Have you caught the new show on The Esquire network, The Getaway? Each episode features a celebrity as they take a short trip to get away from it all. It’s been quite entertaining with actors such as Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari, Joel McHale, and Aisha Tyler as the guides.
Mark and I take an annual getaway every March to New Buffalo, Michigan. It’s a short hour and a half drive – but since it’s an adorable lake town, it seems like we could be on the other side of the country from the hustle and bustle of our home in Chicagoland.
We stay at the same spot every year – Marina Grand Resort, which is basically staying in a hip, modern apartment, literally on a marina. Mark and I call ourselves “off-season people” (hence the no boats in the marina) so it is serene and relaxing every time we go.
We like to try new restaurants and wineries each trip, but there are a few favorites that we make sure we visit each time, namely Greenbush brewery, Gravity winery, and Journeyman distillery (are we sensing a theme here?)
Greenbush brewery has a great range of tasty beers and amazing food. This place is usually always packed (though somehow there weren’t a lot of people in this pic) and they don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait. But it’s worth it – we promise! Mark’s favorite brew is Dunegras and I’m partial to Closure or Anger.
Gravity is probably our favorite winery on the southwestern Michigan wine trail to visit – I mean they serve a piece of cheese or chocolate with every tasting so…. no brainer right? Plus it’s up on a nice hill over looking the vines and a small pond. So peaceful.
And then there’s Journeyman Distillery. This place has only been open since 2011, and we’ve basically been coming here from the beginning. They have a wonderful line of spirits that they continue to add to each year, and they now serve some very tasty apps (we tried the cheese and charcuterie plate and the pretzels with pub cheese dip – highly recommend both!)
The atmosphere has a chill industrial feel to it with some great architectural elements. Though we’ve been coming here for years, we hadn’t take a tour until now.
We’re excited to see how much Journeyman has caught on over the years (you can even buy a good number of their liquors at Binny’s) The place was packed when we got there but we were lucky to snag a seat which was coincidentally right next to where we sat the year before (hence the photos comparison below – you can see that there was no one around us the year before)
Southwestern Michigan works as the perfect weekend getaway for us – quiet and relaxing, with great food and drink. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, you should see what’s in your own “backyard”. I bet there are some hidden gem restaurants, wineries, breweries, or even distilleries that might be fun to check out.