Road Trip! What Martha Missed.

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by Heather Harris Brady

Our little patch of heaven has gotten quite a bit of press lately. A while back Good Morning America viewers named the Sleeping Bear Dunes the most beautiful place in America and now Leland is featured in the July issue of Martha Stewart Living.

With the kids gone this weekend hubs and I decided to take a little road trip to stock the pantry so I thought I would take you guys along for the ride! After all you see the dunes in the header all the time but you haven’t seen much else. Truth is, since I work all week (and spend a lot of evenings at the dance school) I don’t see it all that much either. There’s amazing food everywhere, which is probably one of the reasons I like it so much.

So we’re heading out through Maple City, which contains everything one needs for basic survival: gas station, post office, grocery store, pizza place. The grocery store, Gabe’s, is on the right below. They smoke their own meat and you can smell it driving through.

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Heading north from Maple City we pass Lime Lake:

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Down the road a bit we make a right on 204 and a right on French Road, ending up at Chateau Fontaine. There’s over 20 wineries less than 40 minutes from our house. The wine industry here is still small enough that, at least in the off-season, there’s a good chance the winemaker or owner is pouring in the tasting room – which is cool.

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There’s lots of orchards all along, and right now they’re just starting the tart cherry harvest. So you know what that means – a cherry pie post is imminent!

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Next stop, NJ’s in Lake Leelanau for Indian spices and carryout.

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Bella Fortuna next door was having an afternoon cooking class (note to self – check back on these!):

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After that, 45 North for gewurztraminer and another bottle of red:

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Finally, Cedar for housemade smoked brats and tacos at Cedar Sol:

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Here’s part of our haul! I hope you enjoyed your tour, watch for these ingredients to show up over the next few weeks! If you’re in the area here’s my Google map to the wineries.

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