Ring in the New Year in Traverse City

New Years Eve Traverse City photo

What will you do on New Year’s Eve?

If you’re like me New Year’s Eve sneaks up on you after a long holiday of feasts, friends and family. Sometimes we have a plan, and sometimes we’re making it up as we go along. So for all you last minute planners out there here are a few ways to enjoy New Year’s Eve up north.

The CherryT Ball Drop

If you’ve ever dreamed of making it to Times Square on New Year’s Eve to be a part of huge crowds chanting a countdown to ring in the new year, then this option is for you (in a much smaller scale of course). Downtown Traverse City is bustling on New Year’s Eve during the CherryT Ball Drop. No that’s not a spelling error. The CherryT stands for Chartity ball, as the event is a fundraiser by design. The entrance fee is a $3 cash donation or 3 canned goods, with proceeds benefiting the Goodwill Food Pantry.

For all the details about this year’s CherryT Ball Drop visit their website.

Family Fun

Looking for a family-friendly way to count down to 2014? How about glow bowling, music, pizza and enough arcade games to keep the kids busy for hours. You’ll find it all at Lucky Jacks from 5:30pm – 8:30pm on New Year’s Eve. If whipping your friends at laser tag or on the pool table sounds better than freezing outside, why let the kids have all the fun? Show up later for the adult party. It lasts from 9pm – 1am.

Hoping to celebrate outdoors, but not interested in the big ball drop crowds? How about donning your skis for a torchlit parade followed by fireworks? That’s what’s in store at Crystal Mountain Resort this year. There’s an ultimate family pirate party the kids will enjoy, or join the Slopeside party for dinner and dancing along with a champagne toast. Party cover varies. Lift ticket or season pass required to participate in the torchlit parade.

Nightclubs

Shimmers on the Bay inside the West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort has two times the fun this year. They’ve got two bands: Soul Celebration & Twice Shy, along with DJ Shawny D as the host. Rock in the New Year with party favors, an old-fashioned balloon drop, champagne toast and lots of dancing fun. $15 cover

If you’re a fan of Billy Strings & Don Julin you’ll want to be at InsideOut Gallery for the Swingin’ Stringin’ New Year’s Eve. For a $10 admission you can enjoy the sounds of the True Falsettos and legendary aforementioned duo who will take you clappin’ and toe tappin’ into 2014. There’s a full bar available at the Outre Lounge, or step out for a craft beer and a bite next door at the Workshop Brewing Company.

Michigan Sparking Wine photo

Have a bubbly New Year!

Bring on the Bubbly

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve if there weren’t some corks a poppin’. As always our glasses will be be full of Michigan selections. So we thought we’d share a few local recommendations.

You can’t go wrong with L. Mawby this time of year. They specialize in sparkling wines from dry to sweet. My picks shy away from brut, which is why I opt for Detroit or Wet.

One of my personal favorites is only available seasonally from Black Star Farms. The Bubbly Nouveau tends toward the sweet and pink, which makes it a great choice when going to a party. If you’re lucky to find any left on the shelves by New Year’s Eve pick up a bottle or two. Otherwise log that idea away for next year.

Left Foot Charley is bringing out something special for the holiday. Stop by on New Year’s Eve for a glass of their 2010 Gitali, a brut bubbly. Available by the glass (for a limited time) or by the bottle.

Celebrate by Chateau Chantal is another great sparkling wine option from the Old Mission peninsula. It also makes a nice hostess gift if you’re attending a New Year’s party with friends.

 

New Years appetizer photoTasty Treats

My favorite way to spend New Year’s Eve is at a house party with friends. But you can’t show up empty handed. So I’m going to share a handy holiday recipe that’s sure to please.

Cranberry Brie Bites

You’ll need:

Washed whole fresh cranberries
maple syrup
granulated sugar
cherry preserves (I like Old Mission Traders or Benjamin Twiggs)
brie, rind removed and sliced in 1/4″ thick slices
water table crackers
fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions: Soak the cranberries in maple syrup overnight. Drain and roll cranberries in granulated sugar. Assemble the crackers with a slice of brie, top with small amount of cherry preserves and 2 or 3 sugared cranberries. Add a mint leaf as an edible garnish.

They’re beautiful, and they taste great!

You’ve got your bubbly, a great appetizer, and lots of options for how to spend your New Year’s Eve. So get out there and party like it’s 1999. It may not the be the turn of the century, but I’m looking forward to the turn of the calendar page just the same.

Happy New Year everyone!

By |2018-09-12T13:20:14+00:00December 31st, 2013|Events, Family Fun|0 Comments

Uncorked at The Cherry Stop

Uncorked Wine Bar at The Cherry StopCherry Stop Unveils Wine Bar Identity

 

Uncorked – A Northern Michigan Wine Bar has been redefined by Nick & Jamie Roster, owners of the Cherry Stop. The wine bar, launched last summer, is Traverse City’s first, and exclusively features only Northern Michigan wines as well as Michigan beers and spirits. Check out their Cherritini made with Grand Traverse Distillery’s Cherry Vodka!

 

Looking for entertainment? Uncorked Wine Bar will feature live entertainment every Friday evening from 5-7 PM, beginning Friday, July 3.  Entertainment is courtesy of The Music Factory of Traverse City, featuring Charlie Tomlin, Matt Hathaway, and Ben Richey, as well as many of their talented students. The live music series is intended to provide students an opportunity for performance experience. The Music Factory also hopes to raise awareness of a new scholarship fund available to students who, without help, would not have access to study.

Uncorked is the Northern Michigan Wine Bar located inside The Cherry Stop at 211 East Front Street in downtown Traverse City.  Uncorked features products from 27 local wineries, five Michigan breweries and two Michigan distilleries. For a more information on The Cherry Stop including a map to their location, visit our Attractions page.

Peninsula Cellars Riesling Stands up for Michigan

Peninsula Cellars 2007 Select RieslingIn an article for TIME magazine entitled, "Fifty States of Wine" author Joel Stein took on the challenge of tasting a wine from every state. Only twelve wines received a rating of Excellent including the 2006 Select Reisling from Peninsula Cellars. "Michigan’s riesling was one of my favorites," said Stein.

There is much discussion over what makes a good wine. Is it the terrior, a french term for the region in which it’s grown? Is it the craftsmanship of the winemaker? Or is it all a matter of opinion? I think there’s no one answer to the question. So rather than take someone else’s word for it, why not judge for yourself. Pick up a few bottles of Michigan wine and hold your own blind tasting. 

Conduct your own experiment and hold a horizontal tasting party. Pick up 5-6 different bottles of Riesling, you can choose wine from one winery or several, and compare them side by side. With this type of tasting you can pick-up on the variety of wines that can be produced from one type of grape. Riesling can be sweet or dry, you may taste fruits or minerals, it could be acidic or smooth. This type of tasting will not only bring out the characteristics of each wine, it will give you some insight into the winemaker’s preferences too.

 

For information on Peninsula Cellars check out their website. To read the full article, "Fifty States of Wine" by Joel Stein click here.

 

By |2008-09-04T13:24:24+00:00September 4th, 2008|Check This Out, Traverse City, Wineries|0 Comments