We love Michigan. It’s no secret. We’ve been going there on amazing family vacations for the last 5 summers. I love the lake, the weather, the people, the food, the beer, the climate, the fruit. Just everything. (probably not the winters, but I’ve only been in summer!)
This past trip to Michigan we made it all the way to Traverse City. So fun! We had a chance to go sailing in the Grand Traverse Bay and we jumped on it.
The Traverse Tall Ship Company has many options for day sails, long cruises and even bed and breakfasts. They have two gorgeous ships. It was hard to choose and I’m sure either choice would have been the right one.
We decided to sail away on a luxurious private charter on the classic sailing yacht, Scout. She was absolutely beautiful and impeccably maintained. The teak wood deck and trim was rich and lovely. Scout is a classic Cabo Rico 38 XL.
They want you to think of it as your very own personal yacht while you’re aboard! So, the captain is ready to tailor the cruising experience to your preferences! How fun. Yeah, it was my yacht for two hours. And it was fancy.
We did a two hour cruise, but you can sail all day if you’d like. You can even drop anchor and explore the uninhabited Power Island. Scout is all yours while you’re aboard.
Here we go!
Sam boarding the Scout. He was nervous and excited!
Captain Brett was funny and easy going. He chatted with us and answered all of our questions. SO MANY QUESTIONS! Very knowledgeable, interesting and charming. (He’s an artist too!)
Dad and son relaxing on the deck.
Lucie and Grandpa.
You can hang out in the seats or on the deck or even down below.
The gorgeous kitchen is stocked full of snacks and drinks and local favorites for you to help yourself to. There’s also plenty of room in the fridge to store any alcoholic beverages or food you would like to bring aboard.
And they even had Moomers Ice Cream, another local fave, in the freezer!
Moomers Time! So good.
The other boat that Traverse Tall Ship Company owns is called the Manitou. It’s replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. It was specifically designed for passenger service and can hold up to 59 passengers, there’s plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while on board. She’s 114 feet long with over 3,000 square feet of sail. It’s an impressive ship to see.
The Manitou offers two hour sails, “Floating Bed & Breakfast”, and multi-day windjammer cruises!
And you get the perfect view of the Manitou while on board the Scout!
Putting the kids to work!
Lucie loved helping out and kept asking if she could do more.
We had an amazing time. Sailing Selfie.
Because….”Ahoy, I sail, I’m a sailor, I sail! I’m sailing.” (sorry, couldn’t help myself)
If you ever find yourself anywhere near Traverse City, Michigan, put the Tall Ship Company on your list. You won’t be sorry.
You can join them aboard the breathtaking 114’ tall ship Manitou or the sail away on luxurious private charter on the classic sailing yacht Scout for an adventure on the spectacular waters of Grand Traverse Bay. With cruises ranging from two hours to six days they really have something for everyone! It’s a very unique attraction and a first class experience. Don’t miss it.
For more information, pricing and schedules please check their website.
Disclaimer: My family was given complimentary tickets for our tour for promotional and review purposes. All opinions are 100 percent my own and honest.