The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Traverse City, Mich.

June 22, 2011
if you go

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to the cherry festival in Traverse City, Mich.? Here’s what you need to know for the weekend of July 1-4:

GETTING THERE

AirTran offers direct flights from BWI Marshall to Grand Rapids, Mich., with fares starting at $327 round trip. Traverse City is about 150 miles north of Grand Rapids.

WHERE TO STAY

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.

800-236-1577


If it can be made out of cherries, you’ll find it at the National Cherry Festival. (ALAMY)

www.grandtraverseresort.com

Large resort hotel with golf, tennis, spa, pool and children’s water playground. Rooms from $294.

Cherry Tree Inn and Suites

2345 U.S. 31 North

800-439-3093

www.cherrytreeinn.com

Luxury waterfront hotel with private balconies. Rooms from $299.

Holiday Inn West Bay

615 E. Front St.

231-947-3700

www.tcwestbay.com

Walking distance from the festival area with views of Grand Traverse Bay. Rooms from $248.

Traverse Victorian Inn

461 Munson Ave.

231-947-5525

www.traversevictorian.com

An affordable option with gas fireplaces in every room but few other frills. Rooms start at $159.

WHERE TO EAT

Grand Traverse Pie Co.

101 N. Park St.

231-933-3972

www.gtpie.com

Dozens of pie varieties, along with salads and sandwiches in a family friendly environment. Prices start at $5.49.

Mackinaw Brewing Company

161 E. Front St.

231-932-4268

www.mackinawbrewing.com

Pub grub and micro brews. Entrees start at $8.

Apache Trout Grill

13671 S. West Bayshore Dr.

231-947-7079

www.apachetroutgrill.com

Try Great Lakes whitefish in a quesadilla, sandwich or crusted with herbs and Parmesan. Entrees start at $11.95.

WHAT TO DO

National Cherry Festival

W. Grandview Parkway and Marina Drive

231-947-4230

www.cherryfestival.org

Runs Saturday to Saturday (July 2-9) and features about 150 mostly free events and activities, including pie-eating and cherry pit-spitting contests and more. Premium seats for the air show on July 2 and July 3 are $12.95 for adults, $9.95 for children. Princess tea with the Cherry Queen on July 4 requires a $10 ticket.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

15500 N. Lighthouse Road, Northport

231-386-7195

www.grandtraverselighthouse.com

19th-century lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Leelanau State Park. Park entry $8 plus $4 for museum; children 6-18 $2; 5 and under free.

INFORMATION

www.cherryfestival.org

www.traversecity.com

B.S.

All flight and lodging info valid as of press time Thursday.

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