We just returned from a great time on the Schooner Manitou. Our four-day trip was designated an “astronomy cruise.” We looked at planets, stars, constellations and the moon, and also learned about other facets of our universe—all led by an astronomer from a Michigan college. We sailed all four days, with one day having absolutely perfect sailing conditions. We enjoyed each day fully. The crew provided all the meals, created and prepared by the on-board chef. All passengers were invited to participate in setting and taking down sails. Captain Dave has a great crew, each one an expert in sailing and willing to share their knowledge of sailing with everyone. The crew was attentive and seemed to never sleep—and enjoyed getting to know each passenger. The ship is available all summer for two-hour day trips, but I highly recommend any one of the four-day outings. Coming up this fall: a wine tasting cruise and a music cruise (with a folk singer). A wonderful time was had by all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fresh air and starry nights abound from the decks of one of the largest traditional sailing vessels on the Great Lakes. You’ll experience one of the best vantage points on West Grand Traverse Bay. Join us on board for an adventurous overnight secured at our pier and a hearty homemade full breakfast cooked on our wood burning stove in the morning. There are accommodations for 24 guests in 12 private cabins below deck which are rustic and fitting of a mid-1800’s style windjammer. Each is equipped with two built-in, wooden, single bunks and electric lighting. The cabins are bright, clean, comfortable and supplied with fresh linens, towels and warm blankets. There’s plenty of room for a good night’s sleep or, if you’d rather (and the weather’s appropriate) you may bring a sleeping bag and a pad for sleeping on deck under the stars. There are two enclosed toilet facilities on deck that are kept sparkling clean. Access to shower facilities on shore is available for further passenger comfort. Mornings are a special time, with spectacular sunrises climbing over Old Mission Peninsula. Wake up to a fresh mug of coffee topside while the preparation of breakfast is in its final stages…This is one to remember. ... more less