SUMMER ON MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN including two nights at the Grand Hotel
MACKINAC ISLAND—The Jewel of the Great Lakes! What is it about an island and vacations? It’s a natural fit! You have an Island where the automobile never replaced the horse and carriage. You have a Revolutionary era Fort where the British couldn’t permanently 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 unforgettable. Create a dream vacation that will eternally linger in your thoughts. 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. Two years ago, 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 northward, 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)
Day 2, August 5
We continue our journey this morning, arriving in Mackinaw City, Michigan tonight. We will overnight within a short walking distance to Mackinaw Crossings and the downtown area, where they are several restaurants available for dinner on your own. (B)
Day 3, August 6
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 shopping in the downtown area of Mackinac Island. This afternoon a taxi ticket will be provided for your transportation to the beautiful Grand Hotel, the crown jewel of pristine secluded Mackinac Island, for the next two nights. The 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. After dinner, enjoy coffee service (demitasse) along with a lovely 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)
Day 4, August 7
Rise and Shine coffee service is available for early risers 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 glorious island and beautiful hotel! This evening, dinner is included in the Main Dining Room, with after-dinner activities available. (B, D)
Day 5, August 8
Following breakfast this morning, we ferry to Mackinaw City to depart to 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 woodwork, imported German wall décor and Old World hospitality. Dinner is included tonight at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6, August 9
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’ deluxe accommodations/baggage handling, including two nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel
- One taxi carriage ticket on Mackinac Island
- Horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island
- Ferry to/from Mackinac Island
- Frankenmuth, Michigan
- Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation and driver’s gratuity
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys
Cost Per Person:
Quad: Not available
$300 deposit with reservation; Final payment due by June 1, 2023.