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Smitten with the Mitten  Mackinac Island Adventure 

August 25 - 29, 2024

Embark on a lively Michigan escapade filled with memorable moments and delightful discoveries. From the bustling streets of Grand Rapids, renowned for its culinary scene, to the timeless charm of Mackinac Island, where horse-drawn carriages and sumptuous buffets await, each day offers its own unique charm. Explore the historic gardens of Castle Farms in Charlevoix, enjoy wine tastings, and brace for excitement on the Saugatuck Dune Rides. Traverse the iconic Mighty Mac Bridge, soak in panoramic views, and savor local flavors at every stop. Whether wandering along the island's porch or sampling delicious fudge, every experience adds to the tapestry of your Michigan adventure. As the journey concludes, reflect on the memories created and the beauty of the Great Lakes state. 



Sunday, August 25, 2024

Get ready for a whirlwind Michigan adventure! On Day 1, kick off your journey as you depart from St. Louis and hit the road towards Grand Rapids. After a scenic drive, check into the Drury Inn and get ready for some serious foodie action with dinner at Noto’s Old World Italian. Get ready to be wowed by their award-winning atmosphere and classic family recipes, where every bite is a journey through Italian culinary delights. (Dinner) 


Monday, August 26, 2024

Today is all about the magical Mackinac Island! Start with a delightful lunch in Mackinaw City before hopping on Shepler’s Ferry to Mackinac Island. Check into the Murray Hotel, your cozy island retreat. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.  (Breakfast/Dinner) 


Tuesday, August 27, 2024

After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, it's off for a horse-drawn carriage tour around the island and a feast fit for royalty at the Grand Hotel Grand Luncheon Buffet (Indulge in an array of delectable dishes while taking in panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac). With free time - dive into delicious fudge from local shops, strut along the world’s longest porch at the Grand Hotel, marvel at the natural wonder of Arch Rock, and explore the charming historic island homes that dot the landscape. (Breakfast and Lunch) 


Wednesday, August 28, 2024

On Day 4, get ready for another day packed with excitement! Begin your morning by crossing the Mighty Mac Bridge, a magnificent structure that spans the Straits of Mackinac, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. As you journey towards Charlevoix, prepare for an unforgettable experience at Castle Farms. Delve into 100 years of history as you explore acres of meticulously manicured gardens, enchanted forests, and intriguing architecture. Indulge in a delicious lunch and guided tour of the castle, immersing yourself in the charm and grandeur of this historic landmark.  As the day unfolds, wind down with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of the region and reflecting on the adventures of the day.   Our overnight stay will be in Holland, MI.  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 


Thursday, August 29, 2024

Embark on your final escapade as you head to Saugatuck Dune Rides. Buckle up and hold on tight as you experience 40 minutes of sand and excitement aboard Michigan’s premier dune ride attraction. Learn about the lost town of Singapore, marvel at local wildlife, and soak in the stunning summer views from the open-air vehicles. 


As the journey comes to a close, bid farewell to the beauty and charm of Michigan as you drive back to St. Louis, cherishing the memories of your unforgettable adventure. 

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