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Michigan Wine Country: Where To Stay

 

October is the month for wine touring Michigan’s wine country, where the season is changing, the scenery is breathtaking and the wines are awaiting your palate.

In Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula, we’re blessed to have two distinct wine-making peninsulas: Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula, with Traverse City sitting smack between the two. There’s no limit to how you could spend your time here: Not just wine tasting but also hiking, dining, shopping, checking out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and more.

Here are some of Michigan Wine Country’s Top Hidden Home Rentals

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Location: Traverse City

Sleeps: Eight guests

Cost: $217/night average

Details: Tucked away south of downtown T.C., this gorgeous home has 1,800 feet of frontage on the Boardman River plus a ton of amenities, like an eight-person hot tub.

Full listing here

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Location: Traverse City

Sleeps: Six

Cost: $300/night average

Details: A charming spot on West Grand Traverse Bay, sitting right along M-22: The scenic road that skirts the Leelanau Peninsula’s shoreline and pretty much winds its way through wine country.

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Location: Traverse City

Sleeps: Four guests

Cost: $165/night average

Details: A cute spot four miles northwest of T.C., putting you at the gateway to wine country — and delivering great views to boot.

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Location: Between Traverse City and Suttons Bay

Sleeps: 16 guests

Cost: $1,000/night average

Details: This 9,000-square-foot home is a contender for the ultimate splurge for a wine-touring trip — with room for more than a dozen of your favorite friends. The listing claims this sprawling house is within  three miles of five wineries, with a three-acre active vineyard onsite.

Full listing here

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Location: Omena

Sleeps: 14 guests

Cost: $497/night average

Details: A beautiful home and guest cottage on Omena Bay, not far from Suttons Bay, Northport, and all the Leelanau Peninsula wineries, yet only 30 minutes from Traverse City.

Full listing here

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Location: Maple City

Sleeps: Four guests

Cost: $305/night average

Details: This dog-friendly listing in the heart of Leelanau County puts you at the epicenter of the Leelanau wine trail. You’re also just 20 minutes away from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, should you want to squeeze in a few great hikes in the middle of your wine-tour trip.

Full listing here

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Location: South of Traverse City, on Silver Lake

Sleeps: Six guests

Cost: $213/night average

Details: A chic beachfront home that’s away from the bustle of town, but only about a half hour from the start of the wine trails of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula.

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Location: Glen Arbor

Sleeps: 10 guests

Cost: $550/night average

Details: Situated on a private beach on Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Bay, this lovely space would be a cozy retreat to return to after a day exploring the Leelanau wine trail.

Full listing here

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Location: Leland

Sleeps: 13 guests

Cost: $510/night average

Details: “The River House” puts you within walking distance to downtown Leland, Fishtown, and Lake Michigan beachfront, with a fully-stocked kitchen, fire pit out back, and lots of other great amenities.

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Location: Leland

Sleeps: 10 guests

Cost: $400/night average

Details: A newly built home just a block from public access to Lake Leelanau, plus walking distance to all the good stuff sweet Leland has to offer.

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Location: Northport

Sleeps: Four guests

Cost: $200/night average

Details: A cozy, light-filled space above an ice cream shop in downtown Northport, at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Walk to the shops and eateries downtown, then hit M-22 for some great scenery and to find your way to the wineries.

Full listing here

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Location: Northport

Sleeps: Three guests

Cost: $135/night average

Details: “The Granary” cottage sits on 12 wooded acres a short drive from downtown Northport. This is the spot for you if you’re looking to truly unplug: There are no TVs or internet access at this location. There is a firepit, though, which might invite you to sit and stargaze while uncorking a bottle you picked up on the wine trail earlier in the day.

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Location: North of Maple City

Sleeps: Six guests

Cost: $79/night average

Details: Centrally located in Leelanau County, this townhouse puts you just a quick drive away from T.C., the charming towns of Leelanau, wineries, orchards, beaches, hiking and more.

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Location: Suttons Bay

Sleeps: Two guests

Cost: $135/night average

Details: A total charmer of an apartment in the heart of Leelanau’s wine country, just a few minutes from the nearest beach.

Full listing here

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Location: Suttons Bay

Sleeps: Two guests

Cost: $119/night average

Details: The “Audubon’s Nest” is a sweet bed and breakfast spot to hang your hat after a day on the wine trail. Reviewers raved about the breakfasts, the hospitality, and the uniqueness of this listing.

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Article by: By Emily Bingham

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