Host Day Tours - Sunday, July 1

*** We still have available tickets for the following tours for purchase:

Mackinac Island Tour
Tall Ship Excursion **special note: the Blue Angels will be flying over during this event.
Float the Platte River
Lighthouse Tour
Lavender Farm Tour
Host Day Farm Tours
Sport Fishing Tour

These tickets are only available for those who are already registered for the convention. You can purchase these tickets at registration at the convention (Cash or Check ONLY).

Wheel  Tour 1 - Leelanau Peninsula and Tall Ship Excursion
1 Bus - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (space limited)
Tall Ships
8:00 a.m. Board Bus at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
8:15 a.m. Depart hotel
10:00 a.m. Board bus
10:30 a.m. Arrive at the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park  
11:30 a.m. Board bus
11:45 a.m. Arrive at the Traverse Tall Ship Cruise
2:15 p.m. Board bus
2:45 p.m. Arrive at Black Star Farms
4:45 p.m. Board bus
5:30 p.m. Arrive back at Resort

The first stop will be to the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station. This 100-acre center sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces nearly half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries. It is the premier research site for integrated pest management, horticultural production, value-added processing, marketing and farm management for sweet and tart cherries, wine grapes, apples, plumbs and hops. Lunch will be at the Cathedral Barn, a newly restored venue that historically served as a dairy farm for the former Traverse City State Hospital.

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center

The Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park is a newly restored event venue located just one-mile from Downtown Traverse City. Lunch will be served at the Cathedral Barn. Once an operational dairy farm that fed the patients and personnel of the former Traverse City State Hospital, Historic Barns Park is full of history.

Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800's 'coasting' cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain. With a 59-passenger capacity, there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. Her overall length of 114 feed, beam of 21 feet, and displacement of nearly 100 tons ensures a comfortable, relaxing motion, soothing to both land lubbers and 'old salts' alike. (No alcoholic beverages allowed).

Black Star Farms is a unique wine & culinary destination in the heart of Traverse City's wine country that features two winery production facilities with tasting rooms on both the Old Mission and leelanau Wine Trails. Our winery and distillery produce some of the most sought after and awarded Michigan wines and spirits.

Black Star Farms

Wheel  Tour 2 - Leelanau Peninsula and Catamaran Cruise
1 Bus - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (space limited)

Catamaran Nauti-Cat
7:00 a.m. Board Bus at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
7:10 a.m. Depart hotel
8:00 a.m. Arrive at Cherry Republic
9:10 a.m. Board bus  
9:45 a.m. Arrive at Nauti-Cat
12:15 a.m. Board bus
12:30 p.m. Arrive at the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park
1:40 p.m. Board bus
2:00 p.m. Arrive at Brengman Brothers
4:15 p.m. Board bus
5:00 p.m. Arrive back at Resort

We'll come right out with it.... Cherry Republic is the place you come for all things CHERRY, and all things DELICIOUS! For all things cherry and all things delicious, Cherry Republic is the place to be. You will tour the cherry processing facilities and learn about cherry growing and the harvesting process of one of nature's most delicious fruits. The good people of northern Michigan welcome you with open arms to dive into our outrageous year-around cherry fest. Let the good times roll!

The Nauti-Cat was built in 1988 by custom fabricator William Hartzog in Houston, Texas. At 47 feet long and 29 feet wide, the Nauti-Cat has almost 50 tons of displacement. She handled most weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico due to the Simpson & Wild design. You can see the Nauti-Cat is a catamaran, the ship slices through the water with great stability, providing a soothing atmosphere. In 1998, the Nauti-Cat was re-outfitted with all new gear including a 63 foot mast, boom, winches, halyards, sails, and engines. With all these new renovations, the Nauti-Cat made her debut in Traverse City. On board you will also find 2 "heads" (That's bathrooms for you land lubbers!). The Nauti-Cat now sails on West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan (adult beverages available).

The Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park is a newly restored event venue located just one-mile from Downtown Traverse City. Lunch will be served at the Cathedral Barn. Once an operational dairy farm that fed the patients and personnel of the former Traverse City State Hospital, Historic Barns Park is full of history.

Our number one focus at Brengman Brothers is to create and offer fine wine with the grapes that we grow in our three vineyards, from contracted grapes grown by other Michigan winegrowers or from the imported wines that come from our sister winery in Italy. The Brengman Brothers pride ourselves of doing what we do to orchestrate a family business that is a serious contributor to the world of fine wine.

Wheel  Tour 3 - Sleeping Bear Dunes Family Activity Fun
3 Buses - 8:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Sleeping Bear Dunes
7:30 a.m. Board Bus at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
8:00 a.m. Depart hotel and rotate each bus through the following stops:
8:30 a.m. Stop A: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
10:00 a.m. Stop B: Glen Haven
11:30 a.m. Stop C: Maritime Museum
1:00 p.m. Picnic box lunch
2 - 4 p.m. The Dune Climb – Last stop for all three buses
5:00 p.m. Depart Dunes
5:30 p.m. Arrive back at Resort

Stop A: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is certainly a must-do activity when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes      National Lakeshore. The 7.4-mile drive loops through the Beech-Maple forest and sand dunes and provides insight to the history of the area, a sampling of the vegetative communities found within the park and, best of all, spectacular overlooks of the Glen Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Lake Michigan.

Stop B: Glen Haven 
Glen Haven – Cannery Boathouse, Blacksmith Shop, General store - 1 hour
A visit to Glen Haven, the small village on the Lake Michigan shoreline, is a step back to a time when small villages and docks supplied fuel to steamers along the Great Lakes. Glen Haven is the best preserved cord wood station on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and perhaps the entire Great Lakes. Glen Haven was a company town and eventually diversified into farming, canning of fruit, and tourism.

Stop C: Maritime Museum - 45 minutes
Visit the Maritime Museum to learn about the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and Great Lakes shipping. Walk through the boathouse next to the museum and see the life-saving equipment used during the early 1900's.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a breathtaking symphony of water, sky and towering sand dunes on our Lake Michigan shoreline. Part of the national park system since 1970, Sleeping Bear is one of America's most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, miles of hiking trails and the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, is a multi-use pathway that will run for 27 miles from the northern end of the park to a point just south of Empire.

Wheel  Tour 4 - Platte River & Experience Sleeping Bear Dunes
3 Buses - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Platte River Tubing
8:00 a.m. Board Bus at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
8:30 a.m. Depart hotel and head to Platte River Float
9:30 a.m. Arrive at the Riverside Canoe in Birch Trail
10:00 a.m. Drop Participants off at the River Bank
1:00 p.m. Board buses at the Lake Township Park
2:30 p.m.

Arrive at the Sleeping Bear Dunes at the Dune Climb Hill (Glen Arbor).

3:30 p.m. Depart the Dune Climb Hill
5:00 p.m. Arrive back at Resort

Kick off this tour by enjoying an inner tube float down the Platte River that will wind your way to Lake Michigan, at the base of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Participants will unload the bus at the Platte River Float and use the rest rooms and coordinate inner tubes. They will reload the bus and need to be transported to the edge of the river bank (only a few minutes from the main lodge).

Lunch will be enjoyed lake side before heading for the famous Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to see the glorious views from the top of the dunes. The final stop on this tour concludes with a visit to the infamous Dune Climb hill for fun and adventurous Dune exploration.

Sleeping Bear Dunes - Dune Climb

Wheel  Tour 5 - Farm Tours
8 Buses - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Check out our Farm Tour page for details on all the tour stops: Click Here

9:15 a.m. Board Bus at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
9:30 a.m. Depart resort and head to one of the following stops:
Buses will rotate between the following four stops, 2 buses at each stop
  2 buses to Ber-Sher Farms
  2 buses to Hidden Hills Dairy
  2 buses to Yonkman Dairy

2 buses to Bosscher Dairy
(this farm hosting lunch for all farm tour participants)

5:30 p.m. Arrive back at Resort

Enjoy an hour-long ride through the rolling woods to the heart of northern Michigan's Holsteins. Farm stops include Ber-Sher Farms where they currently farm 450 acres of corn and hay and milk 220 Registered Holsteins in a double 8 parlor. They have a 30,000-pound RHA and have bred 11 Excellent cows. The Brunink family of Hidden Hills Dairy welcomes you to see their new parlor built in 2016 for their 950-cow dairy. Hidden Hills Dairy has bred several bulls for AI and several high genomic females. Bosscher Dairy is home to 275 Holsteins and farms 1,200 acres. They have a herd average of 26,900 pounds of milk and a double-12 Herringbone parlor. Lunch will also be hosted at Bosscher Dairy.

Click Here to see details on all the farm tour stops!

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