A Great Lakes Adventure Featuring The 88th Tulip Time Festival and Mackinac Island
May 11 – 19, 2017
As you circle this Great Lakes state, you will find nature, history, innovation and charm. Come see for yourself all that is Pure Michigan!
- Day 1, Thursday, May 11: We’ll depart for Scottsberg, Indiana, to stop for a night’s rest on the way to our Michigan adventure! Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Day 2, Friday, May 12: After breakfast and check-out, it’s off to Holland, Michigan for the 88 th Tulip Time Festival. We’ll stop for an independent lunch before meeting our local costumed guide for an inside look at the city. Visit the Windmill Island Gardens a beautiful oasis on the edge of downtown Holland. It features a 249 year old working Dutch windmill “De Zwaan” (meaning graceful bird). Then stop at the Tulip Gardens, Holland’s only tulip farm is ablaze with acres of tulips. Next, tour the De Klomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory, a store that words cannot describe. From the time you walk into the door, your eyes will not believe the beauty and splendor of the items on our shelves. See the detail and pride of work that goes into each piece. There are over 400 different pieces hand-painted by highly trained staff. Then we’ll check into a local hotel for two nights and gather for a group dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
- Day 3, Saturday, May 13: This morning we will visit the Dutch Martplaats which features a Dutch food court and performances on stage. There are also local craftsman demonstrating their art. Then visit Dutch Village. Step back in time to the Netherlands of 100 years ago and enjoy Dutch architecture, canals, and beautiful gardens. Learn a few steps from the klopen dancers, watch artisans make cheese and carve candles. While here, we will enjoy a Dutch Culinary Experience. Learn how to make a traditional Dutch “Koffee kletz” and Ban’ket along with lunch. We have reserved seats to watch the Muzienparade – one of Michigan’s most spectacular parades featuring floats, Dutch Dancers, marching bands and more! There are over 4,000 participants, 170 units on the longest parade route in Michigan. This afternoon we will take in a Tour & Tasting at either Fenn Valley Winery or Coppercraft Distillery. A dinner and show will top off our day. (B/L/D)
- Day 4, Sunday, May 14: After breakfast you will enjoy one of Michigan’s treasures, the famous Dune Schooner Rides of Saugatuck! Discover the slopes and valleys and roll through the unspoiled areas of haunting beauty. Next we’ll head for Traverse City coined “Cherry Capital of the World”. Explore downtown and local eateries before we visit the Music House Museum for a musical tour that explains and demonstrates unique instruments including a Belgian dance organ, nickelodeons, music boxes, pipe organs, a Weber reproducing piano and more. We will spend one night at a local hotel and dine together at a local restaurant for dinner. (B/D) As you circle this Great Lakes state, you will find nature, history, innovation and charm. Come see for yourself all that is Pure Michigan!
- Day 5, Monday, May 15: Traveling north we will stop at a local cherry orchard for an independent lunch. Then we’ll cross the Mackinac Bridge and take a ferry from St. Ignace, over to Mackinac Island. The Lakeview Inn will be our home for 2 nights. Join fellow travelers for a dinner at the hotel or local eatery this evening. (B/D)
- Day 6, Tuesday, May 16: A tour on a horse-drawn carriage will acquaint us with the Island’s history, geology and ecology. Our tour will lead us to the Grand Hotel where we will enjoy the legendary Grand luncheon buffet. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Sit a spell on the Grand porch, take in the beautiful gardens, explore the shops downtown and be sure to try the fudge. (B/L)
- Day 7, Wednesday, May 17: Ferry back to the mainland then travel to Frankenmuth, known as Michigan’s little Bavaria. Wilkommen (welcome), to a town with authentic European atmosphere, the world’s largest Christmas store and old fashioned charm. We’ll check into a local hotel for a night’s stay before dining at America’s largest family restaurant, “Zehnder’s” to indulge in their world famous familystyle chicken dinner. (B/D)
- Day 8, Thursday, May 18: We bid Michigan a fond farewell as we set out for Berea, Kentucky. We will spend the night at the Historic Boone Tavern hotel. It is in its second century of providing guests with the pinnacle of southern hospitality and charm. The charisma seeps into the Bowling Dining Room as well. Try their legendary cornbread soufflé, locally known as Boone Tavern Spoonbread, during our farewell dinner this evening. (B/D)
- Day 9, Friday, May 19: Homeward bound with all our fantastic pure Michigan memories is the agenda for this day. (B)
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