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visit in April

We will be visiting traverse city the tuesday-friday after Easter and are looking for some cool things to do. 2 young seniors Any good ideas?

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1. Re: visit in April

What do you like to do???

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2. Re: visit in April

We will be checking out the wineries and probably the casino.

I am not sure how far it is from TC to the light house on the tip of the OMP . Otherwise we are open to explore.

We visited the sewers in Paris...so

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You can easily do the lighthouse on OM while visiting the wineries on Old Mission, My favorites on OM are Bowers Harbor and Chateau Chantel. But there are plenty to visit enjoy...

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Go check out the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here's the link:

www.traversecity.com/sleeping-bear-dunes--29/

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I'll second Sleeping Bear as well, lots of easy hikes and more moderate ones to.

Also just north of Northport is Leelanau State park has a few nice hikes that bring out of the woods right to the water shore.

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6. Re: visit in April

April features cold wind, cold mud, and bare trees.

Lake Mich views are the best bet.

Sleeping Bear will be nice, esp. if a sunny day, nice views.

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Agree with the comments about the OM lighthouse and Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. If you're fit, and the weather is nice, Empire Bluffs hiking trail is great--though it'll likely be a tad too early for the wildflowers that lace the path enroute to the overlook.

As for the wineries, I gotta disagree with the Chateau Chantal suggestion. I would recommend you go there only for the gorgeous view from the tasting room. The tasting staff is super-stingy with tastings (handing out tokens like toll collectors), and the wines are not the best of those available in the area. Bowers Harbor (previously mentioned) is nice, but small so if there's a winery event going on, it'll be jammed. On the OM side, I tend to like Peninsula Cellars, Brys, and, if you're heading to the lighthouse anyway, 2 Lads--which has a holy-moly view of the east bay.

On the Leelanau side, you'll have a lot of options for wineries. If your tastes skew to more basic "popular" type wines, then Leelanau Cellars is probably a good bet for you. OTOH, if you want more of a "boutique" experience, then maybe Chateau Fontaine or Longview. But you'll have *plenty* of options for winery choices on both peninsulas. Black Star Farms is also very popular as well, with a decent array of wine-tasting options--though it may be the most crowded depending on the timing of your visit.

Stop by the visitor's center downtown, too. Ask them for one of their detailed maps to help while you're exploring...

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You might enjoy the Music Museum, in Acme. I am not sure it is open yet for the season at that time; call first! $10 per adult entry fee. You get a very nice one hour tour of the various pianos, organs and other such musical instruments they have, with lots of history thrown in and a short musical selection from each one-lots of fun. It is not boring or old school at all. Very interesting, humorous, even. You can also tour a part of the place on your own-various jukeboxes, radios, etc. They have a nice gift shop, too. Definitely something different and worth every penny. The docents are awesome. :)

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9. Re: visit in April

@Mongo

I forgot about Chantel going with the token system all tho as you mentioned the view is nice!

I have found Brys to be stingy with there pours and a little expensive as well...

I feel that BH being "small" gives them a little charm and being welcomed by the Bernese Mountain dogs has always been a plus in my book

Cheers

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10. Re: visit in April

I love most of the wineries on old mission Brys and Penn. cellars and chantel being my fav. Chantel does use a token system but if i'd like a second pour as a tie breaker i've never been told no. If i remember correctly 2Lads charges a kinda steep price for tastings but it does come w/ cheeses nuts and a chocolate.

Apache Trout is my fav place for lunch/dinner ( not sun. they only have a brunch) and The Jolly Pumpkin on Old Mission is great for a meal after wine tasting. Another fun tasting place is Fustini's in town, after having the bread and dipping oil at Apache u will want to go there. Have a great time!

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