MACKINAC ISLAND—The Jewel of the Great Lakes! What is it about an island and vacations? It’s a natu-ral fit! You have an Island where the automobile never replaced the horse and carriage. You have a Revolu-tionary era Fort where the British couldn’t permanent-ly replace Americans. You have Fudge Stores where box recipes never replaced our 19th Century recipes. You have a place to leave your routine, discover the rhythm of waves and horse-clops and a place that getting to is half the fun.
THE GRAND HOTEL—Ignite your passion for life! This resort is romantic, magical, timeless and un-forgettable. Create a dream vacation that will eternal-ly linger in your thoughts. Grand Hotel was voted by Travel & Leisure Family magazine’s best resort for families and kids. Most people likely know about one specific Mackinac Island porch: the world’s longest porch at the Grand Hotel. The 660-foot porch is so massive you can spot it easily from the water as you approach the Island on the ferry. Earlier this year, the famed porch received some updates that included new flooring and masonry work on the pillar bases – so even if you’ve explored before, you should explore it again!
We begin our journey this morning, traveling north, with our overnight at the beautiful Essenhaus Inn in Middlebury, Indiana. This evening, we will enjoy a delicious family-style Amish dinner at Indiana’s largest restaurant, Das Essenhaus. (D)
We continue this morning, arriving in Mackinaw City, Michigan tonight. We will overnight at the Baymont Inn, within a short walking distance to Mackinaw Crossings and the downtown area, where there are several restaurants available for dinner on your own. (B)
We board the ferry to Mackinac Island this morning! Upon arrival, we will take a horse-drawn tour of the island. There will then be time for lunch on your own and to explore the downtown area of Mackinac Is-land. This afternoon, a taxi ticket will be provided for your transportation to the hotel. We will then check into the beautiful Grand Hotel, the crown jewel of pristine secluded Mackinac Island. Grand Hotel has been America’s Summer Place since 1887. This evening, dress in your finest for dinner off the menu in the Main Dining Room. Enjoy after-dinner coffee service (demitasse) with a recital in the parlor. Later, choose from a nightly movie, the intimate piano bar in the cupola, or dancing to the full orchestra in the ballroom (Terrace Room). (B, D)
Rise and Shine coffee service is available in the parlor this morning. A full breakfast is included in the Main Dining Room. Enjoy your day visiting the gardens, stables and galleries of the hotel. Or perhaps sit on the longest front porch in the world and enjoy a bottle of Coke from the antique Coke cart. Today is free for you to explore this wonderful island and beautiful hotel!
This evening, dinner is included in the Main Dining Room, with after-dinner entertainment. (B, D)
Following breakfast this morning, we depart for Frankenmuth, Michigan, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” and number one tourist attraction. Upon arrival, we will visit Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store. The Bavarian Inn Lodge is our home tonight, nestled on the banks of the Cass River. The lodge has created an authentic German atmosphere including hand-carved wood-work, imported German wall décor and Old World hospitality. Dinner is included tonight at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. (B, D)
This morning, enjoy a German Breakfast Buffet at the hotel before departing for home. We will arrive in Southern Illinois late afternoon. (B)
- 9 meals; 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- 5 nights’ lodging/baggage handling, including two nights at the Grand Hotel
- Two taxi carriage tickets on Mackinac Island
- Horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island
- Ferry to and from Mackinac Island
- Frankenmuth, Michigan
- Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation/driver’s gratuity
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys
COST PER PERSON:
$250.00 deposit with reservation; Final payment due by July 1, 2018.
$20 early-bird discount with deposit received before 12/31/17, to be deducted from the final payment.
Cancellation insurance for this tour is $115 per person double and triple. $145 pp. single.