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Patrick C
04-08-2016, 06:00 PM
Hi gang. I am putting together a Fall Driving Tour in Northern Michigan this year and have mentioned this to a few other Michigan owners who showed a definite interest.

No definite dates are set yet, but I am looking to do this on a weekend in Late September.

Events will include (in no particular order at this time):

-A drive on beautiful M-119, known as "The Tunnel of Trees", which features breathtaking scenery in the fall as the leaves change colors. This is a very curvy road along the coast and is an absolute blast to drive in a DeLorean and stop to take in all of the sights along the way.

https://roadtrippers.com/stories/tunnel-of-trees?lat=40.80972&lng=-96.67528&z=5

http://www.goodhartstore.com/Good_Hart_General_Store,_Tunnel_of_Trees_files/TofT2011_2.pdf

Here's a brief video showcasing just a bit of the drive:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8DkGIveto&nohtml5=False

-A stop for lunch and beer and wine tasting at Pond Hill Farm:

http://www.pondhill.com/#your-local-farm

-Some time in Mackinaw City, including a stop at Historic Mill Creek as well as Colonial Michilimackinac.

http://www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac/

http://www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/historic-mill-creek-discovery-park/

-Depending on how many owners are interested in participating in this weekend, I may be able to line up a boat cruise under the Mackinac Bridge (no promises being made at this time):
http://www.arnoldline.com/ride-arnoldline/departures/sip-n-sail

Does this strike anyone's interest? If so, let me know as I will be putting details together over the next few months!

NightFlyer
04-10-2016, 10:45 AM
I'm interested :thumbup:

Patrick C
04-10-2016, 03:51 PM
I'm interested :thumbup:

Great!!! More details will be coming soon with hotel information.

stevedmc
04-10-2016, 05:19 PM
I'm interested :thumbup:

If he goes im goin. Put me down for it too sir.

FABombjoy
04-10-2016, 08:09 PM
Me too, tentative upon circumstances.

Patrick C
04-11-2016, 06:12 AM
If he goes im goin. Put me down for it too sir.


Me too, tentative upon circumstances.

Great!!! More details and a date to come later this week so that we can all plan accordingly.

Patrick C
04-11-2016, 10:28 PM
Dates are set! Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. Rooms in Harbor Springs are available at the Best Western and will likely fill up fast as we get closer to the fall, as this is a very popular destination for tourists and other car clubs.

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/MI/Harbor-Springs-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-of-Harbor-Springs/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=23114&cm_mmc=BL-_-Google-_-GMB-_-23114

Other hotels are located in nearby Petoskey, Michigan which is a 20 minute drive or so from the Best Western. At the time of this posting, the Best Western seems to have the most reasonable rates for these dates.

I hope to see many of you there!

FABombjoy
08-02-2016, 09:49 AM
If any of you boo boo's are going, I may have a spare bed for a room share.

Patrick C
08-05-2016, 09:34 AM
Glad to see more people on DMCTalk and Facebook RSVPing for this event. The more the merrier!!!

Patrick C
08-05-2016, 10:18 AM
UPDATE: We have added an additional stop/ending point for the driving tour! http://www.boyne.com/boynehighlands/events/hops-n-highlands

stevedmc
08-05-2016, 02:00 PM
I think I might be lazy and fly to the event. Any chance of someone going that has a spare passenger seat?

Patrick C
08-25-2016, 06:23 PM
The itinerary will be as follows:

September 23rd: 7 PM Meet-up for dinner with whoever is in town (location to be determined.)

September 24th: The driving tour kicks off at 10 AM.

Driving tour will include:

-A drive on beautiful M-119, known as "The Tunnel of Trees", which features breathtaking scenery in the fall as the leaves change colors. This is a very curvy road along the coast of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay and is an absolute blast to drive in a DeLorean. There are lots of spots to stop, shop, and take photos along the way.

https://roadtrippers.com/trips/10398335?lat=40.80972&lng=-96.67528&z=5

http://www.goodhartstore.com/Good_Hart_General_Store,_Tunnel_of_Trees_files/TofT2011_2.pdf

Here's a brief video showcasing just a bit of the drive:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8DkGIveto

LUNCH: We will stop for lunch at the beautiful Pond Hill Farm:
http://www.pondhill.com/#your-local-farm

The conclusion of the driving tour will end at Boyne Highlands resort for their Hops 'n Highlands festival, including scenic chairlift rides, a zip-line, as well as sampling 44 Michigan Breweries and over 175 craft beers,

http://www.boyne.com/boynehighlands/events/hops-n-highlands

Dinner will follow at a nearby restaurant.

A local hotel with plenty of parking is the Best Western of Harbor Springs:

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/MI/Harbor-Springs-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-of-Harbor-Springs/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=23114&cm_mmc=BL-_-Google-_-GMB-_-23114

Please note, this is a busy time of the season for fall tourists and car clubs, and rooms will fill up fast. Make sure to book early to guarantee a room!

Patrick C
09-12-2016, 05:40 PM
The driving tour is less than two weeks from today! Who is coming with their car? I would like to get a headcount together.

Andrew
09-20-2016, 04:10 PM
I think I might be lazy and fly to the event. Any chance of someone going that has a spare passenger seat?

Steve, are you coming to the event?

stevedmc
09-20-2016, 07:15 PM
Steve, are you coming to the event?
I wish. Too much going on with this flood.

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Patrick C
09-20-2016, 08:35 PM
Steve, are you coming to the event?

Assuming Andrew is coming, as of now we have Shannon, Luke, Richard V, myself. 5 DeLoreans isn't bad for an inaugural tour!

Andrew
09-21-2016, 04:04 PM
I'll be there!

FABombjoy
09-21-2016, 09:36 PM
Why isn't Josh going? He's like right around the corner. Kinda.

Patrick C
09-22-2016, 04:06 PM
Another local owner has surfaced and is joining. We are up to 6 DeLoreans now!

stevedmc
09-23-2016, 08:00 AM
Man im tempted to hop on a flight today. Whats the nearest airport that serves American Airlines?

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