Posts Tagged ‘Old Mission Peninsula’

Three weeks ago, my mom and her three sisters came to Traverse City for two days. We really packed a lot of adventure in a short amount of time. We started the trip with a scenic drive up Old Mission Peninsula to take in the fall foliage and grab a bite to eat at Old Mission Tavern and Bella Galleria. We also enjoyed the artwork on display both in the restaurant and in the attached gallery. It’s worth the drive!

Aunts in TC3

We continued up the peninsula to the Old Mission lighthouse to walk the beach, go for a scenic nature walk on the trails to work off some calories from our scrumptious lunch and, of course, we had to snap a quick pic while on the 45th parallel!

Aunts in TC

Next, we stopped by 2 Lads Winery to take in the stunning views…

2 Lads Winery

…and to sample some vino! 2 Lads offers panoramic views of East Bay and really tasty wines.

Aunts in TC2

The following day, we hit the streets of Traverse City to do some shopping! We ended up dining at El Dorado which I have already raved about before! We were not disappointed!

Aunts in TC

All in all, it was a great visit to catch up and spend some quality time with my mom and family. I’ll be the tour guide again for another weekend in TC- hint, hint!

Mom and I

Thanks to Aunt Mick for the wonderful pictures!


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Pyatt PreserveI recently went on a trip to Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve on Old Mission Peninsula with my black lab, Wyatt. It was totally rejuvenating and it felt like I had been on a mini vacation. Not only did I discover a special place, but I gained an understanding of why land preservation and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is so important! I heard countless bird calls, saw lily pad flowers that were nearing full bloom and happened upon a young fawn who scampered away after I startled it. The fawn still had it’s Bambi-like spots and was nimble-footed.

Pyatt Preserve (7)This preserve really awakened the senses and I’m already plotting in my head a reason to come back. I thought about combining a hike in the Pyatt Preserve with a trip to the new Jolly Pumpkin brewery & restaurant next to Bower’s Harbor Inn. Doesn’t that sound like a stellar evening? Go for a hike infused with nature stimulation, then feast your taste buds to craft beer and dinner at a new restaurant… Yes, I think I will make these plans come true in the near future. 

Pyatt Preserve (5)Until then… I’ll be pining for Pyatt.

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Grapes with a viewOh… to be a grapevine, living on this hillside. These vines enjoy views of West Grand Traverse Bay and Power Island. They are tended and cared for by Chateau Grand Traverse. The picture was snapped from a scenic overlook off M-37.

Grapes with a view2Here is the same view, this shot taken in the heat of the summer last year. In 1994, Peninsula Township passed a Purchase of Development Rights ordinance for farmland preservation. It shows amazing foresight by Peninsula Township in recognizing that they wanted to encourage farming and agriculture to continue in the township. Agriculture often fights with development pressures and with views like this, who can blame them? It would be pretty easy to sell the farm, cash in with a developer and go retire in Florida- but instead farmers can sell their development rights and the land will stay in agriculture in perpetuity. So instead of houses popping up all over Old Mission peninsula, we see more and more grape vineyards, cherry farms, and now-even hops (an critical ingredient used for beer-making).

Lighthouse on Old Mission peninsulaIf you can make it past all of the wonderful views, wineries, and  farm stands, then you’ll end up at the Old Mission Lighthouse that is situated on the 45th parallel which is half way between the equator and the north pole. Public trails and a beachfront stroll awaits. So pack a picnic- make a day of it. Old Mission peninsula is a treat!

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