Interiors of Traverse City

Interiors of Traverse City

Last weekend we toured some wineries in Traverse City Mi.  I pretty much know what kind of wine I like, so while I do enjoy the tasting rooms I am more fascinated with the interiors.  Commercial design is my passion, so any time we go anywhere-dinner, a hotel, wineries, etc. I spend more time looking around then anything else!


We started out at Grand Traverse Distillery. Ok ok it’s not a winery.  Last year we had taken the tour of the main and learned about the process of making vodka and rum.  Now they have tasting room downtown, so we wanted to check it out.

Grand Traverse Distillery

The hardwood floors keep the historic building feel, but the use of black furniture and ceiling put a modern twist in the space.  The red walls create drama and leather chairs give it a sense of sophistication.  They broke up the black with natural elements such as the wooden crates, and also by using chrome tables.

Next we took a tour of the Traverse City State Hospital.  I’ll write more about that in another post.  But the tour ended in the Mercato, which is full of cool shops and a tasting room for Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms

As you will see in my post about the State Hospital, most of the interiors have this beautiful exposed brick.  These walls were once covered in plaster.  Hiding the details, such as the arches over the doorways and windows.

Black Star Farms Table

They used wine barrels to create tables.  And the lines of the stools mirror the shape of the tables. The use of lighting brightened up the rooms, which had almost no natural light.  It is on the garden level, so at one time it would have been a dark and dreary space.

Our next stop was a little exciting to us.  It is owned by Madonna’s family.  Its named Ciccone Vineyards.


This winery had more of an Italian feel, and was built from a turn of the century barn.  I love the wood beams. Lots of natural textures and warm tones were used throughout.

Ciccone Interior

The State Hospital tour was about 2 1/2 hours, so between that and three tasting rooms, we had had enough for one day.  The next day was my favorite! I had been looking forward to going to the next winery since I had first heard it was being built.  Bonobo Winery is owned by Carter Oosterhouse and his brother Todd!!!!!!!  Because of everything I know about Carter, I just knew it would be beautiful before we even arrived.  Check back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about it!!

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