View Full Version : MINI On The Mack - Guinness World Record - Mackinaw City, MI (aka Ice Cream Jog)

July 7th, 2017, 09:58 PM
NOTE: This event has been completely revamped. If your schedule allows you to head to Michigan on Wednesday, please read and see if it would work for you to meet up for any part along the way!

There are many MINI Motorists headed to Mackinaw City the first weekend in August to Break (not attempt!) the Guinness World Book Record - this post is for people who want to do a little sight seeing and eat some ice cream along the way!!

I am a former NC resident and long time THMMC member, now living in Maryland and through my local club, the Central Maryland MINI Motorists club (C3M) I'm co-ordinating a group event for as many or few who want to join up. Logically, for anyone from NC, VA, or south, it would make probably make most sense to join up on Wednesday afternoon / evening (Grand Rapids) for a more direct meet up point. See below

The details:
Leave Frederick MD on Wednesday, August 2nd, 9am

Wednesday Lunch and Ice Cream: Solon, Ohio
Jims Open Kitchen - Trip Advisor

(https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g50980-d2518335-Reviews-Jim_s_Open_Kitchen-Solon_Ohio.html)Mitchell's HomeMade Ice Cream

(http://mitchellshomemade.com/)Afternoon enroute to Grand Rapids Ice Cream Stop

(https://www.moo-ville.com/)Arrive Grand Rapids (Overnight*)
Wednesday Dinner: Cousins Tasty Chicken, Grand Rapids


Depart Grand Rapids Thursday AM
Stop: Silver Lake Dunes - Drive or Ride

(https://www.silverlakebuggys.com/index.htm)then on to
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Afternoon Ice Cream stop: Moo-mers, Traverse City, MI

Arrive St Ignace (150 miles from Grand Rapids / 2.75 driving hours)
Check into hotel. On own dinner plans

Friday day plan:
Pictured Rock National Park (2 hours from St Ignace)
Kayaking details: https://www.paddlingmichigan.com/trips/morning-delight
Or Classic Cruise or Spray Cruise
Details here: http://www.picturedrocks.com/fares-schedule

(http://www.picturedrocks.com/fares-schedule) -------------

Friday evening / Saturday: MOTM events / See Central Maryland MINI Motorists Meetup events for Upper Peninsula Tour option for Saturday afternoon if interested


Sunday: Return drive east leaving St Ignace by 8am.
No specific plans since it will be a direct drive back. Pit stops and gas and avoiding tolls if possible.

There are just a couple of MINIs going on Wednesday, others welcome for all or part, including just to co-ordinate a caravan for the return east on Sunday.

Post your interest on the C3M thread if you will be joining us. Any further updates will be posted there.
Link: https://www.meetup.com/Central-Maryland-MINI-Motorists/events/241211283/

See you at the MACK!!

July 15th, 2017, 01:11 PM
Nice plan and have fun... After the trip let me know how was the Wild.

July 24th, 2017, 05:46 PM
Nice plan and have fun... After the trip let me know how was the Wild.

It was your interest in going that inspired mine! We plan to do the Wild Safari as long as the weather is good (not too hot, not raining); if not, we'll do the shorter / less expensive safari and save that for another time - when hopefully you will join us!

Hoping some others will be headed to Michigan on Wednesday, though it sounds like most are waiting til Thursday -- too much to do in that beautiful state not to take some extra vacation time!

July 29th, 2017, 09:18 PM
This itinerary has been completely revamped (a couple of MINI people put the Sleeping Bear Dunes idea in my ear!) so we will merely drive through Ohio and spend our time playing in Michigan. If your schedule allows you to head to Michigan on Wednesday, check it out. From NC/VA could even catch up in Grand Rapids Wednesday night and do the Dunes with us on Thursday. (No group hotel in Grand Rapids, but can share local hotel option if interested)

July 31st, 2017, 06:23 PM
Were you thinking about going but decided against it because all the hotel rooms have gotten expensive? Well, no excuses anymore! I have 2 rooms booked, am going to cancel one of them Tuesday at 6pm but wanted to make sure no in in any of the local clubs needs it before I do. It is currently booked Thursday - Saturday nights, but I'm sure it can be changed to just Friday and Saturday if that's what someone needs. $120/night.
Send PM rather than post and I will update the post if/when the reservation has been claimed or canceled.