When I was doing research for my #MittenTrip to Petoskey and Harbor Springs, the suggestions for the Tunnel of Trees on M-119 was the resounding winner. I immediately started looking at all of the photos and reading several articles, including one posted by our writer Shalee Blackmer on Awesome Mitten not that long ago!
To be honest, the best part about our little drive along M-119 didn’t turn out to be the fall colors. Instead, it was the little farm we stopped at along the way. Pond Hill Farm is an adorable spot to spend an afternoon in autumn, but also any day of the year. I would love to visit closer to the holiday season and see what they have in store!
Of course, there are all of the fall farm staples to enjoy. For instance, there are hayrides and a galore of pumpkins to pick! If you are feeling hungry, there are donuts and apple cider to enjoy. Many families were at the farm enjoying a day out and playing games as the snow melted away in the fall sunshine. I know, in Michigan, we hear it again and again this time of year, but the colors were quite spectacular sitting on the hilltop above the barn as well.
If you are really in need of a “cute-fix,” head into the barn to see the animals. My boyfriend and I stopped in and were instantly smitten with the baby goats. There were adorable and friendly, and we loved petting them!
The highlight of our trip to Pond Hill was the cafe and tasting room. Sadly, we didn’t have time to stop for food, but after looking at the menu I could tell it would be a delicious experience. They are creating a very cool farm-to-table experience for visitors with homegrown ingredients, and they even have 5-course farm-to-table dinners scheduled throughout the year that you can attend! The next time we visit this is at the top of our list.
The wine tasting room is also home to the Tunnel Vision Brewery. My boyfriend sampled each of the beers, and I tried 6 of the wines – it was hard to choose from the large selection there at the farm! They also have a wine club program where you can have Harbor Springs Vineyard and Winery wines sent to you twice throughout the year. You can choose either a sweet or dry selection and shipping is included! I am feeling pretty tempted.
This was the perfect way to round out our trip up north, and I am so glad that we got the suggestion from both my doctor in Petoskey and from Ayyo Weekends! The doctor I saw was actually good friends with some of the chefs at the farm, and he said we would be sad to miss it. He was right!
If you don’t get a chance to visit this season, don’t worry, they are open year-round and I can’t wait to go back! Hope to see you all there sometime in the future!