Bicycle touring in the gently rolling countryside near Traverse City, Michigan is a great way to get outdoors, see spectacular scenery and stop off at some of the local wineries along the way. The Leelanau peninsular lies between Great Traverse Bay to the east and Lake Michigan to the west with Lake Leeanau in the middle. The area’s plentiful sunlight and mild temperatures are ideal for wine making and apple orchards.
Sutton’s Bay Bike Shop has a variety of bicycles available to rent, from full on road racers to relaxed touring bikes. They even have tandem, electric assist and recumbent bikes available — kid trailers, too! They will happily deliver your bike to your hotel and provide a map of the area so you can find your way to the wineries and orchards that dot the landscape.
Guided tours are available as well through Grand Traverse Bike Tours which offers both visits to wine country and an exploration of the booming micro-brewery culture around Traverse City. The tours come with lunch and are paced so that even those who haven’t ridden in a while can enjoy the trip. Roadside assistance is available if required and an escort car will bring your wine or beer purchases back to your lodgings for you.
Whatever your needs, from challenging trails to level terrain, whether you are an experienced rider or truly a beginner, Sutton’s Bay Bike Shop and Grand Traverse Bike Tours will see that your visit to the Leelanau peninsular becomes a cherished memory.
Source: Grand Traverse Insider : Photos via Sutton’s Bay Bike Shop