From Instagram-worthy sweet treats in the Upper Peninsula to watching winter surfing in Frankfort, here are the adventures, restaurants and must-reads our MyNorth Media & Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine Editors are obsessed with this month.

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Carly Simpson’s November Picks

Clinch Park Sunrises and Sunsets in Traverse City

Parking spots are hard to come by here in summer, but in November, Clinch Park feels like your own private beach. Sunrises are around 7:30 a.m. this month and sunset hits about 5:20 p.m.; swing by on your way to or from work for an instant dose of happiness. 

Photo by Carly Simpson

Photo by Carly Simpson

Hike Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve

Arcadia Marsh is one of only about 15 remaining coastal marshes along Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula shoreline. And it’s gorgeous. From the M-22 trailhead, walk .75 miles (each way) and watch for a sweet family of swans. Friendly heads up, it is hunting season so wear bright colors and stay on the boardwalk. (Hunting is allowed on the property, but not from the boardwalk.)

Photo by Carly Simpson

Photo by Carly Simpson

Allison Jarrell’s November Picks

Rove Estate’s Harvest Cider

This warm mulled cherry cider, with or without a red wine topper, is perfect for cozying up outside on chilly November days. Choose a seat next to a heat lamp, grab a blanket and take in the stunning sunset views from this hilltop vineyard. Bonus: Rove’s mulled cider recipe is posted on their website, making it an easy addition at your next holiday gathering.

Photo by Allison Jarrell

Goodies from Babycakes

Babycakes Muffin Company in Marquette is your go-to stop in the U.P. for an array of gorgeous goodies. Try a lemon tart or a chocolate petite for a moment of indulgence. Or if you’re feeling savory, choose from breakfast burritos, paninis and quiche.

Photo by Allison Jarrell

Photo by Allison Jarrell

Cara McDonald’s November Picks

Not Your Momma’s Sloppy Joe at Taproot

You’ve got to head to Taproot Cider House in Traverse City for the apple cider–braised chicken sandwich with melty provolone. It’s essentially a delicious chicken sloppy joe that you’ve got to try this month.

More than Coffee at Steph’s

While you typically go to a coffee shop for coffee, you’ve got to head to Grayling to enjoy the smoothies at Coffee By Steph. Everything on the menu is delicious and if you’re looking for an extra insider tip, don’t forget to stop by the nearby art galleries!

Emily Tyra’s November Picks

Cozy Up with a Great Read: A Wish for Winter

Viola Shipman—pen name of USA TODAY bestselling author Wade Rouse—has an irresistibly funny and heartfelt new book, A Wish for Winter, out November 15. And get this: It’s set in Petoskey with cozy cameos of local landmarks (like the town’s own McLean & Eakin Booksellers). It begins with a small-town meet-cute: Protagonist Susan connects with a mystery man (dressed as Santa, as one does) at a holiday fun run, but she doesn’t catch his name… Find the book at local bookstores, pour yourself a cocoa and settle in for what love may come. PS McLean & Eakin welcomes the author to town November 15 at Crooked Tree Arts Theater. —Emily Tyra

Photo by Viola Shipman

Rachel Soulliere’s November Picks

Frankfort for Lunch & Winter Surfing

Adventure out to Frankfort for a lunch stop at Stormcloud Brewing Company where you can enjoy a seasonal beer and menu featuring everything from the hot pretzels appetizer (make sure to order the beer queso!) to inventive and delicious pizzas. After lunch, take a short walk to the end of the street where you’ll find the public beach and winter surfers all around (stay off the pier—big waves are dangerous!). No waves to be found? then it might just be safe enough to take a stroll on the pier or simply just enjoy the views from the beach.

Winter Surfing in Northern Michigan

Photo by Grant Piering

Gold Baby Biscuits Pop-Ups & Pre-Orders

Over the past month or so, Gold Baby Biscuits has been popping up at Raduno where you can grab breakfast sandwiches featuring their incredible, pillowy biscuits. Right now, they’re currently taking Thanksgiving pre-orders and announcing even more seasonal pop-ups. Follow them on Instagram for all the details- it’s so deliciously worth it!

Lissa Edwards’ November Picks

Pizza at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor

When the leaves start falling, Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor puts their fabulous pizza on the menu again. Traditional crust or cauliflower? Either is a worthy palette for the Bacon & Blue Fig Jam Pizza (among other toppings!). Pair your pie with Trivia on Sundays from 5–7 p.m. and make it a date.

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Photo by Cherry Republic

Photo(s) by Allison Jarrell