Summer in Mackinaw  Activity Level Two

Aug 24-Sep 01, 2018   9 Days   Trip has expired Summer in Mackinaw

Highlights: St. Louis Gateway Arch, Abraham Lincoln's home and tomb in Springfield, IL, Mackinaw City, Michigan Wine Tasting, beach bonfire with S’mores, Mackinac Old Time Trolley Tour, Colonial Michilimackinac, Shepler’s Ferry, Mackinac Island Carriage Tour, Grand Hotel Buffet Luncheon, Fort Mackinac, Jack Pine Lumber-jack Show, Dune Buggy Ride, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm, St. Louis Art Museum, Murals of Cuba

Join us on a Pure Michigan get-away. Enjoy fun stops along the way with a 4-night stay in lake front rooms overlooking the beautiful Straits of Mackinac and Lake Huron in Mackinaw City!

Day 1, Friday, August 24: It’s a travel day with an included lunch stop and Gateway Arch visit. Overnight at the Drury Inn in Fairview Heights, IL for the night and partake in their Kickback Reception with hot and cold dishes and drinks. Still have room for more? There’s a Bob Evan’s next door for dinner on your own.

Day 2, Saturday, August 25: Today we will stop in Springfield, IL and visit Lincoln’s Home and Tomb . A box lunch will be served as we roll St. Joseph, for Michigan wine tasting. We’ll spend the night nearby at a Best Western and have a fun independent dinner. You may want to bring a little overnight bag as this hotel does not offer bag service.

Day 3, Sunday, August 26: Mackinaw City or bust! Visit the Old Pioneer Store & Emporium in Big Rapids before stopping in downtown Traverse City for lunch on our own. Traverse City is known for its many cherry orchards and has a huge Cherry festival each year. Cherry pie anyone? In Mackinaw City, we’ll check into the Best Western Plus Dockside for 4 relaxing nights in lake front rooms with a private balcony ! Savor an Up north BBQ supper . Top off the day with a bonfire on the beach complete with S’mores!

Day 4, Monday, August 27: Enjoy the sights and sounds of historic Mackinaw City on the Mackinac Old Time Trolley. Alexander Henry Park next to the Mackinaw Point of View Lighthouse, offers wonderful views of the vibrant blue waters of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Island during our picnic lunch. At Colonial Michilimackinac, step into the 1770s at this reconstructed fort and fur-trading outpost. Watch Redcoats fire muskets and cannons, smell bread baking, meet Colonial Villagers. Explore a dozen buildings inside this National Historic Landmark. Relax at the hotel before a scrumptious Italian dinner at Nonna Lisa’s.

Day 5, Tuesday, August 28: It’s Island Time! We’ll take Shepler’s Ferry to Mackinac Island and experience a bygone era where horses and bicycles are the only mode of transportation. Get acquainted with this picturesque national landmark on a horse carriage tour. Enjoy the grandeur of the Grand Hotel as we feast at the bountiful Grand Buffet Luncheon and sit a spell on the world’s largest porch. A horse-drawn taxi will take us to Fort Mackinac, an original 1880s fort, for a visit. Be sure to stroll downtown and try the fudge! We’ll ferry back to Mackinaw City and enjoy a burgers & brats supper at our hotel.

Day 6, Wednesday, August 29: The morning is at your leisure to enjoy the beach, shopping or just relaxing. This afternoon we’ll visit the Historic Mill Creek. Watch a working, water powered sawmill cut lumber and hand sawing demonstrations. You may want to try zip-lining or rock climbing on your own. At the Lighthouse Restaurant, we have a choice of Lobster Tail, Prime Rib, Broiled Whitefish or Parmesan Crusted Chicken for our entrĂ©e. Then journey back into the last 1800's when logging was king in Northwood Michigan and watch as two rival camps compete for the title of "Bull of the Woods" in chopping, logrolling and more at the Jack Pine Lumberjack Show.

Day 7, Thursday, August 30: Before we say farewell to the Mitten, we’ll stop in Holland’s quaint downtown with loads of shops and restaurants for lunch on our own. Be prepared for a thrill on our next stop as we take a dune buggy ride in Saugatuck and hear about the lost town of Singapore. In Indianapolis, we’ll stay the night at a Drury Inn and see “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.

Day 8, Friday, August 31: As we continue home, we’ll stop in Normal, IL at Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm before a tasty lunch at the Chesapeake Seafood House in Springfield. This afternoon, we’ll visit the magnificent Saint Louis Art Museum, originally built as an arts & culture “palace” for the 1904 “Meet Me in St. Louis” World’s Fair. Their collection is amazing, and they often have fantastic temporary exhibits. The Drury Inn & Suites STL Southwest is where we’ll rest our heads tonight. Enjoy the Drury Kickback reception and dinner on your own.

Day 9, Saturday, September 1: Our last day on the road is the first day of a new month. Learn about the beautiful murals of Cuba before stopping in St. James for a delicious lunch at Sybill’s. You might want to visit the lovely gift shop at Sybill’s too! Then we’ll roll on home with all our purely delightful memories of our summer in Michigan adventure.

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