A Weekend in Traverse City
Chad and I wanted to do something special for our one year anniversary last month but didn’t have the time (or money) to take a full-blown vacation. So, we decided to go for a weekend getaway in the Cherry Capitol of the World!
My mom lives in Traverse so we conveniently were able to drop off Roo for some free puppy-sitting! We even stayed there the first night because we were a little late to the game and didn’t book a place to stay on time. We did find a relatively good deal on a hotel (Hotel Indigo), but we couldn’t justify the cost of two nights. But I got to see my family and they have a hot tub so it was a win-win. However, if you’re looking for a cheap stay and plan far enough in advance, there are some very affordable Airbnbs!
We left Saturday morning and once we dropped Roo off we headed to grab a quick bite to eat. The original plan was one my favorite food spots in TC, The Little Fleet. Sadly, with how incredible the weather was in October I didn’t even realize how late in the season it was and hadn’t considered that it would already be closed for the year (Maybe I’ll just have to make a TC post for the summertime:) No worries! We found a cute little soup and sandwich shop right on Front Street called The Green House Cafe. We even walked through the end of the farmers market and got some free apples!
Now to the really fun part, el vino! There are so many wineries along the peninsula, but depending on your schedule and budget it’s fun to hit up 3-5 of them. We decided on Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor and Bonobo.
Chateau Chantal has been around since before I was born so they really know what they’re doing! They are one of the larger wineries and have become very efficient while still providing excellent service, meaning they can accommodate plenty of customers at a time. They have a lot of options to choose from and to sample 6 wines with a souvenir glass is only $5! And they have a huge terrace with an incredible view of the vineyard and bay. I mean, look at that!
Bowers Harbor is another vineyard that’s been around a long time but provides a more homey feel as it’s located right on the owner’s personal property. And the best part? They love dogs! They’ve featured their dogs on several of their wines and even welcome other canine friends to come enjoy the beautiful property. So of course we had to bring Roo back the next day:)
Bonobo is rather new but is relatively popular given that it was founded by HGTV star Carter Osterhouse and his brother Todd. It doesn’t have as many wines to choose from and the wait was long, but there’s usually a groupon available for it and it has this cool Bonobo monkey mural that makes a fun backdrop for pictures. In this particular picture I told Chad I was going to put my hand on his belly like he was pregnant because that seems to be a popular pose these days. I don’t actually recall what he said but it looks like it was funny. It was also our last stop, meaning I’d had a decent amount of wine at this point – you may or may not be able to tell.
After a quick but much needed nap, we were off to dinner! We went to Sorellinas, an authentic Italian restaurant right in downtown Traverse City. I ordered a chicken entrée that came with this phenomenal tomato risotto and Chad got chicken alfredo. I thought it would be just like any alfredo at an Italian restaurant but let me tell you, this was no ordinary alfredo. Best I’ve ever had thus far, and it wasn’t even my own dinner! The free bread was, of course, an amazingly scrumptious bonus. After walking around for a bit we made our way to Milk & Honey, a handmade ice cream shop that was like the cherry on top of our day.
Sunday we went to Harrington’s by the Bay Sunday Breakfast Buffet, which did not disappoint and had a lot to offer for only $12.99 a person. Not to mention the incredible view of the Bay! We had a little time to kill before the next place opened up so we made our way to one of our favorite TC coffee shops, Brew.
Following coffee we went to Suttons Bay Ciders per a friend’s recommendation and it turned out to be one of our favorite places! The view of the bay with all the fall colored trees was breathtaking. Plus they had a dog that just wanted to play fetch all day long which was fun to watch. Did you know I like dogs?
In the afternoon we made a stop at one of our favorite places, Peace Love & Little Donuts. They have so many options to choose from and they are all so cute and delicious!
For dinner we went to Georginas which is a fusion of Latin and Asian cuisine. We ordered an Asian skewer appetizer that was served over sweet potato fries and it filled us up so much that we just split Pad Thai for our actual meal!
Afterwards we just hung out and got drinks at the bar in Hotel Indigo where we were staying. It poured from late afternoon until we left the next morning so we didn’t do too much else, but we did stop at BLK MRKT coffee on our way out, which was right across the street from the hotel. In a way it reminds me of Madcap in Grand Rapids, with a chill but fresh vibe.
Traverse City has a lot to offer regardless of the season or who you’re with. We were still able to fit a lot into the two days we were there and it was the perfect little getaway to celebrate our first year of marriage!
What are your favorite things to do in Traverse?