I grew up camping in Interlochen. One of the places that we use to stop at every year was Bud’s Resort Service. It was the place to go for souvenirs, fishing tackle, the daily newspaper and donuts. Bud’s is a different place today. You can still get the souvenirs and the donuts. And they still have newspapers, but most people enjoy the WIFI and connect to the outside world with their own device these days. You cannot get tackle or live bait at Bud’s today, but go there one time, and you’ll be hooked.
If you’re fishing for a healthy snack or something for your sweet tooth, you’ll find something to satisfy at Bud’s.
Eat in, or you can take it back to camp with you. They ask that you please call ahead for special orders or more than two dozen donuts if you’re feeding a crowd.
Looking for a specialty coffee drink? The Mocha Chiller is my husband’s favorite. I mean his absolute favorite. To be clear, his favorite frozen mocha drink EVER comes from Buds. He says it’s by far the best anywhere. My guess would be it’s because they use real ice cream to make it. It’s chocolaty, and has a very good coffee flavor and still is not too sweet. (He gets the whipped cream for me!)
But if you’re looking for just a regular cup, the coffee bar is self-serve. I helped myself to Bud’s Blend and it was a good and strong cup of java.
Not sure what they’re serving (what brand), but it was really good coffee.
My son ordered an Herbed Asiago Cheese Bagel, toasted with cream cheese. And he said it was delicious. It looks fire grilled to me.
We also ordered a Fanfare Panini (grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, tomato, red onion and pesto mayo on sourdough) to taste. It was as good as it looked. The chicken was very tender, but I was looking for a stronger pesto flavor since I absolutely LOVE pesto!
Looking around, I couldn’t help but reminiscent about summer and camping in the old days. It’s like Interlochen meets antique archeology in here, with artifacts like old lanterns, fishing gear and even an old canoe. Isn’t the tree cool? They really brought the outdoors in.
I feel like I’m in a rustic cabin and in the woods at the same time. Adding to the ambiance is a beautiful fieldstone fireplace. I am going to have to come back with a good book on some snowy winter day to enjoy a warm fire burning in it.
In the summer, it can get pretty busy in here, especially if Interlochen Center for the Arts is in session or if there is a big concert that evening. A large group of campers in their signature blue shirts came in right behind us. We had good timing today.
You may want to sit outside and enjoy the outdoor covered patio. The rustic camp theme flows right out into the (current day) great outdoors. It’s a great spot to hang out.
Whether you have old memories of summer camp or you are making new memories at Interlochen, you need to include a stop at Bud’s in your overall Interlochen experience.
If you’re in a hurry, no need to miss out. They do have a drive through.
Interlochen, Michigan 49643