I enjoyed one night free of meetings on my recent trip to Traverse City, Michigan. When I learned that Traverse City is one of the foodie havens of the Midwest, I decided to search for the best treats that Michigan has to offer.
I got an early introduction to Michigan's bounty in the "swag bag" I received at the meeting. How cool is the bottle of honey from Michigan State University! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take it home with me, because I couldn't carry liquids in my carry-on bag. So I settled for taking this picture so I could remember it.
My first stop was the famous Grand Traverse Pie Company. These restaurants are all over Michigan, but this is the original.
I ordered a slice of blueberry-cherry crumble pie to go (sorry for the lousy photo under the hotel room lighting) and a sugar cookie with the most amazing icing!
I also didn't want to leave Michigan without some cherries. I stopped at Cherry Republic in downtown Traverse City and bought a few bags of dried cherries, including a bag of white chocolate covered cherries. This bag didn't last long when I brought it home for my husband! (Thankfully, cherries aren't a liquid and I can pack them in my carry-on. LOL!)
I also bought a bottle of cherry root beer for the road. Don't you love the label?
As if I didn't get enough sweets, I couldn't resist stopping at this ice cream shop on Traverse Bay for a scoop of cherry-chocolate ice cream. It was easily the best treat I found in Traverse City. And I loved the lakeside view!
Oh, and one more treat for the road. I heard good things about Pop-Kie's Chicago-style popcorn, so I picked up a bag of dill pickle flavor. Sounds strange, but I loved it!
As you can see, I packed a lot of food-related sightseeing in just a short trip! But it was all the more memorable for it.