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SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: Northern Michigan

by Craig Agapie

Northern Michigan is home to several small- to medium-sized cities, extensive state and national forests, and a large portion of the Great Lakes shoreline, leaving room for an adventure for everyone! Here are just a few ideas of things you could do while exploring northern Michigan.

  1. Catch a Film at Northern Michigan’s Cherry Bowl Drive-in

Twenty minutes west of Traverse City, this drive-in has been showing first-run double features since 1953. To check out current film showings and hours, visit their website.

  • Visit Mackinac Island

Sitting in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mackinac Island State Park features trails, woods, and the limestone Arch Rock formation. Whether you want to play golf, check out diverse dining, or visit historical sites, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot for centuries.

Photo of Mackinac Island land bridge
Mackinac Island archrock
  • Awaken the Sleeping Bear

If you enjoy the outdoors, then visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan. Visit the Glen Haven Village or the Maritime Museum, or just trek up the Dune Climb. On the hot days, dip your toes in the tranquil Loon Lake.

  • Explore the Les Cheneaux Islands

Thirty miles northeast of the Mackinac Bridge, these 36 islands provide sheltered channels, bays, and a historic harbor area for boaters and explorers. The base towns of these islands include Cedarville and Hessel, historic port towns offering art galleries, restaurants, and a boat-building school. Guides lead paddle trips at sunset during the summer, and winter trips combine snowshoeing with other traditional regional fun.

Rocky coast of Lake Huron with Les Cheneaux Islands in the background
  • Visit a Top-rated Brewery or Winery

Although most popularly known for its pristine fresh water, northern Michigan also offers top-notch local beer and wine selections. For a list of breweries and wineries in the area you should try, check out this site.

Stormcloud Brewery & Parkview Taproom in Frankfort, MI

Want to make your trip to northern Michigan a trip you’ll never forget? Schedule a helicopter or plane charter flight to your destination and save yourself time sitting in traffic or in a crowded terminal.

Visit sweetaviation.com or sweethelicopters.com for more information.

Craig Agapie

Director of Operations & Chief Pilot

Craig came to Fort Wayne in 2007 after earning Bachelor of Science degrees at Indiana State University in Professional Aviation and Aerospace Administration. He has earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate plus single, multi, glider, and instrument ratings in addition to Gold Seal CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates and an SF50 Vision Jet type rating. He has taught tailwheel and aerobatics for hundreds of hours in a Super Decathlon and was the Chief Simulator Instructor at ISU. In his 10,000+ flight hours Craig has developed two passions: helping customers get to their meetings and vacations as smoothly and safely as possible and helping fellow pilots become fully competent and confident throughout the flight envelope through aerobatic and tailwheel instruction (although he does also love sharing the fun of a good “$100 hamburger” trip with new and old friends alike!). He joined Sweet Aviation full time in March 2017 after spending the previous two and a half years running a non-profit auto repair ministry. He and his wife Rachel have five boys and are active members of Fellowship Missionary Church.

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