Peninsula Cellars Tasting Room
The second day of our vacation, Mickey and I started out to visit wineries and wine tasting adventures along the Old Mission Peninsula. We are both retired English teachers; thus, we could not pass up an opportunity to visit a one-room school that had been transformed into Peninsula Cellars Old Mission Peninsula. It is located at 11480 Center Road [M-37], Traverse City, Michigan. The family operated winery is located on the 150-year old Kroupa farm. This is just six miles North of Traverse city, and this lovely 19th century one-room schoolhouse is a family owned winery that was created in 1994 by cherry farmers, David and Joan Kroupa.
This is such an adorable location, and the owners have used clever marketing techniques. For example, we saw wines in this converted schoolhouse [once known as Maple Grove School] that were aptly named: Detention and Homework! The featured wines are: Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, as well as fruit and dessert wines..
I really enjoyed their wines, especially the Rieslings; thus, I purchased a bottle, This area is near the 45th parallel as is the German territory that does wonderful Rieslings.
This tasting experience is available from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Don't miss this wonder wine tasting experience and the friendly helpful people who run it.
Glen Haven, Michigan, is a renovated and restored logging village on the Leelanau Peninsula and is located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In 1857, Glen Haven was founded west of Glen Arbor and was a settlement called Sleeping Bearville. By 1881, there were eleven buildings in this community. The Park Service purchased all of the village by the mid-1970s. Sadly, the last resident, Carolyn Bumgardner, was evicted through "eminent domain" in November of 2007 [she had put up a long battle to keep her property!]
Of interest in Glen Haven are:
1. In the photograph: Glen Haven General store is operated by Eastern National. This historic general store appears as it did in the 1920s. It offers typical general store merchandise and items related to the history of the Glen Haven area. Public restrooms are available next to the store.
2. Cannery Boat Museum: A volunteer staff is available for impromptu interpretive talks. It has an historic boat collection that includes vessels, motors and equipment. Picnic tables are available adjacent to the parking area.
3. Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop: This is a fully restore 1920s Blacksmith Shop that provides blacksmith demonstrations for people of all ages. You are able to see how bars of iron are heated and transformed into useful items. Note: it is open depending on staff availability!
4. Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum: See the next tip.
Open only Saturday and Sunday from end of May to end of June.
From end of June to Beginning part of September: Noon to 5:00 p.m. daily
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Traverse City is a great place to visit if you do not mind lots of people. The setting is beautiful along lake michigan. While in TC you can bike, run or roller blade along the many trails along the lake or venture over to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. In addition to the other activities, there are lots of neet little shops and cafe's to visit.