Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan

Any trip to Northern Michigan must include a visit to Old Mission Peninsula, situated between the west arm and east arm of Grand Traverse Bay. In June 2013, Old Mission Peninsula was voted one of the 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Drives in North America, and rightly so. With Traverse City set in the southern-most section, it's an easy and enjoyable day trip up M-37 to the tip of the peninsula. At just 22 miles long, you have plenty of time to stop along the way at a local vineyard or restaurant.

Wine Country

With its position close to the 45th Parallel, this is one of the best regions for growing grapes, due to the climate and soil composition. Delicious varieties of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and Merlot are produced at the eight wineries along Old Mission Peninsula. Take a wine tour, complete with map and the types of wine produced at each winery.

Wineries Include:

  • 2 Lads Winery, overlooking Easy Bay
  • Black Star Farms, with spectacular views of East Grand Traverse Bay
  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards, 43-acre estate with views of Bowers Harbor
  • Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay
  • Chateau Chantal, offering views of both East and West Grand Traverse Bay
  • Chateau Grand Traverse, the oldest and largest winery on Old Mission Peninsula
  • Hawthorne Vineyards, situated in a ridge above Peninsula Drive
  • Peninsula Cellars, six miles north of Traverse City

Points of Interest

The entire Old Mission Peninsula is beautiful, but be sure to stop at Old Mission State Park, in the upper tip. Here you can lie on the pristine beach, hike out to Old Mission Point Lighthouse, and just admire the amazing views. Charming inns can be found in this area, as well as historic buildings from the mid-1800s. Bowers Harbor features a brewery, antiques shop, deli, and various restaurants. Stop into a local food or farm market for the freshest fruits and vegetables...plus Michigan-made items. Driving around the peninsula is one way to travel...but don't forget your bike! This is the kind of place where you can leisurely and safely ride from point to point while you enjoy the fresh air and views of Grand Traverse Bay.
Old Mission Peninsula--definitely a top destination in Northern Michigan.

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in Northwest Michigan:

Traverse City Events & Festivals -- Festivals in the Traverse City area celebrate cherries, microbrews, wine, comedy, films and more. There's fun for everyone!
Northwest Michigan Wineries -- Make a day of it and visit many different wineries, in the beauty of Northern Michigan along Lake Michigan.
Visit Northwest Michigan -- There is so much to see and do in the Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie counties areas.
Traverse City beaches -- Pretty parks are scattered throughout the Traverse City region and most parks have picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds.
Visit Grand Traverse County -- The Grand Traverse area encompasses Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula, Grand Traverse Bay and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Not only will the scenery amaze you, but there is so much to see and do in this area of Northwest Michigan.
Lake Michigan Car Shows -- Car shows are an important part of many community celebrations during the summer.
Visit Traverse City -- Traverse City is Michigan's favorite northern travel destination. It has something for everyone, no matter what the season.
Visit Leelanau County -- One of the most beautiful sections of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour is found in Leelanau County, which is actually a peninsula northwest of Traverse City.
Visit Benzie County -- Whether you travel up scenic M-22 or US-31, stop into one of the small towns in Benzie County, like Frankfort, Elberta, Benzonia, and Beulah.

Last Updated: 04-19-2022 07:29 PM ID: 1346