We had a wonderful day exploring the Leelanau Peninsula. We drove to the northern-most part of the peninsula which is aptly named Northport, one of the earliest settlements in the county. The hills surrounding Northport are filled with cherry and apple orchards and vineyards. The drive to the top was amazing. We even spotted a couple of Mute Swans, a wowser! We drove through many small towns and villages. We traveled all the way to the tip of the peninsula to Leelanau State Park and the historic Grand Traverse Lighthouse. We were happy to get another awesome lighthouse stamped in our book.
We made a lot of stops on the way, one was the “Garage Bar & Grill” in Northport for lunch. Both of us chose the bowl of chili, it was delicious! The restaurant has a huge garage door that opens into the inside, a slice of a car decorates the outside patio. It was so cool! :-) We also visited the beautiful marina before driving on to the tip. We loved this beautiful area with all the boats and a swimming beach.
Our next stop was the awesome Grand Traverse Lighthouse. We enjoyed seeing the lighthouse and the park. Jerry even picked a few apples from one of the loaded trees.
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses on the lakes, it has guided ships through the northern entrance to the Manitou Passage for 150 years. Located nine miles north of Northport in the Leelanau State Park, the lighthouse was home to generations of keepers and their families. Extensive exhibits chronicle their lives and the experiences of those who sailed the lakes.
A gift shop is housed in a separate building, and picnic facilities are available. We enjoyed shopping in the gift shop and got our book stamped before exploring the beautiful lighthouse and grounds. The gift shop had so many things with lighthouses, everything from socks to puzzles and shirts. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. It was a "wowser" drive. Check back later for more from this beautiful part of Michigan.