We had a great day on the Old Mission Peninsula.
|Shady Lane Cellars, Leelanau Peninsula|
The next day we headed up Leelanau Peninsula.
|Ciccone Vineyard & Winery. One of our favorites. I believe that this winery is owned by Madonna's parents.|
I love the inside at Ciconne. If ever I have a soaring ceiling I will be tempted to build pergolas in the corners.
|Black Star Farms|
I was fascinated by the Raftshol Vineyards. We hadn't ever been there before. They were the first vineyard to grow red grapes. Up to that time area vineyards grew whites only. There was the drawlest little (seemingly) old man serving the tastings that day. He could have been one of the brothers that own the vineyard. I guess we should have asked him.
|Willow Vineyard & Winery|
If I were having a wedding on the Leelanau Peninsula I would have it here at the Willow Vineyard. I love the tasting room and what must be their house (?) just behind.
They have the best patio.
I want to grow vines that turn red in the fall and spread all over my house. . . except I think it's bad for brick. Do you know?
Willow also has the best views.
|The view from Leelanau Winery|
Sometimes we hang out in these chairs. I always think I will bring lunch to eat here. I never do.
|Silver Leaf Vineyard|
Another winery I love, but always forget about is Silver Leaf Vineyard.
They have this little cabin right next to the vineyard. The next time we come here, this is where we area going to stay. I can't wait. I took pictures through the window, but most of what was visible was my reflection.
Grapes. Beautiful grapes.
|Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery|
The last time we visited Forty-Five North - four years ago - they were doing tastings out of a storage warehouse. Their new tasting room is beautifully rustic. In case you're wondering, they are called Forty-Five North because their vineyards lie on the 45th parallel. Interestingly enough, this is also the parallel that passes through Bordeaux, France.
If you look closely at the picture you can see the clever way they hung all of their chalk boards.
At the risk of sounding like the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce. . . you may wonder if there are other things to do there besides drink wine and enjoy 75 degree weather.
Well, there is hiking, boating, beaching, antiquing, golfing, biking, and just plain relaxing. Traverse City is also thought to be among the Top 10 foodie towns in the U.S. Mario Batali thinks so too!
Oh, yes, there are also 16 micro-breweries in the immediate area if you prefer beer.
I'm not much of a boater. Or beacher. I need to take some time to hike the next time I'm there. But mostly I'm sure we will eat and drink wine. Because "Wine is good. That is all."
Make something wonderful today!
The Dedicated House