The beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula and Mackinac Island!
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- 2 nights at Mackinac’s famous Grand Hotel, tours by horse and carriage
- 2 nights in Houghton, gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula, the country’s Copper Capital
- 2 nights Marquette, on the shores of Lake Superior
- Keweenaw Nat’l Historic Park tour – Meet the monks at Jampot Bakery, hear the stories of George Gipp (remember “win one for the Gipper?”) and the Copper Kings
- Tour the Music House, filled with one-of-akind musical instruments
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is not easy to get to. Perhaps that’s why many people have never visited this pristine, largely unspoiled area. History and scenery abound, along with the opportunity to meet some of the hardy people who call the U.P. home. In fact, the residents of the region are called “yoopers” (u-pers). Did we mention it’s hard to get to? Only two flights a day from Chicago to Houghton (ho-ton), and only one connects with Sacramento. Depart at the unusual time of 1:30pm, arriving at 11:40pm in Houghton. Country Inn & Suites – 2 nights
Unknown to most people outside the region, the Keweenaw Peninsula, where you tour today, was where most of the country’s copper once came out of the ground. The scenery is memorable, the people and their stories fascinating, the history is all around you. Magnificent churches, many over a hundred years old, dot the landscape. Churches gave the miners and their families a sense of community. Here, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hardy people braved extreme weather to bring copper out of the ground. Today, you meet Father Basil, one of the monks who runs the Jampot Bakery. We’ll stop in for treats and enjoy the waterfall next door. Lighthouses abound, lunch is in a magnificent mountain lodge and afternoon libations are included at the historic Michigan House Pub and Restaurant. The entire day is a history lesson, told by the people who live here. Awesome. (B,L,D)
Time to travel. Our motorcoach leaves the Keweenaw and heads east to Marquette, on the shores of Lake Superior. Along the way, meet Sister Maria at the Shrine of Bishop Baraga. This wonderful lady is working to start a new order, in a most remote destination. We must pause at “Da Yoopers Tourist Trap,” because after all, we are tourists, and it’s a very unique gift shop. Your accommodations are the best in town, right down by the lake and every traveler has a great view of the water (and the sunrise). Hampton Inn – 2 nights (B,L,D)
Just an hour from Marquette is the small lakeside village of Munising. We’ve included a most interesting boat tour, to see shipwrecks through the glass bottom of the boat! A fascinating adventure. Tonight, dine in the U.P.’s finest steak house. (B,D)
Push east this afternoon, through to St. Ignace where you’ll board the ferry for the 20-minute ride to Mackinac Island. Prepare to fall in love at first sight with its historic buildings, quaint shoppes and “no motor vehicles allowed” policy. It’s a short horse-drawn carriage ride to the top of the hill and Mackinac’s iconic landmark – the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887, the Grand is prepared to satisfy your every desire this evening starting with a formal dinner and ending with live music and dancing. Best of all, you get to do it all over again tomorrow! Grand Hotel – 2 nights (B,L,D)
Discover Mackinac Island’s natural beauty on a morning horse-drawn wagon tour. Free time is allowed midday to explore the lakeside village. Don’t forget to buy some fudge – an island staple – for the trip home. Before long you’ll be ready for a little pick-me-up, so return to the Grand for Afternoon Tea. The filming location of Somewhere in Time, don’t miss the historical exhibits (yes, there IS a framed portrait of Jane Seymour), art gallery, horse stables and have a sit on the front porch which, at 660 feet long, is the biggest in the world! (FB,D)
Take the ferry to Mackinaw City on the LP (Lower Peninsula) and travel along the scenic east shore of Lake Michigan with lunch served in the quaint community of Petoskey. In nearby Acme, you’ll discover an incredible collection of mechanical instruments and antique phonographs at The Music House. The centerpiece of the museum, a huge Belgian pipe organ, is simply amazing, and all instruments are in perfect working order as you’ll see… and hear! The short drive to Traverse City is where your return flight awaits. (FB,L)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Each spring the baseball fans in our midst make a pilgrimage to Arizona, where the “Boys of Summer” get ready for the season. We’ll catch a game every afternoon or evening, a total of 5 games in all. Generally, the Giants are the first priority and the A’s second. The schedules for the Cactus League in Spring Training are not finalized and announced until sometime in November/December, and those registered will be sent the schedule just as soon as it is finalized.
Each departure features Sunday Brunch at the Wrigley Mansion, and a dinner at Rustler’s Roost (a Sports Leisure tradition). The centrally located Marriott Hotel we call home provides a great buffet breakfast each morning. Tickets for the games are almost always located in the shade. You’ll see how important this tiny feature is once we get to Arizona and you see thousands of people unwilling to take their seats for the game because they are in the sun!
By registering early, you secure your space, guarantee your tickets and save a few dollars. We only purchase a few tickets over the number of people reserved when they become available, so those who wait risk getting shut out. Plus, this tour has sold out the last two years (hence the second departure this season). This is a “bucket list” item for many, and lots of fans repeat this trip on a regular basis. See you in Arizona!
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
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