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June 20, 2017 - Historic Detroit Churches-  It's no secret that Detroit is home to oodles of gorgeous historic churches, but you really get an even great appreciation for their beauty when you see them on the inside.  You will see them on the inside.  You will see 5 historic churches, probably that you have not seen before.  No. This is not about the wow Catholic Churches.  We're seeing structures that are not normally on the tried-and-true church tours.  Many of the structures were built in the late 1800s.  You'll see so many different types of architecture - Gothic, Victorian, English, Revival. This is a great opportunity to see churches that you just wouldn't typically see on other tours.  Tour each of the churches and learn their rich history and how it affected the city of Detroit. $70/person

July 13 -- Summer Resale Rodeo-- You told me, I listened. We're visiting 4 resale shops in the northern suburbans of Metro Detroit in order to combine our experience with an outdoor sidewalk sale of the town. A sit-down lunch is included. All sizes. Summer fun for sure. $60/person

July 14, 2017 – Historic Apartment Buildings of Detroit– Art Deco apartments. Exquisite facades.  Our Historic Downtown tour offers a great overview of downtown history and architecture, from the nineteenth century to the present. We're going into places that are normally closed to the public. Includes lunch. $65/person

July 17, 2017 -- Historic Churches of Battle Creek --  Who would have known that Battle Creek has gorgeous historic Churches filled with significant stained glass windows complemented with renowned architecture. Visit  4 Houses of Worship each with private docent. Includes box lunch and heavy snacks. Drive through on your own. $75/person

July 19-24, 2017 – Boston, Salem & Cape Ann–​ Motorcoach transportation. 6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in Boston, 10 meals, 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners. Full day guided tour of Boston. Boston's world famous Faneull Hall and Quincy Marketplace. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Full Day Guided Tour of Scenic Coastal Massachusetts, Guided Tour of Historic Lexington and Concord.  Please let us know if you are interested and we will register you. $621/person

July 25, 2017 - Saugatuck -The Boat, The Dunes, The SitesIn Saugatuck you can stroll along the boardwalk admiring the boats and explore the dockside shops. Ride the Victorian hand-cranked ferry and experience a very wonderful and informatinve Harbor & Land tour that will knock your socks off.  We'll end our excursion at the corner drug store soda fountain where hand-creamed sodas and malted shakes have been a specialty for 86 years!  Enjoy the Star of Saugatuck narrated boat cruise.  Also a dune buggy ride for our group. Lots of fun for all.  Walking the streets of Saugatuck & Shopping. Touring Saugatuck on the amphibious Touring Water Taxi, Downtown Saugatuck shops, stores and  restaurants, the Kalamazoo River, the Saugatuck Harbor, "local lore" & "crazy people".  $95/person

July 27, 2017 - Arts, Amish & Adventure - This fun trip in Amish culture takes place in southwestern Michigan. This unique trip features Amish culture.  It's so interesting as we gaze into this closed group of people who live by extraordinary beliefs and pretty much off the grid. . We'll visit different Amish places, some Mennonites.  Each venue is  interesting.   $75/person

August 2, 2017 PUT-IN-BAY  A WONDERFUL DAY OF FUN FOR ONLY $114 -- A popular vacation spot since Victorian times, South Bass Island’s main town transforms from a sleepy little village to a lively tourist hub in the summer months.  While "Put-in-Bay" is technically a village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is used to refer to the entire island. Lots to see & do on this trip. Boat ride, caves, cars butterflies, gardens and more.   Put-in-Bay offers a wide variety of attractions and fun filled activities appealing to all.  hear our very informative and humorous guide explain history and little known facts about the island.  Life just doesn't get any better. We're sure you will agree, few places in the United States offer as many different and diverse activities all in one location as Put- In-Bay.  Board the Jet Express and sail at 10:15 am to Put-In-Bay. Bus pick up time is 6:30/7:15AM
 *Enjoy the Put-In-Bay Tour Train for a narrated tour
 *See and walk the South Bass Island Lighthouse
 *Visit the Perry’s International Peace Memorial 
*Go to the  Visitors Center  There are live fish exhibits and hands on aquatic displays. 
 *Walk in the Crystal Cave and Gift Shop! It's the largest geode
*Situated on the water, directly across from Gibraltar Island, the Put-in-Bay Winery offers tours, tastings, and snacks with a view of Put-in-Bay’s harbor. Taste five of the wineries' offerings varying from dry to sweet or create your own flight of Put-in-Bay Wines, Pelee Island wines. There will be discounts on bottles purchased
*Stop at the beautiful Butterfly House offers visitors a unique viewing experience of hundreds of different exotic butterflies in their beautiful atrium filled with plants, fountains and sculptures
*Stroll in the Antique Car Museum!

There will be additional attractions. Limited to 45 people. Full payment is DUE at the time of booking. 
Our group lunch is at the Tipper’s Buffet!

August 3, 2017 - Superb Suburban ChurchesWhen I'm not touring, I'm usually peddling my you-know-what around town, which is how I discover the many unique places in areas we tour.  We ran this tour last year to oohs & ahs.  The year we're featuring different Houses of Worship - Hindu Temples, Congregational, Orthodox wonders and more.  Yes to historic relics.  Yes to all worshiping God in our own ways as we aspire to know our creator.  Our metro area is filled with fascinating wonders, historic markers and most of all docents who tell us unusual & interesting facts about suburban Houses of Worship. Lunch included. $68/person

August 14, 2017 -- Michigan’s First State Prison - With lively, knowledgeable guides, tour Michigan’s First State Prison (1839-1934): Your guides tell stories about the historic prison that by 1882 became the largest walled prison in the world. Hear about prison life, conditions, punishments, reforms; colorful characters, corruption, and more. Witness how this old prison’s history is preserved within the repurposing today of the only old prison turned into a residence with a focus on the arts, making the tour a fascinating architectural experience as well. See the Historic Michigan Theatre of Jackson, In the beautiful theatre, you will experience “Jacktown: The History of Michigan’s First State Prison.” Though this interactive program of live storytelling, film, archival photos, and audience participation, visitors see & hear intriguing tales of prison life, colorful inmates, wardens, night keepers, crime, punishments, riots, and reforms. Lunch included. Talk by a former inmate. Tour of City of Jackson $75/person

August 15, 2017 - Gardens of Detroit "Detroit's community gardens now produce 200 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables per year, residents who work those gardens eat 2.5 more servings per day of fruits or vegetables than their neighbors, and property values near the gardens are rising by up to 20 percent," reports Forbes.  Our tour of Gardens of Detroit is fascinating to see how unusual spaces have been turned into proper floral and vegetable plots of plants and floral bursts.  We'll meet a woman who has a passion for bringing all flowers growing in different corners of Detroit together - she mingles wildflowers found in alleyways with her own homegrown annuals, biennials, perennials, trees, shrubs - turning them into beautiful bouquets. Lunch included. Guess how I discovered these green spaces!   $68/person

August 17, 2017 – Take a Tour of Historic Palmer Park – Palmer Park is Detroit's under appreciated architectural jewel. Stunning apartment buildings, green spaces and lovely homes. See the stable of the Detroit Mounted Police. Home to 13 miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic pavilions and play scapes. We will also visit two historic churches. Includes tour of the University District Homes. Docents will explain history. And, one of the Fisher Brothers "girlfriends" will be along for the ride. $65/person

Quilt Show for a Day – August 18- If you're thinking about attending the American Quilters Society in Grand Rapids, you're in for a treat and a very good time. Walking through American Quilters Society Quilt Week is like roaming through an art gallery brimming with color and texture, in various shapes and sizes. Learn new techniques as there will be many free demos, vendors galore, classes and more. Your entry ticket covers all demos at the show. Additional “quilt” stops, too on the return. $70/person

August 18, 2017 - Magnificent Mansion & MuseumsSHHH! DON’T TELL. YOU ARE THE FIRST TO HEAR!!  THIS TOUR LIMITED TO 30PEOPLE.  Get the scuttlebutt on this handpicked excursion into some of the most exquisite historic homes located in an historic neighborhood in downtown Detroit. Its original architecture has been preserved. These homes have served as a center for art and architectural study and a tour destination for those wanting to relive an era of graciousness that once was found in the city of Detroit when it was known as the "Paris of the Midwest.". There are 2-3 floors to explore and worth all of the oohs and aahs. In addition, you will be treated to viewing 2 urban B&Bs, one not yet open to the public so it's exclusive just for us.  Plus, there is another private home that is open only to us that day. You'll be treated to a unique shopping stop in this ultra-historic 4 block section of the "D". You'll also see the mansion that my spouse and I helped to save from the wrecking ball back in the early 90's. Docents are available at all stops. This tour is limited to 30 people only -- I'd rather have more; we were told to limit the trip to 30 people because of the venues.  Lunch included. Oh, mum's the word on the house for security reasons we were told, so we will reveal that home when you are on the bus. $75/person

Sept. 5 - Dow House Tour and lunch included. $65 pperson

Sept. 6 -- Quilts, Quakers & Questors-- This tour changes every time I run it. We'll still see the Underground Railroad House this hid the fugitives and various monuments. However, this time, we'll learn more about the archelogical dig and why the freed slaves evacuated the area.  Such an interesting step into history. Did you know that the events that precipitated the Civil War actually started in Michigan? Learn more. It's quite a sobering experience presented in a most enjoyable manner. $80/person

Sept. 7 -- The North American Indian –  For 30 years, beginning in 1906, Curtis traveled the United States, photographing portraits, landscapes and the daily lives of 80 Native American tribes, images that were collated in a 20-volume history and 723 photogravure prints. All will be on view, along with his recordings of Native American music and artifacts, and objects from his life. Unique opportunity to see entire collection of all 723 photos, including 20 bound volumes of pictures, an original film of native music, historic objects and cultural artifacts, speaker, lunch and more. $75/person

September 10-16 - Biloxi & New OrleansLuxury motorcoach transportation.  Includes: 6 nights lodging, including four consecutive nights at a Casino Hotel on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 10 meals including 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners, spectacular Gulf Coast gaming, guided tour of Bay St. Louis, guided tour of New Orleans, free time in New Orleans French Quarter, visit to a second Gulf Coast casino, dinner party w/entertainment, relaxing riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.  $585/person

September 19 -- Art Prize- Changes every year. New artists. Different venues.$85/person

September 22 -- Gold, Diamonds and Pawnshops  – A fun day trip to satisfy everyone’s curiosity about how to sell and buy coins, jewelry and antiquities via untraditional methods of coin, pawn and antique auction houses. Experience the shops from the TV Shows “Pawn Stars” and “Antique Roadshow” as well as an additional very high-end, suburban pawn shop. $65/person

September 22 -- The Michigan Renaissance Festival -The Renaissance fair, an interactive outdoor event that focuses on recreating the look and feel of a fictional English village called Hollygrove during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the latter half of the 16th Century. A large number of patrons also regularly attend the festival in costume further fleshing out the streets with nobles, pirates, Vikings, wizards, rogues, wenches, and an assortment of fantasy characters. The festival also includes many nationally known Renaissance festival stage acts, juggling shows, sword fighting shows, lane acts, a two-hour feast performed twice daily, three full contact joust shows performed daily

Totally awesome!

October 13 .... Friday the 13th Historic Cemetery Walk-- Join us as we celebrate the haunting traditions of times past!  Your evening starts in an historic home where you'll experience the peculiar customs of Victorian mourning as you view an authentic 19th centure funeral in the parlor. We'll hop aboard the jalopy for a trip to the Cemetery where a guided walking tour will introduce to you to some interesting citizens of the past 150 years. Candle glow &Jack-o-lanterns light your way through one of the oldest cemeteries in Michigan.  After your adventure, enjoy light refreshments and learn about Victorian Seances and Spiritualism. Enjoy a charming Edwardian Halloween party.  .Registrations must be in our office by August 20. Limited to 35 people. It's filling up quickly, so get your reservations in soon.  Mum's the word on the location. Not Detroit.  $78/person 

October 2-11, 2017 - Splendors of South Africa - $3,400 per person 
Be part of the lucky few to experience the power and magic of the wild frontier. The Kruger National Park. It stretches over 1.2 million miles. Stay in 1st class accommodations at the Crocodile River. See the Lions, Tigers, Rhinoceros, Giraffes roaming freely. Hear the lions roar in the quiet of night. 
Seal, dolphin and whale watching near Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 25 years. Visit exciting Cape Town's Green Market Square. Elephant Walks. African gems and minerals. The new Zeit's Museum. Enjoy the layover in London with our personal bus ride from the airport to the British Museum to see the Elgin Marbles from Greece & Egypt. Be part of the adventure!

Fall Color Tour – October 16 – Cider, donuts, tunnels of trees in magnificent fall colors! Everything that you would expect of a glorious Michigan autumn. $65/person

Go to Hell! – October 26 – Visit Spicer Orchards, on the bus talk by a Master Gardener and of course lunch. And you know me-a couple more stops to tickle your fancy. $65/person


December 1, 2017 - Christmas with the Amish

December 2, 2017 - Midland Home Tour
December 5, 2017 - Dow House Tour

December 7, 2017- Holiday Lights Detroit

December 9, 2017 - Boston Edison Home Tour

December 15, 2017 - Festive Churches





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