Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Do you have any lodging recommendations?

We sure do! Whether you choose to stay right on the Leelanau Peninsula or near downtown Traverse City, Interlochen or beyond, please visit our Lodging page for a list of recommended hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals.

Do you arrange tours?

Please visit our transportation page to arrange a winery tour via van, bus or limousine. Please note that you are not required to hire a driver to traverse our trail!

I’d like to purchase event tickets for a friend or loved one as a gift. How do I do that?

Gift certificates are available and can be redeemed for events along our trail. Purchase a $50 gift certificate (good for one person and any one event on the trail) or a year of events for $225.

If we want to stop for lunch or dinner, what are our options? Do any of the tasting rooms offer meals?

You have several options to choose from when touring our trail! Many of our wineries offer small snacks and/or charcuterie boards to pair with your wine tasting. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, the following wineries have adjoining restaurants or bistros where you can order items such as pizza, burgers and sandwiches, charcuterie boards, or fuller meals:

 

  • Black Star Farms
  • Cherry Republic
  • French Valley Vineyard & Bistro
  • Leelanau Wine Cellars

 

There are several delicious restaurants along the trail, many of which pair up with our wineries during special food & wine tour events! Please visit our Restaurants Page for a complete list of our recommended eateries.

Are there any tasting room etiquette tips I should know about?

Yes—and thanks for asking! Please visit our Tasting Room Tips page for helpful tips.

If we’re coming up during a non-event weekend and just want to do some tastings, how do we begin?

Just choose which winery you’d like to begin at and be sure to check the indivdudal tasting room hours. From there, use our smartphone app or brochure (available at all Leelanau Peninsula Wineries and the main Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail office, as well as visitor centers and hotels throughout the Traverse City area) to navigate your way along the trail.

What are your hours?

The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Administrative Office hours are Tuesdays – Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm and Fridays from 9 am – 2 pm. Please note that these hours do not reflect the tasting room hours of our wineries.

Generally, our wineries open between 11 am – 12 pm and close at 6 – 7 pm during the Summer & Fall months (May – Oct). During Winter months (Nov – April), our wineries typically open at 12 pm and close by 5 pm (actual operating days vary).

Sunday operating hours for our wineries are usually 12 – 5 pm throughout the year, with some exceptions. We encourage you to refer to our brochure or check out our winery pages to confirm individual hours.

 

FOOD & WINE TOUR EVENT QUESTIONS

What’s included in the designated driver ticket?

Designated drivers can still enjoy the food portion of the tour. Each DD ticket is generally a fraction of the regular event ticket cost.

Do events include transportation?

No. Each event is a self-guided tour, meaning you will choose 1) where you want to begin and pick up your ticket and glass; 2) which wineries you want to visit over the course of the weekend and 3) in which order.

If you don’t have a friend or loved one who’s willing to assume the role of designated driver, please visit our transportation page for a list of our preferred touring partners. Their touring fees will be in addition to your event ticket price.

Is there special pricing if I can only attend the event for one of the days?

No. You will find, however, that with the cost of regular tasting fees during non-events, along with the food pairings, each food & wine tour event is still fairly priced for even one day.

Are trail event tickets good for both days?

Yes! This allows you to visit a variety of wineries over the course of the event weekend.

The starting point I wanted is not showing on the ticket page. What do I do?

This means that this particular starting point is sold out at the moment. Please choose an alternative winery to pick up your ticket and glass. Remember that you’ll still have the opportunity to visit any participating winery of your choice throughout the event hours!

What is a starting point?

The starting point you select when purchasing tickets for a trail event is simply the winery where you’ll pick up your ticket and glass and enjoy your first food and wine pairing. From there, you choose which wineries you’ll visit and in which order.

What’s the difference between a regular tasting tour and a wine trail event?

Our wine trail events happen nearly every month throughout the year and are each themed to celebrate a different occasion, such as the fall harvest or springtime. Wine events often include a souvenir wine glass, along with featured food & wine pairings at each winery.

 

Have More Questions? Email us at info@lpwines.com and we’ll reply soon! Or, stop in or give us a call during office hours at (231) 642-5550.