Tour Leelanau’s Cherry Blossoms

 

Karin Willman

Our Up North orchards are bursting into flower, and the Leelanau Conservancy wants to help you make the most of it. Download a map that lays out your stunning route and along the way you’ll take in some history, a little wine tasting and  and a tavern meal. You’ll remember the day long after the blossoms have given way to fruit. Here’s what you need to know to soak up this beautiful time of year in Northern Michigan:

To get started: Download the map from the Leelanau Conservancy. Be sure to read the back of the map to learn about the farms you’ll pass and the families who farm them.

Where: The tour begins in Lake Leelanau and travels through the heart of the county.

Not to Miss:  You’ll arrive quickly at the stunning views from St. Wenceslaus Church. The church, built in 1890, was once the vibrant center of the short-lived lumber town of Gills Pier. At the junction of M-22 and Kolarik, take a left for a stop at the Gills Pier Vineyard and Winery. Be sure to try the Pino Grigio, a dry white whose hint of apple is just right for a blossom tour. Turn right onto M-22 and you’ll come to Fisher’s Happy Hour Tavern on your right, just before Christianson Road. Pop in for a lunch of homemade soup, thick egg salad sandwiches or a Happy Hour burger. Once you’ve had your fill, turn right out of the Happy Hour and you’re back on the tour.

What Else: Wander a village before or after your tour, and get your fill of the cherry products!

For more information: Contact the Leelanau Conservancy at 231-256-9665.

Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been seeing cherry and apple orchards start to bloom since last Wednesday at the tops of hills on the Leelanau peninsula. I think by this weekend things should be in full swing.