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.

BBQ and Blue Dirt

expressadpictureThe Inn at Black Star Farms will host the  second in its concert series featuring the Blue Dirt Band and a BBQ dinner on Tuesday, September 15th at 6 p.m.  The cost for this event is $15/person – no one under 21, please, and a cash wine bar will be available.  The first concert was such a hit that Blue Dirt was invited back to entertain again.  Don’t miss it.

Another Yummy BBQ!

Hats off to Corey, Street, Lee, and Ellie for cooking a fabulous spread of food for this summer’s annual wine club only BBQ.   The weather cleared up, the food was delicious, and the wine was a flowin’.   It was a festive evening on the farm in Suttons Bay. 

The BBQ dinner is one of the two special dinners we offer to wine club members in addition to the other benefits of being a member. Mark your calendars for the fall dinner on Nov. 13th — this is an evening of food and wine pairings not to be missed! To learn more about the club visit our site today. leeandcorey-1


Ten Wine-derful Years!

anniversary-ad22Celebrate our Ten Year Anniversary with these Specials!

  • Get a one-of-a-kind 10 year logo label bottle for $10
  • Save 10% on any purchase of 10 or more bottles
  • Return with an old BSF tasting glass and receive a coupon for a 10 year logo glass with any $10 purchase of wine
  • Visit Hearth & Vine Cafe at the farm in Suttons Bay and receive 10% off you order of a wood-fired oven pizza and two glasses of wine.

Specials are valid from July 4th to July 31, 2009. Please call our tasting rooms for more information, 231.944.1270.

Guest Makes Lake Trek

Loreen Niewenhuis is making 1,000 mile walk on the beach, all the way around Lake Michigan.  Her brother chose our Inn for a night’s respite.  Here’s how she describes her arrival.  It’s exactly the feeling we hope all our guests have when they turn down our driveway.

I had a long, inland hike in over 80 degree weather to reach Suttons Bay, and when I finally got off route 22 and turned into the driveway of Black Star Farms — bordered by a terraced vineyard and shaded by large trees — I felt my pack lighten on my sore shoulders.

You can read more about Loreen’s visit on her blog – Long Trek – and follow her adventure as she completes each segment of the walk.

Last Minute Discount at the Inn

Due to a group cancellation, we are offering a very special last minute discount. Stay at the Inn May 26-June 5, 2009 and receive your second night for free!

Our Experiences at a Very Special Place

Thanks Deborah for sharing your experiences at Black Star Farms!

” Both of our kids love Black Star and bring friends there whenever they are in Traverse.  They stayed with us at Black Star for a celebration of our daughter’s 21st birthday and our son’s upcoming marriage.  They loved it, we went wine tasting and stayed in Castor/Pollux.  It was their first time wine tasting and staying at Black Star.  What a great way to spend our last hurrah as a family of four and to celebrate her 21st b-day, we all had a great time! Due mostly to the staff at Black Star, Jill, Corey, and everyone else.”

Deborah Maichele

Harvest Stompede Tickets On Sale

Tickets for September’s Harvest Stompede wine tour along the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail are on sale now at  This popular event is always a sell-out, so click and buy now!  It’s a beautiful time of year to be “up north.”

Inn Guest is Big Winner

Jan-Al rolled out of her luxurious and comfy bed at the Inn and right into history as the overall winner of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Sip & Savor PJ contest.  Check out her picture to see how she really got into the spirit of things.  Way to go, Jan-Al.  We do have the coolest guests!