Mackinac Island, Petosky & Thunder Bay

Fall Colors of Michigan

  • Date

    October 1-6, 2021 | Fri / Wed ­– 6 Days

  • Location

    Mackinac Island | Petosky | Thunder Bay Resort


The vibrant colors last only a few fleeting weeks, but the magic of fall is breathtaking to witness in Upper Michigan. Relax in the peaceful serenity of Mackinac Island while viewing leaves in brilliant reds and golden oranges mixed with a touch of green. On the return route, stop in Charlevoix to view the unique architecture of Earl Young’s “mushroom” houses, and discover the quaint town of Petoskey. Top off this magical tour with a savory five-course dinner in a rustic lodge nestled in the northern woods of a wild elk preserve.


  • Upper Michigan at traditional fall foliage time
  • 3 nights on Mackinac Island with narrated carriage tour
  • Lunch and free time at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
  • See Earl Young’s “mushroom” houses in Charlevoix 
  • Horse drawn carriage ride through an elk preserve for a 5-course dinner in a rustic lodge


  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Fri, Oct 1: Board your motorcoach in Indianapolis and head north to Michigan. Take the ferry to Mackinac Island and check in to the Bicycle Street Inn, ideally located on Main Street in the center of downtown. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Sat, Oct 2: This morning, take 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, or explore the island on your own. (B,L)

Sun, Oct 3: Spend the day at leisure exploring Mackinac Island and all it has to offer. (B)

Mon, Oct 4: After breakfast at the hotel, head back to the mainland. Cross the strait by ferry and board the motorcoach for the drive across the “Mighty Mac” bridge. Travel to Charlevoix for a tour of the town’s most historic locations. See the quirky Earl Young “mushroom” houses, built from 1918 to the 1950s, many of which have undulating stone walls capped by a mushroom-shaped cedar shake roof. Enjoy free time in town before transferring to Petoskey and checking in to Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the Perry Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Have dinner with the group and an evening enjoying the beautiful lake views. (B,D)

Tue, Oct 5: Spend the morning at leisure in Petoskey, a resort destination for more than 100 years, overlooking the shores of Little Traverse Bay. Explore the shops, restaurants, parks, and art galleries of the Gaslight District. Visit the historical museum, hunt for Petoskey Stones along the waterfront, or discover Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History featuring antiques, works by Michigan artists, and an exclusive collection of historical photos and artifacts. Board the motorcoach and travel to Hillman, Michigan and 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 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. (B,D)

Wed, Oct 6: After breakfast at the hotel depart for home, arriving early evening. (B)

Bicycle Street Inn & Suites, Mackinac Island, Michigan

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: in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave • complimentary wireless Internet • restaurant • bar • fitness center.

Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey, Michigan

Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey, Michigan. Perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the Perry Hotel stands as a proud symbol of the early 1900s when northern Michigan tourism was in its infancy. Built in 1899 as one of some twenty original luxury resort hotels, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Highlights: individually appointed guest rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi • fitness room • Jacuzzi • 3 restaurants • pub • gift shop.

Thunder Bay Resort, Hillman, Michigan

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 • complimentary wireless Internet • hot tub.


  • Complete Package
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,599 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,549
  • Single – $1,829

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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