Harbor Springs Travel Guide

  • No. 18 Green has great views!
    No. 18 Green has great views!
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  • Little Traverse Bay GC with view of Bay
    Little Traverse Bay GC with view of Bay
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  • No. 1 Little Traverse Bay
    No. 1 Little Traverse Bay
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Harbor Springs Things to Do

  • Great Golf - Little Traverse Bay Golf...

    This is a terrific golf course and must play ifi in Northern Michigan area. Much better than the Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands. Little Traverse Bay Golf Course has a lot of elevation changes, excellent condition, spectacular views of Little Traverse Bay. We had dinner in the restaurant which was also excellent and has an awesome view, too....

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  • Boyne Arthur Hills Course

    My husband and I played this course while in Michigan. The course was really great to play with a lot of elevation change, some massive bunkers and demanding greens. With Boyne having eight courses, golfers will really enjoy the options to golf at BOYNE. They also have a variety of accommodations that would be great for couples, groups and...

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  • A True Northen Michigan Course - True...

    True North Golf Club is currently allowing public play. It is excellent. Avid golfers will love this Engh designed golf course. The course will be private in the future so now is a good time to get to play it.The course is fantastic and we are so glad we got to play it. Don't know if it is private or not yet, but highly recommend for a great day of...

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Harbor Springs Restaurants

  • The Best Hot Fudge Sundae!

    Any visit to Michigan requires a stop at one of the Kilwin's ice cream shops. We initially found Kilwin's in Traverse City but now know they are a pretty national chain. With Michigan being their home, we make it a point to pick on one of the cities in the Traverse Bay area to treat ourselves to their "Hot Fudge Sundae!" It is consistently...

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  • Consistently Good Food & Good Location

    We elected to sit inside and were extremely impressed with the service and food for lunch. The inside restaurant is more upscale with tablecoths. The Perch Sandwich and Whitefish Sandwich were both terrific! Good portions. Staff was very concientious. Easy to recommend to any visitor to Harbor Springs. They have three dining options outside, inside...

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  • Award winnning cookies!

    This is a special little shop tucked back from the street at the end of a wandering little path, in a tiny house shaped building. It is barely large enough to accomodate the counter where the sales are rung up...and yet the smells and the tastes that come out of this place are fabulous. They bake all kinds of cookies...just cookies. They are all...

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Harbor Springs Nightlife

  • by legoloonies Written Jan 2, 2005

    nightlife in little old harbor springs? I don't think so! I guess the bar is open until around 2... and the ice cream joint where I work [kilwins] is open until 11, but most everything closes by dark

    Dress Code: The whole town: pink and bright green. Don't ask me why, its just what they wear

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Harbor Springs Shopping

  • Farm fresh produce!

    You should totally check out this place if you're into farm fresh produce with a touch of the personal. The store front is located on the farm just a little ways outside of Harbor Springs. The drive there is pleasant anyhow. They sell excellent fresh fruits and veggies, I love their glass bottles of milk, and they also have cheeses, fresh eggs and...

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  • Snappy family-run clothing boutique

    Freindly owner and family staff. Quality apparel at reasonable prices. Betty (and her daughters in season) have had this gem on Main for 30 years. No glitz, just good stuff and friendly help. As much or little as you want.

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  • Fudge

    Go into Kilwin's Chocolates. They serve up a super great ice cream cone and they also have killer fudge. They give free samples. If you walk in, you'll be offered one. It's also fun to stand and watch them make the fudge on the marble tables by the windows. I used to work here. Oh...they have great lemonade too! Made fresh by the cup. fudgewaffle...

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Harbor Springs Local Customs

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    by Carliegirl Written Apr 21, 2003

    None of the locals ever buy fudge except to send away to people who live other places. It is taboo for any local to be caught with the stuff. The name for a tourist in this town is "Fudgie." So like it or not you'll be called by that name. Probly not to your face but you'll be called it none the less. Realize that locals really dislike demanding and pushy people. This is an easy going, hardworking town that gets too many visitors who feel they own the place. Don't be rude to locals. It won't get you far. You may also see the occasional "If its tourist season, why can't we shoot 'em?" bumper sticker. Don't take it personally. Its all meant in good humor.

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Harbor Springs What to Pack

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    by Carliegirl Written Apr 21, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: rain jacket (it's Michigan you never know)
    sweatshirt
    long pants (for evening)

    Photo Equipment: camera (KEY!)
    lots of film

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito repellant
    Anti-itch cream (bugs and poison ivy)
    towels
    bathing suits
    water shoes

    Miscellaneous: batteries

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    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Women's Travel

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Harbor Springs Off The Beaten Path

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    by Carliegirl Written Apr 21, 2003

    The sunset is beautiful on Lake Michigan. Drive up the hill from "downtown" and turn right. Park anywhere along this road at the end of the day and you can watch a beautiful sunset with a view of the harbor and the town's lights below you. Bring a camera.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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