I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Arbor Brewing Company serves organic pub fare that incorporates local farmers’ and growers’ fresh, seasonal meats and produce. The dinner menu showcases Lake Superior whitefish ($13) and the Ar-burger ($13), a 1/3 pound patty of beef from McLaughlin Farm, a local producer of grass-fed, hormone-free cattle. Vegetarians rejoice when served the beer-battered tempeh sandwich ($8) from the lunch menu. Night owls can nosh hearty bar fare from the late-night menu, such as pierogies ($8) or a half pound of chicken strips ($7).
A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.
The 17 acres inside the Michigan Renaissance Festival? don't obey the rules of the outside world. Instead, they bring the 16th century back in vivid tapestry-color?and though the celebration only lasts a few short weeks, the festival has been a beloved local tradition for more than three decades, drawing more than 250,000 people each year.
Step through the gates, and explore recreated Renaissance-era buildings including stables and a castle. Nearby shops host more than 300 artisans, selling wares such as metal sculptures or lavish costumes. Tavern owners roast turkey legs over open flames, while entertainers continuously weave throughout the streets and perform on 17 themed stages. Comedy, music, and full-contact jousting unfolds to the delight of the crowd, which may even include Queen Elizabeth herself, assuming she remembers where she put her horse keys.
When Fenton Winery Brewery started, its taproom had just three beers on tap: wheat, amber, and imperial nut brown. Since 2009, however, that selection has expanded to more than ten beers, and that's not to mention the wines patrons can sample on the premises. The winery-and-brewery crafts more than 20 vintages, including a rotation of seasonal styles such as fall's Apple Pie wine and summer's Wine You Can Freeze Into A Popsicle If You Want. Summer is an especially good season on the grounds, too?visitors can sip their brews in a beer garden that sprawls across more than an acre.
State by state, 50 Sips increases its stock of American-made wine. The store, which exclusively sells American varietals, began with reds and whites from its home state of Michigan. Now, every month it adds wines from a different state?and welcomes each new state with monthly tastings complete with small plates for pairing.
50 Sips even sends two hand-selected wines from each featured state to members in its monthly wine club. Alongside wine, the store spotlights craft beer, hard cider, and specialty food from American vendors such as Bar Harbor Jam.