Local Highlights

When you step aboard the tall ship Manitou, our goal is to create memories that will last a lifetime.  In a world of prepackaged, cookie cutter experiences we pride ourselves in the authenticity of our sailing adventures.  In keeping with the spirit of this goal we go to great lengths to work with local businesses in showcasing what the unique (we would say exceptional) Grand Traverse Region has to offer.

Even the Pretzels are Local?!

Our guests have many opportunities to sample the best that northern Michigan serves up.  From the bar to the galley (that’s the kitchen) we present you with some of the finest tastes of the region.

Care for a glass of wine?  How about a bottle of Tall Ship Chardonnay from Leelanau Wine Cellars?  And guess what schooner just so happens to be featured on the label.  That’s right!  A lovely watercolor of Manitou has graced the front of this popular selection since 1991.  Maybe your celebrating a special occasion.  Well, we have just the thing for you.  Pop the cork on a split of Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine from L. Mawby Vineyards, an award winning world class selection from one of the best vintners in Michigan.

LFCHARLEY2Beer drinkers fear not!  We serve a variety of draft and bottled selections from the wildly popular Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, MI.  Whether you choose the malty Bellaire Brown to the slightly hoppy Pandemonium Pale Ale, we have a brew for every pallet.   And yes, it’s true, you can compliment that tasty beverage with Traverse City’s very own Uncle Gene’s Backwoods Pretzels. Capt. Dave has become seriously addicted to these salty delights!

The main theme?  The Traverse Region. 

All of our themed day cruises feature local products and talent.  And there is much to choose from, with something for every taste.

Let’s start with the daily 3-5 sail.  Seven days a week we serve up Moomers Ice Cream on this cruise.  What’s Moomers?  Only the “best ice cream in America (as voted on Good Morning America)!  This creamy delight is created on the Plummer family dairy farm, just outside of Traverse City, and it has a 3651154445_ee899c5588loyal and fanatical following.  During our time on the water you will enjoy two scoops of ice cream that you will never forget.  Your next stop will be a trip to the farm!

Looking for a more adult taste sensation?  Join us on Sunday evenings for Short’s Microbrew tasting and pizza.  The folks at Short’s will serve up four 4 oz. pours of their excellent brews, while educating you about the character of each and the process used in brewing.

If wine is more your thing we offer two nights of wine tasting and Mediterranean cuisine.  Tuesday features Leelanau Wine Cellars and catering by local favorite Silver Swan Homemade Foods.  The delectable buffet includes selections such as:  Baked Brie with raspberry melba, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ghanoush.  Silver Swan is back on Thurdays, with wine from Left Foot Charley.

How about a bit of musical entertainment?  Every Wednesday evening since 1987 our decks have been graced by one of the most talented folk bands in northern Michigan,  Song of the Lakes, playing chanteys, lively jigs, and songs about life on the water.  There’s a reason they’ve been with us for 26 years, everybody loves ’em!

We hope you will take the opportunity to come out and experience some of the best that the Grand Traverse region has to offer.  We believe strongly in the philosophy of working in partnership with local businesses.  It truly shows our guests what this area is all about. The more you experience all that Traverse City has to offer, the more you will fall in love with this special town and its people, just like we have.