From where to get the best hot cocoa to snowy winery adventures and so much more—here’s your guide to the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula in winter.

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Winter Leelanau Peninsula Map.

1. Enjoy the laidback, off-season vibe at the county’s many wineries. Super insider’s tip: In winter, Brengman Brothers serves up fresh oysters.

2. Learn to curl on the indoor rink at Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse in Maple City.

3. Pair Indian food from NJ’s Grocery with to-go cocktails from Northern Latitudes Distillery—both in Lake Leelanau.

4. Discover and shop for all things Polish, from food to ceramics, at the Polish Art Center in Cedar.

5. Poppy Things in Suttons Bay will fill your craving for art, home goods, boho clothing and bespoke accessories.

6. Grab a cup of decadent hot chocolate—whipped cream is a must—at Grocer’s Daughter in Empire while you browse bean-to-bar treats.

Grocer's Daughter Drinking Chocolate

Photo by Dave Weidner

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner