October 7: This morning we'll fly to Detroit, Michigan arriving in the early afternoon. Our hotel is in the Dearborn area where we’ll have a welcome dinner. D
October 8: Whether you’re a fan of museums or not, you’ll like what’s in store this morning. The Detroit area which is the birthplace of mass production and the automobile. We'll spend some time at the Henry Ford Museum (with an interesting history of the automobile) and the adjacent Greenfield Village, an outdoor, open air museum dedicated to famous inventors. For example, Edison’s Menlo Park lab, the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop and many others have been transported here – piece by piece, laid out in a park like setting. In the afternoon, we drive 90 minutes to the little town of Frankenmuth, a quaint Bavarian village in Central Michigan which was originally settled by a small group of Germans who came as Christian missionaries. We'll have some time to browse and enjoy the setting. This is also home to Bronner's, the world's LARGEST Christmas Store! Our hotel is the delightful Bavarian Haus or Zenders. A lovely Chicken Dinner is included tonight. B, D
October 9: This morning we’ll have some browsing time in Frankenmuth on the quaint Main Street or at the Christmas store. At 11, we’ll depart for Mackinaw City arriving about 2:00. A 20 minute ferry ride takes us to one of the most interesting places in our country: Mackinac Island (pronounced Mak-i-naw). The island is simply one of the most unique, beautiful, and serene settings anywhere. There are no cars, no pollution, no noise, just a magnificent backdrop for our two nights here. We'll stay at the Island House which was built in 1852 (on the lakefront) and is on our country's historic registry. We'll have a delicious multi-course dinner in the acclaimed Governor's Dining Room overlooking Lake Huron. B, D
October 10: We'll spend all day on the island today. After breakfast, you'll be on your own until about 10:30. Lots to do within walking distance. You can browse in the shops, stroll along the lake, see the butterfly house or just relax. At 10:45, a local guide will show us some of the highlights of the island in our horse and carriage. In a matter of minutes, you go form seaside scenes to pine forests to breathtaking overlooks. Most of the island is a state park. The tour ends at the luxurious Grand Hotel where we'll enjoy the famous Grand Luncheon Buffet. The Grand Hotel was made famous by the movie Somewhere in Time, which was filmed on the island. This may be the most elegant lunch that you ever eat. After lunch, you can explore this hotel and gardens which comprise the largest summer resort hotel in America, with the largest front porch in the world. The views from the wrap-around verandah are breathtaking. You'll then have some free time to shop, visit Fort Maciknac or rest. You'll have some free time this evening to do what interests you most. There are many special places to visit in our country. Mackinac Island is certainly one of those places. You simply have to see it! B, L
October 11: Today we’ll show you some more sites you probably haven’t seen before. Just an hour away are the interesting Soo Locks in Sault St. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We’ll ascend the platform and see how these mega freighters are lifted up as they make their way through this critical part of the St. Lawrence Seaway from Lake Huron to Lake Superior. It is educational and very interesting to see. Our drive today takes us along the scenic roads of the Upper Peninsula and into Wisconsin. There are colorful trees as far as the eye can see. By 6:00, we arrive at our hotel in Door County, Wisconsin where we spend two nights. B.
October 12: Welcome to famous Door County. Rolling landscapes, tree colored hills, sweeping views of the sea, manicured farms and dairies, lighthouses and more. It’s a 50 mile peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan and it is truly charming. A local guide will join us as we show you around. Every 10 miles or so, there is another quaint village, and we’ll stop at several of them – one for some browsing, one to get some lunch, etc. Our lunch is at famous Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant (with goats grazing on the natural grass roof). In the early afternoon, we’ll visit the Peninsula State Park and the famous Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (1 of 11 in the county), with a chance to tour inside. All the while enjoying what should be peak fall foliage (in the last three years, peak foliage in Door county has been the 2nd week of October). It is a fun day in an interesting region of the country. B, L
October 13: Today we enjoy a morning drive through Milwuakee into Chicago. We'll go into the middle of the city and enjoy a stroll on the Magnificent Mile followed by some free time for lunch and browsing at Navy Pier. We'll then enjoy a 75 minute boat ride (departing from Navy Pier) on the Chicago River known as the Architectural Tour. It goes right through the middle of downtown Chicago and is a great way to see and learn about the city. If time permits, we'll have a chance to go to the top of the John Hancock Building. We'll sleep in a Chicago suburb tonight. B, D
October 14: A final thing or two to show you this morning before going to the airport for our mid day flight home. B