Explore the Bay View Wine Trail
Michigan wines are gaining attention throughout the nation - and the Little Traverse Bay region is set up for success with proximity to the 45th Parallel, in company with other famous wine regions such as Bordeaux, France and Piedmont, Italy. With 12 unique wineries along the Bay View Wine Trail, making a day of tastings is a fun way to explore the local flavors, landscape, and viniculture. We've gathered some insight on a few of the wineries nearest the Inn.
Mackinaw Trail Winery and Bistro, established in 2004, has won several awards for their wines, and offers both red and white varietals as well as a unique selection of sweeter fruit wines. Just south of Petoskey with easy access from 131, this is a must-see stop along the Bay View Wine Trail.
Walloon Lake Winery
Walloon Lake Winery is situated on 36 acres of farm one mile from the lake of its namesake, just a 3.5 mile drive from the Inn. The proprietors creatively crown all of their wines with locally-inspired or boating-themed names and offer several varietals. Take in the countryside views on the outdoor patio or plan ahead to sign up for an evening Paint & Sip event, hosted by the winery and a local artist.
Resort Pike Cidery & Winery
One of the newest additions to the wine trail, Resort Pike offers mostly sparkling wine and cider creations with ingredients sourced from their farm and other local growers, adding a little extra variety in the tasting room for those wanting to expand their palates. They also include three still wines on their menu.
Rudbeckia Farm, located just minutes from both Walloon Lake Winery and Resort Pike, is also home to Burnt Marshmallow Brewing, and offers summer outdoor activities and countryside photo opportunities as well as wine, cider, and beer tastings in their quaint barn.
While not one of the closest in proximity to the Inn, 1918 Cellars at Castle Farms is a must-visit due to its beautiful location. Castle Farms in Charlevoix is a French Renaissance-inspired castle with extensive grounds that is a stunning sight year-round. Enjoy a tour while you visit for a taste!
If you're prepared to go further afield to try the seven other wineries along the Trail, pick up a Bay View Wine Trail brochure from the Inn's Reception Desk, which includes a map and area information. Happy [wine] trails!