The Leelanau Peninsula, the little finger of Michigan’s marvelous mitten, is big on bounty, beauty, and blue. Embraced on three sides by Lake Michigan and its many bays and beaches, the Leelanau Peninsula is also located in the heart of northern Michigan wine country.
A drive along the peninsula’s breathtaking, shoreline-hugging M-22 offers sweeping views of endless blue horizon, the windblown dunes of Lake Michigan (including renowned Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), and countless orchards and vineyards as it threads its way through the quaint coastal towns of Suttons Bay, Omena, Northport, Leland, Glen Arbor, and Empire. Short jaunts off M-22 lead to the sleepy little villages of Cedar, Maple City, and Lake Leelanau.
Home to many talented artisans, you’ll find one-of-a-kind creations on display in galleries and studios in towns tucked away among the shoreline. And exhilarating outdoor adventures await for boaters and anglers on Lake Michigan and the area’s inland lakes and streams, and on the scenic hiking and biking trails that wind through the dunes along the lakeshore.
At casual and find-dining restaurants throughout the county you can dine on local cuisine and sample regional vintages. Choose from waterfront dining rooms, brew pubs, and colorful cafes that feature dishes prepared using locally-grown and produced ingredients. And if your time is just right, you can participate in community festivals including the oldest wine festival in the state, the Leland Wine and Food Festival (June 13), the Cedar Polka Fest (July 2-5), the Wine on the Water Festival in Suttons Bay (July 18), and the Suttons Bay Art Fair (August 1-2). For more information, visit Leelanau County Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center in Lake Leelanau, call 231-994-2202 or, visit the North Shoreline Visitors Guide Digital Edition.