Hybrid Marquette Wine from Walloon Lake Winery Awarded Dry Red “Best of Class” at 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Over the past 40 years of the Michigan Wine Competition, it is rare for a hybrid red grape to rise above all other dry red competitors. Yet, that is just what happened this year when Walloon Lake Winery’s North Arm Noir was named “Best of Class,” receiving a Double Gold Medal in the Dry Red category. The introduction of Marquette marks the dawn of a new era of cold-hardy red hybrid wine grapes; more often resembling traditional Vitis vinifera wines than those from existing hybrid cultivars.

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Author & Retired Kansas City Star Editor Steve Paul Headlines Michigan Hemingway Society Conference

The Michigan Hemingway Society is once again hosting its annual literary and history conference, October 6-8 at The Terrace Inn in the Northern Michigan Chautauqua community of Bay View. This year’s keynote speaker is Steve Paul, the author and editor of several books including Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year that Launched an American Legend, due out this fall.

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Petoskey Area Wineries Garner “Best of Class”  at 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Three wineries from the Petoskey area’s Bay View Wine Trail were awarded medals recently at the 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition in Lansing. Walloon Lake Winery’s North Arm Noir and Mackinaw Trail Winery’s Blueberry were both awarded “Best of Class” honors, each receiving a Double Gold Medal in the Dry Red and Fruit Wine categories, respectively.

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Throw Caution to the Wind During 6-Day Windjammer Sail Aboard Tall Ship Manitou

You’re invited to set sail aboard the Tall Ship Manitou – one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes – during a 6-Day Windjammer Cruise, September 17-23. Guided by the passionate, skilled and entertaining crew of the Traverse Tall Ship Company, this voyage sets sail out of Grand Traverse Bay aboard a replication of an 1800s “coasting” cargo schooner.

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Lakeshore Harvest Country Hosts 11th Annual Family-Friendly Road Rally Scavenger Hunt – July 22

Lakeshore Harvest Country is gearing up for its 11th Annual Road Rally, July 22. Previously hosted in the fall season, this family-friendly traveling scavenger hunt takes participants from clue to clue along the backroads of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region—visiting the orchards, vineyards, farms and studios along the way.

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Vernales in Harbor Springs Becomes Premier American Wagyu Steak House

Vernales, Michigan’s #1 Steakhouse, has made a colossal change in its chop house steak menu by going 100 percent American Wagyu, sourced from Imperial Wagyu Beef® via Fairway Packing.

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Root Café and Coffeehouse in Fennville Adds Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits to their Menu

Root Café and Coffeehouse in downtown Fennville is expanding its menu to offer craft beer, wine and spirits, alongside artisan sandwiches, rustic food, baked goods and coffee. The cozy space features a sitting area with old fashioned couches and chairs surrounding a fireplace, and raw edge plank tables for you to dine. Root is now open 7 days a week, from 7:30am-9pm.

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Petoskey Celebrates a Year of Ernest Hemingway

Literary and history buffs are quick to reference Chicago, Paris, Spain, Cuba, Key West and Ketchum as locales where Hemingway made an impact. Yet, it was Northern Michigan which held what some consider the most treasured place in the author’s heart. Except for a single night in 1947, when he was passing through Michigan on his way west, Hemingway never saw this region again after his September, 1921 marriage in Horton Bay to Hadley Richardson.

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Hotel Walloon Awarded AAA Four Diamond Rating

Hotel Walloon is one of only two hotels in Northern Michigan (and only 17 statewide) to receive the coveted AAA Four Diamond Rating. This is the second year in a row that the luxury boutique property, first opened in May 2015, has made the list. The award was presented this spring at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Detroit, in front of a record crowd of more than 1000 hospitality and travel leaders.

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North Peak to Launch Stormy Series

The popularity of Stormy has led the brewery to develop a year-long Stormy Series schedule to launch early June 2017. The series will feature five new variations of Stormy. All East Coast or New England-style IPAs, these beers will vary in hop additions but all have the same hazy, juicy mouth feel reflective of the style.

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Lakeshore Harvest Country is Ready for a Pure Michigan Summer

The Lake Michigan shoreline has a rich agricultural and tourism history and the destinations of the Lakeshore Harvest Country are reaping the rewards of the growing interest in agri-tourism activities. Situated along a 30-mile stretch in Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region, the orchards, vineyards and farms in this area take full advantage of the “lake effect” climate that Lake Michigan offers.

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