Take in the autumn air during Harvest Days at Crystal Mountain. The whole family is sure to have a good time with activities for all ages to enjoy.

11am-1pm

Chairlift Rides

2-6pm:

Dip your own caramel apple station, cookie decorating, corndogs, cider & old fashioned donuts.

Pumpkin Carving: $3 each

Free Games & Activities including:
Apple bobbing, petting zoo, wagon rides, horseshoes, face painting and campfire with unlimited marshmallows
• 2:30pm: Burlap Races
• 3pm: Fall Bingo
• 3:30pm: Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest
• 4pm: Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin
• 4:30pm: Fall Bingo
• 5pm: Costume Parade - Strut through the resort in your favorite costume! Starts at the Loki Chairlift. Free entry and all participants receive a gift.

7-10pm

Haunted Forest

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Brave the haunted forest… if you dare. Warm yourself by the fire as the chill of distant screams fill the air. Tiptoe down the haunted trail, where frights lurk at every turn.

Stay tuned for event details!

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Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region.

“We’re growing great reds on the peninsula, and we look forward to sharing them,” says Alan Eaker, owner of Longview Winery in Cedar. “Our Pinot Noirs are light and aromatic, showing more of the true characteristics of the grape varietal than many other regions. Our Cabernet Francs and Merlots are bigger and more complex with a memory of the Leelanau Peninsula in every glass.”

To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a free and fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place the weekend of October 24-26, 2014. For the entire weekend, each of 23 participating wineries offer a free tasting of a diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more. The event is free to all who know the secret launch code: “The hunt is on!”

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In addition, the event benefits the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan with a portion of the weekend wine sales from various wineries being donated to the cause (see below for details). Great wine for a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that!

Use passcode “the hunt is on” to get free tastings of featured red wines!

The Wine List

Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Radiance

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: 2012 North Vineyard Pinot Noir

Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City: Pinot Noir and Runaway Hen Rosso

Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: 2013 Pinot Noir

Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: Cabernet Franc

Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, Northport: 2013 Just Unleashed

Good Neighbor Organic, Northport: Pinot Noir

L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: a red disguised as white – Blanc de Noirs

Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: 2013 Pinot Noir

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: ’11 Pinot Noir, ’13 Cabernet Franc and Passion

Verterra Winery, Leland: Chaos Red 2013

Stay tuned for the rest of the wine list…

Weekend Donations to the American Red Cross

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: $1 for each bottle of the 2012 North Vineyard Pinot Noir sold during the event.

Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City: $1 for every bottle of Pinot Noir and Runaway Hen Rosso sold during the event.

L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: 1% of sales from the entire weekend of October 24 – 26.

Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: 5% of Pinot Noir 2013 wine sales during the event.

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: $1 for each bottle of Cab Franc sold during the event.

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Toast the Season – Leelanau style! Celebrate the upcoming holiday season enjoying local wine and fresh fare at each of the 23 participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Each year in November, enjoy tasting and touring during one of two consecutive weekends – November 1 and 2 or November 8 and 9, 2014.

Tickets are $75 for couples or $50 for singles and include a featured wine and food pairing at 23 wineries, a souvenir wine glass and the wildly popular holiday gift bag (details coming soon). Take the self-guided tour through the tasting rooms between the hours of 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Weekend 1 Tickets (November 1 and 2, 2014)

Weekend 2 Tickets (November 8 and 9, 2014)

Toast the Season Lodging Packages

Toast the Season Touring Packages

“This is a great time for families and friends to gather to celebrate the upcoming season and even get started on their holiday shopping,” says winemaker Adam Satchwell of Shady Lane Cellars. “Wines and other items from Leelanau Peninsula tasting rooms are the perfect gift for the holidays. Our wines compliment holiday meals, cocktail parties or any gathering and they make great gifts!”

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Traverse City is already known for its great craft beer, breweries and brewpubs. But did you know that we are also known for great events featuring beer?

Traverse City Beer Week (November 7th-14th) showcases a week-long series of events hosted in your favorite Traverse City establishments. Our breweries, restaurants and bars will offer unique beer events, featuring brewers and brewery representatives from our Great Beer State of Michigan and beyond.

Learn about the art of pairing beer with food, rub elbows with the very person that brewed your favorite beer, or experience a multi course beer dinner, presented by a team of talented chefs and brewers.

For up-to-date information and all of the latest details on what’s happening during Traverse City Beer Week make sure to follow us on social media!

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Welcome to the home of the Traverse City Children’s Book Festival, Michigan’s ORIGINAL children’s book fest. The festival will be held November 8, 2014 at the City Opera House in Traverse City, MI from 10am-3pm.

TCCBF is a celebration of children, families, community, and literacy. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family from a variety of Michigan and national publishers! Local non-profits will be on hand with fun, kid-friendly activities and crafts.

Proceeds benefit the Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council. and Read Aloud.org.

City Opera House

106 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
(231) 941-8082

Tickets & Admission

General attendance is free!
No tickets are required

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Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings - without stepping foot in the kitchen - at the annual Thanksgiving buffet in the beautiful Crystal Center.

Stay tuned for details!

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Gourmet Comfort Food Competition

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula will host some of the area’s top restaurant chefs who have turned the classic comfort food dish of Macaroni & Cheese into culinary marvels!

This rich and creamy fare is paired with wines from Old Mission–Rieslings, Pinot Grigios, Chardonnays and more. Discover and enjoy what our local chefs have cooked up this year!

Tickets go on sale 60 days prior to the event.

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