20 Great Lakes Getaways
Traverse City, Michigan
Visitors will love the bustling, foodie-fueled restaurant scene, as well as sparkling waters and relaxing beaches.
Five Fun Stops
1 You'll find public beaches all along the shore, but Clinch Park, a 1,500-foot beach and marina, is just a couple of blocks from downtown (800/872-8377; traversecity.com).
2 Celebrate local ingredients with from-scratch, seasonal dishes at Trattoria Stella (pictured) (231/929-8989; stellatc.com).
3 We love the combined luxurious B&B and top-notch winery and vineyard at Chateau Chantal, on the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City (800/969-4009; chateauchantal.com).
4 Grand Traverse Pie Company just opened a shop downtown; the home-style fruit pies (pictured) are among the area's best (231/929-7841; gtpie.com).
5 Among the most popular of the region's many farm markets, Gallagher's Farm Market and Bakery serves up an authentic country experience along with fresh cherries, baked goods and produce (231/947-1689; gallaghersfarmmarkettc.com).