The Pike Life Team compiles favorite bites, sips, crafts and unique wares as it journeys up and down the fresh coast. While access and availability are currently limited, we encourage you to plan ahead for your next trip. Consider placing delivery or pickup orders to lift the local businesses that make our area shine.

Here is a taste.

Photos: The Pike

RENY PICOT SMOKED GOUDA, The Cheese Lady, Muskegon: Cheese lovers, rejoice! Your gooiest aged dreams are reality here. This purveyor of dairy indulgence boasts a selection of 150 artisan cheeses from around the world. Several are Michigan sourced, such as the Reny Picot Smoked Gouda. Made in Benton Harbor by Old Europe Cheese, it is buttery and salty with a comforting smokiness that lingers but doesn’t overwhelm. The unique cold smoking process reduces overall heating for maximum creaminess. Consider adding some to your next batch of homemade macaroni and cheese. While cheese is queen, The Cheese Lady also carries a splendid variety of wine and accompaniments, including crackers and bread, condiments, fruits and nuts, and saucisson and pate.

Note to readers: The Cheese Lady’s locations currently are closed to inside sales and hours are limited. Call ahead for pickup, car delivery, and shipping options.

808 Terrace St., 231-728-3000,;
600 W. Front St., Traverse City, 231-421-9600

DELI SANDWICHES, Pekadill’s, Whitehall: A favorite summer ice cream stop among White Lake locals since 1983, Pekadill’s continues to gain notoriety for its sumptuous deli menu, beautiful gardens and laid-back lakeshore atmosphere. While outside dining is a must during peak season, an inside table view offers plenty of its own treasures. Historic boat prints adorn the walls — the Carolina steamer leaving the White River Channel to return tourists to Chicago in 1916, and the Three Sisters and Edna May ferry boats passing each other near the tannery a year later. Paper straws point to their ecological mindedness, and for some scientifically inexplicable reason makes the draft pop taste better. You can’t go wrong with any deli sandwich — definitely trust the daily special. The fresh-baked bread piled high with hand-carved meats and fresh veggies will satisfy the pickiest of palates.

Note to readers: Pekadill’s hours are currently limited. Call or order online for pickup or delivery.

503 S. Mears Ave., 231-894-9551,