvest/Roaming Harvest: This was a really sweet Asian and Mexican food spot (they also have a food truck). We went here for brunch but really should have come back for dinner. The breakfast burrito was spot on and kept me full for most of the day during the kayak, bike and brew tour! 
  • Blk/Mrkt: Breakfast and coffee spot in a great area of town right by the Bay. Stop in for some coffee before strolling the beach. Oh, and their Instagram is amazing.
Food Trucks at Little Fleet

Food Trucks at Little Fleet

Places to Drink:

  • Rare Bird: Their brewery was one of the more fun spots on the tour and their beer was pretty delicious. Try the Yas Queen or the Large Marge.
  • Traverse City Whiskey Company: They have tours, along with a cocktail bar. They also sell five different types of whiskey at their store on 14th Street. We ended up stopping here on our way out of town to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
  • The Workshop Brewing Company: This was a hodgepodge of items in a large space near the beach. It’s a pretty cool spot since it has a ton of board games to play and was particularly lovely on a windy, rainy day!
All the Whiskey!

All the Whiskey!

Have you been to Traverse City? What are some of your favorite spots to eat, or places to visit? We combined our trip with Sleeping Bear Dunes for a full Upstate Michigan adventure! You can read more about that trip here.

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