Traverse City Attractions: Northern Michigan is famous for its irresistible vintages and gourmet grub. In fact, Traverse City was recently named a top "foodie haven" by Liveability. If you're feeling the urge to become part of this epicurean scene, head out to Traverse City's Old Mission Peninsula for Chateau Chantal's daily Tapas Tours.
The Chateau Chantal Tapas Tours consist of a tour of the vineyard and winery, lead by an experienced guide, who will explain the winemaking process from vine to bottle. Later, participants will return to the Chateau to enjoy tapas-style small plates paired with Chantal wines.
Tours are run daily, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and last for two hours. Groups are kept small at no more than 25 guests, and reservations are required at least one day in advance. Call the Chateau at 1.800.969.4009 or book online for reservations. Guests are encourages to bring an eager palate, an inquisitive mind, and a light jacket as the tours venture in to the cool wine cellar.
Though we all love the crazy high-speed of summertime, occasionally everyone needs to take some time to center themselves. The Neahtawanta Inn on Traverse City's Old Mission Peninsula is the perfect place to regain some inner peace before taking on the last part of summer in full force!
Originally built as a summer cottage in the late 1800's, the Neahtawanta Inn still retains vintage charm with features like the 1940's Garland Double Oven, which has a six burner stove with a grill top–perfect for flipping pancakes–and in the classically appointed rooms. The Inn is currently run by Sally Van Vleck and her husband Bob Russell.
As longtime environmental/peace activists Sally and Bob run the Inn based on a philosophy of conservation, respect for the Earth and sustainable living. A stay at the Neahtawanta promises amazing views of the water, morning yoga classes led by Sally, and delicious organic/local breakfasts.