Attractions in Elk Rapids & Beyond

Northern Michigan is an absolutely stunning gem tucked in the Northern United States, with rivers, crystal-clear lakes, dunes, beach towns, and more just waiting to be discovered. Dive into the map we created below highlighting some of our favorite places to eat and explore.

Of course you can always ask for recommendations from our enthusiastic staff, who are “living the dream” in Elk Rapids all summer long. They might even want to join you on some of your excursions around town!

Restaurants & Bars

Our selection of both visitors’ and locals’ favorite restaurants, breweries, and bars in the area.

Pearls’ New Orleans Kitchen

Just down the road from the Lodge, grab one of our Cruiser bikes and take a 5 minute bikeride to one of the most beloved restaurants in the Traverse City area. Expect excellent seafood, Cajun fare, and their special Moonshine drinks.

Short’s Brewing Company Production Facility

Our friends at Short’s Brewery produce some of the best craft beer in Michigan, and their production facility is just down the road from the Lodge! Enjoy some Northern Michigan specialty beers and food truck food in their outdoor seating area. Also, the first week of August is Shorts’ fest, a fun 21+ event.

Siren Hall

Looking for a fine dining option, or perhaps you are staying in town a few extra days after the lodge? Visit Siren Hall, for local seafood in product in downtown Elk Rapids.

Riverwalk Grill & Taproom

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Cone Corral & Pizzeria

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The Local

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The Flour Pot Bakery

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Ice Cream Peddlers’

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Harbor Cafe

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The Village Market (Grocery Store)

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Chef Charles’ Pizza

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Cellar 152

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Town Club

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Ethanology

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Activities

Our favorite things to do in the Traverse City area.

Elk Rapids Cinema

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Elk Rapids’ District Library

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Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor

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Elk River Marina

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Walk of Art Sculpture Park

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Elk Rapids Day Park

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Elk Rapids Island House

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Veteran’s Memorial Park

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Jack Blesma Pavillion

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Twisted Fish Gallery

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Mullaly’s 128-STUDIO & Gallery

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Stonehenge Gallery

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Blue Heron Gallery

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A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort

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Elk Rapids Golf Club

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Interlochen Golf Course

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The Bear Golf Course

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Sleepy Bear Dunes

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But seriously… you won’t want to leave too much!

For the most part, guests enjoy spending most of their week at the Lodge with family, waterskiing, tubing, sunbathing, and partaking in all the activities we offer with friends made at the Lodge. Learn more about our activities here, and our watersports program here!