July 7, 2020
We are often asked what our favorite destinations for the best cooking vacations are, and as I explained in our recent video (see below!), that…Read This Post
I’ll be the first to admit that Traverse City, Michigan holds a pretty special place in my heart, and it’s really a great place for a foodie vacation and culinary tour. Not only did I get married in the area, but my family has been going up to Northern Michigan for decades. The sheer beauty of the place is enough to draw you in… which Good Morning America revealed to the country just a few years back when they named the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes the Most Beautiful Place in America.
But Traverse City, situated right on the bay, has also increasingly become a foodie and wine destination — and that’s why I’m so thrilled that we’re now offering a 3-night wine and culinary vacation Taste of Traverse and Mission Peninsula,
Chef Mario Batali summers nearby, and Cherry Republic’s home base is right in the heart of Traverse City. But it’s more than that too. Local producers and artisanal producers abound in Grand Traverse County; from cheese producers to oil and vinegar producers. Shops, like Folgarelli’s, carry homemade products and delicious ingredients that you’ll want to take home with you. Then of course there’s the number of fabulous restaurants; something a newcomer might not expect for such a small town. The plethora of food trucks alone — situated right there on Front Street — will have your mouth watering.
Then head north of the city, up Mission Peninsula? You’ll be greeted with lush, green rolling hills, and views of the bay on both sides. It feels quite a bit like France… and in ways it is; after the area shares the same latitude with Burgundy, France, meaning the area has much the same climate, perfect for growing grapes. All along the peninsula, in fact, you’ll find small wineries and estates, many of which offer tastings.
It’s up this road that you’ll come to the Grey Hare Inn, a charming B&B run by husband and wife Jay and Cindy. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, the B&B is the perfect place to stay while exploring all that Traverse City and Mission Peninsula has to offer. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the service is wonderful; you’ll truly feel like guests in someone’s home. For starters, they serve homemade hors d’ouveres every evening, along with a full gourmet breakfast each morning.
So what will you get to experience during this Travese City cooking vacation? Three nights of accommodations are included at Grey Hare Inn, as well as one food or wine experience — after all, the tourism activities in the area are very seasonal based. Depending on when you visit Jay and Cindy at Grey Hare Inn, you may take part in a hands-on cooking class in a local winery or the B&B. Or, if visit in the Summer, head out on the water for a cooking lesson aboard their sailboat. Visiting in the Fall? You can participate in the annual Wine Harvest stomp!
While this place has long held a special place in my heart, with a wonderful custom trip like this, I think it will soon become one of your favorite USA destinations too.
By Liz Hall
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