Above: Snowshoeing at Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery Photo: Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula
Difficulty Meter A light walk made a little tougher (or a lot tougher, depending on how much you drink) by the snow

Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan

  • Drive Time 5 hours

Old Mission Peninsula, jutting 22 miles into Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan, features 100-year-old hemlocks and 991 acres of nature preserves, but the big draw is the booze. On Sundays from December 27 to February 28, strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek the Old Mission Snowshoe, Wine, and Brew Trail, which connects Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales via a mile-long beginner’s path ($20 for a five-tasting flight at each, jollypumpkin.com). End the day at the brewery, known for its sour craft beers. Kick off your snowshoes and enjoy a mouth-puckering Madrugada.


The Particulars

Wine tasting at Chateau Chantal Photo: Brian Confer/courtesy of Chateau Chantal

Body Burn Quads and hamstrings

Get in Gear Bring your own snowshoes, or you can rent some at Brick Wheels ($15 a day, brickwheels.com).

Stay The 11-room Chateau Chantal (from $175 on weekends, chateauchantal.com), which typically sells out in summer, has a hilltop winery and tasting room and views over the bay.

While There Take a cooking class at Chateau Chantal ($95 a person)—lessons from local chefs include pasta making (January 23) and winter grilling (February 20)—and then feast on your creations while sipping paired wines from the vineyard.