Grand Traverse Resort’s Spa is where I had one of the top 5 best massages of my life. I had such an incredible experience there, and the massage helped me feel so much better, both mentally and physically, and helped me truly feel relaxed for the first time in months.
Aerie Restaurant and Lounge now offers temporary dining in private dining suites on their 15th floor for those looking to enjoy an evening of fine dining, music, and unbeatable views. Here’s everything we loved about this unique dining experience, and why we can’t wait to return someday soon.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is one of Michigan’s most popular getaway destinations. Located on Grand Traverse Bay, this resort and spa was the perfect winter break for us, and we had a wonderful time luxuriating in the spa, enjoying our first meal out in months, and exploring the natural beauty surrounding the resort.
Point Betsie Lighthouse and Inn is one of the most beautiful and best preserved classic lighthouses in the United States. Visitors can explore the history of the lighthouse and the keepers who were responsible for ensuring that cargo ships full of timber, iron and copper ore, and wheat reached major cities like Chicago and Detroit, and stay in their former quarters with unmatched views of breathtaking Lake Michigan. Step back in time, enjoy a private beach, and complete privacy at this one-of-a-kind inn located near Sleeping Bear Dunes and not too far from Traverse City.
Iris Farms, on the outskirts of Traverse City, is a beautiful, six acre farm with more than 1000 different varieties of hybrid irises that visitors can order for their home gardens, or if you visit later in the season, they also offer u-Pick for irises, and sell handed bouquets. This gorgeous, family owned farm is a must-see when exploring Northern Michigan.
Gaijin Japanese Restaurant in Traverse City is one of the best Asian inspired restaurants in Northern Michigan. This ramen shop has everything from bao buns and yakiniku skewers to tempura, and of course has dozens and dozens of ways to customize ramen from making it totally vegan to packed full of eggs and meat with extra noodles.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore contains 72,000 acres of massive, sweeping sand dunes, some as high as 40 a story building, winding sand hiking paths, rivers, streams, gorgeous beaches on Lake Michigan, and unbelievable views. Voted the “Most Beautiful Place in the United States”, this Northern Michigan gem is an iconic nature preserve that reminds visitors how powerful and impressive the transformative powers of nature truly are. We had an exceptional time hiking, swimming, and exploring this beautiful nature preserve, and I’m sharing with you my tips for having a fun and safe time at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
S2S Sugar 2 Salt is my absolute favorite brunch spot in Northern Michigan, because they serve locally and ethically sourced seasonal ingredients, which supports local farmers and fishers. It’s wonderful to know exactly where each ingredient on the menu comes from, and knowing that each item on my plate was harvested as recently as that same morning means I can feel great about eating there and supporting small scale, low-impact farmers and growers. This restaurant offers so many plant based options and substations, you’ll be addicted to it like I am in no time.
I love carnivals and festivals, and this carnival display at the Traverse City, MI Cherry Festival was gorgeous. Look at how colorful everything was! We didn’t have time to ride any of the rides, but even just passing through I thought everything looked so bright and everyone who was riding or milling about seemed to…