Some people like to go on a pilgrimage to renew their religion. Others embark on the journey to get in touch with themselves again, whatever that may mean. And some people just like wine and want to combine that with their love for hiking. If you belong to that latest group, don’t be ashamed. We’ve got your back. Because, sometimes, a boozy pilgrimage is all you need in life.
In order to embark on this beautiful, wine-themed journey, you’ll first have to head to southwest Michigan in the United States. Why there, you ask? Well, that’s where the two wineries we’ll be talking about are located. When you hear ‘wine’, your first thought will probably be of France or Italy and while that’s certainly not false, the United States actually have a lot to offer on the wine front too. And as that fact is less publicly-known, you may also have to deal with less crowds. Although, with the pandemic obligating people to go on tourist outings closer to home, we can’t guarantee anything.
So, what are you in for, you ask? Well, once you’ve arrived in southwest Michigan, in the lovely town of Baroda to be more precise, it’s time to choose. At which winery do you wish to start: the Round Barn Estate or the Tabor Hill Winery? Then, it’s time to put your taste buds to the test. At both locations, you can not only taste some of the delicious wines they have on offer but you can also grab a bite to eat. On site dining may be difficult to get hold of as the capacity is reduced to 25% due to the pandemic, yet that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on anything. You can get your booze and food to-go and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while enjoying your take-away.
2. Boozy walk
Once the first stop is over, it’s time to put on your hiking boots. Depending on how much time you have and how much you enjoy a hike, you can choose between different loops, ranging from 5,8 kilometers to 2,4 kilometers in length. They all have one thing in common though: they connect the Round Barn Estate to the Tabor Hill Winery. On your way over there, the path will take you through prairies, woodlands and vineyards so you won’t get bored during your walk. Then, it’s time to feast again. Don’t hesitate to compare the food and wine from both locations and discuss your opinion with your mates. Once you’re done drinking and eating, it’s time to walk again, even though that may not be so easy anymore after all the booze. May the most sober amongst you win!