An Autumnal Road Trip Through Michigan

Last week, we took a quick jaunt up to Traverse City, Michigan for some autumnal goodness. We were a little early for the full glory of autumn leaves, but did find some fantastic food and drink!
cider mill during an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
cider donuts on an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
cider donut during an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
Philips Cider Mill was a perfect roadside stop on the way up, with fresh apple cider and scrumptious cider doughnuts!
apple grove in traverse city, an autumn road trip through michigan
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
cider tasting at tandem ciders in traverse city michigan
cider tasting at tandem ciders in traverse city michigan
My little sis has lived in Michigan for years, and recommended Tandem Ciders. Though we tried a couple other hard cider spots, it was without a question the best. It’s a short drive outside of Traverse City, with a small bar, and picnic tables outside. Some of their ciders are available in bottles, while others- like the varieties we chose to take home– are growler-only.
traverse city michigan food during an autumn road trip
In addition to their food truck, Harvest has a downtown location where we sampled some street food favorites. I loved the Flash Fried Beets!
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city winery
Vineyard visits could have kept me there for another couple of days, but I settled for a golden hour drive among them.
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
an autumn road trip through michigan to traverse city
Don’t even think about taking a swim this time of the year (in fact, bundle up for the beach), but isn’t it beautiful?
patisserie amie french restaurant in traverse city michigan
patisserie amie french restaurant in traverse city michigan
And last, but possibly the best is Patisserie Amie, the memories of which were half the reason I planned this trip. The little French cafe was just as good as a remembered, and I insisted on breakfast there two days in a row.

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