Sat, Sep 29: Board your deluxe motorcoach in Indianapolis and head north to Hillman, Michigan. Check in to the Thunder Bay Resort. Travel through the resort by horse-drawn carriage as guides tell stories and the history of the territory. Cross a wooden bridge to view wild elk up close in the Preserve before arriving at a log cabin to enjoy a delicious five-course dinner cooked frontier-style on twin antique wood stoves, served with a sampling of locally produced wines. Then board your carriage for the short ride back to your evening’s rest. (Meal: Dinner)
Sun, Sep 30: Following breakfast at the resort, drive across the “Mighty Mac” bridge on the way to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. At the Soo Locks Visitor Center view the displays that chronicle the construction and the men that made the Locks possible. From the Tower of History, take in the 360-degree view of the locks and Canadian wilderness. In addition to touring the ship deck at the Museum Ship Valley Camp, view the cabins to see how the sailors lived, from the nicely appointed Captain’s Quarters to the plain accommodations of the crew. Housed inside the ship’s massive cargo holds are an Edmond Fitzgerald exhibit and four aquariums stocked with fish from the Great Lakes region. Tonight, enjoy the views while on a narrated dinner cruise through the Soo Locks. Cross the border into Canada for the next two nights. (B,D)
Mon, Oct 1: Board the Agawa Canyon Train and take in the views as the rail line hugs the canyon wall while descending 500 feet to the floor of the canyon. Explore the scenic walking trails, four waterfalls and an invigorating climb to the unforgettable lookout platform perched above the tracks. Or, simply relax and soak in the amazing view of Algoma Country ablaze in fall color. Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner with the group. (B,L,D)
Tue, Oct 2: Before departing Canada, visit the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, which explores the north's unique history of bush flying and forest fire suppression. Interactive displays include flight simulators, a cockpit demonstrator, a 3-D adventure showcasing the intense fury of battling a forest fire and a collection of 24 bushplanes. Take the ferry to Mackinac Island and check in to the Bicycle Street Inn, ideally located on Main Street in the center of downtown. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Wed, Oct 3: This morning enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island. Have lunch at the Grand Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, and explore the property or simply relax and take in the spectacular views from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. The remainder of the day is free to shop for fudge and other goodies in the quaint town. (B,L)
Thu, Oct 4: After breakfast at the hotel, head back to the mainland for the trip home. (B)
Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel, Ontario, Canada
Ideally situated on the boardwalk with stunning river vistas. Highlights: modern, beautifully appointed rooms with plush bedding • heated bathroom floors • in-room coffee maker and refrigerator • complimentary wireless Internet • restaurant • bar • fitness center • indoor pool • whirlpool.
Thunder Bay Resort, Hillman, Michigan
Located on Thunder Bay River in a beautiful setting of pine trees and an 18-hole golf course. Highlights: spacious suites with kitchen, refrigerator and coffeemaker • restaurant • gourmet dinner and wine tasting • high-speed wireless Internet • hot tub • hiking trails.
Bicycle Street Inn & Suites, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Superbly located on Main Street in the center of downtown Mackinac Island, the hotel perfectly blends the Victorian character of Main Street while offering all of the modern interior touches. Highlights: generously sized accommodations furnished in a contemporary style with premium bedding • walk in glass showers • in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave • complimentary wireless Internet • restaurant • bar • fitness center • candy shop.