Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Little Trip to Traverse City, Michigan

Yes, I have been MIA. Mr Quirky and I took a little vacation for about 5 days last week/end. An old friend of mine was getting married in Traverse City, MI, and since that is one of our favorite places to visit in Michigan we decided to stay awhile. Well that, and because there is wine there. And as my good friend Kirby says, "Wine is good. That is all."

Mission Point Lighthouse at the end of the Old Mission Peninsula - Traverse City, MI

The wedding and activities were great and I enjoyed seeing a few other old friends. But the whole trip was perfect.

The beach at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula - Traverse City, MI

Being away from home. In the most glorious weather. Tasting wine for two days.  Eating really good food. Wonderful views from the hotel. Oh - and a great big bathtub that I could actually float in. I miss that bathtub. Really. Miss. It.

The Hessler Log cabin, circa 1866 that has been preserved and moved to Lighthouse Park

Is that a sign that you are old? When you miss the bathtubs more than the parties?

One of my favorite views on Mission Peninsula - from the Two Lads Winery. I have like 20 pictures of this house. They probably think I'm stalking them....

I don't know how many of you have ever been to any of the "famous" wine areas in the U.S  I've been lucky to have been to Napa and Sonoma Valleys several times. They are pure heaven for me. The wineries in Northwestern Michigan - specifically the Mission Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsulas are Michigan's version of Napa and Sonoma Valley.  A much smaller version I might add. This is our third trip to Traverse City and the surrounding wineries. 

The trouble with going these places and trying to tell about them is that it is really hard to explain how great it feels to be surrounded by beauty everywhere you go.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Inside and outside. Love the inside. The brick walls. WOW. Their wines are some of my favorites.

 It has been a really warm fall so the colors weren't as brilliant as they usually are. 

Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn. Mission Peninsula. I love this sculpture in one of their tasting rooms.

But that's ok. Because there was wine.

Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Love their quaint property and buildings.

It feels so great to be surrounded by natural beauty. You want to take pictures of everything. Everything. And then you wonder. . . when you see all of your pictures. . . can anybody see what I was feeling?

Mission Table Vineyards. Also the home of the Jolly Pumpkin microbrewery and restaurant. Their property is lovely.

I think I would love to live where there are beautiful vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Peninsula Cellars. Their tasting room is in an authentic old schoolhouse.

In fact, I could live in this old school house.

This is the view from the Hawthorne Vineyards tasting room patio. Nice. This tasting room popped up between our last visit and now.
I'm ready to go back.

That night we had dinner at Trattoria Stella. Won. Der. Ful  It's a good thing it's 3 1/2 hours away - I might go broke eating there every night.

That was Day One. I have more. Day Two to follow. Aren't you thrilled?

Make something wonderful today!



Jean @ said...! Great pics, Karen!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Beautiful! We have a winery down the street. It is fun to go to the tastings! Something so surreal looking out over those grapevines. Italy has tons!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I've never been to Michigan and never in a million years would I have thought of a reason to...until now. Beautiful photos and scenery, Karen.

Art and Sand said...

I have to tell you that I would never have expected there to be vineyards in Michigan. I live in southern California - just one hour from all the central coast wineries and we visit Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties regularly.

Myself, I hate (strong word, but it fits here) wine so people love to go wine tasting with me. I always drive home.

Kirby Carespodi said...

Beautiful! I didn't know that Michigan had a bunch of wineries, either...breweries, yes, but not wineries. The photography is great, BTW. And thanks for the shoutout!

paisleysummer said...

Looks like a beautiful area and fabulous break.
I adore a bath......definitely shows my age! x

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Gorgeous photos! We've been through the area once and I don't think there's any place on Lake Michigan that doesn't have picturesque views! The wedding must have been beautiful at that setting.

Bliss said...

I love touring wineries, not because of the wine so much as the quaintness of each one. From California to Wisconsin I've visited some beauties.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Looks like a beautiful area! I must be old because I still miss the big claw foot tub from our cabin in Montana.

fiona anderson said...

Photos never quite convey what we feel or see when we take them, but it looks pretty stunning. Thanks for the lovely tour.


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