Episode 105: "Shut your Pie Hole"

Traverse City: Where High Class Spirits Meet a Small-Town Vibe

Host Tom Daldin ventures to beautiful Traverse City, located at the base of Traverse Bay in northeastern lower Michigan. It’s a city that boasts a great downtown area that is filled with wonderful restaurants and is known for its exceptional spirits—specifically, vodka.

It’s a little known fact that Traverse City produces the top 6 best vodkas in the world. To investigate, Tom visits the Grand Traverse Distillery, which produces these high-class spirits. One visit is all it takes to see why it has been the proud winner of numerous blind-tasting events and how it has developed into a local institution, simultaneously elevating the status of Michigan products the world-over.

Traverse City is also home to an already iconic Michigan product: the cherry. The National Cherry Festival, now in its 84th year, attracts million of visitors, and has helped Traverse City earn its title as the cherry capital of the world.

Port Austin: A Town for Families, Kayak Adventurers, and Food and Art Lovers

Located in the tip of Michigan’s thumb is Port Austin, a town that greets families with a happy and relaxed atmosphere, sandy beaches, picturesque piers, beautiful bed and breakfasts, and a wonderful downtown filled with shops all within walking distance.

Families that want to get a taste of the quaint, cozy side of Port Austin can stay at ‘The Little Yellow Cottages,’ whose location in the heart of town leaves visitors with only a short walk to the parks, pier, and shops.

Art lovers can enjoy the creations of Dave Thuemmel, a dairy farmer turned Port Austin’s premier woodturner. A life-long resident, Dave has perfected his technique of handcrafting greenwood into usable, unique art. One look at his finely and painstakingly made creations shows how the simplest materials can be used to bring out greenwood’s natural beauty.

Grand Traverse Distillery
Great vodka is about passion and dedication to quality at every step in the process. Meet a Michigan man who knew that the resources to make a great, award winning vodka were all around our great state!


Website 
231.947.8635
781 Industrial Cir Traverse City, MI 49686

Cherry Festival
Traverse City's Cherry Festival celebrates all things Cherry. Sure, you have your Cherry Pie, of course, but BBQ Sauce, Health Juice and even a competitive, but still friendly pie eating contest.

Website 
231.947.4230
250 E. Front St. (Suite 301) Traverse City, MI 49684

Port Austin Kayak
Best way to get up close and personal with the amazing rock formations located just off the shore a short 30 minute trip by Kayak.

Website 
989.550.6651
95 W. Spring St. Port Austin, MI 48467

Wood Turner Dave Thuemmel
Art lovers can enjoy the creations of Dave Thuemmel, a dairy farmer turned Port Austin’s premier wood turner. A life-long resident, Dave has perfected his technique of handcrafting greenwood into usable, unique art. One look at his finely and painstakingly made creations shows how the simplest materials can be used to bring out wood’s natural beauty.


Website
989.738.8772
2090 Grindstone Rd Port Austin, MI 48467

Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Everything that's great about a quaint European village is embodied in the Villages at Grand Traverse Commons. From walkable shops, affordable housing and shopping all from what used to be a mental asylum. Crazy Cool.

Website 
231.941.1900
1200 W. 11th St. Traverse City, MI 49684

Little Yellow Cottages
Families that want to get a taste of the quaint, cozy side of Port Austin can stay at ‘The Little Yellow Cottages,’ whose location in the heart of town leaves visitors with only a short walk to the parks, pier, and shops.

Website 
248.760.7696
114 Union St. Port Austin, MI 48467

Joe's Pizzeria American
A guy named Sal owns a pizzeria named Joe's.



 
989.738.8711
8725 Lake St. Port Austin, MI 48467