Preparing for a Weekend on the Leelanau Peninsula?
Whether it’s spring, summer or fall, here are 6 things to do on the Leelanau Peninsula guaranteed to make your weekend memorable:
1) Wine Tasting: With over 20 tasting rooms on the Leelanau Peninsula, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy and explore wine country! We suggest picking out 3-5 wineries prior to your visit and setting up reservations, if needed. Although it can seem tempting to try to hit as many stops as possible, you will get much more out of your visits by spending more time at a select handful. Not only will you have a more immersive and relaxing experience, you will also have a more memorable time with your companions. Check out the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s website lpwines.com for more information on the wineries and three trail loops. Many accept reservations, including Aurora Cellars. Bonus tip: Hire an experienced tour company to drive your group if you’re planning a tour day.
2) Visit Fishtown: A stop at the historical Fishtown in Leland is a must, especially for first time visitors! Wander around the former fishing shanties turned shops and pick up some gifts and gear. Be sure to grab a sandwich from the infamous Village Cheese Shanty. Get info on the history and present day attractions.
3) A Trip to Lake Michigan: No matter the season, a visit to the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan is a must. For convenient access and great rock hunting, check out Van’s Beach in Leland. Looking to really unplug? Make your way down to Good Harbor Bay for miles of unspoiled shoreline and turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean. You will find locals and tourists alike at County Road 669 and County Road 651 Beaches. Check out other popular beach locations.
4) Hike Pyramid Point: There are endless trails to explore on the Leelanau Peninsula, but perhaps the most well-known trail is Pyramid Point. Follow an easily marked trail up a steady incline and get ready to be wowed by an impressive panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands! Sit and relax on the massive sandy bluff while you take in the view and countless photos. After your hike, head over to the charming village of Glen Arbor for shopping and refreshments.
5) Canoe or Kayak the Crystal River: Enjoy an adventurous and relaxing paddle down the clear waters of the Crystal River, located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. During your 2-3 hour trip, you’ll enjoy the peacefulness of the natural surroundings and likely see some woodland wildlife. Check out Crystal River Outfitters for all your rental needs.
6) Do a Bike Tour: Explore the area by bike for an unforgettable time! Leisurely make your way through bucolic rolling fields, farmland, forests, dunes, and vineyards! Check out Grand Traverse Bike Tours in Suttons Bay for a range of package options that include winery tours and self guided tours. Here you will have access to the 17-mile TART Leelanau Trail. Or explore the beautiful Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and rent your gear at The Cyclery in Glen Arbor.