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Hosted By: Cliff Bennett
Morning Mix Host
Get ready for the ultimate Great Lakes getaway with a tour along Lake Superior including delightful cruise excursions and two nights on Mackinac Island. Begin in Duluth, Minnesota, exploring the famous port city including Glensheen Mansion, the Canal Park district, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and enjoy a scrumptious Sunset Dinner Cruise. Then travel into Wisconsin along the shorefront, stopping for an Apostle Islands cruise to view spectacular sea caves in gorgeous hues of rich brownstone and clear, turquoise cave water. Explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore cruise to discover brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches. Cruise up and down the lockage through Soo Locks and learn about Sault Ste Marie. Then ferry to Mackinac Island for old-world charm and lakeside leisure. We conclude our tour with an afternoon in Frankenmuth, the “Little Bavaria” of Michigan, and in the Detroit area, with a visit to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
August 30th, 2024 - September 7th, 2024
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 07/01/2024
Day 1 : Arrive in Duluth
Begin with a pleasant flight to the Lake Superior port city of Duluth, Minnesota where we check in for a two-night stay.
Day 2 : Sunset Dinner Cruise
Appreciate the unique city of Duluth with its natural beauty, fascinating history, and artsy local culture. Tour Glensheen Mansion, a 20,000-square-foot historic house museum. The Jacobean-styled mansion includes 12 acres of property on the Lake Superior waterfront with 39 rooms that showcase premier Midwest design from the early 20th century. Then take time to explore, shop, and have lunch in Duluth’s charming Canal Park district, a recreation hub famously connected by the historic Aerial Lift Bridge. Continue with a visit to the Great Lakes Aquarium and be fascinated with the volume and variety of freshwater ecosystems on display that include 205 species of different animals. Freshen up before returning to Duluth Harbor for an enchanting Sunset Dinner Cruise. Savor a delicious supper while enjoying narrated harbor highlights and the panoramic city skyline above the glistening water.
Day 3 : The Apostle Islands
Arrive in lovely Bayfield, Wisconsin for a narrated cruise exploring the Apostle Islands. Take in regionally unique natural wonders and history with sightings of storied lighthouses, phenomenal sea caves around Devils Island, and more. Have leisure time and lunch on your own in downtown before transferring to Ashland, Wisconsin. We stop at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, then check in to our overnight accommodations.
Day 4 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Today we experience the splendor of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Admire the dramatic rock formations of many colors along Lake Superior's southern shore during our Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore cruise. We also have the chance to taste a regional delicacy - the pasty! Cornish settlers brought this hearty meat-and-vegetables pastry recipe to the Upper Peninsula in the mid-19th century and it has been a savory staple ever since. Tonight’s overnight is in Munising, MI.
Day 5 : The Soo Locks
After breakfast cruise the famous Soo Locks, a classic adventure where we experience both up and down bound lockage. Take in the history of the area as we cruise among Sault Ste. Marie attractions and get up-close views of massive freighters. Stop for photos of the immense Mackinac Bridge before we cross to Mackinaw City and board a ferry bound for Mackinac Island. Upon arrival, we check in to our cozy accommodations.
Day 6 : Mackinac Island
We depart our hotel this morning in horse-drawn carriages for a tour of Mackinac Island. The island’s Victorian architecture recalls a time of days gone by. Midday, we gather for an included Grand Luncheon Buffet at the luxurious Grand Hotel. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring this timeless gem of Midwest recreation.
Day 7 : Frankenmuth: The Little Bavaria of Michigan
Journey to Frankenmuth, Michigan. Considered the state’s “Little Bavaria,” this quaint town embodies timeless German heritage while maintaining a modern edge. Enjoy an ice-cold stein of beer or other beverage with lunch on your own and have time at leisure for exploring at the River Place Shops. Visit Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland to experience why TIME named Frankenmuth one of America’s “most Christmassy towns” with year-round Christmas magic. This evening, savor an included Bavarian-style breaded chicken dinner. We stay in Frankenmuth tonight.
Day 8 : Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
We travel to Detroit and stop along the way in Dearborn, Michigan to witness true geniusness at The Henry Ford Museum. Offering exhibits that inspire, engage, and inform based on Mr. Ford’s work, we discover the amazing technological breakthroughs of this incredible man. We also explore the historic Greenfield Village, spread over 80 acres. Ride in a Model T, travel the rails on a steam-powered locomotive, sit on the same bus where Rosa Parks made her stand, and enjoy lunch in an 1830s café. This evening, join fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner and overnight in Detroit.
Day 9 : Arrive Home
Enjoy breakfast before journeying home with fond memories from our Great Lakes getaway.
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A lifelong resident of the CSRA, Cliff grew up in Aiken and has been very involved in the arts & media for over 31 years.
Cliff graduated from USC-Aiken in 1995 with a double major in Theatre Arts and Broadcast Journalism and was the first Fine Arts graduate from that school. He began his radio career in May 1993, and began working with WRDW-TV in May 2020. He is Promotions Director and co-host of the stations’s local lifestyle shows “MORNING MIX” and “MIX AT 3”.
Cliff has been active in the community; hosting concerts, live broadcasts, performing theatrically & musically, 17 years promoting the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, and nearly 20 years performing in the annual American Heart Association Benefit.
Cliff resides in North Augusta with his wife, Heidi. They have two children, Alice Rose and Christian.
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