Featuring Historic Michigan
August 17–24, 2018
Discover the magic in the mitten during our journey through time and countryside while exploring the different flavors of human innovation that have erupted in this special region!
Our first day on our summer journey will be spent in Detroit, touring the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and learning about all sorts of inventions, from race cars to modular homes to microprocessors. Be inspired by the limitless scope of human innovation!
We’ll also visit Greenfield Village, a vast, open-air museum where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and sensations of 300 years of American life. Enjoy a ride in a restored Model T and on the Weiser Railroad! To wrap up the day, we’ll take a look at the modern world’s most progressive concepts at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Get an inside look at the making of America’s most iconic truck, the Ford F-150.
The next morning, we’ll head to Grand Rapids and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. No matter what your politics might be, this glimpse into the world of the 1970s will be fascinating. You can also enjoy the beautiful Betty Ford garden and visit the couple’s burial sites.
Find some peace and serenity at the Frederik Meijer’s Garden and Sculpture Park, where the work of more than 30 renowned sculptors, including Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and Roy Lichtenstein. This is one of the top 30 must-see museums in the world as ranked in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Midafternoon, we’ll head to Muskegon and visit the USS LST 393, a landing ship tank that crossed the ocean to carry troops, tanks, and amphibious assault vehicles for 75 journeys, including the D-Day invasion at Normandy. This epic ship holds a lot of history.
We’ll switch to agriculture the next day when we tour the Country Dairy Farm in New Era, Michigan, and meet the hard-working cows that make possible the chocolate milk and cheese curds we’ll get to sample there. We’ll work off our treats at our next stop, the Little River Casino in Manistee, where we’ll stretch our legs and enjoy lunch on our own. Then we’ll breathe in some fresh lake air when we head to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, recently voted Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America. This is one of the few coastline national parks in the country, with huge sand mountains that can reach 450 feet high. That evening, we’ll embark on a sail on Lake Michigan and enjoy snacks and drinks while admiring the peaceful lake scenery.
The next day, we’ll visit Old Mission peninsula, the small stretch of land that divides the Grand Traverse Bay and is renowned for its fine wine. We’ll discover this for ourselves with a tasting at an award-winning winery there. Continue on to Mackinaw City and visit Colonial Michilimachinac, an eighteenth-century fort and fur trading village that offers a compelling peek into the past as one of the most extensively excavated early French archaeological sites in the United States.
We’ll hop a ferry to Mackinac Island, named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 islands in the world. We’ll travel via horse-drawn taxi to the Grand Hotel, our home for the next two days, which offers elegant dining overlooking the world’s longest porch and the Straits of Mackinac. Here, dressing up for dinner is a tradition and sitting down with friends for a meal is an event. After 6:30 p.m. in the main areas of the hotel and the Main Dining Room, gentlemen are required to wear coats, ties, and slacks while women are asked to wear dresses, skirts, or pantsuits. (No denim or shorts, please.)
Mackinac Island is filled with delightful details and elegant remnants of the past. We’ll start by touring Fort Mackinac, where, during the War of 1812, British soldiers captured the post and defended their hold on the Great Lake and Mackinac Island for two years. Afterward, we’ll return to the Grand Hotel and take a special, behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen, where more than 100 employees under the direction of Executive Chef Hans Burtscher prepare more than 4,000 meals every day!
Later, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s historic downtown and browse the local shops. Return to the Grand Hotel for afternoon tea in the Parlor, with tea, sherry, champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and an array of pastries against the backdrop of live music. Can you recognize scenes from the film Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Janey Seymour? This 1980 hit was filmed at the Grand Hotel! After dinner, we’ll enjoy dancing in the Terrace Room to the mellifluous strains of the Grand Hotel orchestra.
Our horse-drawn taxi will return us to our ferry the next morning. We’ll have a chance to explore Frankenmuth, otherwise known as Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” where we’ll dive into the German atmosphere of this delightful. Don’t forget to pay Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland a visit!
The next morning, we’ll board the motor coach for a brief tour of Detroit. One of the oldest cities in middle America, Detroit was referred to as the Paris of the Midwest in the early twentieth century. After this inspiring visit, we’ll head to the airport for our trip home, filled with memories!
Fee (per person): $3,598 double • $4,578 single
Includes: round-trip airport transfers, round-trip international airfare to Detroit (checked baggage fees are not included), 7 nights hotel accommodations featuring 2 nights at the world famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, breakfast daily at your hotel, 5 dinners, including two five course dinners at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, all admissions and fees as described in the itinerary, porterage of one suitcase per person, all government fees, taxes, and fuel surcharges, Group Protection Plan