St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Today, grandson, David Braganini, has adopted the family tradition of wine making.
For their willingness to brave the winter waters of Lake Michigan, the hosts of NBC’s Today Show called the crew at Third Coast Surf Shop a “philosophical group of hardy souls.” The surfers have accepted their lot in life with cheer, working with what they have by pioneering the art of lake surfing. They’ve also shown up on the CBS's The Early Show, National Public Radio, and Newsweek in their effort to expose Midwesterners to surfing and paddleboarding and expound upon the advantages of the Great Lakes as a surfing venue. Along the sweeping shorelines, six quadrillion gallons of fresh water rise up in wind-generated waves, which are more manageable for beginners than the larger swells in the ocean and less likely to contain depressing submarines tangled in plastic bags. When not fitting patrons with paddleboards, the team of instructors leads camps, where young surfers find their sea legs, construct sand castles, and play soccer while building social skills.:
PRP Wine's continent-hopping wine experts search far and wide for the world's finest pours, constantly replenishing their stock with bottles plucked off the vine in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, and South Africa. PRP’s seasonal wine catalog champions unique adult beverages from renowned suppliers, including Germany's Ferdinand Pieroth GmbH Winery, whose grape-shucking traditions date back almost 300 years. Those who would like to try before they buy can call upon one of PRP's knowledgeable consultants to host an in-home tasting party, during which the wine expert brings a handful of samples and shares wine-pairing recipes. For special occasions, personalized wine bottles arrive at doorsteps bearing such messages as “Happy Birthday!”, “Congratulations on the new baby!”, or “Everyone falls off the water tower at some point––get well soon!”
Captain Stephen Adney spent his formative years sailing and racing small boats in multiple locations. A professional mariner with a USCG 100-ton Captains License, Captain Stephen curates personal excursions into Lake Michigan aboard his 31-foot sailboat. Captain Stephen's joy for sailing with guests into the water is such that not only does he take them out, he encourages them to steer or trim the sails, though he accommodates whatever level of participation his passengers wish. That means they can take the helm as they cut through the sunrise-hued waters, or they can cozy up with a loved one or pet fish and take in the scenery while Stephen mans the boat. New Buffalo Sailing Excursions offers sunrise, daytime, and moonlight cruises. The boat accommodates up to six guests. Stephen provides light snacks and soft drinks, and guests are allowed to bring additional treats or alcoholic beverages.
For more than 25 years, the Moersch family has grown, crushed, and fermented grapes into carefully cultivated small-batch wines. Today, Matthew, Christian, and Nicole Moersch preserve their family's legacy wines while exploring their own winemaking instincts. Using the bounty of vineyards located in Berrien Springs, they craft several red and white wines, bottling their own takes on dry reisling, dry gew?rztraminer, pinot meunier, cabernet franc, and table wines. They also produce spirits, such as brandy.
As they fall toward the earth, skydivers can glimpse the buildings and rivers of Chicago glimmering against the azure waters of Lake Michigan. This is possible because the team at Skydive Horizonz orchestrates skydives within 40 miles of the city—always to the east, which gives evening divers breathtaking views of downtown silhouetted against the setting sun.