Glad to see someone mention Trolls! Yoopers call everyone living under "da bridge" (Mackinac Island) a troll. The movie "Somewhere In Time" was filmed with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. There are no cars or motors on the island so you really do "go back in time". the ONLY way to get there is by boat. There's plenty of horsepower, fudge, shops, eateries, and carriages. There are bikes to rent EVERYWHERE on the Island --where you can ride 15 miles (downhill, coasting) to Arch Rock...a beautiful formation on the water. If you drive to the Shepler or Arnold's ferry terminal, you can bring your own bikes. There are horseback riding stables and "the cowboy in you" can hop on a horse to clip clop past all the Victorian mansions. In the late 1800's big money folks from Chicago and Detroit sent their families up to the island in the summers to beat the city heat. There's also an historic fort to tour on the Island and a couple of beautiful, small stone churches.
My son, Adam, is a boat captain with an 28' Boston Whaler. He has offered to make two lake runs (Friday/Saturday) from Bay Harbor, a town next to Petoskey, MI straight to Mackinac Island...so we can arrive in style! You'll go under the bridge which literally joins the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan while separating two of the great lakes, Huron and Michigan. The bridge is a man-made wonder, 5 miles long. He can take up to 14 persons each trip (1.5 hours each way) and there will be a sign up sheet on Thursday night for Friday and Saturday's cruise. All he asks for is a little help with the fuel and we are not setting a price.
There's a road called "the tree bridge" from Petoskey to the Mackinac Bridge for all those who prefer to drive or want to bring their own bikes the Island. Along this road is a winery with it's own shop of farm goods, some animals, and produce. There's also some eclectic shops and ice cream along the path..I won't call this route a road. On one side you've got a drop off into Lake Michigan with breathtaking views and then there's this path, with no shoulder, barely wide enough for two cars, and the trees go right to the edge of it and touch overhead for 20 miles! It winds and rolls and you just want to stop and take pictures! You can make the wineries OR Mackinac Island/City your final destination. I think some people might want to take the boat cruise one of the days and drive to the wineries on an alternate day??
Nearby, in Indian River, there is a fish museum and large hatchery--they give tours.
Those willing to drive an hour southeast can take an afternoon run to see Hartwick Pines State Park & Forest--a lumberjack camp museum with the only stand of VIRGIN White Pine in the state. There are trees that take 20 people to put their arms around, a cookhouse, lots of hiking trails, and lumberjack sleeping quarters to tour.
On Monday, weather permitting, we want to put together a group of 6 for salmon fishing! Adam's boat isn't named "The Rodfather" for nothing! He has all the gear and can provide a guide. Again, just a little help with fuel and a tip for the guide he has to hire, and we can put together a fishing trip that's cheap, productive, and fun. We can figure this out over s'mores on Friday night!
Did I mention Petoskey Stones? Use google images to see these beauties! Did I mention the Ship Wreck Museum with the Edmund Fitzgerald? Don't mean to write a book, but there is so much to see and do.
Yes, I was born in Chicago, a true south side girl, but 30 years ago I married a Michigan farmer and the rest is history. I love the mitten!
Steve did a great job starting this thread and he has way more Airstream experience than I have. Together, I think we can put on a rally that people will forget "Somewhere in Time" and say, "One more time!"
My email is Mellen60@gmail.com
and my blog (with Big Nasty, our Peterbilt Adventure) is: thepaintedpost.blogspot.com
Happy Trails and hope to see you at Alumapalooza this year!