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carry distinct Leelanau names. Need speci cs? There’s Balaton Baby Cherry Wine at Willow Vineyards, which provides West Grand Traverse Bay as your neigh- bor to the eat. Enjoy a Polish Platter at Big Cat Brewery in ethnic-based Cedar. Or have the barkeep at Northern Latitudes Distillery, locat- ed at the Lake Leelanau Narrows, mix up a piña colada with Manitou
Passage Rum.
“I think people come here on
bikes in groups because they enjoy the area, they like our atmosphere and we are in the middle of it all,” said Cathy Konopka of Suttons Bay, a manager at Northern Distillery.
County establishments want bicyclists to be happy and healthy on tours through wine county. That’s why they offer these suggestions
that will help ensure your safe return home:
• Don’t take on too much in one day. You’ll never get to all
of the county’s wineries, so why not spread it out?
• Check hours of tasting rooms. Especially in the
shoulder seasons, some are not open every day. • Drink plenty of water with your wine..
• And eat with your wine. Some wineries offer food, and many offer picnic tables should you
pack your own lunch.
• Dress in layers. Leelanau weather can change
• Ride on the right-hand side of the road. Going against
traf c is against the law.
• Use hand signals and stay cautious at intersections.
• Wear a helmet. People don’t expect bicyclists to arrive with perfect hair.
• Tour mid week when county roads tend to be quieter. Also, winery staff will have more time to offer up wine facts and local history.
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Mary Taylor, a north Lake Leelanau resident who came out of retirement to work at the distillery, offered two more observations about bicyclists who stop in.
“The cyclists, they seem to be really responsible,” she said. “And I hear a lot of wives who say, ‘Honey, where are you going to put
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But somehow they do  nd a way
to bike a bottle or two back to their starting spot.
Want more proof that Leelanau caters to bikers? Just across the Narrows bridge is Peddling Beans Coffeeshop, which has dedicated its decor to bicycling.
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Inside tasting rooms across the county, bicyclists are warmly greet- ed by pourers who welcome cyclists. Many have bike racks for easy parking and also opportunities to  ll water bottles and charge phones while bikers sip wines at
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