A Taste of Traverse City and Mission Peninsula

There are a lot of reasons to consider Traverse City in northern Michigan as a destination worthy of a travel bucket list. Not only has Good Morning America named the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes as one of the most beautiful places in the country, but magazines like Travel+Leisure and Bon Appetit have named Traverse City as a top foodie town as well… which you’ll see simply by strolling down the main street of this charming town on a bay.

The town of less than 15,000 boasts a plethora of family-run and locally-owned restaurants, as well as the home to the Cherry Republic (where yes, you can get everything cherry!), a shop focused solely on oil and vinegar, and a lovely shop/cafe that sells all sorts of food from local producers. During the warmer months, get a taste of Traverse at their fixed food truck spot, The Little Fleet.

Head just north of Traverse City, and you’ll also start to feel like you’re in Burgundy, France — which the region actually shares the same latitude with. Vineyards sprawl across Mission Peninsula, and the drive over the hilly roads is worth a trip of its own. It’s here on the peninsula that you’ll enjoy your long weekend getaway. Hosts Cindy and Jay welcome you like family to their B&B and will be your guides to this stunning part of the country. With the B&B only offering a few rooms, you’ll feel like a guest in someone’s home.

A Taste of Traverse City and Mission Peninsula Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrive on your own to a charming B&B on Mission Peninsula. (We’re happy to assist you with a low-cost car rental).
  • Check in to your charming room, which has views of the surrounding vineyards and orchards.
  • Enjoy some hors d’oeuvres in the common room.
  • Dinner on your own tonight. Your hosts are happy to provide you with some recommendations.
  • Overnight.

Day Two

  • Start the morning with an individually-served full gourmet breakfast at the B&B.
  • Your stay includes one food or wine experience, which will depend on the dates/season. From November through April, you’ll participate in either a morning cooking class with lunch or wine immersion dinner at a local winery, usually the well-known Chateau Chantal; or a personal hands-on instruction into cooking the recipes featured at the Inn with chef and owner Cindy.
  • Rest of day at leisure.

Day Three

  • Breakfast at the B&B.
  • From May through October your package will offer the experience of cruising on the lake as the owners take you on a 3-hour sail aboard their 42 ft. Catalina sailboat. An alternative option in September and October is to participate in an Old World Harvest Stomp, where you will experience hand picking grapes, then de-stemming and stomping them into juice with your feet in a wooden vat!After breakfast, enjoy a day exploring on your own. (During the off season alternate activities will be proposed.)
  • Rest of day on your own: perhaps take a drive up the peninsula, visiting the local wineries and the picturesque lighthouse. Or drive into town and stroll down Front Street, which is populated with a variety of restaurants, locally-owned shops, the Cherry Republic, and more. Seasonal activities — from skiing to water sports — can be a part of your trip as well!

Day Four

  • Breakfast and departure.