This one was worth waiting for. In 2018, our club's sole Michigan resident, Lou Hoekstra,
told the events team that he would like to host a driving tour of the southwest corner of his
state. His offer was enthusiastically accepted, and Lou went to work on the details:
plotting a route, identifying scenic and uncongested roads to drive on, picking interesting
spots to stop at along the way, and arranging for the feeding of a large (it was hoped) group
of people. The date was set for October 20, when the weather would be cool and the fall
colors would be at their height, and a large group of club members did sign up for the drive.
And then, at the last minute, the weather forecast called for torrential rains all that day in
that part of the state. Postponing the drive for a week was not an option, so the club
responded by switching to the other side of the lake and going to New Glarus instead. It did
pour all that day in Michigan, while Wisconsin got only a few snow flurries. The Michigan tour
would have to wait for another season.
When the planning for 2019 got under way, Lou was still game and made arrangements for a luncheon at the Tabor Hill Winery on July 13. On the appointed day 18 people showed up in 11 cars at the starting point in Three Oaks. The weather was on the hot side but bright and clear. The roads were spectacular, and the cars ran well. We drove north along the lake shore as far as Saugatuck and then headed east into Michigan's famous fruit growing region. Our first stop was at the Virtue Cider mill in Fennville, where we sampled a wide variety of hard ciders. (Fortunately, we were in the Eastern time zone, so it was after twelve o'clock, and the drivers among us were careful to drink moderately.) From there it was another hour to the Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, where the food is excellent and the dining room offers the rare pleasure of sipping a glass of wine as you look out the window at the source of the grapes it was made from. After dessert (made with local Michigan fruit, of course) Lou got a big round of applause for making it all happen.
All in all it was a very satisfying day on the road. Thanks again, Lou.
Arrival at the first stop, Virtue Cider.