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VINEYARD TOURS & TASTING ROOMS
Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery is family owned and located on rolling sand dunes four miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. Since opening their doors in 1973, their premium wines have earned over 300 awards and medals. At the tasting bar in downtown Saugatuck, sample from over 30 still and sparkling wines. You can even enjoy a glass of wine in their picnic area. Be sure to join them for a fun and informative cellar or vineyard tour too.
Tabor Hill is nestled in the rolling hills of southwest Michigan, it has a rich history of producing quality wines and unique experiences. At their main vineyard and winery in Buchanan, MI, enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the patio after a stroll through the property on one of their tours. You may even decide to treat yourself to dinner and dessert in their restaurant. Want to stay local? Join them in their Wine Port in downtown Saugatuck for a tasting. Along with their own wines they also feature selections from Round Barn Winery Distillery Brewery, and Free Run Cellars.
Coppercraft Distillery Tasting Room is located in downtown Saugatuck on Water Street (across from Wicks Park), and features handcrafted premium spirits from locally-sourced ingredients. Established in 2012, the distillery is located in Holland, MI, in what was once the Belden Brick and Supply building.
Cogdal Vineyard Wines is situated less than 1/2 mile from Lake Michigan in South Haven. The closeness to the lake helps regulate temperatures that promote healthy vines and superior grapes. They currently have 7 acres of multiple varieties of vines in the ground producing grapes for wine production – with plans to grow to 18 acres of grapes. This will allow them to offer the majority of their wines as estate grown and bottled. Visit the tasting room to sample the varietals, or enjoy a glass on Cogdal's patio. Check ahead of your visit to see what events may be planned, there's usually something going on :)
McIntosh Wine Cellars creates a wonderful selection of wines that are made and bottled on the property. A selection of premium fruit wines help to round out their selection. The main focus of this winery is the creation of Traditional Olde World Style Hard Cider, and iced apple aperitif. Plan a visit to this South Haven winery and taste their premium wines and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the orchards. Gather with friends and family and let these wines find a special place in your cellar or home.
BREWERY & CIDERY TOURS
Saugatuck Brewing Company has been a leading producer in the Michigan Craft Beer Industry since 2005. The brewery, located on Blue Star Highway, boasts two tasting rooms and outdoor patio dining. The Pub features 16 taps, hard cider and wine, along with a full menu. The Barrel Room includes 15 additional taps, and a variety of munchies. The Barrel Room is a laid-back tasting room where customers can enjoy a pint while playing a round of games like shuffleboard, bumper pool, pinball and more. Tour the facility every Saturday at 2pm.
Virtue Cider is a craft cider company launched in 2011 in Fennville, Michigan. Their mission is to make European-style ciders from fresh heirloom apples and employ traditional farmhouse production methods that include native and secondary fermentation, use of wild yeasts, and an expansive oak barrel-aging program. They partner with local family farms by purchasing the highest quality apples for their ciders. Tour the two traditional cider houses to see how they make their ciders.
Felt Mansion is beautifully situated six miles north of Saugatuck and ten miles south of Holland, Michigan. The estate was once the luxurious summer home of self-made millionaire and inventor Dorr E. Felt. The mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites, retains the architectural beauty of a bygone era, featuring a stately library, fine dining room, beautiful parlor and third floor ballroom. Take one of their self-guided tours or opt for a private guided tour of the facility. In October the Mystery & Magic Darkness Mansion tours are a Halloween favorite. October 7-8th
SD Art Galleries Numerous galleries and artists' studios will be celebrating the 40th Annual Saugatuck Douglas Gallery Stroll featuring autumn themed works of art. Drop into open houses featuring guests and local artists, live music, food and refreshments. An outstanding event for art lovers.
33rd Annual Goose Festival Held in Fennville, MI, this annual event keeps getting bigger each year with an activities schedule that spans 3-days. Featured are Car & Tractor Shows, Carnival, 5k Run and Gosling Run, along with Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Beer Tent, and live music. Many more activities planned for family fun. Oct.13-15th
Halloween in SD A full day of fun featuring a daytime Family & Pet Parade, numerous special events at local pubs, restaurants and other establishments, plus a Spooktacular adult parade held in downtown Douglas at 10pm and the legendary annual Halloween Bash at the Dunes Resort immediately following. And, just so everyone's safe, free rides are available from Interurban.
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