Skiing, snowshoeing or fat tire biking through the North’s hushed forests works up a winter appetite. Check out the following Northern Michigan breweries and pubs where intrepid bushwhackers and groomed trail connoisseurs alike can refuel. Read on as we canvas the North’s quiet woods for après trail eateries.

Pond Hill Farm

5699 S. Lakeshore Dr., Harbor Springs | 231.526.3276

As a coating of fresh snow is tamped under the swish of Nordic skis and fat tire bikes on Pond Hill Farm’s trail system, Chef Scott Schornak and his team are busy in the kitchen of the Garden Café cooking pork shoulders and pots of tomato soup to feed the throngs of winter guests. Located on M119, the scenic serpentine highway connecting Harbor Springs and Cross Village, Pond Hill Farm is a one-stop winter destination for those seeking to eat, drink and frolic in the snow. A 6.5-mile groomed trail loop welcomes
hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers to traverse the rolling hills and dense hardwoods.

The farm’s Garden Café serves seasonally inspired lunch fare built around meat and produce, like fried green tomato sandwiches, lamb scrapple with fried eggs and gravy, or platters of charcuterie and house-pickled vegetables. In the same soaring barn space, guests at Pond Hill Farm will also find an onsite brewery and wine tasting bar with staples like pilsner and riesling or inventive brews, like a beet-infused IPA.

5 More Cozy Northern Michigan Pubs We Love

The Thirsty Sturgeon
11900 SCOTT Rd., Wolverine | 231.525.9151
Cold brews, big burgers, and hearty buffalo meatloaf.

Clam Lake Beer Company
106 S. MITCHELL ST., Cadillac | 231.775.6150
Chorizo nachos and 40 tap handles to wash them down.

Whi-Ski Inn
2670 US131 SOUTH, Boyne Falls | 231.549.3346
Bourbon, sidecars, and house-smoked barbecue.

497 EAST HARBOR HWY., Maple City | 231.228.6422
Craft beer and crisp-edged Detroit-style pizza.

Peninsula Grill
14091 CENTER Rd., Traverse City | 231.223.7200
Crispy perch and vino locale.

We ordered the fried green tomato sandwich with pickled mustard greens, fried egg, and tobacco sauce with a side of kale slaw with peanut sauce. We also tried the squash ganoush with pita bread and the raspberry porter beer.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner