Cogdal Vineyards

img_5118Coasting along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, we discovered Cogdal Vineyards in South Haven, MI. We visited the tasting room with some family and really enjoyed ourselves – enough that we decided to order a glass of our favorites to sip outside on the patio and take in the surrounding views. 

South Beach Red (pictured above) was my personal favorite, along with North Beach White coming in at a close second. I am excited to head back to Cogdal Vineyards this coming summer because I am sure it is even more beautiful. 

As we were heading out, we picked up the official Wine Trail Guide that currently lists 19 wineries (some tasting rooms) in Southwest Michigan. Be sure to check out our wine map to see which ones we have visited so far!



Arcadia Brewing Co. Kalamazoo

Arcadia is one of our favorite breweries in Kalamazoo. It was also one of our first stamps in our Give a Craft passport! Positioned on the Kalamazoo River, at the opening of Arcadia Creek, this brewery makes a perfect rest stop while kayaking on a hot day to stop for a beer and some excellent BBQ. Arcadia has one of the largest beer gardens in the city that includes a fire pit, yard games and plenty of seating both inside and out. You can even bring your dog! This past summer I participated in Yoga in the Beer Garden, presented by Down Dog Yoga studio, and then I met my family afterwards for Kalamadoodle! We also enjoy being able to roller-blade and bike the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) and swing by for a beer. Arcadia is definitely in a great location!


I had a hard cider (right) that was amazing!

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Michigan. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a cold beer in your hand and great company? Grand Rapids Brewing Company (GRBC) has ample seating even during the busiest of times. Recently, we visited Grand Rapids to spend the day enjoying Art Prize (an international art competition that gives the public a chance to cast their votes for their favorite pieces) and decided to stop at GRBC for a beer and some dinner. With plenty of craft beers on tap to choose from, here was my favorite: Ursa Minor – Brewed specifically as an Art Prize entry, this beer is made with Michigan blueberries.


Ursa Minor – Far Left


Great food, too!