Our Favorite Family Getaways
Traverse bays: where to eat
Jesperson's At this 106-year-old family-owned cafe in Petoskey, you always want to save room for pie (231/347-3601).
Bluebird Restaurant and Bar The Telgard family has specialized in comfortable, quality dining in Leland on the Leelanau Peninsula for more than 80 years (231/256-9081).
Don's Drive-In Traverse City's slice of Americana has served its burger-and-malt combos since 1958 (231/938-1860).
Legs Inn Polish dishes are among the specialties at this funky restaurant (look for upside-down stove legs on the roof) north of Harbor Springs in Cross Village. Open seasonally (231/526-2281).
Stafford's Pier Restaurant In Harbor Springs, 6 miles north of Petoskey, this gathering place offers fine to casual dining in four areas, plus free boat tours of Little Traverse Bay (231/526-6201).
Tapawingo In Ellsworth, about 35 miles south of Petoskey, this lovely restaurant gets credit for leading the area's rich food scene (231/588-7971).