“Whiskey Lovers Can Actually Spend The Night At These Distilleries”
When it comes to life’s greatest pleasures, whiskey and travel sit pretty high up on the list. If you’re ever looking for a surefire way to elevate a vacation, just try weaving a distillery tour or whiskey tasting into the itinerary. But while visiting a distillery and sampling the goods is always a fun time, leaving the distillery is not such a blast. Thankfully, there are a handful of them that actually want you to hang around long after the speakers have blared “Closing Time” by Semisonic. That’s right, some whiskey distilleries will let you stay over.
There’s a rising trend of distilleries tiptoeing into the lodging game and letting whiskey lovers spend the night. From on-site suites to adjoining hotels, they’re providing the perfect home away from home. Whether you’re looking for a unique overnight stay or an extended booze-fueled getaway, add these distilleries to your radar.
#1 Journeyman Distillery
Where it is: Three Oaks, Michigan
Why you should go: People say you can taste the passion infused into every bottle of whiskey produced by Journeyman Distillery. The operation is the brainchild of founder Bill Welter, who developed his passion for whiskey while living in Scotland and learned the art of distilling in Tasmania, Australia. Situated in the quaint village of Three Oaks, Michigan, this celebrated distillery is housed within the historic Featherbone Factory (which, in previous lives, was used to manufacture buggy whips and feather corsets). Various expressions reflect the building’s past, like their Last Feather Rye and Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey. Distillery Tours include 11 spirits and last an hour, while the Distiller’s Tour includes four additional barrel samples and takes about 90 minutes to complete. After, grab a bite at the adjacent Staymaker restaurant or play a round of golf at Welter’s Folly, a 30,000-square-foot, 18-hole course behind the facility.
When you’re ready to call it a night, head up to the Flat at Journeyman Distillery, a spacious loft-style apartment within the Featherbone Factory complex that includes five bedrooms and sleeps up to 18 guests.