Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Fred's
Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
 
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

CHINA ONE:
Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

A&W:
Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

JESPERSON'S:
One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
 
CUPPA JOE:
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Picnic Picks The Top 10 for Charlevoix & the Little Traverse Area

Kristi Kates - June 13th, 2011
With its many open spaces, parks, waterfront destinations, and nature trails, it’s no wonder that “Up North” is thought to be the perfect spot for both al fresco restaurant dining and picnicking. Scott Herceg, executive director of the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, perhaps says it best:
“We’re so fortunate to live here, you can be ‘on vacation’ five minutes away from your house.”
We asked Herceg and several other local experts from north of Traverse City which places they’d choose “Up North” to take a blanket and a picnic basket - and these were their picks. 

BAYFRONT PARK, PETOSKEY
“I love the Bayfront Park,” says Jessica McGeorge, business manager for the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. 
It’s easy to find a terrific picnic spot at Bayfront Park, with its plethora of wide lawns and pavilion; views range from the constant parade of arriving and departing boats, to the local baseball teams, to quiet benches surrounded by trees and shrubs.
“It’s also the trailhead for the Bear River Recreation Area,” McGeorge says.

BEAR RIVER RECREATION AREA, PETOSKEY
Recently remodeled with $2.4 million of improvements, including picnic shelters, restrooms, event areas, stairs and footbridges to the river, and both paved and unpaved trails, McGeorge’s second pick to accompany Bayfront Park has a more rustic feel.  With craggy rocks and sloping riverbanks to add variety to your picnic spot, even getting to your chosen locale for lunch will be more interesting.
  
ZORN PARK, HARBOR SPRINGS
“Zorn Park, down by the cannon, is where I usually end up eating my lunch, especially on the 4th of July,” explains Herceg. 
The park is in a protected cove overlooking Little Traverse Bay and Harbor Point, giving picnickers a view of both the water and some of Harbor Springs’ most extensive waterfront cottages.

AVALANCHE MOUNTAIN PARK, BOYNE CITY
“The top of Avalanche Mountain,” is the immediate answer of Jim Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.  “It’s 320 acres, it used to be a ski hill, and there are stairs right up the front of it, so you can walk up the front or take a more leisurely trail route of about 45 minutes.”
There’s an “absolutely stunning” view from up on top of the hill, Baumann explains, pointing out that an observation deck overlooks the whole of Boyne City, and that on clear days, visitors can even see all the way to Charlevoix.

PETOSKEY STATE PARK, PETOSKEY
“That’s one of my other favorites,” McGeorge says, “the beach is great, you can climb Old Baldy - which is the big sand dune in the park - and it’s a good place to take a walk after you have lunch.”
This is perhaps one of the best-known picnic spots in the region, with its extensive beach area and several dedicated picnic spots. 

ELM POINTE, EAST JORDAN
“I took a vote in our office, and we’re all saying Elm Pointe,” chuckles Mary Faculak, executive director of the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is a beautiful beach for starters, but also a shaded area, and it’s also home to the Elm Pointe Estate house, one of our historic homes.  The Portside Art and Historical Society has their museum there at that same spot. So there are a lot of options.”
   
M-119 IN HARBOR SPRINGS /WILDERNESS STATE PARK
“I like that you can start in Harbor Springs and take that drive up the coast on M-119,” Herceg says. “The drive is actually my favorite part, driving through the tunnel of trees. You go up through Good Hart and Cross Village, you can pick up food along the way, and then it’s just a nice peaceful setting up there around Wilderness State Park. Then you can drive back to Harbor Springs, stopping at Legs Inn along the way, and make a whole day of it.”

WATERFALL/ SUNSET PARK, PETOSKEY
“The waterfall at Bayfront Park is one of our most popular areas,” enthuses Lisa Denoyer, administrative assistant for the City of Petoskey, “the waterfall is right across the street from the bay itself, and is nicely landscaped. A wooden stair tower goes from there all the way up to Sunset Park, which is another popular place.” Denoyer further explains that the view from Sunset Park is one of the biggest draws - showcasing Petoskey’s “Million Dollar Sunsets” - and that the waterfall is the only one in the immediate area.
 
EAST PARK, DOWNTOWN CHARLEVOIX
“East Park is right in downtown Charlevoix, right next to Round Lake. It’s just really nice,” says Amanda Wilkin, director of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. 
Also named one of the top “Great Places in America Public Spaces” by the American Planning Association, East Park offers a bandshell, an interactive water fountain, and a trout pond.


MICHIGAN BEACH, CHARLEVOIX
“Of course it’s beautiful because of where it is,” Wilkins says, “but it also has a pavilion area that is set up with tables, so it’s all ready for picnicking. It’s also the best spot ever to hunt Petoskey stones - I shouldn’t have told you that, because now people are going to steal them all! - so that’s a great thing, as well.”
 
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