Sleep Inn & Suites Acme - Traverse City
5520 US 31 North
Acme, MI 49610
Phone: (231) 938-7000
Fax: (231) 938-7001
Located on Cass Road, near the Sara Lee Bakery outlet, is The World's Largest Cherry Pie Pan. The gigantic tin pan is a marker to commemorate the Guinness World Record that the city holds for making the world's largest cherry pie. Chasing the record set by Charlevoix, MI in 1976, the Traverse City Cherry Pie weighed a whopping 28,350 pounds (12,859 kilograms). The pie monument is displayed vertically for the world to see and celebrate Traverse City as the National Cherry Capital of United States.
More than just a shopping center, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is located in a preserved historical area, what used to be the Traverse City State Hospital. There are plenty of dining and shopping options, making for an enjoyable day out.
Located in Traverse City, which is known for its fair share of roadside attractions, is one of strangest attractions in Michigan. The grave site of Colantha the cow, is often sought by tourists and locals alike, who stop by to commemorate the life and achievement of the Champion Cow. Fondly remembered as Colantha Walker who was born and raised in the Northern Michigan Asylum, a self-sufficient mental health facility of the 1800s, she was claimed a champion in 1926. She produced a whopping 2746 gallons (10395 liters) of milk that year, while the average cow in Michigan would produce just about 469 gallons (1777 liters) of milk annually. Traverse City still remembers Colantha who has inspired the annual dairy festival in city called the Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival held every at what used to be the mental asylum's grounds, which is also the final resting place of the legendary cow.
A Suttons Bay Winery and Distillery in Leelanau County, Black Star Farms produces classic varietal wines and fruit brandies. It is also home to Leelanau Cheese Company. Its award-winning traditional European-style cheeses are made in the creamery which is a part of the on-site wine tasting room. Equestrian facilities and an inn are also on the property.
A pile of rocks shaped to resemble a pyramid, the Hugh Gray's Monument lies on the Cairn Highway in Kewadin community of Milton Township. Built in 1938, the Hugh Gray Pyramid is dedicated to Hugh J. Gray former tourism minister of Michigan who has a big hand in elevating the level of tourist activity in the state.
Built in 1870, this historic lighthouse is now a museum of local history and culture, and an interesting feature is its unique location. Situated at exactly the 45th parallel between the North Pole and the Equator, the lighthouse was an important warning system for the ships and boats about the treacherous shoals off the coast into the Grand Traverse Bay. Self guided tours of the lighthouse are available with an admission fee, though the first level entry is free of charge. The lighthouse is located in Lighthouse park and is close to several beautiful hiking and trekking trails. Accommodation in the log cabin is available. Interestingly, the lighthouse has a Keeper Program, where visitors can volunteer to live in the lighthouse and help run it for a period of time. For additional information, visit the website or email.
Truly a sight to behold, the Grand Traverse Bay is one of the bays of Lake Michigan, located in the northern part of the state of Michigan. This bay constitutes other smaller bays, including Northport Bay, Suttons Bay, Omena Bay, Bowers Harbor and Old Mission Bay. This bay brings a bounty of natural resources to the many cities that line its length, especially the several Cherry trees that give Traverse City its moniker of 'Cherry Capital of the World'. The bay area is also known for its wine production, the soil and climate being ideal for grapes. A popular tourist destination as well, the Grand Traverse Bay offers a host of activities for the visitor, including canoeing and cruising on the Lake Michigan.
Robinson's Scenic Gardens, advertises itself as the Concrete Sanctuary. Although mainly a yard decorations retailer, it welcomes well-meaning tourists too. The family owned facility sells over 2000 different garden ornaments ranging from the usual garden gnomes, birdbaths to life-size wildlife creatures and unique Biblical characters. There is in fact, a barricaded section dedicated to Biblical scenes. The place also features a free kiddie area and a picnic spot that is sprinkled with colorful, not-for-sale, fiberglass animals, of which the purple hippo and red rhino are most popular.
Palmer Park is located in the southeast of Mancelona. This village park is a top recreational destination among locals. Its landscape has several picnic and camping spots as well as a baseball field, basketball and tennis court. It also has a playground for children and a multipurpose pavilion that hosts cultural and private events. Their annual Mancelona Bass Festival features live entertainment, carnival, a grand parade and fireworks displays.