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About the Area

Old Mission Peninsula

The Old Mission Peninsula is known for it's excellent options for wine tasting, boating, local dining, and more. 

When you want to be immersed in the Traverse City culture but take a step off the beaten path, Old Mission Peninsula will offer just what you need. 

The Traverse City area offers all the amenities of a big city, while holding the charm and character of a small town, making it the perfect place to call home. 

Our Region

The Best in the Midwest

America’s 50 Best Cities to Live 
(MSN Money, February 2020) 

Best Cities to Retire In 
(Lists For All, March 2020)

Prettiest Towns in the U.S.A. 
(Conde Nast Traveler, February 2020)

Best Hikes in the U.S. 
(Conde Nast Traveler, July 2020)

Most Vibrant Art City 
(SMU Data Arts, September 2020)

Best Road Trips in the U.S. 
(Outside Magazine, August 2020)

Best Racing Cities in the U.S. 
(Race Raves, November 2020)

Best Day Trip in Every State 
(Reader’s Digest, September 2020)

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Peninsula Shores' Location

Distance from the Community

Fire / EMT (staffed 24/7) - 3 mins / 1.6 miles
Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) - 23 mins / 15 miles
Downtown Traverse City - 18 mins / 13 miles
Old Mission Lighthouse - 8 mins / 6 miles
Old Mission General Store - 9 mins / 4 miles
2 Lads Winery - 7 mins / 3 miles
Old Mission Tavern - 7 mins / 4 miles
Chateau Chantal - 7 mins / 3 miles
The Peninsula Market - 5 mins / 2 miles
Boathouse Restaurant - 7 mins / 3 miles
Bys Estate - 7 mins / 4 miles
Jolly Pumpkin - 8 mins / 4 miles
Peninsula Grill - 5 mins / 2 miles
Chateau Grand Traverse - 8 mins / 5 miles
Bonobo Winery - 9 mins / 5 miles
Peninsula Cellars - 8 mins / 4 miles
Elk Rapids - 37 mins / 28 miles (8 mins via boat)
Torch Lake - 45 mins / 36 miles
Charlevoix - 1 hr 12 mins / 60 miles
Sleeping Bear Dunes - 54 mins / 41 miles
Suttons Bay - 39 mins / 30 miles
Frankfort - 1 hr 8 mins / 55 miles

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Old Mission Peninsula Happenings

The Perfect Escape

Whether you grew up in the area or you’re new to the Traverse City area, we’re sure you’ve already discovered a nugget of what makes this area so beautiful. As Peninsula Shores expands and develops, it’s the perfect time to move to Old Mission Peninsula. Here are a few of the special places locals love:


Old Mission Peninsula offers dining from a casual lunch to an upscale experience to suit whatever mood you’re in.

The Boathouse

Jolly Pumpkin

The Old Mission Tavern

Peninsula Grill

Bad Dog Deli


Vineyards offer a great afternoon of wine tasting to experience all the flavors of Northern Michigan wine. Sip your wine and enjoy outdoor seating and views of the bay on a sunny day.

Black Star Farms

Mari Vineyards

Hawthorne Vineyards

Peninsula Cellars

Bonobo Winery

Brys Estate

Chateau Chantal

Local Markets

Local markets in the area provide a quick pick-up option for groceries, liquor, and take-out meals.

The Peninsula Market

The Old Mission General Store


Soak in the sun from your boat when you launch it from Old Mission Peninsula. There are options for each side of the peninsula, allowing you to visit Traverse City, Power Island, Suttons Bay, and beyond.

East Bay Boat Launch
Bowers Harbor Boat Launch

Haserot Boat Launch

Festivals and Events

From wine days to race days, Old Mission Peninsula offers a variety of fun events throughout the year. 

Wine Trail Events

Bayshore Marathon