Spend a Day Exploring Northern Leelanau this Fall

Photo of the Northport Millpond by bob Bayer.

Photo of the Northport Millpond by bob Bayer.


1. Breakfast in Northport

There are a few incredible breakfast spots right in town to help you start your day off right. The Tribune: Ice Cream and Eatery serves fresh, from scratch breakfast, lunch and takeout.
If you are looking for something a little quicker, stop by the New Bohemian Cafe for a made to order coffee drink of your choice and a fresh pastry.
New Bohemian is also a great place to grab a picnic lunch to go before you head off on a day of adventures.
Of course, there is the famous Barb’s Bakery, an institution in Northport that has been here for over 100 years!


2. Hikes, Parks, and Watersports

The area has miles of protected natural areas with trails that wind you through fields and forests you can explore through short and easy walking trails. Exploring these protected forested area is the best way to take in the colors!
The Leelanau State Park includes the sand dunes of Cathead Bay and the historic Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the top of the Peninsula.
Make sure to check out our page outlining all the local trails before you go.
You can also enjoy town with an ebike, SUP, or boat rental from North Shore Outfitters.


3. Wine tasting

The winemaking in our area is at the top of all the award lists, and this year the Leelanau Wine Trail has been named the 2nd best wine region in North America!
This fall, visit our local wineries Baia Estate in Northport, and Leelanau Wine Cellars in Omena during the Hunt for Reds in October.
Why not visit as many as you can with a tour - 5 Ton Tours is one of our favorites because you get to ride along M22 in an open-air military style truck. Talk about doing things differently.


4. Unwind in Town

After all this adventure, take some time to explore the village of Northport. Some of our favorite stores to shop in the fall are Enjoy Michigan for clothing and gifts, and Porcupine for jewelry, home goods, and gifts. Both shops are in historic buildings in the center of town. They close as soon as the snow begins to fall (which is often the first week of November around here) so make sure to start your holiday shopping with them now!
Next, grab a seasonal brew and sit by the fire on the outdoor patio of The Mitten Brewing Company just up the street.


5. Dinner at the local Tavern

Celebrate the season by enjoying a seasonal special at a local’s favorite gathering space. Tucker’s of Northport is more than just a bar & restaurant, they also have a two-lane bowling alley and arcade.

Enter to Win a Weekend in Northern Leelanau to enjoy the height of fall colors!

Visit our Instagram or Facebook pages and follow. Comment on the Contest Image pictured above with the friend you would bring as a guest + another friend, just in case the first one can’t make it!
Prize Package is currently valued at over $1,000 and will continue to grow - keep an eye on the site until the sweepstakes is closed.
Must enter by Thursday, September 26th at 12:00 AM, Midnight EST to be entered.
Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via the messaging platform they entered on Friday, September 27th, then announced at Leelanau Uncaged during a live announcement.


A seasonal Bouquet from Field of Flowers Northport and a two night stay at their AirBnB, Dragonfly Garden Loft + Flowers 
A gift stach from Willowbrook Mill with goods from local merchants, including Willowbrook Mill, Enjoy Michigan, & Porcupine
Art pieces from a local Artist
Two seats on a four hour wine tour from 5 Ton Tours Friday, October 18th, starting at 12pm tour through Leelanau
Two eBike rentals from North Shore Outfitters
One growler to fill with a seasonal brew from The Mitten Brewing Northport
Reusable Insulated Grocery Bags from Green Spirit Living
Dinner for two at Tucker’s of Northport
Breakfast for two at New Bohemian Cafe
Breakfast for two at The Tribune, Ice Cream and Eatery

Photo used in contest image provided by Up North Live Media.
RULES: Must be 18 to enter the sweepstakes and 21 or older to win complete prize (which includes a wine tour and gift certificate from the Mitten Brewing Company). In order to be eligible to win, you must follow the Chamber of Commerce through one or more of their social media sites on the day of the drawing. Winner must also have tagged two friends in the comments of the photo announcing the sweepstakes. For complete list of rules and conditions, please visit the Rules Page.