What to do on Old Mission Peninsula in the Winter

What to do on Old Mission Peninsula in the Winter

02nd Mar 2017, Author: Bonobo Winery

An Old Mission Winter Adventure

With warmer weather on the horizon, right now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the last of winter. From active snowshoe hikes, to relaxing and delicious food and wine, there is something for everyone to enjoy on Old Mission Peninsula. Check out our list of fun activities Old Mission Peninsula has to offer before winter leaves us. 

1. Snowshoe the Hare

1994 Carroll Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Grab your snowshoes or your winter boots and head to the Grey Hare Inn for a winter walk through the vines. From the Grey Hare Inn you can start your trek to Bonobo Winery or take your time exploring the Inn’s property. This is the perfect opportunity to burn some calories before enjoying a glass or two of wine at Bonobo. Take in the sights and sounds, and revel in the outdoor scenery of Old Mission Peninsula. Tell Bonobo owner Todd to strap on his shoes and join you for the trek back! 

What to do on old mission peninsula in the winter

2. Lunch at Bad Dog Deli

14091 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Snowshoeing sure can work up an appetite! To cure your cravings head up Center Road to Bad Dog Deli for lunch. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is fast and friendly. Bad Dog is the perfect stop for a quick break before continuing your Old Mission Adventures. Say hi to Ardy, your sandwich artist!

What to do on Old Mission Peninsula

3. Tour the Mission Point Lighthouse 

20500 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Mission Point Lighthouse has been considered an Old Mission Peninsula icon for years and is a classic piece of Michigan history. Located at the end of M-37’s scenic drive through vineyards and cherry orchards, Mission Point Lighthouse is a must-see! Guests are encouraged to take themselves on a self-guided historical tour through the lighthouse. Climbing up the tower is like taking a step back in time to what life was like around the turn of the century for lighthouse keepers. Say hi to Ginger if she’s on duty!

What to do on Old Mission Peninsula

4. Take a walk back in time at the Old Mission General Store

18250 Mission Road, Traverse City, MI 49686

Old Mission General Store was the first ever retail general store between Fort Wayne to Mackinaw, and they are still going strong today! They offer everything from penny candy, jams, cheese, sandwiches, and cookies, to antiques and more. Their old time touch is worth the visit. 

What to do on Old Mission Peninsula

5. Warm up by the fire at Bonobo

12011 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

We invite you to relax in our laid-back and comfortable atmosphere with a glass of wine after a long day of adventures on Old Mission Peninsula. With our oversized tasting room, cozy nooks, warm fireplaces, and an amazing deck, we encouraged our guests to stay awhile, and enjoy a top-quality glass of wine and small plate. Bring your friends and family, and let’s bond over great wine! A glass of our Bonobo Red or Chardonnay will pair nicely with an order of pulled beef sliders after a long day in the cold.

What to do On Old Mission Peninsula in the Winter

6. Finish off your evening with dinner at the Jolly Pumpkin

13512 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686

Along with being a micro-brewery and distillery, Jolly Pumpkin features local artisan fare including pizzas, unique sandwiches, and house-smoked meats. It’s a great family-friendly restaurant that’s open year-round and can accommodate large groups. 

What to do on Old Mission Peninsula

Now that we’ve provided the plan, it’s your turn to enjoy all the greatness Old Mission Peninsula has to offer.


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