Article: Crooked River Road Trip, 2018

May 28, 2018

Thirteen GMC Corvette Set club members and their significant others enjoyed a road trip to the Crooked River Lodge in Alanson, MI. from May 18 through the May 20. While the weather was a bit on the cool side and Saturday was rainy, everyone enjoyed themselves during an entertaining scheduled prepared by Carol C.

On Friday morning, the group left the rest area at mile marker 96 on I75 and had a great lunch at the Thirsty Sturgeon in Wolverine before heading into Alanson and the Crooked River Lodge. Dinner that evening was at the Dam Site Inn where the group dined on excellent "family style" (all you can eat) fried chicken and perch. The Corvettes were all riding a bit lower on the way back to the lodge where the warmth of the fire pit was enjoyed by many.

The main event on Saturday was a tour of the Mushroom Houses in Charlevoix. These houses were designed by Earl Young who definitely thought "out of the box". After the tour, we parked our wet rain gear at the Weathervane and had lunch. From there the group took different paths which included the Kilwin Chocolate Factory, the American Spoon Store (all natural jams, etc.), experiencing the wine trail, or back to the lodge. Dinner that evening was at Stafford's Bay View Inn, Petoskey where a great buffet awaited us.

Many of the members departed on Sunday. A few had stayed in the area to drive M119 through the "Tunnel of Trees" and into Cross Village to Legg's Inn for some great Polish food. The leaves on the trees were still a little sparse which led Allen B. to rename the roadway as "Tunnel of the Twigs", but, the fields of trillium along the road were worth seeing. Drivers had to pay close attention to the twisty roadway and the many bikers that were completing their biking journey.

All good things must come to an end as did this trip. Thanks go out to Carol C. who did a fantastic job of coordinating this road trip. Crooked River Lodge is an experience in itself and well worth spending time at.

Read More: Click Here to view pictures from this outing. The Mushroom House pictures are only a small sample of those we had viewed.

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