Midwest Living Review
We love the mixed experience of a luxurious B&B and top-notch winery/vineyard. The gorgeous location is tough to top. Plus, Chateau Chantal is just about 12 miles north of Traverse City and its shops, galleries, restaurants and championship golf. The 65-acre estate includes 11 comfortable and elegant B&B guest rooms and suites, each with unique themed decor, whirlpool tub or large shower and patio. Be prepared for an ample breakfast that includes gourmet egg dish, bacon, fresh fruit and a bakery item. From each room, you'll have views of East and West Grand Traverse bays, Power Island and rolling vineyards. Robert and Nadine Begin planted their first vines in 1986, and today focus on Michigan wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Their tasting room is open daily year-round. If you'd like a more in-depth experience, try a summer cellar tour or a day-long wine immersion seminar. Other special events at this hospitable winery include tapas tours (wine with savory small plates), wine dinners and popular weekend cooking classes with Chef Perry Harmon. From $165.