Event Details

Tunnel of Trees

Time: September 25, 2009 at 5pm to September 27, 2009 at 11am
Location: Tunnel of Trees, the Birchwood Inn
Street: 7077 South Lake Shore Drive
City/Town: Harbor Springs, MI
Website or Map: http://www.birchwoodinn.com
Phone: (800) 530-9955
Event Type: Gathering, Drive
Organized By: TnT 0604
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2009

Event Description

Tunnel of Trees
On September , 2009, there will be a gathering of smart cars at the Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, Michigan. The famous “Tunnel of Trees” is right outside their door. The Inn is a short 264 mi, 4 hour drive north of smart Bloomfield.

Along with Michigan's best fall color tour - "Tunnel of Trees" we can visit the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, hunt for Petoskey Stones at the Petoskey State Park, play a hand at the Odawa Casino, visit either Mackinaw City or Charlevoix (a 45 minute drive away) dine at unique restaurants and return to a roaring fire at the Inn.

Per the Birchwood Inn: "The Fireside Room off the lobby is a great gathering area for the group and you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages into this area as well. We also have a grill in the courtyard if you would like to do that one evening, or I can place you in contact with a caterer. We will also set up a complimentary wash station for the cars. For reservations, please have participants call Birchwood Inn at 800-530-9955 and identify themselves as with the SMART group. We will extend a 10% discount for reservations made at least 30 days prior to arrival. Our policy is first night's deposit in advance, cancellation of a reservation up to 48 hours prior to arrival receives a refund of deposit less a $10 administration fee. Cancellation within 48 hours of arrival forfeits the deposit. It is also helpful if you provide participants with our web address http://www.birchwoodinn.com so they can check out our room styles."

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Comment by smart center Bloomfield on September 29, 2009 at 11:21am

No worries on the "gas stress" I just over think and worry about everything. I realize that the smart gets great mileage, I have just never pushed it that far. Plus you were the one with the GPS that new a gas station was near by, I had no idea how far from a gas station we were :-p Thanks again to TNT for organizing, it was a great time and the weather couldn't have been better.
Comment by Roger Stam on September 28, 2009 at 6:29pm
Thanks to TNT for organizing this event. The weather turned out great and had a opportunity to meet several new friends. Great group of 'smarties' and a generally wonderful weekend.

Sorry about the 'gas stress' Bloomfield, but you know that smarts get awesome mileage ;~)

'Tonights dinner was the Chicken Pot Pie we picked up at the Good Hart General Store - YUM !' We did the same, tasted wonderful last night after the trip home and even have some leftovers!

Adrienne and I stopped at one of my favorite places on the way home for lunch (The Brown Trout in Indian River) and got two quarts of their famous Smoked Trout Chowder as a carry out. YUM2.

On our way into Indian River, I spotted Suzie's car at the Cross in the Woods and left a note on her windshield - be that suprised her.
Comment by TnT 0604 on September 27, 2009 at 7:20pm
Thanks to all for making this a great event. Tonights dinner was the Chicken Pot Pie we picked up at the Good Hart General Store - YUM !
Comment by TnT 0604 on September 24, 2009 at 7:29pm
I have to stop at MSU on our way up - we will catch you north of the 45th
Comment by Roger Stam on September 23, 2009 at 5:15pm
Attention: West Side sMUG members attending the Tunnel of Trees!

I'll be crossing the state to the west side via Bay City, Cadillac, and Manistee to travel up the very scenic M22, to Traverse City then up 31 to Petoskey and Harbour Springs.

If any west siders would to meet up and travel together, contact me by e-mail: mismart -at- comcast -dot- net.

I should be thru Manistee around 1:00pm. That would probably be the best place to meet up.
Comment by Roger Stam on September 23, 2009 at 5:09pm
I've had no response from anyone wanting to leave from the dealership @ 8:30 and take the long route. So I will NOT be stopping there, but rather leaving from home.
Comment by smart center Bloomfield on September 22, 2009 at 8:31am
Theresa, I will be ready to leave after an early lunch. I have a few things that I want to get done before leaving on Friday. I live in Livonia, so if there is no one else leaving then we could meet someplace closer than the dealership if you would like. Melanie
Comment by TnT 0604 on September 21, 2009 at 8:03pm
Roger S wants to leave for the Tunnel of Trees after breakfast on Friday (meet at the dealership at 8:30 a.m.) I will leave right after lunch. Please let me know if you will be traveling with Roger in the early a.m.; traveling with me right after an early lunch; or traveling on your own. We will plan on leaving for dinner together from the Inn at approximately 6 p.m.

Thanks, Theresa Moore
Comment by Mary Smith on September 19, 2009 at 11:07am
Wish I could come, but have a family wedding in KY that weekend. Thanks for putting this together, anyway. Response is light, but please don't let that discourage you.
Comment by TnT 0604 on September 19, 2009 at 8:35am
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