5 Wine Tastings, Classes to Check Out in Genesee County

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Did you know that April is Wine Month in Michigan? Good thing there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate (in moderation) in Flint and Genesee!

In addition to being home to vintners including the Fenton Winery & Brewery and Spicers Orchards & Winery, the region also lays claim to several vino-loving restaurants and establishments. Take, for instance, the following locations that offer wine tastings and classes throughout the year:

  • Cork on Saginaw in Flint regularly hosts wine tastings on and off premises. On April 19, the eatery will offer a class exploring wine’s “quality/price ratio.” Admission is $25 per person by reservation. For more information, call (810) 422-9625 or click here.
  • Special to this month, the Flint Institute of Arts will hosts its 17th Annual From Vine to Wine tasting event on April 16. The event will feature a wide selection of wines, food provided by local restaurants and live entertainment from the Mott Community College Jazz Combo. Tickets start at $100 per person. For details, click here.
  • In addition to the beer and wine tastings held each Saturday, Oliver T’s in Grand Blanc also offers monthly wine classes, priced at $25 per person. Upcoming themes include Modern Portugal (April 21) and Main Street vs. Wall Street (May 19), a blind tasting where you’re the judge. To learn more, call 810-695-6550 or click here.
  • Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery in Flint Township hosts wine tastings the fourth Monday of each Monday. Admission is $25 per person and includes four wines paired with food courses. The April tasting will meet early this month (April 18) and will features pairings such as Mahi Mahi with shrimp and vanilla sauce with Murrieta’s Well The Whip. For more info, call 810-233-8000 or click here.
  • Signature Chop House in Flushing offers wine tastings on the last Thursday of each month. Tickets are $50 per person and include five wines paired with five courses. To learn more, call 810-867-4319 or click here.

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3 Bookstores to Visit in Genesee County

book-1149031_1920There’s still one week left of National Reading Month. Why not make the most of it with a trip to one of these independently owned bookstores?

Fenton’s Open Book, 105 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton 

This bookstore carries the work of several local authors (i.e., Gabrielle Ford, W.C. Hoffman) and hosts book signings with many of them throughout the year. The public is also welcome to take part in the Southern Lakes Bookclub, which meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will highlight “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini.

R&B Used Books, 12830 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc 

Established over a decade ago, this family-owned, used bookstore sells everything from general fiction and mystery to self-help, business, history, romance and more. Customers who participate in the store’s trade program receive store credit for each paperback and hardcover they trade in. For details, click here

Totem Books, 620 W. Court St., Flint   

One of Flint’s newest additions, this shop carries a wide variety of used books, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and ephemera. Visitors can also grab coffee, breakfast, lunch and/or snacks at the on-site cafe. Check out the menu here. 

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4 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

clover-883210_1280As the saying goes, “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.” Here are a few ways to celebrate in Genesee County! (All events will take place March 17 unless otherwise noted.)

    • Following a 1/2K run/walk thorugh Flint, sample beer and Irish-themed food at the St. Paddy’s Beer Fest on March 12. Tickets for the Flint Farmers’ Market event include a commemorative pint glass and 10, 2-ounce sample tickets.
    • Complete the Pot O’Gold 4 Mile Run & Walk in downtown Flint. (The first 500 people to register will snag a free leprechaun hat!)
    • Take part in a Flint tradition and enjoy a Reuben sandwich from Catholic Charities’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunch Sale fundraiser.
    • Listen to Irish-themed music and folks songs performed by The Dibbleville Dolls & Bobby Standal at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille. 

Where will you be on St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

6 Genesee County Restaurants Serving Up Live Music

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Looking for a restaurant that has live music on the menu? Check out these Genesee County gems, which regularly host different musicians throughout the week.

Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ (2461 North Road, Fenton)
Listen to live blues music from 7-10 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. 810-750-0507

Brickstreet of Grand Blanc (1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc)
Relax with Russell Wayne’s live lounge entertainment every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Bob Adado takes the mic at 7 p.m. on Saturday. 810-603-2114

Cranberries Café (10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich)
Check out Live Music Thursdays, which run from 7-10 p.m. in this circa 1917 building. 810-636-3409

The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille (302 N. Leroy Street, Fenton)
Live piano bar entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 810-750-9463

The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom (134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton)
Local artists play acoustic tunes every Saturday. 810-714-3005

Sherman’s Lounge (4211 Fenton Road, Flint)
Enjoy live, local bands on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. 810-233-7057

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3 Offbeat Breakfast Dishes in Flint & Genesee

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What better way to kick off a lazy Sunday morning than with a delicious, warm breakfast that causes passersby to stop and say, “Ohhh, what’s that?” For those of you looking for something that goes beyond your standard scrambled eggs and toast, here are a few of Genesee County’s less traditional options.

If you normally get a breakfast sandwich, try the…

If you love steak and eggs, ask for the…

  • Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict at Capitol Coney (4021 Van Slyke Road, Flint). It’s exactly what it sounds like: homemade biscuits topped with pulled pork and a poached egg, topped with homemade hollandaise sauce. Served with your choice of potato. Breakfast available 24 hours, seven days a week. 

If you always order the veggie omelette, you’ll love the…

  • Hungry Hippie at The Laundry (125 W. Shiawassee, Fenton). A cast iron skillet is loaded with polenta, roasted zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, bell peppers, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. Oven-baked and topped with two over-easy eggs and Spanish romesco sauce. Breakfast served until noon. 

What are your favorite breakfast joints in Flint and Genesee, and what do you order while you’re there?

4 Cool Ways to Break a Sweat in Flint & Genesee

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Considering that health and wellness are ever-popular New Year’s resolution themes, here are a few ideas for staying fit in Flint & Genesee this winter.

  1. Check out a pair of snowshoes at For-Mar Nature Preserve. On the off-chance the snow doesn’t stick this winter, the Burton-based nature preserve also offers walking sticks for visitors looking to stroll the property’s seven miles of hiking trails.
  2. Scale a wall of ice at Peabody Ice Climbing. The Fenton-based venue provides both a great place for experienced climbers to train as well as a controlled environment where newbies can learn the ropes from a certified guide.
  3. Skate around the University Pavilion Ice Rink. Starting Jan. 2, the outdoor rink will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Local indoor options include Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena in Burton on Flint Iceland Arena, both of which offer public skating sessions and gear rentals.
  4. Take a winter run. The Ididarun 8 Mile Challenge will take runners along snow-covered roads at trails in Linden on Jan. 9. Afterward, they can warm up with hot, homemade soups and breads provided by the high school’s cross country team. Then, on Feb. 6, participants will carry logs and climb over cars during the Frozen Fun Run in Davison.

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3 Holiday Festivals Happening in Flint & Genesee

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Believe it or not, December is here! And from roasted chestnuts to an elf parade, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in Flint and Genesee — regardless of whether or not there’s snow on the ground. In fact, there are at least three family friendly festivals scheduled this week:

Flushing’s Candlewalk Holiday Celebration, Dec. 3-4

Thousands of softly glowing candles will light up the streets in downtown Flushing during this event, which runs from 6-10 p.m. Visitors will enjoy holiday music, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, a train display, refreshments, horse drawn rides and more. There will also be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, warming stations and Santa arriving in the grand parade, on Thursday night, to light the ceremonial tree.

Fenton’s Jingle Fest, Dec. 5

Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can head to downtown Fenton for holiday shopping, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, a live Nativity, children’s games, Christmas tree decorating and Jingle Jog (3 p.m.), food vendors, a bake sale and a holiday lighted parade (6 p.m.) followed by an annual Christmas tree lighting and fireworks.

Davison’s Christmas on Main Street, Dec. 5

Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Davison with an elf parade, hay rides, reindeer games, refreshments, craft tables, live music, strolling carolers and more. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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