Cheers to Northern Michigan

Last week at this time, we took a short break from the hustle and bustle of New York to visit family and attend a wedding in Northern Michigan. Of course, we also found some time to treat ourselves to good meals and wine.


After our flight, our first stop was downtown Traverse City, which has a little hustle and bustle in its own right. We stopped by Fustini’s for olive oil, Cherry Republic for cherry products and American Spoon Foods for a preserves and spreads. On the way out of town, we grabbed lunch from the Dish Cafe, one of Kristina’s childhood favorites. Allen had a smoothie and the Wasabi wrap while Kristina enjoyed a Cranberry Limeade and San Diego salad.

For dinner, we were treated to a nice meal at the Bluebird, which overlooks the Leland River and is a local institution. In addition to a plate of wings to share, Kristina had fish and chips and Allen had the whitefish sandwich. We also snuck a slice of the pizza that Kristina’s brother ordered!


Wedding day for dear friends! After the ceremony, things got interesting… in a good way! We were in charge of picking up, delivering and arranging 200 cupcakes that served as the wedding cake for the bride and groom. Talk about pressure! When we arrived at Potters, everything was set to go and we were on our way.

As you can see, all was safe and sound with the cupcakes. Phew! With the “pressure” off, and some time to burn until the wedding reception, we decided to head out to Old Mission for lunch and winetasting. Before sampling wine we had to fill our stomachs so we stopped at Old Mission Tavern for lunch. The tavern is well known for both its food and art displays.

2 Lads

Our first stop was 2 Lads Winery, a modern spot perhaps best known for its sparkling wines. The wine was crisp and refreshing and we especially enjoyed the Sparking Pinot Grigio and the Sparkling Riesling.

Chateau Chantal

Next, we visited Chateau Chantal, one of the area’s best known spots. Their Michigan Sparkling Cherry Wine is a must-try if you’re in the region!

Peninsula Cellars

Last but not least, we had to visit Peninsula Cellars, who may be best known for their Homework and Detention wines. For Kristina, a former teacher who currently works in professional development and education policy, it was a must-visit for both its schoolhouse location and tasty wines!

A great day on Old Mission continued into a fun evening of eating, dancing and celebrating the marriage of our friends!

We loved our quick trip to Michigan. What summer getaways do you have planned?

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