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Old Mission Peninsula real estate
Old Mission Peninsula real estate

The Napa Valley of Northern Michigan

The gorgeous Old Mission Peninsula is likened to Napa Valley California sitting on a peninsula in the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. With its fruit orchards and vineyards straddling the picturesque hillsides, and East and West Bays lapping along the sandy beaches, Old Mission Peninsula real estate is some of the most sought after in all of the Midwest.

One of the best places to enjoy the interplay between water, sky and foliage is the Old Mission Peninsula, which juts nearly 32 kilometers (20 miles) into Grand Traverse Bay and, in some places is as little as a mile wide. It's a patchwork of orchards, vineyards, forests, and villages perfect for a morning or afternoon drive interspersed with visits to wineries, roadside fruit stands, and a meal stop at one of several charming restaurants.

The most spectacular views along the peninsula are generally on M-37 (Center Road), which runs along the ridge at its center, through the hamlet of Mapleton to the lighthouse at Old Mission Point.

Or, it's quite as lovely to amble along roads that follow the shoreline on either side with stops at the historic village of Old Mission and Bowers Harbor.

Last Updated: October 09, 2008