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MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN

Mackinac Island: The Jewel of Michigan

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Program #1575RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 13, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Harbour View Inn overlooks the water and is an elegant hotel recreated in Victorian charm. The inn enjoys a colorful history. Madame La Framboise, a Great Lakes fur trader and granddaughter of Returning Cloud, Chief of the Ottowa Indian Nation, built this stately manor. Her home offered shelter for early traders, explorers, and mapmakers, as well as a meeting place for writers, artists, Governors, and Ladies. You will find the Victorian charm and history of Harbour View Inn enchanting. Please visit their web site at harbourviewinn.com to download a brochure or view a video of the hotel and grounds.

Contact info:
6860 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
phone: 906-847-0101
web: harbourviewinn.com

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. $190 + tax.
Make own reservations. Identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: On-site registration and hotel check-in.

Dinner: Dinner on-site at 6:00pm.

Evening: Welcome program.

Lodging: Harbour View Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harbour View Inn overlooks the water and is an elegant hotel recreated in Victorian charm. The inn enjoys a colorful history. Madame La Framboise, a Great Lakes fur trader and granddaughter of Returning Cloud, Chief of the Ottowa Indian Nation, built this stately manor. Her home offered shelter for early traders, explorers, and mapmakers, as well as a meeting place for writers, artists, Governors, and Ladies. You will find the Victorian charm and history of Harbour View Inn enchanting. Please visit their web site at harbourviewinn.com to download a brochure or view a video of the hotel and grounds.

Contact info:
6860 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
phone: 906-847-0101
web: harbourviewinn.com

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. $190 + tax.
Make own reservations. Identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Carriage Tour and Fort Mackinac
Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Enjoy a narrated carriage tour of Mackinac Island through the downtown and into the state park. Discover the valuable roles horses play on the island. Afterwards, visit historic Fort Mackinac and learn about the island's military importance.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Discover the geological history of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region in a classroom session followed by a walking field trip with a prominent local naturalist.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Learn about the daily challenges, unique dilemmas, and unexpected pleasures residents face living on Mackinac Island.

Lodging: Harbour View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harbour View Inn overlooks the water and is an elegant hotel recreated in Victorian charm. The inn enjoys a colorful history. Madame La Framboise, a Great Lakes fur trader and granddaughter of Returning Cloud, Chief of the Ottowa Indian Nation, built this stately manor. Her home offered shelter for early traders, explorers, and mapmakers, as well as a meeting place for writers, artists, Governors, and Ladies. You will find the Victorian charm and history of Harbour View Inn enchanting. Please visit their web site at harbourviewinn.com to download a brochure or view a video of the hotel and grounds.

Contact info:
6860 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
phone: 906-847-0101
web: harbourviewinn.com

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. $190 + tax.
Make own reservations. Identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - History of Mackinac Island
Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Discuss the unusual combination of Mackinac Island history (Native, French, English, and American) and learn how each culture played a role in the island's development. Discover the island’s role in past wars, as a home for early fur traders, explorers, and mapmakers, and its development as a popular tourist destination.

Lunch: Lunch on-site

Afternoon: Group will be split in two: Half will attend a classroom session to learn about the various types of lilacs and their importance to the island through a lecture and walking field trip with a nationally recognized arborist and Master Gardener, while the other half visits the historic Grand Hotel for an elegant, but casual, afternoon of tea.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Harbour View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harbour View Inn overlooks the water and is an elegant hotel recreated in Victorian charm. The inn enjoys a colorful history. Madame La Framboise, a Great Lakes fur trader and granddaughter of Returning Cloud, Chief of the Ottowa Indian Nation, built this stately manor. Her home offered shelter for early traders, explorers, and mapmakers, as well as a meeting place for writers, artists, Governors, and Ladies. You will find the Victorian charm and history of Harbour View Inn enchanting. Please visit their web site at harbourviewinn.com to download a brochure or view a video of the hotel and grounds.

Contact info:
6860 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
phone: 906-847-0101
web: harbourviewinn.com

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. $190 + tax.
Make own reservations. Identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Visit to Governor's Mansion
Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Tour the summer residence of Michigan's Governor. Designed by Frederick Perkins, the cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Group will be split in two: Half will attend a classroom session to learn about the various types of lilacs and their importance to the island through a lecture and walking field trip with a nationally recognized arborist and Master Gardener, while the other half visits the historic Grand Hotel for an elegant, but casual, afternoon of tea.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Learn about one of Mackinac Island’s most important resources – the horses. The island vet will discuss the roles of horses on the island, their care, and why they are so essential to island life today.

Lodging: Harbour View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harbour View Inn overlooks the water and is an elegant hotel recreated in Victorian charm. The inn enjoys a colorful history. Madame La Framboise, a Great Lakes fur trader and granddaughter of Returning Cloud, Chief of the Ottowa Indian Nation, built this stately manor. Her home offered shelter for early traders, explorers, and mapmakers, as well as a meeting place for writers, artists, Governors, and Ladies. You will find the Victorian charm and history of Harbour View Inn enchanting. Please visit their web site at harbourviewinn.com to download a brochure or view a video of the hotel and grounds.

Contact info:
6860 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 USA
phone: 906-847-0101
web: harbourviewinn.com

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. $190 + tax.
Make own reservations. Identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Victorian Architecture/Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Learn why the Victorian homes on Mackinac Island are an important part of the island's history and their status today as renowned works of art. Revel in their beauty and design on a walking field trip with the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Lunch: Lunch on-site. A Taste of Mackinac, a culinary event that features Chefs from the islands’ restaurants.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Mackinac Island on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Closing program.

Lodging: Harbour View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Enjoy a personal reflection on cottage life in the West Bluff. Explore local approaches that embrace the island's ban on automobiles.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Program ends at 11:30am after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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4.9
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