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It’s not too early to start planning your weekend, especially when there’s wine involved. Set off on a scenic two-hour road trip to Lake Michigan shore wine country--who needs Napa?--and prepare to "toast the coast" at the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival this Saturday.

The small town of Bridgman, Michigan, doubles in size when the festival is under way; the beach party under a big-top tent draws about 4,000 oenophiles each June. (Admission is $10.)

Buy your drink tickets ($1 for a one-ounce taste; $5 to $7 for a five-ounce glass) and roam Weko Beach sampling local, handcrafted wines from Round Barn, Founders, Lemon Creek, Hickory Creek and others; live music plays all day.

While you’re on the shore, stay the night at one of the area’s charming B&Bs. We like the brand-new Goldberry Woods and the lovely Rabbit Run Inn near Warren Dunes State Park, where you can spend the next day hiking and sunning on the beach. Antiquing is prime along the Red Arrow Highway, and local ingredients are the focus at top area restaurants like Bentwood Tavern, Soe Café and Timothy’s.

Summer getaway, here we come.

Weko Beach, 5239 Lake St., Bridgman, MI; 269-925-6301 or

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