Outdoor dining has been on the rise in recent years and is more popular than ever this summer! While we already had a myriad of notable patios to choose from in Gaylord, Michigan, many of our dining partners have expanded their outdoor spaces even more.
We can’t possibly list them all, but here are a few of our favorite alfresco eateries:
Alpine Tavern & Eatery
Alpine Tavern takes the cake for originality with one of the most variable dining experiences offered in our Alpine Village. Saddle up to the tiki bar, enjoy basking in the sun or select your seating under the portico. Be sure to watch their Facebook page for the entertainment lineup.
Bennethum’s Northern Inn
Rustic, yet refined, Bennethum’s is known for some of the finest dining you’ll find in Northern Michigan, with a casual vibe. Their back patio is described as a “park-like” setting with lush, green grass, elegant landscaping and ample tree coverage.
Big Buck Brewery
Big Buck Brewery hosts one of the most spacious patios in our area. Delicious eats and regularly scheduled live music are both on the menu this summer, along with a full lineup of fresh brews! The best part? There’s plenty of room for everyone to dine and enjoy some tunes.
Just outside of the downtown district, you’ll run across the rolling hills and valleys of the historic Otsego Resort, which is credited with starting our Alpine theme. Their dramatic views of the Sturgeon River Valley pair nicely with a gourmet meal or refreshing drink after a round of golf.
Sports enthusiasts flock to Pine Squirrel’s patio all season to take in a softball game while enjoying a tasty meal. Every seat along this sprawling setting offers a front-row view of the softball field and all the action!
Watch the sun set over Otsego Lake as you quench your thirst at Porter Haus. Or, treat yourself to the picnic experience on their back patio, complete with cozy umbrella-covered picnic tables and some of the softest grass in the north.
Snowbelt Brewing Company
Seeking out something frosty and foamy on a hot day? Stop by Snowbelt Brewing Company and enjoy the best of both worlds – an indoor dining room that opens up to a sidewalk patio. Dine inside or outside…the fresh air will follow you! Bonus points for being pet-friendly, as many of our outdoor options are.
If you’re looking for a memorable setting with a view after a day at the spa or on the greens, then Treetops Resort is the place to be. Their large deck overlooks the Pigeon River Valley, a panoramic feast for the eyes! This scenic vista is one of the most photo-worthy backdrops you’ll find in northern Michigan.
This is just a sampling of dining alfresco in the Alpine Village. While not everyone can offer spacious seating under the sky, our area restaurants range from dining rooms adorned with up north charm to elegance around every corner. Filling up in Gaylord also means meeting some of the friendliest staff you’ll find anywhere. Enjoy our great outdoors, then explore our vibrant culinary scene!