Monday, August 12, 2013

Loving Leland

This morning we left Frankfort at daybreak, which comes a bit later on the Michigan side of the lake. We headed north to Leland, a 45 mile cruise of 4.5 hours. Once again we were treated to a dramatic sunrise.

Leland is a busy little harbor on the Leelanau Peninsula- they wouldn't discuss whether they had a slip for us until we were inside the harbor walls. Leland is a designated Port of Refuge, which means they cannot turn away any boat seeking to stay here. Sometimes it is so crowded that boats are tied together, end to end or side to side-- this is called rafting. We saw a few rafted boats this evening. We had a heavy but brief downpour and sustained 34 mph north winds. We planned to be here for two days knowing the weather forecast called for high winds.

Lake Michigan is turquoise-colored here.

At noon friends from Muscatine picked us up. Don and Janet Barko have a lake house here and had invited us to get together. We had lunch at the Bluebird Restaurant on the bank of the Leland River- a beautiful setting. They took us to their house on Lower Leelanau Lake- a beautiful spot. There is so much natural beauty in this part of the world that I am running out of adjectives to describe it all! The Barkos gave us a comprehensive tour of the area including a stop at the Chateau Chantal Winery. There are many wineries here, but this one is perched on Old Mission Peninsula between Little Traverse and Grand Traverse Bay. The wine is excellent and the scenery breath-taking. Who needs Napa!

Don, Janet and Heidi

Chateau Chantal

We continued on to Traverse City and ate dinner. We stopped at Fustini's to buy their delicious 18 year-old balsamic vinegar and extra yummy infused olive oil. Mark and I discovered Fustini olive oils and vinegars 2 years ago when we were boat shopping in this area - I was excited to return!

And yes, there is a fish on sticks in Leland!

And this is for my sweet granddaughter who often insists on wearing mis-matched socks:

I have been heard to say that life is too short for bad coffee and cheap wine, but the socks thing is a new one!

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