A historic castle, countryside winery, and rustic barn made this top 10 list, chosen by our readers in the annual Red Hot Best contest. Say “I do” at these Northern Michigan wedding venues.
First Place: Castle Farms, Charlevoix
We’re not sure which past life of the “castle” at Castle Farms is more surprising: The fact that the ornate European-inspired fieldstone structures on the property were originally used as elaborate digs for horses and dairy cows; or that from the late-1970s to the early-1990s, it became a storied outdoor concert venue that hosted everyone from the Doobie Brothers and Blue Oyster Cult to Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne. Perhaps it’s the fact that there’s a giant stone castle tucked in the hills around Charlevoix at all.
In any event, you’ll be impressed by the property’s most recent incarnation—a renovation that has completely restored two of the original stone structures and created acres of gardens that mix traditional European design with native Michigan plants.
Not surprisingly, it’s our readers’ pick for best place to get married (a staff of wedding planners there at the ready), though you don’t have to be headed there for a wedding to take it all in. Visitors can tour the grounds in either a self-guided or guided format, check out the largest outdoor model railroad in Michigan, and explore music memorabilia from the all the great acts that played “The Castle” back in the day.
Second Place: Cathedral barn at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City
Have your ceremony or a cocktail hour in the garden then head inside the beautifully restored barn for the reception. The rustic venue is just minutes from downtown Traverse City.
Third Place: Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay
This beautiful venue is nestled in the heart of Northern Michigan wine country.
More Red Hot Best Northern Michigan wedding venues in alphabetical order:
- BlueBridge, Grawn (just outside Traverse City)
- Chateau Chantal, Old Mission Peninsula
- Cherry Basket Farm, Omena
- Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay
- Cobblestone Farms, Kingsley
- The Homestead, Glen Arbor
- Willowbrook Mill, Northport
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