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New Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

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New Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

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The Detroit News | New Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail Lures Visitors to Alpena Area | Sandra Silfven | June 19, 2008

What do wine grapes, fruit wines, craft brews, elk herds and golf have in common?

They’re all available, often with views of Lake Huron, along the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail.  “Sunrise Side” is the nickname for the northeast Michigan coast from Standish to Mackinaw City, and the Trail is an association of tourist-friendly businesses, including two wineries, a microbrewery and an elk preserve, that banded together to showcase the beauty and diversity of this neck of the Michigan woods.

It’s the brainstorm of Jack Matthias, owner of Thunder Bay Golf Club and Resort in Hillman, just west of Alpena, and could be the solution for Michiganians looking for gas-friendly destinations.  From Detroit, the region is about 200 miles away.

“I knew that wine touring seems to be one of the few areas of tourism in Michigan that is growing.” Matthias says.  “I knew we had a couple of wineries and a microbrewery, and a couple of wineries under development.”

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