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Romantic vineyards in southwestern Michigan.

February 22, 2012

The Southwest Michigan Wine Trail boasts 10,000 acres of grapes—and ample opportunities for wine tasting. Any itinerary here should include daytime stops at a handful of small-scale wineries to sample the region’s Rieslings and pinot noirs (most are open between 10 a.m. and noon and close at 5 p.m.), and evenings spent cozied up in fireplace-equipped rooms at boutique hotels.

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Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm

Taste or pick the fruits—raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, grapes—at the 150-year-old, family-owned winery.

Hickory Creek Winery

Taste the influences of the owners’ Australian and German wine heritages in unique varietal blends.

Grande Mere Inn

Watch the sun set over Lake Michigan in Stevensville at the cottage-style restaurant. While there, enjoy steaks and seafood in the main dining area or grab a burger in the Cranberry Bog Bar.

The Chocolate Garden

Choose from handmade truffles—from dark chocolate to vanilla rose.

Marina Grand Resort

This modern boutique hotel offers rooms with views of surrounding New Buffalo, fine linens, and fireplaces, plus outdoor seating.

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