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Wineries + Tasting Rooms

Frankenmuth FunShips Tasting & Tours (Frankenmuth) Wine tasting on the water, sip five selections paired with five handmade chocolates — followed by a full pour of your favorite — while you cruise the sparkling Cass River on this dreamy summer boat tour!

St. Julian Winery Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) Inside the Frankenmuth tasting room of Michigan's most-awarded winery, try a six-sample flight from their impressive selection (and keep the souvenir tasting glass, too).

Grape Beginnings Winery (Midland) Downtown Midland winery with an approachable, down-to-earth tasting experience. Enjoy seasonal pours like Spring Time, an Australian Grenache rosé, or Summer Sweetness, a strawberry white Merlot — alongside tasty small plates like Gorgonzola Honey Bruschetta.

Modern Craft Winery Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) Trendsetting local winery using a proprietary fruit infusion process that leads to a whole new "mixperience". Sip each flavor by itself, mix two together, or add a splash of spirits to craft your own signature drink — all once you've sampled at this tasting room inside Frankenmuth River Place Shops' Bead Haven!

Black Star Farms Tasting Room
(Frankenmuth) Classic varietal wines and fruit brandies brought to your glass, inside a shared tasting room with Grand Traverse Distillery.

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Wine Bars + Wine-Forward Restaurants

Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) A rustic-chic wine bar once named Michigan's best, with build-your-own charcuterie boards and a fire bar made for summer nights under the stars. Taste first-glass freshness in six wines on tap, sample from their global wine list, or explore breezy, seasonal flights like "Patio Pounders" and "Rosé All Day".

Whine (Midland) Stylish-not-stuffy wine bar with a glass cellar named "Stella". Lounge by the outdoor fire bar or play bocce ball while you sip favorites by the glass, share a bottle, or sample from six flight themes.

Oxygen Lounge (Midland) Chic lounge inside the H Hotel, with interesting varietals like Albarino from Spain or Anjou Blanc from France.

Old City Hall (Bay City) Casual-upscale bistro inside Bay City's original City Hall, with a worldly wine list of over 150 bottles from around the globe.

Jake's Old City Grill (Saginaw) Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, Carménère from Chile: this chophouse's wine list more than lives up to its awards from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.

Gratzi
(Midland) Sip wines plucked from dual floor-to-ceiling glass cellars — and don't miss special pairing dinners, where fine wines are expertly matched to the chef-driven courses you'll dine on.

VNO Wine Warehouse & New Age Restaurant (Bay City) Retail shop with 1,000+ wines, and a restaurant that boasts 35 wines by the glass.

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Distilleries + Craft Cocktails

The Public House (Bay City) Thoughtfully crafted artisan cocktails on proper, crystal-clear cocktail ice — served up in a minimal, modern space with a living wall behind the bar. Try the Low-Key Loki for refreshing hints of lemon, cucumber, dill, and agave — or order a drink for two to share!

Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) Craft cocktails built, shaken, or stirred to perfection — best enjoyed by the fire bar at night. Try the Meet Rosemary Collins (with house-made rosemary shrub and ginger beer) or the Whiskey Basil Smash (with bourbon, muddled lemon, and fresh basil).

ONe Eighteen (Midland) Classic, handcrafted cocktails served up in an American tavern with gorgeous mid-century modern styling (or, even better, out in the dreamy courtyard). Try the Singapore Sling with dry gin, cherry brandy, Bénédictine, lime, bitters, and soda.

Old Town Distillery (Saginaw) Craft distillery with a laid-back vibe and summery sips like the Blackberry Smash (fresh blackberries, fizzy ginger beer, sweet mint, and rum). Experiment with moonshine concoctions and order in food from nearby Artisan Urban Bistro; they'll deliver to your table!

Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) Award-winning, grain-to-bottle spirits — Certified Craft Distilled, Kosher, and full of flavor. Try their True North Cherry or Chocolate Vodka for a treat!

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Blair Cook

A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!