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Book a Romantic Inn
Michigan’s wine country is teeming with romantic places to lay your heads. Start and end your wine-tasting adventure at Dove Nest Bed and Breakfast Inn (dovenestbedandbreakfast.com), which features rooms with private balconies and whirlpool tubs. The inn is located in St. Joseph, within eight to 20 miles of nine wineries and six miles from Lake Michigan beaches. Situated in Allegan, Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast Inn (castleinthecountry.com) gives its guests the royal treatment with a full, gourmet breakfast, an on-site spa and suites featuring fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Couples can get massages side by side in the spa’s serene setting, and treat themselves to breakfast in bed, chocolate truffles and picnic lunches. The 65-acre estate is in close proximity to the winery towns of Holland, Saugatuck and Kalamazoo.
Southwest Michigan is home to more than a dozen wineries, some featuring restaurants as well. At Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant (taborhill.com) in Buchanan, wine lovers can sample locally made vintages in an elegant setting. Take a walking tour along the vineyard and enjoy a wine-making video in the on-site theater. The restaurant treats patrons to perfect food and wine pairings, and is open for lunch and dinner. Berrien Springs’ Lemon Creek Winery and Fruit Farm (lemoncreekwinery.com) is a quaint, 300-acre property specializing in German varietals, dry reds and ice wines. The onsite farmers market offers fresh seasonal fruit and the winery hosts special events throughout the year, such as reserved barrel tastings.
Attend a Winery Event
In addition to vineyard tours and tastings, several Michigan wineries offer annual special events. If you’re visiting during May through October, attend one of Baroda-based Round Barn Winery’s (roundbarnwinery.com) Jammin’ in the Vineyard events. The free summer concert series takes place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout the season, and features bands on an open-air stage. Free Run Cellars (freeruncellars.com), which is located in Berrien Springs, offers a Wine and Wags party each summer at their winery. Bring your pet to the one-day event and allow it to run free as you sip wine among other dog lovers.
Indulge in Gourmet Chocolates
You can’t live on wine and love alone, so indulge in some local, handcrafted gourmet chocolates during your getaway. Stop at The Chocolate Garden’s retail shop (chocolategarden.com), which is located in Coloma, and has been featured on The Food Network and Fine Living TV. Sip some drinking chocolate or a truffle latte on the shop’s patio, or treat yourself to handmade dark, milk and white chocolate truffles. Specialty flavors include sticky bun, lemon drop, black licorice and vanilla rose. Located next to the Contessa Winery in Coloma, Vineyards Gourmet Chocolates (vineyardsgourmet.com) makes small batches of fudge, chocolates and molded candies for freshness and quality. Customers enjoy free fudge samples upon request.