Michigan Resorts Tour
August 26 - August 31$1035.00 – $1125.00
- Round trip deluxe motor coach with Lodestar Bus Lines
- 5 nights accommodations in Michigan ~ 1 night ~ Holland 1 Night ~ Petoskey 2 Nights ~ Traverse City 1 night ~ Chelsea
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Dinners
- Attractions included: Tall Ship Sail, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Cherry Republic, Leelanau State Park, Spicer Orchards, Chelsea Milling Co.
- Step on guide in Petoskey for 90 minute city tour
- Step on guide in Traverse City for full day of touring Sleeping Bear, Leelanau Peninsula
- Baggage Handling, all taxes and driver gratuity
Day One – Sunday, August 26
Depart for Holland, Michigan. Enjoy a relaxing Dinner Cruise tonight for 2 hours on the Holland Princess.This 65′ Victorian style paddle-wheel river boat cruises through beautiful Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan and past the BIG RED lighthouse. Pass by picturesque lake homes, historic land marks, and nature at its best, while you enjoy a delicious dinner buffet.
Day Two – Monday, August 27
Breakfast included Travel to the pretty resort town of Petoskey, where you will have free time to explore on your own. They have a nice compact and walkable Gaslight District for shopping and places to enjoy lunch. Meet your coach and step on guide this afternoon for a 90 minute guided city tour of Petoskey and the beautiful Bay Harbor area. Included in your tour is the historic Bay View Community, a residential area on beautiful Little Traverse Bay. It has been named one of the “Prettiest Painted Places in America”. The Victorian ‘cottages’ are seasonal residences only from May to October. In 1988, Bay View’s 440 cottages were designated as a National Historic Landmark. Many of these historic homes are still occupied in the summertime by descendants of the founding families.
Check in to the Perry Hotel in downtown Petoskey. Built in 1899 as one of some twenty original luxury resort hotels, Stafford’s Perry Hotel is the only one still in operation. Experience the grandeur and elegance of a by-gone era without leaving modern day conveniences behind. The hotel is right in the downtown in the Gaslight District, for shopping and dining. You may want to take some more time to explore this area before dinner.
6:30pm Dinner included tonight at the hotel. The hotel will usually have a staff member or historian visit the group to talk briefly about the history of the hotel.
Day Three – Tuesday, August 28
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Depart and travel the 50-mile drive between Petoskey and Traverse City – its noted as one of northern Michigan’s most scenic stretches. Varicolored cottages, views of the Bay, and quaint cherry orchards are a few of the things that you’ll see along this route. Stop at a Cherry Orchard, where their roadside stands are chocked full of fresh bounty from the area.
Tour the Music House Museum – featuring an extensive collection of fine and rare antiques and automated musical instruments in period American settings. The gem of the collection is a magnificent 97-key Mortier dance organ built in Antwerp in 1922. Lunch on own in downtown Traverse City.
Enjoy a two hour Tall Ship sail in the Bay. Take a unique adventure back in time as you discover the beauty of Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan from the deck of this majestic sailing vessel.
In Traverse City, check in to your AAA rated, 3 Diamond hotel. Country Inn & Suites with indoor pool.
6:00pm Tonight, enjoy dinner included on the waterfront. A delicious gourmet meal will include your choice upon seating of two entrees, starter, dessert and beverage.
Day Four – Wednesday, August 29
Deluxe Continental Breakfast with hot and cold items included at the hotel. Guided tour of the area….Arrive in Empire, at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, begin at the Visitor’s Center (watch an introductory video). Then wind through 7.4 miles of dunes, woods, and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. You may want to try climbing one of the dunes!
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, won the title of “Good Morning America’s” Most Beautiful Place in America. Tens of thousands of viewers voted online for this Michigan park, which is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets. The hidden gem boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name.
Visit The Cherry Republic, the largest cherry store in the world. Strangely beautiful, delicious and eccentric, rustic and friendly, rooted in the region’s bounty…The main store is the primary sampling, shopping and gift giving station. You may want to try a delicious Boom Chunka cookie and a coffee. Stock up on everything from jams to salsas to chocolates and more. With your guide, depart for the beautiful and pristine Leelanau Peninsula. Half hour drive. Leland is a picturesque little village so uncommon and charming, you will be mesmerized with its beauty and amenities. Leland is a great “walking around” town. Enjoy lunch on your own here. All of the shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums are located within a short distance. Free time to browse the shops on your own. Leland’s historical district, known as Fishtown, features rustic shanties and docks reminiscent of life and commercial fishing one hundred years ago. Today, galleries and unique shops fill their walls.
In Northport, guests can choose to go up to the top of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse… Located inside the Leelanau State Park, the Lighthouse has been guiding ships and sailors since it was built in 1858. Lighthouse fee is not included, but nominal if anyone is interested in going in on own. You may not be interested in climbing the stairs.
6:30pm Dinner tonight is included tonight on Mission Point Peninsula at Mission Tavern
Day Five – Thursday, August 30
Breakfast included. Depart south today. Arrive at Spicer Orchards, Fenton, MI. Staff will direct the group to your tractor led wagon ride through the orchards. Either Mrs. Spicer or the tractor driver will talk a bit about the orchards and the farm while on tour. Back at the market area, everyone will enjoy included cider and donut. Then free time to visit the barn, shop in the market. August is blueberry season. There is also a winery on site, some may want to visit here. Check into your Chelsea MI Comfort Inn Indoor pool, whirlpool, & fitness center … Dinner included this evening in Chelsea MI at Common Grill.
Day Six – Friday, August 31
Deluxe Continental Breakfast
Arrive in Chelsea Michigan for a tour of the Chelsea Milling Company. The original home of “Jiffy Mix” – see the video, sample some products and walk through the packaging plant led by tour hosts. See how their mixes are made and packaged for corn bread, muffins, pizza dough-and the original Jiffy Mix recipe. Tour guests will receive a complimentary gift bag. Free time after to check out the products for sale in the tour reception area.
Depart for home with wonderful memories of this beautiful part of our country!