A Michigan Driving Tour

Driving along Michigan's Lake Michigan coastline is rated by Rand McNally as one of the top five greatest driving tours in America. If you are looking for an adventure for the family, consider a driving tour with interesting stops along the way. It's the ultimate answer to the age-old question: "Are we there yet?"

Rand McNally honored Michigan as one of only five states to receive the "2002 Best of the Road designation". Along with routes in Washington state, Utah, Vermont and North Carolina, a Michigan driving tour along Lake Michigan is rated as one of the greatest driving tours in America. It's a great way to see, explore and experience our wonderful State.

For Glen Arbor Visitors:


* LongView Vineyard is new! Open May 2006

   Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery - Located just north of Cedar on County
Road 643 (South Lake Shore Drive). Summer hours noon-5 p.m. Thursday through
Monday and by appointment. Winter hours, beginning Dec. 1, Friday and
Saturday, noon-5 p.m. 6530 South Lake Shore Drive, Cedar; (231) 228-4800,
ext. 102.

   Boskydel Vineyards - Located at the corner of Otto Road and County Road
641. Open daily from 1-6 p.m. 7501 E. Otto, Lake Leelanau; (231) 256-7272.

   Chateau Fontaine - Summer hours Wednesday through Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Winter hours Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. or by appointment. 2290 S.
French Road, Lake Leelanau; (231) 256-0000.

   Chateau de Leelanau - In barn at Hilltop Road and M-22, 5048 S. West
Bayshore Road, Suttons Bay. In season, open Monday through Saturday, 11
a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Closed during winter months. Suttons
Bay, 49682; (231) 271-8888.

   Ciccone Vineyard and Winery - Located eight miles north of Traverse City
on Hilltop Road off M-22. In season, open noon-6 p.m. Thursday through
Sunday. During winter months, open by appointment only. 10343 E. Hilltop
Rd., Suttons Bay; (231) 271-5553.

   Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery - Located four miles north of Leland off
M-22. Call for hours. 5620 N. Manitou Trail, Northport, voice 231-256-7003,
fax 231-256-7033.

   Good Harbor Vineyards - Located three miles south of Leland on M-22
behind Manitou Farm Market and Bakery. 2191 S. Manitou Trail, Leland. May
through October, tours and tastings are offered daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and from noon - 5 p.m. Winter hours, November
through December 16, Saturday only, noon - 5 p.m. Closed January through
April. Sunday. R. 1, Box 888, Lake Leelanau; (231) 256-7165.

   L. Mawby Vineyards/Winery - On Elm Valley Rd. south of Suttons Bay (take
M-22 to Hilltop Rd. to S. Elm Valley Rd.). Summer hours 1-6 p.m. Thursday
through Sunday or by appointment. Winter hours, Nov. through May, Saturday
only noon-5 p.m. or by appointment.4519 S. Elm Valley Rd., Suttons Bay;
(231) 271-3522.

   Leelanau Wine Cellars - Located in Omena on the east side of the Leelanau
Peninsula, between Suttons Bay and Northport. Summer hours 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday. 12683 East Tatch Rd., P.O. Box
68, Omena; (231) 386-5201.

   Raftshol Vineyards - Located 2 1/2 miles north of Suttons Bay on M-22.
Open daily from noon-5 p.m. 1865 N.W. Bayshore Drive, Suttons Bay; (231)

   Shady Lane Cellars - Located on the Leelanau Peninsula between Traverse
City and Suttons Bay. Daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 31. Winter
hours: Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 9580 Shady
Lane, Suttons Bay; (231) 947-8865.

   The Winery at Black Star Farm - On Revold Rd. 12 miles north of Traverse
City (take M-22 to Revold; winery is first driveway on left). Tasting hours
are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. 10844
E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay, 49682; (231) 271-4884.

   Willow Vineyards - On Hilltop Road south of Suttons Bay (take M-22 to
Hilltop). Open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment.
Closed December through April. 10702 E. Hilltop Rd., Suttons Bay; (231)


Dunes Golf Club: The Dunes provides a tough test for the average golfer. The
18-hole course is carved out of the Leelanau County countryside. The
toughest hole is the sixth, a 469-yard par-4. Located 17 miles west of
Traverse City on M-72. 326-5390.

King's Challenge: Home to the Leelanau Country Club, King's Challenge Golf
Courses are located 18 miles northwest of Traverse City. The Arnold Palmer
Course features outstanding views of the Leelanau Peninsula. The 6,695-yard
course has a par of 70 for men and 72 for women. The North Course, now known
as Sleeping Bear Golf Club, is one of the area's longest courses at 6,800
yards from the championship tees. The front nine has tree-lined fairways and
many elevations, the back nine is rolling, with more woods. 228-7400 or

Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms: This 18-hole championship course opened for
play last summer amid kudos from players of all abilities and ages. It
features natural terrain and outstanding views of the Leelanau Peninsula.
The yardage is 6,770 from the back tees. Located on Otto Road, 3 miles south
of Suttons Bay. 271-2020.

Leland Country Club: A private golf club with 18 holes that overlooks Lake
Leelanau. Located in Leland.

Northport Point: A nine-hole private course near Northport.

Veronica Valley: Veronica Valley is a scenic course that plays to a par 35
and 3,203 yards. Located on County Road 641, 5 miles south of Lake Leelanau.

For Arcadia Golfers:


Champion Hill: Located on 350 acres of the highest land in Benzie County,
this new course offers scenic, open, rolling and heather-lined fairways, and
picturesque views of four lakes. The 18-hole, par-72 course plays to 6,887
yards. Located 2 1/2 miles south of U.S. 31 on Marshall Road, just west of
Honor. 882-9200.

Crystal Downs: This private course is recognized as one of the finest in the
United States. Located near Frankfort.

Crystal Lake Golf Club: The 18-hole layout takes golfers through heather,
orchards and hardwoods. It overlooks Crystal Lake and features a new
practice facility. Located 1/2 mile north of Beulah on U.S. 31. 882-4061.

Crystal Mountain: The year-round resort on M-115 near Thompsonville offers
36 championship holes cut out of Benzie County woods. Crystal features the
Mountain Ridge course and the Betsie Valley course. Driving range available.

Frankfort Golf Course: The nine-hole course plays to 2,552 yards with a par
of 34. Located 2 miles north of Frankfort on M-22. 352-4101.

Mistwood Golf Course: The 27-hole championship course features a multiple
tee set-up. Located at 7568 Sweet Lake Rd. in Lake Ann, 13 miles W of
Traverse City. 275-5500.

Pinecroft: This 18-hole championship course was awarded a 3 1/2 star rating
by Golf Digest's 1998-99 Places To Play. Located 1/2 mile east of Beulah off
U.S. 31 on Narrow Gauge Road. 882-9100.


Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club: One of the most beautiful courses in northern
Michigan, Arcadia Bluffs opened last fall. Situated 150 feet above the Lake
Michigan shoreline, it offers spectacular views from virtually every vantage
point. The 18-hole, par-72 course has no water hazards, making it look like
a seaside course. 889-3001.

Bear Lake Golf Association: One of the best public courses in northern
Michigan, this little-known jewel doesn't publicize itself much. The
well-maintained course plays to 6,500 yards from the men's tees. Even though
the course isn't long, it demands precision shots. Water on eight holes.

Chestnut Hills: This 18-hole course (a second 9 was added in 2003) was
designed by owner Doug Carter. It features fesque fairways. 864-2458.

Manistee National: Formerly Cobi Golf Club, this resort features two 18-hole
courses including the original Canthooke Valley and the new Cutters' Ridge.
Designed by Jerry Matthews, Cutters' Ridge is more challenging, with unique
short holes and wetlands to navigate. It plays to 6,700 yards. 723-8874.

Fawn Crest: Located 18 miles east of Manistee, this heavily wooded nine-hole
executive course plays to 2,068 yards. 848-4174.

Fox Hills: This nine-hole executive course plays to 2,340 yards. Located 4
miles south of Manistee. 723-3809.

Manistee: A private course with limited public play, overlooking Lake
Michigan. The greens are small and the course slightly rolling. Plays to
6,031 yards from back tees. Located on Cherry Road in Manistee. 723-2509.

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