PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Build a Vacation Around Your Wine Tour

State of Michigan photo

There’s no state like Michigan. Two magical peninsulas are surrounded by the Great Lakes — the world’s largest supply of fresh water. Sand dunes, tall forests, plentiful inland lakes, rivers, trails for hiking, biking and skiing and more make it an outdoor lover’s paradise. Agriculture is a dominant industry, which accounts for the abundance of local, fresh products — including wine and craft beer — and farm-to-table restaurants. Cities and towns of all sizes offer everything from an urban experience to rural, small-town charm. The food scene is unmatched, with Michigan’s many cultures and ethnicities reflected in menus all over the state.

Michigan is home to:

  • 12,500 Miles of Designated State Trails
  • 11,000 Inland Lakes
  • 2,850 Acres of Wine Grape Vineyards
  • 138 State Forest Campgrounds
  • 140+ Wineries
  • 103 State Parks
  • 5 AVAs (federally designated wine grape-growing regions)
  • 4 Great Lakes
  • 2 Peninsulas

Cool Map Tools

Choose your own wine adventure with this handy map, hosted by the Michigan DNR. Check as many filters as you’d like — including wineries, campgrounds, state parks and trails.

View trail information and make campground reservations to make the most of your outdoor adventure.

Planning a fall color tour? Use the Pure Michigan Scenic Route’s fall color map to anticipate the best viewing times.

TRAVEL & TOURISM LINKS

Statewide Tourism

www.michigan.org
Travel Michigan — Official State Website for Tourism in Michigan

Michigan campgrounds
Time to go wine camping!

www.wmta.org
West Michigan Tourist Association

www.michiganfun.com
Michigan Festivals & Events Association

www.hourdetroit.com
Hour Detroit magazine travel coverage

Northern Michigan Tourism & Wine Trails

Discover Heritage Route 23
Plan your trip to The Sunrise Coast

www.visitcharlevoix.com
Explore the Charlevoix area

www.leelanau.com
Leelanau County on the Internet

www.mackinawcity.com
Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau

www.oldmission.com
Tourism attractions and other businesses on Old Mission Peninsula

www.ompwinetrail.com
Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

petoskey.wine
Petoskey Wine Region

www.petoskeyarea.com
Things to do around Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Boyne City/Boyne Falls, Bay Harbor and Alanson

Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau
Discover the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

www.visittraversecity.com
Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Southern Michigan Tourism & Wine Trails

Experience Jackson
Jackson County Visitors Bureau

www.newbuffalo.com
Visit New Buffalo … on Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast

www.harborcountry.org
Harbor Country Chamber & Lodging Association

www.lansing.org/things-to-do/breweries-wineries-and-distilleries
Makers & Shakers Trail — Lansing area

www.swmichigan.org
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

www.southhaven.org
South Haven Visitors Bureau

www.discoverkalamazoo.com
Kalamazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.thumbsupmi.com
Thumbs Up Wine Trail

West Michigan Tourism & Wine Trails

Grand Rapids Wine Tour
www.experiencegr.com

Holland Area Hops, Grapes and Grains Tour
www.michigan.org/road-trips/holland-area-hops-grapes-and-grains-tour

www.miwinetrail.com
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

www.michiganswestcoast.com
Travel Guide for Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon and Grand Rapids

www.saugatuck.com
Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau

visitgrandhaven.com/listing/west-michigan-wine-beer-trail
West Michigan Wine and Beer Trail

TRIP IDEAS

Do you really need a special occasion for an excuse to enjoy wine? Of course not. Good wine makes any occasion special, especially when it’s enjoyed overlooking the scenic Michigan countryside. But here are a few ideas to tempt your palate.

Girls’ Getaway
A Michigan winery is the perfect locale for a wedding shower or simply for girlfriends to get away.

Guys’ Golfing Getaway
Why should the girls have all the fun? There is a wealth of world-class golf courses located throughout Michigan wine country. Take in a round, then head to a nearby winery to relax.

Weddings and Receptions
With romantic settings and picturesque photo ops galore, a Michigan winery serves as an elegant backdrop for your fairytale wedding or reception. Pamper yourself by letting on-staff event planners arrange for musicians, catering, photography, florist and cake design.

Rehearsal Dinners
Entertain friends, family and out-of-town guests in a casual, but elegant, setting.

Explore the Wine Trails
Spend a day — or a weekend — exploring one of four wine trails covering four distinct regions of Michigan wine country.

Coast & Toast
Whether you’re renting bikes or bringing your own, there are bike trails winding through much of Michigan wine country. After a hard day’s pedaling, a winery is a great place to rest and refresh.

Wine Camping
Staying at a Michigan campground? There is a good chance that there are wineries nearby. Enhance your camping experience by fitting a wine tour into your day!

Out-of-Town Guests
Surprise your guests with a trip to wine country and a glimpse of Michigan they’ve never seen before.

Milestone Celebrations
What better place for a birthday, retirement or anniversary celebration?

Class Reunions
With wine, music, scenery and catering in place, a Michigan winery can be an ideal spot to reconnect with old friends.

Business Entertaining
Impress a new client by hosting a memorable afternoon at a Michigan winery.

Corporate Retreats
A change of scenery is one of the keys to team building, and an off-site meeting is ideal for combining business with pleasure … a great way to reward performance.

Family Reunions
Make it an event to remember with a catered affair or a picnic on the grounds.

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