Stay in an area hotel!

Super 8 in Brooklyn, Mich.

Enjoy the Great Lakes Wine Fest without having to worry about finding a designated driver.

New to the event this year is a free shuttle service for guests to catch a ride to and from the wine festival and their Jackson area hotel they are staying in. The list of participating hotels is as follows:

• Baymont Inn, 2035 Service Drive, Jackson, MI
• Country Inn & Suites, 3506 O’Neil Drive, Jackson, MI
• Fairfield Inn, 2395 Shirley Drive, Jackson, MI
• Hampton Inn, 2225 Shirley Drive, Jackson, MI
• Hankerd Inn, 10350 Hankerd Road, Pleasant Lake, MI
• Holiday Inn, 2696 Bob McClain Drive, Jackson, MI
• Jackson Comfort Inn & Suites, 2435 Shirley Drive, Jackson, MI
• Motel 6, 830 Royal Drive, Jackson, MI
• Super 8, 155 Wampler’s Lake Road, Brooklyn, MI
• Super 8, 2001 Shirley Drive, Jackson, MI

The shuttle is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., running a continuous 12-hour loop until 11 p.m. to and from the wine festival. The shuttle is to be used by hotel guests staying in the above establishments only.

Those planning on using the free shuttle service should expect approximately one drop-off/pick-up at each destination per hour.

“We are encouraging guests who are attending the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB to stay in one of these area hotels that are offering very affordable rates,” Jackson County CVB Executive Director Mindy Bradish-Orta said. “It’s an easy way to attend the event and not have to worry about getting a ride back to your hotel that evening. And best of all, it’s free!”

The Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB’s unique focus will be on Michigan-based wineries and breweries. With 14,600 acres of vineyards and 80 commercial wineries across the state of Michigan, the wine festival is perfectly and conveniently situated at MIS.

Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines and beer by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines and beer available for purchase at the event.

Guests may opt to buy an advance one-day ticket for $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tickets per day. The wine festival is set for noon to 9 p.m. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $35.

For those interested in making this event a night for the boys or the girls, the Great Lakes Wine Fest is now offering special Boys’ Night Out and Girls’ Night Out packages. The special $49 package includes suite access, food, and a special appearance by WDVD’s Blaine and Allyson.

The Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB is for guests 21 and older.

Weekend camping is also available for $25 in the track’s Graves Farm Campground. Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at

Tickets and details are available at or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @GLWineFest for information about the wine festival.

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