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Molly’s guidebook

Molly

Molly’s guidebook

Nature
We love to get out and enjoy northern Michigan. Here are some of my favorite places to hike, swim and explore!
There are about 7 miles of trails bring some bug spray and pack a snack. You will want to take a break on the boardwalk, along Grass River!
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Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Highway
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There are about 7 miles of trails bring some bug spray and pack a snack. You will want to take a break on the boardwalk, along Grass River!
Over 800 acres and 31 miles of professionally designed trails. Great for hiking, biking or trail running. There are trails for all abilities at Glacial.
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Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area Trailhead
3417 Eckhardt Rd
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Over 800 acres and 31 miles of professionally designed trails. Great for hiking, biking or trail running. There are trails for all abilities at Glacial.
Awesome area to explore, with over one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and Antrim Creek. We like to pack dinner and eat on the beach. Usually not crowded.
Antrim Creek Natural Area
9890 Old Dixie Hwy
Awesome area to explore, with over one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and Antrim Creek. We like to pack dinner and eat on the beach. Usually not crowded.
If you have four-wheel drive and like adventure, check out Whisky Creek. The road is a few miles long and dead-ends where Whisky Creek runs into Lake Michigan. The road out is rough and in the early summer will often have dips with a couple of feet of water. We only take our old jeep out here.
Whisky Creek
If you have four-wheel drive and like adventure, check out Whisky Creek. The road is a few miles long and dead-ends where Whisky Creek runs into Lake Michigan. The road out is rough and in the early summer will often have dips with a couple of feet of water. We only take our old jeep out here.
This is our favorite Lake Michigan beach. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of Petoskey stones!
Torch Bay Nature Preserve
12674-12970 Traverse Bay Rd
This is our favorite Lake Michigan beach. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of Petoskey stones!
There is so much to do at Sleeping Bear! It was named as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on Good Morning America. It is a little over an hour from the farm, but well worth the drive.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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There is so much to do at Sleeping Bear! It was named as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on Good Morning America. It is a little over an hour from the farm, but well worth the drive.
Great hiking trails and a beautiful view! Bring some snacks or a picnic lunch. This is the beginning of an 18.5-mile hiking loop through the Jordan Valley Wilderness. The wilderness area is over 10,000 acres of land. There is also a 3-mile loop for a quick hike.
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Deadman's Hill Overlook
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Great hiking trails and a beautiful view! Bring some snacks or a picnic lunch. This is the beginning of an 18.5-mile hiking loop through the Jordan Valley Wilderness. The wilderness area is over 10,000 acres of land. There is also a 3-mile loop for a quick hike.
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.
Torch Lake Township Day Park
12201 Pub Dock Rd
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.
This is a campground, but also a county park. The beach is big and sandy! Public bathrooms are available. There are quite a few stairs down to the beach.
Barnes Park Campground
12298 Barnes Park Rd
This is a campground, but also a county park. The beach is big and sandy! Public bathrooms are available. There are quite a few stairs down to the beach.
From Charlevoix, it is 30 miles and you can get there by plane or boat. If you like a laid-back, quiet place for adventure, Beaver Island is the place to go.
Beaver Island
From Charlevoix, it is 30 miles and you can get there by plane or boat. If you like a laid-back, quiet place for adventure, Beaver Island is the place to go.
Beautiful Lake Michigan park for picnics and swimming. This is also where the two track to Whiskey creek begins. To get to Whiskey creek from here, follow the dirt road north from the park.
Norwood Township Park
736-840 Lake Shore Dr
Beautiful Lake Michigan park for picnics and swimming. This is also where the two track to Whiskey creek begins. To get to Whiskey creek from here, follow the dirt road north from the park.
Ice Cream and Fudge
**Closed for fall and winter** Within walking distance of the farm, they have locally made ice cream and make some really yummy fudge!
Fudgees
2420 Main St
**Closed for fall and winter** Within walking distance of the farm, they have locally made ice cream and make some really yummy fudge!
**Closed after Labor day** If you visit East Jordan, stop at Mary's! Great broasted chicken and lots of good ice cream options.
Marty's Cones and Carry Out
509 Water St
**Closed after Labor day** If you visit East Jordan, stop at Mary's! Great broasted chicken and lots of good ice cream options.
**Closed for fall and winter** A local favorite for ice cream in Charlevoix.
Dairy Grille LLC
1111 Bridge St
**Closed for fall and winter** A local favorite for ice cream in Charlevoix.
Kilwins makes their own fudge, candy and ice cream. Always excellent.
Kilwins
233 Bridge St
Kilwins makes their own fudge, candy and ice cream. Always excellent.
Coffee
All my favorite coffee spots!
Harwood gold has good coffee, but also excellent meat pies and maple syrup in more ways than you could ever imagine. Lots of samples and an awesome ambiance. The maple syrup all comes from their farm right in Charlevoix.
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Harwood Gold Cafe
230 Bridge St
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Harwood gold has good coffee, but also excellent meat pies and maple syrup in more ways than you could ever imagine. Lots of samples and an awesome ambiance. The maple syrup all comes from their farm right in Charlevoix.
Awesome coffee, scones, and food! My favorite sweet coffee at Roast & Toast is the Almond Joy Mocha. They also have roasted coffee beans for sale. **Check the hours before heading over in the evening. They close relatively early
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Roast & Toast
309 East Lake Street
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Awesome coffee, scones, and food! My favorite sweet coffee at Roast & Toast is the Almond Joy Mocha. They also have roasted coffee beans for sale. **Check the hours before heading over in the evening. They close relatively early
This is my favorite coffee place! Coffee, wine, beer, and food. Brew is open late and is our go-to whenever we are in Traverse City.
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Brew
108 East Front Street
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This is my favorite coffee place! Coffee, wine, beer, and food. Brew is open late and is our go-to whenever we are in Traverse City.
Andrea and Ryan have a great little coffee shop (and food market). You can enjoy a specialty coffee or just a good cup of brewed coffee while enjoying the view of their beautiful farm.
Providence Organic Farm & Natural Food Market
5691 M-88
Andrea and Ryan have a great little coffee shop (and food market). You can enjoy a specialty coffee or just a good cup of brewed coffee while enjoying the view of their beautiful farm.
Fruit Orchards
We are close to Lake Michigan and this makes our area great for growing fruit. The farm is just a few minutes away from some great spots to pick fresh fruit or to purchase local, already picked fruit.
The King's are a wonderful family and are really good to their customers. They offer u-pick for tons of different fruit, they have cherry juice concentrate, cider, jam, and already picked fruit.
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King Orchards
4620 Michigan 88
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The King's are a wonderful family and are really good to their customers. They offer u-pick for tons of different fruit, they have cherry juice concentrate, cider, jam, and already picked fruit.
The Shooks family is great too! It is always enjoyable to go to their farm. U-pick cherries, beef and now this generation of Shooks farmers are selling their own wine!
Shooks Farm Co LLC
5833 Shooks Rd
The Shooks family is great too! It is always enjoyable to go to their farm. U-pick cherries, beef and now this generation of Shooks farmers are selling their own wine!
We have been going to Friske's for many years. They have wonderful homemade pastries and doughnuts, fantastic food and of course great fruit. There is a nice gift shop and outside they have a play area for kids and some farm animals to visit. My girl's love to get doughnuts after school and feed the goats!
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Friske's Farm Market
10743 U.S. 31
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We have been going to Friske's for many years. They have wonderful homemade pastries and doughnuts, fantastic food and of course great fruit. There is a nice gift shop and outside they have a play area for kids and some farm animals to visit. My girl's love to get doughnuts after school and feed the goats!
Food scene
Locally brewed beer and awesome food! Kid friendly too. Try the "White Pepper" sandwich and the spinach dip. So yummy!
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Short's Brewing Company Bellaire Pub
121 North Bridge Street
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Locally brewed beer and awesome food! Kid friendly too. Try the "White Pepper" sandwich and the spinach dip. So yummy!
Dinner on the big porch on a nice summer night is so enjoyable! They often have music too. Try the Blue Mussels!
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The Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant
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Dinner on the big porch on a nice summer night is so enjoyable! They often have music too. Try the Blue Mussels!
If you are in Petoskey, this is the place to get pizza! It is take-out only, but there is a beautiful waterfront just a couple blocks away with picnic tables. They also offer a veteran's discount, so if you have served make sure you ask for the discount! **They were just voted as one of the top 25 pizza places for the entire state!
Mighty Fine Pizza
222 E Mitchell St
If you are in Petoskey, this is the place to get pizza! It is take-out only, but there is a beautiful waterfront just a couple blocks away with picnic tables. They also offer a veteran's discount, so if you have served make sure you ask for the discount! **They were just voted as one of the top 25 pizza places for the entire state!
The prime rib on Saturday night is great! They also have smoked meats, ribs, broasted chicken, lots of hot side dishes and cold salads. When we head to Torch or Lake Michigan for an evening picnic, this is our stop for food!
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Eastport Market
5431 U.S. 31
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The prime rib on Saturday night is great! They also have smoked meats, ribs, broasted chicken, lots of hot side dishes and cold salads. When we head to Torch or Lake Michigan for an evening picnic, this is our stop for food!
Awesome food! Lots of local ingredients and unique dishes. We are never disappointed!
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Harvest
127 South Union Street
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Awesome food! Lots of local ingredients and unique dishes. We are never disappointed!
Little Fleet is a gathering of food trucks. Our family enjoys going because everyone can have something totally different. So many good options!
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The Little Fleet
448 East Front Street
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Little Fleet is a gathering of food trucks. Our family enjoys going because everyone can have something totally different. So many good options!
Check out the summer schedule at the Pelican's Nest. The outside BBQ nights are super fun! Their regular menu is great too! We love the burgers here.
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The Pelican's Nest Restaurant
5085 Shanty Creek Road
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Check out the summer schedule at the Pelican's Nest. The outside BBQ nights are super fun! Their regular menu is great too! We love the burgers here.
We like to order pizza or Italian subs at Classic Pizza. You can walk here from the farm and they do have a spot to eat dinner outside.
Classic Pizza
2461 M-88
We like to order pizza or Italian subs at Classic Pizza. You can walk here from the farm and they do have a spot to eat dinner outside.
This beautiful restaurant was originally a church! Everything that I have ordered here has been good. I really like their pizza and french onion soup. They often have music in the evenings too.
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Torch Lake Café
4990 US-31
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This beautiful restaurant was originally a church! Everything that I have ordered here has been good. I really like their pizza and french onion soup. They often have music in the evenings too.
Awesome food! They are only open during the day, on weekdays. I love the Bay View Club and their huge brownies. On a nice day, you can eat outside on the deck overlooking the bay.
Cormack's Deli
2569 Charlevoix Ave
Awesome food! They are only open during the day, on weekdays. I love the Bay View Club and their huge brownies. On a nice day, you can eat outside on the deck overlooking the bay.
Excellent food! This is a family favorite for us. They have some great happy hour specials from 4-6 pm. A nice list of appetizers for just a few dollars each and good drink specials. We enjoy having dinner here, then going down the street to Kilwins. Right next to Kilwins, there is a great waterfront park.
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Red Mesa Grill
117 Water Street
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Excellent food! This is a family favorite for us. They have some great happy hour specials from 4-6 pm. A nice list of appetizers for just a few dollars each and good drink specials. We enjoy having dinner here, then going down the street to Kilwins. Right next to Kilwins, there is a great waterfront park.
This is the area that the food trucks in Petoskey park. I highly recommend Happy's Tacos!
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The Back Lot Beer Garden
425 Michigan St
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This is the area that the food trucks in Petoskey park. I highly recommend Happy's Tacos!
Local Vineyard
Beautiful family owned farm that just stared producing awesome wine!
Cellar 1914
5833 Shooks Rd
Beautiful family owned farm that just stared producing awesome wine!
Food scene
**Seasonal** Alley Mac N' Melts is at 101 Van Pelt, in Charlevoix. It is a really yummy macaroni and cheese food truck. They have an outdoor seating area or you can walk a block to the waterfront to enjoy your food!
101 Van Pelt Pl
101 Van Pelt Place
**Seasonal** Alley Mac N' Melts is at 101 Van Pelt, in Charlevoix. It is a really yummy macaroni and cheese food truck. They have an outdoor seating area or you can walk a block to the waterfront to enjoy your food!