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.
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.