No summer is complete without a girls night or trip to Traverse City – so we did both at the same time! We stayed in a VRBO in Capri Apartments which was a nice central location for everything we wanted to do.
DAY 1 – LEELANAU PENINSULA:
We left early in the morning and arrived around lunch time. We went over to one of my favorite breweries, Hop Lot. They have great food and lots of outdoor seating. Then we drove 7 minutes north and got another outdoor drink at Tandem Ciders.
Depending on how much time you have/how tired you are after lunch…you can either continue north and go to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Or head west to the fishtown of Leland. Or take the Sleeping Bear Dunes/Glen Arbor route. For something closer/more low key, you can walk around Suttons Bay before heading back to Traverse City.
After settling in, we walked a few minutes to Rare Bird Brewery. They had a ton of outdoor seating, beer and a vegetarian options. We then got cocktails next door at The Parlor TC. Again, a huge outdoor patio with lots of drink options.
DAY 2: BEACH + WINE
We started our morning with a really cute/healthy breakfast at Rose and Fern Cafe. They have easy carryout and it was only a few minutes from our place. Then we headed over to Traverse City State Park (don’t forget your Rec Passport) to lounge on the beach. It wasn’t too crowded. Another close option to downtown is Bryant Park.
On our way home, we stopped at The Candle Factory of Grand Traverse. Would definitely recommend! It was so cute and they have every type of candle under the sun. One of us got a HUGE pumpkin candle that was to die for.
We then hopped on a Wine and Beer Tour trolley through Old Mission Peninsula. I would definitely recommend doing an Old Mission tour vs. a Leelanau Peninsula one – the views are hard to beat! It was a 4 hour tour and we went to four wineries. They pick you up at your place and drop you off there after. My top favorite wineries were Bonobo and Bowers.
For this quick trip, we did all of the best things you can do with your girlfriends – tan on the beach, shop and drink lots of wine!
-North Port, Leland or Sleeping Bear
-The Parlour TC
-Rose and Fern
-Traverse City State Park or Bryant Park
-Wine and Beer Tour
Check out a Fall Traverse City itinerary here!