Warm Up This Winter: Food, Wine, & Romance in Michigan

The temperatures may be dropping outside, but we have all the best ways to keep you cozy this season. For the active adventurers and adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of winter sports and activities in the area that are sure to get your blood pumping. In addition to the slopes and trails at your fingertips, we’re fortunate to have some of the best eateries and wineries around that are guaranteed to warm your hearts, and bellies. Let us be your guide to Michigan’s local indulgence this winter.


Principle in Kalamazoo, sister restaurant to Salt of the Earth, features a rich menu of organic farm-to-table comfort foods. Warm up with a soft pretzel or an order of cheese curds and dive into their local specialties. Spice up your meal with a luscious libation from their seasonal mixology menu like their Smoked Sazerac.

Principle Restaurant

Meat lovers rejoice! Bowdies Chop House in Saugatuck is serving up some winter favorites like Duck Confit, Cowboy Ribeye, and of course Filet Mignon. Add a little extra with their truffle fries, mac-n-cheese, or bacon Brussels sprouts. We always guarantee a good sleep at our castle, but after this meal, you’ll surely rest like royalty.


Enjoy a wintry wine tasting at Tabor Hill Winery, open all year round and welcoming visitors and groups to sample the finest local food and wine. Take in the natural beauty of Lake Michigan’s shoreline wine country while you warm up with a glass of Cab Franc or Merlot. Blending modern techniques against its rustic charm, Tabor Hill will surely leave a a lasting impression. We recommend stopping in on the way to or from the Castle.

Round Barn Winery

Find your seat at the tasting bar in Round Barn Winery in Baroda. Swirl and sip on some delicious reds as you gaze out onto acres of grapevines. Feel those worries and stress melt away almost instantly. If Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t your preferred way to warm up, you’re in luck! Round Barn is also home to a brewery and distillery so grab a hoppy pint or a whiskey neat and enjoy the local flavors of Michigan.

Be Merry

However you decide to explore the area, you’ll always find warmth when you return to your Castle in the Country. Indulge in a soothing massage by candlelight, a hot bath, and your luxurious bath robes. Cuddle up by the fire with your sweetheart and a bottle of wine. Perhaps upgrade your stay to enjoy breakfast delivered while you stay warm under the covers. Staying with us in January or February? Add to the romance by taking a free horse-drawn sleigh ride offered onsite every Friday night.

Book Your Favorite Room

Book your favorite room, pack your coziest sweaters, and get ready for your warm winter Michigan getaway!

*Photos courtesy of Principle & Round Barn Winery