Destination Up North Michigan Country Stores

Headed to the tip of the mitt this year? Make sure to stop in at these destinations outside the city limits to stock up on great eats along the way! Here are our suggestions for pins on your road trip map: 

Upper Peninsula: 

Applecore General Store, Les Cheneaux Islands 

Travel down the M-134 Pure Michigan byway to reach this charming store, housed in a 124-year-old farmhouse. Inside, find locally sourced pure maple syrup, coffee, and Michigan fruit preserves, all falling in line with their goal of showcasing products made in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. You’ll love the handmade items by owner Amy Polk, including Sea Dog Biscuit Company pet treats and Cedar Shore Soaps body care products. Keep up to date by visiting their social media pages

The Details: 

Address: 708 West M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719

Hours: Seasonally open from May – December, 11 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday, and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Open Sundays in July and August from 11 am to 3 pm. In the winter the store is open the entire month of February, spontaneously, and by appointment.  

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Northeast Michigan: 

Big Stone Bay Fishery, Mackinaw City

Traveling to the Mighty Mack? Stop for a fresh catch! Big Stone Bay Fishery is stocked up with fresh, frozen, and smoked Great Lakes fish, as well as a selection of maple products and locally farmed chicken eggs. While open year-round, hours vary by season, so be sure to call ahead. Stay in the loop by following their Facebook page

The details: 

Address: 10975 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI, United States, Michigan

Hours: In the Summer, 8 am – 6 pm 7 days a week. In the Winter, 9 am – 3 pm Monday through Saturday. Call to confirm. 

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Birch Hill Grocery, Presque Isle 

This specialized grocery store is stocked to the brim with local! Expect Austin Brothers craft beer, Food for Thought jams, Presque Isle Farm greens and cider, Dessert Oasis coffee alongside artisan products such as Jacob Idema blacksmithed goods and Firefly Depot stained glass. Beyond that, freshly baked baguettes, sour cream cake, and cowboy cookies add a sweet touch to the menu of hand-stretched Neapolitan pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Get started with your journey on their website

The Details: 

Address: 8121 E. Grand Lake Rd. Presque Isle, MI 49777

Hours: April, Thurs-Sun 10 am – 7pm. May, Wed-Sun 10 am – 7 pm. Memorial Day through Labor Day: 7 days a week, 9 am – 7 pm.

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Northwest Michigan: 

King Orchards, Central Lake

Travel down scenic M-88 to reach King Orchards, a premier U-pick destination and family farm market! Try their authentic cherry pie, washed down with a glass of hard cider, all while relaxing in their picnic area. Expect seasonal U-pick offerings from May through October, but load up on local goodness year-round. Find out more on their website

The details:

Address: 4620 N M-88, Central Lake, Michigan, 49622

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

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Providence Organic Farm Market & Café, Central Lake 

Just down the road on M-88, just a short mile from US 31, is Providence Organic Farm Market. Outside, see strolling herds of belted Galloway cows on 30 acres of farmland with a view of Torch Lake. Inside, experience organic espresso and tea, as well as coolers full of organic produce and meats. Shop local honey, maple syrup, eggs, cheese, gift items, and much more! Be sure to come on Saturdays for authentic Mexican farm-to-table eats, starting at 10 am. Learn more on their website

The Details: 

Address: 5691 N M 88 Central Lake, MI, US 49622

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm

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Danu Hof, Mancelona

Wish you could stay where you shop? Check out Danu Hof, located along US 131 in Mancelona, who offer stays through Harvest Host and Hipcamp on their idyllic farm setting. Or plan to drop by for trip provisions, including pastured pork, chicken, and eggs, as well as seasonal produce from both their farm and other local farmers. Pepper in Michigan eats like pierogi, maple syrup, soap, coffee, and sauces and you have everything you need for the local eater! Find out more on their website.

The Details: 

Address: 3775 Doerr Rd. Mancelona, MI 49659

Hours: Year-round, Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, with hybrid self-checkout and store assistance 

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Lakeview Hill Farm, Traverse City

Between Traverse City and Leelanau county destinations, Lakeview Hill Farm and Market is the perfect place to stock up on local. Beyond their incredible organic produce, the market, situated in an old schoolhouse, also hosts plenty of local finds, such as Stockist coffee, 9 Bean Rows bread and bakery items, Boss Mouse cheese, Gabe’s ice cream, Bubbie’s Bagels, Grocer’s Daughter chocolate and more. Find out more online! 

The Details: 

Address: 8236 E Lakeview Hills Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684

Hours: Summer (mid-May – End of the Year) Monday – Saturday 9 am until 6 pm, Winter (mid-January – mid-May) Monday – Friday 12 pm until 6 pm, Saturday 9 am until 6 pm

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Light of Day Organics, Traverse City

Add a unique shopping experience to your road trip! Just outside the popular tourist destination of Traverse City lies an idyllic farm with something unique inside its hoophouses: certified organic and biodynamically grown tea! Step inside the tea shop for a wide variety of teas and tisanes, with something for everyone. Drive away with the perfect cup for the rest of your drive! Start your trip on their website

The Details:

Address: 3502 E Traverse Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684 

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 am until 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm until 5 pm

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