Shut Your Pie Hole

Sep 04, 2010 on PBS at 10:30 AM


Traverse City, Port Austin: 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 ... (more)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.

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