MACKINAC ISLAND - MICHIGAN CIRCLE TOUR
On our way to Grand Rapids, MI for our first night’s lodging, we’ll stop by Saugatuck and take an exciting, dune scooter ride on the sand dunes of western Michigan. Our lodging for the night is the Drury Inn, Grand Rapids, MI. We’ll arrive at Mackinac Island in the afternoon on the 15th. Mackinac Island is the truly "all natural" theme park of America. Limited to transportation of horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, surrounded by water, it has escaped the vast changes of time. Its real Victorian image is preserved and enhanced by a small population of 500 permanent residents and scores of summer residents, maintaining bluff cottages in original state. We’ll spend three nights at the Lake View Hotel on Mackinac Island. Lake View Hotel, in the heart of the historic village, is the oldest continuously operated hotel on Mackinac Island, capturing much of the past with its Victorian-style atmosphere and nineteenth-century vernacular resort architecture. Built by Reuben Chapman in 1858, the hotel was originally known as Lake View. During our stay, we’ll enjoy a carriage tour with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, the oldest and largest horse and buggy livery in the world and the official tour of Mackinac State Park. Enjoy the narrated tour through downtown to Surrey Hills, where you will disembark the two-horse hitch carriage and have just a few minutes to enjoy the carriage museum and/or gifts shops while waiting to make the transfer to a three-hitch carriage (you’ll need one more horsepower). Then you are off to Arch Rock and a ride through the Boreal Forest. So, climb aboard, sit back and relax and just enjoy the ride. After your scenic, carriage tour ride, you will be dropped off at the Grand Hotel, where you will enjoy their fabulous luncheon. You will then have free time to explore the Grand Hotel, as well as the grounds and gardens and continue to enjoy the island.
After leaving Mackinac Island on the 18th, we’ll travel to the German village of Frankenmuth, MI. We’ll enjoy a short driving tour and also visit Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas Store. Also included is lunch at the Bavarian Inn. Leaving Frankenmuth, we’ll return to Grand Rapids for our last night’s stay. After departing the hotel on Friday, the 19th, we’ll visit beautiful Meijer Gardens before heading for home. This tour includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation, lodging and activities mentioned. Pick-ups: Quincy, Barry, Pittsfield, Jacksonville and Springfield, Lincoln and Bloomington. EXCELLENT GET-AWAY!