Uncork a bottle of wine and enjoy a getaway at these Northern Michigan wineries that offer lodging.
By Klaudia Patrycja Jakubiak
You don’t need to plan a trip to Napa Valley to experience beautiful vineyards and elegant wines. In fact, you can discover some of the most breathtaking views and amazing wines at Old Mission Peninsula. There’s nothing quite like summertime in Northern Michigan, especially when you’re enjoying a glass of chardonnay while admiring the season in full bloom. During fall, the colorful foliage creates a majestic experience driving down Highway M-37. Explore some of the most charming vineyards in Michigan that also offer lodging — wine not?
Black Star Farms
10844 E. Revold Road, Suttons Bay
Located in the heart of Traverse City, Black Star Farms is every wine lover’s perfect getaway. With two wineries, two tasting rooms and a luxury inn, you can have an unforgettable experience without the hassle of driving. For the past 20 years, Black Star Farms has produced wine at a high caliber with a focus on quality. Enjoy the variety of wines in the tasting room and discover your new favorite wine (or two). Whether it’s a staycation or girl’s weekend getaway, the selection of guestrooms is perfect for any occasion. Guests can indulge in a culinary experience by booking a cocktail or cooking classes, or even enjoy a wine, dine and Yoga in the Vine package. Black Star also offers Paella Nights, a Great Lakes Fish Boil and Harvest Dinner— an elevated dining experience consciously paired with wine. Rolling hills and vineyard views surround Black Star Farms, giving you a relaxing retreat all conveniently located in one place.
Lodging price: Starting at $225 per night
Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery
3309 Blue Water Road, Traverse City
Wouldn’t it be dreamy to wake up with private views of a vineyard and East Grand Traverse Bay? Followed by a morning walk into the Secret Garden, an agricultural property that grows lavender, flowers and fruit? A 40-acre vineyard spans the 91 acres of the beautiful Brys Estate. The original barn was transformed into a two-story, 1,100-square-foot guesthouse with a full kitchen, living and dining room. Guests enjoy the entire house, including the porch and front lawn, and receive discounts on some wine. Varietals produced at the vineyard include: pinot noir, riesling and cabernet blanc. The rich history of the Brys Estate is focused on tradition, family and a promise of high quality. As the website states, “It’s this promise of quality that is captured in each and every glass to be enjoyed and shared with family and friends.”
Lodging price: July through September – $495 per night; October – $550 per night
15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City
Ready for boot camp? Chateau Chantal Wine Boot Camp, that is. This intensive pairing of wine and food will turn you into a wine connoisseur in no time. You’ll also learn about winemaking, grape growing and the art of wine tasting. This is just one of the many events this French-style winery offers. Located on Old Mission Peninsula, Chateau Chantal officially opened its doors in 1993 as a three-bedroom B&B and winery and has been producing wine ever since. Today, this beautiful estate has expanded to 11 guestrooms, ranging from executive apartments to a Van Gogh master suite. Chateau Chantal is open year-round but to enjoy peak harvest and beautiful foliage, I recommend visiting in October. If you’re looking to expand your palate, the wine dinners are available to all guests. For a truly Northern Michigan culinary experience, the semi-dry riesling and freshly caught whitefish from Grand Traverse Bay will pair perfectly. As Tasting Room Manager Bill Autenreith says, “I challenge any to find a greater, more timeless, amalgamation of art and science than the one which is wine.” Discover your favorite pour of art fused with science at Chateau Chantal.
Lodging price: Starting at $169
Chateau Grand Traverse
12239 Center Road, Traverse City
A true pioneer in the wine industry, founder Ed O’Keefe Jr. started Chateau Grand Traverse in 1974, where no winery had existed yet. With a focus on quality, consistency and environmental sustainability, the winery offers many varietals, including the popular Late Harvest Riesling. As a member of the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, Chateau Grand Traverse participates in five seasonal wine pairing trail events and hosts its own. In the summer, listen to live music on the patio every week 5-7 p.m. for Wine Down Wednesdays. Another special event is the Corks and Forks weekend retreat at The Inn, which is offered monthly from December to April. The six guest rooms are nestled in a wooden setting, making it a perfect getaway for all occasions. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Chateau Grand Traverse on your private balcony while enjoying the beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay.
Lodging price: May through October – starting at $205
Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
1994 Carroll Road, Traverse City
With just a 10-minute walk to the nearest winery, Grey Hare Inn Vineyard is an elegant B&B in the heart of Northern Michigan Wine Country. Inspired by their biking trip to France, Cindy and Jay Ruzak decided to open a European-themed B&B with beautiful panoramic views of the vineyard. The accommodations offer a private bath and queen-size bed with expansive views of the bay, along with a Tuscan/Provence-inspired breakfast (included in your stay). If you’re looking for a unique experience, look no further than the Harvest Stomp hosted by Grey Hare Inn. During this two-hour experience, guests will harvest grapes by hand, then stomp with their feet in a wooden vat, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and tasting the wine made from the inn’s grapes at Peninsula Cellars. This central location is perfect for a walk to a nearby winery or short drive to downtown Traverse City.
Lodging price: Starting at $165