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Best Things to Do in Leelanau Peninsula

A visit to Leelanau Peninsula means scenic adventures and serene landscapes. The Peninsula has many great hiking spots, wineries, and picturesque drives, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect with loved ones and the world around you.

While staying at the Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, make the most of your time and see some of what the Leelanau Peninsula has to offer.

Check out some of the best Leelanau points of interest:

 Follow the Leelanau Peninsula Trail

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: The distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge varies based on the chosen trail. Visit the map to learn more about winery locations along the trails.

Composed of 25 wineries, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail offers three different trails to choose from: the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop, and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop. Whether you go yourself or bring a group, you’ll enjoy a variety of excellent local wines (many of which medal at national and international competitions) and get a chance to chat with the winemakers who produce them. This is a great option for anyone looking to visit wineries at their own pace or with specific wineries in mind.

Take a Chauffeured Wine Tour

Departure Address: 1213 W Civic Center Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 21 miles

If you’re truly looking to sit back, relax, and not hold back while enjoying all that a wine tour has to offer, take a 5-hour wine tour. Of the many Traverse City Wine Tours, the Leelanau Peninsula tours are known for their beautiful locations.

On this tour, you’ll be driven with a group to check out four wineries in Leelanau Peninsula. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and make some new friends! Don’t hesitate to book a tour if you’re thinking about it—these spots fill up fast.

Visit the Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Address: 5500 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., Northport, MI 49670

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 17 miles

A visit to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse can be both scenic and educational. While exploring this historical structure, you can learn about the area’s maritime heritage with a self-guided tour or book an in-person tour for your group in advance. This is a great way to engage with the history of Leelanau Peninsula.

Hike Along Leelanau State Park Trails

Address: 5500 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., Northport, MI 49670

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 17 miles

After viewing the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, be sure to see all that the Leelanau State Park has to offer. With over 1,500 acres of land to explore, there are numerous hiking trails (you can even bring your cross-country skis here in the winter), and many Petoskey stones to be found along the beach. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach.

 Explore Cherry Orchards

Address: 8227 N. Matheson Rd., Northport, MI 49670

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 8 miles

Often known as the Cherry Capital, northern Michigan is home to numerous cherry orchards. When visiting Leelanau Peninsula, the Hallstedt Homestead Cherry Orchard is well worth a visit. Here you can walk around the orchard and enjoy several cherry-inspired dining options. During the spring you can see beautiful cherry blossoms, and in the summer you can pick your own fresh cherries!

Stop by the Historic Fishtown

Address: 203 W River St., Leland, MI 49654

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 12 miles

This historic collection of fishing shanties, weathered docks, and charter boats along the Leland River allows you to step back in time as you explore Lake Michigan’s commercial fishing heritage. You can visit Fishtown any time of year and enjoy unique boutiques, art galleries, and food shops.

Stay in Leelanau Peninsula!

For the ultimate stay in Leelanau County, book a stay at Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge. Along with access to all the riches of Leelanau Peninsula, you’ll enjoy dining at the Suttons Bay Bar and Big Dex’s, comfortable amenities, and loads of fun on our casino floor, including euchre, slot machines, and even bingo! Call (231) 534-8100 or book your room online today.


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