It's a summer VACATION road trip to MINIs on the Mack! Plan Now!
Schedule: (subject to revision)
Start: Saturday July 27: Staunton, VA
We will meet at the Sleep Inn Staunton, VA to head to Wright's Dairy Rite for welcome dinner. After dinner we will head a few blocks down the road to Split Banana for Gelato.
Note: For any participants from PA, MD, WV, or further north, the Great
Ice Cream Jog will be co-ordinated to arrive in Staunton by way of
Skyline Drive for Saturday. Details to be posted soon!
Day 1 | Sunday July 28: Staunton, VA - Charleston, WV
Depart hotel at 8am, heading Southwest to Beckley, WV for lunch and floats at King Tut Drive-In. After lunch, heading North to the New River Gorge Bridge, the third-tallest bridge in the US near Fayetteville, WV. Sunday night:
Hotel: Quality Inn downtown Charleston.
Dinner: Pies & Pints and late night ice cream across the street at Ellen's. Ellen hosted a private ice cream party for us 4 years ago, hopefully again!
Day 2 | Monday July 29: Charleston, WV - Columbus, OH
Depart hotel 8am, heading North on I-77. If time allows, we will stop for an early morning frozen custard at Whit's in Marietta, OH.
Continue North to see the Big Muskie's bucket, the world largest earth moving machine near McConnelsville, OH.
Then on to The Wilds 12pm.
If you plan to go to the Wilds, reserve the Open-Air Safari Tour online either for the 12pm or 12:30pm tour. Tours run about 2.5 hours.
Tickets cost $30 per person. Parking is $6 per car.
Next stop is Tom's Ice cream bowl in Zanesville, OH.
Hotel: Comfort Suites Columbus West.
Dinner: Schmidt's Sausage Haus
Ice Cream: Handel's near the hotel.
Day 3, Tuesday July 30: Columbus, OH - Toledo, OH
Depart hotel 8am. This morning we head West to Dayton, OH to visit US Air Force Museum. We will spend about 3 hr including lunch here.
After lunch we drive North on I-75 to Findley, OH for ice cream at Dietsch Brothers. It was one of our past favorites.
Hotel: Park Inn downtown Toledo. Parking and breakfast are included. Dinner is on your own or you can walk down the street to watch a minor league baseball game between Toledo Mudhens VS Louisville Bats. Game time is at 7:05pm.
Day 4, Wednesday July 31: Toledo, OH - South Haven, MI
Depart hotel 8am. Heading North on I-75 to The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI. We will spend about 3 hr including lunch here.
After lunch, heading West to South Haven, MI. We will make a quick break at our favorite donut shop, the Sweetwater's Donut Mill, Kalamazoo, MI. Hotel: Holiday Inn Express.
Hoping for a nice weather to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.
Ice Cream: Sherman Dairy Bar
Day 5, Thursday August 1: South Haven, MI - Mackinaw City/St Ignace, MI
Depart hotel 8am. 3 ice cream/floats today are at Hometown Creamery, MOOmers Homemade Ice cream and A&W Drive-In.
Hotel (group) Quality Inn, St. Ignace, MI.
Dinner: Clyde's Drive-Inn across from the hotel.
Remember, MINI On The Mack is on Saturday August 3, 2019
This event is very similar to the popular run from 4 years ago by the same organizer to have fun with MINI friends and make a vacation of it.
The event this year is not affiliated with any particular MINI club and is open to MINI owners from any club.
Registration is NOW OPEN. The registration will be limited to 20 MINIs for logistical purposes.
Please send a PM to me (MINIFIED) for a registration form and copies of the cue sheets for the hotel, dining, activities, and ice cream stops.
Registration fee is $10 per MINI. The registration fee covers a lanyard, name badge and a window sticker.
T-shirt will available to order during the registration.
Unisex short sleeves T-shirt is $20 ea.
Women V-Neck short sleeves T-shirt is also $20 ea.
Unisex long sleeves T-shirt is $25 ea
Credit cards will not be charged until June 15, 2019.
Cancellation can be made prior of June 15, 2019 without penalty.