In addition to entertaining ears with live music, Cellar Brewing Company's dedicated staff fills glasses with libations fresh from its microbrewery, winery, and artisan distillery. The restaurant's plush, leather sofas sit beneath its rust-hued ceiling, and at a blond-wood bar, bartenders serve house brews and signature cocktails, mixed with their top-shelf liquors. A glass of stout awakens taste buds craving a darker brew, and the cellar's servers pluck bottles of Michigan Apple Delight wine directly from in-house wine trees.
Located inside a brick-hewn building reminiscent of a grand castle, the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery recounts the history of the company’s former brewery, which dates back to 1844. Visitors tour Pabst’s corporate offices, take photos with a statue of Captain Frederick Pabst, and drink tall pints of the brewery’s concoctions. The gift shop stocks vintage Pabst memorabilia, including steins, shirts, and artwork. Best Place’s halls and courtyards can also be rented for banquets, weddings, and other events.
During the Festival of Trees, the Muskegon Museum of Art opens its doors for guests to frolic through a winter wonderland of themed trees and seasonal décor. Partygoers can grab an hors d'oeuvre and jam along with a live blues band, a dance-floor motivator even better than pistols rhythmically fired at dancers’ feet. In time for snow season, staffers deck the halls of the museum with holiday decorations and custom-designed spruces to lighten the mood. Revelers can snag potent nog from the cash bar and take sips while viewing the mechanical movements of a model train set, or track down your pet scone's long-lost relative in the gingerbread village. During the festivities, patrons can explore the museum's hallowed halls, which contain exhibits including celebrated paintings, sculptures, and cultural artifacts.
The two-acre outdoor skating rink might be Muskegon Winter Sports Complex's crown jewel, but there's a lot more fun to be had on attractions at the 400-acre facility. The forested wonderland features a giant luge, a kid-friendly sledding hill, a 15K cross-country ski trail, and a vast snowshoe area. The fun continues long after the snow melts and the snowmen head off to their summer homes too, with a summer luge that keeps the thrills rolling on lightning-quick wheeled sleds.
It may be best known for its mitten shape, but Michigan is also gaining notoriety as a craft-beer mecca. Lakeshore Brew Fest is further proof of that. Nearly 500 craft-beer lovers will descend on the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan for the festival, where they can enjoy live musical performances and flavorful cuisine. However, the fest's focus is on local libations, so it will offer drinks from seven area producers, including cider from Vander Mill and beer from B.O.B.'s Brewery, New Holland Brewing, and Founders Brewing Co., whose cofounder talked to the Groupon Guide about its sessionable All Day IPA. All proceeds from Lakeshore Brew Fest go to Camp Blodgett, a nearly 100-year-old organization providing Kent County's youth with after-school programs and summer-camp adventures, among other activities.
12 Corners Vineyards' founding friends all grew up in Michigan. They knew the weather?the way the lake effect keeps everything a little warmer, producing lots of soft snow. They understood the way that microclimate affected the richness of the soil, and how fruit from the region was exceptionally fine. They also shared a passion for wine, which led them to copurchase their own 115-acre estate and begin planting vines. They cultivate riesling, cabernet franc, merlot, and traminette, giving familiar grapes interesting twists by cultivating them in a variety of textured soils and slopes. The winemaker of the group, Glen Greiifendorf, brings out the interesting terroirs in every varietal bottled.