Purdue Wine & Cheese Tour

Hello Purdue Alums!

Grab your calendars and look ahead to May 18-20, and mark down the Purdue Wine & Cheese Tour. This great new event includes a casual weekend of bicycle riding around Grand Traverse Bay and Traverse City, Michigan. Bike Tour Vacations has provided touring here since 2011, and our routes allow you to get to know this beautiful area better. We’ve teamed up with the Purdue Alumni Association to offer this Wine & Cheese Tour for you.

Three Days of Fun

Friday you can join our 1 p.m. ride for a spin around Traverse City. Located on Grand Traverse Bay, this town has a famous waterfront and lighthouse. It’s the Cherry Capital of Michigan, and the surrounding area is full of orchards and vineyards. Special for Purdue Alums, we cap our afternoon ride with a wine tasting and reception.

Saturday come prepared for up to 40 miles of fun on the traffic-free TART Trail to Sutton’s Bay, 20 miles out. Stop for a sample at Leelanau Cheese, or maybe a wine tasting at L. Mawby Vineyards. If you’re in the mood for a longer day, head out to Northport, or maybe over the hill to Leland. There’s another bonus-the local bus service will haul you and your bike back into Traverse City if the day becomes too long. Cap this day with a special Purdue Alumni dinner.

Sunday we ride out on the east side of Old Mission Peninsula, and along the way you can stop at 2 Brothers Winery for an optional tasting. Lunch will be at the General Store, and our return can include a tour of Mission Point Lighthouse, and an optional stop at Pumpkinvine Brew Pub. Purdue Wine & Cheese Tour, with a Brewpub!

The tour ends on Sunday with return to Traverse City, and you may opt for an extra night at the hotel. We’ll send details out with your registration confirmation.

How to Register for the Purdue Alumni Wine & Cheese Tour

It’s easy to reserve your spot. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to the registration link. Tell us your name and email address, and we’ll send a PayPal invoice; you can pay by check or credit card.

What is included

Your paid registration gets you lodging at the Quality Inn on Friday and Saturday, May 18 & 19; our mapping service, a guide riding on the ground with the group, sag support including minor repairs, water, fruit & other snacks, a yoga session on Saturday afternoon, and more! Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, plus Saturday dinner with our group. It will be a ton of fun!

What to Pack

This should be an easy weekend away for you, and we’ll send a full packing list. Bring your bike and an outfit or two to ride in, and some casual clothes for dinner.

Need to Rent a Bike? If you’d like to rent a bike for the weekend, please let us know. There are several great bike rental places in Traverse City. We recommend you reserve your bike soon!

Purdue Alumni Wine & Cheese Tour

Purdue Alumni Wine & Cheese Tour Registration