Four years ago, my wife Heather and I rented a house on the Leelanau Peninsula, just to the south and west of Northport. We had recently become a family of five -- our twin girls were 11 months old and our oldest daughter had just turned four. It was a long weekend getaway at a time when we were considering a move to Traverse City from our home in metro Detroit. We loved Traverse City, and had visited many times, but never in May.
As we wait for the return of autumn’s annual color show, we’ve reached out to the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) to learn where they like to enjoy the dazzling display of fall color -- and of course, their favorite fall wines.
We've landed on countless lists citing Traverse City, Michigan as a mecca for the gastronomically enthusiastic traveler. But what makes our little lakeside town such a delight for the culinary tourist? I've narrowed it down to 5 1/2 reasons why I love our foodie town.