Experience an Exciting Culinary Kayak Tour in Benzie County

Savor and see the treasures of the alluring Benzie County area during a three-hour culinary kayak tour. See sandhill crane, loons, duck, deer, and blackbirds against breathtaking scenery. Enjoy wine tasting and a tasty lunch prepared by the tour guide, who uses fresh, locally-grown ingredients and locally-produced Michigan spirits. On the “Taste of the Betsie tour, kayakers will spend time on the swift clear waters of the Betsie River close to popular Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.
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Michael Gray, from Uncommon Adventures, travels the world guiding people on adventure travel experiences.  A master at his craft –he’s known for teaching and leading kayak tours, making great outdoor meals and entertaining in the wild.  In the summer, Gray offers a half-day kayak tour called “Taste of the Betsie” near his Michigan home base. On the tour, kayakers will spend time on the beautiful, swift clear waters of the Betsie River close to popular Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. 

For the tasting part of the experience, the tour will include wine, mead and craft beer tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah with lunch created by Michael Gray from his popular cookbook entitled, Hey, I’d eat this at Home. Following lunch, travelers will head to the Betsie River for a 3-hour kayak tour. After kayaking, those on the tour will be transported to the area’s new state-of-the-art distillery, Iron Fish, which opened in Thompsonville in fall 2016. At Iron Fish, kayakers will conclude their tour with tastings of locally produced Michigan gin, wheat white whiskey, white rum, winter wheat vodka, and bourbon finished in Caribbean rum casks along with an appetizer made by the purveyors. Creative cocktails are also available featuring Iron Fish's creative spirits. Gary recommends that you visit “Taste of the Betsie to book a reservation today. You are encouraged to also phone for availability as group sizes are kept very small and personal, and therefore, space is limited.  
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The tour takes place most Thursday afternoons throughout the summer from June through the first two weeks of September. “Taste of the Betsie” is $150 per person and includes a professional guide/instructor, kayak equipment, lunch created by Gray, beverage tasting fees and appetizer at happy hour at Iron Fish distillery. Participants with special diet requirements are welcome with 48-hour notification.