Sunsets & The Straits of Mackinac – July 12 – 15, 2020

SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY

JULY 12 – 15, 2020

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

Deduct $50.00 per person if paid in full by April 15, 2020

Depart Lafayette at 9:00 AM.  Pickups along I-65 North may be arranged.

Includes motorcoach transportation, 3 nights lodging, luggage handling, 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 1 dinner), admissions per itinerary and Imperial Escort.

Join Imperial Travel as we explore the upper tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Its quaint small towns located on the shores of the crystal blue waters of Little Traverse Bay and the Straits of Mackinac.  

Traverse City, MI– Home of the Tall Ship Manitou.  Imperial Travel treats you to a 2 hour sunset picnic cruise in the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay.  Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain.  You can sit back and take it all in, or become involved with the sailing of the vessel, assisting the crew with the lines or perhaps even taking a turn at the wheel if conditions allow.  With over 3,000 square feet of sail, this stately vessel has plied the waters of West Grand Traverse Bay since 1991 and continues to be the most unique attraction in the entire area.

Weathervane Terrace Inn– Spend 3 nights in a castle-like resort with stone turrets.  The Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites is the only AAA diamond rated hotel in downtown Charlevoix.  Architect Earl Young’s largest hotel located a mere 4 minutes from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.  Learn more about Earl Young, the “Master Builder in Stone” with our step on guide as we tour Charlevoix and see the “Mushroom Houses”.  Imperial Travel takes you on a narrated tram tour of Castle Farms, built by Albert Loeb in 1918 as a model farm to showcase his livestock in addition to new farm equipment that was sold by his employer Sears and Roebuck.  You will be awed by the graceful French Renaissance architecture, the treasury of collections throughout the buildings and the peaceful serenity found in the gardens.

 Mackinac Island– The Jewel of the Great Lakes.  Aboard Shepler’s Ferry travel under the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge, cross the Straits of Mackinac and enjoy a private livery tour including downtown, the East Bluff, governor’s residence and ending at Fort Mackinac.  A taxi transports you from the fort to the Grand Hotel.  At the Grand Hotel, indulge in the legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet a one-of-a kind Grand Hotel experience. It features garden-fresh salads, savory cheeses, slow-roasted meats, seafood and a wide selection of fruits and fresh-baked desserts.  Returning to Charlevoix, enjoy a scenic ride through the Tunnel of Trees.  Northern Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees on M-119 is one of the state’s most iconic attractions.  The state highway becomes very narrow, running 20 miles along a spectacular bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

Horton Bay General Store– Listed in the National Register of historic places in 1991 the Horton Bay General store remains much as it was when built in 1876.  The store shares a memorable moment in American history — The Battle of The Little Big Horn.    Although nowhere near as famous in the United States as General G. A. Custer, the store is known throughout the world by aficionados of American literature thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s The Nick Adams Stories.  The store has been an operational store for the last 144 years offering beverages, snacks, souvenirs and daily provisions.

Petoskey, MI– Welcome to Michigan’s “Gold Coast”!   Our step on guide boards the coach and brings Petoskey’s history and architecture to life.  You will see Victorian architecture and breathtaking vistas that first gave inspiration to the expression “Million Dollar Sunset” for which Petoskey is now famous. Downtown Petoskey is one of the most treasured downtowns in the United States. Nestled on the shores of Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, enjoy over 170 unique shops and fine restaurants in the famous Gaslight Shopping District. Taste some chocolate at Kilwin’s as we tour one of Michigan’s most famous chocolate makers, who also make fine ice cream and brittles.  In your free time wade into the bay waters and search for Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey Stone.

Returning home we will stop at an orchard as it will be cherry season so you will have an opportunity to bring home the fruit that makes Michigan famous!