It FINALLY feels like Fall and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited! Fall is about bringing people together, enjoying the outdoors, discovering new places and indulging in the local wine, cider and beer scene.
With great color and Great Lakes views, it’s no question as to why hundreds of fall color chasers make their way to Traverse City for the annual color tour every year. Northern Michigan displays a spectacular colorful scenery, and there’s no better place to experience it than on a Traverse City patio with a view.
From Old Mission Peninsula to Leelanau County, you’ll find the best patios to relax with a glass and enjoy the Fall color.
Check out the Top 8 Patios to Enjoy the Fall Color Tour
12011 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
Hop Lot Brewery
Suttons Bay Ciders
Shady Lane Cellars
Chateau Grand Traverse
While Mackinac Island is commonly known as a summer destination, Fall is the perfect time to get whisked away to this charming setting. Located on Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mackinac Island is only a short boat ride away for tourists and locals alike to experience this famously car-free, Victorian inspired island.
As soon as Labor Day passes, the crowds start to trickle, making it an excellent time to enjoy a last minute getaway to the island before the ferry stops running October 31st for the season. Not only will you get to revel in the Fall color, but you’ll also find shorter ferry lines, lakeside restaurant tables available, bargain hotel rooms, and plenty of private hiking trails.
If you’re interested in exploring the Island, check out my Mackinac Island Travel Guide below for all of your island must-dos.
Getting to the Island
Believe it or not, getting to Mackinac Island is fairly easy. You can access the island by ferry, personal boat or plane. Ferries are the most popular, economical and the easiest mode of transportation to the island. If you’ve never been on a boat, you’re going to enjoy the adventure of traveling across the waters to the island. Along the way you’ll find incredible views of the Bridge, the island and the surrounding waters of the Straits. You may even get a little mist of water from the waves crashing against the boat. All you have to do to catch the ferry is drive to Mackinaw City, and pick between one of the two main passenger ferry services to deport you to and from the island. Check out Shepler’s and Star Line for more information.
If you’re lucky enough to own your own boat, then I highly suggest embarking on the boaters experience of boating yourself to the island. The Mackinac Island State Harbor is an excellent marina that consists of 76 slips, and is open from mid-May to mid-October. With only a short walk from downtown, the marina puts you right in the middle of all the action! You can’t get a better overnight accommodation than sleeping in the harbor itself. There’s nothing more Pure Michigan than waking up to the sight and sounds of Lake Huron and Mackinac Island. Some of my fondest boating memories have been trips from Traverse City to Mackinac Island. Click here for slip rental information.
Stay the Night at the Island
Don’t cut yourself short! There’s so much to see on the Island, and if you wan’t to even attempt to see half of it, you have to spend the night. Plus, if you’re like me, you’re going to want to enjoy a cocktail or two without having to worry about catching the last ferry or driving home after a full day of festivities.
There’s so many great hotel accommodations to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites that I like to recommend:
Take a Bicycle Ride Around the Island
Biking around Mackinac Island is one of the island’s best attractions. With plenty of paved trails, there’s a bike route to satisfy any biker. If you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable ride with a view, take the shoreline path known as Lake Shore Boulevard. This eight-mile paved trail will take you around the island with Lake Huron as your riding companion. Once you’ve completed the shoreline loop, adventure inland and you’ll be astonished with how much there is to see.
You can either bring your own bike over on the ferry, or rent a bike on the Island. I always opt in to renting a bike when I get to the Island because it’s fairly economical and easy to do, plus there’s plenty of rental shops on the Island to choose from.
Shop the Historic Downtown
Don’t forget your walking shoes, because Mackinac Island is full of unique and noteworthy stores calling your name. From souvenir shops, to clothing boutiques and stationary gift shops, there’s a store to satisfy any shopper’s needs. If you’re looking for a new outfit to wear on the Island, you must hit up Nephew’s Of Mackinac. You also can’t leave without stopping in Poppins – I’m kinda obsessed, and could buy the whole store!
Tea Time at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room
The Grand Hotel’s Tea Room at Fort Mackinac is one of my favorite scenic settings on Mackinac Island to enjoy a late afternoon snack. Tour the historic Fort and relax afterwards with a delicious small plate and exceptional view of downtown and the harbor.
Horseback Ride Through the Island Trails
Horseback riding is a fun way to see the sights of this historic island. Cindy’s Riding Stable works with you to find a horse suitable for any skill level so that the whole family can enjoy the beautiful trails. You can opt in for individual riding or take a guided trail ride. Don’t be nervous about going without a guide, because the horses are pretty much programmed to know the way and they can do the route with their eyes close.
Enjoy Drinks at the Pink Pony
Full of pink, good views and good vibes, the Pink Pony is by far my favorite bar on the island. You can enjoy drinks on their outdoor patio during the day or indulge in a little dancing and live music at night.
Indulge in Fudge
Your trip to Mackinac Island is never complete with out a taste of the island’s most popular souvenir. You’ll find about seven different fudge shops on the island to cure your cravings. Try one or all seven, you won’t regret it!
Lunch, Drinks and Putt-Putt at the Mission Point Hotel
Located alongside the Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Hotel, The Greens of Mackinac is an 18 hole putting course. Not only is this putting course located directly on the water, but they also allow you to take your drinks around the course with you. It’s a win-win!
Pool Day at the Grand Hotel
Even Fall has a few nice days where lounging at the Grand Hotel Pool with a piña colada is still acceptable. You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy these gorgeous amenities.
Explore the Butterfly House
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest live butterfly exhibit in the United States. During your trip you’re going to want to explore this 1800 sq ft tropical garden that’s filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four different continents
See the Sights on a Carriage Ride
The most authentic way to see the island is by a horse and carriage. The Mackinac Island Carriage Tours will guide you through the ins and outs of the island. I personally wouldn’t have seen or learned as much about the island if it wasn’t for this tour. Sit back, relax and take in the fall colors on this inland tour of the island.
Dinner at Hotel Iroquois
The award winning Carriage House is by far the finest waterfront dining on the Island. With views looking directly over the Straits of Mackinac, you’ll get to enjoy fine classic American cuisine featuring local seafood selections. The Carriage House also has a pretty extensive wine list that I find myself obsessing over every visit.
Now that I’ve provided you with the ultimate Mackinac Island itinerary, it’s your turn to enjoy all the the island has to offer.
Star Spangled 4th of July
There’s no shortage of 4th of July festivities when it comes to celebrating in Traverse City! With the summer’s biggest holiday around the corner, it’s time to enjoy all the activities that salute the nation and honor its history. From spectacular fireworks over West Bay, to lakefront concerts, beach parties and more, there’s no better place to celebrate the country’s independence in Michigan than Traverse City.
Grab your friends, family, and sparklers, and turn up your USA-themed playlist, then head to one of these Northern Michigan 4th of July celebrations!
Yeah, it’s a party in the U.S.A
Witness the colorful Fireworks over West Bay
Enjoy the Traverse City Boom Boom Club’s spectacular 4th of July firework display shot over West Bay beginning at dark! You’ll find great viewing from anywhere along the West Bay shoreline in Traverse City. Click here for more information.
Hit the Beach
The best part about Northern Michigan is its beaches. No salt, no sharks, and nothing but fresh water! If you’re looking for the biggest 4th of July gathering, head down to West End Beach or Clinch Park along the shores of Traverse City’s Open Space. Locals and visitors alike will claim their space on the beach, with boaters anchored nearby, creating a fun boat-to-shore social scene.
Adventure through the National Cherry Festival
Each summer since 1968, Traverse City has celebrated one of its most famous and delicious goods: the cherry. The 2017 National Cherry Festival takes place July 1 through July 8, and it’s full of all sorts of fun – concerts along the bay, good eats, local wine and beer, athletic events, a spectacular air show and of course lots and lots of cherries. I highly suggest hitting up a concert, walking the midway, and topping of your evening at the beer tent.
Red, White & Wine – Take a wine tour
Happy Birthday America! Let’s raise a glass and toast to our history and accomplishments, and if you’re a wine drinker like myself, you’re going to be sipping on that TC local good stuff. Situated on the 45th parallel – just like France’s Bordeaux region, and Italy’s Piedmont region – Traverse City has quickly become a notable wine destination, boasting a variety of cool-climate wines that pair entirely well with the booming cuisine scene. Combine all of that with the beauty of Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the region’s wine scene will have you craving for more!
Hike the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
Let’s be honest, are we even in Michigan? Named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America, the Sleeping Bear Dunes encompass 65 miles of sandy beaches along Lake Michigan’s Eastern Coastline, with bluffs that tower over 450 feet, luscious forests, clear blue inland lakes, and breathtaking views. Escape the town and crowds, and enjoy the scenic ride and experience out to the area’s most beautiful spot.
Hit up a Northern Michigan Brewery
Here in Northern Michigan, we get to take our beer outside and enjoy it in cool places such as my favorite, Hop Lot Brewing in Suttons Bay. There’s something enticing about getting to enjoy Northern Michigan’s charm with a good beer in hand, surrounded by your friends and family. Hop Lot’s Beer Garden has established itself as the ultimate Northern Michigan destination to embrace the local beer culture, while taking in the breathtaking outdoors.
ICE ICE BABY – Concert by the Bay
With a venue like this, how can you pass up a Cherry Festival Concert. The 90’s Dance Party 2.0 featuring Vanilla Ice, All-4-One, and C & C Music Factory will be taking the stage along the Bay this 4th of July. Last year I was able to attend this one-of-a-kind dance party, and I can promise you that it’s a great time. Get your tickets here!
Eat a slice of Cherry Pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Co.
A Traverse City 4th of July isn’t complete without a big slice of cherry pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Co. With two Traverse City locations, they make it easy for you to indulge on their cherry deliciousness.
Enjoy a cocktail and the amazing view on the rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo
With a prime location, incredible views, and good drinks, The Hotel Indigo is a must-visit! The rooftop view lines up perfectly with the main stage of the Traverse City Cherry Festival, and the Lake in the background doesn’t hurt either. It’s the perfect destination to kick back and enjoy a nice sunset over the bay, while listening to the sights and sounds of the Cherry Festival.
Now that I’ve provided you with a fun-filled 4th of July, it’s your turn to get out and enjoy what Northern Michigan has to offer! Cheers and Happy Birthday America!
As if I needed another excuse to drink more rosé than I already do, National Rosé Day is this Saturday, June 10th, and it officially marks the start of Rosé season. However, if you’re like me, it’s more of a rosé all day lifestyle. The blush wine is just as consumable, as it is Instagrammable.
Nonetheless, rosé is more than a pretty pour. While we have The Fat Jew to thank for rosé’s reputation of being the number one “basic” beverage, the wine deserves a lot more credit. Sayle Milne, founder of wine-class company Wine Savvy, listed off a number of reasons on why we should be drinking more of the pink stuff last month in Refinery 29. In Sayle’s words, “You should be drinking rosé when you wake up. You should have it at lunch, you should have it at dinner. You should have it with a straw,” and I couldn’t agree more!
Plus, when Vogue calls it the summer’s most popular drink, we listen to them.
Northern Michigan has recently caught on to the pink trend and the summertime staple that is rosé. With patio season in full swing, the sun finally out, and the boats on The Bay, all we want is a nice pour of crisp and refreshing rosé.
With so many rosés on the market, I took it upon myself to find a few of my local favorites and to share it with you. Whether you’re celebrating solo, or sipping the good stuff with a group of friends — I’ve got you covered, because after enough swirling, sipping, and reflecting, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Northern Michigan Rosé’s. Your welcome!
Just in time for summer…. scroll through for the roundup. Warning: you won’t find any sweet wines on this list!
2016 Rosé: Made primarily out of Pinot Gris grapes, this Rosé shows delicate aromas of peach, apricots, honey, Nashi pears, and red apples. |$24|
2016 Sparkling Rosé: Embodies the qualities of a Pinot Noir, but in true sparkling nature, it’s light, crisp and reflects the spirit of summertime in Northern Michigan. Elegant flavors of white peach and stone fruits lead to a silky texture and a refreshing finish. |$26|
2014 Cab Franc/Merlot Rosé: A blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this dry Rosé has beautiful strawberry, raspberry and peach fruit with a fine balance of richness and bright acidity. |$17|
2015 Rosé: Red berries on the nose followed by a crisp finish with Meyer lemon, and bright, ripe Michigan tart cherry. |$19|
2015 Vortex Rosé: Balanced acidity, with notes of candied berries, lime blossom, and watermelon. |$16|
Grace – Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut Rosé: Delicate pink, pinot noir aromas and flavors… moderately full-bodied… elegant wine. |$23|
Now to celebrate… get yourself to one of these local wineries and pour up a nice glass of Rosé.
Rosé time is the best time
P.S. my dog may have to become a model after this…
The Perfect Northern Michigan Accessory
It finally feels like Spring in Northern Michigan, and I found the perfect accessory to pair it with — JORD Wood Watches. When I received my Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Champagne watch from JORD I was super excited! I love how unique these hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wood watches are, and I’m slightly obsessed with JORD’s natural, sleek and modern design.
Made from 100% natural wood, JORD watches are easy to style and go well with anything. My JORD watch fits in perfectly with my Northern Michigan lifestyle. Whether I’m enjoying an evening out downtown Traverse City, wine tasting at a local vineyard, or hiking the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, I have found my JORD watch to accommodate every occasion.
JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers and minders who are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. One of my favorite things about JORD Watches is that they are designed with sustainability in mind, and use a range of beautiful raw materials to craft each timepiece.
JORD Watch Giveaway
Great news guys! I’m working with JORD Watches on an awesome giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $100 credit towards a JORD watch of their own! Also, just for entering the contest you’ll receive a $25 credit — awesome right?!
Contest ends 8/31/2017 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!
JORD Watches are designed for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go.
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Disclosure: JORD sent me the watch for free to try out. I only review products I believe in, that I would use myself, or think might be of interest to you.
Cheers to Michigan Wine Month
May is the perfect time to experience Northern Michigan’s wine scene, and this year Michigan is celebrating in a big way. Local wineries have partnered with Traverse City Tourism and Traverse City Uncorked to provide a month full of special tastings, events, live music, food and wine pairings, and more!
Michigan Wine Month is a great way to focus attention on the diverse and high quality wines Michigan is becoming globally recognized for. A lot of people, personalities and passion go into making the exceptional wine our region continues to produce, and Michigan Wine Month is a great time to celebrate all that Michigan’s vintners and growers bring to our lifestyle, economy and culinary pleasures.
Traverse City has quickly become a notable wine destination, boasting a variety of cool-climate wines that pair entirely well with the booming cuisine scene. Combine all of that with the beauty of Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, the Traverse City region will have you craving for more!
Whether your enjoying this month long party in a local tasting room, restaurant, or hotel, you’ll find a celebratory activity suitable for everyone to enjoy. See for yourself why Northern Michigan wines are a hot topic of discussion across the country.
Here’s a sampling of where to celebrate Michigan Wine Month around the Traverse City area!
Get uncorked with Olives and Wine every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday throughout the month! This Mediterranean-inspired, self-serve food and wine destination is featuring locally inspired happy hours with delicious selections right from Traverse City’s award-winning wine coast from 4-6pm! Get the lineup here.
May 3: Wine Down Wednesday Bingo at Chateau Grand Traverse
May 5: Oh Brother Big Sister Live at Bonobo Winery with a special Cinco de Mayo Chorizo and wine pairing
May 6th and 7th: Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s Spring Sip & Savor
May 7: Free Vineyard Tours at Bowers Harbor starting at Noon
May 7: Flowers with Mom at Bowers Harbor Vineyards
May 10: Black Star Farms Harvest Dinner
May 12: Rove Estate’s First Anniversary Celebration with Paul Livingston
May 12: Live Music from E-Minor at Bonobo Winery
May 13: Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Spring Blossom Day
May 14: Bonobo Winery Mother’s Day Celebration – Free glass of wine for Mom!
May 19: Paul Livingston Live at Bonobo Winery
May 20: Sips ’N Giggles Comedy Show at Leelanau Studios off M22.
May 25: How to Taste Wine Like a Pro with Michael Schafer, the Wine Counselor at Leelanau Studios off M22 from 7:00pm to 8:30. Admission is $29 a person
May 26: Rove Estate Local Appreciation Happy Hour from 4-6pm
May 26: Lavender Chill Yoga/Live Music/Wine Tasting at Yen Yoga downtown Traverse City.
May 26: National Chardonnay Day VIP Tasting & Tour with the Winemaker at Bonobo Winery. Admission is $35, and will take place at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
May 26: Mitch McKolay live at Bonobo Winery from 6-8pm.
Grab your friends and family, and celebrate Michigan Wine Month the Traverse City way! For more events and information, head over to Traverse City Tourism’s website, or Traverse City Uncorked’s Facebook page!
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Northern Michigan’s Top Cider Destinations
While Traverse City and Leelanau County are predominantly known for their wine and beer scene, hard cider isn’t to far behind as a Michigan favorite. With the country’s third largest apple crop, Northern Michigan has emerged as an industry leader, and with warmer weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to tour the leading cider destinations in the area. Whether you’re a local or traveler, no trip to the area would be complete without a visit to these Northern Michigan cider establishments.
Here’s a list of my favorite places around Traverse City to grab a glass of hard cider:
With a prime location in the center of Downtown Traverse City, Taproot Cider House has become a Front Street favorite. With 17 ciders on tap, there’s a cider for everyone in the group to enjoy. What I enjoy most about this cider house is that it’s a true Northern Michigan establishment with a welcoming atmosphere! Taproot captures the essence of Northern Michigan, with accents of reclaimed wood from a big storm that hit Traverse City in August of 2015. Other features such as a physical taproot that was donated from a local orchard acts as the famous centerpiece behind the bar.
Taproot Cider House is known for supporting local farmers, distilleries, wineries, and craft breweries. Their earth to table concept features a food menu with a nice variety of local and organic produce. Let Taproot be your next downtown destination!
Yes, I tasted all 17 ciders on tap, and here’s a list of my favorites!
Taproot Blend (Aged in Bourbon Barrels)
Lavender (Comes served with fresh lavender)
El Chavo (Most unique cider, and it was the server’s favorite!)
The regions first urban winery located in the center of the historic Northern Michigan Asylum, now known as The Village Traverse Commons, offers a unique space that allows them to create wine and cider from vineyards and orchards around Traverse City. Left Foot Charley has a variety of wine and cider on hand, and is only a short drive from downtown Traverse City! Open until 9pm, think of Left Foot Charley during your next outing! Their patio is unbeatable in the summer months.
With unparalleled views of Grand Traverse West Bay and a bar that looks out to Power Island, Suttons Bay Ciders is the optimal setting for a Northern Michigan Hard Cidery. Family owned and operated, Suttons Bay Ciders is located just a half mile off of M22, and offers the perfect cozy and laid-back atmosphere. My recommendation is to enjoy a nice sampler of all their ciders up at the bar, while taking in the pure Michigan sights.
Power Island (A great dry cider)
Commodore Pear (Favorite pear cider in town!)
Highlander (Infused with lavender)
Make yourself at home, because Tandem Ciders is the ultimate local cider hangout. Found along a scenic country road in Leelanau County’s wine country, Tandem Ciders offers a variety of ciders that you can enjoy in the tasting room, or take to go. I recommend getting a flight, and taking home a growler of your choice to enjoy! Their highly popular “Smackintosh” cider is a crowd favorite.
Bees Dream (Honey infused)
Located right on the 45th parallel, this Northern Michigan winery has become a Leelanau Peninsula destination thanks to its variety of wine, casual atmosphere, outgoing staff, and of course their unique ciders. 45 North has been able to capitalize off of its distinct location as the driving force behind its approach to crafting world-class wines and ciders that represent the West Michigan wine and cider scene. Tucked between the woods, 45 North has a great Northern Michigan vibe. Stop in for a cider tasting, and pair it with their award-winning wine. You can even enjoy your taste from their horse saddle bar stools.
In addition to their wines, Veterra Winery’s sister project, Chaos Ciders makes a variety of hard ciders that are becoming a staple known to the Northern Michigan cider scene. Nestled in the town of Leland, their unique tasting room — which once was a barber shop/pool hall in 1927 — is one-of-a-kind. Whether your tasting, grabbing a glass, or taking home a growler, Verterra is a great one stop shop for both cider and wine lovers. When you do visit, be sure to ask for Lindy because she was absolutely wonderful! Lindy gave such an educational, yet enjoyable tasting experience and was full of knowledge!
Hard Just Apple Cider (My favorite! It’s super light & smooth)
Raspberry (It’s like taking a step into summer)
Apple Pie (Only available in the fall, but I was able to steal a sip and it was delicious, and had a nice spice and aroma to it)
For the cider drinkers with a sweeter palate, Chateau De Leelanau is the place for you. As you’re entering Leelanau County’s wine country, Chateau De Leelanau is an easy stop to hit with direct access off of M22. Try one or all five of their ciders, and take a glass to enjoy outside on their patio. Their large tasting room is fully equipped to handle you and all your friends tasting needs!
Oakee Dokee (Plain apple cider that’s been oaked)
Berry Bonanza (A nice cider infused with cherry)
Carmel Apple (Most popular)
Peach Fizz (Blend of Bianca Select & Riesling Select)
Old Mission Peninsula
Situated halfway out on Old Mission Peninsula, with views overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay, Bowers Harbor offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy wine and cider, while learning about the different varietals, and growing practices. Whether you’re enjoying a glass on the patio, or tasting at the bar, the staff provides a fun, yet knowledgable experience. Their Apple cider was my favorite, however, Bowers Harbor’s cider list has a nice variety of seasonal tastes and flavors. Sipping on their Peach and Blueberry ciders were a nice taste of summer in the middle of winter.
Now it’s your turn to get out and try these local cider favorites!
National Drink Wine Day
While I’ve never needed an excuse to indulge in a glass of wine, National Drink Wine Day is the unofficial holiday dedicated for celebrating all things wine. Whether your a wine connoisseur or a novice, February 18th is for honoring the love and health benefits of wine.
In tribute of the holiday, I’ve compiled a list of “Reasons to Drink More Wine.” That’s right people – your affection for wine in moderation is in fact good for you!
Reasons to Drink More Wine
Wine is fun!
It’s good for the mind, body, & soul.
Wine enhances the flavors of your food.
You get to use really cool glasses.
It’s technically fruit.
Reduces your risk of dementia.
It doesn’t make you bloated like other forms of alcohol.
It pairs really well with cheese.
Reduces your risk of heart disease.
It makes Bachelor Monday’s that much better.
Fermentation is fascinating. There’s so much to learn from it!
Goes well with Sunday brunch.
Prevents type 2 diabetes.
A great gift to get yourself, or anyone else for that matter.
You can make some cool crafts out of wine corks.
It gets your creative juices flowing.
It ages well.
Reduces the risk of depression.
Wine therapy is cheaper than retail therapy.
Wine tasting is a fun extra curricular activity.
Wine will never disappoint you.
It helps you sleep.
Wine bottles come with awesome labels.
To top off your National Drink Wine Day celebrations, pop open a bottle, or head to one of these Northern Michigan Wineries.
Offering 10% off glass pours all day!
8175 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
3309 Blue Water Road Traverse City, MI 49686
15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686
2896 Bowers Harbor Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
Add pie to Monday’s menu. The American Pie Council turned an American tradition into a holiday that has become highly celebrated. A holiday that’s not to be confused with National Pi Day, January 23rd is a whole day created simply to celebrate pie. Whether you enjoy baking your own pie, or know of the perfect bakery, it’s a day set aside for eating pie…lots and lots of pie.
The only way I know how to celebrate is by indulging in some of my favorite pies from the Grand Traverse Pie Company, headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. In honor of the holiday, GT Pie Shops will be giving away a free slice of Michigan fruit pie (Apple Crumb or Cherry Crumb) with any purchase.
Grand Traverse Pie Company is encouraging people to share their free pie photos with the hashtag #LovePeacePie via social media.
Pie is made for sharing! Treat your friends and family this holiday with pie from the best, the Grand Traverse Pie Company. National Pie Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in pie, as if we even needed one.
May your day be pie-filled!
Weekend Wine & Beer Events & Deals
Despite the cold weather, and the endless amounts of snow we received over the week, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy what the Northern Michigan wine scene has to offer. If you’re on the hunt for weekend festivities, there are some awesome events happening in the wine and beer industry around the Traverse City area.
Here’s the 411 in the 231: (click on the links for more info)
What’s Up Michigan is a great source for the best events and deals happening around Michigan daily. Here are a few of their current wine and beer deals to take advantage of.
Bonobo Winery – Cheese & Charcuterie Board with 2 Featured Tastings for $15. Expires 3/31/17
Aurora Cellars – 50% off a 2nd glass of wine. Expires 5/31/17
45 North Vineyard & Winery – $2 off a glass of wine. Expires 3/31/17
Shady Lane Cellars – $3 Wine Tasting. 3/31/17
Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery – Buy on get one free wine tasting, and 10% off retail purchases. Expires 3/31/17
Left Foot Charley – 25% off munchie menu item with purchase of wine or cider pour. Expires 3/31/17
Brew Bus – $75 off private tour. Expires 5/31/17
Bowers Harbor Vineyards – Buy 1 wine or hard cider tasting, get 1 free, plus 10% off wine & cider purchases. Expires 11/30/17
Grand Traverse Tours – 2 Wine Tour Guests for $99. Expires 3/31/17
Rare Bird Brewpub – 50% off Tacos. Expires 3/31/17
Hearth & Vine Cafe at Black Star Farms – Monday thru Thursday buy 1 wood-fired pizza, get the 2nd 1/2 off. Expires 3/31/17
The Workshop Brewing Co. – 4oz Tenpenny American-Style Ale for 10 pennies. Expires 3/31/17
Grand Traverse Distillery – $ 2 off any regular priced drink. Expires 3/31/2017
Taproot Cider House – 50% off Nachos. Expires 3/31/17
Enjoy your weekend fun!