Driving around the Traverse City area means that you’ll come across some spectacular views: pastoral landscapes, interspersed with cherry trees and rows of grapevines, all with the backdrop of Lake Michigan. It’s easy to take this slice of Earth for granted, and forget about the steps it will take to preserve this beauty for generations! Luckily, many wineries and vineyards in the area conscientiously take steps to create a more sustainable future while making delicious wine. Here are a few suggestions on who to check out for your next wine tour! 

For many a perfect vacation is much more than finding a great winery or fabulous restaurant. It’s about tracking down a cool adventure. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon or hang gliding over Lake Michigan (although you can do those things.) Sometimes it’s just being a little more adventurous than normal. So, we outlined three things that could be out of the normal for you.

Here in Traverse City, we are all about the vino. We’re also all about girl power, which is why we sat down with two of the leading women in wine in northern Michigan—Marie-Chantal Dalese, President and CEO of Chateau Chantal, and Sherri Fenton, Manager Owner of Black Star Farms—to chat about the industry…and get recs for our next favorite vintage!

Finally, a much needed and well-deserved vacation to Northern Michigan. Having never been to this region of the country before, everyone told me, “If you’re going Up North, you HAVE to go check out Sleeping Bear Dunes.” We did some research and found out that Sleeping Bear Dunes is a 35-mile section of coastline that has been designated a National Lakeshore. Sand Dunes, hiking trails, scenic vistas, historic towns (dating back to the days when the Great lakes were the superhighway of the region) are all part of the park. We decide to take a guided tour to make sure we don’t miss out on anything.

Water is our most precious resource, and in Michigan, we are lucky to have an abundance of lakes and rivers. Northern Michigan is known for its inland lakes with crystal clear water. Torch Lake, arguably the most famous of Michigan’s inland lakes, is renowned for its brilliant (dare I say, Caribbean) blue color.

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