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Vacations are the time to indulge yourself in cuisne you may not put on your own table at home! Northern Michigan has plenty of restaurants to please any palette. Whether it be fresh Michigan produce from the market or authentic polish cuisine, this region can offer it all.
Friske Orchards- Friske's Farm Market Fruit stand, cafe, bakery, general store, gift haus, orchard playland, barnyard animals. Apples, cherries, strawberries u-pick. Jams, salsas, butters, cherry juice, honey, dried fruits & much more. Cider mill. Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. Closed Sun. A Bushel of Fun!
Staffords Weathervane Restaurant- Originally built as a grist mill, the current Weathervane Restaurant was converted to a dining establishment in the mid 1950's. It was designed by the famed local architect Earl Young, known for his curvaceous roof-lines and flowing architecture. Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant offers signature and regional cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and is Charlevoix’s only true waterfront dining, nestled along the busy Pine River Channel in downtown Charlevoix. Guests will enjoy unparalleled views of the water from inside, or choose Jeff’s Deck for the ultimate in outdoor dining. The Weathervane Restaurant is open year-round serving lunch and dinner daily.
Legs Inn- Famous state historic landmark. Voted "Best Family Restaurant." Authentic Polish and American cuisine. 100+ beer choices. Unique atmosphere and decor. Outdoor garden dining w/ panoramic Lake Michigan views and sunsets. Live music and gift shop. Recommended by magazines, newspapers and guests. Serving lunch and dinner.
Pleasantview Vineyards- New northern winery producing eclectic blends of Michigan wines. Red, white & blush wines produced in limited quantity. Summer wine tastings. Affordable, comfortable B&B, Queen beds, private baths, hot tub, sauna, library. Secluded, rural hilltop near golf, skiing, beaches, gaming, unique shops, restaurants.
Stafford’s Pier- A tribute to the maritime heritage of beautiful Harbor Springs, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant offers true waterfront dining, quite literally, as the Pier Restaurant was built on original pilings over the harbor. The Pier’s Pointer Room overlooks the historic yacht basin while offering visitors a superb choice of fine cuisine. The more casual Chart Room provides a relaxed environment with a traditional menu. A local meeting spot, the Wheelhouse Lounge is open daily for cocktails with a complete menu. Dudley ’s Deck is without question the most famous outdoor dining spot in northern Michigan and the place to be each and every Fourth of July. The Pier Restaurant is open year-round serving lunch and dinner daily.
JoAnn’s Fudge- Best fudge on the island! JoAnn’s fudge is made with fresh cream and butter in every batch. They also serve handmade candies, taffy, peanut brittle & ice cream.
Audies Restaurant- Audie's Restaurant offers fine food & fast, friendly service in Family Room or leisurely dining excelling in regional cuisine in Chippewa Room. AAA double-diamond rating. Cocktails served in both dining rooms & Welcome Cocktail Lounge. Bus tours welcome. Banquet facilities. Open year round. Nicolet St exit 339 at Bridge.
Pancake Chef- One of the oldest restaurants in Mackinaw City, the Pancake Chef has served traveling families wonderful food since 1964. The favorites include Pumpkin Pancakes, Home-made Potato Pancakes, Specialty salads and Home-made Dinner entries. We enjoy a tremendous rate of return Guests, you probably know someone who has been here.
Northern Michigan is not only known for their exceptional wines, but also for their mouth-watering cuisine. With fresh Michigan produce continually in season, northern West Michigan is packed full with farm markets, fruit festivals, and of course some excellent restaurants.
Looking to grab some fresh produce on your northern vacation? Make sure to stop by these markets in Traverse City
Farmer Whites- Season starts with sweet cherries. Some cherry varieties u-pick. Fresh and frozen, pitted sour cherries. Blueberries, raspberries, corn and fresh garden vegetables in late July. Peaches, pears, plums and early apples in Aug. 27 varieties of Fall apples including Gingergold, Honeycrisp and Northern Spy. Dried cherries and cherry concentrate. Fresh daily McColley pies. Open daily July through October.
Groleau’s Farm Market- Eggs, Fruit, Specialty Products, Vegetables, Christmas Trees & Wreaths. Strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and apples. Sweet corn, canning tomatoes, and other summer vegetables. Cherry jam, cherry barbecue sauce, dried cherries, cherry concentrate, honey, maple syrup, and cider.
Hoxies Farm Market- Hoxsie's Farm Market is proud to offer their guests the highest quality home grown cherries, apples, pumpkins, squash and fall decorating items.The ovens in the bakery produce a seasonal assortment of pies, breads, donuts and other goodies on a daily basis. The market shelves are filled with northern Michigan's best jams, mustards, salsas, and many local cherry products, as well as Moomer's Ice Cream – the best ice cream in North America.
Headed up north in July? Check out the National Cherry Festival. This week long festival is filled with all things cherry.
Looking for a nice dinner during your trip? We recommend
The Bluebird Restaurant and Bar in Leland- For over 80 years, the Bluebird has been the gathering place in Leland for locals and tourists alike. From the casual 100 seat bar, to the more elegant, scenic dining room on the banks of the Leland River, the Bluebird tradition of excellence is always apparent. Long known for the finest whitefish and perch in Northern Michigan, the Bluebird is constantly striving to raise the level of quality across the board, to include the finest steaks available, our own fresh pasta, wood smoked ribs, and the freshest, flown-in seafood.
The Cherry Hut- Beulah- The Cherry Hut offers fresh, homemade cherry pies, jams & jellies, sandwiches, lunches & dinners all day.
Dinghy’s Restaurant and Bar- Frankfort- After 15 years Dinghy's has established itself as one of the best local eateries Up North. Customers come from far and wide to enjoy the experience at Dinghy's. Formerly Baker's Bar – for 40 years – Dinghy's is a landmark in Downtown Frankfort, in beautiful Benzie County.
If the kids are really begging for ice cream, you don’t want to miss out on Moomers Homemade Ice Cream.
The great outdoors region of West Michigan can also please just about any appetite. From fresh West Michigan produce to homemade ice cream, this region will be able to feed and please the whole family.
For fresh produce, try these markets. (Please note, most of these are seasonal)
Orchard Market- Free Soil- Family-owned, farm-fresh produce, garden center & restaurant, all with homemade goodness. Locations in both Freesoil and Ludington to serve you. Friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist with their many varieties of seasonal fruits & vegetables, homemade sauces, jams & jellies, cheeses & bulk products, & fresh-baked goods from their own bakery.
Nelson’s Farm Market- Grant- Great country farm market with loads of down home hospitality!! More than just a produce market. Nelson's carries animal feed all year round and seasonal items like flowers and garden plants in the spring. They have delicious homemade carmel apples, donuts, and apple cider in the fall, and they always have neat hand crafted gifts to choose from. They have a petting zoo that children never get tired of. Plenty of parking, just off M-37.
Ludington Farmer’s Market- Join the fun on Fridays for Ludington's only Downtown Farmers Market located on the North James Street Plaza. Support the local growers; enjoy music, entertainment, locally produced foods, and artisan works. You can also enjoy Downtown shops and restaurants within seconds of the Market Area.
Cherry Point Farm Market- Shelby
Rennhack Orchard Market- Silver Lake Area- They grow it for you, and do gift baskets, too! This market specializes in local and Michigan made items and gourmet edibles without the gourmet price! Custom gift baskets for personal or corporate use; shipping available.
For a treat the kids will really enjoy, treat them to Jones Homemade Ice Cream in Baldwin or take them to Country Dairy in New Era. Here the kids can go through “Moo School” and learn how dairy products are produced. They can even meet the cows!
Don’t feel like cooking for the family tonight? Grab some great grub at these Ludington restaurants.
PM Steamers- "Top Ten" in USA Today's national poll of places to eat near the beach. Waterfront dining overlooking city marina & carferry. Nutty walleye, lake perch, prime rib, pastas, salads & award-winning desserts. Outdoor dining on deck. Reservations & casual attire welcome. Hours vary, please call ahead.
Central West Michigan is full of robust flavors, diverse restaurants, and home to incredible farm market’s and u-pick orchards. Whether you want to make a day out of different culinary experiences, are just looking for a great place to take the kids for the afternoon, or are looking for a nice evening out with a loved one, you can find all of that here!
Head on over to a market or u-pick to grab some fresh West Michigan produce. Whether you pick it yourself or grab it off the shelf, all if it is delicious!
A&L Farm Market- West Olive
Coopersville Farmers Market
Grand Haven Farmers Market
Lowell Area Farmers Market
Fruit Ridge Markets- Grand Rapids
Fulton Street Farmers Market- Grand Rapids
Robinettes Apple Haus and Winery- Grand Rapids
Klackle Orchards- Greenville
Blueberry Heritage Farms/The Berry Bunch- Holland
Bowerman Blueberries- Holland
Heidi’s Farmstand and Bakery- Lowell
Crossroads Blueberry Market- West Olive
Palmbos Farm Market- Zeeland
After a long day at the museums or beaches, leave the cooking to the chef’s of these fantastic restaurants. Whether you are looking for a casual night out, a glass of wine at a local winery, or a nice fancy dinner, you can find all of that here!
Lemon Creek Winery- Grand Haven- In Grand Haven the tasting room is open until 6pm Sunday through Thursday and until 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays. There is still time to stop by for a tasting on your way home before dinner and they can help you with food and wine pairings!!!
Cascade Winery- Grand Rapids- A family-owned winery/brewery that produces award-winning wines. Visit the tasting bar where you can sample reds, whites, fruit wine and mead's (honey wine)or buy a glass of beer. They also offer a wonderful selection of unique gift items and supplies for the home wine and beer maker. Michigan cheeses available.
Clay Avenue Cellars- Musekgon- Clay Avenue Cellars encourages you to visit them and sample their fine variety of Michigan fruit wines. Their wines have received praise from the casual wine drinker to the serious wine connoisseur. Clay Avenue Station is a rescued historic building in the City of Muskegon, built in 1928 and is now restored and houses the cellar winery, plus exhibits and sells artwork for over 30 local artists
Lake Effect Winery- Muskegon- The newest fruit winery on Michigan’s west coast. This winery uses premium Michigan fruits and berries to produce delicious wines, boasting unique flavors. They are committed to ensuring you enjoy their wines including elderberry and aronia – as much as they have enjoyed drinking and making them.
Jacks Restaurant- Grand Haven
Dugan’s Pub and Grille- Grand Rapids- Dugan’s Pub & Grille is located at the Highlands Golf Club on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, just 10 minutes from downtown. Dugan’s was remodeled in 2009 and features a beautiful classic bar, eight HD big screen TV’s, thoughtful contemporary styling and seating for 110 people. Whether you’re looking
San Chez- Grand Rapids- The most unique, two sided and three tiered, dining, special events banquets, and entertainment venue in West Michigan. Authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine. Fun, laid-back, and artful atmosphere. San Chez, a Tapas Bistro Celebrating 18 years. The food -- and fun -- of Spain. San Chez Café Sunday Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Private Parties. New Third Floor Facility: 6000 sq. ft. of food & fun for up to 250 guests. Catering You don't have to go to San Chez Bistro for the most tempting tapas in town. We'll come to you. Food and Fun on the run!
Dog n’ Suds Drive In- Muskegon/Whitelake- This location has undergone a painstaking restoration. This new, year-round location features a large dining room, curb service, outside picnic area, and a seasonal ice cream shop.
Cygnus 27- Grand Rapids- High atop the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Cygnus 27 transports you to a rhythmic environment among the stars. The trend-setting décor inspired by the Cygnus constellation, globally influenced American entrees, and captivating scenic views of the Grand Rapids skyline, promise an epic dining experience.
six.one.six- Grand Rapids- The JW Marriott's signature restaurant
CityVu Bistro- Holland and Grand Rapids
Little Mexico Café- Grand Rapids- From their quesadillas and wet burritos to their chimichangas and enchiladas, every dish Little Mexico Café makes is genuine Mexican cuisine, made with only the freshest ingredients and native spices. Next time you’re craving the rich flavors of a delicious Mexican meal, come by the Little Mexico Café – you won’t be
Southern West Michigan is busting at the seams with fresh Michigan produce. With dozens of farms, farm markets and orchards, this is the place to go for any local fare. Spend a day at the orchard or pick up all your groceries at one of the markets.
Region 5 Farm Markets and U-Picks.
Allegan Farmer's Market
Bob's Barn Farm Market and Bakery- Coloma
Fruit Acres Farm Market and U-Pick- Coloma
Tree-Mendous Fruit Farm- Eau Claire
Lemon Creek Winery and Fruit Farm- Berrien Springs
Shelton Farms and Market- Niles
Earls Farm Market- Glenn
Leduc Blueberries- Paw Paw
Crane's Orchards- U-Pick and Corn Maize- Fennville
Lyons Farm Market- Fennville
Barden's Farm Market
The Blueberry Store
Dailey Blueberry Farms
Dutch Farm Market
McIntosh Orchards and Winery
Phoenix Farm Market
South Haven Farmer's Market
Stephenson's Farm Market
Looking for a unique dining experience? If you are in the following areas, check out these restaurants
Su Casa- South Haven- Authentic Mexican Food, including vegertarian dinners and kids menu. Chilled beer & selected wines with full bar. Organic & fairtrade espresso and coffee drinks are also served.
Cornwell's Turkeyville USA - Marshall- All turkey restaurant, Deli style dining & Professional Dinner Theater specializing exclusively in turkey. Sandwiches, soups & dinners, homemade pies. Old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlour. Gift shoppes. Bakery. Barrier-free. Open every day 11 am - 8 pm from January 15 -December 23. Only seven miles north of Marshall.
Or if you want a unique dining experience, farm market, and farm tour all in one, take a tour with Hungry Village Tours. Based out of Saugatuck, Hungry Village Tours offer two incredibly special experiences. Take a walking tour of downtown Saugatuck and visit specialty food shops or take a driving tour of Fennville, Douglas, and Saugatuck and visit farms, a farm to table restaurant, a winery and more!
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