Lorenzo Lizarralde's two passions—winemaking and aeronautics—may seem unrelated, but they coexist in harmony at Chateau Aeronautique Winery. There, the winery shares its space with an airplane hangar and grass runway on which the vintner frequently lands his 1956 Cessna 172. Fermented from Michigan grapes, the chateau's handcrafted wines span the gamut, from dry to semisweet, wafting strawberry bouquets, apricot aromas, and floral notes.
To spotlight his elixirs, Lorenzo regularly hosts events amid his idyllic environs, which take inspiration from the wineries in Bordeaux, France. Guests traipse across the grounds en route to a gazebo or the hangar, where they can revel with up to 80 fellow sippers. For more intimate flavor exploration, they flock to a private tasting room, replete with an ornate, wooden bar that provides the coziness of a grandparent's wine cellar, but with more wine and fewer Clark Gable posters.
Every child, no matter their upbringing, can benefit from building a relationship with a horse. That's the belief at Carons Crazy Corral, so in November 2012, the facility started a nonprofit youth program to provide at-risk and underprivileged kids with an opportunity they'd once think impossible. Through the program, each child pairs with their own horse to care for it, learn to ride it, and solidify the unique bond between man and nature.
Such an efforts could only stem from the trainers' steadfast devotion to horsemanship. Sprawling among 20 acres in the small town of Grass Lake, Carons Crazy Corral offers lessons in various riding styles, including Western, saddle seat, and barrel racing. Well versed in training horses of all kinds, the staff specializes in working with steeds suffering from behavioral problems beyond mere whinnying out of turn.
An eclectic inventory of celebratory combustibles lines the shelves inside each of Pro Fireworks' 10 Michigan storefronts. Each store appeals to clients' inner pyrotechnic with everything from fire fountains to artillery shells that launch into the clouds and bloom into fiery flowers, thundering like the rattling sabers of a thousand George Washingtons. The explosives emporium also hosts kid-friendly novelties, such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers.