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50 Best Romantic Getaways

Along with a perfume mixing in southern France, skiing by moonlight in St. Moritz, and the glamorous beach scene in Bali, the vineyard views of the Grand Traverse Bay wine area provide one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s 50 Best Romantic Getaways for 2010.  They suggest the Inn at Black Star Farms as the base for the getaway.

Call 231.944.1251 to book your romantic getaway, and have the same exceptional experience the editors found during their stay.

Dinner Dollars

Through March, the Inn is offering its Wednesday and Thursday night guests $50 Dinner Dollars to be used at either Hearth & Vine right there at the farm or at TASTES of Black Star Farms in the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.  At Hearth & Vine guests will dine on wood-fired fare, while at TASTES they’ll enjoy the Matterhorn Grill dinner.

Have a relaxing mid-week stay at the Inn and a delicious meal that’s partially on us.  What better way to turn those winter blahs into pampered aahs?

Tasting Leelanau: Afterword

The Gang of Pour stayed at the Inn at Black Star Farms and visited Anne and John at Leelanau Cheese Co.  Click here to read their nice comments in the Afterword to their Tasting Leelanau blog.

Cycling through the Leelanau Wine Trail without Pedaling

If you’ve been planning to cycle the Leelanau Wine Trail, but haven’t gotten around to it, Lee Levitt did it for you last October.  His story was published in the Jerusalem Post, and you can read about his solo tour  in a blog from the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association.  He certainly gathered all the facts and inside scoops about the wineries and the folks behind the vines, the tanks and barrels, and the tasting room bars. 

The description of  his breakfast at the Inn at Black Star Farms will make your mouth water.

By |November 25th, 2009|Inn, Tasting|0 Comments

Wine Club Dinner Pictures

Fall Wine Club Dinner was a huge success! The wine, food and company were fabulous. The menu included:  

  • Rack of Lamb with Black Pepper, Rosemary & Balsamic Reduction
  • Smoked Brisket of Beef 
  • Deconstructed Roasted Beef Tenderlion with accompaniments
  •  Pork & Wild Mushroom Roulade with Black Star Farms Pinot Noir Reduction
  •  Crispy Breast of Duck with Cranberry & Goat Cheese
  •  Roulade of Whitefish & Pesto with Spicy Grilled Tomato Chutney
  • Salmon, Whitefish, & Calamari Ceviche Cured in Citrus with Garlic, Green Pepper, Tomato, & Cilantro
  • Smoked Pheasant Ravioli
  • Pumpkin Cheese Cake, Chocolate Torte &  Raspberry Crème Brulle

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this such a wonderful evening.

Foodie Destination

The Traverse City area is becoming one of the Midwest’s best food towns as reported in a recent issue of Midwest Living.  Our local wineries and terrific restaurants are making this the place to eat and drink delicious local products.

Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay will soon be a dinner destination, too.  Hearth & Vine will be opening to the public on January 14th serving dinner from 5-9, Wednesday through Sunday evenings.  We hope you’ll bring your friends, and come and taste our wood-fired fare in this intimate new setting.

Don’t forget that TASTES of Black Star Farms is serving up Matterhorn Grill Dinners for groups of 2 – 6  on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.  You’ll grill your dinner on the table-top Matterhorn Grill while Leelanau Cheese Co.’s Raclette cheese is slowly melting below.  You’ll then pour the melted cheese over your grilled food for a sensational European-style meal.  Wine selections are included with the meal, and your cost is only $50 for two.  Please call 231.944.1349 for reservations.  It’s the new fondue!

Select Registry

Innkeeper Jill has just returned from a Select Registry regional meeting held in Petoskey, MI at Stafford’s Bayview Inn.  The Inn at Black Star Farms is proud to be a member of this elite group of about 400 Distinguished Inns of North America that each presents consistently exceptional experiences in surroundings that have been inspected for excellence annually.

When you check in to any of the member inns, you’ll receive the current Select Registry book which describes each of the inns and has a coupon giving you a discounted visit after your fourth visit to any of the participating inns.

Now that it’s our “low season,”  isn’t it time you checked in and checked out all the pampering we have to offer?  You’ll pay less for the same fabulous memories.

By |November 11th, 2009|Inn|0 Comments

Review in Country Living Magazine

Another great review of Northern Michigan that also includes very nice comments about Black Star Farms.

“Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula celebrates northern Michigan’s agricultural bounty. In addition to its winery and tasting room, this extraordinary working farm includes a creamery creating European-style cheeses, a market featuring regional produce and a cafe serving oven-fresh pizza and pastries.”

Featured in an article in Country Living ( August, 2009) by Damaine Vonada

Haunted Hayrides

October brings grape harvest, beautifully colored leaves, and Halloween to northern Michigan.  If you’re a Halloween fan and ready to be scared silly, come on out to the farm on any Friday or Saturday night (weather permitting) during October and join in on our Haunted Hayrides.  They’ll leave between  6 and 9:30 from our Hearth & Vine Cafe.  The price is $10 per person and they’re recommended for anyone over 12.  Hearth & Vine will be open late with  snacks, wine and hot cider available.  Contact the Inn at 231.944.1251 for more information, and be be prepared for a spooky good time.  Boo!

Soul Food & Soul Patch

Local band Soul Patch will be on hand to entertain at the third of the Inn’s concert series on October 20th.  The chefs will be cooking up some down home soul food, and a cash wine bar will be available from 6 pm.  All this for $15 per person.  Please call Jill at 231.944.1251 for reservations and further information.