Northern Michigan winery invites you to Sip, Soup, Ski this winter

SUTTONS BAY, MI – If you love wine-tasting but also want to turn it into a winter adventure, a Northern Michigan winery is inviting people to come Sip, Soup, and Ski with them in January and February. Shady Lane Cellars in Suttons Bay is expanding its popular winter soup and wine pairings by working with a local adventure outfitter that will rent out cross-country skis and bring them to the tasting room door.

Once at Shady Lane, guests can ski – or snowshoe or just wear their winter boots – around the snow-covered vineyard’s three miles of trails. Or they can lengthen their adventure by using the winery’s connecting path to reach the Leelanau Trail, a 17-mile paved corridor that runs through farmlands and woods between Traverse City and Suttons Bay.

At the tasting room, people can order a soup and wine pairing for $16 and relax inside or around the outdoor bonfire.

Skis can be rented in advance through Suttons Bay Bikes. You’ll find more details here.

Shady Lane’s tasting room has cozy winter hours. Photo provided by Beryl Striewski and Shady Lane Cellars.

What to Know Before You Go

Where: Shady Lane is located at 9580 E. Shady Lane in Suttons Bay, just north of Traverse City. Check its website for hours and its Facebook page for winery updates. Its trails are free and open to the public. Choose from four different groomed vineyard loops.

When: Sip, Soup and Ski will be offered in January and February, weather-permitting. The first booking date is Jan 2 for ski rental.


  • Soup is $8.
  • A soup and curated wine pairing is $16.
  • Ski rental is $30 per person. Check the Suttons Bay Bikes rental page here to reserve your spot in advance and arrange for your ski drop-off.
  • Additional food and wine will be available for purchase.

Timing: Those renting cross country skis must be on site at 1 pm the day they plan to visit, to participate in a fitting. If you’d rather ski in the morning, you can pick up your skis at the rental shop nearby.

Shady Lane Cellars

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