4 Day Windjammer Wine Cruise

Explore the great wine regions of the world with sommelier Nate Redner.  Each evening aboard the Manitou we will discuss the wine making histories and taste the varietals of different countries.  Dinners will feature paired wines chosen by Nate as a perfect complement to our meals.

September 18* – 22, 2018
$789 per person
*Board between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on first day.
Prices based on double occupancy

To Make Windjammer Reservations Please Call 800-678-0383


MEET NATE (OUR SOMMELIER)

Nate was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, and spent summers on Lake Charlevoix while cooking at Monte Bianco and Bay Harbor Yacht Club, where he discovered his passion for wine. He went to school at Michigan State University and studied Hospitality Business. While in school Nate participated in Les Gourmets, a student run charity dinner and also founded a student group called Spartan Enology Society, which promoted education in the world of wine with the goal of students taking their Sommelier exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

After graduating MSU, Nate moved to Chicago to work with Lettuce Entertain You. He started at Shaw’s Crab House in River North then helped open Tokio Pub, Oyster Bah and Booth One, where he now works. His current role is the Beverage Director at Booth One, which is the former Pump Room. He has sat for his Sommelier Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Side note and kind of a fun fact; Nate holds the Guinness World Record for the “Worlds Longest Line of Tacos”.

THE SCHOONER

Manitou is one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes, constructed with modern materials, but similar in design to vessels that sailed one-hundred years ago. She was built specifically for passenger service, making her one of the most comfortable windjammers afloat.

 

Our licensed captain has many years of experience and together with the professional crew you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Manitou meets or exceeds all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment and electronics for vessels in passenger service. If the wind should fail, the sturdy diesel engine powers her swiftly to the next destination. Because of her size and design she ensures a comfortable relaxing sail for all.two-masted, gaff rigged, topsail schooner, she measures 114 feet in length with over 3,000 square feet of sail and displaces (weighs) over one hundred tons. Up to twenty-four passengers can enjoy the pleasure and thrill of sailing aboard Manitou.

ABOARD SHIP   

Life aboard the Manitou is fun and informal. The object here is to slow down and take things as they come. Discover the lost art of conversation with new found friends, read a good book, marvel at the breathtaking array of stars, get back in touch with yourself. Many folks have told us that this is the best stress reliever they have ever found. While underway, you are free to leave the sailing to our experienced crew or lend a hand and learn the arts of the sailor. After Manitou tucks into a snug anchorage for the evening, take out our sea kayaks or rowing dinghy for a little exploration. Beach combing is special fun for those who would like to further enjoy the beauty of many of our destinations.

You’ll love the food on Manitou. Our healthy menus will satisfy the heartiest of seagoing appetites, with emphasis on Manitou specialties, fresh fruits, and produce of the region. Our team of cooks will delight you with bountiful home cooked meals turned out of the ship’s galley. All of the cooking is done on our wood fired stove, “Cleo”, and is served either family style in the main cabin or as a wonderful buffet on deck. Beverages such as juice, tea, and coffee are provided during meals. Soft drinks may be brought on board and stored in your cabin or in ice chests provided on deck.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Manitou accommodates twenty-four passengers in twelve double cabins. Each is nicely appointed but simple and rustic with two sturdy built-in bunks and electric lighting. They are clean, cozy, comfortable, and supplied with fresh linens, towels and warm blankets. All of the cabins and entries have plenty of headroom and windows which can be opened for ventilation. Passengers look after their own cabins and keep them “shipshape.” Skylights and seating areas around the ship’s various cabin sections add to the overall comfort for conversation or an intimate encounter with a good book. The ship’s marine heads (toilets) and hot showers are conveniently located on deck.

WHAT TO BRING

Pack comfortable casual clothes in soft luggage instead of suitcases for easy stowing. Bring layers of clothing so you can be prepared for cool and cold nights as well as warm or hot sunny days. Rubber soled shoes, bathing suites, sunglasses and rain gear, cameras and musical instruments are items to be remembered. For those who might like to sleep on deck during nights with bright stars and the Northern Lights, a sleeping bag and cushioned pad should be packed as well. For the comfort of all on board:

  • Radio/MP3 players with headphones only please
  • Smoking is permitted on deck only
  • Excessive drinking is prohibited
  • Minimum passenger age is 12