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The Great Gatsby Getaway!

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  • Mackinac Island, MI

    TBD, Mackinac Island, MI (map)

    45.849178 -84.618935

  • Price: $2,124.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Step back in time as you celebrate the Golden Age of Jazz, flapper fashion, and dancing the night away in Northern Michigan!

    Stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and enjoy those famous summer evenings of 1922, of which so much has been written in Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. Parties on the island will be reminiscent of the Roaring 20's with costume competitions, Charleston dancing, interviews with personalities of the day, and living the good life as they did in the 1920's!

    Day 1:  Depart this morning for a trip back in time!  Enjoy an overnight stay in Charleston West Virginia and dinner at a nearby restaurant.
    Today: Dinner Included
    Overnight: Charleston, WV

    Day 2:  Another relaxing day on the road brings you to Troy Michigan where you'll stay overnight and enjoy a dinner at the hotel this evening.
    Today: Breakfast and Dinner Included
    Overnight: Troy, MI

    Day 3:  Welcome to beautiful Traverse City, located on the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan!  Early afternoon enjoy a tour detailing Northwest Michigan as the hub for vacationers like the purple gang to Al Capone.  A local guide blends facts and lore with the rich agricultural history and the diverse growing region from logging to cherries, now to the flourishing wine industry.  Leelanau County offers some of the most beautiful scenery and natural wonders such as Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Enjoy dinner in the acoustically perfect dome shaped ballroom before settling in with a 1920’s sing-a-long and a program featuring timeless love songs of the era;  "Ain’t Misbehavin’, "April Showers," "Always," and "Blue Skies."  Everyone is encouraged to dress in the 1922 era.  If not, snap pictures of others in their festive costumes!
    Today: Breakfast and Dinner Included
    Overnight: Traverse City, MI

    Day 4:  Travel north to Mackinaw City to a place ’where time stands still’ - for you it is a place where time is celebrated.  As you ferry to this scenic island, get your first exciting glimpse of the resplendent Grand Hotel.  A horse & carriage transports you to the Grand Hotel, a Five-Star Resort, for an incomparable Roaring 20’s Gatsby Event.  The hotel was built as a summer resort for the wealthy during the 1890’s and it will now serve as the hotel where you can celebrate the summer nights of 1922.  Take time to view the Straits of Mackinac from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch.  Then the evening begins with a reception, followed by a five-course dinner. "...through the summer nights.  In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars . . . He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths"... F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

    The evening event is as featured in the book or movie.  Part of this experience includes dressing for dinner, Jacket and Tie (from the 1920’s if you can).  Those who wish will dress the part of a Gatsby character, and "Flaunt It" with a promenade through the lobby.  Come as a 1920’s flapper, gangster or dandy; portray a famous person of the era, or become a historical character of your own fantasy. People who don’t dress are encouraged to applaud, laugh and enjoy the presentations.   There will also be a 1920’s Costume Competition with prizes for the best dressed.  

    "...and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher.  Laughter is easier minute by minute." There will be dancing to an orchestra, champagne and punch.  "The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter."  It’s a reminiscence, a social event, on the scale that legend tells us Gatsby sponsored at his summer Mansion.  As the orchestra plays and the sun sets . . . "the lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun."
    Today: Breakfast and Dinner Included
    Overnight: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

    Day 5:  Today is at leisure to explore both the Island and Resort.  You might start with the Island shops and boutiques, rent a bicycle for two, explore the gardens and greenhouses of the Grand Hotel, rent a drive-yourself carriage or enjoy the escorted carriage tours.  A stop at Historic Fort Mackinac is a must for American Patriots.  Visit a fudge store and watch it made, walk through "Hubbard’s Annex" of historic summer homes, step into a butterfly house, church, or even the Grand Hotel Stables.  At the Resort you will find historic lectures and afternoon Teas and "Great Gatsby" movies, the sportsperson may even consider a round of golf (clubs and carts are available for rent).  There are also competitions of bocce ball and croquet on the lawn, and putting on the golf green.  

    Then tonight’s post dinner party is another Great Gatsby event, a Roaring 20’s Dance & Song Competition.  With the Grand Hotel Orchestra you will be able to "Sing and Swing" in competition for the Best Dance Couple and the Best Singer.  Prizes will again be offered and the hotel photographer will be snapping pictures that you can buy!  "Daisy began to sing with the music in a husky, rhythmic whisper, bringing out a meaning in each word that it had never had before and would never have again. When the melody rose, her voice broke up sweetly, following it, in a way contralto voices have, and each change tipped out a little of her warm human magic upon the air."
    Today: Breakfast and Dinner Included
    Overnight: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

    Day 6:  After breakfast, depart for the  mainland.  "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."  F. Scott Fitzgerald 

    According to legend, if you drop your key in the silver bowl and it clangs, you are sure to return in the near future. Transfer to the Island docks and then ferry across to the Mackinaw City.  Board the motorcoach and enjoy the drive to Columbus Ohio where you'll stay overnight.
    Today: Breakfast and Dinner Included
    Overnight: Columbus, OH

    Day 7:  Depart for home this morning after breakfast, filled with memories of the glittering Golden Age!
    Today: Breakfast Included

    This trip includes:

    R/T Motorcoach Transportation
    6 Nights Hotel Accommodations
    6 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
    Guided Tour of Traverse City
    1920’s Welcome Reception
    2 Evening Receptions at the Grand Hotel
    3 Evening Gatsby Parties
    Afternoon Tea & Cookies
    Island Ferry & Horse Drawn Taxi Service
    Hotel History Lecture
    Many Free Resort Activities
    Professional Tour Director

    Trip Cost: from $2,124.00 per person, double occupancy

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