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A Taste of Michigan

Total Mileage/Average drive time
160 miles, 3 hours, 15 minutes

Michigan has more than 100 wineries situated among 15,000 acres of vineyards scattered throughout its five wine regions, but not all of the wines made here are grape-based. The Wolverine State is the leader in fruit wine production in the U.S. and this region is known as the "Fruit Ridge."

1) Ludington
Starting Point

Located between Ludington and Manistee, Krolczyk Cellars is a relatively new winery that offers wine sampling of its seven wines that include chardonnay, Riesling, cabernet franc and a sparkling wine. Enjoy a bite to eat at Scotty's restaurant in Ludington, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual décor where you can sit among blown-glass decorations and select from sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, steaks, seafood and pasta meals.

2) Manistee
29 miles, 38 minutes

Just north of Manistee on Highway 31 amid the serene rural landscape is Douglas Valley Winery, with wines crafted from their vineyard of over 8,000 vines of Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio grapes, along with hard ciders. The winery was once a railroad stop known as Douglas Station, but today you can enjoy tasting wine in the old bunkhouse for the Manistee and North Eastern Railroad passengers. Head back into town for a meal at the family-owned Bungalow Inn Restaurant with its warm, cozy atmosphere and friendly service that will make your meal all the more pleasurable. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Bungalow Inn has received awards for its Prime Rib, burger and fish.

3) Beulah
33 miles, 40 minutes

What started as a bee-keeping hobby turned into a full time job selling honey before the owners decided to follow the natural course and craft that honey into mead. St. Ambrose Cellars offers a modern expression of the world's most ancient drink, producing seven creative versions of pyment, a wine crafted from honey wine and mead, along with a semi-dry Riesling wine. Enjoy on old-fashioned lunch or dinner while you reconnect with the past at the Cherry Hut Restaurant, a local favorite since 1922 that began as an outlet for orchard products but quickly developed into an amazing restaurant featuring soups and sandwiches for lunch; the dinner menu features steak, chicken and fish, plus the special of the day, with pies that are legendary.

4) Petoskey
31 miles, 38 minutes

Mackinaw Trail Winery has four locations in the state including one in Petoskey located in the Gaslight District. Sample from a varied selection of reds, whites, fruit wines, a late harvest Riesling, and a Vidal Ice Wine. Then it's off to Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery, located at Pond Hill Farms, with a wine list that includes dry and semi-dry whites, a red wine blend, cherry wine, peach mead, and apple hard cider with label artwork that depicts scenes from the Harbor Springs area. For a quick meal, the Garden Café, located on site, serves light lunch fare, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps and salads.