There is no shortage of wineries to explore on your travels up north! We recommend choosing a peninsula for your wine trail adventures. (Or split them between two days!) If there’s two of you, split tastings are a great way to save some money and limit your intake. Wineries are close together with little travel time in between, so you may start feeling the effects after four or five stops. Most wineries have food pairings, so take advantage to slow down and get some food. You can also usually recoup your tasting fee by buying a bottle or two. Pick up a copy of “Wine Country” magazine, available at most tasting rooms to help plan your route.
Fun fact: The picture in the background is where Doug popped the question!
2 Free / $1 per after
Our Favorite: Hard Chappel
This is where our ceremony is being held, so feel free to come a bit early and taste, or try some wine immediately following!
$5 / 5 Tastes - Keep the Glass
Our Favorite: Dry Riesling (will be served at our reception!)
This is our favorite winery everrrr.
2 Free, $5 / 5 Tastes for 2 People
Our Favorite: 2010 Whitewater, Icebox Apple
2 Free Tastes
Our Favorite: Sandpiper, Blanc de Blanc
This winery features ONLY sparkling wine, which makes this a match made in heaven for our bride! Enjoy a flight with food pairings on their deck.
$4/4 or $7/7
Our Favorite: Emergence
Beautiful Tasting Room
1 Free Taste, $3 / 5 Tastes
$3/3 or $5/5
Our Favorite: Dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio
$1 / 5 Tastes
Our Favorite: The Sparklings
$3 / 6 Tastes
Great Views! Enjoy their deck!
We were almost married here, but due to restrictions, it wasn’t meant to be.
Signature $3 / Reserve $5
$2 /3 or $4 /5
Our Favorite : Great Hall Riesling
One of the world’s most beautiful places is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Some of these areas require a park pass to enter ($10), but once you purchase a pass, it is good for seven days!
Federal Park Pass Required
Drive a loop to see breathtaking sites! See if you can spot alligator hill! Hiking trails and picnic areas available. We recommend going around sunset and watching the insane dune runners at stop #9 and #10. WARNING: We DO NOT recommend running down the big dune. It will take you HOURS to climb back up. Only proceed if you are fit, have hours before sunset, and have water with you.
Federal Park Pass Required
A childhood favorite of the bride and groom, enjoy a few hours climbing the dunes and hiking trails. Enjoy great views of Glen Lake and D.H. Day Barn. Race to the bottom when you are done! Check out the dune progression ruler and learn about how much our dunes are moving. You can hike to Lake Michigan, but it will take 3-4 hours of climbing and descending several steep dunes before getting to the lake. Not to mention it is sand walking the whole time. For the truly die hard!
A 10-mile paved bicycle trail that connects the best sites of the National Lakeshore and connects the villages of Glen Arbor and Empire. Along this 10-mile stretch, you will pass by the popular DH Day campground, through the historic village of Glen Haven and its Lake Michigan beach, the Dune Climb, and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
A historic fishtown complete with a blacksmith shop, general store, cannery boat house museum, and a beach. Great place to take a break and dip your toes.
Visit one of the area’s best tourist traps and enjoy an olympic size cherry pit spitting arena, free wine / soda tasting, boom chunkas (cookies), and candy samples. A great place to sit and have a bite and take in the best of of the Cherry Capital.
Hike to one of the lakeshore most stunning views and see where Doug popped the question! This 1.5 mile round trip hike is fairly easy through shady woods with a little stair climbing. The view is more than worth the hike! Don’t forget your camera!
A 2.7 mile round trip hike through the woods to a secluded lake lookout location. Very hilly, but the view is stunning. Doug took Sheena here on their first trip together north.
Enjoy a gorgeous canoe or kayak paddle down Crystal River. Shoot the hole, but don’t forget the sudden left turn! Long and short trips available.
See the little historic fishtown in Leland and make a stop at Carson’s for the best smoked fish south of the Mighty Mac. Little shops and delis make this a great place to walk around and relax. Picnic tables near the marina allow you to take a lunch al fresco.
Drive to the very end of Old Mission Peninsula and see the historic lighthouse. Check the current lake levels and skip a few rocks.
In case of beach flies, try another beach where the wind is coming off the water. You will know if the flies are out, there won’t be anybody on the beach!
(also has Bar Lake which is good for swimming)