Traverse City is situated directly on the 45th parallel – halfway between the North Pole and the Equator – which is the same locale as the famous wine regions of France and Italy. The area’s two wine trails are located on the picturesque Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas – both of which stretch out into the sapphire blue waters of Lake Michigan.
Fall is an especially popular time at the vineyards and tasting rooms. The vines are heavy with fruit, ripe for the picking, and the air is heavy with fruity goodness (not to mention a fair amount of honey bees and fruit flies!) Visitors can often see the grapes being pressed into wine during their autumn tasting tour, and the spectacular fall color on the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas rolling hills is beyond breathtaking.