Affordable North: Old Baldy and Blue Slipper Bistro

For a fun Northern Michigan outing you can do on the the cheap, take a snowshoe hike on Old Baldy, a forested Lake Michigan dune off M-22, then stop at the bend in the road at Onekama at Blue Slipper Bistro for a winter’s snack. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Michigan wines by the glass and Michigan drafts are $3 and all appetizers are half price at Blue Slipper. The brie fritters are a true gourmet comfort food find. Sweet onions caramelized into a marmalade with red wine, balsamic and brown sugar are the perfect savory-sweet foil to creamy, crunchy, Panko-crusted fritters.

Old Baldy: This snow-shrouded dune is part of the Arcadia Dunes C.S. Mott Nature Preserve, protected and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Old Baldy Trailhead parking lot is on the west side of M-22, 1/2 mile south of Joyfield Rd. (Additional hiking loops through forest and grasslands at the St. Pierre Road Trailhead on the east side of M-22)

Blue Slipper Bistro: 8058 First St. (M-22) Onekama, 231-889-4045 

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