Williamsburg is a small village in the Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula in Grand Traverse County. Williamsburg is located in the Skegemog Valley, near Lake Skegemog. Mabel Creek flows through the town and then into the West Skegemog River and into the lake. Williamsburg is snuggled between the Traverse City State Forest, and Trans-Whitewater Plain, a vast grassy plain between Elk Lake and Grand Traverse Bay. The whole area is a heaven for cherry growers. The Music House Museum, located in a 1909 dairy barn and granary farmhouse, has a fascinating collection of restored antique musical instruments, early radios, and recordings. Guntzviller's Taxidermy and Spirit of the Woods Museum offers professional taxidermy and features dioramas of Michigan wildlife.
1.Guntzviller's Taxidermy and Spirit of the Woods Museum
© Guntzviller's Taxidermy and Spirit of the Woods Museum
Guntzvillers has been a must-see destination in Northern Michigan since 1928. The Spirit of the Woods Museum features professional dioramas of Michigan wildlife with displays of a full-body elk, mountain lion, whitetail deer, bear, waterfowl, fish and more. The Museum also showcases an impressive collection of antique fishing and hunting gear and Indian artifacts. Guntzviller's Taxidermy offers high quality professional taxidermy services to preserve hunting or fishing trophies. In addition to taxidermy services, Guntzviller’s offers a great range of Northern Michigan-inspired gifts, books, souvenirs and home decor. Guntzviller’s is also a dealer for Minnetonka Moccasins, offering a range Minnetonka moccasins, fringe, sandals, shearling, boots, slippers, hats and accessories.
11060 US-31, Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: 231-264-5597
© Rennie Orchards
Rennie Orchards near Williamsburg is one of a very few family farms left in northern Michigan. The farm is located off of Angell Road, on top of a hill, offering wonderful panoramic views. This fun family farm offers U-Pick cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, 19 varieties of apples and pumpkins as well as scenic Hayride, Kid's Hay Bale Maze, Log Cabin, Teepee and cider and donuts in the fall. The best time to visit the farm is in the fall when the sky is blue, the air is crisp and the trees are gold and crimson. The farm is great fun to visit with a family, classroom or a church group. It is located just 15 minutes from Traverse City and a few miles from Elk Rapids.
11221 Monroe Rd, Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: 231-264-8387
3.Turtle Creek Casino
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Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Williamsburg, Michigan, is the perfect northern Michigan getaway. It offers a 56,000-square-foot casino floor, comfortable contemporary accommodations, and diverse dining options, from a high-end steakhouse to a light buffet. Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is one of the top gaming destinations in Midwest. It also offers spa and golf services, with complimentary shuttle that takes guests to its sister property, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, together with Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, and Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, is owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Native American tribe in Northern Michigan.
7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: 231-534-8870
© Farmer White's
Farmer White’s is a popular farmers market in Williamsburg and a piece of Northern Michigan heritage. This quaint market IS located about two miles from Elk Rapids and has been operated by Mary Cooper’s family for three generations. The market has been providing fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious jams, jellies and pies to customers since 1958. Locals and tourists come for the taste of handmade pies, artisan baked goods, jams and jellies and fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of the goods are created using old secret family recipes. A visit to Farmer White’s is also a nostalgic trip back to a gentler time when groceries were freshly harvested and baked goods made by hand in the neighborhood.
11373 US-31, Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: 231-632-1500
5.Osorio Tacos Y Salsas
© Osorio Tacos Y Salsas
Osorio Tacos y Salsa in Williamsburg, Michigan, offers authentic home-made Mexican Cuisine and delicious salsas made from scratch, bursting with traditional flavors and made from fresh ingredients every day. Cozy and colorful dining room is pleasant and cheerful, decorated with a massive Oaxaca poster on the wall. The menu is a combination of dishes from different parts of Mexico, mostly Baja and Oaxaca, with many authentic dishes from both regions such as mole, taquiza and alambre, but also all the expected Mexican favorites such as enchiladas, quesadillas and flautas. The stars of the show are their special salsas, which they bottle and sell in select grocery stores, or you can buy them in the restaurant.
6037 US-31, Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: 231-938-9144
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