It’s On the House: Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting with Your Keystone Outback

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If you’re looking for a romantic and fun Keystone Outback getaway with your sweetheart, heed the call of the wild and head to Michigan, where you’ll find some of the best wine country east of California. Organized into several scenic “wine trails,” the rolling hills of coastal Michigan make ideal growing conditions for surprisingly good vintages. Along with several craft beer breweries, these trails are dotted with not just tasting rooms but charming villages and rambling byways where you can enjoy world class art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and quaint antique shops.

Hitch up your Keystone and start your tour in what some call the Napa Valley of the Midwest: the Lake Michigan wine corridor. Nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan, you’ll find more than dozen wineries, each with unique offerings, frequent special events and even grape stompings. For example, the Round Barn Winery is known for not just its wines both white and red, but also microbrews and even its vodkas! Tour its distillery, or sample its wares in their own pet friendly tasting rooms. Through October, the Round Barn Winery also is holding a free concert series every Saturday and Sunday on a live music stage next to their Beer Garden.

Where to stay? The list is almost endless, but one popular spot near Baroda and the Round Barn is Fuller’s Resort Campground on Clear Lake. Located only 15 minutes away from the winery, Fuller’s offers both primitive campsites and full hookups for your fifth wheel. With sailboat, kayak, paddle boat and pontoon boat rentals by the hour, firewood, and a laundromat, you’ll enjoy all the conveniences of a resort vacation during your visit.