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!
For more information on the Old Mission Wineries visit wineriesofoldmission.com
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.