While many townships consist of a typical square-shaped piece of land, Old Mission Peninsula is a unique and scenic township located just north of the city limits of Traverse City. Old Mission Peninsula, or OMP for short, extends 18 miles into Grand Traverse Bay creating almost 54 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. Although much of OMP is privately owned, the area boasts 7 local wineries open to public tasting, bed & breakfasts eager to welcome new and repeat visitors, 5 area restaurants, 3 boat launches, an art gallery, an antique shop, Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve and Old Mission Lighthouse which are available to everyone. Just driving on the peninsula is an experience like no other. For more information on things to do on Old Mission Peninsula, visit www.oldmission.com.
Traverse City's history is a long and rich one. From the first native people in the 1400s, to the missionary and lumber baron arrivals in the 1800s, to the early 1900s where the fruit industry took over as being the leading industry of the area, to the 21st century where the area is a booming tourist destination for wineries, skiing, hiking, boating and just relaxing. Visit www.mytraversecity.com for more information about Traverse City and an up to date calendar of events.