Traverse City Attractions: Get Moving on the TART Trail and Eat at Xylo!

Traverse City Attractions: Summer is the time to get outside and be active, soaking up sunshine-filled memories to get you through the winter. Luckily for those of us in Northern Michigan, we have countless opportunities to do just that.

One of the best ways to stretch your legs and enjoy summer is located right in Traverse City: the TART Trail. The TART Trail is 10.5 miles of paved trail running from one end of Traverse City to another. While we would like to say that running 10.5 miles is a walk in the park, we know that its more plausible to run part of the TART Trail. Therefore, we'd recommend running along the Parkway, which offers views of both East and West Bay. Start near the Holiday Inn on East Front, and run (or walk) towards downtown Traverse City. After your outing take a refreshing dip in West Bay and rejuvenate with lunch at Xylo in the Warehouse District.

With their motto "we only cook food we like to eat," Xylo Bistro Cafe is one of those places that you can go into with an expectation of an excellent meal. When you leave your expectations are always handedly blown out of the water. Needless to say we love Xylo. The food is absolutely divine (more than once when we were downstate at school we would torture ourselves on their Facebook page, drooling over tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons, pictures of their dessert case and the latest special.) The Xylo environment is open with lots of local art on the wall, so there is never a dull minute! The wait staff is very friendly, accommodating and pleasant to be around. They are open for lunch and dinner and have daily specials that are delicious (the Tom Gai is a must try!)

To find Xylo head over to the Warehouse District. It is located off of Garland Street right next to Inside Out Gallery in the same building that Right Brain Brewery used to be. With the parking lot pretty full every day because of Cherry Festival, it might be a little jaunt from your car but if you are downtown or at the Open Space walk over and find them!

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