Head to Iron Fish Distillery’s Base Camp in Thompsonville for can’t-miss food and drink, heated tent rentals and a nearby snowy adventure. Learn more about this winter adventure below or grab our December issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine for this cozy getaway + THREE more.

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Wine & Dine at Base Camp Iron Fish

Location | 14234 Dzuibanek Rd., Thompsonville | Base Camp Iron Fish Website 
One of the best parts of Base Camp Iron Fish? Your Salted Maple Old Fashioned and woodfired pizza will be delivered right to your tent.

The Scene at Base Camp

As fall fades into winter, Iron Fish Distillery transforms into Base Camp Iron Fish—a twinkling village of heated canvas tents where visitors can warm up while enjoying the distillery’s spirits, cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and other snacks. Tents are waterproof, breathable and come in three sizes, accommodating groups of 2–4 or 6–8 people. Jesse Den Herder, creative marketing director, recommends dropping in on a Friday or Saturday for live music.

Food & Drink to Try at Iron Fish

Delicious Food Recommendation | Pizza! Try the Blue Fern with barrel-aged honey, Granny Smith apples, bleu cheese and fire-roasted kale

Must-Try Drink | Den Herder’s favorite is the Maple Moon—a seasonal cocktail served in a large coffee mug, made with Iron Fish bourbon maple syrup, bourbon whiskey finished in maple syrup barrels, Higher Grounds coffee and topped with whipped cream and a maple syrup drizzle.

Photo by Dave Weidner

Photo by Dave Weidner

How to Book a Tent at Iron Fish

Four tents are available by reservation for 90-minute timeframes. Iron Fish also has one large heated tent available on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as snug outdoor seating around fire pits. Book your tent on the Iron Fish website.

Photo by Dave Weidner

A Nearby Snowy Excursion

Just three miles away lies Crystal Mountain, your destination for alpine skiing. Choose from 58 downhill trails, all covered in fresh powder thanks to their top-notch snowmaking

Resort Crystal Mountain

Photo by Angela Brown

On the Hunt for More Winter Adventures?

Explore THREE more cozy winter getaways featuring heated igloos and tepees, handcrafted food, live performances and outdoor firepits. Grab our December 2022 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine to view all our favorite getaways from Ludington to Petoskey. It’s not too late to find your best winter self! 

Photo by Dave Weidner

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner