If you crave something sweet, look no further than Traverse City, Michigan. The Cherry Capitol of the World has a smorgasbord of delectable venues and golfing treats. Begin with the welcome appetizer by checking in at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa where the rooms are spacious with bird’s eye views of the course or water. Sweetwater Café starts the day with a breakfast buffet in this self-contained resort with multiple pools, spa, shops and shuttles to the gaming center or beachfront.
Indulge in the sweet parfait of 54 holes on The Bear, The Wolverine and Spruce Run, three championship courses. The Bear is the most difficult to maneuver weaving through the land of water and woods. Anything off line and you’re minced meat. While The Wolverine is more forgiving, your focus may be disrupted by the beautiful landscape following elevated hills and valleys. Spruce Run may seem like Angel Food cake compared to its two big brothers. Wider fairways and less trouble is a recipe for a fun round.
Satisfy your hunger at the 19th hole, The Grille, overlooking Bear’s scenic number 18. While the resort has all you need, do explore the many restaurants, pubs and shops along the quaint streets of downtown Traverse City. Indulge in the area’s main ingredient of cherry everything. Chocolate covered, jalapeno infused, the imaginable concoctions are endless. The Cherry Republic store has several tasting stations along with a cherry wine bar. Wash down the sweetness with a cornucopia of Michigan’s best beers at the 7 Monks Taproom where the food is as good as the IPAs and Stouts. For the most astounding view and exquisite dining experience return to the Grand Traverse Resort’s Aerie restaurant on a top floor with top notch service. Their Bronzini is an offer you can’t refuse – a beautiful blackened fish nestled with asparagus and rare morel mushrooms – highly recommended.
Relaxation, culture and adventure meet at Traverse City’s waterfront with a large marina and long stretch of sandy beach. Hiking/biking trails extend over 30 miles into the peninsula parks and forests. Wineries dot the area like sprinkles on a donut. The table is set for a sweet vacation in Pure Michigan’s Traverse City where the golf is spectacular and the easy airport departure is the cherry on top.