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Blackstar Farms knows a thing or two about experiences. Starting as a simple vineyard, they have grown into a world-class experience that includes a plush hotel, beautiful horses, hiking and all kinds of activities. Sherri Fenton, General Manager shares with us the history of Blackstar Farms, what you can expect when you go, and how they made it to 25 years in this very competitive business!
Black Star Farms: A Michigan Jewel with a Rich Maritime Heritage
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Michigan, Black Star Farms stands as a true maritime gem, boasting a storied history, numerous accolades, a renowned Inn, and the delectable Bistro Polaris. Since its inception, Black Star Farms has grown to become a prominent destination, celebrated for its fine wines, exquisite culinary experiences, and breathtaking views.
A Historical Journey
The origins of Black Star Farms can be traced back to the 19th century when Michigan’s fertile lands and maritime influences lured settlers seeking opportunity and prosperity. The journey of Black Star Farms begins with the hardworking hands and visionary minds of the Traverse City Horticultural Research Station, established in 1910. The station specialized in agriculture and horticulture research, with a strong focus on grape cultivation.
In the late 20th century, the vineyards at the research station gained recognition for producing exceptional grapes and wines. In 1998, the visionary couple Don Coe and Kerm Campbell purchased the estate, reimagining it as Black Star Farms and transforming it into a world-class winery and inn. Today, Black Star Farms stands tall as a testament to the harmonious blending of rich maritime heritage and winemaking excellence.
Awards and Accolades
Over the years, Black Star Farms has garnered numerous awards and accolades for its exceptional wines. The winery’s commitment to quality and sustainability has earned it recognition on both national and international stages. With a diverse range of wines, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the winery continues to impress connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts alike.
Their wines have consistently received high ratings and critical acclaim from esteemed publications and competitions, solidifying its reputation as one of Michigan’s finest wineries. The dedication to craft and respect for the maritime terroir truly shine through in each bottle.
The Charming Inn
The Black Star Farms Inn serves as a testament to the rich history of the estate. Housed within a beautifully restored 19th-century farmstead, the Inn offers guests a glimpse into Michigan’s agricultural heritage while providing luxurious accommodations and top-notch hospitality.
The Inn boasts elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each designed to provide a cozy and relaxing retreat for guests. Overlooking lush vineyards and rolling hills, the Inn’s scenic views create an idyllic atmosphere that encourages visitors to unwind and immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Bistro Polaris: A Culinary Voyage
Bistro Polaris, the culinary gem of Black Star Farms, takes guests on an unforgettable gastronomic journey. The bistro’s name, derived from the North Star, perfectly embodies its commitment to guiding visitors through an extraordinary culinary experience.
Under the guidance of talented chefs, Bistro Polaris showcases the region’s bountiful produce, incorporating fresh ingredients from local farmers and the estate’s own gardens. The menu is carefully curated to complement Black Star Farms’ wines, creating harmonious pairings that elevate the dining experience to new heights.
The bistro’s ambiance exudes warmth and sophistication, with elegant decor that pays homage to the estate’s maritime heritage. Diners are treated to a feast for the senses, as they savor exquisite dishes while enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside.
Black Star Farms, deeply rooted in Michigan’s maritime heritage, has blossomed into a prominent winery and inn that enchants visitors with its rich history, award-winning wines, charming accommodations, and culinary delights at Bistro Polaris. As travelers seek respite in its peaceful surroundings, this winery continues to stand as a beacon, guiding them to experience the very best of Michigan’s wine country. Whether it’s a sip of their finest wines, a stay at their inviting Inn, or a delectable meal at Bistro Polaris, this winery offers an extraordinary and sea-friendly escape for all who seek it.