October is the month for wine touring Michigan’s wine country, where the season is changing, the scenery is breathtaking and the wines are awaiting your palate.
In Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula, we’re blessed to have two distinct wine-making peninsulas: Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula, with Traverse City sitting smack between the two. There’s no limit to how you could spend your time here: Not just wine tasting but also hiking, dining, shopping, checking out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and more.
Here are some of Michigan Wine Country’s Top Hidden Home Rentals
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Location: Traverse City
Sleeps: Eight guests
Cost: $217/night average
Details: Tucked away south of downtown T.C., this gorgeous home has 1,800 feet of frontage on the Boardman River plus a ton of amenities, like an eight-person hot tub.
Details: This 9,000-square-foot home is a contender for the ultimate splurge for a wine-touring trip — with room for more than a dozen of your favorite friends. The listing claims this sprawling house is within three miles of five wineries, with a three-acre active vineyard onsite.
Details: This dog-friendly listing in the heart of Leelanau County puts you at the epicenter of the Leelanau wine trail. You’re also just 20 minutes away from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, should you want to squeeze in a few great hikes in the middle of your wine-tour trip.
Details: “The River House” puts you within walking distance to downtown Leland, Fishtown, and Lake Michigan beachfront, with a fully-stocked kitchen, fire pit out back, and lots of other great amenities.
Details: A cozy, light-filled space above an ice cream shop in downtown Northport, at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Walk to the shops and eateries downtown, then hit M-22 for some great scenery and to find your way to the wineries.
Details: “The Granary” cottage sits on 12 wooded acres a short drive from downtown Northport. This is the spot for you if you’re looking to truly unplug: There are no TVs or internet access at this location. There is a firepit, though, which might invite you to sit and stargaze while uncorking a bottle you picked up on the wine trail earlier in the day.
Details: The “Audubon’s Nest” is a sweet bed and breakfast spot to hang your hat after a day on the wine trail. Reviewers raved about the breakfasts, the hospitality, and the uniqueness of this listing.