About the Old Mission Peninsula
Peninsula Township is one of the oldest (1837) and most desirable areas in Northern MI. It is also one of the most prolific wine producing areas in the Midwest. Wineries such as Chateau Grand Traverse, Chateau Chantal, Two-Lads, and Brys Estate ship product all over the world from their locations on the Old Mission Peninsula.
The Old Mission Peninsula is served by both Peninsula Drive and Center Rd. which run north to the tip of the Peninsula and end at Old Mission Lighthouse. In that 19 miles or so trip you pass through Mapleton (Center Rd.) or Bowers Harbor (Peninsula Drive). You will also see numerous, larger, waterfront homes that in combination (both East and West Bay waterfront) create one of the wealthiest townships in Northern MI.
Other than the numerous wineries that dot the Peninsula the landmarks to look for are either historical or natural. The beauty of the Peninsula really revolves around the natural beauty of the rolling hills, the solitude of rural living, and summer fun on sandy beaches. The Old Mission Lighthouse and the original Mission in the town of Old Mission are a few of the landmarks worth seeing.
DINING ON THE PENINSULA
The Mission Table Restaurant & Jolly Pumpkin Brew Pub
13512 Peninsula Dr
The Boathouse Restaurant
14039 Peninsula Drive
14091 Center Road
Bad Dog Deli
14091 Center Road
17015 Center Road
PENINSULA TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS (See Map)
There are several public or parochial school choices for Peninsula Township with one found in the middle of the Peninsula’s 37 acres.
OLD MISSION PENINSULA SCHOOL
2699 Island View road
Traverse City, MI 49686
Old Mission Peninsula School is located high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan on beautiful Old Mission Peninsula and is one of 12 elementary schools in the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) district.
EASTERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1600 Eastern Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
Another K-5 option at the base of the Peninsula which will soon feature an all new facility (Fall of 2018) and is in close proximity to Central High School and NMC.
St. Francis High School & Holy Angles Elementary (On 10th and 11th Street just outside Central Neighborhood)
Both Holy Angles (K-5) and St. Francis High School (Grades 9-12) are award winning and high caliber parochial education institutions that are just part of what GTACS offers the TC community.
East Middle School is located at 1776 3 Mile Rd and the TC Central High School is at 1150 Milliken Drive)
The Middle schools house 6-8 grades with the two high schools serving the 9-12 graders. Central High School is an academic award winning school with a complete offering of performing arts and athletic programs for all range of student interests.
USING TC FROM THE PENINSULA
Biking the Peninsula is a storied tradition for Northern Michigan residents. The turns are tight and the views spectacular. In the summer months 100’s of bikers take advantage of the nearly 40 mile trip out to and back from The Lighthouse. In fact one evening on the way out to then Bowers Harbor Inn my wife and I and our friends nearly knocked Mr. Hockey not off his bike, but his rollerblades. Another one of those “Mulberry Street Moments”. Gordie Howe on rollerblades looking like the hockey legend he was….only on Old Mission Peninsula.
GETTING MARRIED UP NORTH
While many of the folks looking for a final retirement spot do so on the Peninsula so to do young families. Great schools and year round beauty are a solid attraction for Peninsula living. As such for you young folks looking for wedding venues and service suppliers here is sampling:
START BY BOOKING YOUR RECEPTION VENUE:
Black Star Farms
Capacity: Up to 150 | $$$ – Moderate
Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn
Capacity: Up to 50 | $$ – Affordable
Traverse City, MI
Bowers Harbor Inn Estate
Capacity: Up to 150
THEN BOOKING YOUR FLOWERS:
Lilies of The Alley
227 E. State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
THEN BOOKING YOUR CATERER:
On Old Mission Peninsula
The Boathouse offers a truly amazing waterfront experience with picturesque sunsets and unforgettable cuisine
Grand View Catering
Traverse City, MI | call
Our close relationship with experienced industry experts will assure for a memorable event that will fulfill your vision and exceed your expectations.
Catering By Kelly’s
You will find us to be the “most talked about” caterer in the area. We prepare thousands of meals annually with only “word of mouth” advertising. Our success is due to using only the finest ingredients combined with artistic food presentation and service that exceeds your expectations.
Antrim Catering, Bellaire
Centre Street Cafe, Traverse City
Folgarelli’s, Traverse City
Graystone Catering, Traverse City
Grand Traverse Pie Company, Traverse City
THEN BOOKING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:
Shannon Scott Photography, Traverse City
Michael Murphy IV Photography, Charlevoix
Stephanie N. Baker Photography, Harbor Springs
Andrejka Hirsch, Traverse City
Belle Photography, Traverse City
Beth Price Photography, Traverse City
Chloe Leach, Stuff Of Dreams Photo, Traverse City
Dan Stewart Photography, Traverse City
Lindsay Wolff Photography, Traverse City
Melissa Lande, Lux Light Photography, Traverse City
GET MARRIED AT:
Perfect for a boutique wedding experience, Chateau Chantal offers an outstanding setting for small, overnight weddings – 42 people or less. Our property has varied locations for your ceremony from the indoor 2,000-square-foot hospitality room, to an outdoor setting with a backdrop amongst the vineyards and sparkling blue bays.
Chateau Chantal can host up to 100 people. Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org for your Chateau Chantal experience!
Grey Hare Inn Vineyard B&B
Traverse City – Old Mission Peninsula
Grey Hare Inn Vineyard B & B offers wedding party accommodations, and small private areas for gatherings of in house guests. Whether a backyard ceremony for 4 or a reception for a small number of persons similar to the ambiance provided in a private residence, the inn offers a wonderfully romantic option for your special day.
OLD MISSION LIGHTHOUSE
WEDDINGS – The Peninsula Town Board has determined that the Lighthouse is no longer to reserve areas on the lawn and beach front for any type of event. This is a public space. You are welcome to have your wedding on the beach, but it will have to be a spontaneous event. Of course, no cost involved as well. There are, however, park regulations that need to be followed by any users seeking to hold a gathering in the property. For example, you may bring a “couple” of chairs for your guests that need a seat, but large structures such as tents, benches, and rows of chairs are not allowed. All members of the wedding party MUST respect the other park visitors and have NO authority to break park rules or control other visitors behavior or experience. If in doubt, contact the Peninsula Township Planning and Zoning Department for more information at (231) 223-7314.