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Jun 22, 2018 - Leelanau Peninsula on M-22

Today's tour was along the Leelanau Peninsula that is bordered by Lake Michigan on the west and on the east by Grand Traverse Bay. M-22 is the scenic highway that follows the shoreline of the peninsula. It makes up a portion of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour which we will be following later this month and next. It also passes through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The highway is U-shaped as it rounds the peninsula running through tourist areas in Leland, Suttons Bay and Northport. We stopped in the port town of Leland for some...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Leelanau Peninsula

We are winding up our two weeks in the Traverse City area. Today we went on a drive to the Leelanau Peninsula which juts out into Lake Michigan. It's much larger than Mission Peninsula which we toured a week ago and has many more towns. Our picnic basket was packed (cheese, bread, olives...) All we needed was a bottle of wine and something for dessert. I picked out a couple of wineries to visit. The first one was fairly. We were offered a tasting either indoors or out of doors. We chose the latter. The weather was perfect for such an...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Northport near TC

July 27 Visited the State Park on the Lelanau Peninsula, located in Grand Traverse Bay.* The Leelanau lighthouse is located within the park, but since we had already paid $9.00 to enter the park, we decided (on principle!) that we didn't think it quite fair to charge an additional fee to walk through the lighthouse (separate budgets?). The park is small, with mostly a rocky shoreline; if you want to swim you must hike 20 minutes to the beach, with the admonition that “bug spray is advised!” Also, the trails appear to be “open to hunters...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Leelanau Peninsula

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...

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Sep 20, 2011 - The Rest of the Day Exploring Two Peninsulas

This is the continuation of our day after visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The day was still pleasant, getting a bit cloudier but we both thought while we were up this far north from where we are staying and the forecast looked bad for the rest of the week – so go for it! And am so glad we did. Our first stop was in Leland on the Leelanau Peninsula; “a rugged land of hills, lakes and scribbled shoreline straggling northward between Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay”. And on the western shore the oh-so-grand dunes...

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Sep 6, 2009 - East coast of Leelanau Peninsula

The west coast of the "little finger" of Michigan has sand dunes, cottonwoods, pines, maples, and beech trees. So, what's on the east coast and what's in the middle? Let's find out. Traveling north from Traverse City, there are a few roadside turnouts with picnic tables and stairs to the West Bay. They are good places to watch the boats, biplanes, people, and dogs playing in the water. Halfway up the coast is a tourist town called Suttons Bay. The above pastimes are good here, but so is shopping and eating. While sitting on a street bench,...

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