Looking for a fresh winter activity? Or just can’t wait until the warm weather for a Michigan wine tour? Strap on those skis and snowshoes and get ready to warm up with a glass of the good stuff. Traverse City-area wineries see no rea - son the cold weather should keep visitors away. Here are some winter wine tours worth checking out.

At Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, spend a Saturday or Sunday snowshoeing through its woods, orchards and vineyards, then relax by the tasting-room fireplace with a bowl of chili and a warm glass of mulled wine. Wrap up the excursion with a proper tasting. Black Star’s package includes a two-hour snowshoe rental.

On the Old Mission peninsula, Brys Estate Winery, Bowers Harbor Vineyards and the Jolly Pumpkin at Bowers Harbor hold regular “Old Mission Snowshoe, Wine & Brew Trail” events throughout the winter. Leave your car at Jolly Pumpkin, hop a shuttle bus to Brys (at the top of the ridge), then taste and snowshoe your way back to the beginning. There are tastings or wine by the glass, and lunch is available at the Jolly Pumpkin; cost is by the glass, so no tickets are needed. (And if you buy wine along the way, it’ll be delivered to you at the end.)

Finally, for the self-directed types, FortyFive North Vineyard and Winery near Lake Leelanau has its own groomed 3-mile trail, which it lets people use free for skiing and snowshoeing when they visit the winery in winter.

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Located in the heart of Michigan’s Thumbcoast, Port Huron boasts a charming small-town feel with big city amenities. Meeting planners and attendees alike will appreciate the safety of the suburbs while enjoying picturesque views, a vibrant culture and outdoor adventure opportunities, both during and after the workday.