Women's Winter Tour gears up for the weekend

Black Star Farms in Leelanau County played host to the 16th annual Women's Winter Tour.

For all of the ladies out there who love the winter weather, wine, and chocolate - this weekend was for you.

The 16th annual Women's Winter Tour kicked off Saturday morning with free breakfast at Top Drawer and downtown shopping deals, then continued with a "sweet sixteen" themed dance party at Little Bo's.

Sunday was the main event - with skiing and snowshoeing around Black Star Farms on Leelanau Peninsula for a progressive tasting party.

Ladies were able to taste a variety of soups, pizza, pastas, desserts, and wines from local restaurants at different stops along the trail, and back at Black Star Farms. Some of the restaurants involved are Confections by Kim, Fire Dog Mobile Stone Hearth, Spaghetti Jim's, Blue Tractor, Moomers, Higher Grounds, Little Bo's, Amical, and Mackinaw Brewing Company.

The proceeds go to Active Women Now, TART, and Madeline's House.

"You can ski, you can snowshoe, you can do both in the same day," said Kaye Krapohl. "Just get outside and enjoy shaking off the winter blues by kickin up your heels and helping a good cause."

There are still spots available for the tour - it's forty-five dollars and you can just arrive Sunday morning. Shuttles will leave from the Holiday Inn on West Bay.

The Women's Winter Tour is held each year in memory of Madeleine Thomas, a local women's advocate who passed away in 1999.

Tour participants appreciate the spotlight that it shines on women's advocacy.

"It creates awareness that women are abused and that we should do something something about it: raise money, so there's more funding for the Women's Resource Center, and we're having fun while we're doing it, while we're creating awareness," said Wendy McWhorter of Traverse City.