3 places we love in: Traverse City

Welcome to the Cherry Capital, Traverse City, Mich.

Welcome to the Cherry Capital, Traverse City, Mich.

Traverse City has long been a destination for pretty much anyone who goes “Up North” in Michigan during the summertime. It’s no different for us, especially now that we have The Frankfort House.

While we’ve only been able to visit downtown T.C. once since buying the house last spring, we’ve already found three places we love in the Cherry Captial.

Some sweet coasters we scored at My Secret Stash for The Frankfort House.

Some sweet coasters we scored at My Secret Stash for The Frankfort House.

My Secret Stash: Looking for coasters of retro Detroit signs like Vernor’s, Buddy’s Pizza or manhole covers? Then look no further. My Secret Stash showcases the best of local artists, many of which stick to a Michigan or Detroit theme. Caitlyn and I even nabbed two watercolor prints, one of the state of Michigan and another of Lake Michigan. I mean, when a place sells sassy T-shirts and cans of Faygo, how can you go wrong?  Located off Cass Street, just south of Front Street near the Omelette Shoppe.

One can never have enough artwork of Michigan ...

One can never have enough artwork of Michigan …

Nest of Grand Traverse: Need to deck out the cottage with some classy decor? Nest should be high on your list. A mix of furniture, wall art, lamps and anything in-between, most everything in Nest is trendy and pretty. We’re poor since we just bought a second house, so all we could afford was a $30 sign about how “Life is better at the beach,” but we think it was a worthwhile purchase and will gladly go back when we’re flush with cash (in about 20-30 years).

Nutritious and delciious! The "Eurail" at the Filling Station.

Nutritious and delciious! The “Eurail” at the Filling Station.

The Filling Station: All that shopping makes a man and wife hungry. While known for its selection of local beers, Caitlyn and I went for the veg fare at The Filling Station, as neither of us drinks beer. This place has, perhaps, the second best restaurant name I’ve ever encountered, after “The Feed Bag” in rural metro Detroit. Located along a defunct set of railroad tracks, you can sit in or outside without fear of your food vibrating off your table from a high-speed locomotive.

Fill 'er up!

Fill ‘er up!

We opted for what amounted to a Greek salad (the “Eurail”) and the Three Rivers Pizza, which comes with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and marina. Warning: Their salads are ample in size and one plus a pizza is more than enough to feed two people.

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