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SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: West Michigan

by Craig Agapie

West Michigan is home to some of the best-kept secrets and attractions in cities like Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, and more. No matter where you go, there will be something new to experience. Here are just a few things for you to consider adding to the agenda for your next getaway adventure.

  • Visit a Lighthouse

Did you know Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state? With over 60 lighthouses statewide, don’t leave the state without climbing to the top of one!

Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park on Lake Michigan
  • “Wine” Down

Enjoy a winery and brewery tour by bike! Cycle the Leelanau Trail and visit wineries right off the trail, or choose to go to downtown Traverse City for a brewery tour. To learn more about different tour options, visit their site.

Land on the grounds at Round Barn Estate Winery in Baroda, MI
  • Explore the Wild

Do you enjoy seeing wild animals up close and personal? Visit Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek or Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park in Alto.

  •  Join the Navy for a Night

Stay overnight aboard the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships during World War II. It’s considered the US Navy’s most successful surviving submarine.

  • Ride a Windmill in Holland

The Nelis’ Dutch Village located in Holland, Michigan, features a top-notch petting zoo and various rides, including a giant Wooden Shoe Slide, a 1924 carousel, and “Harry’s Windmill Ride,” a 45-foot-tall Ferris wheel that will make you feel like you’re riding on the sails of a windmill.

One of many Nelis’ Dutch Village outdoor attractions

Make your trip one that you’ll never forget and save precious time when you book a charter flight with Sweet Aviation or Sweet Helicopters. Give us a call and we would be happy to help customize your next adventure!

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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