Snowshoe through Northern Michigan vineyards and experience the serenity of a snow-blanketed countryside. Between the silent footsteps, the fresh air, and a long overdue visit to a tasting room, a snowshoe trek through one of Northern Michigan’s many vineyards makes for an easy weekend retreat.
Come February, the vineyards of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas are snoozing beautifully under deep snow. We suggest strapping on snowshoes and wandering the trellised hills. Winter views of bays and rolling terrain will live long in your memory, and you’ll have the vineyards to yourselves. Tasting rooms that time of year are likewise quiet. At spots like Bowers Harbor Vineyard, expect a warm-up fire blazing and wine mulling on a stovetop. Purchase a favorite bottle, slip it into the backpack, and do some mitten-clad sipping amid the vines. Or book a weekend like the two-night Grand Traverse Resort’s VIP Wine Tour package (Feb. 7–9), which includes a private tour and tasting, a spa treatment, two breakfasts and more (from $254/person, grandtraverseresort.com). This is the month for the area’s signature winter wine events, too. The Old Mission Peninsula’s Romancing the Riesling (Feb. 15, 11–5) showcases one of the state’s most popular varietals. Taste the Passion, Feb. 8–9 on the Leelanau Peninsula, lets you sample gourmet food, chocolate and wine pairings and also take an occasional snowshoe break (optional) on a scenic vineyard trail. (wineriesofoldmission.com; lpwines.com).