Scenes (and Snacks) from a North Michigan Road Trip
One of the best perks of living in Michigan (and one of its better-kept secrets) is the “up-north” experience. Northern Michigan offers some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, with crystal-blue lakes, sunny sand beaches, and untouched forests that go on for miles, as well as some of the most genuinely American small towns in the U.S.
A weekend road trip from Detroit, in a 1962 Buick station wagon, through Traverse City and up the coast of the Leelanau Peninsula, revealed a wealth of small-scale farming, a geographically unique and unassuming food culture, and a near-bucolic lifestyle that is luxurious in its simplicity.
Stop at Frenchies Famous, in Traverse City, for breakfast or lunch (and make sure to order the pastrami, in either omelet or sandwich form). Or see a true farm-to-table-style production of local goat cheeses at Idyll Farms, in Northport. Finally, top your experience off with a tasting at Tandem Ciders, in Suttons Bay. The Cherry Oh! hard cherry cider is as Michigan as it gets.
Photos: Courtesy of Daniel Caudill