Northern Michigan – Winter Centric

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Northern Michigan in the winter is a state of mind. There is so much to do in the summer here in these northern parts and we are well known for it. But winter people, you know who you are, appreciate northern Michigan just as much in the winter as the summer people love summer. Northern Michigan is winter centric. The center of all things to do in the snow. There is skiing, snowshoeing, winter rafting, skating, tobogganing, snowmobiling, and so on! Have I sold you on the plethora of things to do in the winter?!! The key is to dress for it.

How about throwing a little wine tasting in the mix. Because, you see, Northern Michigan also does wine well the whole year round! How about putting wine tasting, igloos and snowshoeing all together for a fun day in the snow? Our winter edition of the Restless Chef takes you to Boyne Valley Vineyards.

Lady pouring wine into glassesBoyne Valley Vineyards Sign

What a day we had visiting this winery! This place has it all. Excellent wine choices, vineyards, snow shoes, snow shoe trails, heated igloos to sip wine in with your friends, and a cozy fire in an adorable lodge.

Glass of wine with Christmas ornaments in the backgroundA sign saying Relax

So, my husband and I head out to Boyne Valley Vineyards and decided to try it all. As long as you order a glass of wine, you have access to free snow shoes and are pointed in the right direction of the trails on their property. After taking a breathtaking trek through the sparkling snow, we end up back at the lodge for our glass of wine by the fire. Perfect.

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Come back to our cozy B & B close by and you’ve got yourself a perfect weekend. I hope this has you thinking twice about the cold stuff. It’s not a bad thing! Don’t waste time waiting for summer to come. Northern Michigan is waiting for you all year long!

Featured Recipe

Breakfast at The House on the Hill B & B is about choices. Your choices. So, every morning, not only will we have a featured dish, but we will also have other breakfast choices that might fit your lifestyle better. For example, our Power Breakfast Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Enjoy this recipe!

Power Breakfast Bowl with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Cooked Quinoa

Spinach or Kale

Boiled Egg

Feta Cheese

Red Onion

Hummus

Fresh Basil or Parsey

Avocado

Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

1 16 oz. jar roasted red pepper, drained

1 clove of garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

juice of one lemon

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup almonds (optional)

To make the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

To make the bowl:

Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Fill your bowl with the amounts of the the bowl ingredients to your taste. Use as much of the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce in the bowl as you want! The construction of the bowl and the amounts are simply up to you. Enjoy!

 

The House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast

We look forward to meeting you in winter, spring, summer or fall. We are open all year round. Check out our website at thehouseonthehill.com for information about our B & B. We are a destination Bed and Breakfast chock full of fun things to do, or just a quiet respite that you so desperately need. See you soon!