5 Great Michigan One-Tank-Trips
1. Holland & Saugatuck Lakeshore - There are 7 attractions in the area who have banded together to market themselves with a package at the Holiday Inn Express (with a heated indoor Michigan-shaped pool). These include: Dutch Village, Windmill Island, New Holland Brewing, Saugatuck Dune Rides, Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises, Crane's Pie Pantry and Fenn Valley Vineyards.
2. Traverse City is always top on my list...and my favorite activities are the "Pedal & Paddle" with The River at the Clinch Park downtown...take a 2-mile bike ride along the TART trail and then return on a 2-mile kayak trip on the Boardman River through the Boardman lake back to downtown TC. Then, end the day with an evening sail aboard the Tall Ship Manitou - themed cruises are always fun (Moomer's Ice Cream, Songs of the Lake entertainment, wine and beer/pizza). My top pick for overnight accommodations in TC is AmericInn (next to Pirate's Cove mini golf) or out on Leelanau Peninsula at The Homestead Resort...which is a complete destination itself...in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
3. Coldwater - is a great "retro" area with Allen's Old Fashioned Rootbeer Stand and the Capri Drive In Theater. Michigan still has more than a dozen drive-ins still in operation (Muskegon, Dowagiac, Hartford, Beulah and several on the east side).
4. Midland - is ideal for those who love unique homes and gardens...thanks to architect Alden B. Dow. You can tour his unique home & studio and also the adjacent gardens, which are just spectacular. Another great place is the Chippewa Nature Center...where they have some of the best nature-based programs around including paddling trips, hikes and other excursions.
5. Culinary Road Trips - There are dozens of these popping up all over Michigan - from those in the GR area to the lakeshore, Northern Michigan and Metro Detroit. There are also countless culinary tour operators that have exciting neighborhood visits or ethnic themed tours. Culinary Escapes is one based in Detroit (with tours also in Royal Oak and Birmingham). There are also themed tours that tie in kayaking and biking, in addition to riding and walking. www.michigan.org/Places-to-Go/Tours-and-Trails/Foodie-Tours/Default.aspx