Traverse City Restaurants: Food at Soul Hole and Flowers at Sunnybank

Traverse City Attractions and Restaurants: When someone truly loves their job, it is obvious in the attention to detail and the time they devote to the craft. Visiting the gardens of Sunnybank, a restored Victorian home on Traverse City's Sixth Street across from the Grand Traverse Heritage Center, it is clear that Dee Blair is devoted to her "work"- managing the most extensive and exquisite gardens in Northern Michigan. Fifteen years ago Blair opened the garden to the public due to the number of people who were peeking their faces over the wrought iron gates to see inside.  This week, take a stroll through the garden's "rooms," each appointed with gorgeous plants and flowers, sculptures and art. Admission is free, just look for the "Garden Open" sign.

After you've taken a tour of the Sunnybank gardens, walk up Sixth Street and turn right on to Union…or are you turning in to the French Quarter? Have lunch at the tiny but amazing Soul Hole, which is serving up "eclectic southern cuisine and down home contemporary cooking." If you're skeptical about finding authentic Southern food this far Up North, don't be– patrons are crowing the praises of their catfish tacos, chicken and waffles, sweet tea, and beignets.

Call 231.929.7238 or visit NOTE: We're sorry (because it was delicious) to report that The Soul Hole is no longer open.

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