A first-thing-in-the-morning hike is all the excuse you need for a hearty breakfast. Choose from these great pairings:
Order it up any way you like it at Leland’s only full-service breakfast spot. Corner of Main and River streets. 231-256-9656.
This snout-to-tail shaped ridge wedged between Glen Arbor and Glen Lake has a maze of looped trails. For a hike you can’t get lost on, park on the Forest Haven Road trailhead (off M-22 just south of town). Head straight up the hill, veering right at the first Y. Check out the view of Sleeping Bear Bay at the top. Backtrack your way down. 231-326-5134, nps.gov/slbe.
A 3/4-mile trail takes you to heavenly heights above Lake Michigan. The trailhead is on Wilco Road at the south end of Empire. 231-326-5134,nps.gov/slbe.
Once down, you’re within sniffing distance of the Lake Michigan breakfast (two eggs with two buttermilk pancakes) at this Empire institution. 231-326-5506.
Skip down the Leelanau Trail past farms and fields and turn around when hunger calls. Find the trailhead on Fourth Street in Suttons Bay. traversetrails.org.
Back in Suttons Bay, make your way to this delightful cafe and candy shop for a blueberry- and walnut-topped waffle. 231-271-2233.