I'm going to be in Traverse City next weekend (for the 4th) and I'm interested in going to some wineries. Any recommendations? Also any vegan food recommendations? Vineyards with vegan options would be amazing! Also looking for recommendations on stuff to do. Definitely going to Sleeping Bear Dunes and some wineries and maybe cherry picking?
I can't tell you much about Vineyards. I live in TC, though, so here we go...
First off: The best fourth of July fireworks are in Northport. Hands down. If you're looking for fireworks, go there.
As far as food goes, Front Street/the Downtown area of Traverse has some great options. The Dish on Union Street always has a vegan soup, boasts a very vegan friendly menu, and makes awesome non-dairy smoothies. Poppycocks (which has always been a good option) revamped their menu last time I went in, and now it's AMAZING. Try the Tofu Lettuce Wraps. Seriously. Also, Red Ginger for sushi/Asian fusion is a good bet. There's a place further up East Front that makes great Mexican and has an easy to veganize menu called Red Mesa Grill. Finally: Check out the organic co-op, Oryana. There's a little cafe in there with good options, and it's a great place to pick up breakfast stuff or snacks or whatever.
Stuff to do: I LOVE Leland, maybe because it reminds me of my childhood, I don't know. Fishtown is super cute, there's quaint shopping, and one of my favorite beaches. Stop into the Cheese Shop for the best sandwich you'll ever eat (just try order something, have them leave off the cheese, and ignore the bizarre looks you're getting for ordering a cheeseless sandwich in a cheese shop). The Dam Candy Store next door makes very happy Rock Candy that will make you feel 8 in the best way. Then take your haul and hit Van's Beach. Happiness, I promise.
Also- Glen Arbor is a lot of fun. It's a long, but beautiful, drive. There's a cute little organic farmstand along the way, and lots of good hiking in the area. Plus, the Cherry
Republic complex once you hit Glen Arbor is the best.
This got a little long... hope it's helpful. Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have. Also (last thing I promise): You're coming during Cherry Festival, so leave yourself plenty of time to deal with traffic/park, especially when in downtown TC. Speaking of Cherry Festival: Something to do, perhaps?