"The whole experience far exceeded our expectations!"
"Hidden Treasure"... "Undiscovered Paradise"... phrases that are well suited for the island wilderness areas, charming coastal villages and sailing routes traveled by the schooner Manitou in these "fresh water seas." Pristine deserted sandy beaches capped by beautiful rolling hillsides... Clear, sparkling, swimmer-friendly waters... Wonderful sailing breezes... All are typical of this area.
Join us aboard Manitou for a unique adventure back in time. You will discover the beauty of northern lake Michigan from the deck of this majestic sailing vessel while enjoying a level of relaxation rarely experienced in today's frenzied world.
Manitou is one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes, constructed with modern materials, but similar in design to vessels that sailed one-hundred years ago. She was built specifically for passenger service, making her one of the most comfortable windjammers afloat. A traditional two-masted, gaff rigged, topsail schooner, she measures 114 feet in length with over 3,000 square feet of sail and displaces (weighs) over one hundred tons. Up to twenty-four passengers can enjoy the pleasure and thrill of sailing aboard Manitou.
Our licensed captain has many years of experience and together with the professional crew you can rest assured you're in good hands. Manitou meets or exceeds all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment and electronics for vessels in passenger service. If the wind should fail, the sturdy diesel engine powers her swiftly to the next destination. Because of her size and design she ensures a comfortable relaxing sail for all.
Located at the base of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, MI is the vibrant homeport for Manitou. Traverse City's unique shops and galleries, as well as its many high quality restaurants, are sure to enhance your sailing adventure.
Remove yourself from the trappings of modern life while aboard Manitou : no TV, phone (cell phones are discouraged), or email, and definitely no itinerary. The wind and weather conditions help determine our course, and after a good day of sailing we drop anchor at one of a variety of possible destinations. We may take in a little local color at a historic fishing village such as St. James on Beaver Island , or visit one of Michigan 's oldest general stores (est. 1839) while at Old Mission Harbor. The storekeeper will recount its fascinating history while serving up a genuine fountain soda or ice cream. Surveying the ship at anchor from atop a historic lighthouse or stumbling upon an abandoned, turn of the century farm are likely possibilities on the remote Manitou Islands . Marvel at the towering beech trees during a hike on Power Island in Grand Traverse Bay, or hunt for the ancient Petosky Stone while beach combing in Cathead Bay. A wealth of islands, bays, anchorages and coastal villages are within our reach.
Life aboard the Manitou is fun and informal. The object here is to slow down and take things as they come. Discover the lost art of conversation with new found friends, read a good book, marvel at the breathtaking array of stars, get back in touch with yourself. Many folks have told us that this is the best stress reliever they have ever found. While underway, you are free to leave the sailing to our experienced crew or lend a hand and learn the arts of the sailor. After Manitou tucks into a snug anchorage for the evening, take out our sea kayaks or rowing dinghy for a little exploration. Beach combing is special fun for those who would like to further enjoy the beauty of many of our destinations.
You'll love the food on Manitou. Our healthy menus will satisfy the heartiest of seagoing appetites, with emphasis on Manitou specialties, fresh fruits, and produce of the region. Our team of cooks will delight you with bountiful home cooked meals turned out of the ship's galley. All of the cooking is done on our wood fired stove, "Cleo", and is served either family style in the main cabin or as a wonderful buffet on deck. Beverages such as juice, tea, and coffee are provided during meals. Soft drinks may be brought on board and stored in your cabin or in ice chests provided on deck.
Manitou accommodates twenty-four passengers in twelve double cabins. Each is nicely appointed but simple and rustic with two sturdy built-in bunks and electric lighting. They are clean, cozy, comfortable, and supplied with fresh linens, towels and warm blankets. All of the cabins and entries have plenty of headroom and windows which can be opened for ventilation. Passengers look after their own cabins and keep them "shipshape." Skylights and seating areas around the ship's various cabin sections add to the overall comfort for conversation or an intimate encounter with a good book. The ship's marine heads (toilets) and hot showers are conveniently located on deck.
Pack comfortable casual clothes in soft luggage instead of suitcases for easy stowing. Bring layers of clothing so you can be prepared for cool and cold nights as well as warm or hot sunny days. Rubber soled shoes, bathing suites, sunglasses and rain gear, cameras and musical instruments are items to be remembered. For those who might like to sleep on deck during nights with bright stars and the Northern Lights, a sleeping bag and cushioned pad should be packed as well. For the comfort of all on board:
|Five Day Explorer Cruise||September 5 - 9, 2013||SOLD OUT|
|Four Day Astronomy Cruise||September 13 - 16, 2013||$685/person|
|Four Day Wine Tasting Cruise||September 20 - 23, 2013||$685/person|
|Four Day Fall Color Cruise||September 27 - 30, 2013||$635/person|
*Prices based on double occupancy
Wine Tasting Cruise - Explore the great wine regions of the world with sommelier and restaurant proprietor Amanda Danielson. Each evening aboard Manitou we will discuss the winemaking histories and taste the varietals of different countries. Dinners will feature paired wines chosen by Amanda as a perfect complement to our meals. Learn more about Amanda at www.stellatc.com