Big Jim’s House

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Doni after her faceplant. Notice the grass shreds in her hair and on her clothes. Also, she ripped a hole in her shirt.

I’m pretty sure this happened in Doni’s neighborhood multiple times (allegedly).

A city in Portugal has plenty to whine about (see what I did there?) — and plenty of red wine — after a distillery’s tanks burst and sent 600,000 gallons of red wine pouring through the town.

The tanks were owned by Levira Distillery, which has apologized to the community and offered to cover all costs related to clean-up and repairs. No injuries were reported, though the wine did flood into one resident’s cellar.  Quickly after the spill started, firefighters redirected the river of wine away from the town’s reservoir and toward an open field.

A video showing the red wine rushing down a hill in the town of São Lorenco de Bairro, about 140 miles north of Lisbon, went viral online. Officials say that prior to this spill, there was a wine surplus at the distillery due to rising inflation and food costs since 2020.

Now if you’re looking for some wine closer to home (and not running down your street) – there are TWO Michigan spots among America’s best “wine country” hotels.

California dominates the list, but Michigan secures two spots.

California undoubtedly dominated the list with an impressive count of 7 top-rated places. However, the list is not exclusive to California spots alone. One outstanding lodge in Washington also earned recognition as one of the best.

In Michigan, not just one, but two places were awarded the title of the best destinations to indulge in wine country hospitality. Securing the second spot is Chateau Chantal, which is conveniently situated just north of Traverse City. This combines a vineyard with B&B lodging. The website praised the suites and rooms for their views of vineyards or Grand Traverse Bay, with many offering private patios or balconies, and several featuring wet bars and whirlpool tubs.

Following closely at number 4 is Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. It was commended for its convenient access to wineries and tasting rooms on the Old Mission and Leelanau wine trails. Additionally, the inn’s daily breakfast and nightly hospitality hour with wine and bites received special mention.

See more of the best wine country hotels here.

2 Michigan Spots Named Among Best ‘Wine Country’ Hotels

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