Once you have stuffed yourself with all the delicious food options that Traverse City has to offer, you could always take a scenic drive. And northern Michigan has plenty of options!
We have enjoyed driving out on Old Mission Peninsula many times. At the very tip you will find Old Mission Point where you can park your car and explore the beach area along with a historic lighthouse. It really is lovely even in the dead of winter.
Plus, the drive up the peninsula allows you to take in views from the bay and some scenery that looks like it is right out of the French countryside (we land on the 45th parallel).
That point is further made as you can visit many of the local wineries that are present on the peninsula and in the northern Michigan area.
Just don't forget your camera!