As each lake breeze wafts warmer than the one before, area establishments offer the last of their low season rates. Nab some of the final perks of winter with these April deals.
Wine on a Dime
In honor of Michigan Wine Month, local vintners are ramping up the generosity factor. At 45 North, you’ll get complimentary reserve tastings (231.271.1188, fortyfivenorth.com) and Chateau Chantal is doling out both wine and some smarts to go with. Wine making, grape growing and the art of wine tasting are all on the menu Saturday, April 28, at Chateau Chantal’s vineyard wine seminar. Enjoy a peasant’s lunch, 6-course leisurely dinner and accompanying wines ($145 per person, 800.969.4009, chateauchantal.com). Head into TC proper for more of the grape’s bounty. On Saturdays after 5 p.m. the Tuscan Bistro serves up salads, entrées, desserts and a bottle of vino for $60 per couple (231.922.7795, tuscanbistrotc.com). Stay at Black Star Farms on a Wednesday and you’ll score one of the lowest rates of the year: 20 percent off any room and two complimentary desserts with your Matterhorn Grill dinner at TASTES in TC. Thursday night guests receive 20 percent off any room and two-for-one dinner entrees in the Arcturos Dining Room at the Black Star Farms Inn (231.944.1251, blackstarfarms.com).
Golf and Grace
Spring hikers eager to roam might consider a stay in the heart of the Northern Lower Michigan Trail System at Petoskey’s Grace Grange Lodge, where you’ll nab 15 percent off reservations secured by credit card and paid by cash or check. Bring along your dog or even a horse—trail riding is on-site (from $65, 231.347.5869, gracegrange.com). Be the first on the green (while keeping some green in your wallet, too)—bring in this article and golfers will get $10 off each 18-hole round at Dunmaglas Golf Course (231.547.4653, dunmaglas.com). Fuel your frugal fancy at Palette Bistro, where a three-course tasting menu with appetizer, entrée and dessert is $19 (231.348.3321, palettebistropetoskey.com).
What do fuzzy ducklings, dewy perennials and downtown shops have in common? They're all prone to spring birthdays. Help ring in anniversaries and save big: Opened in April 1997, the Bellaire B&B is celebrating through the end of the month with two nights for the price of one and your choice of sparkling drinks (from $45, 800.545.0780, bellairebandb.com). In honor of their 20th anniversary, McLean & Eakin in Petoskey will give a free book from their anniversary box to anyone who spends $20 or more (231.347.1180, mcleanandeakin.com). It's not the hotel's anniversary, but Stafford's is inviting you to celebrate another big one: Stafford's Perry Hotel in P-town is going all out to honor the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. Historian David Kaplan will present The Building of the Titanic on Thursday, April 12. Stay for the much-loved annual Titanic Dinner on Saturday, April 14, in the H.O. Rose Dining Room. Six courses, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Titanic artifacts (plus table settings that'll have you in first, second and third class). Costumes encouraged ($65 per person, 231.347.4000, staffords.com).