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Guide to Leelanau County

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Guide to Leelanau County

Food scene
Awesome pizza, sandwiches and weekend breakfast. One of my favorites!!
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Market 22
497 East Harbor Highway
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Awesome pizza, sandwiches and weekend breakfast. One of my favorites!!
My FAVORITE restaurant in Leelanau county. It's cozy, the food is consistently delicious, and it's only 2 miles from Red Gate Farm. Reservations required, so book early to guarantee your chance to eat here. This is my go-to restaurant when I host visitors.
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Trattoria Funistrada
4566 West MacFarlane Road
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My FAVORITE restaurant in Leelanau county. It's cozy, the food is consistently delicious, and it's only 2 miles from Red Gate Farm. Reservations required, so book early to guarantee your chance to eat here. This is my go-to restaurant when I host visitors.
French food, close to Red Gate Farm, cozy and yummy. This is definitely a special occasion restaurant, though they do have a patio out back if you just want wine or dessert. Book early to make sure you get in to sample Chef Guillaume's wonderful cooking!
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La Becasse Restaurant
9001 South Dunns Farm Road
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French food, close to Red Gate Farm, cozy and yummy. This is definitely a special occasion restaurant, though they do have a patio out back if you just want wine or dessert. Book early to make sure you get in to sample Chef Guillaume's wonderful cooking!
Incredible food with a view of Lake Michigan. Chef Randy is a genius in the kitchen and we've loved every meal we've had at Blu. This is a busy, special occasion restaurant so reservations required. Don't miss your chance to dine at Blu if you can, it is an experience!!
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Blu
5705 South Lake Street
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Incredible food with a view of Lake Michigan. Chef Randy is a genius in the kitchen and we've loved every meal we've had at Blu. This is a busy, special occasion restaurant so reservations required. Don't miss your chance to dine at Blu if you can, it is an experience!!
See review under Curling - great burgers and pizza and only 2 miles down the road.
Broomstack Kitchen and Taphouse
172 W Burdickville Rd
See review under Curling - great burgers and pizza and only 2 miles down the road.
A bit of a drive from Red Gate Farm, but it's got a water view with a reasonably priced menu. It's a nice drive to get there, and there's winery next door.
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Knot Just a Bar
5019 North West Bay Shore Drive
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A bit of a drive from Red Gate Farm, but it's got a water view with a reasonably priced menu. It's a nice drive to get there, and there's winery next door.
Local burger joint that's a local and tourist favorite. CASH ONLY, so don't come empty handed. This is a Glen Arbor landmark and must visit. Art's has a great breakfast too.
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Art's Tavern
6487 West Western Avenue
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Local burger joint that's a local and tourist favorite. CASH ONLY, so don't come empty handed. This is a Glen Arbor landmark and must visit. Art's has a great breakfast too.
Good food and reasonably priced in Suttons Bay. Great Sunday brunch!
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V.I. Grill
201 North Saint Joseph Street
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Good food and reasonably priced in Suttons Bay. Great Sunday brunch!
Curling
Delicious burgers and pizza and CURLING only 2 miles down the road. A new local favorite!!
Broomstack Kitchen and Taphouse
172 W Burdickville Rd
Delicious burgers and pizza and CURLING only 2 miles down the road. A new local favorite!!
Sightseeing
Local nearby towns or things to see are in this category.
Many cute shops, the famous Pleva's meat market, Polish Art Center, Duck to Swan Gallery, L. Saille Jewelry, Buntings Market, Cedar Hardware, and much more. About 5 miles from Red Gate Farm and worth a visit!
Cedar
Many cute shops, the famous Pleva's meat market, Polish Art Center, Duck to Swan Gallery, L. Saille Jewelry, Buntings Market, Cedar Hardware, and much more. About 5 miles from Red Gate Farm and worth a visit!
Restaurants, shopping, touristy t-shirts and other things, art galleries, home goods, hardware store, the famous Cherry Republic, and so much more. Lake Michigan at the end of Lake Street. Farmers Market from 9-1 on Tuesdays next to the Town Hall on the main drag.
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Glen Arbor
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Restaurants, shopping, touristy t-shirts and other things, art galleries, home goods, hardware store, the famous Cherry Republic, and so much more. Lake Michigan at the end of Lake Street. Farmers Market from 9-1 on Tuesdays next to the Town Hall on the main drag.
Such a great beach town, right on the bay. There's an art fair the first weekend in August that I never miss. They also have an event called Wine on the Water that is fun to attend. Murdick's fudge, ice cream, restaurants, shopping - a must see little town about 30 minutes from Red Gate Farm. Farmers market on Saturdays.
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Suttons Bay
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Such a great beach town, right on the bay. There's an art fair the first weekend in August that I never miss. They also have an event called Wine on the Water that is fun to attend. Murdick's fudge, ice cream, restaurants, shopping - a must see little town about 30 minutes from Red Gate Farm. Farmers market on Saturdays.
Leland has the famous Fishtown that has shops and restaurants right on the water in the harbor of Leland. You can take a sunset cruise, go to the Manitou Islands, or rent a charter fishing boat from Leland. There are also cute shops, restaurants and ice cream shops in Leland. Leland is about 20 minutes from Red Gate Farm along the famous M22.
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Leland
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Leland has the famous Fishtown that has shops and restaurants right on the water in the harbor of Leland. You can take a sunset cruise, go to the Manitou Islands, or rent a charter fishing boat from Leland. There are also cute shops, restaurants and ice cream shops in Leland. Leland is about 20 minutes from Red Gate Farm along the famous M22.
Great lookouts with awesome photo opportunities. Also a great place to take in a Leelanau sunset.
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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Entrance
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Great lookouts with awesome photo opportunities. Also a great place to take in a Leelanau sunset.
Nearby Hiking
An easy to moderate hike with incredible views along the way. Dogs on a leash are allowed. Go early in the summer as it's packed with visitors.
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Empire Bluff Trailhead
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An easy to moderate hike with incredible views along the way. Dogs on a leash are allowed. Go early in the summer as it's packed with visitors.
Easy to moderate hike with an incredible view at the top. Dogs on leashes can go on this trail. Probably 15 minutes from Red Gate Farm. Go early in the summer as the parking lot will fill up with visitors.
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Pyramid Point Trailhead
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Easy to moderate hike with an incredible view at the top. Dogs on leashes can go on this trail. Probably 15 minutes from Red Gate Farm. Go early in the summer as the parking lot will fill up with visitors.
Nearby hike favored by locals.
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Alligator Hill Trail
Stocking Road
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Nearby hike favored by locals.
A must see if you're in the area. You can go to the first "top" for an incredible view of the surrounding area, or spend hours hiking up and down dunes until you get to Lake Michigan. If you opt for the long hike, bring lots of water and only do so if you are able to handle difficult hiking. It's hot, sandy and lots of up and down dunes to navigate, but a great hike for those who are in shape enough to go to Lake Michigan. (I'm not anymore, LOL)
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Dune Climb
6748 South Dune Highway
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A must see if you're in the area. You can go to the first "top" for an incredible view of the surrounding area, or spend hours hiking up and down dunes until you get to Lake Michigan. If you opt for the long hike, bring lots of water and only do so if you are able to handle difficult hiking. It's hot, sandy and lots of up and down dunes to navigate, but a great hike for those who are in shape enough to go to Lake Michigan. (I'm not anymore, LOL)
Bike Trails
17 mile long bike trail that winds through beautiful Leelanau County.
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
17 mile long bike trail that winds through beautiful Leelanau County.
Bike trail in Traverse City, connects to a trail in Suttons Bay.
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Traverse Area Recreation Trail
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Bike trail in Traverse City, connects to a trail in Suttons Bay.
Ice Cream Places
Awesome ice cream in nearby Cedar, about 5 miles away. This is where many locals go. There are several different Michigan dairies featured here, and you can get food too. (hot dogs, chips, pulled pork, etc.) There is a great selection of flavors, sundaes, hard and soft ice cream, and the owner is great!! Go see Brett in Cedar and see where the locals go for ice cream.
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Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop
9032 South Kasson Street
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Awesome ice cream in nearby Cedar, about 5 miles away. This is where many locals go. There are several different Michigan dairies featured here, and you can get food too. (hot dogs, chips, pulled pork, etc.) There is a great selection of flavors, sundaes, hard and soft ice cream, and the owner is great!! Go see Brett in Cedar and see where the locals go for ice cream.
Laker Shakes is about 2 miles down the road, right across from Glen Lake. They feature Moomers ice cream as well as a great selection of beer, wine, food to go, local history books, and many other things a traveler may have forgotten. Locals gather here at night and catch up, it's a cozy hang out and has delicious ice cream!
Laker Shakes Burdickville Market
8995 S Dunns Farm Rd
Laker Shakes is about 2 miles down the road, right across from Glen Lake. They feature Moomers ice cream as well as a great selection of beer, wine, food to go, local history books, and many other things a traveler may have forgotten. Locals gather here at night and catch up, it's a cozy hang out and has delicious ice cream!
Moomers has been voted best ice cream on several different occasions. They are about 15 miles away, but worth the drive. You can see their cows, choose from a huge selection of flavors and it's a great place for anyone; families, couples or someone just craving some great ice cream.
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Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
7263 North Long Lake Road
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Moomers has been voted best ice cream on several different occasions. They are about 15 miles away, but worth the drive. You can see their cows, choose from a huge selection of flavors and it's a great place for anyone; families, couples or someone just craving some great ice cream.
Local Beaches
This beach and the parking lot are exactly 6 miles north from the studio apartment at Red Gate Farm. You can park and go to the beach here, OR you can turn left on Lake Michigan Road, right before the parking lot, and drive down the dirt road looking to your right for parking and trails that take you to the beach. The main parking lot has trash cans, an outhouse, and water fountain with foot rinse. Bonfires are allowed on this beach. Please take any and all trash you create with you and be a good citizen when visiting the beaches.
Bohemian Road Beach Good Harbor Bay
This beach and the parking lot are exactly 6 miles north from the studio apartment at Red Gate Farm. You can park and go to the beach here, OR you can turn left on Lake Michigan Road, right before the parking lot, and drive down the dirt road looking to your right for parking and trails that take you to the beach. The main parking lot has trash cans, an outhouse, and water fountain with foot rinse. Bonfires are allowed on this beach. Please take any and all trash you create with you and be a good citizen when visiting the beaches.
Beautiful sandy, white beaches are found at Good Harbor Bay Beach. This beach is about 10-12 miles from Red Gate Farm, but worth the drive. There are trash cans, an outhouse, and water fountains at this beach.
Good Harbor Bay Beach
6748 S Dune Hwy
Beautiful sandy, white beaches are found at Good Harbor Bay Beach. This beach is about 10-12 miles from Red Gate Farm, but worth the drive. There are trash cans, an outhouse, and water fountains at this beach.
This is a must see, with a great beach!! There is an historic village, some beautiful views of the Manitou Islands, and close to Glen Arbor if you need anything. Further down the road from Glen Haven is a museum and hiking trails.
Glen Haven Historic Village
This is a must see, with a great beach!! There is an historic village, some beautiful views of the Manitou Islands, and close to Glen Arbor if you need anything. Further down the road from Glen Haven is a museum and hiking trails.