Offered By: Park Tours
Over the river and through the woods to witness wild elk in their natural environment.
Operates: Sep 21 2014
Tour Length: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Departs From: Dunbar, WV * Parkersburg, WV * Ripley, WV
Single Room - $831.00
Double Room - $763.00
Triple Room - $696.00
Quad Room - $696.00
We are excited to offer this beguiling new autumn tour to Thunder Bay Resort, cozily nestled within the hardwoods of Northern Michigan. Experience a real-life fairy tale as horse-drawn carriages courier guests over the river and through the woods to witness wild elk in their natural environment while guides fill the ride with interesting stories, facts and local history. Not only does the season bring special beauty to the North Woods but the fall rut rituals are an awesome sight! The horses know the way to charming Elk Antler Log Cabin filled with antiques, trophy mounts and a massive split stone fireplace. Sit back and enjoy the ambiance as a culinary artist prepares a hearty gourmet feast on antique wood cook-stoves right before your eyes. Throughout the meal, sample locally-produced wines as attentive servers see to your dining needs. As dinner draws to an end, owners Jack and Jan Matthias share a few fun Northern Michigan stories and all too soon it's back aboard the carriage for the return trip. Many of Thunder Bay's exciting tales, legends and lore lie beneath the waters of Lake Huron. The crystal clear waters and glass bottom viewing aboard Lady Michigan allow everyone to dive into the wrecks without getting wet. We'll spend time in the picturesque city of Alpena, enjoy a box lunch at Ocqueoc Falls, blow the foghorn at Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, experience a stellar show at Besser Museum & Planetarium, and more. *Photos courtesy of Thunder Bay Resort
Sunday, September 21: We are excited to offer this beguiling new autumn tour to Thunder Bay Resort. An early morning departure will have you cozily nestled within the hardwoods of Northern Michigan by dinner time. Rest breaks and meal stops will be made for your convenience. Upon arrival, check into your comfortable hotel and savor a spicy pasta buffet. A special treat tonight, enjoy s’mores cooked over a crackling fire! (D)
Monday, September 22: Rise and shine to a tasty breakfast at the resort. This morning, dive into some maritime history at the Maritime Heritage Center, where you can explore the history and archaeology of the Great Lakes’ wrecks. “Exploring the Shipwreck Century,” is a new, permanent exhibit located in the center’s main hall and includes a full-size replica wooden Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck where visitors can walk the decks, feel a Great Lakes storm, and touch the massive timbers of the boat resting on the lake bottom. In addition to the center, The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves a national treasure, nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water keeps many of these shipwrecks intact in water depths ranging from a few inches to 200 feet. During your glass bottom boat cruise, view the magnificently preserved shipwrecks while hearing exciting tales of many famous ships and the history, legends and lore of Lake Huron…without even getting wet!
Time for lunch. As the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, the historic town of Alpena truly embodies a haven from the stresses of everyday life. Relax with a cup of coffee and conversation at the café or enjoy lunch (on own) at a historic saloon that once catered to rough and ready lumberjacks. Then, browse the fantastic mix of antique stores, art galleries, boutiques, and quaint shops. Everyone will get together this afternoon for a stellar show at the Besser Museum & Planetarium and then return to town for your evening meal (on own). (B)
Tuesday, September 23: After a restful night of sleep and breakfast at the resort, journey to Ocqueoc Falls, the largest waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. More than just the falls, this is a very scenic area dominated by the river valley and forested by towering pines and hardwoods that burst with fall foliage. While basking in the natural beauty, a delightful box lunch will be provided. Just in time for dessert, your next stop is Knaebe’s Apple Farm. Situated in the hills on 13 acres, the farm produces 30 varieties of dwarf & semi-dwarf apple trees. The eclectic old barn is stuffed with crates of fresh apples, unpasteurized cider, honey, a large selection of jellies & jams, local maple syrup, spicy apple butter, and other Michigan goodies. It’s just a short jaunt into Rogers City on the shore of sparkling Lake Huron for a scrumptious dinner (on own). (B, L)
Wednesday, September 24: What a glorious morning! Depart the resort after a pleasant breakfast and follow the beacon to Presque Isle. The Presque Isle Light Station includes three historic buildings. Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit, the harbor light operated for 30 years. Visitors can climb the hand-hewn stone steps of the thirty feet tall tower for a panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline and Presque Isle Harbor. The keeper’s dwelling, painstakingly restored, serves as a hands-on museum – blow the foghorn, ring the bell from the Lansing City Hall clock tower and pose for the perfect picture with head and hands in an old set of stocks. The new working light tower, which connects to a keeper’s dwelling, was built in 1870 and is the tallest lighthouse tower on the Great Lakes accessible to the public.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch in Alpena (on own) before you sample a sweeter taste of Michigan. A unique sensory experience waits at Stoney Acres Winery; taste a variety of fruity wines and hand-made delights including wine truffles, fudge, candy bars and old-fashioned caramel corn. It’s time for the highlight of your tour…ride into a real-life fairy tale as horse-drawn carriages courier guests over the river and through the woods as a guide relates interesting stories, facts and history of Northern Michigan. The ride continues into the Preserve for an up-close look at majestic bull elk. See the splendid creatures wallow, strut, spar and fight for dominance. The fall rut rituals are an awesome sight! Hear the antlers clash and clatter as these world-class bulls prove their strength. Then, it’s on to the charming Elk Antler Log Cabin filled with antiques, trophy mounts and a massive split stone fireplace. Sit back and enjoy as culinary artist Jan Matthias prepares a hearty gourmet five course dinner before your eyes on antique wood cookstoves. As attentive servers see to all of your dining needs, you will have the opportunity to sample up to seven local wines throughout dinner. As the meal draws to an end, owners Jack and Jan share a few fun stories, then it’s back aboard the carriage for the return trip. (B, D)
Thursday, September 25: Eat a hearty breakfast at the resort and then, “Home Sweet Home” is the destination, so sit back and reminisce with new found friends about your remarkable fairytale adventure. Rest breaks and meal stops will be made for your convenience. (B)
Includes: Transportation, 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 1 box lunch, 2 dinners, elk viewing carriage ride, Maritime Heritage Center Tour, Old & New Presque Isle Lighthouses, Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tour, Besser Museum & Planetarium Show, Ocqueoc Falls, Stoney Acres Winery, Alpena, Rogers City
Please keep in mind that tour itineraries are prepared up to a year in advance and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Although every effort is made to adhere to the published itinerary, we reserve the right to cancel or alter any portion of this tour if necessary.
Terms and Conditions:
MOTORCOACH CANCELLATION & TRANSFER POLICY:
We cannot guarantee a refund on prepaid attractions, such as theatre tickets.
All cancellations must be received during normal business days/hours. If deadline falls on weekend/holiday, notice must be received on business day prior.
Park Tours acts only in the capacity of agent in arranging transportation or any sightseeing tours, cruises, etc., and as such is not responsible for any damages, loss, delay, injury, or accident due to weather, or any act of default of any company or person engaged in providing services included in our tours. We reserve the right to cancel any tour or make changes in any itinerary, as we deem necessary. This brochure is prepared up to a year in advance of some scheduled tours and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Park Tours is not responsible to any person for expense, loss of time or money or other circumstances resulting from a change in itinerary or change of tour arrangements.
Optional tours, transportation, and admissions not included in the group package are the responsibility of the passenger.
Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the passenger.
Each passenger is allowed one standard size suitcase to be handled by the hotel and stored in the motorcoach luggage bay. You may also bring a carry-on for which you are responsible for at all times. Park Tours cannot accept responsibility for baggage which may be mishandled (damaged) or which you choose to leave in the motorcoach overnight. Vehicle luggage bays can be broken into, so carry important or valuable items separately. When ending your tour, please be sure to retrieve all items before departing the motorcoach. Park Tours will not accept responsibility for returning or locating lost items.
Park Tours reserves the right to refuse transportation to persons who are under the influence of intoxicating substances, to unattended persons incapable of providing basic self-care, or to those persons whose conduct is disruptive to the driver or other passengers. This includes all passengers who do not comply with the simple practices regarding general safety, smoking, or tardiness causing frequent delays to the group. In such a situation, Park Tours will arrange transportation home for the individual at his or her expense and there will be no refund for any unused portion of the tour.
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SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ON THE COACH:
Frequent stops will be made to accommodate smokers.