TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Nothing says summer chill in Traverse City more than relaxing outdoors — and bonus points if you can find a spot by the water. The team behind the newly refurbished Delamar Traverse City Hotel love its location along Grand Traverse Bay this time of year, and recently hosted a garden party to celebrate the kick off of the terrace summer season.
It reminded us that there are so many great outdoor spots to set up shop and enjoy a meal, snack or just an adult drink in Traverse City or along the nearby peninsulas of Old Mission and Leelanau. This is the Traverse Wine Coast, after all, and nearly all of the tasting rooms have outdoor space with spectacular views of the East or West Bay, or rolling vineyards. Ditto for many of our favorite craft beer spots. You can really stretch out in destination beer gardens like Hop Lot on the edge of Suttons Bay, or dial in the holiday mood by eating or drinking while sailing the bay aboard the Tall Ship Manitou , the Nauti-Cat or the Wind Dancer .
Our take: When you have the time, be sure to eat with a view. It’s a whole different perspective.
Dorin Constantin, manager of Delamar’s Artisan restaurant, knows what people are craving this season. Artisan’s menu and plate presentations capture the attention of locals and vacationers alike, and the culinary team even provides boxed meals for guests aboard some of the bay’s boat tours.
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“It’s hard to describe in a few words the feeling of being in Artisan,” Constantin said. “From the moment you walk through the glass doors: the flowers, the art, the pewter bar in the Tavern, the fireplaces, the immaculate white tablecloths in the dining room. Then take a stroll outside to see the pergola, chic outdoor lounge, beautiful outdoor bar, garden, lights, live music. Did I say the water views? …these are the best in Northern Michigan.
When it comes to finding a place in the Traverse City area to dine al fresco, our friends at Traverse City Tourism have a list ready to go for your next visit.
“Whether you’re looking for your morning cup of coffee, your midday fuel or a long sit-down dinner, there are plenty of options for sitting outside for your meals,” tourism staff said. “Find a terrace downtown or in one of the nearby port towns. Enjoy a meal overlooking the waterfront or pack your food for a picnic. In addition, many wine tastings, spirits tastings or beer tours of the region are now offered outdoors.
Here is TC Tourisme’s list of outdoor dining spots not to be missed:
- Aroma coffee and tea
- Artisan waterfront restaurant and tavern in Delamar Traverse City
- Blue tractor barbecue
- Bradley’s Pub & Grille at Interlochen Golf Course
- Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties
- Pancakes & Co.
- cuppa joe
- The Coffee Dish
- The good bowl
- Good Harbor Cafe and Bakery
- Grand Traverse Pie Company
- Green house cafe
- The Grille at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
- Superior ground coffee
- Horizon Books
- J&S Hamburg
- Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant, Brewery & Distillery
- The little fleet
- At Mom Lu’s
- Espresso Pieces + Eatables
- North Peak Brewery
- Oaky’s Tavern
- Great Oakwood Burgers
- Pizza Pangea
- Radical street food
- Randy’s dinner
- Red Mesa Grill
- Robby’s Mexican and Spanish Cuisine
- S2S Sugar 2 Salt
- Slabtown Cafe and Burgers
- Sleder’s Family Tavern
- The town square
- Third Coast Bakery
- Thirsty Fish Sports Grid
- West End Tavern
- Mundos Torrefaction & Co.
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