4 Mich. cities among Fodor’s ‘underrated’ Midwest spots

Mark Hicks, The Detroit News

Fodor’s Travel has named four Michigan communities among its “25 Underrated Midwestern Towns to Visit this Fall.”

The website for the company that started publishing guidebooks in the 1930s has posted a list of locales from Wisconsin to Iowa “you’ll want to explore well beyond the urban core.”

Among the Michigan places were Grosse Pointe Park, which Fodor’s hailed as a “tiny lake community seven miles from Detroit” where “residents enjoy fishing and sailing along Lake Saint Clair, with its own yacht club and a marina.”

Two areas along Lake Michigan on the state’s west side also earned mention.

Saugatuck was described as a “favorite weekend getaway for Chicagoans,” filled with “adorable spots to drink tea or beer” as well as many art galleries. Holland, meanwhile, was noted for its tulips, Delft pottery and CityFlats Hotel, which has earned LEED gold certification.

Traverse City also won praise as a place where “the quality of local wineries here will delight you,” Fodor’s wrote. “Mawby’s sparkling wine is on lists at Chicago and Detroit restaurants; visit the tasting room in nearby Suttons Bay. Back in Traverse City, where cherry crops flourish in summer, eat dinner at Georgina’s Fusion Café — a taqueria with an Asian twist continually ranked among of the Midwest’s best eateries.”