I’ll be the first to admit that Traverse City, Michigan holds a pretty special place in my heart, and it’s really a great place for a foodie vacation and culinary tour. Not only did I get married in the area, but my family has been going up to Northern Michigan for decades. The sheer beauty of the place is enough to draw you in… which Good Morning America revealed to the country just a few years back when they named the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes the Most Beautiful Place in America.
Chef Mario Batali summers nearby, and Cherry Republic’s home base is right in the heart of Traverse City. But it’s more than that too. Local producers and artisanal producers abound in Grand Traverse County; from cheese producers to oil and vinegar producers. Shops, like Folgarelli’s, carry homemade products and delicious ingredients that you’ll want to take home with you. Then of course there’s the number of fabulous restaurants; something a newcomer might not expect for such a small town. The plethora of food trucks alone — situated right there on Front Street — will have your mouth watering.
Then head north of the city, up Mission Peninsula? You’ll be greeted with lush, green rolling hills, and views of the bay on both sides. It feels quite a bit like France… and in ways it is; after the area shares the same latitude with Burgundy, France, meaning the area has much the same climate, perfect for growing grapes. All along the peninsula, in fact, you’ll find small wineries and estates, many of which offer tastings.
Our former partners for our cooking vacation on Mission Peninsula have take a leave, but we look forward to once again offering this amazing destination. Or contact us if you’d like us to arrange a custom tour.
While this place has long held a special place in my heart I think it will soon become one of your favorite USA destinations too.
By Liz Hall
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