Monday, December 3, 2012

Wine Tasting Weekend


To celebrate our 30th anniversary, my husband and I went to Traverse City in northern Michigan for a weekend getaway that included a tasting tour of the seven, pretty wineries on the old Mission Peninsula. It was a fun weekend and a great way to kick off the holiday season too.

When we arrived Friday night, we went into downtown Traverse City for a casual dinner. While there, we were happy to be able to experience the tree lighting activities that were happening that night.

The shops were open, the streets were closed to traffic and the carolers were singing. It was very festive.

The next morning, we were picked up at our hotel by a driver, who would take us to the seven wineries where we could do tastings and purchase any wine that we liked. We had a great time and loved having a driver, so we could just relax and enjoy the experience. We stopped at a wonderful restaurant for lunch in between some of the tastings and enjoyed sitting and relaxing by a cozy fire.

At each winery, you could taste five different wines, of all varieties and by the end of the day, you definitely begin to know what you like. We purchased a favorite bottle at five of the wineries. I am especially looking forward to serving the spiced, cherry wine that is served warm, and will be perfect over the holidays.

Later that evening, we had a wonderful, romantic dinner at Trattoria Stella and were seated at a table within these lovely brick arches.

Before heading home on Sunday, we made sure to go to my favorite breakfast restaurant in Taverse City. It was a great trip and though we were hoping to see more snow, northern Michigan never fails to be a relaxing, beautiful destination for a weekend away.

Happy Monday!



  1. this looks amazing, my boyfriend and i want to do this one year. i told him i'd like to do it in the fall season though because the vineyards look so beautiful.

  2. What a great idea for a weekend trip. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and made lots of memories. Enjoy the wine!

  3. Oh what a fun weekend:) I enjoyed seeing ALL of those pictures! Enjoy your day and that wine! HUGS!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Maybe we can make that a January destination. I always look for ways to make winter a bit more tolerable. :-)

  5. what a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary, Vicki. Congrats on your 30th.

  6. It sounds like it was a perfect weekend, Vicki! We just did a wine tasting last weekend in Wisconsin and really loved it! Traverse City is beautiful, we took the kids there one summer and I'd love to go again. So glad you had a wonderful time!


  7. What a very fun weekend. I am amazed that wineries are everywhere these days. Works for me!

  8. What a wonderful trip! First time visiting your blog and I am your newest follower! I love visiting towns via blog!! Have a blessed week! Roxie

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary and what a wonderful way to celebrate!

  10. I'm jealous! Wine tasting is right up my alley. The ice sculpture snowman was cute!

  11. I've been to a few of the wineries on Old Mission and just LOVED them. I'm glad you had an amazing time celebrating 30 wonderful years together!

  12. That is great. I didn't know that you could do that on Old Mission Peninsula. I have been to Chanteau Chantal. We stayed there years ago. It used to be that if you stayed in the bed and breakfast that you could drink any open bottle in the evening around the fire. Lovely. Thanks for the information!

  13. Jeez- you and I could be twins- or at least good friends! We have also recently celebrated our 31st Anniversary and enjoyed a beautiful meal and a great bottle of wine. I've always wanted to visit Traverse City and now more than ever!

  14. Now that's what I call an anniversary (honey...hint, hint;) Wine, food, ambiance, and great company, couldn't be better! TALU;))

  15. Sounds like a great trip. Now you've got me realllly curious about that cherry wine that's served warm??? I'll have to look into that. :) [#TALU]

  16. Love the ice sculpture and the sound of warm, spiced cherry wine.

  17. How wonderful to have a driver for your wine tasting tour! I have visited lots of wineries in California and it's so much fun! What a great anniversary weekend!

  18. It looks like you had a wonderful time. That spiced cherry wine looks good!


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