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Golfing The Lake Huron Shore

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Michigan Golf Magazine | Golfing The Lake Huron Shore | Jason Deegan | 2012

I’m as guilty as every player in the state when it comes to ignoring U.S. 23, the road “less traveled by” when it comes to golf trips.

When Interstate 75 splits off into U.S. 23 just north of Bay City, I always stay to the left. This highway leads to golf riches as good as any in the country: Treetops Resort, Bay Harbor, Boyne, Shanty Creek, Grand Traverse, Crystal Mountain, Arcadia Bluffs … the list goes on.

But, for the first time in at least eight years, I explored the resorts and courses of U.S. 23 last summer. Along the way, I rediscovered golf playgrounds I had neglected and found some new ones. It was a memorable trip—and not just because I landed my first hole-in-one.

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Group Tour Mag

A Night To Remember

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Group Tour Media | A Night To Remember | August 31, 2012

History will come alive as you step back in time to life on the frontier and experience one of the Midwest’s greatest treasures at Thunder Bay Resort on Michigan’s Sunrise Side.

Gourmet home-style cooking – five courses plus wine tasting – is prepared before your group on 100-year-old wood cooking stoves in the antique-and trophy-filled Elk Antler Cabin.  This is just one aspect of a totally unique and fabulous four-hour culinary, historical and agri-tourism event.

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Group Tour Mag

Water and Woods

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Group Tour Media | Water and Woods | October 16, 2012

The Sunrise Coast of Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula stretches along the Lake Huron shoreline from Au Gres to Mackinaw City.

Just a bit inland is Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman.

Owner Jack Matthias and his daughter, general manager Melanie Libby, have developed a unique group tour experience.

In winter, summer and fall, Percheron and Belgian horses pull carriages or sleighs through the woods while passengers learn about and see the elk at the resort.  On arrival at Elk Antler log cabin, a group is served a five-course gourmet dinner prepare on antique wood stoves.  There’s also a tasting of locally-produced wines.

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Grand Parents

6 Places to Take Sleigh Rides

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GrandParents.com | 6 Places To Take A Sleigh Ride | Carole Terwilliger Meyers | 2012

Maybe we can’t relive the pleasure of a sleigh ride to grandmother and grandfather’s house, but we can enjoy gliding through the snow with Grandma and Grandpa in tow.  Here are some grand places to cuddle under warm blankets and create an old-time scene all your own.  These sleigh rides start when the snow begins to fall and usually continue until it subsides.  All are affiliated with comfortable lodging – or it is nearby – so you can get away for several days of outdoor fun.

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MLive

Elk Viewing, Fall Colors Make for Memorable Dinner Trip

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MLive | Elk Viewing Fall Colors Make For Memorable Dinner Trip | Kim Schneider | August 22, 2010

You won’t soon forget the background music that punctuates an autumn dinner wagon ride at the Thunder Bay Resort.

The haunting cry of a bull elk in heat isn’t your typical dinner music.  But the piercing, high-pitched mating call is the ultimate accompaniment to a gourmet dinner notable partly for the profusion of antlers everywhere you look.  It’s also a rare experience that you would need to travel to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park to duplicate – one reason for the success of the ride and rustic dinner combination that attracts about 4,400 people a year.

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Group Tour Mag

Thunder Bay Golf and RV Resort Serves Up Five Courses of Goodness

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Group Tour Magazine | North Flavors: Thunder Bay Golf and RV Resort Serves Up Five Courses of Goodness | Spring 2010

Fresh ingredients, two antique wood cookstoves, and the culinary skill of Jan Matthias and her staff add up to a mouth-watering meal in a unique setting at the family owned and operated Thunder Bay Golf & RV Resort near Hillman, Mich.

The resort pairs the gourmet dinner with a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride (depending on the season) through the woods of Northeastern Michigan to see some of the approximately 100 elk in its preserve.  Owner Jack Matthias (Jan’s Husband) relates interesting facts about the majestic animals and explains how the velvet material from their antlers is harvested and used in nutritional supplements.

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Pure Michigan

Thunder Bay Quilt Retreat

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Pure Michigan | Thunder Bay Quilt Retreat | January 5, 2010

A four-day weekend, quilting, and friends-it’s a combination that couldn’t get any better, right?  At Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman (20 miles west of Alpena) they’ll take that bet.  Toss in a nationally known quilt instructor, elk-viewing sleigh ride, gourmet dinner, and a picturesque location and you’re in for a real treat – The Perfect Quilter’s Retreat, that is.

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National Bus Trader Magazine

Thunder Bay Resort Receives Governors Award for Innovation

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Bus Tour Magazine | Economic Bright Spot for Michigan’s Sunrise Side Tourism | September 2009

The new Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration has been awarded to several Michigan’s Sunrise Side groups and businesses for successful efforts to develop regional itineraries and promote to the group tour/motorcoach industry.  The winning nomination was submitted by Develop Iosco, an economic development group in Iosco County.

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Detroit News

New Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

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The Detroit News | New Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail Lures Visitors to Alpena Area | Sandra Silfven | June 19, 2008

What do wine grapes, fruit wines, craft brews, elk herds and golf have in common?

They’re all available, often with views of Lake Huron, along the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail.  “Sunrise Side” is the nickname for the northeast Michigan coast from Standish to Mackinaw City, and the Trail is an association of tourist-friendly businesses, including two wineries, a microbrewery and an elk preserve, that banded together to showcase the beauty and diversity of this neck of the Michigan woods.

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Pure Michigan

Explore, Rejuvenate and Savor

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Looking for another way to enjoy the great outdoors this winter?  Then, why not consider a sleigh ride.  Thunder Bay Resort’s Sleigh Ride has been named among the top 10 Great American destinations for sleigh rides.

All winter long, Thunder Bay Resort stages an event that combines a memorable sleigh ride, with elk viewing, gourmet dining and wine tasting.  This four hour event will take you “over the river and through the woods” on a whimsical journey to view Michigan elk.  In fact, this is the quintessential Currier & Ives experience.

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