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Winter Outdoor Dining

From firepits to igloos to heated patios, many of West Michigan’s restaurants, breweries, and wineries are finding ways to keep guests warm as the winter weather sets in and help maintain social distancing practices.

Harbor Country 

Southwest Michigan’s Harbor Country, which includes the areas of New Buffalo, Union Pier, Three Oaks, has a number of restaurants and wineries ready to welcome you on heated patios, in igloos, and more. Click here for a list of winter al fresco dining options thanks to the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce

Dablon Winery, Baroda

Dablon Vineyards in Baroda is offering 90-minute reservations for igloos and greenhouses throughout the day. Reserve your igloo or greenhouse in advance to guarantee a space is available. The cost of the reservation will be applied to your wine purchase. Click here to make a reservation.   

 

Fenn Valley, Fennville

Enjoy Fenn Valley Vineyards’ expansive patio in Fennville year around. Private Vineyard Igloos are the ideal way to enjoy premium Michigan wine and hard cider with plenty of social distancing. Private Vineyard Igloos include:

  • Private, cleaned and sanitized igloo with views of our production vineyards
  • Electric heater and clean blankets
  • Table(s) with fresh linens
  • Charcuterie Board
  • Complimentary soft drinks and water
  • Dedicated server and table service throughout
  • Wine and hard cider available by the glass, bottle or tasting flight

Guardian Brewing Company, Saugatuck

Bundle up and embrace your inner Michigander outdoorsy-ness. Guardian Brewing Company in Saugatuck will have something to warm you up on the heated patio and around the fire pit. Dogs on leash are also welcome.

Hudsonville Winery, Hudsonville

Stop in and enjoy a few drinks and dinner or appetizers in one of Hudsonville Winery’s individual group seating tents.

Experience GR, Grand Rapids

Experience Grand Rapids has put together a list to help you find outdoor dining throughout Grand Rapids area 

New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker, Grand Rapids

Fire pits on the semi-enclosed patio area of New Holland Brewing’s Bridge Street Grand Rapids brewery keep patrons warm and toasty. Reservations required. 

The Sovengard Biergarten & Kitchen, Grand Rapids

Private 6-person bell tents are available in the Sovengard Biergarten’s Wintergarten for reservations, with additional first come seating at fire pits and tables with patio heaters. Our current takeout menu, and a full bar with seasonal hot drinks are available.

JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Enjoy dinner in an igloo on the Dek at Margaux at JW Marriott Grand Rapids. There will be six igloos available that can accommodate up to six people and include contactless dining and heaters. Reservations required. 

Gravity Tap House, Grand Rapids

The Gravity Taphouse Grille’s covered patio is now open for outdoor dining so you can enjoy your favorite meals again at the restaurant! The fireplaces are roaring and heaters are on high to keep you warm under the awning while you dine. Seating is limited. Visit Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–8:00 pm. Please remember that masks are required when not seated.

DeHop’s Brewing Co., Walker

Come on out and cozy up on the heated patio at DeHop’s Brewing in Walker!

 

Visit Muskegon

See which Muskegon County food and beverage businesses are open for takeout, curbside, and igloo dining with this guide put together by Visit Muskegon 

Traverse City Tourism

Northern Michigan’s answer to late fall and early winter temperatures is to stay outside, but do it warmly in a yurt, an igloo, a tent, or by a fire. Traverse City Tourism has rounded up a list of places offering one or more of these options in the Traverse City area.

 

Chateau Chantal, Traverse City

Reserve an igloo in which to enjoy your wine at Chateau Chantal in Traverse City! This reservation will pre-book a flight/glass with an igloo for four people, but you may add on up to an additional two people with each having a flight/glass as well. Click here for online reservations

 

Brewery Terra Firma, Traverse City

Warm up by the fire on the patio while enjoy a brew from Terra Firma in Traverse City. 

Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville

Iron Fish Distillery is ready to host your family at #BasecampIronFish in Thompsonville. Base Camp Iron Fish is a village of individual heated, waterproof, breathable canvas tents with windows, well suited to accommodate your party (up to six people) outdoors to celebrate all that northern Michigan offers.  Yes it may be cold outside, but at Base Camp, the outdoor patio merchandise area, individual tents, outdoor fire pits, hot drinks, and wood fired food menu will keep things cozy.

Treetops Resort, Gaylord

Make your igloo reservation at Treetops Resort in Gaylord today! These will be available Thursday-Sunday. 3:30/5:30/7:30 time slots. Call Treetops for more info and to make your reservation.

Rusted Spoke Brewing Company, Mackinaw City

Raise a glass and enjoy a special winter menu on the heated outdoor patio at Rusted Spoke in Mackinaw City.