Enjoy a day skiing or tubing down the slopes at Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek, or one of the area's other 4 ski resorts, then curl up by the fire with a nice cup of cocoa. Head over to Traverse City for the day and enjoy the downtown charm or waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge! Sleeping Bear Dunes makes an amazing day trip with only an hour's drive.
State Parks abound in the area with miles of shoreline and trails for bicycling, hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of Northern Michigan. Explore the local wineries and breweries or dine at one of the many restaurants nearby. Cruise the 14 lakes or interconnected rivers for fishing, boating and beaches. Hunt for Petoskey stones, or spend your days touring vineyards and lighthouses.
Shop downtown, eat at one of the many restaurants, visit the beach, or book a wine tour up one of the peninsulas. Traverse City is only a 35 minute drive from Beaver Tail Lodge and has so much to explore.
Elk Rapids is a picturesque village on the shore of Lake Michigan only 15 minutes away from the lodge. There is a beautiful sandy beach with playground next to the marina to spend an afternoon along with unique shops and restaurants.
Our favorite spot for high end Italian American cuisine. Only a five minute drive from Beaver Tail Lodge!
From blackened gator to po-boy sandwiches, Pearl's will tantalize the tastebuds of foodies from far and wide!
You will find what you're craving with pizza, burgers and some creative twists on classic dishes.
If you're looking to feed a crowd, the catering menu here is stellar. Only a 15 minute drive to Kalkaska.
Their large menu of classic pub food favorites and craft beer and wine is sure to please!
Enjoy this iconic northern Michigan comfort food in Traverse City. Order in bulk and eat for days!
Experience the superior wines and the beautiful landscape at the first Certified Sustainable vineyard in the Midwest.
Enjoy sipping hand crafted wine and charcuterie right on the shore of Torch Lake with spectacular views.
Home grown fruit and freshly pressed ciders make this family run vineyard a must visit!
A scenic winery located in Bellaire with views of Torch Lake and Lake Bellaire
A family owned winery with 1100 acres to tour and 100 years of history
A boutique beer brewing company that is quickly becoming one of Michigan's largest breweries
A family orchard with bakery, farm market and u-pick berries, cherries, and other orchard fruits
A 56,000-square-foot casino floor with sports betting and multiple dining options
A tropical garden with hundreds of butterflies and community education
Adventure golf, go carts, bumper boats, ropes course and game room
An indoor waterpark with multiple slides, pools, rides and attractions
One hour escape room team challenges
See Traverse City and Lake Michigan from above with a variety of tour options
Soar above the Grand Traverse Bay in a hot air balloon
Tour gardens, museums, Michigan's largest outdoor model railroad and learn about the 100 years of history at this top Michigan destination
Drive along the picturesque castline of the Grand Traverse Bay while sipping wine at every stop
Full or half day guided fishing tours on Torch lake and Elk Lake with equipment provided
A privately charted boat for groups to create custom tours and experience the Antrim chain of lakes
Experience the 3rd most beautiful lake in the world and spend a day sunbathing on it's famous 2 mile long sandbar
Named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America
765 acre natural area with 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, hunting and wildlife viewing including 12 distinct habitat types
A 25 acre a year-round sanctuary of environmental preservation, recreation and education offering guided tours
1492 acre nature preserve with seven miles of well-maintained trails including 1.5 miles of boardwalk floating above northern fen and cedar wetlands
A beautiful playground with sport courts to give the kiddos a fun place to explore
5,500 acre resort with 4 golf courses, biking and hiking trails, boating, skiing and snow sports on 2 mountains, and multiple dining options
A luxury resort with world class golf, dining, spa, and entertainment
Hiking and biking trails, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and a zipline
A 72-hole golf resort nestled on the shores of Torch Lake and Lake Michigan
Windsurf, Kayak, Sail, or Paddleboard on beautiful Torch Lake
A full service scuba diving center in Traverse City, Michigan offering scuba certification, training, equipment, fills and guided dives
150 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants with charming brick sidewalks and 19th-century Victorian storefronts
The flagship store for this iconic Michigan company offering over 200 cherry products
A unique store featuring the work of candle artisans who can be observed creating their works of art
A world-renowned spice and kitchen store that draws hundreds of customers every day to buy their custom spice blends and kitchen gadgets
3000sf of vintage items and antiques for sale
A historic five and dime store and popular tourist destination
Paint your own pottery at this studio located in beautiful downtown Traverse City
Art gallery, interactive kids’ exhibits, lectures & a gift shop at a performing arts center.
An outdoor sculpture park in the county-owned, waterfront Elk Rapids Day Park which also offers events, workshops and kid's camps
A fine art gallery and shop featuring original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, pottery, metal and wood pieces from local artists
Non resident library cards are available to those outside the district.
a gallery featuring over 3400 fine artists and craftsmen including pottery, jewelry, original paintings, wood, glass and mixed mediums