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I have to admit I’ve never been much of a Kid Rock fan, but listening to his catchy 2008 hit All Summer Long while sipping beer and motoring on a top-of-the-line pontoon boat along the Indian River between Burt and Mullet lakes in Northern Michigan was a perfect way to spend a hot July afternoon. And as I discovered on this recent visit, there’s plenty to keep any couple or family awed, entertained, and active. This lake-studded region has been a favorite summer playground of city dwellers from Detroit, Chicago, and other Midwest metro areas since the Victorian era – meaning there’s lots of fascinating history (such as the storied Grand Hotel, shown at left) mixed in with modern fun and games. Here are 10 ways to rock this land of Great Lakes, sweet cherries, flavorful whitefish, and efficient ferries.
Back then the word was reserved for moments that actually inspired awe. So the first time I climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and Abe slowly began filling my line of sight, that was awesome.
Fast forward several decades and several hundred miles northwest of Washington, D.C., to the beginning of May in Dearborn, Michigan, where Pure Michigan and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau brought me and a bunch of other travel writers to tour the Henry Ford Museum. As you might expect, cars, cars, and more cars of every make, model, and era are the stars of many of the Henry’s exhibits.
But the first display that caught my eye had a forlorn rocking chair, threadbare and stained with what I learned was hair tonic. A relic from one of Ford’s early automobiles, perhaps?
Historic Mackinac Island, located off the coast of Michigan at the convergence of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, is noted for its unspoiled nature and Victorian homes. Plan a stay on this idyllic isle at the 243-room Mission Point Resort. The Economy Buster package, starting at $185/night, includes two nights’ accommodations, breakfast daily, two dinners, and two round-trip ferry tickets. Traveling with kids in tow? For an additional $25, your child can stay and eat, too. Either way, book fast – the package Is only available in July.
THE VALUE: The package gives a savings of over $200 versus à la carte rates.
THE CATCH: The low rate is only available through July 15; for July 16-31, the package starts at $225/night.
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