Crystal Mountain – Benzie County Fall Color – October 19, 2016
A beautiful afternoon for a fall color tour in Benzie County. Here are some photos from Crystal Mountain and on the road in Benzie County. Fall colors are starting to peak. It should be a fantastic weekend for seeing the fall colors in Northern Michigan.
<> Crystal Mountain – Benzie County Fall Color – October 19, 2016 Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
In 1810, the Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Bavaria. The party they held was so popular that they decided to repeat it every year. Here at The Homestead, we want to celebrate what Oktoberfest has come to stand for: an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the bounty of the fall with good company, good food, and good beer.
From October 4th to October 7th, we’ll be doing just that, with a series of events designed to pay tribute both to German traditions and to our own local harvest. Beer lovers will want to arrive for Nonna’s Beer Tasting from 6-8pm on the 4th. Guests will sample a variety of the best local and international beers, all carefully chosen and presented by The Homestead.
The following night (Friday, October 5th), Nonna’s will host a Beer Dinner featuring the micro-brews from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, carefully matched to a variety of dishes by Executive Chef John Piombo. Beer dinner $65 per person, plus gratuity and tax.
On Saturday, October 6th, Chef Piombo, who trained in Germany as well as Italy, France, and the United States, will offer a cooking demonstration where guests will learn about charcuterie (the craft of smoking, salting, and curing meats). Demonstration is $50 per person, plus gratuity and tax.
On Sunday, October 7th, round out the weekend with some traditional fare such as Weisswurst and soft pretzels, while admiring a variety of vintage cars on the lawn of The Inn. The car show and cook-out from 11am to 4pm. Show participants may register the day of the event for $10 per vehicle which includes lunch.
Weekend lodging packages available including lodging, breakfast buffet each morning, beer dinner and charcuterie demonstration. For availability and reservations, call 231.334.5100.
After you’ve had a good night’s rest and a delicious breakfast, we’ll take you to four of Leelanau’s wineries.
You’ll meet the winemakers, sample and discuss their wines and purchase what you wish. Come evening you’ll enjoy a winemakers’ dinner for which Chef John Piombo and the winemaker will prepare a menu with wine pairings for a five course meal.
After a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast, you’ll take your memories and wines home. From $152 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.