Out & About: November's Winter Adventures

With the first flurries of snow reminding us of the ever-present fact that summer and fall have waved goodbye, it brings a whole new feeling to the air. More time is spent indoors, less time is typically spent on travel time and more and more couples want ‘something to do’! Living in Northern Michigan presents warm, sunny summer days followed by crisp, picturesque fall evenings. With the onset of winter, and in the past few years, Northern Michigan has been vamping up its options for couples with an itch to get outdoors!

Kicking off the snowy season and beginning this Friday the 16th is the weekend of the Hunters’ Better-Half – a weekend dedicated to treating those not taking part in the hunting season to three days of shopping and tasting! The weekend offers door prizes, wine by-the-glass specials, discounts and tastings. Everything can be enjoyed from 11am to 5pm in the tasting room at Brys Estate – a talented winery located on Old Mission Peninsula.

Haven’t quite satisfied your passion for delicious food, tasty wine and great times with even greater people? Think of your favorite childhood comfort food and some of the best adult beverages the peninsulas provide – the answer is: The Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake Off! $40 include tastings at each of the participating 7 wineries around the area providing their take on this classic dish and paring it with the perfect wine. But space is limited so get your tickets as soon as you can!

If all of this eating of delicious meals and drinking of spectacular wines has your winter figure a little worried, ease your mind! Conveniently placed between these two weekends is the TC Turkey Trot – a 5k walk/run around the Traverse City area that donates the collected money to local non-profit organizations. What a better way to participate in your community?!

November sure has a lot to offer, especially with Thanksgiving bringing families and friends together. Let's enjoy this brisk month to the fullest because before we know it, December will be knocking on our door. Before we say goodbye to this month of opportunity, let's send it off the right way - at the annual Tree Lighting night filled with the celebration of Santa's Arrival and the countdown to Christmas, all filled with caroling of Christmas songs. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!