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The Michigander Bicycle Tour


Sat July 14 - Sat July 21
Location: Cheboygan, MI US 49721 Directions
Type: Other, Bike Ride
Hotels, Inns, etc...
HOTELS, INNS and BED & BREAKFASTS

Camping is included with your Michigander Registration.

For additional campgrounds for those of you arriving before or staying on in the region, or for those with RVs, please visit www.michigan.org

HOTEL SHUTTLE SERVICE

If you prefer hotels over camping and are wondering how to get to and from camp once we are in Petoskey and Harbor Springs, we have a solution. Michigan Cycling Charters offers shuttle service to bring you, your belongings to your place of lodging and back to camp in the morning, click here to download the rates and reservation form.

RESOURCES

Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce

Many of the hotels and inns are located right along the Cheboygan River, near downtown and along the route to and from camp.  Many also offer ample parking for large vehicles and trailers. Cheboygan is on the sunrise side of Lake Huron and at the tip of the state with all that being “up north” has to offer, where you can also enjoy very favorable rates, making Cheboygan both an ideal destination and a wallet friendly one. Should you find rooms sold out in Cheboygan, Mackinaw City is the next town over and just a 20 minute drive from camp.

Pine River Motel
This classic motel is situated in a nice, quiet alcove away within walking distance of the Cheboygan River. All rooms are on the ground floor so, its easy to bring your bike and gear in and out, a totally no-fuss stay. Rooms include Wi-fi, cable television as well as a bathtub and shower.

Reservations: Call 231-627-5119 or www.pinerivermotelcheboygan.com

Best Western River Terrace
Located by the Cheboygan River, this low-rise brick hotel  features simple rooms feature a mix of traditional and modern furnishings, free Wi-Fi, cable television, as well as coffeemakers and mini refrigerators. Some offer microwaves, and balconies or patios with riverfront views. Upgraded rooms feature whirlpool tubs and/or sitting areas with pull-out sofas. Complimentary amenities include continental breakfast, parking and boat docking. Other perks include an indoor pool and a hot tub with river views, plus a fitness center.

Reservations: Call (231) 627-5688 or www.bestwestern.com

Fleetwood Inn & Suites

Overlooking the boat slips on the Great Inland Waterway, this unpretentious 2-story hotel features unfussy rooms with water views feature balconies or patios, plus free Wi-Fi, TVs, microwaves, mini refrigerators and coffeemakers; some have in-room Jacuzzi tubs. Suites add wet bars and/or stove tops. Freebies include continental breakfast, a local restaurant/shopping shuttle service, plus boat trailer and truck parking. Pontoon rentals can be arranged for a fee. Two-day minimum booking.

Reservations: Call (231) 627-3126 or www.fleetwoodinn.com 

Mackinaw Getaways

Cottage and home rentals in Carp Lake, Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, and points south. Log Cabins, homes, some offering nightly rates, 3-day rates and weekly rates.

Reservations: Call (734) 652-1985 or www.mackinawgetaways.com

Secrets on Main Bed & Breakfast

Four Victorian Era themed rooms for that Somewhere in Time experience, lovely antique furniture, it is pretty and cozy.

Reservations: Call 833-TEA-TYME (833-832-8963), check them out on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/SecretsOnMain 

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau 

The Petoskey Area is located on Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay in northwest lower Michigan. A variety of outdoor activities and attractions abound, as does the dining and shopping ambiance you'd expect in the Rockies or New England. The lodging is as diverse as the guests, whatever type of accommodation you’re looking for, you’ll find a wide variety available from economical to extravagant.

With over 2,800 rooms to surf on their website, its important to be sure that the hotel, inn, B&B you select in in Petoskey or Harbor Springs (their website also includes the towns of Walloon Lake, Boyne City, Alanson, Boyne Falls and Bay Harbor with some that could be a 45 minute to an hour drive from camp). 

Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Just a few blocks from camp, this relaxed, 1899 hotel is where Mark Twain stayed among other notable characters over the last century or two. The Perry Hotel, overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, boasts 75 individually appointed guest rooms, many with views of Little Traverse Bay. While regular efforts are made to preserve the historic beauty and elegance of the property, they also understand the need for modern conveniences. Some have period decor, balconies, bay views and kitchenettes. Breakfast, Sunday brunch and lunch are served in a homey dining room, while a pub offers casual fare for lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining is available in a seasonal rose garden. There's a fitness room, a library and a gift shop, and massage treatments are available for a fee.

Reservations: Call (231) 347-4000 or www.staffords.com/perry-hotel   

More Petoskey properties will be listed shortly....

Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce 

Nestled along the deepest harbor in the Great lakes lies the charming waterfront community of Harbor Springs. The area offers an abundance of natural beauty, four seasons of outdoor activities and an array of cultural and culinary attractions. The town is charming and filled with stately homes and cottages from the Victorian Era. As with the Petoskey hotel listings, please ensure the properties selected are actually in Harbor Springs or nearby at Boyne Highlands (not Boyne Mountain, which is an hour south with good traffic). 

Boyne Highlands Resort
Surrounded by a forest, this upscale sports-oriented mountain resort has a wide variety of rooms, all include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and mini refrigerators; many include kitchenettes, a deck or patio and/or a fireplace. Parking is complimentary. Other amenities include 13 dining options, outdoor pool, spa. wprld class golf , tennis and fishing ponds. Horseback riding is available for a fee. 

Michigander Bicycle Tour participants receive a 10% lodging discount between July 13-22. based on availability.

Reservations: Call (844)-464-1946 or www.boynehighlands.com

Birchwood Inn
Rustic rooms at a lodge like inn featuring cozy common areas, a heated outdoor pool & free breakfast. Lodging includes free parking, pet friendly rooms and kitchens in some rooms.

Reservations: Call (231) 526-2151 or www.birchwoodinn.com 

Colonial Inn
Located easy walking distance from the downtown Harbor Springs shops and restaurants, but tucked into the upscale residential area of “Wequetonsing” — a quaint “summer neighborhood” of picturesque white clapboard, turn-of-the-century homes, which the locals whimsically call ‘cottages.’ Our porches and balconies overlook spacious grounds and provide a perfect location for your summer vacation in this exclusive resort destination. Read a book, have a cocktail, or just relax on your porch or balcony while watching your children play on our spacious grounds, or swim in our pool. Bring your bicycles. The roads through our neighborhoods have 25 mph speed limits and are safe and picturesque. The famous “Little Traverse Wheelway” Bike path is only a short distance away where you can ride all the way to Charlevoix, 22 miles of continuous riding.

Reservations: Call (231) 526-2111 or www.harborsprings.com 

Mackinac Island

We highly recommend a visit to this jewel in the Great Lakes. A National Historic Landmark, the entire Island is filled with beautiful vistas, over 70 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Fort Mackinac, a quaint shopping district downtown, horse drawn carriage tours during the day, and an active nightlife with its happening music and bar scene. There are no motor vehicles, this is an Island dedicated to preserving its past as it heads into the future. Transportation is by foot, hoof or bicycle. Visitors can explore the historic Fort Mackinac, and ride up to the highest point on the Island to Fort Holmes. Be sure to try the different varieties of homemade fudge for which the Island is famous. Speaking of famous, Mackinac Island is home to Grand Hotel, where countless presidents have stayed over the years. It boasts the longest summer porch in America and was the set for the movie "Somewhere in Time"

Maps & Guides: https://www.mackinacisland.org/maps-guides/

All Michigander riders will receive discounted fare at $19/adult and $10/child roundtrip for the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. There is a fee of $11 per bike. www.sheplersferry.com 

Electric Bikes Users:
Electric bicycle permits must be acquired in addition to the city’s mandatory annual bicycle license. Electric bike permits are free, and annual city bike licenses cost $3.50. To qualify, people must have a medical reason and doctor’s note prescribing the use of an electric bicycle. People must also apply for a Mackinac State Historic Parks permit, which are processed by the city police department. Electric assist bicycles operating on Mackinac Island cannot have motors larger than 750 watts, or one horsepower. The police department will mail packets of information to those who wish to apply but are off the Island. For any questions or to arrange for a permit in advance with the Mackinac Island Police Department, call 906-847-3300.

Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island Ferry Schedule

Note: Mighty Mac Departures travel under the Mackinac Bridge on the way to the Island. This trip will take about 25 minutes, and there is no extra charge.
https://www.sheplersferry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Ferry_Schedule2018.pdf

Island Logistics:

  • 20 minute drive from Mackinaw City Ferry docks to Cheboygan High School
  • Ferry boat ride: Shepler's and Star Line both have fast boats that take about 20 minutes to get to and from the Island each day. Star Line also has a "slow boat" that takes about 45 minutes each way. 
  • Cost: Round trip tickets to the Island each day will add about $25 per person to your vacation budget, we will have discount coupons for all.
  • If you choose to stay at the glorious Grand Hotel, there is a dress code after 6pm, you'll need to bring dress clothes.
  • Horses take their time and rest often on the hilly Island. If you decide to take a horse drawn taxi, time cannot be predicted, just know it will take longer. 
  • The fastest way to get around on Mackinac Island is by bicycle.
  • The most convenient places to stay are downtown on Main street and Market Street.
  • Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark, yes, the entire Island. Steeped in history and luxury, it is a great place to stay.
  • Book early, the rooms sell out quickly in July.

More: www.mackinacisland.org

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