Water-to-Wine B&B Weekend

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

These weekend programs are based out of Old Mission or Leelanau Peninsula Inns.  You get to enjoy the pampered comfort of the most interesting Inns in the Midwest, do some great kayak day trips and tour a few of our stellar wine operations.  We have friends who tend and manage vines in the area and have an inside track on who has the nicest grapes and who is producing the year’s best wines.  Its like having your own personal wine festival.

Day 1) Arrive after dinner friday evening  between 7-9 pm. Get acquainted and settled. Orientation for the rest of the weekend.  Destination Inns will vary and depend on size of group (2-6) and availability. 

Days 2) Saturday morning basics skills workshop in a sheltered bay followed by a short day tour and lunch on the lake. Our late afternoon will be spent touring a couple of our finer local vineyards with dinner on your own after some local fruit and cheeses.

Day 3) After a fine Sunday Inn Breakfast we'll gear up for a 3 hour day trip on Lake Michigan (weather permitting) to hone your techniques and enjoy a little open water practice. We'll turn you loose for home or check out another winery at about 2 pm.

Cost includes professional guide/instructor, two nights B&B lodging, kayaking equipment (boat, paddle, PFD, skirt), breakfasts, lunches and snacks.  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/ B&B Kayak Weekends

Paddling Clothes:

  • Farmer John/Jane style wetsuit: for May/June/September/October, can be rented from our shop for $10/day
  • Synthetic long underwear: polypropylene, polyester, coolmax, etc….anything but cotton, both tops and bottoms, can be worn under shorts too for a very comfortable if not very stylish ensemble.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Paddling Jacket or rain parka: 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.

Odds and Ends:

  • One liter water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

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

Registration: A $150 deposit is required to hold your space. Reservation fees are refundable until 30 days before the trip. The balance is also due 30 days prior to departure. Space is limited to 6, so plan ahead...

Dates: By Arrangement

Cost: $495/person (double occupancy)