Sweeten your spring bike ride or hike on a Traverse City trail with a few delicious local treats. From Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 30, enjoy these Northern Michigan trails that include MyNorth Sweet Tooth Tour stops along the way. If you haven’t heard about the Sweet Tooth Tour yet, watch this video, and view all of the Sweet Spots here.
Tart Trail, Suttons Bay
Potential Sweet Stops: Martha’s Leelanau Table and 9 Bean Rows Bakery
You can start anywhere along the Tart Trail, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly route, start your ride on Revold Road, just off of M-22, west of Black Star Farms. From here, the trail is a gentle grade, mostly downhill, into Suttons Bay. Turn left at the trail head and take First Street to St. Mary’s to travel the back streets for lighter traffic. Turn right on Adams Street toward M-22 (also called St. Joseph’s Street) and Martha’s Leelanau Table will be half a block down on the left. The route is about 3 miles.
After your Sweet Tooth Tour treat at Martha’s, cross M-22 and pick up the trail again at Grove Street. Go through the blinking light at Hwy. 204 (Race Street). Head along Hwy. 204 for about 2 miles to reach 9 Bean Rows Bakery.
Grand Traverse Commons Trails, Traverse City
Potential Sweet Stop: Tastes of Black Star Farms Commons
Behind the Grand Traverse Commons is a network of trails with of a mix of forested hills and valleys and a pretty stream. There are several routes you can take, depending on how far you want to walk or bike. If you’re on foot and want a shorter route, try doing this 1-mile loop. Start on Gray Drive, which is located off of Cottageview Drive. The trailhead is located at the bend in the road.
If you’re pedaling, take the outer loop, which is about 2.3 miles. Start on Gray Drive.
Traverse Area Recreational Trail, Traverse City
Potential Sweet Stops: The Franklin, Sweet Tartlette, Sugarkissed, Poppycock’s, Morsels, Little Bohemia, Kilwin’s
Walk or ride this 1.3-mile section of the Traverse Area Recreational Trail. Start at the Traverse Area District Library and head north toward the Grand Traverse Bay. Take the pedestrian tunnel across Grandview Parkway and enjoy views of the water as you head west toward the heart of downtown Traverse City. Turn left onto Cass Street for views of the Boardman River. Turn right onto Park Street. Depending on which Sweet Spots you’re heading to you’ll either go right (The Franklin, Poppycock’s, Kilwin’s, Little Bohemia, Sugarkissed) or left (Sweet Tartlette, Morsels) on Front Street.
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