Flowers and Spirits in Northwest Michigan

While our vacation this year to the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan wasn't to visit flower farms (it was too late in the season to have that much going on.), I was able to revisit one I'd discovered a couple of years ago.

The area, which contains a clutch o.f charming towns, has become known for its wine producers, with a generous supply of wineries in a variety of sizes. 

We even visited a distillery in Lake Leelanau called Northern Latitudes. I tasted a few of their offerings, and ended up purchasing Limoncello di Leelanau, Mackinac Island Fudge Liqueur, and Horseradish Flavored Vodka, which I'm told makes wonderful Bloody Marys. 

Pre-distillery, I visited Omena Cut Flowers.
Just down the road in Leeland, my designated driver and I stopped in at Good Harbor Vineyards, where I tasted a few wines and staggered to the car with a box holding a 2016 Pinot Gris, a red blend called Collaboration, and a Pinot Noir Rose, plus some stemless wine glasses with doggie paw prints. 

That afternoon of tasting taught me three things: It's not much fun to taste alcohol, no matter how good, by yourself; it might be a good idea to limit tastings to fewer than two per hour, and I'm a serious lightweight where alcohol is concerned.

Zinnias, Scabiosa, Lisianthus and Dahlias from
Omena Cut flowers lasted more than a week in a vase.
Before I put myself into an alcoholic stupor, we found ourselves in Sutton's Bay, where Carolyn Faught operates a u-pick farm she started 20 years ago. Omena Cut Flowers is a place for brides and florists alike, while locals and visitors to the beautiful area come by for a bunch or an armful throughout the growing season.

I was happy to see her farm was still going strong, with a few Zinnias, Dahlias, and a smattering of smaller flowers numerous enough to make a bouquet that lasted more than a week. They traveled home with us, where I added a few flowers of my own to make a bounteous bouquet.


1 comment:

  1. Great article. I have to check out these sites next time we're up there.