Trace Northern Michigan’s wine-tasting trail and then follow with food & drink nearby. Here are five fab ideas for where to eat after Leelanau County wine tasting.
5705 South Lake Street, Glen Arbor 231.334.2530
Sip your way through the Sleeping Bear Loop of wineries and end on fried green tomato with tomato-rosemary cream, seared lake trout with lardons and summer fruit mostarda or expertly cured duck confit with roasted garlic sauce; all with a full view of Lake Michigan.
102 River Street, Leland, 231.256.9081
Perched on the banks of Leland’s river, an idyllic axis for the Northern Loop wineries, The Bluebird offers old-school resort dining. Feast on Great Lakes fish, roast duck glazed with local maple syrup and slow-roasted prime rib paired with an extensive list of local vinos and Old World trophies.
Bella Fortuna North
104 West Main Street, Lake Leelanau, 231.994.2400
Plan a mid-day tasting room intermezzo with a game of bocce, a glass of prosecco and a wood-oven flatbread or spit-roasted chicken and prosciutto panino at this elegant Florentine trattoria in Lake Leelanau.
108 Waukazoo Street, Northport, 231.386.5511
Sometimes a long day of sniff/swirl/spit is best balanced by guzzling cold pints of Michigan craft brew and gnawing house-smoked ribs or brisket sandwiches in The Garage, Northport’s rock-and-roll open air eatery.
13512 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, 231.223.4222
Unwind after your Old Mission oeno-trek with Adobo-braised pork cheeks and artisan grits, seared duck breast with rhubarb marmalade or salt-roasted beets with fromage blanc and pickled radishes. Drink up bottle-conditioned Belgian style sour ales or a hopped gin martini from Jolly Pumpkin’s on-site brewery and craft distillery.