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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Natural Feature
“Torch Lake is said to be the 3rd most beautiful lake in the world. In the summer sun, it's turquoise blue waters make it look like the Caribbean. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great place to sit on the deck and watch the boats come in and out of the marina with incredible lake views. The food is okay, but the atmosphere is the big attraction.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
“The King family operates my favorite orchard/market/bakery just a couple miles outside of Central Lake. They allow you to pick your fruit and I never miss a chance to pick their strawberries in June and thier sweet cherries in July. I keep frozen sweets in my freezer all winter long for post run treats. I would recommend the Cherry Juice concentrate....there's no better summer drink than a mix of cherry juice and lemonade...and I don't have to tell you how good 🍒 juice is for your health!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Really fun to do Karaoke here on the weekends. Good bar food too. Kid friendly during the day. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Harbour / Marina
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
  • 3 locals recommend
Winery
“Great little local winery. Flavors and types change throughout the season. We like supporting the local businesses.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“They have cocktails now too! The food in this little gem of a cafe' is top notch. Service is great. Very nice, welcoming atmosphere. Small and quaint. Best Quiche EVER! Try the Chicken salad too! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“The swimming area is roped off and mostly sandy. There are also public bathrooms, basketball courts, volleyball, and a boat launch. Great place for a picnic. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
  • 1 local recommends
Store
“Kids love it here, lots of sweets and toys. Make sure to get a jar (or case) of the famous cherry butter. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Food
“This is not your ordinary nursery. Besides a great place to shop, they have outside dining and entertainment. Check google for their entertainment lineup.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum has a model train exhibit, local photographs and information. They also host special exhibits. There is a train engine and caboose on the property. The park has Torch Lake access and is a great place for sunsets.”
  • 1 local recommends