Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan · September 22-24, 2017 · 6 spots left


September 22-24, 2017
Tour begins Friday at 11:00am and ends Sunday at 6:00pm.


The Grand Traverse Bay area of Michigan brings the best of Lake Michigan’s bounty to our table. Traverse City, a charming Lake Michigan beach community, is a four-season outdoor recreation hub known for its freshwater sugar sand beaches and thriving wine, food and craft brewing scene. The unique growing seasons and fresh water lake breezes support the best farms, orchards, wineries and fishing in the Midwest. A vibrant community of chefs, artisanal food producers, farmers and distillers has joined forces to build and sustain one of the most interesting and robust food hubs in the country. Join us as we explore and understand the bounty and beauty of True North.

The Traverse City area get’s rave reviews:
Forbes Magazine (April 2016) – Top 25 Places to Retire in 2016

Midwest Living Magazine (March 2016) – Midwest Living Greatest Town (January 2016) – America’s Best Small Towns

Condé Nast Traveler (January 2016) – “The Most Beautiful Towns in America (February 2016) – “9 Most Romantic Cities

USA Today (September 2015) – ” Best Scenic Autumn Drive

CNN Money (September 2015) – America’s Best Beer Towns

Huffington Post (July 2015) – “11 Of America’s Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip


The trip is designed for adult travelers of all ages, ready for a moderate to energetic activity level, including lots of walking and discovery across fields, in barns, in production areas and sailing on the Inland Seas tall ship. We’ll keep the group to 20 guests maximum, traveling with a host from Zingerman’s.


Together we’ll explore the bounty of the harvest of the Great Lakes region. We’re going behind the scenes with our local hosts, tasting their wares and experiencing their passion for their craft. Come prepared to tramp across fields, dine in barns, taste from kegs, pick from the vine, and sail across the bay at sunset, sipping local wines. We’ll use food to discover and understand this special world, so deeply connected with the winds and weather of Lake Michigan.

Tour Highlights:
-Lunch and learn from the founder of the Little Fleet, Traverse City’s Food Truck hub.
-Brewers and distillers taking you behind the scenes in their businesses, while we taste their wares.
-Farm to table 2.0- getting out in the fields, helping to harvest our meals, and working with our chef/hosts to prepare our family style farm spreads.
-Sunset sail on Grand Traverse Bay- picnic dinner while pondering the land, water and history of the region from the waves.
-Trekking the forests nestled next to Sleeping Bear Dunes, foraging for ramps and mushrooms.
-Our Common Table dinners are known not only for their tasty food and drink, but also for their engaging, entertaining and thought provoking discussions with our local food hosts.

What’s Included?

-Zingerman’s Tour Guides will be your on-site concierge to handle all the details so you can enjoy your experience.
-3 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in the beautiful new boutique Traverse City Hotel Indigo
-Breakfast, lunch and tastings throughout the day.
-Each evening features Common Table family style dinner, created and prepared by our host Chef to provide a culinary capstone for our day’s discoveries. Dinner will include the spirits of the day and lively discussion with our special local guests.
-Cooking demonstrations with take home recipes for your home table.
-Unique behind the scenes experiences, thanks to our local food friends and family.
-Private deluxe motor coach for traveling between stops.

How Much Does It Cost?*

$1,500 per person in a couple
$1,700 per person for solo travelers

*Prices subject to change.

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