Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

We live in New England. We have road tripped to all the picturesque areas in Vermont, the Maine coast, the white Mountains of New Hampshire. I shouldn’t have been surprised when I announced to my trusty co-pilot that Michigan was the destination for our next Corvette Road Trip that I got a less than positive reaction. I think it was met with two one word questions. “Flint?” “ Detroit?”
“No,” I said, “the Upper Peninsula.” That only brought a more puzzled look. What saved me, was that as friends asked about our vacation plans for the summer, the reply of the Michigan Upper Peninsula brought oohs and aahs.
Like may Americans, our knowledge of the vast and divergent USA is limited. We are correcting that one road trip at a time.

We began our trip on a Thursday afternoon with a leisurely drive out to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. We stayed at the Yale Manor B&B, a lovely home with an owner that was understanding when the first thing I asked was if I could wash my car. She told us that dinner would have to be early rather than later because they roll up the sidewalks a little after 8:00 in this area. We took her suggestion for a small Italian restaurant, Henry B’s, located in the village of Seneca Falls. We finished dinner about 9:00 and when we walked out onto the sidewalk, a look left and a look right and the Vette was the only car in sight.

We drove back to the Yale Manor for the first B, bed. Friday morning brought the second B, a delicious breakfast. Before breakfast, we took a walk down to Seneca Lake. Living near the ocean for so many years, I had forgotten how calming and tranquil a lake is. It was one of those picture perfect mornings with big puffy clouds and a lone sailboat skimming across the water. We returned to the house for breakfast and some ideas for exploring the area on our way to our next stop. The Lake Region of New York is known for its wineries and we stopped at one and had a tour and a taste. After the wine tour, we headed west trying to avoid the interstates and staying on the less congested secondary roads.

Our next stop was to visit old college friends that live in Hudson, Ohio. They always told us that Hudson was patterned after a New England village and when we arrived, it felt like home. We reminisced about the old days and enjoyed being with friends that we have not seen in a long time. The next morning brought a trip into Cleveland and a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The building is an impressive structure, located on Lake Erie. It has so much to offer that we could have spent the entire day wondering through the exhibits and listening to the music. The breadth of the collection is amazing. There are films, clothing, artifacts, even the Deuce Coupe from ZZ Top’s Legs video.

We left Sunday morning and headed to Petoskey, our first stop in Michigan. The trip was about 450 miles and leaving at 8:00 a.m. got us to distination at about 6:00 p.m. We had reservations at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. Built in 1886, it has been in operation for over 120 years. Our room was in the turret that can be seen in the photo. Petoskey is a quaint little resort town with an abundance of fine resturants and attractions. We liked the proximity to Mackinac Island a place we wanted to visit.

The inn has a restaurant and we chose to eat in since we had just put in more than 8 hours of seat time in the Vette. After dinner, we took a walk along the lake and saw a beautiful sunset. We walked back to the inn and had a nightcap at the bar before we called it the end to a long day.

DSCN1938In the morning we drove over to the ferry dock to take a trip over to Mackinac Island. There are no cars on the island, only horses and bicycles. The island is famous for its fudge. We bought some for the trip and to take home as gifts. The island is not large and you can take a carriage tour or even rent a horse. There is no motorized transportation on the island. The village is quant and it a souvenir lovers dream.

More to come...