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Fall Flavors Al Fresco Style

 


 

As summer falls into autumn and the nights get a little longer and cooler, you can still enjoy incredible dining and sipping experiences outdoors. Here are all the area restaurants, breweries, and wineries that are extending the alfresco experience with outdoor spaces that will keep you warm and comfortable.

 

Saugatuck

Pennyroyal Café & Provisions is taking advantage of the last of the summer harvest and ushering in the first of fall’s bounty with their incredibly flavorful farm-to-table cuisine. Enjoy the ultimate in fresh fare out on their tented patio equipped with heaters.

 

For a casual, relaxed vibe that will remind you of the Florida Keys, head over to Lucy's Sauggy Dollar Bar and chill out on their patio, which features outdoor heaters and a wood-burning fire pit. With the largest selection of rums and tequilas around, you won’t want to miss out on one of their Tiki drinks as you savor some fresh seafood.

 

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and craft cocktails, Pumpernickels offers outdoor seating with heaters on their covered porch. Menu items are quite diverse, offering something delicious for every kind of palate.

 

Known for both great beer and good eats, the Guardian Brewing Company has a covered patio with a gas fire pit and heaters to keep you cozy. Enjoy 10 year-round taps and 12 seasonal and barreled-aged taps along with seasonally-inspired menu items that focus on fresh locally sourced ingredients.

Douglas

Everyday People Café offers a charming back patio with a welcoming fireplace and heaters, as well as two street-side patios equipped with heaters. Here, you can dine on inventive New American fare, emphasizing locally sourced fresh ingredients, all served in a casual, upbeat atmosphere.

 

Relax out on the covered porch or on the lawn of Borrowed Time while cozying up to heaters and fire pits. Visitors can expect to savor fine wines from around the world, Michigan craft beers, and unique small-batch liquors along with seasonal small plates and homemade desserts that are artfully prepared.

Fennville

Salt of the Earth is a rustic American Eatery located in historic downtown Fennville. Outdoor seating equipped with patio heaters is situated in front of the building. Fully leveraging their prime location within southwest Michigan’s farm and orchard country, their kitchen creates sumptuous entrees, wood oven-fired pizzas, legendary artisan bread, and more that highlight the bounty of local farms.

 

Enjoy an eclectic menu featuring a fusion of flavors at Root Café. Two gas firepits will keep diners toasty outdoors while digging into scratch-made sandwiches, samosas, bibimbap, salads, soups,  and flatbread pizzas crafted with farm-fresh ingredients and locally sourced meats.

 

For the ultimate in wine tasting, visit Modales Wines, which offers small-batch, handcrafted, estate-grown red, white, and sparkling wines. Their large outdoor patio overlooks their picturesque 76-acre farm and is equipped with patio heaters to keep off the chill.

 

Craft beer lovers will enjoy sipping craft brews in the outdoor campfire area at Waypost Brewing Co. The farmhouse brewery brews traditional and hybrid craft beer styles with high-quality farm-grown and local ingredients that highlight each season's best.

 

Find another reason to fall in love with Michigan wines thanks to Michigan Wine Co., our newest local winery creating small-batch wines from estate-grown grapes. Enjoy a glass of Riesling or Rosé outdoors alongside their fire pit or patio heaters.

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