Traverse City Restaurant: Northern Michigan and its highly acclaimed Traverse City restaurant scene continues to impress visitors who want to share their experiences nationally. After a recent Northern Michigan vacation and dining experience at the Traverse City restaurant Trattoria Stella, NY Times writer Steve Reddicliffe shared his newfound fondness for what so many people know is a unique and spectacular part of the country.

Here's what Reddicliffe had to say…

"What you often want on a vacation is a sense of discovery. It can be as challenging as a Class IV rapid on the middle fork of the Salmon River, or as simple as a glass of wine in a welcoming bar where both the music and the lights are low.

This was not a rapids vacation (pencil that in for…). This was the other one, in Traverse City, Mich., where, post-Labor Day, the tourists have largely retreated (in a unanimous opinion, it was a busy, busy summer). The weather in Northern Michigan is considerably cooler this time of year, and everyone is pretty chilled out.

Perfect encapsulation of that mood: the bar at Trattoria Stella, a well-regarded Italian restaurant in town…"

Click here to read the rest of Reddicliffe's article, "Chilling Out in Northern Michigan."

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