One of the world’s most unique wineries is one of Michigan’s own, and it’s right down the road from the Huron House. With flavors like Raspcream, Peach Ring, Nightberry, and White Ice Lightning, Modern Craft Winery has fruity, sweet homemade wines guaranteed to tingle your tastebuds. Modern Craft makes its home—and its homemade fruit wines—in Au Gres, Michigan, a town about forty minutes south via US 23.
With only one traffic light and more forest than just about anything else, Harrisville is a secluded Michigan city nestled along the outer edges of the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Two state parks and a refuge harbor for the Coast Guard, as well as its Great Lake shores, make this city your iconic All-American “old-fashioned lake vacation” spot. Start your journey north from the Huron House at dawn if you’re in the mood to catch a breathtaking sunrise over Lake Huron on your way into the town of Harrisville.
Taking place across only two weekends a year, Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend for the winter season is February 18th and 19th. I know it’s cold out there, but you’ll have to wait all the way until mid-June for the sunny summer weekend! What this means is that for the following two days, license fees will be waived and even out-of-state residents may enjoy fishing on all species of fish in the inland and Great Lake waters of Michigan state.
Get outdoors and down to Tawas this coming February for the annual Perchville USA, the epic Winter Festival held February 4th to February 7th that hosts an eclectic mix of varieties from swimming to chili. Initiate yourself in the frigid waters of Lake Huron with the legendary tradition, the polar bear plunge. Make sure someone is waiting for you with a towel or two at hand and then head to the Hospitality Tent, behind Harbor Park and next to the State Dock, where $3 adult beverages are served.
Get ready for the winter in Michigan. The Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trail makes up over 26 miles of hiking and is a great winter adventure into the snow-covered Silver Valley, surrounded by 120,000 acres of the Huron National Forest, and only a short drive south from the Huron House. Each of Corsair’s network of trails has an entry point only about seven miles northwest of East Tawas.
Holiday Homes: Iosco County’s Annual Christmas Tour
Take a holiday tour of Iosco County’s most festive homes with the Historical Museum this winter. The 18th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes takes place on December 3rd and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit or inspire you to get decorating your own home! The local homes that make up the tour showcase their family traditions and Christmas spirit, expressed in home décor.
Craving smoked BBQ and a cold glass of handmade beer? Stop in for lunch or dinner at Wiltse’s Brew Pub & Family Restaurant in Oscoda. The casual, cozy, and friendly restaurant features handcrafted ales and lagers brewed on site that avoids the use of contemporary chemicals and processes. This is the real deal, and their customers and fan rave about it, naming it a favorite destination in Oscoda. Their specialty dish is the Bunyan Beer Battered Cod.
Surrounded by Serenity: Huron-Manistee's Reid Lake
Get a breath of fresh air in the Huron-Manistee National Forest this November and experience the transformation of nature, stunning views, and natural beauty at Reid Lake, a 3,000 acre park densely covered in forests and scattered with low-lying swamps and rolling hills. Reid Lake finds itself a popular spot for wildlife watching and hiking surrounded by the serenity of a remote lake environment. If you tamper with escapism and desire peace, quiet, and fresh air, this is the place to do it.
Tipsy in Tawas: Painting with Wine at the Moose Lodge
Often, unexpected combinations can be the most thrilling and memorable experiences of our lives. For some, painting while sampling wine is not unexpected at all. If you haven't participated in this popular trend yet, then plan to attend the Tipsy Artist Wine and Design Event at the Tawas Moose Lodge on November 13, a social and artistic event that mixes your love of drinking (we'll call it "wine tasting") with your artistic talents, latent or not.
The place to hit it big is Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish. With over 34,000 square feet packed with over 800 slots and table games, a day at the casino makes for a fun, and exciting time. Located at 2690 Worth Road in Standish, MI, the casino has a prime location to provide gambling and entertainment. Additionally, the Players Club provides Premium Play to any couple that visits during the month of their anniversary. To become a member, visit the casino's website and sign up.