Our first stop was Black Star Farms. We have been fans of this winery for years and have had the pleasure of staying at their inn several times. I bought a bottle of sparkling wine that I will be sharing with you in November when we are celebrating "being thankful for local wines" in our Wine PW group.
The next stop was a brewery called Hop Lot. I didn't partake in any of the beers but we did enjoy a s'more while we were there.
The final destination was Northern Latitudes Distillery where we enjoyed a cocktail before boarding the bus to return to the hotel. A group of us then went to have dinner at Copper Falls Steak House. There were 13 of us. We had 8 pm reservations and arrived at the restaurant 20 minutes late. The restaurant had 2 tables filled but said they were sorry they couldn't accomodate us because we were late. Very bad business decision on their part. Thirteen very disappointed people that will never give that restaurant a try nor recommend it to their friends, not to mention they lost out on a $700 order.
We left there, never to ever return and called Mode's Bum Steer. They were more than happy to accomodate us even though nearly every table was full and they had to pull out reserves. Our server was fantastic, friendly and efficient. The food was delicious and a great time was had by all. I recommend this restaurant any time that you are in the Traverse City area....you won't be disappointed.
This morning we will go down to breakfast after which Frank will be called up to receive accolades for his years of service. Then we are heading home to deal with a problem that arose with the sale of our house....I'll leave that story for another day.