Worthenbury Country House is a nostalgic gem in the middle of Southwestern Michigan's famous wine country. Starting our ninth season, we are the first overnight lodging facility directly in wine country and is just a few miles from the rolling-dunes and beaches of Lake Michigan.
The Salisbury's invite you to leave behind the busy city noises and unwind to the quiet country sounds of crickets and birds. Enjoy a quiet evening with your family or friends soaking in the hot tub or lounging on the back porch while looking over several acres of lush vineyards. Take a leisurely stroll next door to Round Barn Winery, or visit any one of a number of other wineries in the area.
Worthenbury boasts three beautifully appointed bedrooms, a complete modern kitchen, and two living rooms. While staying at Worthenbury, your hosts want you to be comfortable, relaxed and content and will do everything possible to make your stay a special one. It is a perfect destination for girl’s weekends, family gatherings, reunions, or wedding parties – not to mention home base for visits to area wineries.
Worthenbury is in the heart of the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation, an area designated for its ability to produce fine wines. These wines rival those of California, since the area supports the growth of high quality wine grapes such as Cabernet and Chardonnay.
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Worthenbury is only 90 miles from downtown Chicago, and about 25 minutes from Michiana Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana.
From Chicago, take I-94 to exit 16, Bridgman. Turn right 0.5 miles to Lake Street/Shawnee Road. Turn right, go five miles to Hills Road. Turn right go one and a half mile to Hinman Cemetery, turn right to stay on Hills Road. Go 0.4 miles and Worthenbury is on your left.
From South Bend, take US-31 north to exit 13, Snow Road. Turn right and follow Snow Road for about five miles to Hills Road. Turn left and go about 0.4 miles to Worthenbury, on your left.
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In 1966 my parents sought property in Michigan. Living in the suburbs of Chicago, they wanted to live in the country. In October we purchased a nearby 30 acre farm. Over time we purchased the farm on which this house stands, taking our total acreage near 60 acres.
In 1968, we met Len Olsen and Carl Banholzer as we traversed the property they had just purchased to establish Tabor Hill winery. My father was one of the first to plant French Hybrid grapes on the soils of this hilly country.
From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, this farm hosted dozens of families who would come out for a day of picking fresh fruit. In our prime, we had 15 acres of grapes, 4 acres of cherries and 3 acres of peaches. We sold almost all of this to people who came to pick for themselves. We also had 60 honeybee hives and sold all of the honey to these same good people. Finally, we had a wine maker’s shop, where we sold barrels, jugs and other materials for people to make their own wine.
Through the years, my parents sold the original 30 acres and eventually this became the home of the now famous Round Barn winery. Later, my parents sold another 10 acres at the north end of the property, leaving about 18 acres on which this house now stands.
When I decided to open this house as a guest house, I wanted to call it a name that would be meaningful that would set it apart. I wanted a name that would recognize its great rural wine growing heritage, and something to honor the “Salisbury” name. After an exhaustive search and much deliberation, I settled on the name Worthenbury. Worthenbury is the name of a small, rural village in the northeastern area of Wales. It is one of the only places in Wales where grapes are grown. It is also in the proximity of the area from which the Salisbury’s originally came to the New World in 1632, among some of the first settlers of New England.
Worthenbury sits atop a knoll giving us a gentle breeze on even the stillest of days. The back porch is a great place to relax and look out over the vineyards. Strolling through the vineyards is also a pleasant experience, with views stretching for miles to the west.
The big red barn dates back to 1922. Today it is primarily used for storage. When the fruit farm was in full production, the barn housed the wine supply store and the 'nectary,' where the sweet nectar was processed and bottled.
Walking distance to the Round Barn Winery, one mile to Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant, two miles to Baroda, and less than seven miles to Bridgman and Lake Michigan, There are many fruit farms in the area that sell fresh fruit and vegetables in season.
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My Standard Rate
|2 Nights = $750
3 Nights = $975
4 Nights = $1150
5 Nights = $1275
6 Nights = $1375
7 Nights = $1450
Additional nights over 7 = $50/night
30% weeknight discount (Sunday thru Thursday; holidays not included)
Rates are for up to six guests
Additional guests are $25 each for the duration of the stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.