Old Mission Peninsula and its surrounding area is a fantastic way to spend the day meandering thru wineries, gently rolling hills, scenic views of East and West Bay and so much more. You will find charming antique shops, great local produce stands, fine and casual dining all on an easy day trip just north of Traverse City. Check out some of these local stops.
Peninsula Grill & Bad Dog Deli. A favorite meeting place for locals and visitors abound. The relaxed, casual atmosphere is inviting and makes everyone feel right at home. The menu offers a variety of fresh steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza and more. If you’re on the go, to the beach or the boat, don’t miss out on the provisions at Bad Dog Deli. The deli, named after the owner’s miniature schnauzer, has Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, sandwiches, pizza, wine, ice cream and other good stuff!
(231) 223-7200 – Grill
(231) 223-9364 – Deli
The Bowery. Built in 1885, Bowers Harbor Inn is the legendary home of elegant dining. Situated on Grand Traverse Bay, Bowers features the famous smoked whitefish dip,fish in a bag, morel crusted scallops and more. Or, enjoy casual dining at The Bowery, an Old Mission Original, with its famous BBQ ribs and lake perch. Call 223.4222
The Boathouse. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Bowers Harbor the boathouse takes full advantage of its delightful view of the docks and bay with wide-open windows and a summer deck. Indoors, the charming decor invokes a relaxed cottage atmosphere where both the casually and formally attired feel welcome. Chef Jim Morse puts a new twist on Northern Michigan’s traditional home-style fare creating unparalleled innovative cuisine. The menu varies in its choices of fresh fish, meat, chicken and vegetarian entrées.
Walt’s & Susan’s Antiques Shop. Located in a 1910 barn where three floors are filled to over flowing with beautiful dishes, primitives, furniture, vintage clothes & more – note the wide plank floors. Don’t miss the tour through Walt’s gas station work shop.
2513 Nelson Road
Peninsula Market. The atmosphere in this newly remodeled Market is open and inviting. Whether you’re going to work, heading home or enjoying a leisurely drive; if we’re not on your way we should be! Lots of local products to choose from and the only gas station on the Peninsula. Come in and shop or sit down for lunch or dinner. We are WiFi.
Mon-Thurs 7:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 7:00 am -10:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am-8:00 pm
Old Mission Wineries are situated uniquely at the globe’s 45th parallel — the ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes — the five wineries that comprise this stunning appellation have been well recognized by international wine enthusiasts. The dedicated vintners who hone their craft on the glacially formed landscape include Peninsula Cellars, Chateau Grand Traverse & Brys Estate Vinyard & Winery.
Bowers Harbor Park. The perfect place to stretch your legs. Enjoy the new walking path around the park, have a picnic, play some tennis and let the kids romp on the tall ship play structure.
Bowers Harbor Boat Launch Want to bring your boat?
Pyatt Lake Nature Area is nestled in the woods off Pyatt Rd. A quiet and peaceful nature preserve, complete with hiking trail, boardwalks and two observation platforms overlooking pristine wetlands, provides an excellent opportunity for viewing one of the most botanically diverse areas in Grand Traverse County.
Check out this great produce stops or look for other small local garden delights.
Edmondson Orchard Fruit Stand
Buchan’s Blueberry Hill
Grey Hare Inn Farm Market
We have no rentals currently on the Old Mission Peninsula, but if you are planning to explore the Peninsula and its wineries, beaches and other offerings, please have a look at our Traverse City vacation rentals.