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Need advice for my october Trip

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Need advice for my october Trip

Planning a trip from Oct-19th->Oct 23rd.

Staying at Cherry tree inn & Suites, and Chateau Chantal bed and breakfast.

Planning to eat at Old Mission tavern, Boones long lake inn, Georgianas and Amical.

So I have the lodging and food pretty much covered.

The problem is the only thing I really have planned to do is see the traverse city symphony orchestra one night, visit the old mission lighthouse, do some wine tasting at Chateau Chantal, and some shopping at the commons.

Does anyone have any other idea's for activities? I will be there Sat-Wed and feel like I don't have enough things to do.... Looking for maybe a hayride, outdoor thing and any other suggestions you might have

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1. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

Are there any fall sunset boat rides? or is that all closed down?

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2. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

When my husband and I go to Traverse City, we like to hit a few wineries (there are quite a few on The Old Mission peninsula, in addition to Chanteau Chantal). Here's a link to the Old Mission wine trail:

www.wineriesofoldmission.com/wine-trail

You can also go to the lighthouse at the end of the peninsula.

My favorite wineries are on the Leelanau peninsula. I like Black Star Farms, Brengman Bros, Mawby. Here is a link to these wineries:

www.wineriesofoldmission.com/wine-trail

If you go to the Leelanau peninsula, it's fun to stop in Sutton's bay for food and to look through the shops. There is a cool art gallery there.

Outdoor activities:

Sleeping Bear Dunes is not too far away. Lots of hiking opportunities there.

There is a pretty good trail system in Traverse City. I have biked on the paved trails in the past. Here is a link:

http://traversetrails.org/

Hopefully this helps!

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3. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

Definitely go to Sleeping Bear Dunes, drive Pierce Stocking Drive, climb the Dune Climb. Many take 3/4 day and drive around M-22, taking in the Leelanau Peninsula. you can sightsee, hike, canoe, farm stands/markets, small towns for shopping.

I do think all boats cruises/rides will be done by your arrival dates, but don't quote me on that!

I always recommend the small, but unique Music Museum in Acme. One hour docent lead tours, $10. Fun and interesting!

There is a casino right outside of TC.....

Edited: 14 September 2013, 03:49
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4. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

Also recommend Moomer's Ice Cream and Apache Trout Grille!

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5. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

Watch a sunset over Lake Michigan ... Leland or Pederson Park hear Northport

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6. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

Skp Boone's. It is a regional chain and I equate it to a classy Hungry Heffer (from show Cheers). I'm exaggerating, but, you're going to TC where there is an abundance of eclectic and varied restaruants to choose from. I've like Boone's in the past, but not for good service or something special. It was convienent (around the corner from my cottage rental) and serves a lot of food. Go to Apache Trout, take a jacket, and sit on the patio overlooking the sailboats on West Bay (call to see if patio is still open). The have a wonderful meal inside.

Definitely Sleeping Bear.

See if there is any shows going on in Interlochen.

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7. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

I concur with 69 about Boone's. So many other great places to try unless you are looking for large hunks of meat. Apache Trout Grill has fantastic steak. Other menus to look at include Phil's on Front, Cooks House, Red Ginger, Sorrelina, Poppycock, Bisto FouFou, Firefly, Trattoria Stella, Tuscan Bistro, Towne Plaza . . .

Shopping at the Commons is nice, but don't forget about downtown.

Day trips out to Frankfort/Beulah/Benzonia are nice.

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8. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

Am hopping on this a little bit late, but just will mention a few other options not referenced so far.

Personally, I would opt for the Boathouse Restaurant (Mission Peninsula) rather than Apache Trout. Full disclosure: I've not eaten at Boathouse since the chef change. However, I find the view better (sunset view, at that), and, depending on which table you get at Apache Trout, the "view" experience could be less than stunning.

The wineries of Old Mission website has not been referenced, so here's another link, since you're staying at Chateau Chantal:

http://www.wineriesofoldmission.com/

Of the "WOMP" wineries, Bowers Harbor Vineyards would be my first choice...it has a lovely setting and tasting room, and if it's beautiful fall day you could have a glass outside near the vineyards. Sometimes they do "dining in the vines" dinners, but I'd guess it's gonna be too cold by then for them to continue that. I've yet to try the wines at Hawthorne Vineyards on the Mission side, though the wife and I hope to hit it this week or next.

Lastly, I'd also recommend you visit the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Here's a link:

http://www.thevillagetc.com/

If you are still into wine tasting during your visit to The Commons, Left Food Charley (a winery) has retrofitted one of the old buildings there, and their wines are quite food as well (I especially like their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris). Also, if you go to The Commons, I'd suggest considering Trattoria Stella (a restaurant) if you have time. No water view, but terrific food and a great dining environment.

Enjoy your visit!

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9. Re: Need advice for my october Trip

I agree about skipping Boone's (unless you've been there recently and like it of course). I think the food at Apache is really mediocre too though so other than the view wouldn't be much of a step up. I'd definitely add Towne Plaza (breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner are all great) and/or Trattoria Stella to your dining list (you can just eat in the bar too without reservations for a more relaxed dinner). I'd actually skip Amical also in favor of the other two restaurants I mentioned.

I also agree with the suggestions of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Frankfort (lunch or dinner at Fusion here is what I recommend) or just taking a nice drive all around the Leelanau Peninsula. There's a great apple farm in Northport called Christmas Cove which has over 100 varieties of apples, including a bunch of heirlooms which are really fun to try.

Unfortunately we don't really have an good cider mills up here anymore with hayrides and that, but there are some corn mazes if you're looking for a fall outside activity. One place that has a corn maze, pumpkins, etc. is Gallagher's on M-72 West, and they also have delicious pumpkin doughnuts and sell local Buchan's blueberry ice cream if you're looking for a treat (a million times better than the highly over-rated "homemade" ice cream at Moomer's which is actually made up of a bunch of chemical ingredients and is anything but homemade).

Hope you have a nice vacation!

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