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Pro-tips on visiting us this time of year

Fall Color

It’s everywhere; no more words necessary…


Traverse City has acquired a reputation as one of the country’s up-and-coming foodie towns. For two years in a row, Midwest Living magazine has listed Traverse City among its Five Top Food Towns — and Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the Top Five Foodie towns in the country. Chef Mario Batali calls Traverse City a modern gastro-paradise


Plan a mid-week trip. The tasting rooms tend to be less crowded during the week rather than the weekend. You’ll get first pick of seats and views, staff will have more time to chat, things will seem more relaxed and accommodations tend to be more affordable and available during the week. Dress in layers; Mother Nature can be fickle. The mornings tend to be cooler and you may want a jacket until the afternoon sun warms. Don’t forget to check on special events, live music, wine dinners, seated tastings with food, seasonal events, and wine education talks. Ask questions; the tasting room staff have a wealth of information and knowledge. They want to answer your wine-related questions. If you have a favorite type of wine, let them know. They will make suggestions and guide you towards the right wine selections. As you travel along the wine trail, soak in the fall color; take time to stop for u-cut sunflowers and farm stands where you can stock up on fresh fall produce such as apples, pumpkins and squash. Don’t rush; make your visit a two or three day visit. Enjoy the personality and vibe at each winery as well as incorporating a hike, a picnic or find some hidden gems and antiques at a local shop. Plan a designated driver or book a wine tour; yes, the tasters are small, but you don’t have to be a mathematician here…


“The end of the summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October… ” A.A. Milne

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