Located in the heart of Northern Michigan Wine Country, and only fifteen minutes from downtown Traverse City, the Inn at Black Star Farms is the perfect choice for your next up north getaway.  Whether you are looking to take it easy or tackle an adventure there is plenty to do and see in Leelanau County.  Here are some of our favorites that are only minutes away!

 

  • Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail:  Just a short walk from your cozy room start with a complimentary tasting at our exclusive wine-club-members-only Barrel Room.  Here you will experience a level of refinement above and beyond our standard tasting.  Then journey out on to Michigan’s oldest wine trail where 24 wineries are divided into 3 mini-trails for easy touring.
  • Hop Lot Brewing CompanyFeeling a little “wined out”?  Head to this unique four-season microbrewery with a one-of-a-kind beer garden.  Bonfires, outdoor games in the summer, igloos in the winter, and live music are some of the fun things offered by our neighbors to the north.
  • Grand Traverse Bike Tours:  Get outdoors and explore wine country with a self-guided bike tour along the paved Leelanau Trail.  Bike delivery, roadside assistance, wine purchase pickup and picnic lunch are all included!
  • Explore DeYoung Natural Area:  Preserved by the Leelanau Conservancy and located on Cedar Lake, this 191 acre natural area combines a historic farmstead, 2 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and a fishing/viewing pier.
  • Golf Bahle Farms: Enjoy majestic views of Leelanau County while playing this public, 18 hole course that weaves through rolling hills and working cherry orchards.
  • Visit Fishtown: Located just 9 miles away in Leland, Fishtown is one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the state of Michigan.  Walk along the docks where original fishing shanties (some over 150 years old) now house boutiques, art galleries and specialty food shops.
  • Experience the Village of Suttons Bay:  Quaint and charming, this year ‘round coastal village is home to plenty of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, parks and beaches.
  • Catch a Movie at The Bay Theatre: Located in downtown Suttons Bay, this historic landmark dates back to 1946.  Completely renovated, this charming single screen theatre plays first run Academy-Award winning blockbusters, as well as independent and foreign films.
  • Leelanau Cheese Company: Once housed in our Suttons Bay tasting room, our friends can now be found a quick ¼ mile south on M22.  Sample and purchase their award-winning Raclette and Fromage Blanc.  Depending on when you visit, you might even catch them making cheese!
  • 9 Bean Rows Bakery: Owners Jen and Nick Welty started their up north farming/baking/restaurant ventures right here at Black Star FarmsNow their friendly Lake Leelanau bakery is a must stop for a variety of rustic breads and traditional European pastries.

The quieter months of spring are the perfect time to visit Northern Michigan and give yourself the gift of relaxation!  Sunday -Thursday, during the months March and April, reserve one night at full price and get the second for half off!  Additional amenities include afternoon refreshments, evening wine reception, full gourmet breakfast, complimentary bottle of our Red House White wine, V.I.P. wine tasting in the Barrel Room at our on-site tasting room, and enjoyment of our sauna, library, and recreational trails.

Little Details to Note:

•       Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay.
•       Reservations required; subject to availability.
•       Not valid on existing reservations.
•       Merchant cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 14 days in advance of scheduled arrival; voucher subject to forfeiture.
•       Voucher cannot be combined with any other discounts, vouchers, or gift certificates.
•       All deal components must be redeemed during one stay.
At these prices we will fill up quickly, so call the innkeeper at (231)944-1251 to reserve your stay now.  You may also book online here using the promo code MARCH50.
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Don Coe

 

The team that turned a 120-acre equestrian facility into a renowned agricultural destination south of Suttons Bay has announced an ownership transition. Don Coe, who with partner Kerm Campbell turned Sport Valley Farm into Black Star Farms and created a world-class winery, bed & breakfast operation and agri-tourism destination, is retiring. Kerm and wife Sallie Campbell have bought out partners Don and Marylou Coe to take full ownership of the 17-year-old operation.  “I am 75 years old,” says Coe. “I made a promise to my wife – it’s time for us now. It is time to retire.”

Campbell, the farm’s major grape grower/supplier, assures that guests will experience business as usual.   “We have assembled a top-notch team who will continue providing guests with the most remarkable experience … Our family is looking forward to providing more great experiences in 2016 and beyond,” says Campbell.

Coe has a long history of promoting Michigan’s agricultural industry, serving two terms on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development, including a stint as chair. He received the Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award from the Michigan Land Use Institute in 2012 for his work in advocating for farming and the importance of an agricultural economy.

 

Hearth & Vine

Take a break from your busy preparations this season and join us for a holiday celebration on the farm on Friday, December 18th from 5 pm-8 pm.  The Hearth & Vine Restaurant at Black Star Farms invites you to gather around the outside fire pit for complimentary eggnog and mulled wine, while you take in the last Great Lakes Fish Boil of the year.  This traditional culinary event includes a presentation and boil-off, a selection of fresh local Lake Michigan fish, potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, house made bread, dessert, and a glass of house wine or non-alcohol beverage.  More of a poultry fan?  A wood-fired, oven roasted half chicken may be substituted in place of the fish.  The cost is $30 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under (3 and under are free) and includes tax and gratuity.  Space is limited, so make your reservation today at: (231)944-1297.  Or order your tickets online at My North Tickets.

The Suttons Bay Tasting Room

The tasting room will stay open until 8 pm (wine tasting ends at 5 pm) offering 20% off all bottle sales.  This will be the perfect time to stock up for all those holiday parties, or finish up your Christmas shopping!

The Inn

December 18th and 19th only the Inn will be offering a fantastic weekend holiday special.  Stay Friday and Saturday night in your choice of available rooms for $438.45 (inclusive of tax and fees).  In addition to all the fabulous amenities like the gourmet breakfast, daily hospitality hour and VIP wine tasting,  guests will be able to buy one Friday Night Holiday Dinner (described above) and receive the second one for free!  This incredible deal will not last long so call the innkeeper now at: (231)944-1251.

Got the mid week blues or need a great gift idea for that oh-so-hard-to-buy-for person?  Take a break (or send your loved ones) to the Inn for two nights in your choice of available rooms on Sunday and Monday or Wednesday and Thursday for only $438.45 (inclusive of tax and fees) during the dates of December 1, 2015 and May 1, 2016.  Can’t find a date that works at all?  After May 1, 2016 the promotional amount of this certificate can be used as a dollar value towards a stay indefinitely.Winter-at-Black-Star-Farms-003

Additional amenities include afternoon refreshments, evening wine reception, full gourmet breakfast, complimentary bottle of our Red House White wine, V.I.P. wine tasting in the Barrel Room at our on-site tasting room, and enjoyment of our sauna, library, and recreational trails. This promotion stands alone and is not valid with any other discounts or offers.
Little Details to Note:
•       Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay.
•       Reservations required; subject to availability.
•       Not valid on existing reservations.
•       Merchant cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 14 days in advance of scheduled arrival; voucher subject to forfeiture.
•       Voucher cannot be combined with any other discounts, vouchers, or gift certificates.
•       All deal components must be redeemed during one stay.
•       After May 1, 2016 promotional value will be applied to regular rack rates.
Call the innkeeper at (231)944-1251 to make a reservation, or book online (using the promo code ROH).
You may also purchase this great deal as a gift certificate.

Spend your “Wine Wednesdays” on the farm and enjoy the extraordinary Harvest Dinners at the Inn.  The creative farmstead cuisine is inspired by the best local ingredients.  Seasonal vegetables, fruits and meats are sourced from northern Michigan’s finest farms along with our own in Suttons Bay. These exceptional food and wine experiences are hosted the second Wednesday of every month at the Inn.

Executive Chef Jonathan Dayton and Event Coordinator Stephanie Wiitala invite you to a culinary event you will remember forever! Pictures and sample menus (from previous dinners) are posted below.  Take a look and be sure to make your reservation soon.

Sample Menus:

Root Cellar Revival

Goose & Winter Greens

Morels in May

(please note each dinner will have a seasonal theme & menu items are subject to change)

Tickets for the 5 course wine paired dinners are limited to 30 guests and cost is $100.00 all inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Click here to order your tickets or call 231-944-1251.

The long days of harvest are over; the color tour & wedding season have come to a close leaving the farm in a state of tranquility. The sublime winter beauty is combined with the daily happenings in the wineries, vineyards and inn creating a true sense of place that is special to both new and return guests.

Enjoy our newest video and discover the quiet nature of winter at Black Star Farms.

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This is the bisque that was served at our Leelanau Peninsula tasting room during the annual LPVA Toast the Season event.  It’s perfect for the cool winter months!

Apple Squash Bisque

Jonathan Dayton/Executive Chef at Black Star Farms

3 T unsalted butter

2 large yellow onions, finely chopped

2 shallots, finely chopped

1 large carrot, finely chopped

3 ribs celery, finely chopped

4 apples

1 butternut squash

1 acorn squash

1 c hard apple cider

5 c vegetable or chicken stock

1 t finely chopped fresh rosemary

2 t finely chopped fresh thyme

½ c half-and-half

1 t cinnamon

½ t nutmeg

½ c honey

Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

– Peel and seed the acorn and butternut squash and cut into 2-inch chunks.

– Save the seeds and roast in the oven for garnish.

– Peel and core the apples and cut into 2-inch chunks.

– In a soup pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter and saute the onion, shallots, carrots and celery until softened, about 8-10 minutes.

– Add the apples and squash and cook until nicely coated, about 3 minutes longer.

– Add the stock, hard apple cider, rosemary and thyme and bring to a boil.

– Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 25 minutes.

– Remove from the heat and stir in the honey, half-and-half, nutmeg and cinnamon.

– Using a hand-held or standing blender, puree the soup until smooth.

– Salt and pepper to taste.

– Reheat gently over low heat before service.

 

 

 

As autumn arrives in NW Michigan we hope for the usual warm days and cool nights to ripen the grapes to perfection.  We never know just what Mother Nature has in store, and that’s the exciting part.  By the end of September the palette changes to all shades of gold, red and ocher, the leaf peepers arrive to take in our glorious landscape, and the grape harvest begins. 

October is our busiest month at Black Star Farms.  Wine making is in full swing with long hours for our winery teams.  The Inn is full of guests lucky enough to have booked their color tour early.  All three tasting rooms are teeming with folks stocking up for the long winter ahead.  Hearth & Vine is open for the last month of their season, still serving up delicious farm-raised fare.  And it’s harvest time for our farm animals, too, who have provided such enjoyment for our visitors all summer.  This is the cycle of life at the Farm.

Come November things quiet down, but we’re still here, year ‘round, and hoping that you’ll make a visit during one of the “off” times when we have more time to spend. 

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We are honored and pleased to be voted the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan in the TRAVERSE Magazine annual contest. There were 100 categories and over 10,000 voters on the MyNorth.com website. Categories range from Beach, Restaurant with a view, Teacher, Cherry Pie and many more! Voters choose Black Star Farms as a Red Hot Best in the following categories:

Local Rosé Wine – First Place, Black Star Farms Red House Rosé

Local Pinot Noir – First Place, Arcturos Pinot Noir

Romantic Hotel, B&B or Inn – Second Place, The Inn at Black Star Farms

Wine Bar – Third Place, Tasting Room at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay

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If you haven’t already picked up the June issue of the magazine now is the time to do it! It is loaded with Red Hot Best winners, great summer event/travel ideas and so much more. We are thrilled to be amongst the winners in this contest and extend a BIG thank you to all of the voters. Cheers to all of our fans!