Thursday, November 8, 2018

Traverse City Weekend Part 2

If you missed part 1 you can catch it here.

Friday morning we ate breakfast and we were the crazy Michiganders on our balcony enjoying the view and drinking our coffee. I can handle 44 degrees with a hot cup of joe, ha!

Afterwards we headed to The Commons to do a little hiking. I read an article on Pinterest about how the hikes here were like the Central Park of TC.

We stumbled upon a babbling brook. So pretty!

We mall walked around to look at Christmas decorations and then we found ourselves wine tasting at Left Foot Charley. I had to pick up some Cinnamon Girl Cider (really yummy!) for a girlfriend so it was a good excuse to check out a new to us winery.

Then we went to an oldie, but a goodie for lunch. Apache is one of our favorite places and you can't beat the views.

My favorite is their shrimp and lobster bisque and their fish tacos. G gets the steak and it is pretty darn good too. I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong here. But trust me on the bisque. It will change your life.

We headed up the Leelanau Peninsula for more wine tasting. Our first stop was Mawby because we love our sparkling wines.

How great is this sign? LOVE. We stopped next door at Big Little for a tasting and chatted with some nice people.


I just cannot get over Northern Michigan in the fall. So beautiful.

Why it's a horse, of course.

Is it just me or does the above picture give you Ozark vibes?

We headed to Leelanau Wine Cellars for a tasting with an amazing view. Their wine is good, but you must try their port!

Next up we headed to French Valley Vineyards for a little tasting. I just adore the views here and even tried to stay at the hotel connected, but it just didn't work out.

They had a fire going and it was in the 50s and so we just couldn't resist. We shared a glass of wine while soaking up the views. What a perfect fall day!

We did a little cider tasting and Sutton Bay Ciders.

Our last stop of the day was dinner at Hop Lot. This was one of my favorite moments because we sat at the fire enjoying good beer and talked to some really awesome people.

We ate tacos and soaked up the fall weather.

Saturday we slept in until 10 which is really late for both of us. All that wine tasting sure is exhausting, I guess.

We heard there was an event on Leelanau so we went back to Old Mission thinking it would be less busy. HA! Mari was absolutely packed so we snagged glasses of wine and sat outside by the fire. Perfection!

This was our view by the fire. No complaints here.

Our next stop was Hawthorne Vineyards which I don't think we had ever been before. It wasn't too crowded so enjoyed a tasting and the great fall views.

This sign just gets me.

The fall scenery was just magical.

I heart wine country. We stopped for a little glass of wine at Brys and hung out on the rooftop with this view and a heat lamp, ha!

We tried a new restaurant for lunch called Old Mission Tavern and it's a new favorite. We will definitely be back!

We had the whitefish dip and it was EVERYTHING. Trust we will be back for this and you should get it if you are ever in the area. I also had a whitefish sandwich because when in TC.

Next up was Chateau Chantal. It was so crazy inside so we grabbed a glass of champs and enjoyed the view.

Oh Michigan, your fall collection is so stunning.

We went to Bowers Harbor Vineyards and enjoyed a glass of wine next to the fire.

We picked up pizza and headed back to our hotel to relax after a full three days of wine tasting fun.

We had the prettiest sunset!

Sunday morning we woke up with the gift of another hour, woohoo! And the most lovely sunrise while we drank our coffee on the balcony.

We had a relaxing morning and then drove home to get ready for the week. Whew! What a super fun trip! It was starting to snow so it was the perfect time to head south, ha!


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