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Often referred to as the “Napa of the Midwest”, this northern Michigan region is the perfect spot to getaway for a weekend with your girlfriends. Wine tasting at dozens of wineries with a few of your closest friends is just what the doctor ordered! We recommend you stop at these sommelier’s favorites on your trip!
Northern Natural Winery- Located in beautiful Benzie County, this Winery supports more than 7 Michigan Certified Organic Farms. Northern Natural Organics is dedicated to providing their environment, community, and customers to premium quality fruit wines made by award winning winemaker Shawn Walters and certified organic Hard Ciders by CEO Dennis Mackey
Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery
Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery- Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Leelanau Primavera and a variety of other carefully-crafted table and sparkling wines for your pleasure. Winery tasting room overlooking beautiful South Lake Leelanau. Six miles south of the village of Lake Leelanau.
Black Star Farms- Black Star Farms is an 160-acre agricultural destination. Sample the wines and spirits made in our state-of-the-art winery. BSF produces award-winning varietal wines from local grapes & eaux de vie, grappas and brandies from luscious local fruit. Stay at their luxurious eight-room bed and breakfast inn. Equestrian boarding and recreational trails.
Chateau de Leelanau
Shady Lane Cellars- Beautiful 150-acre historic farm with landmark fieldstone buildings. Taste award-winning Methode Champenoise sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, Vignoles and Pinot Noir at the tasting room, May - Oct, 12 - 6 pm daily. Open Saturdays year round. Located on the Leelanau Peninsula, eight miles north of Traverse City off M-22.
Willow Vineyards- Established in 1992, the Willow Vineyard is a work of passion & love. Located on a wind-swept hillside in Suttons Bay, the panoramic views of West Traverse Bay add to its majesty. Producing premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris from estate & area fruit.
Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery- Step back in time and enjoy a pure Michigan experience when you visit Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, an 80 acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula - reborn. Sample their international award winning and estate grown wines in the beautiful brick and mahogany tasting room. Take a look into their intimate vaulted barrel and cask rooms where they age their red wines, or enjoy a glass of your favorite wine on our beautiful red brick patio overlooking the vineyard and East Bay. Soak in the beautiful scenery of Old Mission Peninsula as you sip among the vines!
Chateau Chantal- Chateau Chantal combines winery, free tastings, summer tours, winter cooking and wine seminars, winding roads and kind company for a unique visit just 12 miles north of Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula. Eleven elegant units available in the bed & breakfast. Open year round.
Chateau Grand Traverse- Northern Michigan's oldest winery. Located on Old Mission Peninsula, our family-owned winery produces premium quality wines, most notably for their Riesling styles. Open daily, year-round guests will enjoy guided tours and complimentary wine tasting. Their award-winning wines and professional staff will assure you an entertaining and educational wine country experience.
Left Foot Charley- Tasting room opened July 1 - Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Gewurztraminer from Northern Michigan's finest vineyards. This winery is located within Traverse City, and invites you to visit the most unique location for a winery in the country
Peninsula Cellars- A family-operated winery producing regionally-expressive grape and fruit wines. This small winery is earning a reputation for excellent Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc. Come taste what's growing up north. Tasting room on Old Mission Peninsula.
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Are your men out hunting, fishing, or camping in the woods for the weekend? Make the trip to Region Three with them but have your own fun!
Start out in Big Rapids at the Northern Natural Winery and enjoy some wine tasting with your girlfriends.
Then head on over towards the lakeshore and stop at the Shelby Gem Factory. Your eyes will glaze as you look around the only store in the world that actually grows gem crystals, facets them, mounts them in gold, and invites you into their factory/theater/showroom to see how it is all done. You can look at new pieces or bring your own in for a new gem while you wait.
Spend a weekend enjoying the company of your girlfeinds over a few glasses of wine. Head to this Southwest region to sample all of the many award winning wines produced from this region. See where the grapes are grown and pressed, and of course, taste a few!
Founders Wine Cellar
Tabor Hill Winery and Fruit Farm- Award-winning wines since 1968. Our wine makers create wines to enhance all dining occasions. Enjoy an intimate lunch or dinner at our restaurant overlooking the countryside & our vineyards.
Lawton Ridge Winery- Tasting Room open Monday - Saturday. Noon to 6 pm, Sunday's noon to 5pm. Our grapes are grown in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA - ideal conditions for “cool climate viticulture”. Warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to mature with the proper balance of sugar and acidity.
St. Julian Winery- Michigan's oldest, largest and most awarded winery! Free guided tours daily & free tasting of our award-winning wines, champagnes & alcohol-free juices. Open all year, Mon-Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 12-6 pm. Tasting rooms also in Frankenmuth, Dundee, Parma & Union Pier.
Fenn Valley Vineyards- Free tasting of award-winning wines & champagnes. Estate-grown handcrafted wines since 1973. Special discounts. Personalized labels. Picnic area. Open year round, Mon - Sat noon - 5 pm; Sun 1 - 5 pm. Call for tour information. I-196, exit 34. Follow "winery" signs.
After you enjoy some wine tasting, take a step back in time and indulge yourselves in some classic antique shopping at one of these great antique malls.
Blue Star Antique Pavilion- Blue Star Antique Pavilion was voted BEST of the BEST in a four state area! This is truly a Destination Mall with over 175 quality antique dealers! Also on site is the Saugatuck Brewing Co., an award winning micro-brewery!
Murphy’s 2nd Floor Antique Mall- 2 Floors, over 100 Dealers. Antiques, Glassware, Furniture, Jewelry, Books, Collectibles, Retro '50's, Linens, Records, Cottage Decor, Vintage Kitchenware & other curiosities.
Open Daily summers - 11-6- Winter - M-Sat 11-6, Sundays 1-6, closed on Tuesdays.
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