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Jennifer’s TC Capri 316 guidebook

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Jennifer’s TC Capri 316 guidebook

Food, drinks, and coffee
Walkable from the condo. This cafe has everything "brew" including alcoholic beverages and also has food options. Perfect for first thing in the morning or last stop at night.
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Brew
108 East Front Street
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Walkable from the condo. This cafe has everything "brew" including alcoholic beverages and also has food options. Perfect for first thing in the morning or last stop at night.
Walkable from the condo. A FAVORITE restaurant! On the pricey side. Menu changes daily with dishes being made with fresh, local ingredients. A lot of the combinations are very different and unusual (and some sound like they wouldn't taste good). However, everything I've ever tasted has been amazing! It's a small restaurant that is big on flavors, service and price.
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Alliance Restaurant
144 Hall St
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Walkable from the condo. A FAVORITE restaurant! On the pricey side. Menu changes daily with dishes being made with fresh, local ingredients. A lot of the combinations are very different and unusual (and some sound like they wouldn't taste good). However, everything I've ever tasted has been amazing! It's a small restaurant that is big on flavors, service and price.
Walkable from the condo. Their rooftop bar has beautiful views of the bay, and areas with comfy seating/fire pits and even space heaters for chilly nights. Good drink and food options. Wonderful place for drinks and views during the day or night. LOCAL TIP: Arrive before 7pm to avoid paying the newly instituted $5 cover fee (summer 2019 started).
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Hotel Indigo Traverse City
263 W Grandview Pkwy
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Walkable from the condo. Their rooftop bar has beautiful views of the bay, and areas with comfy seating/fire pits and even space heaters for chilly nights. Good drink and food options. Wonderful place for drinks and views during the day or night. LOCAL TIP: Arrive before 7pm to avoid paying the newly instituted $5 cover fee (summer 2019 started).
Walkable from the condo. One of my favorite breakfast/brunch spots, but also open for lunch and dinner. If the weather is nice, enjoy eating out on the large patio.
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The Towne Plaza
203 Cass Street
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Walkable from the condo. One of my favorite breakfast/brunch spots, but also open for lunch and dinner. If the weather is nice, enjoy eating out on the large patio.
Walkable from the condo. Associated with Blue Tractor restaurant, this is their food truck experience (BBQ, sandwiches, and snacks). The Shed is located in the parking lot behind the restaurant (next to the Old Town Parking Garage). They have a firepit and TVs, and you can even roast s'mores for a few dollars. On Thurs-Sat nights they have live music during the summer. They have happy hour Mon-fri from 4-6pm.
The Shed Beer Garden
423 S Union St
Walkable from the condo. Associated with Blue Tractor restaurant, this is their food truck experience (BBQ, sandwiches, and snacks). The Shed is located in the parking lot behind the restaurant (next to the Old Town Parking Garage). They have a firepit and TVs, and you can even roast s'mores for a few dollars. On Thurs-Sat nights they have live music during the summer. They have happy hour Mon-fri from 4-6pm.
Walkable from the condo. Firefly has a good happy hour from 3-5:30pm daily (1/2 off alcohol & small plates). You’ve also got to check out their daily specials like sushi day and half-off martinis. They are located on Cass next to the river with limited outdoor seating during warmer months.
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Firefly Restaurant
310 North Cass Street
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Walkable from the condo. Firefly has a good happy hour from 3-5:30pm daily (1/2 off alcohol & small plates). You’ve also got to check out their daily specials like sushi day and half-off martinis. They are located on Cass next to the river with limited outdoor seating during warmer months.
#1 WINNER 2019 BEST COCKTAIL LOUNGE, #1 WINNER HAPPY HOUR, #3 WINNER BARTENDER/MIXOLOGIST TOMMY NAKHOVANH (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. The Parlor has happy hour fromn 4-7pm daily. You can also get 1/2 off their pizza after 9pm. They have good drinks, 2 bars, a cool rustic/industrial vibe, and often have musicians or special events.
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The Parlor TC
205 Lake Avenue
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#1 WINNER 2019 BEST COCKTAIL LOUNGE, #1 WINNER HAPPY HOUR, #3 WINNER BARTENDER/MIXOLOGIST TOMMY NAKHOVANH (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. The Parlor has happy hour fromn 4-7pm daily. You can also get 1/2 off their pizza after 9pm. They have good drinks, 2 bars, a cool rustic/industrial vibe, and often have musicians or special events.
Walkable from the condo. The Little Fleet is a bar with indoor and outdoor seating, along with a rotating selection of food trucks. They freshly squeeze all their fruit juices by hand and source best spirits available. Always fun and they often have music at night, as well as lots of special events. LOCAL TIP: Come in and ask for the latest Farmers Market Cocktail a partnership with Taste The Local Difference. Two fruits or vegetables are featured each month — ingredients vary season to season.
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The Little Fleet
448 East Front Street
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Walkable from the condo. The Little Fleet is a bar with indoor and outdoor seating, along with a rotating selection of food trucks. They freshly squeeze all their fruit juices by hand and source best spirits available. Always fun and they often have music at night, as well as lots of special events. LOCAL TIP: Come in and ask for the latest Farmers Market Cocktail a partnership with Taste The Local Difference. Two fruits or vegetables are featured each month — ingredients vary season to season.
Walkable from the condo. Coffee shop that has cute little morsels of sweets you can buy as well, they're kind of like mini truffle/cupcakes in all different flavors. Take your treats out to their back patio situated along the river and hopefully score some of the comfy Adirondack chairs.
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Morsels
321 East Front Street
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Walkable from the condo. Coffee shop that has cute little morsels of sweets you can buy as well, they're kind of like mini truffle/cupcakes in all different flavors. Take your treats out to their back patio situated along the river and hopefully score some of the comfy Adirondack chairs.
Walkable from the condo. Small coffee shop that primarily caters to the Hagerty building and has some food options. Their hours are limited to weekdays (I think?). LOCAL TIP: On Friday mornings during summer months the Hagerty company hosts a "cars & conversations" event. They provide free donuts (maybe some coffee?) and people with classic cars bring them in the alley behind the cafe and line them up to show them off for viewing and talk to people about their cars.
Cavallino Cafe
131 Lake Ave
Walkable from the condo. Small coffee shop that primarily caters to the Hagerty building and has some food options. Their hours are limited to weekdays (I think?). LOCAL TIP: On Friday mornings during summer months the Hagerty company hosts a "cars & conversations" event. They provide free donuts (maybe some coffee?) and people with classic cars bring them in the alley behind the cafe and line them up to show them off for viewing and talk to people about their cars.
#1 WINNER 2019 BEST BRUNCH SPOT (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. Quaint French bistro that is a great breakfast/brunch spot. Go early or during the week to avoid long lines. They also have a to-go bakery case.
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Patisserie Amie
237 Lake Avenue
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#1 WINNER 2019 BEST BRUNCH SPOT (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. Quaint French bistro that is a great breakfast/brunch spot. Go early or during the week to avoid long lines. They also have a to-go bakery case.
#1 WINNER 2019 BEST DINER BREAKFAST SPOT (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. They have multiple TC locations, the one on Cass is closest to my condo. Elevated diner food experience.
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The Omelette Shoppe
124 Cass Street
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#1 WINNER 2019 BEST DINER BREAKFAST SPOT (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. They have multiple TC locations, the one on Cass is closest to my condo. Elevated diner food experience.
Walkable from the condo. A GUEST RECOMMENDS THIS - I HAVE NOT YET BEEN HERE PERSONALLY. Guest said excellent ice cream. They also have food, desserts, and hot drinks.
Milk & Honey
240 East Front Street
Walkable from the condo. A GUEST RECOMMENDS THIS - I HAVE NOT YET BEEN HERE PERSONALLY. Guest said excellent ice cream. They also have food, desserts, and hot drinks.
Wineries
For a great view, I don't think you can beat the Chauteau Chantal winery on the Old Mission Peninsula. Its deck overlooks both sides of Old Mission (East & West bay views) along with acres of rolling vineyards.
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Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn
15900 Rue De Vin
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For a great view, I don't think you can beat the Chauteau Chantal winery on the Old Mission Peninsula. Its deck overlooks both sides of Old Mission (East & West bay views) along with acres of rolling vineyards.
Brys is located on the Old Mission Peninsula. They have a nice outdoor patio and a wonderful adult slushy "Frosé" (frozen rosé) in the summer. Sit on their deck and enjoy their charcuterie board, or play bocce on the lawn. LOCAL TIP: Be sure to check out their "Secret Garden." The garden contains a gift shop, custom flavors of TC's Moomer's ice-cream and baked goods, U-pick area (flowers, lavender, blueberries, strawberries), and has picnic areas (patio, picnic tables, or bring a blanket).
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Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
3309 Blue Water Road
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Brys is located on the Old Mission Peninsula. They have a nice outdoor patio and a wonderful adult slushy "Frosé" (frozen rosé) in the summer. Sit on their deck and enjoy their charcuterie board, or play bocce on the lawn. LOCAL TIP: Be sure to check out their "Secret Garden." The garden contains a gift shop, custom flavors of TC's Moomer's ice-cream and baked goods, U-pick area (flowers, lavender, blueberries, strawberries), and has picnic areas (patio, picnic tables, or bring a blanket).
This winery on Old Mission Peninsula has a nice outdoor patio with some water views. The stone villa perched atop the hillside looks like it was plucked from Tuscany and dropped in northwestern Michigan. They often have musicians playing on the patio, so check their schedule. They have a great charcuterie board too.
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Mari Vineyards
8175 Center Rd
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This winery on Old Mission Peninsula has a nice outdoor patio with some water views. The stone villa perched atop the hillside looks like it was plucked from Tuscany and dropped in northwestern Michigan. They often have musicians playing on the patio, so check their schedule. They have a great charcuterie board too.
Farmers Markets
During the warmer months (May-October), their Outdoor Farmers Market is held on Monday afternoons, from 2pm-6pm on The Piazza (between Cottageview and Red Drive). In the colder months (November-April), you can stay toasty while you shop at their Indoor Farmers Market in The Mercato corridor on Saturday mornings, from 10am-2pm.
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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
830 Cottageview Drive
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During the warmer months (May-October), their Outdoor Farmers Market is held on Monday afternoons, from 2pm-6pm on The Piazza (between Cottageview and Red Drive). In the colder months (November-April), you can stay toasty while you shop at their Indoor Farmers Market in The Mercato corridor on Saturday mornings, from 10am-2pm.
Walkable from the condo. Runs every Wednesday and Saturday through October. The Wednesday market begins the first Wednesday in June (8am-12pm). The Saturday market begins the first Saturday in May (7:30am-12pm). The farmers market will take place on the ground floor of the Old Town Parking Deck during the National Cherry Festival.
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Sara Hardy Farmers Market
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Walkable from the condo. Runs every Wednesday and Saturday through October. The Wednesday market begins the first Wednesday in June (8am-12pm). The Saturday market begins the first Saturday in May (7:30am-12pm). The farmers market will take place on the ground floor of the Old Town Parking Deck during the National Cherry Festival.
Free Outdoor Concerts
Free outdoor concerts on the lawn at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons on Thursday nights during the summer.
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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
830 Cottageview Drive
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Free outdoor concerts on the lawn at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons on Thursday nights during the summer.
Movies
Walkable from the condo. See movies at this beautifully restored historic theater on Front Street with affordable concessions. Shows new releases, independent films, and late night cult favorites​. Home to the Winter Comedy Fest as well as the flagship site for the annual Traverse City Film Festival. Run purely by volunteers and owned by Michael Moore. LOCAL TIP: 1. Every Saturday @ 10am (and on Tues/Thurs in the summer) the State Theater has special 25¢ matinees for kids with $1 candy and kiddie combos for just $2! 2. Cheap Friday Night Flicks at Midnight 3. Look up at the stars on the ceiling inside the theatre designed to exactly match the stars and constellations of the August night sky of Northern Michigan.
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State Theatre
233 East Front Street
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Walkable from the condo. See movies at this beautifully restored historic theater on Front Street with affordable concessions. Shows new releases, independent films, and late night cult favorites​. Home to the Winter Comedy Fest as well as the flagship site for the annual Traverse City Film Festival. Run purely by volunteers and owned by Michael Moore. LOCAL TIP: 1. Every Saturday @ 10am (and on Tues/Thurs in the summer) the State Theater has special 25¢ matinees for kids with $1 candy and kiddie combos for just $2! 2. Cheap Friday Night Flicks at Midnight 3. Look up at the stars on the ceiling inside the theatre designed to exactly match the stars and constellations of the August night sky of Northern Michigan.
Groceries
Walkable from the condo. Not inexpensive, but I love it (local Whole Foods type of place). High quality items, and has an onsite cafe and hot bar too. You can eat there (inside or outside) or take items with you. LOCAL TIP: 1. They’ll give 5% discount if you walk, carpool, bike, etc. there. They also have a Senior discount (on Wed?). The discounts are stackable. 2. They have a recycling area where you can bring your items. I hope my condo association will get recycling but it's not currently an option.
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Oryana Community Co-op
260 East Tenth Street
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Walkable from the condo. Not inexpensive, but I love it (local Whole Foods type of place). High quality items, and has an onsite cafe and hot bar too. You can eat there (inside or outside) or take items with you. LOCAL TIP: 1. They’ll give 5% discount if you walk, carpool, bike, etc. there. They also have a Senior discount (on Wed?). The discounts are stackable. 2. They have a recycling area where you can bring your items. I hope my condo association will get recycling but it's not currently an option.
#1 WINNER 2019 BEST BRATS, #1 MEAT MARKET (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. You can enter from either back entry off parking lot or front entry off Union. Famous full service meat counter (deli meats, cheese, fish, meat, marinated items, etc.) and small grocery.
Maxbauer's Meat Market
407 South Union Street
#1 WINNER 2019 BEST BRATS, #1 MEAT MARKET (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Walkable from the condo. You can enter from either back entry off parking lot or front entry off Union. Famous full service meat counter (deli meats, cheese, fish, meat, marinated items, etc.) and small grocery.
Walkable from the condo. Gourmet specialty store that includes produce, groceries, beer, wine, meats/fish, and specialty products.
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Burritt's Fresh Markets
509 West Front Street
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Walkable from the condo. Gourmet specialty store that includes produce, groceries, beer, wine, meats/fish, and specialty products.
Walkable from the condo. Gourmet food, market, and wine shop. LOCAL TIP: Try one of their fabulous made to order sandwiches
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Folgarelli's Market & Wine Shop
424 West Front Street
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Walkable from the condo. Gourmet food, market, and wine shop. LOCAL TIP: Try one of their fabulous made to order sandwiches
Beach
Walkable from the condo. Beach, splash pad for kids, snack bar, bathrooms, and kayak/SUP rentals. I have beach towels and chairs for your use, as well as a couple cooler type bags. The open space is great for a picnic or kite flying, and look for the "volleyball beach" to the West.
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Clinch Park
111 East Grandview Parkway
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Walkable from the condo. Beach, splash pad for kids, snack bar, bathrooms, and kayak/SUP rentals. I have beach towels and chairs for your use, as well as a couple cooler type bags. The open space is great for a picnic or kite flying, and look for the "volleyball beach" to the West.
#1 WINNER BEST BEACH FOR ROCK HUNTING (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). A GUEST RECOMMENDS THIS - I HAVE NOT YET BEEN HERE PERSONALLY. This beach is in Leland, not Traverse City. Guest said this is their very favorite beach. LOCAL TIPS: 1. Try the whitefish dip from Carlson's Fisheries in Leland. #1 WINNER (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Made with fresh whitefish caught and smoked outside their door … Lake Michigan on a cracker. 2. Fishtown in Leland voted #3 WINNER FOR PLACE TO TAKE AN INSTAGRAM (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). 3. Be sure to enjoy a Village Cheese Shanty sandwich!
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Van's Beach
205 Cedar St
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#1 WINNER BEST BEACH FOR ROCK HUNTING (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). A GUEST RECOMMENDS THIS - I HAVE NOT YET BEEN HERE PERSONALLY. This beach is in Leland, not Traverse City. Guest said this is their very favorite beach. LOCAL TIPS: 1. Try the whitefish dip from Carlson's Fisheries in Leland. #1 WINNER (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Made with fresh whitefish caught and smoked outside their door … Lake Michigan on a cracker. 2. Fishtown in Leland voted #3 WINNER FOR PLACE TO TAKE AN INSTAGRAM (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). 3. Be sure to enjoy a Village Cheese Shanty sandwich!