Courtesy Wineries of Old Mission
Northern Michigan Wine: This week, combine two of Traverse City's most glorious features: the stunning views of Lake Michigan, and wine. Get in your car with a few friends—windows rolled down and music turned up—and head for the Traverse City Wine Trail. This scenic drive will take you up Old Mission Peninsula, stopping at wineries like 2 Lads, Bowers Harbor, and Chateau Grand Traverse along the way to sample Traverse City's finest. Each winery offers something a little different, and more than a little amazing. Find your favorite!
Should you begin to feel hungry on your journey, stop at one of Old Mission Peninsula's restaurants for a bite to eat. Old Mission Tavern, just a few miles from the Old Mission Lighthouse, offers delicious food for both lunch and dinner. It is also home to Bella Galleria, a mixed media gallery which houses the work of more than 75 different artists. The Jolly Pumpkin, a tavern, brewery, and all around fun place to hang with friends, offers a homey atmosphere and pub eats. Find sophistaced fare at sister restautant and neighbor, Mission Table, for local, seasonal cuisine. Looking for something with a view? Check out the Boathouse, located directly on the shores of Bower's Harbor. Watch the waves lapping gently on the docks while you enjoy farm-to-table cuisine.