Water-to-Wine Day Tour

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Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Care to sample our fresh coast paddling and sample our area’s stellar wineries, but can’t commit to a whole weekend? How about a day trip where you get to learn a bit of kayak technique (something to show-off later), paddle on Grand Traverse Bay, do a little gourmet beach dining, followed up by a couple of private winery tours/tasting at our best boutique wineries? All in one day? Ya sure, you betcha.

Here’s how it works:

9 AM: Meet-up on Old Mission Point with a professional instructor/guide/chef for a mini-lesson. Either Bower’s Harbor or Hasaret Beach will be our start point depending on weather.  From Bower’s, we paddle out to Marion/Power Island for a little day hiking, beaching and a wine themed lunch (no wine ON the water).  If we depart from from Hasaret, we head up toward the Old Mission Point, stopping enroute to picnic on the beach.

Spinach Salad with Grilled Pears and Seared Sea Scallops

LUNCH deserves it own section…our beach meals have been featured in Traverse Magazine (MyNorth.com), with recipes available from our new cookbook: Hey, I’d Eat This at Home!

Spinach Salad with Grilled Pears and Seared Sea Scallops in a reduction made from Sex (Larry Mawby’s fine sparkling wine) with a fresh seasonal fruit tart for dessert.

Or perhaps a sautéed Lemon/Garlic/Pinot Gris Shrimp and Asparagus over Asiago Polenta? We’ll survey your tastes upon registration to be sure we serve up something that suits your taste buds in the best possible way.

3 PM should see us back at the beginning to load up, change shoes and head over to our first winery stop (Either Brys Estates or Peninsula Cellars) and then onto Traverse City’s old asylum (Grand Traverse Commons now) for a private back-door tour at Left Foot Charlies and some of Brian’s finest work.

5:30 PM: We turn you loose to continue your fabulous day or treat yourself to dinner at Stella’s or any of the other fine dining that Traverse City has to offer.


$175 / per person includes professional guide/instructor, kayaking equipment (boat, paddle, PFD, skirt), lunch, wine tour fees and sand, of course. Please call if you have special diet requirements. You are more than welcome to bring your own touring kayak if you have one and we'll be happy to help you learn to get the most out of it.

Stuff to Bring

  • - Synthetic clothing that is made to dry quickly (NO COTTON on water please)
  • - Fleece Jacket
  • - Paddling Jacket or raincoat: I have a few loaners.
  • - Water shoes or neoprene boots: I try to discourage sandals because they can get tangled in footrests….and that’s bad if your upside down. Barefoot works in the boats too!
  • - One-liter water bottle
  • - Sunscreen
  • - Camera

Don’t hesitate to call 231-882-5525 if you have questions about any of it at all!


To hold your spot, full payment is required. You can pay online, but please call first for availability: 231-882-5525. We take as few as 2 or as many as 8 on this tour (with two guides) in single kayaks.  We do have one tandem available upon request.  This trip is only held in fair weather months, but we usually can make a go / no-go decision based on weather at least 24 hours in advance.  If we don’t go, you get your money back. 

Dates for 2016

June: 3, 4, 25, 29
July: 19, 27
August: 3, 10, 31

Purchase This Adventure

By Snail Mail: Just fill out the Registration Form and send us a check for the full amount.
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