"Islands & Lilacs" Mackinac Island's Lilac Festival
Mackinac Island's Lilac Festival June 11-15, 2018
"Islands & Lilacs" June 11-15, 2018 Mackinac Island's Lilac Festival
TWO Nights at the “Historic Grand Hotel”
Apostle Islands - The Grand Tour
Round Trip Motor Coach Transportation from Northeast Minnesota's Iron Range, Grand Rapids, Duluth
AND ... Boarding in Central Minnesota's Brainerd, Little Falls, Rice and St Cloud Area
FOUR Nights Lodging: One Night @ The Comfort Inn in Manistique, Michigan
Two Nights @ The Historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI One Night @ The Bayfield Inn in Bayfield, Wisconsin
Ferry Ride across Mackinac Straights on the Arnold Ferry Shuttle
Time on Mackinac Island to Include a Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour and Horse-Drawn Taxi Voucher
The Grand Tour Cruise Around Twenty Two of the Apostle Islands
SEVEN Meals-Breakfast Each Morning, Two Dinners at the Grand Hotel One at the Old Rittenhouse Inn
Fully Guided with a Happy Trails Tour Host ; Luggage Handling, All Tips and Taxes Included
Deposits: $125.00 per person deposit due per reservation-This is non-refundable after April 1, 2018 Full payments: May 1, 2018. Cancellations:Monies returned with cancellations between April 2, 2018 and May 1, 2018 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives back from hotels, charters, tour companies, restaurants and theaters. Cancellations after May 1, 2018 receive no refunds. Dress Code: The Grand Hotel asks that women wear dresses or nice slack outfits and that men wear coat & tie after 4:30 pm in lobby area Travel Insurance: Trip cancellation insurance is available at an additional charge. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this investment as it offers peace of mind and financial security. Final documents: Your final documents, day-by-day itineraries, hotel address & phone numbers should arrive around the 3rd week of May.
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
June 10th - Pre-Night Stay in Duluth for Friends of Central Minnesota If you are from central or southern Minnesota, you may come up the night before with our driver and stay in Duluth. Hotel: Country Inn & Suites ~ 4257 Haines Road, Duluth, MN 55811 Phone: 218-740-4500 This property is next door to the Outback Steakhouse. It has a swimming pool and all the amenities you'd expect at a Country Inn & Suites. The coach will pick you up the following day at the hotel at the time checked below. The specific time will be announced about 6 weeks prior to your departure.
Day 1: June 11th - Travel to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Manistique, Michigan - 350 Miles from Duluth This is a preliminary boarding list from 2017. We'll confirm the specific place and time of bording once everyone is registered.
9:00 am- The motor coach departs DULUTH for Manistique Michigan. Settle back and leave the driving and tour arrangements to Happy Trails Tours and Trobec Bus Company! After a long winter and spring, a beautiful summer driver through upper portion of Michigan can be quite refreshing! Our journey will include mostly two-lane highways as we travel east along highway #2 to Manistique. The times listed below are only estimates. We'll make a morning comfort stop before lunch. 1:00 pm-We'll stop in Iron River, Michigan for lunch (190 miles away). Depart Manistique @ 2:15 pm. (143 miles away). We'll be moving into the Eastern Time Zone just before Escanaba. We'll continue along Highway 2 along the shoreline of Lake Superior on our way to Manistique. 6:00 pm- (Eastern Time) Estimated arrival to Manistique, MI The Comfort Inn - 617 E Lakeshore Drive, Manistique, MI # 906-341-6981 This is a nice property with an indoor pool, two beds in the rooms, coffeemaker, irons & boards and a great breakfast. They have a Big Boy Restaurant in their parking lot. The evening is yours to enjoy as per your own agenda.
Day 2: June 12th 6:30-8:00 am- A nice breakfast awaits us this morning before departing Manistique. We'll travel about 90 miles to Mackinaw City, Michigan. Here we'll cross the unbelievable Mackinac Bridge linking Michigan's peninsulas. 11:00 am- We'll board the ferry that will take us on our 30-40 minute ferry ride toMackinac Island. Once we arrive to the island, we'll have a couple of hours to explore as per our own agenda and have lunch at one of the quaint restaurants along our way. What a beautiful time of year to visit Mackinac Island during the Lilac Festival. Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949 after a conversation with Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King who encouraged the then teen and today’s Mackinac Island Carriage Tours veterinarian Dr. Bill Chambers to have a parade on Lilac Sunday. The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June. What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival. _____pm- In the mid-afternoon, we'll board a narrated Horse Drawn Carriage for a history tour of the island. Once our tour is complete, the carriage will bring us to the glorious Grand Hotel! We'll begin the check-in process (around 4 pm) and settle in for the next two nights at the Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Michigan #906-847-3331 6:30 - 8:30 pm- Dinner Hour: Our evening Dinner is included in your package and consists of a 5-course dinner served with the elegance that only the Grand Hotel can do! Folks are invited to go and eat at their leisure. If a small group of you wish to eat together, we recommend making reservations. You’ll have a variety of entrée’s to choose from. Please note that folks must be in formal attire in the dining room. Gents need a coat & tie…ladies will want to wear dresses (long or short) or dressy slack outfits. Breakfast & Dinner are included today.
Day 3: June 13th 7:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast is served at the Grand Hotel Enjoy a full day to explore this amazing island at your leisure. Another wonderful day has been dedicated just to YOU! A fabulous full American breakfast is yours to enjoy as per your personal schedule dictates. The rest of the day may be enjoyed however you wish to spend it. The gardens on the property are amazing! The hotel also offer a variety of nice activities throughout the day…but the main activity at the Grand Hotel is relaxing. You may wish to walk downtown (or take a horse-drawn taxi) to explor the many little village shops, historic landmarks, and more. They have a wonderful afternoon tea or you can just go to the lobby area, find a place to sit and listen to the harpist play. Dinner, included @ hotel between 6:30-8:30 pm. Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Day 4: June 14th 7:30 am- Breakfast is served at the Grand Hotel. Your tour host will announce what time to set out your luggage. We encourage everyone to come to breakfast early as we'll be taking an early morning ferry to the mainland to begin our journey homeward. We'll take our last horse-drawn taxi ride to the boat dock where we'll catch the ferry - this time to St Ignace Michigan. Once we arrive to St Ignace, we'll travel to Bayfield, Wisconsin. Set your seats back and relax. A lunch break and comfort stop will be made as the day goes along. We'll move back to Central Time and gain our hour back today. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Bayfield, Wisconsin - The Bayfield Inn. The Bayfield Inn - 20 Rittenhouse Avenue, Bayfield, WI ~ 715-779-3363. The Bayfield Inn is a lovely property with a fabulous view of Lake Superior! We have every room on the grounds!They don't have an elevator, so PLEASE let me know if you cannot climb stairs. They will carry your luggage for you.They have coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards, alarm clocks, free internet, and only steps from the shoreline of Lake Superior. We are about 2 blocks from the Old Rittenhouse Inn, where we'll have dinner tonight. 7:00 pm- Get ready for a delicious plated dinner to be served at the historic Victorian Old Rittenhouse Inn (Included) You will be able to decide your personal menu choice at the time of seating. After dinner, we'll return to the hotel for a peaceful night's rest. Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Day 5, June 15th 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast is served at the Bayfield Inn. 8:00 am- Set our your luggage. 9:15 am- We'll board the coach and travel to the boat dock just a hop, skip and jump away! 9:30 am- Boarding begins. We are going to the boat dock to board the "Apostle Islands Cruises" for a Grand Tour of the Islands. We'll sail past 22 islands in all with views of Raspberry Island, Devils Island Lighthouse and the sea caves. The tour is about 3 hours and very scenic! 1:00 pm- Our cruise concludes. After our cruise, take the afternoon to explore the beautiful downtown area of Bayfield before we start traveling home. 3:00 pm- Board the coach and begin our journey homeward. Breakfast is Included today.
Estimated arrival home:
5:00 pm- Duluth / Superior; 7:00/7:30 pm - Eveleth/Virginia; 7:30 pm-Hibbing; 8 pm-Gr Rapids Our friends from Central Minnesota will meet their transfer in Superior, WI. Estimate: 8:00 pm- Little Falls ; 8:30 pm- Sartell
Islands and Lilacs - Mackinaw Island Things to Know Before You Go on This Tour
The Coach/ Seat Rotation: The coach is chartered through Trobecs Bus Company of St Stephens, MN. It offers large windows, a restroom, TV’, CD & DVD, electrical outlets, limited Wi-Fi, seat belts, foot rests, cup holders and reclining seats. Since this tour is SOLD OUT, we will assign seating prior to boarding so that you are sitting nearby your travel companions. We do not rotate seats so you will keep the seat you have throughout the tour. We stop every 2 - 3 hours for breaks. PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes we end up on a stretch of highway that may prevent us from stopping exactly within those time limites. We will, however, do our best to accommodate this need. Please note, there’s also a restroom on board if you need it. Thank you for your understanding. Hotels:The hotels amenities are listed on the day -by day. On occasion, you may notice one without an elevator. Our property in Bayfield does NOT have an elevator. If you cannot climb steps, please let us know. Please note: there are several steps to climb to get into the coach. Also, this Bayfield property has several buildings on the property grounds and we'll be spread between those buildings. It is a lovely property and they welcome our arrival. Fully Guided with Professional Drivers and Escorts: Not to worry - you’re in good hands! Your tour manager looks forward to greeting each of you. Rest assured, the smallest detail has been given the utmost attention to assure a relaxing and well organized tour. The Trobec drivers are professional and ready to greet each of you personally. Our friends from Central Minnesota, will ride up the night before with our driver. You will be brought to the Duluth Comfort Inn for your pre-night stay. You will notice two areas on the itinerary where boarding is checked. Kindly call us if you have any concerns or questions. Luggage: Pack one suitcase each. This suitcase is delivered each night to your rooms by the porter. (Tips are included). You may bring a carry-on bag, as well, on board. Carry-on bags are handled by yourself. Do not make them heavier than what you can carrry. Don't forget your camera snf extra batteries for your charger. Dress Code and How to Pack: This tour is comfortable and casual EXCEPT in the dining room at the Grand Hotel. Ladies are asked to wear a nice slack outfit/ dress and the gents are asked to wear coat and tie prior to dinner. Once we arrive to the Grand Hotel, we'll have a short orientation tour explaining in detail how our time on the Island and our stay at the hotel will unfold. As for the rest of the tour, wear comfortable shoes and pack a light weight jacket for those days should it get a bit chilly. You may also wish to pack a swimming suit as many of the hotels do have indoor pools. We also recommend an umbrella for the rainy days and sunscreen for sunny days. Meals: The meals we include offer menu’s with limited menu options~ most of which are plated sit-down meals. The breakfasts at the hotels offer a variety of styles ranging from deluxe continental to a full hot breakfast. Special Needs: Be sure to let us know of any special needs...such as diet, walking, stairs, allergies or motion sickness, etc…. If you use a wheelchair, walker (one with a seat is best) or a scooter, please let us know. Please refrain from using strong cologns or perfumes while on board the coach. So many folks have allergies and we want everyone comfortable while traveling. Diabetics are encouraged to bring along some little snacks as we cannot always promise meal breaks on schedule though we do our best to. Remember we will be on eastern time zone once we get to Michigan. So pack accordingly. Tipping: The tour includes tips for luggage handling, meals and step-on-guides. Tips are not included for your driver & on board travel host. On Board Activities: We play movies, play games, listen to CDs & tell stories as we pass the time along while traveling. If you have a cute joke or story (and it’s appropriate for all audiences!) then we invite you to use the microphone and share your humor with all on board. Schedule Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. Sometimes changes occur beyond our control. If a change occurs, we’ll replace it something of equal value. We have no control over any of the attractions listed in this flyer nor can we control hotels, tour companies (other than our own); restaurants and theaters.