Day #158 – Wine country

LOCATION:  Sutton’s Bay, Michigan – on the Leelanau Peninsula
CAMPGROUND:  Hawkins Farm Cellars – a Harvest Host winery/restaurant.  Huge, paved parking lot, so easy to park.  Level.  We are on the edge, next to the woods.  Across the street from a boat ramp to Lake Michigan. We are the only Harvest Host guests.   Road noise is the only negative.  4 stars out of 5
WEATHER:  Another beauty!  Cool in the AM, warming to 75.  Sunny
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 2 hours

We enjoyed our Sunday morning ritual – CBS Sunday Morning with George’s famous grits and eggs.  Our neighbors at this RV park describe themselves as “Michigan hillbillies”, and that suits them well.  They are a bit teeth-challenged, but super friendly.  They were in Manistee to fish for salmon on Lake Michigan.  They caught several, and gave us a beautiful filet. 

Someone recommended that we check out another commercial campground for a possible stay in Manistee  next summer, so before we hooked up, we went to visit.  It is a bit like where we stay in south Texas in the winter – mostly seasonals, a 55+ community with a clubhouse, swimming pool, pickleball court, and activities.  It has bus service to downtown.  Might be something we do one summer – a month.

Then, we were off for an easy drive through the country.  We have been in the Leelanau Peninsula before, just for a drive.  It is fairly rural with lots of peach and apple trees, and vineyards.  We found our Harvest Host winery and got set up easily in the parking lot. 

We walked across the highway to cool off our feet in Lake Michigan..  There were lots of boats out.

We did a wine-tasting in their tasting room, finding one red that we liked.

DINNER:  The winery/restaurant managers are Thai/Filipino.  The menu is Thai, and they also make pizza.  So, we combined the two and ordered a Thai pizza!  It was quite tasty with the sauce being a mild curry sauce.

Since we don’t have electricity, we called it an early night.

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