Traverse City is known for many things, like scenic biking, spectacular wineries, gorgeous beaches, and an up-and-coming craft brewery scene. So, if you have limited time in Traverse City (or even if you live here), there are some insanely fun Northern Michigan wine and brewery tours that combine the best parts of Northern Michigan and help you to take in the area’s scenery while sipping on some delicious, local beverages.
Leelanau Wine Road Bike Tour
Check out the Leelanau Wine Road Bike Tour. On this casual-paced wine tour, you’ll stop at three wineries located on the scenic Leelenua Peninsula. For just $89 a person, you’ll get a bike and helmet rental, a guide, a gourmet picnic lunch, snacks, and they’ll pick up your wine purchases for you later! Individual tasting fees are not included.
Traverse City Brewery Bike Tour
If you want a break from the winery scene, but are still thirsty for some local beverages, check out the Traverse City Brewery Bike Tour. Starting at Left Foot Charley in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, this $95 tour includes a bike and helmet rental, a guide, a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, a lunch of wood-fired pizzas and salads, and more!
Good Libations Tour
If you want to experience wineries and breweries all in one tour, check out the Good Libations Tour. Every Tuesday, Celtic Bus Tours will take you through Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties to some of the areas’ most beautiful facilities.
Paddle for Pints Pub Crawl
Biking not your thing? Try the Paddle for Pints Pub Crawl. You’ll follow the Traverse City Ale Trail and visit six breweries via the Boardman River on either your kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard (SUP). If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent for an additional cost.
Ale & Sail
Or, maybe sailing is more your style. If so, check out Ale & Sail. This combo tour starts with a tour of two breweries and ends with a champagne sunset cruise on the Nauti-Cat. For just $50, it’s a great way to spend your evening.
Waters D’Vine Tour
This tour combines biking, kayaking, wine tasting, and sustainability. The trip begins at the Northern Natural Cider House and includes lunch at the OM Cafe. This one-of-a-kind tour is also customizable, as you can choose to just paddle or you can purchase the eat/drink/paddle combo.
Wine Warriors Wine Tour
This next tour gives you a taste of reality — as in, you’ll get to meet the stars of the upcoming reality show, Wine Warriors. You’ll be shuttled to the four wineries featured on the show, and you’ll get the opportunity to taste the show’s exclusive wine while enjoying the spectacular scenery.