Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring is in the Air at The Homestead – America’s Freshwater Resort in Glen Arbor

"Spring Sip & Savor" Wine Trail Event: April 30-May 1, 2011
Join us for the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association's annual Spring Sip & Savor wine trail event. As our vineyards wake to the sun & warmth of May, we kick off the season with a brunch-themed wine and food pairing at each of the 18 wineries on the wine trail. For added fun, event participants are encouraged to keep their pajamas on when they set out in the morning and try to win one of the prizes that many of the wineries will be offering. In addition to the pajama contest, this year we will be welcoming 'fancy hats' as part of the judging. On Saturday your wine tour begins at any Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association winery of your choice. At your first stop you will receive a souvenir glass that you may use at any winery. You decide which wineries to visit between 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Package includes lodging two nights in one of our four hotels and couple's ticket to the Sip & Savor tour. Priced from $72 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Hotels include Fiddler's Pond, Little Belle, Stony Brook Lodge, or The Inn.

Great Lakes Spring Eco-Photo Tour: May 6-8, 2011
A favorite Great Lakes Photo Tour for dazzling spring wildflowers! Participants are treated to one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Michigan. The splendor of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the quaintness of the Leelanau Peninsula offer outstanding scenic views of sweeping sand dunes, vast Lake Michigan shorelines and Wyeth-like farm scenes full of blooming cherry orchards, all fresh for the season. From flowing landscapes to artistic close-ups, this tour offers exceptional photographic subject matter and unparalleled guide service to digital ‘snap shooters’ and advanced amateurs alike. All participants will benefit and improve their photography skills by learning from the professional photography team of Mark S. Carlson and Bob Grzesiak.

Complete tour package includes: tuition, two nights' lodging in a Fiddler's Pond guest room. For more information or reservations, please call the Great Lakes Photo Tours at 517.230.1655 or visit Mark Carlson Tours.

"Spring in Bloom" Wine Tasting Weekend: May 13-15, 2011
A best seller...this event includes two nights' lodging, continental breakfast each morning, a tasting tour of three Leelanau County wineries on Saturday with transportation and to-go lunch provided. That evening, you'll enjoy an exquisite five-course winemaker dinner prepared by Chef John Piombo, featuring local wines.

Offered in Fiddler's Pond, Little Belle and The Inn from only $126 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Space is limited. Call 231.334.5100 for reservations.

The Homestead is Northern Michigan’s largest waterfront resort community, located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – a unit of the National Park Service. Along with its unmatched natural setting and miles of frontage on Lake Michigan and the Crystal River, the resort offers guest pools, tennis and golf in the summer; downhill and cross country skiing in the winter; and shops, restaurants, meeting centers and the luxurious new Spa Amira throughout all four seasons.

For more information, visit or call 231.334.5100.

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