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2013 Leelanau Cedar • Empire • Glen Arbor • Lake Leelanau Leland • Maple City • Northport • Peshawbestown Sleeping Bear Dunes • Suttons Bay • Omena

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nation with hundresds of miles of shoreline. All that fluid comes in a glorious spectrum of shades and shapes from big blue Lake michigan to the azures of the inland Lake Leelanau and Glen Lakes. throw in a couple of clear, sand-bottomed rivers and you have the ingredients for unforgettable paddling, fishing, cruising and just plain splashing. And the land? it’s packed with the best things in life from vineyards to sand dunes, small resort towns to wilderness. the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leland’s fishtown and a winery tour are don’t misses in this vacation heaven. But the truth is, you just can’t miss when you visit Leelanau. it’s all good!—The editors of MyNorth.com and Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. p.S. check out our new On the Go mobile extras: videos, photo galleries and more!

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The Good Stuff IF YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS IN LEELANAU DO NOT MISS: SUNSET AT PETERSON PARK: Lake michigan’s impressive expanse is laid out before you when you catch the evening color show from the bluff-top park. Or opt for a more intimate feel by heading down the narrow steps to the rock hound’s paradise-of-a-beach.

BEACH-WALK FOREVER: Roam the dreamy Lake michigan shoreline of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; 35 miles of coast on the mainland and another 35 miles on two park-owned islands. NPS.GOV/SCBE.

FISHTOWN WALK: Stroll is how you explore fishtown, a one-of-a-kind enclave of weathered, repurposed fishing shanties turned shops and galleries along Leland’s river. Stop to pick up penny candy or savor gourmet whitefish alongside the falls gushing over the dam. FISHTOWNMI.ORG.

BARN TO BARN RUN: Dash past historic barns, knowing your $20 fee doesn’t just score you views of pastoral hills and stunning shorelines; it also helps preserve some of the historic cultural landscape—the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s 366 historic buildings. PHSB.ORG.

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WINE TOURING: Wine here is about a taste of the terroir—and at any of the roughly 20 wineries within a short drive or bicycle trail ride from your Suttons Bay hub, you’ll also get some of America’s finest landscape views. tasting rooms overlook that gorgeous Leelanau countryside and offer friendly service to tasters of all experience levels. LPWINES.COM.

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M-22 DRIVE: there’s no rushing a road trip on this scenic heritage route drive, which curves its way past orchards, watery overlooks and dunes (plus wineries, artful gallery towns and sunset beaches to explore). M22COLORTOUR.COM.

PICNIC AT THE BEACH IN SUTTONS BAY: your picnic dessert provisions are close by: fresh gelato within strolling distance of your picnic table at Suttons Bay’s marina beach. Settle in by the playground or cross a tiny drawbridge to the quieter South marina, where a natural area draws wild birds aplenty.

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Beaches

A day at the beach is even sweeter when you’re within walking distance of supplies. A great beach read, shovel and pail and ice cream cones are all an easy stroll from these in-town beach beauties.

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3. 1. Suttons Bay

Those who like to gradually enter the water will love Suttons Bay’s marina beach, a favorite for families and those just looking to float in the particularly warm shallows. A playground, tables and grills make it easy to stay through dinner. Better yet, walk to one of the local pubs noted for gourmet burgers and a casual vibe. 231.271.6703.

2. Glen Arbor/Glen Haven

Historic Glen Haven offers a full vacation in a single stop, starting with a beach you can’t beat anywhere in the Great Lakes—at least according to Florida professor Stephen Leatherman, a k a “Dr. Beach.” He ranked it at the top for coastal dunes, fine sand and view of the Manitou Islands. On-site museum and old-fashioned general store add to the fun. From Glen Arbor, 2 miles west on M-109.

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3. Empire

Enchanting dune bluffs rise to the north and south of this wide swath of sandy beach, making it one of the area’s most popular. The amenities don’t hurt either. A restroom, playground, picnic tables and grills help families out. When the big lake’s

too chilly to dive into, cross the parking lot to the small inland (and warmer) South Bar Lake. Follow signs from downtown.

Lake Leelanau

Pick up a take-out picnic at NJ’s Grocery (the fresh-made samosas, perhaps) and head to this road-end local favorite beach. It’s a good spot for dropping in a line or launching a kayak, and then paddling the wildlife-filled channel connecting the north and south branches of Lake Leelanau. Head west from town on M-204 about a mile, right on Popp Rd.

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North Beach is a favorite for those who like to walk for miles, stopping along the soft sand path to collect a Petoskey stone or locally prized Leland Blue. (Stay along the water line to avoid trespassing.) Find books, picnic fare and sand toys in downtown Leland. Take North Street west toward the lake, and then follow a short trail to the beach.

Omena

As close as an in-town beach can come to being a secret cove, this hidden gem

is found just past where the main road makes a sharp curve. Walk to pick up provisions at the old-timey general store. You feel away from it all, yet you are steps from waterfront dining and wine tasting. Sailboats often dock in the harbor, adding romance to your view. Off M-22 in Omena.

Northport

Haserot Park, Northport’s municipal beach, is located right downtown. The grassy park offers room for the kids to run, and it’s also a favorite for festivals celebrating wine or the classic fish boil. Your view is of the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay beyond the marina. Walk the pier and gaze at the boats after a picnic and swim.

Elmwood Township

The nautical theme of the new play area is fitting on this beach alongside the Elmwood Township Marina. Picnic with the gang under the large shelters while the kids swing, whirl and slide on the creations of TV-show carpenter Carter Oosterhouse, a Traverse City native who has built more than 20 playgrounds through his Carter’s Kids charity. On M-22, just north of the M-72 intersection. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 5

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SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NAtiONAL LAkEShORE When Leelanau County locals want to show off their region, they bring guests first to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, most often starting at the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which weaves through the dunes. A one-time logger, Pierce Stocking used to walk the spectacular bluffs and wanted to share the beauty with others. He envisioned a clever route that let the geographic drama gradually unfold. A pull-off early in the route offers a distant peek of the ethereal blues of the Glen Lakes; another pull-off delivers views of an undulating dunescape with towering ridges. But we’re betting it was at the Lake Michigan overlook where Good Morning America viewers cemented their decision to name this park the Most Beautiful Place in America. Here, the dunes drop 450 feet steeply down into glittering Lake Michigan, and all the cameras come out—though few can capture the top-of-the-world feel. Marvel at the tiny specks of people on the beach below, then work your climbing muscles at the Dune Climb—the main attrac-

tion for kids (of all ages) who love scaling its heights, then tumbling back down the soft sand. The park’s beauty and fun unfold elsewhere, too, in ways both subtle and spectacular. Follow hiking trails to pinnacle overlooks— Empire Bluffs and Pyramid Point among the favorites. Canoe or kayak through the park on the gorgeous Platte or Crystal Rivers. Or travel back in time with a stop at Glen Haven, a tiny preserved town of museums and an old-time general store, adjacent to the beach recently named most beautiful on the Great Lakes. Fit it all in by setting up camp at popular D.H. Day Campground on the mainland, or escape to one of the rustic hike-in campsites on North or South Manitou Islands. To visit the islands, buy ferry passage from Manitou Island Transit at the Fishtown Pier in Leland and map your daytime or overnight adventure: climb a lighthouse tower, hike to a shipwreck that pokes above the waves, wander the beach for hours. Visitor Center, corner of M-22 and M-72, 231.326.5134, NpS.GOv/SLBE. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 7

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• Minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore • All six guest rooms (two master suites) have recently been renovated to create a quiet, soothing, and restful retreat after a day spent enjoying all that Leelanau County has to offer.

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Get on the Water Sail the Inland Seas

Book the astronomy cruise on this 77-foot schooner to stargaze beyond the city lights, or join the Family Science Sail to trawl and test the waters—all while singing some communal sea shanties. 100 Dame St., Suttons Bay, 231.271.3077, schoolship.org.

Take a Sunset Cruise

Watch the sunset from an ever-changing vantage point, edging the coast along the dramatic slopes of shoreline dunes, on a 1 1/2-hour evening sail on the Mishe-Mokwa ferry. 231.256.9061.

Paddle the Crystal

Rarely deeper than two feet, the Crystal River is a family favorite for leisurely float trips and chances to spot such wildlife as great blue heron and whitetail deer on the cedar-lined shore. Rent: Crystal River Outfitters, 6249 W. River Rd., 231.334.4420, crystalriveroutfitters.com.

Boat on Glen Lake

When the turquoise color seems so unearthly that you have to get on the water to be sure it’s real, Glen Lake Marine has your vessel—pontoon for a leisurely cookout, Jet Ski for an adrenaline rush, fishing boat to hook perch, bass, pike or trout. 5411 W. Empire Hwy., 231.322.5666, glenlakemarine.com.

Catch a Wave

Opt for a stand up paddleboard when waters are calm, surfboard when the waves are breaking. Either way, you get an overview of the basics with your rental at Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak: 10228 W. Front St., Empire, 231.326.9283, sbsurfandkayak.com.

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Experience Fishtown’s heritage firsthand by heading out in search of your own trophy Chinook or Coho salmon, steelhead or trout. Whatever the catch, your memories will include the view: the dunes rising along the Leelanau Peninsula shoreline, the Manitou Islands in the distance. Pick a captain who participates in the state’s new Catch and Cook program, and a portion of your haul goes straight from boat to waterside dining. Far Fetched/ Northwest Charters partners with both The Riverside Inn and Restaurant and The Cove, where one favorite preparation is foil-wrapped and baked with peppers and onions (231.941.4375, far-fetched.com); Fishtown Charter Service (231.256.9639, fishtowncharters.com) partners with The Cove.

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NORTHPORT STATE PARK Pitch a tent at one of the 55 rustic campsites, rent a mini cabin, or make a day out of exploring the 8.5 miles of hiking trails at this state park, its lighthouse museum and hidden beaches near the north tip of Leelanau Peninsula. No pets are allowed on the shoreline, because the area is prime nesting ground for the tiny, rare piping plover. Spot them (from a distance)—and find blissful solitude—at secluded Cathead Bay, reached by a ¾-mile walk from the parking lot, over forested dunes nearly as enchanting as the sandy cove beach. This summer, a traveling exhibit of 100 aerial lighthouse photographs debuts in the Fog Signal Building. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 9

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HISTORY Fishtown A connection to Great Lakes maritime culture is being preserved, in a functional way, in this collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, tugs and charter boats along the Leland River. The nonprofit Fishtown Preservation Society offers self-guided walking tours. 203 E. CEDAR STREET, LELAND, 231.256.8878, FISHTOWNMI.ORG.

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Golf

Manitou Passage Golf Club: Set adja-

cent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and redesigned in 2009, this challenging layout made Golfweek’s list of 2010’s Best New Courses. The Craftsmanstyle clubhouse features memorabilia recognizing the remarkable career of course designer Arnold Palmer. 4600 cLuB DR., cEDAR, 231.228.6000, mANitOupASSAGEGOLf.cOm.

Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms: Built to integrate working cherry orchards into a design that winds amid rolling hills and woods toward stunning Lake Michigan vistas, this championship course is a true destination. 9505 E. OttO RD., SuttONS BAy, 231.271.2020, LEELANAucLuB.cOm.

Sugar Loaf, The Old Course: Old does not mean outdated here, but instead a classic mid-20th century design by architect C.D. Wagstaff, nestled between cherry orchards and rolling countryside. The most memorable rounds are timed to take in the sunset over Sugar Loaf Mountain. 4512 S. tOWNLiNE RD., cEDAR, 231.228.2040, SuGARLOAfthEOLDcOuRSE.cOm.

This multi-building museum lets you stroll town as it once looked. Walk through the Roen Saloon, a one-room schoolhouse nestled in trees, a blacksmith’s shop, an old-time fire station and more. 11544 LACORE ST., EMPIRE, 231.326.5568.

St. Wenceslaus Church and Cemetery Set atop a lofty ridge with a view of Lake Michigan and the rolling countryside, this Gothic period beauty was constructed by volunteers in 1914 to replace the original church built by Bohemian settlers in 1890. Browse a cemetery remarkable for its metal gravestones shaped by Bohemian craftspeople. 8500 E KOLARIK RD., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.3574.

Glen Haven District The entrance to one of the region’s prettiest beaches is characterized by a historic village restored to its 1920s appearance and function. Pick up vintage goods at the General Store, find historic boats at the cannery boathouse museum, or interact with a blacksmith forging tools. Off M-109, just south of Glen Arbor. 231.326.5134, NPS.GOV/SLBE.

Port Oneida The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore uses 18 farmsteads to convey historic themes through exhibits, kiosks, tours and field guides and an annual hands-on historic fair. 231.326.5134, NPS.GOV/SLBE.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Exhibits feature lighthouse history and archaeology, shipwrecks and area Native American settlements, and new Historical Ghost Walks bring that history to life in a particularly eerie way. A rare opportunity to live a lightkeeper’s life is offered through a volunteer keeper program. 15500 N. LIGHTHOUSE PT. ROAD, NORTHPORT, 231.386.7195,

The Dunes: This casual, affordable course is perfect for relaxing vacation play. Hone your skills on the driving range before playing the course located near the headquarters of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 6489 W. EmpiRE hWy, EmpiRE, 231.326.5390, DuNESGOLf.cOm.

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Galleries

Empire: Artist demos by glassblowers, blacksmiths, jewelers and

more are good reasons to visit the airy Sleeping Bear Gallery (sleepingbeargallery.com), a block west of M-22 in the Empire Clipper Building. Find art and handcrafts from Michigan and nationwide at the Secret Garden (secretgardenempire.com).

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Glen Arbor: Weekly art exhibits add to the pottery, metalwork and other offerings at Lake Street Studios (lakestreetstudiosglenarbor.com); Ruth Conklin’s Gallery boasts the Midwest’s largest collection of Sticks Furniture and various interpretations of nature (ruthconklingallery. com). You’ll find an art fair’s worth of variety in fine art landscapes, sculpture and more at Synchronicity (synchronicitygallery.com), and art inspired by the plant world at Glen Arbor Botanicals, where three red pines grow through the roof. (glenarborwest.com).

Leland: Serendipitous beach finds and the area’s maritime history inspire the stunning work of the Aurora Borealis Designs Studio, featuring beach glass jewelry and silver tug necklaces (lelandbeachglass.com). Becky Thatcher Designs sells designs pairing local stones with rarer gemstones from far-flung places (she also has a gallery in Glen Arbor). Pottery is a real find, both

at Benjamin Maier Ceramics, featuring functional art objects like cups and vases (banjaminmaier.com) and Fishtown-based Sporck Tileart, where colorful tiles show images of regional icons. Find sophisticated art of all kinds behind the giant giraffes at Main Street Gallery (mainstreetgalleryleland.com).

Suttons Bay: The feel of the North, captured in colorful and playful ways, is what you’ll find at Michigan Artists Gallery, named one of three essential art venues in the “100 Best Art Towns in America” (michiganartistsgallery.com). For a sense of the region captured in explosively vibrant paint strokes, head across the street to the Brenda J. Clark Gallery—Clark’s two-day on-location workshops let you tap into your own inner Renoir. (brendajclark.com). Find lithographs and botanical prints at Suttons Bay Galleries (Suttonsbaygalleries. com) and local artists at Gallery 22 (gal22.com). Treeline Gallery (treeline-gallery.com) tempts with fine art in a variety of mediums from local, national and international artists.

Omena: Tamarack Gallery purveys high quality sculpture, folk art and more. (tamarackartgallery.com).

Northport: Wright Gallery offers solo and group exhibitions, specializing in contemporary abstract and representational art (wrightartgallery.com); Joppich’s Bay Street Gallery specializes in awardwinning realism and collage works (edeejoppich.com/gallery.html).

BIKING

Ask innkeepers what’s drawing visitors to Leelanau County, and increasingly, they say it’s the remarkable biking, centered around two notable trails. The newly completed Leelanau Trail now stretches 15.5 miles from Suttons Bay to Traverse City, through rolling hills and flower-filled meadows, over converted railroad bridges and past orchards and vineyards. Make a day of it with a stop for breakfast or a well-earned ice cream cone in downtown Suttons Bay. Suttons Bay Bikes offers rentals and repair assistance; they even run guided or self-guided tours to the half-dozen or more wineries located near the trail. (118 N. ST. MARY’S ST., SUTTONS BAY, 231.421.6815, SUTTONSBAYBIKES.COM). The new Heritage Trail within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a hit, with Phase One now connecting the popular Dune Climb with the town of Glen Arbor, running past historic Glen Haven’s general store, museums and stunning beach. The winding trail, built over old logging roads, trails and abandoned railroads, offers a scenic, comfortable exploration of the special landscape and easy access to the big lake. Rent at Crystal River Outfitters, 6298 WESTERN AVE., GLEN ARBOR, 231.334.4424, CRYSTALRIVEROUTFITTERS.COM.

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Cedar Polka Fest, July 4–7 The Polish origins of Cedar are on full display at this party, which offers lively polka music and dancing nightly under a gigantic tent. Bonus: Catholic “Polka” Mass.

Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Wine on the Water Festival, July 20

Climb a dune

Kids

The mountain of sand aptly called the “Dune Climb,” within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, can look a bit daunting at first, but seeing the joy of toddlers, teens and grownups alike as they sprint back down makes the huffing and puffing of the ascent worthwhile. Follow the tradition among campers at nearby Interlochen Arts Academy, who earn the moniker “dune goon” by climbing to the top and rolling or tumbling to the bottom at least twice. Picnic tables, restrooms and water fountains wait at the bottom of the sand mountain. Rest at the top long enough to take in the stunning panorama of the Glen Lakes below. (NPS.GOV/SLBE)

Unleash the creativity Let the natural landscape that has inspired countless artists spark your own family creations, at children and family programs offered all summer at The Old Art Building and Community Cultural Center in Leland (OLDARTBUILDING.COM), or in Glen Arbor, where the Glen Arbor Art Association (GLENARBORART. ORG) offers art classes for kids and adults. Drop-in classes at Glen Arbor’s Smock Paper Scissors lets imaginations soar.

Wineries, brewers and food vendors come together, to the sound of blues music, in celebration of Northern Michigan’s culinary abundance and the view along Suttons Bay’s scenic Marina Park. Tickets at MyNorthTickets.com.

Port Oneida Fair, August 9–10 A bygone way of life comes alive at the Port Oneida fair in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Check out farm animals, demonstrations of native crafts, children’s activities, folk music and more.

Empire Asparagus Festival, May 17–18 Festival-goers often don costumes of giant asparagus stalks, and there’s a poetry contest featuring the most moving asparagus odes. Those activities and the creative way that asparagus is worked into croissants, chocolates and ale prompted MSN.com to deem this one of the world’s weirdest festivals. Festivals, fairs and more! Find your ticket to fun at

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Education that feels like fun Kids will never know they’re visiting a museum, not at historic Glen Haven, where marine history is taught through a historically accurate surf rescue (of a doll), a blacksmith who forges tools from molten iron, and an old-time general store stocked with vintage candy (NPS.GOV/SLBE). In Suttons Bay’s Inland Seas Education Center, the popular touch tank and Zebra Bike exhibits, or the chance to look up-close at critters like Spiny Water Fleas, offer a fun, hands-on way to learn about Great Lakes invasive species. Watch underwater life and diving birds through the under-dock camera that sends images into the building. (SCHOOLSHIP.ORG). MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 15

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Towns Cedar: This town showcases its Polish

roots during the Polka Festival, held in July each year. But drop in anytime to browse its art gallery, quilt shop or yarn shop or pick up the perfect barbecue staples. Pleva’s Meat Market draws shoppers from all around for its award-winning cherry pecan sausage, and next door’s Cedar City Market provides the libations. Bunting’s Market offers smokehouse goodies and groceries. Wildlife watchers love Victoria Creek’s current, so slow that you can paddle the 3.5 miles to Lake Leelanau and back, listening en route to loons and watching the sunning turtles and fishing herons.

Empire: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National

Lakeshore (park headquarters is located in the lakeside hamlet of Empire) was recently voted the Most Beautiful Place in America by viewers of Good Morning America. No surprise, then, that its wide sandy beaches and the coastal bluffs deliver some of the lakeshore’s most stunning views. Discover culinary delights in the Friendly Tavern, which highlights organic vegetarian delicacies and Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates, often named among the best in America.

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Glen Arbor: Situated on a small strip

of land between the Glen Lakes and Lake Michigan, Glen Arbor thrives as an iconic resort town. Cottages perch along the turquoise blue of Glen Lake, and the town bustles

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with resort town fun—outdoor patios brought to life with live music, beach shop souvenirs, art galleries and the “world headquarters” of Cherry Republic, a tourist draw in itself that sells 100-plus items crafted from cherries.

side, this small town is home to the eponymous Pegtown Station restaurant (acclaimed pizza) and a classic small town grocery with on-site smokehouse.

Lake Leelanau: Situated along the nar-

settlements, the town perched at the northern tip of Leelanau County now houses art galleries, antique shops, restaurants, an independent book store, rock shop, coffee shop, addictive bakery and new restaurants. Boaters love the harbor, visitors the surrounding vineyards and orchards, state park and beaches. Annual summer events include a classic fish boil, fishing derby and classic car show.

rows—the channel connecting North Lake Leelanau and South Lake Leelanau—this tiny town is home to remarkable vacation treats: a popular century-old resort called Fountain Point, a new wine tasting room on the water, an elegant Italian restaurant, farm stands, boat launch and some of the county’s winery favorites. Labor Day weekend brings an annual blues music festival.

Leland: Tourist town meets fishing vil-

lage in Leland, where upscale galleries and boutiques blend seamlessly with the harbor area called Fishtown—wooden docks with cedar-shake fishing shacks repurposed as souvenir shops and food stops. No stay’s complete without a pretzel bread sandwich at the Village Cheese Shanty or a sip of a Chubby Mary enjoyed at The Cove, along Leland’s river. Catch a charter fishing trip or a ferry to the Manitou Islands here.

Maple City: Originally called Pegtown Station, Maple City got its start as a shoe peg factory on several acres of maple timber. Tucked into the hilly country-

Northport: One of the area’s earliest

Omena: Blink and you’ll miss it, but

that’d be a shame. This curve-in-the-road village boasts a U-pick flower garden, sweet sandy beach, notable art gallery, a pub that serves delectable fish and chips and has an adjacent winery tasting room.

Suttons Bay: This waterfront village

teems with life come summer as visitors explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, art theater and historic inns or head to the waterfront park for a day at the beach or festivals centered around art, food and wine. Midway up the Leelanau Peninsula, the town is near several wineries and bookends the Leelanau bike trail, which stretches 16 miles to Traverse City. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 17

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BEL LAGO VINEYARD & WINERY: Beautiful lake views showcase carefully crafted European varietals. 6530 S. LAKE SHORE DR., CEDAR,

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CICCONE VINEYARD & WINERY: European-style wines and Old World tasting room sit atop a hill delivering gorgeous lake views. 10343 E. HILLTOP RD.,

BLACK STAR FARMS: Award-winning wines pair with an inn, creamery and farm-to-table dinners at this agri-tourism leader. 10844 E. REVOLD RD., SUTTONS BAY, 231.994.1250, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM.

BLUSTONE VINEYARDS: This newcomer is notable for its light-filled tasting room and the double gold won for its first unoaked chardonnay.

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FORTY-FIVE NORTH VINEYARD & WINERY: Popular wines like 45 Red and Peach Crémant served in a post-and-beam barn tasting room. 8580 E. HORN RD., LAKE LEELANAU, 231.271.1188, FORTYFIVENORTH.COM.

BOATHOUSE VINEYARD: Sip the awardwinning Boathouse Red from an Adirondack chair on the waterfront. Corner of St. Mary’s Street and M-204. 231.256.7115, BOATHOUSEVINEYARDS.COM.

CEDAR, 231.228.2880, LONGVIEWWINERY.COM.

MOTOVINO CELLARS: A tasting room devoted to the love of classic cars, motorcycles and Leelanau wines. 110 WAUKAZOO ST., NORTHPORT, 231.386.1027, MOTOVINOCELLARS.COM.

RAFTSHOL: Reds are a good bet at this winery, first in the area to specialize in Bordeaux varietals and red vinifera grapes. 1865 N. WEST BAY SHORE DR., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.5650, RAFTSHOLVINE-

780 N. SYLT ROAD, LAKE LEELANAU, 231.256.0146, BLUSTONEVINEYARDS.COM.

LONGVIEW VINEYARD & WINERY: In-town tasting room in Cedar displaying plenty of bestof-class awards. 8697 GOOD HARBOR TRAIL,

GILL’S PIER VINEYARD & WINERY: Award-winning boutique vineyard with the approachability of a local winery. 5620 N. MANITOU TRAIL, LELAND, 231.256.7003, GILLSPIER.COM.

GOOD HARBOR VINEYARDS: Friendly tasting room boasts a longtime growing legacy and one of the largest pinot grigio plantings in Michigan. 34 S. MANITOU

BOSKYDEL VINEYARD : Leelanau’s original and still humble winery, specializing in hybrid varietals.

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SHADY LANE CELLARS: Award-winning wines served up a in smart and beautifully renovated fieldstone chicken coop. 9580 SHADY LN., SUTTONS BAY, 231.947.8865, SHADYLANECELLARS.COM.

SILVER LEAF VINEYARD & WINERY: Smallbatch wines are oak mellowed and hand bottled and corked. 11061 E. SILVER LEAF FARM RD., SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.3111, SILVERLEAFVINEYARD.COM.

GOOD NEIGHBOR ORGANIC VINEYARD & WINERY: Organic cider’s the focus, complemented by fruit wines and table blends. 9525 ENGLES RD.,

BRENGMAN BROTHERS AT CRAIN HILL: Refined winemaking and organic and biodynamic growing practices appeal to the wine aficionado—and others.

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TANDEM CIDERS: Sip hard cider that tastes like an apple straight from the tree in a setting as friendly as a neighborhood pub. 2055 N. SETTERBO RD.,

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LAURENTIDE: Eight varietal wines including the first estate-grown award-wining sauvignon blanc in Leelanau County. 56 S. FRENCH RD., LAKE LEELANAU,

VERTERRA WINERY: By boat or by car, sample the 16 wines and assorted ciders on tap at a tasting room just off the Leland River. 103 E. RIVER ST.,

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L. MAWBY: World-class bubbly is what you’ll find here, where only sparkling wine is sold. 4519 S. ELM VALLEY RD.,

CHATEAU FONTAINE: Sophisticated wines served up in a friendly setting that pays homage to the locale’s French roots. 2290 S. FRENCH RD., LAKE

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WILLOW VINEYARD: Gorgeous West Bay views set the stage for the tasting of small production artisan wines. 10702 E. HILLTOP RD., SUTTONS BAY,

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The Boutique by Mary Kent

We have your favorite designers! (clothes you need!) And some new kids on the block... (clothes you want!) And always, the clothes you love! 114 E Nagonaba St. :: Downtown Northport :: 231.386.7639

102 Mill Street, Northport, MI 49670 www.penningtoncollection.com

Open all year.

231-386-9890

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