“A vacation near home is still a vacation – staying at a nearby B and B with excellent hosts, accommodations and meals is an added plus! A 7-mile drive up Old Mission Peninsula with Lake Effect whiteout at times made it interesting but we made it and enjoyed all that a winter landscape could provide once we arrived.
Our hosts, Cindy and Jay, made certain that we were comfortable in our LaJarden (Garden) room overlooking vineyards, Cherry orchards and hillsides. Everything was beautifully presented, especially the breakfast, which contained poached pears with Marscopone cheese, egg crepes with seasonal root vegetables and wild rice.
There was also an opportunity to taste wines made from their grapes. I very much enjoyed DETENTION, a sweet red sold at nearby Peninsula Cellars.
Come find out what makes this small B and B a new favorite!
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News & Events
The Grey Hare Inn property and owners Cindy and Jay were featured in November’s issue of the new magazine Old Mission Living. For more details you can request a copy of the article or go to our Facebook page.
Recent food and wine article we think you might find interesting: Click here to read a great article about Boathouse proprietor Doug Kosch and his family in the summer issue of Family Circle Magazine titled “Farm to Fork.” The story highlights six of the Kosch’s family recipes using simple, in-season ingredients from their home garden!
Grey Hare Inn, Vineyard Bed & Breakfast
~ 2017 Events ~
Winery Winter Warmups January 14 – Enjoy special tastings and offerings at Old Mission Peninsula wineries, restaurants, and bed & breakfasts. Cross-country skiing will be available on Saturday and Sundays at the Grey Hare Inn with a bonfire on Saturday night as well as complimentary juice tasting.
Burgundy themed Wine Education Dinner Jan. 14 $95 with Mark Johnson at Chateau Chantal. The burgundy region with its rich beef dishes was central to beginnings of the Grey Hare Inn during a bicycle trip through the region by the owners, so in conjunction with the dinner they will regale guests with stories of wine and food.
Old Town Playhouse production of Company by Stephen Sondheim. January 13,14,19-21, 26-28
Winter ice wine harvest – date is very weather driven so please call ahead. Experience an Old World winter harvest of grapes that have been left on the vines until the exact conditions are met. After harvest we will take you on a personally escorted of the vineyard. On Sundays you can ski from Brys Estate to Bowers Harbor with one way bus transportation included for $20 p/p, or create your own path through the orchards and vineyards at the Grey Hare Inn.
Grey Hare Inn owners Christmas party – First or second weekend in January participate in themed celebration with upcoming plans for a French “Gros Supper” , a multi-course epicurean extravaganza featuring 13 desserts; or “Felice Navidade” of Latin holiday presentations. Recent past themes were an “Olympic Holiday Celebration” featuring athletic events such as the Funnelator Frozen Fish Fling, Luge, and Cross Country Skis Toss; and a Harry Potter Hogwarts Holiday.
January 29th Traverse Symphony Orchestra Concert. Owners Cindy and Jay reprised their conducting role of Sleigh Ride at the Traverse Symphony Orchestra concert, so join them in more fun on January 29th with complimentary tickets for Rossini, Bach, and Mendelssohn with Jeffrey Biegel on piano.
All of February Romance Weekends – Enjoy fireside cheese fondue, “Wicked” hot chocolate, Naughty Wine and wonderful winter countryside views in addition to special themed gourmet breakfasts that all spell ROMANCE on any stay in February. Valentine’s weekend is also the weekend for the Romancing the Reisling wine tasting on Old Mission.
Wine Dinners and Classes – January 21 Basic Cooking Techniques, after which the Grey Hare will share their own style and offer kitchen tours for guests during breakfast preparation. January 28 features Handmade Pasta. On Feb. 4th or 11th add in a class on chocolate making at Chateau Chantal winery for $95, with Artisanne supplies provided. Or on Feb. 18th Chantal’s Wine Dinner for $125. On Feb 25th the class features French Cuisine with participating guests asked to share their culinary efforts with the other guests at the Grey hare Inn and special hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Super Getaway – February first weekend guests can choose between a package that will include dinner at a local sports bar to watch the Super Bowl or a women’s pamper package in conjunction with attendance at the Women’s Winter Tour including a massage and nightly turndown chocolates. We’ll do a halftime snow Frisbee and bonfire, but other options that can be incorporated into a custom package for this weekend are the Met Opera presentation at the State Theater, a wine dinner at the Boathouse on Friday and/or a cooking class at Chantal on Saturday. Stay the third night of Sunday at 50% of the regular rate.
February 26th – Traverse Symphony Orchestra – Shubert in the Round 3pm tickets included with your stay at the Grey Hare Inn with advance reservations.
March & April: Wine and the Arts appreciation months
A sage once said “ Without the arts we don’t evolve, without food we don’t survive, and without wine we don’t enjoy”. Several events are scheduled, and more will be added, during these two months to encourage fully experiencing these three elements of the Northern Michigan lifestyle. Elements of a variety of art forms will be combined with those of wine and food to celebrate the passing of Michigan Wine Appreciation Month from April to its new May start this year. Several other May promotional events are also being held at nearby wineries, so for more information please visit www.michiganwines.org
Food and Wine classes: March 4 Authentic Mexican with NMC Chef Geoff Jones , then it’s on to the Mediterranean March 11 and Italy March 18. Just in time for Mardi Gras the class features Creole and Cajun April 1 (NO FOOLING!) for which the inn will prepare a special breakfast Etouffee for guests, and with the hopeful arrival of Spring April 8 starts up with Good Grilling and mushroom hunting for guests. All classes are at Chateau Chantal from 12:30- 4:30p $95.
Old Town Playhouse production of Mousetrap, the world’s longest running play and a great boarding house murder mystery. Grey Hare Inn is one of the sponsors of this production and is offering murder mystery dinner packages during the month of March for trapped guests. March 10,11.13,14, 19-21, 26-28. Murder Mystery Dinner $175 p/p includes ticket to the play, $425 p/p with room based on two night minimum.
March 25 WINE BOOT CAMP with Chantal’s Mark Johnson 3pm through dinner. By attending one of Mark Johnson’s wine seminars, you will get extensive experience pairing wine and food. You will also learn about wine, wine making, grape growing, and the art of wine tasting. Mark is a great storyteller, a non-intimidating wine instructor, and is adept at getting everyone involved. Sometimes his stories are even true!
Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s Rach 2 + Bruckner 6 – March 19 -Complimentary tickets for TSO concert included in your package for this weekend’s Sunday concert.
April Masters Saturday/Sunday April 8 and 9. Celebrate the art of the club at the annual Mini-Masters Golf Outing. Guests at the inn can join owners Magnolia and Beauregaard Ruzak and their friends on the ever-reinvented midsized course set up on the Grey Hare Inn’s 27 acres. A past champions tournament is sometimes held in late May or early June as well. Now that the Comedy Festival has moved to this weekend this could really enhance the humor of this Grey Hare tradition.
April 23 Traverse Symphony Orchestra with NMC Chorale present Beethoven 9th – don’t want to miss this one so make your reservations early.
Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival – Usually the second or third weekend in February(2016 it’s now April 8,9 and not yet scheduled for 2017 so call first),this package includes two tickets to one showing at the festival plus a complimentary video rental of a classic comedy film. In combination with WOWFEST in 2016 for more winter activities such as the frozen bed race.
April anytime Spring foraging in the forest – hunt for morels, ramps and other flora and fauna on a guided tour through the inn’s property. Offered to groups of a minimum of 10 people at $20 p/p or included in guests accommodations’ price.
May – New Michigan Wine Appreciation Month
May 6 Mother’s Day Wine Dinner 6pm Chateau Chantal $69 Special package rate for rooms at the Grey Hare Inn this weekend with 50% off third night as a gift to your mom.
May 6-21 ‘Calendar Girls’ Theater Package includes 2 tickets to the Old Town Playhouse presentation
Celebrate agriculture amid the natural beauty of Old Mission Peninsula during the blossoming of the cherry trees. For $20 you’ll receive a special glass to be used as your ticket for the barrel tastings at each of the OMP wineries. The Grey Hare Inn will offer juice tasting during vineyard tours. Guests at the inn will also enjoy the inaugural “Picnic in Provence” lunch in the vineyard.
[May through October “Picnics in Provence” guests can enjoy a typical southern France lunch dining outside among the vineyards for $45 per person. Advance reservations are required for limited spaces, which are subject to availability, and minimum participation levels.
July 31, 2016 Film Festival Stomp A Walk in the Clouds In conjunction with the Traverse City Film Festival the Grey Hare Inn is offering a “Walk in the Clouds” Harvest Stomp. After experiencing old world hand harvesting and stomping of grapes in a vat with your feet, enjoy a taste of the wine made from the inn’s grapes at Peninsula Cellars , hors d’oeuvres and a showing of the film “A Walk in the Clouds” on the patio wall at the inn at dusk. Advance reservations required, cost $150 p/p
Stomp and Sail – Guests enjoy an Old World Grape Harvest Stomp at the Grey Hare Inn followed by a 2 hour sail aboard the Tall Ship Manitou $100 per person or aboard the owners sailboat Balia for $150. Other group sailing options are available aboard Maritime Heritage Alliance’s Champion.
August-October Grape Harvests
Experience grape harvest in an Old World way by hand picking grapes, stomping them with your feet in a vat, touring our boutique vineyard, then tasting the wine made from the inn’s grapes at nearby Peninsula Cellars. Two September “harvest days” are chosen by the end of August for the inn’s annual communal harvest party. Call ahead for reservations and date specifics, but private groups of 10 – 50 people can be scheduled anytime between August and October at a cost of $35 per person. The owners can provide some of the items home winemakers may need to further process their grapes at a reasonable cost, and can provide instruction or a connection with other processors to refine the grape juice into wine.
Saturdays in September Dining in the Vines Cost $170 p/p – For a total literal vineyard immersion expand upon the Grey Hare Inn’s “Picnic in Provence” by adding a dinner featuring the Boathouse’s Chef Eric Nittollo and Bowers Harbor Vineyards Spencer Stegenga ($125 for dinner only). Advanced reservations required and are very limited
October – Grey Hare Inn Annual Harvest Stomp Party, call for dates Experience Old World Grape Harvest by hand picking and de-stemming grapes and then stomping them into juice with your feet. Tasting of the wine made from the inn’s grapes at Peninsula Cellars and local produce hors d’oeuvres sampling are included in the $50 per person charge. Advance Reservations required and private events of 10 persons or more can be arranged for different times and dates.
September, Schooner Festival 2016 – Maritime Heritage Alliance, Traverse City Michigan presents a Traverse City Schooner Festival as part of the Michigan Maritime History Celebration the weeks before and after. Owners will take guests sailing to see the festival aboard their 42ft sailboat $150 p/p providing a unique perspective of the event.
December – New Years’s at the Grey Hare Inn Cross country ski through the vineyards, and depending on the season’s grape development possibly an ice wine harvest, but definitely a bonfire to heat up the New Year. Guests will enjoy expanding hors d’oeuvres and late night dessert treats plus a bottle of complimentary wine.