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Oakland Press

Come See The Elk

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The Oakland Press | Come See The Elk | February 17, 2008

HILLMAN – The horse-drawn sleigh pulls to a stop and guests clamber out to get a closer look at the elk feeding just beyond the fence.  We’ve been warned not to get too close, but still, we’re just a few feet from the 1,200 pound animals with massive antlers.

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National Bus Trader Magazine

Pure Michigan Sunrise Side Bus Bash

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National Bus Trader Magazine | Pure Michigan Sunrise Side Bus Bash | Larry Plachno | February 2008

Pure Michigan Sunrise Side Bus Bash 2008 will take place from May 23-May 26, 2008 with activities centered in Hillman and Alpena, Michigan. It will be the 49th Bus Bash event in the ongoing series that was founded by the late Bob Redden in 1979. It will also be the second Bus Bash in the State of Michigan.

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National Bus Trader Magazine

Bus Bash Returns

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National Bus Trader Magazine | Bus Bash Returns to Northern Michigan | November 2007

We have been receiving reader inquiries about the forthcoming Bus Bash scheduled to take place in Michigan over Memorial Day Weekend in 2008.  While the schedule of Events and details have not yet been finalized, we already have substantial preliminary information that we can pass on at this time.

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True North

Dashing Through The Snow

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True North Magazine | Dashing Through The Snow | Kent Miller | Winter 2006

HILLMAN – The sound of sleigh bells fills the air as our bundled-up group embarks on an unforgettable journey into the Northeast Michigan forest.

Boots laced up, scarves pulled tight, wool blankets adding the final layer of protection against the cold, we move on, sure-footed draft horses pulling our sleigh.  The snow crunches under their hoofs as they soldier on, leaving a trail of steam from their muzzles.

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USA Today

10 Great Places For Currier and Ives

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USA Today | 10 Great Places To Ride Into A Currier and Ives | December 16, 2005

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you…Indeed, “Sliding quietly through the woods, often en route to a great meal at a truly unique location, a sleigh ride is a classic experience – especially around the holidays when everyone’s in a festive mood,” says Samantha Berman, senior editor at SKI magazine. “Sure it can be cold, but there are usually blankets on the sleighs, and there’s always a warm drink in the very near future.”  Here, she shares with USA TODAY’s Shawn Sell some brisk, exciting rides to catch some fresh air and the spirit of the season.

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SignOn SanDiego

What Fun It Is To Ride In An Elk Viewing Sleigh

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SignOn San Diego | What Fun It Is To Ride In An Elk Viewing Sleigh | Ellen Creager | September 12, 2004

HILLMAN, Mich. – Through the woods and over the river, the jingling horse-drawn sleigh has two destinations: the elk herd and the gourmet dining lodge.

It’s a toss-up which is more impressive.

Would you rather sit in front of a crackling fire under an antler chandelier, dining on crown roast of pork, apple crepes and merlot, or stand in a field of snow watching gigantic elk posture and tangle?

At Thunder Bay Resort, you can do both.

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Detroit News

The Sunrise Challenge

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The Detroit News | The Sunrise Challenge | Lynn Henning | 2003

Lake Huron’s peaceful western shoreline has given birth to some of the best golf in Michigan – and to a string of new courses that have sprouted in the past 10 years to make Michigan’s Sunrise Side a golf destination of extraordinary flavor.  Nothing from this land of rolling hills, hardwood forests, wetlands and sand, cuts to the heart of the Sunrise Side golf quite like The Sunrise Challenge.  It treats golfers to a 90-hole tour of terrific courses crafted by marquee designers, and to first-class accommodations at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman, between Alpena and Gaylord.

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Traverse Mag

Through A Snowy Wood

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Traverse Magazine | Through A Snowy Wood | Jeff Smith | January 2001

We’ve all settled into our seats on the horse-drawn sled, spreading blankets on laps, pulling hats snug.  The chatter runs quiet but excited here at the Thunder Bay Golf Resort, in Hillman, 25 minutes west of Alpena.

I don’t usually put golf, elk and good food together in my mind, but tonight, that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Why?  From our meeting place in the golf course parking lot, we’re about to be hauled through a snowy forest to view the resort’s fenced elk field.  Afterwards, I’ll be towed onward to enjoy a tasting five-course meal – with crown roast of pork as the main dish – in the resort’s lodge.

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