The street-side courtyard dining at this revered Petoskey establishment, housed alongside a historic general store, is a wildly romantic experience—one of the best places around for an intimate date. Fabulous wine list, creative cocktails, elegant fare, live music on weekends. 215 HOWARD ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.2981, LAKEANDHOWARD.COM.
This Boyne City restaurant and pub is all about the locavore movement—so it’s not uncommon for 10 of the 15 rotating taps to be devoted to regional breweries like Founders, Short’s, New Holland and Keweenaw. Enjoy a beer on the patio; stay late to catch live local music and the nightlife scene. 220 LAKE ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.268.4628, THIRSTYGOAT.COM.
Located in Bay Harbor’s marina, this restaurant is refined yet still casual—to be expected from a place where patrons often arrive by boat. Sip a cocktail from the waterfront deck, order from the seasonally inspired menu, and spend the evening yacht-watching. 820 FRONT ST., BAY HARBOR, 231.439.2770, KNOTJUSTABAR.COM.