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Planning a trip to the great lakes area.

Discussion in 'US - Central States Timesharing' started by talkamotta, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. talkamotta

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    My husband and I want to go to the great lakes area next September, October time frame, Illinois, michigan, Minnesota and wisconsin. I know nothing about this area. I can use my timeshares to deposit into RCI or II I also own a Wyndam and worldmark credits. I will probably go to Galena Worldmark. Other than that I'm open. We will have a car and don't mind driving 4 to 5 hours between resorts. How would you plan it or do you have any advice.
     
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    One logistical challenge is Lake Michigan if you want to go to Michigan. To get to MI from the other states you have to drive south around the lake through Indiana. It's a pain , in my opinion -- a drive that is often filled with construction, tons of truck traffic and in some really unappealing industrial areas. If you do this, do NOT make the drive on a Fri afternoon or a Sun afternoon -- you will hit a lot of traffic during those times. There are car ferries you can take across Lake Michigan from Wisconsin to Michigan. One is pretty slow ; the other faster but it's pretty expensive.
     
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    Lots of really nice resorts in Minnesota and Wisconsin (Wisconsin Dells, Door County, etc) and that may align you to go across the upper peninsula of Michigan to see the Mackinac bridge and perhaps stop at Mackinac Island (Grand Hotel perhaps) - not very many resorts in Michigan but maybe stay at Boyne Falls via an exchange or 'extra vacations' through RCI. I would not go via the southern route through Chicago either. Have fun planning your trip.

    Jim
     
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    Be sure to visit Door County in Wisconsin--very nice. Don't forget to eat lots of Cheddar cheese. And, have pasties in UP Michigan, fudge in Mackinac Island.
     
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    Galena Worldmark is a very nice small resort. The town itself has a cute downtown, some skiing, and a very nice distillery. It is actually part of the Dubuque, Iowa region, but also very close to Wisconsin. It would be a nice starting point to your Midwest travels, close to the Mississippi River. We have stayed there several times - It is not anything fancy, but very relaxing.

    You can also travel from upper Wisconsin, into the UP and then drive down thru Michigan as kind of a different adventure. There is occasionally off season availability in Traverse City for timesharing trades. TC area has tons of wineries, fishing, and beautiful scenery.
     
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    Following the rivers and lakes will probably give you the best of our states.

    Door County is the most popular tourist area with a few timeshares. You can’t go wrong spending time here.

    Galena is a nice starting point, as mentioned above. Lots of unique shops and plenty of restaurants.

    From Galena, consider traveling north on The Great River Road,a national scenic road trip along the Mississippi. There several wineries along the way. If you are into Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, deviate a little to Spring Green, WI to see the House on the Rock and Taliesin.

    Traveling north to Lake Superior, you could choose Apostle Islands National Lakeshore or a little further east, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pictured Rocks if best viewed from one of several boat cruises offered in the Munising/Grand Marais area.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the west side of Michigan is another beauty.

    When you have a path mapped out, check out www.roadsideamerica.com. It shows oddities you will encounter as you pass through various towns in each state.

    Timeshares:
    Several in Wisconsin Dells
    Telemark in Cable, WI
    Beacons of Minocqua, WI
    Eagle River, WI
     
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    In the lower peninsula of Michigan, there are some timeshares in the Harbor Cove/Bay Harbor area and Traverse City area that are good places to explore for nearby regions. Traverse City would get you close to Sleeping Bear Dunes which is a very interesting place. Harbor Cove is only about an hour from the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island and is beautiful in the surrounding region.

    There are no timeshares in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but Pictured Rocks is certainly worth a few days. I also love the Keweenaw peninsula in the northwest corner of Michigan. In my opinion, this is certainly worth going a bit out of your way to see.
     
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    The UP of Michigan is a great place to hang out for a few days. If you are going to go to Pictured Rocks, I would suggest spending at least one night in Marquette. No resorts, but many hotels. It’s a college town, but it the “Capitol” of the UP. Great places to visit around Marquette is Sugar Loaf Mnt, the Black Rockscof Presque Isle Park (if brave enough, you can cliff dive/jump into Superior). If you are into old movies, you can visit Big Bay (45 minutes North). The events of the Jimmy Stewart movie Anatomy of a Murder took place. The bullet hole is still there where the murder (Lumberjack Inn) and where the movie was filmed (Big Bay Inn).

    If you like craft beer, Blackrocks and Ore Dock Breweries are very good. There are so many good restaurants, but the Portside Inn is a great place for casual food. Get their breadsticks.

    Heading east near Sault St. Marie, Tahquamenom Fall s is really impressive and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has an awesome Edmund Fitzgerald display. You can sit on the beach and watch ships heading toward the Soo Locks. A trip to Mackinac Island is a must. You can bike around the island (no motors cars are allowed, have some fudge, and grab a drink at The Pink Pony. A trip around Historic Fort Michilinacinac is fun if you are a history buff. They have an active archeological dig on site.

    Traverse City could be a post if it’s own, but the wineries are a must (we LOVE the Old Mission Peninsula Winery). The Apache Trout Grill is great. You take a trip on the Tall Ship Manitou. They gave dinner cruises, ice cream cruises and even an overnight cruise.

    Going further south along Lake Michigan, Grand Haven and Saugatuk are worth a visit as well.

    If you need anymore ideas on Michigan, ask me. I’m a life long Michigander who has lived all around the state.
     
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    Weighing in again -- as lifelong midwesterner, I made my virgin trip to Door County last weekend. It was really really wonderful. It absolutely exceeded my expectations.

    After reading the various comments here, I would recommend focusing in on the northern areas of the states you are considering. I have been to Galena many times. It is "just ok" when compared to the other destinations that people have mentioned here.
     
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    Thank you for all your suggestions.
     
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    Oh dear God, this brings back a painful memory of a very.....very...bad decision on my part.

    Hot August day. Maybe even touching 90 in the UP that day.
    Finally getting out of car.
    Walking toward a dock.
    Bare feet starting to burn on dock. Not happy. Start to even run a bit
    Solution evident - jump in water.
    Relief imminent. Anticipation of refreshing plunge.
    And then......as I jump.....I realize no one else is jumping.....I wonder why...

    Introduction to 55 degree water.
    Would like to jump backward (back on dock)...not possible.
    Twins retreat instantly. Heat prostration gives way to hypothermia (or so it seems)...
    All of the sudden, near 90 degrees doesn't seem so bad...
    Lake Superior wins again.
     
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    HICV at Lake Geneva is a good base to explore Madison/Milwaukee/Chicago if you don't mind driving.
     

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