Beginning in the lovely resort town of Harbor Springs and heading north to Cross Village, you will find the Tunnel of Trees. This route on Lakeshore Drive (M-119) is beautiful any time of the year, but now is the time when things are really coming to life for the season. If you are visiting anywhere in the Petoskey Area, be sure to make time to explore this route.
So why would you want to drive the Tunnel of Trees? The answer depends on your interests. History buffs will want to pay attention to downtown Cross Village, one of Michigan’s oldest settlements. Downtown Good Hart, the old Council Tree Highway Marker and the L’Arbre Croche Highway Marker are also important to historians. In fact, pretty much anywhere you go along the 20 miles is steeped in history.
If beauty and beaches are more your thing, you will find both on the Tunnel of Trees. Bring a book and a blanket to hit one of three different beach areas. Good Hart General Store is famous for their pot pies, but is also the perfect place to grab sunscreen and a take-along lunch. Many of the views along the this winding route – which hugs the shore of Lake Michigan - will make you wish you had bigger eyes to take it all in.
Shoppers also love the Tunnel of Trees for the cute little places to browse and poke through. Housed in an original log cabin, Trillium Woods Antiques calls out to those seeking something old. A Studio offers more of a patchwork of items and Three Pines Studio not only has beautifully handmade items, but holds classes and workshops throughout the season. From rustic furnishings and jewelry to more than 50 teas, Primitive Images/Good Hart & Soul Tea Room has it.
All this driving, shopping and exploring may leave you hungry. At the south end of the Tunnel of Trees, Pond Hill Farm’s Garden Café serves up a delightful choice of sandwiches, salads, wraps and appetizers. At the north end, Legs Inn serves up authentic Polish cuisine in an atmosphere like no other – indoor dining or outdoor options are both available and the view is gorgeous!
No matter when you go, don’t be in a rush when driving the Tunnel of Trees. 137 curves and a speed limit of 35 on much of the route means this is a not a speedway. Besides, it’s a beautiful drive – what’s your hurry?