I wish I was there is Traverse City’s theme. The city even has its own theme song titled “Take Me There” by The Hacky Turtles that captures Traverse City’s beauty. From the crystal clear water to the amazing beaches, to the Sleeping Bear Dunes where there’s miles of sugar sand beaches along Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline, and its ski resorts to snowmobiling, it’s no wonder why everyone is wishing they were at Traverse City. For those who can’t get enough of the beach, Traverse City is known for its amazing beaches with water so clear you can see to the very bottom- and even if you aren’t much of a swimmer the views from the beach are striking. It’s a beautiful and amazing place but for beer and wine lovers it’s even better because of the unique microbreweries and wineries. Wine lovers will love the magnificent views, and by Traverse City being located on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, Traverse City’s 40+ wineries and tasting rooms overlook some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The region produces a variety of wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. The wineries aren’t the only big attraction; Traverse City’s craft beer scene has exploded in the last few years and now includes 17 local establishments for microbrewery lovers to visit. If you want amazing wine, and of course great beer then take the Traverse City Wine and Beer Tours. Tourists aren’t disappointed and come to relax, drink and enjoy the wineries and breweries, and check out the distilleries in the Grand Traverse area with unbelievable views as an added bonus.
Traverse City has a hidden gem; the contemporary design of the Two Lads winery and tasting room is unique among Michigan wineries, and that uniqueness stretches to design of the building which allows for great views. Two Lads specializes in full-bodied, new world style red wines, sparkling and white wines to round out the offerings, and captures the fresh perspective and boldness of the wines made in Michigan. It really doesn’t matter which activity you choose because you’ll simply enjoy Traverse City, and will find that the city has a wide-range of activities to enjoy. Maybe the Cherry festival is more to your liking. With over 500,000 annual visitors the Cherry festival is quite popular amongst tourists and residents alike (most of Michigan’s sweet cherry production is concentrated in the Traverse City area). Recent tourist surprised his girlfriend for her birthday said,
I surprised my girlfriend for her birthday with a trip to Traverse City and this was one of the best parts! The staff was SO awesome and they even have a license for you to bring booze on the tour with you! Excellent wineries and beautiful scenery.
The wineries and breweries also do mobile tours although the classic experience of the tasting room leads to a wonderful one-of-a-kind experience as you taste at the bar while seeing the sights of east Grand Traverse Bay. While taking in the magnificent views knowledgeable and interesting personnel present you with a flight of their wines. Tasting flights are $5—or on the house with a purchase of 2 or more bottles per guest. Want something to nosh while you taste? Small bites plates are available, and all wines can be ordered by the glass or half glass.
To reserve for larger parties or to reserve call (231) 223-7722. Get treated from a private tour experience, and become amazed at the what, where, why, and how behind the winemaking process. Guests are taken from the path of the grape to the vineyard experience to actually drinking the wine itself. An in-depth private tasting of wines will lead you to a 90 min. special tour tasting of 6 different wines with intelligently chosen food pairings in a private, bucolic Northern Michigan setting. Your host will expertly guide you through the nuances of flavor and aroma as you enjoy the bounty of their vineyard. Cost is $25 a person, and expect your tasting to last 1 hour— that’s a deal.