From winery bike rides to lavender picnics, here are 10 of our favorite ways to discover the treasures of the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula.

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1. Bike the Leelanau Trail from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Cellars and savor a glass of chilled pinot gris. You can also bike to these wineries along the trail: Black Star Farms, Mawby, BigLittle Wines and Ciccone Vineyard.

2. Kayak the shallow, sandy-bottomed Crystal River in Glen Arbor, with rentals from Crystal River Outfitters. Afterward, get a slice of pizza and a riverside picnic table next door at Millie’s.

3. Take in a movie at the historic Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay. After being set to close permanently, the local community rallied to create a nonprofit and took over operation. It’s a favorite destination after dinner downtown.

4. Fill your basket with just-picked goodness at the county’s smaller, less-crowded weekly farmers markets. There are five markets throughout the area; visit the Leelanau Farmers Markets website for days and times.

5. Gallery-hop your way around the peninsula for fine art, crafts and folk art. There are many more to explore, but a few favorites include Glen Arbor Artisans, Synchronicity Gallery, Laughing Fish Gallery and Studio 106.

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6. Take on the trails in Leelanau’s marquee mountain bike destination, Palmer Woods Forest Preserve. Or, tackle long and steep Shauger Hill on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail with help from an E-bike rental from Empire Outdoors.

7. Climb to the top of the nearly 50-foot Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport and soak up those bright blue Lake Michigan views.

8. Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely feast of the senses at Bohemian Lavender Farm in Maple City. Don’t skip the lavender cookies with lemon frosting.

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9. Discover indigenous Northern Michigan cuisine (think fry bread and wild rice soup) at Raphael Foods’ truck in Peshawbestown.

10. Paddle the Cedar River. The 548-acre undisturbed wetland—known as Northern Michigan’s Everglades—is among the most pristine natural areas left in the state.

Bonus Beach: Cool off in Lake Michigan after basking in the warm water of North Bar Lake, a small inland lake in Empire that drains into the big lake. The creek between North Bar and Lake Michigan was made for skim boarding, sand dams and general splashing around. Find restrooms at the paved parking area. National Park Pass required.

Photo(s) by Taylor Brown