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Instead of just getting Dad a new box of golf balls, let the fairways at Grand Traverse Resort be the answer to a perfect Father’s Day. Although the course is only a short drive from Traverse City, it feels as though you are miles and miles away. Tee off overlooking Lake Michigan and walk down pristinely green fairways molded to the rolling landscape. Don’t limit the resort ambience to the golf course, instead visit one of the three on-site gourmet restaurants. Putt the last one in on the Bear’s 18th and amble off to The Grille, a more casual spot with innovative sandwiches and appetizers, like the potato chips covered in melted blue cheese and chives.
Specifically for Father’s Day, take part in the Parent and Child Big Hole Event (June 16th) or give the gift of golf with the resort’s “Golf Your Daylights Out” promotion (runs June 14-21). A great deal at only $125 per person, the latter campaign is week-long and offers unlimited golf from dawn to dusk on all three renowned courses.
For the event calendar at Grand Traverse Resort visit their website and for reservations call 231-534-6000.
Sleep in and treat Dad to Sunday brunch at downtown Traverse City’s Amical (231-941-8888). Sit back and relax at a table on the covered patio as you choose dishes from the extensive European-influenced menu. Try the “Spinach & Feta Croissant”, scrambled eggs enveloped in a warm, flaky croissant, or the “amical French Toast”, highlighted by griddled Challah bread and fresh berries. Take enough time to truly relax, people watching the crowds on Front Street and perhaps ordering another mug of fresh-brewed coffee.
Continue feeling as though you have stepped into the French countryside by taking a lazy ride up 22-mile long Old Mission Peninsula. Even though Dad might be doing the driving, you won’t hear him complain as you curve along M-37 (Center Road), passing hillside wineries on your right and Traverse Bay on your left. (Check out more tips for your driving route and ways to make the most out of a day trip on Old Mission Peninsula here). Stretch out the legs when you make it to the peninsula’s tip at Peninsula Township Park. Here you can explore the 19th century Old Mission Lighthouse and wander through the shade of abandoned orchards and forest on the park’s family-friendly network of trails. Let Dad talk about the good old days when candy was just a penny at the Old Mission General Store, with barrels full of old-fashioned treats for the ride home. End the day curving down through the peninsula, taking a purposefully indirect route to avoid having to leave so soon.