This year, the huz and I spent our Fourth of July weekend up north, in Suttons Bay, Michigan. We stayed at the Inn and Black Star Farms. I seriously cannot say enough positive things about this place. Let me try!
So Black Star Farms is a winery that has vineyards and tasting rooms in both the Old Mission Peninsula, and, where we stayed, Suttons Bay.
We first visited Black Star Farms’ wine tasting room in Suttons Bay four years ago, and I have wanted to stay at their onsite Inn ever since. I’m glad we made it happen!
The front porch of the inn. I enjoyed these rocking chairs.
The grand foyer.
After we checked in, we went upstairs to find our room. We spent three lovely nights in the Vega room, one of ten rooms.
The Vega room is the most recently renovated room at the Inn, but a bit more modest in size than some of their other accommodations. I thought it was perfect!
Loved the Aveda toiletries, box of local chocolates, wine glasses in our room, modern bathroom, views of the gorgeous pasture, and bottle of wine included in our stay.
Coffee service is provided starting at 7:30 AM each morning – you know I loved this!
Then, breakfast is served! And oh my word, these breakfasts were amazing! I was so very excited for breakfast each morning.
First, a spread of pastries (scones!), fresh fruits, and yogurt is available, along with (more!) coffee and juices. After you’ve helped yourself to round one, a bit later a hot, homemade, gourmet entrée is served to you. Black Star Farms has some amazing chefs! Our breakfasts featured:
- Egg Fritatta with zucchini and summer squash, bacon from the farm, and herbed crème fraîche
- Fried egg over sautéed broccolini and cheesy mornay sauce, bacon from the farm (literally the best bacon), and rosemary potatoes
- Breakfast terrine made with three breakfast meats, super fluffy quiche, and home fried potatoes
We spent much time at the inn. There are lots of things to explore!
As one might expect, Black Star Farms features a working farm. We absolutely loved visiting the farm animals a couple times each day that we were there.
And yes, those are cuddling pigs and they are adorable. ::heart melts:: The wacky goats were also hilarious.
We took a long walk all the way around the property and took in all the amazing views of the vineyard, as well.
From the top of the vineyard, you can even see Lake Michigan:
Venturing down the trails on the property.
Cheese cave for aging raclette cheese.
And of course, Black Star Farms has a wine tasting room onsite! The tasting room is open to the public during the day, though as guests of the Inn, an expanded tasting was included in our stay. We tastes lots of Black Star Farms’ wines and a couple of their brandies as well.
At 5:30 PM each night is hospitality hour, where we enjoyed more of Black Star Farms’ wine, and apps! Wine and cheese makes Meg a happy gal. Can I live here?
Patio behind the inn where we enjoyed hospitality hour each evening.
One of the three nights of our stay, we also enjoyed dinner onsite, at the Hearth & Vine restaurant, which specializes in small plates and wood-fired pizza.
The inn is only a short drive from downtown Suttons Bay, to which we ventured a couple times during our stay. Check out this Frappe from Little Bee’s: iced coffee + sea salt caramel gelato.
Seriously, iced coffee, gelato, wine, and cheese are literally my four favorite foods. Best. Day. Ever.
Leelanau Cheese is also a mere hop, skip, and jump from Black Star Farms, where you can sample their famous raclette cheese and watch it being made through observation windows. We picked up some cheese to bring home with us – aged raclette is wicked good, by the way.
OH – and, after checking in, we were told that we had access to wine on tap whenever we desired during our stay. I think you know where this is going.
Had to get that photo op. Anyways..
While there was tons of great wine to be had at Black Star Farms, for a little variety, we also ventured out to a couple nearby wineries to try their tastings (there are tons of wineries in the Leelanau Peninsula, by the way [we visited the WOMP wineries during our last visit up here]).
I absolutely loved visiting L. Mawby, a winery that features sparkling wines. Not only are their wines fabulous, but their tasting room experience is also awesome. We tried two complimentary tastes of sparkling wine, then ordered two to take out on the patio overlooking the vineyard.
View of L. Mawby’s vineyard from our picnic table:
Also not terribly far from Suttons Bay are the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. While we didn’t partake in The Climb, we much enjoyed the Scenic Drive with several scenic overlooks from which we viewed the awesome dunes. I hadn’t visited the dunes since I was a kid, and this was the huz’s first visit.
View of the river meeting an inland lake from one of the scenic overlooks:
This particular scenic overlook over Lake Michigan truly got my adrenaline going (view below). That is a steep, STEEP dune!!
Those peeps running down to the bottom are cray, by the way. Especially since there is a warning sign highly recommending that one NOT do this, as it can take two hours to climb back up. (Also it erodes the dunes.) The people climbing back up looked mildly suicidal. Just saying. Ain’t Meg got time fo’ dat.
Meanwhile, I’m just enjoyin’ the view from the overlook, dudes!
During our time up north, we also visited the beach where the Platte River meets Lake Michigan, which is a neat little place.
Lemme take a #selfie. I love how you can see our view in my sunglasses!
Our final dinner of the trip was downtown Suttons Bay at Village Inn. Yum!
Clearly, as you can tell, I absolutely loved my stay at at the Inn at Black Star Farms and I hope you enjoyed reading about it.