WHAT TO DO THERE: Old Mission Peninsula: the perfect place to unwind after a hectic week. Nestled in the middle of Grand Traverse Bay, OMP is still close to town, but far enough away for almost any summer activity imaginable.
WHAT TO BRING: Camera, swimming gear, and possibly some spending money for some of the area's best wineries.
OPTIONAL SIDE TREK: Old Mission offers some of the most scenic road riding in the area. Bring your road bike and cruise the loop along the edge of the peninsula. Follow the east side north, all the way to the lighthouse. Once there, ride back to town along the west shoreline. Alternatively, take a dip at Haserot beach. Bring your mask and snorkel to look for some underwater wrecks.
KICK IT UP A NOTCH: Bring a SUP or kayak on a calm day and head on out to Power Island, an island nestled in the heart of West Grand Traverse Bay. Launch from Bowers Harbor boat launch, it's about a 3 mile paddle to the island.
TIPS: While OMP is famous for its wineries, there are also plenty of great hidden spots to grab a snack or a more formal bite to eat. Among our favorites are Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant & Brewery and the Old Mission General Store.