Be a Tourist in Your Town

Fried Oysters : Jalapeño corn bread, poached egg, andouille, Cajun cream, Bibb — at The Towne Plaza.

Fried Oysters : Jalapeño corn bread, poached egg, andouille, Cajun cream, Bibb at The Towne Plaza.

Jaffe Davis, Traverse City director of  A Tourist in My Own Town explains, “We live in such an amazing culinary destination, but so many of us are working so hard all summer long that we don’t have a chance to enjoy it. When we finally get a chance to breathe in late fall or winter, we find that many of the restaurants we were so excited about are closed. We’re creating a mutually beneficial system that allows local people to get out and enjoy where they  live and support our service industry through the lean months.”

The program is simple. For just $60, you can purchase the card that allows you and a guest to enjoy lunch or dinner with a 25% discount on your food and alcohol on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at any of the program affiliates. You can even plan a “staycation” with a 25% discount at participating hotels on those nights. It’s only open to residents of Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties and good for discounts through May 20, 2014.

Chris Hoffman is owner and chef at The Towne Plaza. Chris was the first business to sign up for the program and says, “When I look at all the available things you can do to give yourself a jolt of business in the area, it’s clear that most are giving their loyalty to a coupon. When the coupon is gone, so are they. The first person to buy the card is one of my best customers. I see him in here every week, and with this program, I can reward him and all my loyal customers who come in time and again.”

facebookA Tourist in My Own Town will be having a launch party at The Towne Plaza on Tuesday, December 10th from 5-8 PM. It’s a great chance for members to connect with each other and for everyone else to learn about the program and sign up.

Cards are on sale right now and make a perfect holiday gift for the foodie in your life. The list of participating businesses is being updated regularly and includes:

Lodging too at:

  • Best Western Four
  • Cambria Suites
  • Chateau Chantal
  • Comfort Inn
  • Sleep Inn