On a bluff above the Big Lake, Stanley Smolak created this fieldstone, timber and driftwood landmark more than 75 years ago. Polish and American specialties, braided- tree-stump seats. Garden dining, entertainment. LD • BAR • $$ 6425 LAKE SHORE DR. (M-119), CROSS VILLAGE, 526-2281.
Chef Bob Stark’s art-filled restaurant on the perimeter of the Gaslight District is the epitome of fine dining: elegant, intimate, slow and smooth, with a view of the bay and a fusion of regional American, French, Asian and Mediterranean. D • BAR • $$$ 321 BAY ST., PETOSKEY, 348-3321.
Stafford’s Bay View Inn
Gracious 1886 inn with big veranda, glorious gardens and bay view, American fare. Sun. brunch. BLD • SF • $$-$$$ 2011 WOODLAND, PETOSKEY, 347-2771.
Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Circa-1899 hotel with wraparound front porch and killer views of Little Traverse Bay. LD • BAR • $$–$$$ CORNER OF BAY & LEWIS, PETOSKEY, 347-2516.
Fresh seafood, a summer raw bar, wood-fired pizzas, theater-style kitchen and an amazing bay view. LD • BAR • SF • $$-$$$ 215 E. LAKE ST., PETOSKEY, 348-7092.
Steak house in a casual environment. BLD • $$ 27 BAY HARBOR GOLF CLUB, BAY HARBOR, 439-4085
A sleek modern lounge with huge view and small plates like wood-fired pizza with housemade chorizo, homemade meatballs, caterpillar sushi rolls. Dinner is seared diver scallops with sweet corn risotto or barbecue braised short ribs. LD • BAR • $-$$ 795 FRONT ST., BAY HARBOR, 439-2282.
Knot, Just a Bar
Contemporary sports and oyster bar perched on the Bay Harbor marina. LD • BAR • $-$$ 840 FRONT ST., BAY HARBOR, 439-2770
The Inn at Bay Harbor Sagamore’s Dining Room
Nouveau Victorian inn with glorious Lake Michigan views and sophisticated gourmet fare. Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Live music on weekends. South American Grille and Wine Bar—Enjoy casual fare, a game of chess or a cocktail in this intimate leather-and-mahogany lounge. Live music on weekends. BLD • BAR • $$-$$$ THE INN AT BAY HARBOR, 3600 VILLAGE HARBOR DR., BAY HARBOR, 439-4000
Pull up by boat or car and enjoy custom ground burgers, beer, and summertime sunsets on Torch Lake. LD • BAR • $-$$ 6340 OLD TORCH LAKE DR., BELLAIRE, 377-7777.
Shanty Creek Resort
Lakeview—Regional cuisine, view of Lake Bellaire. BLD Arnie’s at the Summit—BL (spring–fall) Ivan’s Mountainside Grill—Schuss Village. Pub food. BLD Weiskopf’s Grill—in the Lodge at Cedar River. BLD La Vigna Italian Bistro—Rustic Italian, steaks, fish and veal in a sophisticated setting that overlooks the golf course. D • BAR • $$ 1 SHANTY CREEK RD. (M-88), BELLAIRE, 800-678-4111.
Walloon Lake Inn
Chef David Beier’s exceptional culinary skills play out in a century-old pine-paneled lakeside lodge. Find inspirational cuisine from France, Asia and the Mediterranean. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 4178 WEST ST., WALLOON LAKE VILLAGE, 535-2999.
Murray’s Bar & Grill
Sports bar with crab cakes, pierogies, bacon-stuffed burgers and a deck overlooking Lake Charlevoix. LD • BAR • $-$$ 115 MAIN ST., EAST JORDAN, 536-3395.