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January 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

301 "Elk Viewing Adventure" [ 01/05/05 ]
Winter’s white blanket, proud evergreens, and Thunder Bay’s horse-drawn sleigh ride invite you to cuddle up as you travel through our northern woods. From the sleighs, you will view bull elk with world-class antlers. What a natural beauty! Warm up in front of the split stone fireplace inside the rustic Elk Antler Log Cabin as Jan prepares your gourmet feast.

302 "Lighthouse Tour of the Bruce Peninsula" [ 01/12/05 ]
Lighthouses standing majestically on a shoreline or an island conjure up images of romance and adventure. As picturesque as they are, their flashing lights served a necessary, practical function for mariners of the past. The waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay can be treacherous--many an unfortunate ship didn't weather the storm, even with the aid of a lighthouse beacon! This trip will take us to 8 different lighthouses all located on Lake Huron in Bruce County.

Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour
1-800-268-3838 For a FREE Lighthouse Guide

303 "Rural Gardens of Georgian Bay" [ 01/19/05 ]
Our host Tom O’Boyle takes us on a ‘snapshot’ tour of the Rural Gardens of the Georgian Bay Area, threaded together with some interesting, unique and entertaining attractions throughout the region. You will gain an appreciation for the ‘touring’ diversity of this area. Out of 42 Gardens in this area we picked 5 of the most unique. You don’t have to be a Gardner to enjoy this special trip.

 

304 "Mission Peninsula Wine Tour" [ 01/26/05 ]
Jutting north into Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay is the Old Mission Peninsula. With a history that dates back to the eighteen hundreds this little area has not only breath taking beauty but a unique charm that only small town America can bring you. On this adventure host Tom O’Boyle will take you on an educational and fun filled trip to the local wineries for a taste of old world charm.

 

February 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

305 "In a Days Drive" [ 02/02/05 ]
What can you do with 24 hours? The possibilities are endless in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Host Tom O'Boyle will take you from Manistique in the Heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula as we point our compass in every direction and show you a way to take a trip in a day. From the ghost town of Fayette, through the Hiawatha National Forest, to the dramatic cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, and Tahquamenon Falls, the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. There all in a day drive.

For A Free Guide Call 906-341-2552

306 "Waterfalls of Grey County" [ 02/09/05 ]
Where the water and rocks meet, you will feel the rush as the river flows over the escarpments edge. Grey County offers an abundance of waterfalls. So appealing that they merit their own tour, these special places are often just a short drive or hike from busy roads. Host Tom O'Boyle will visit all 7 of Grey County's waterfalls on the 115 mile self-guiding driving tour.

For A Free Guide Fill Out The Form Here
Grey County Waterfalls Tour

307 "Discovering Saginaw County" [ 02/16/05 ]
Host Tom O'Boyle takes you to Saginaw County, an area that is packed with History, Culture and some of the most entertaining times that a person can have. From the Chesaning Show Boat with its national headliners like Randy Travis, to one of the most unique and beautiful post offices ever built, there are many discoveries that will enhance your visit.

For A Free Guide Call 1-800-444-9979
Saginaw County Convention & Visitors Bureau

308 "Hiking the Bruce Trail" [ 02/23/05 ]
Tom takes you on one of the most famed hiking trails in the world. Whether you are a family or an individual, a rookie or a veteran, this trail has something for everyone. The trail starts in Tobermory and follows the Niagara Escarpment, which was named by UNESCO in 1990 as a World Biosphere Reserve - an internationally recognized ecosystem. This ecosystem contains rare and precious wildflowers, trees and ferns, unique and fascinating rock formations defined on the east side by the strong, turquoise-blue boundary called Georgian Bay.

Bruce Trail Association
1-800-268-3838 For A Free Guide

March 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

309 "Pelee Island" [ 03/02/05 ]
Pelee Island is an oasis of green in Lake Erie; it beckons with a leisurely pace, quiet country roads, and pristine beaches. An Island approximately 9 miles long and 3.5 miles wide with beautiful sunsets. Pelee Island is a magical place where your activities will be limited only by your imagination. We discover miles of sandy beaches, a magnificent winery, world class birding, and excellent fishing.

Call For A Free Guide 1-800-265-3633
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Windsor Essex County & Pelee Island

310 "Amherstburg Ontario" [ 03/09/05 ]
Situated along the Detroit River approximately 32kms southwest of Windsor and across from Boblo Island (Bois Blanc), Amherst burg is one of the oldest towns in the province. Its unique century old buildings stand beside modern architectural structures linking the past with the present, and offering the visitor a blend of both worlds within its boarders.

Call For A Free Guide 1-800-265-3633
Amherstburg, Ontario
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Windsor Essex County & Pelee Island

311 "Old Mission Peninsula Wine Tour" [ 03/16/05 ]
Jutting north into Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay is the Old Mission Peninsula. With a history that dates back to the eighteen hundreds this little area has not only breath taking beauty but a unique charm that only small town America can bring you. On this adventure host Tom O'Boyle will take you on an educational and fun filled trip to the local wineries for a taste of old world charm.

For A Free Guide Call 800-969-4009
Michigan Wines Website
Wineries Of Old Mission Peninsula

312 "The Leelanau Peninsula" [ 03/23/05 ]
The Leelanau Peninsula is a small piece of heaven not just in its breathtaking beauty and natural attractions but also in its climate. Why is that important for a Great Getaway? It makes the peninsula a perfect growing area for grapes and grapes make wine, as we will discover on this trip through some of the most beautiful Vineyards in the world. We will follow the picturesque Wine Trail that was developed by the vintners of the region for its scenic beauty, great food and great experiences. This show will take you to all the attractions, Scenic Vistas and Wineries located in this "Corner of Paradise.”

For A Free Guide Call (231) 938-1811
Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association

313 "The Sunrise Coast of Lake Huron" [ 03/30/05 ]
Tom O'Boyle host of Great Getaways will take you on a boating adventure when he sets sail on the inland sea the great Lake Huron. We'll explore the scenic vistas and view the awesome spectacle of the world's most beautiful sunrise. We will continue our trip on the water as we glide down the AuSable River for a trip on a Paddle Wheel boat and a stop at Iargo Springs where it is said to have a magical healing effect.

Oscoda Convention & Visitors Bureau
1-800-235-4625

April 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

314 "Hiking the Bruce Trail" [ 04/06/05 ]
Tom takes you on one of the most famed hiking trails in the world. Whether you are a family or an individual, a rookie or a veteran, this trail has something for everyone. The trail starts in Tobermory and follows the Niagara Escarpment, which was named by UNESCO in 1990 as a World Biosphere Reserve - an internationally recognized ecosystem. This ecosystem contains rare and precious wildflowers, trees and ferns, unique and fascinating rock formations defined on the east side by the strong, turquoise-blue boundary called Georgian Bay.

Bruce County Tourism Hiking
1-800-268-3838 For a FREE Guide

315 "Western Michigan Wine Tour" [ 04/13/05 ]
We will visit the Wineries of Michigan's Great Southwest. From the state line north to Saugatuck, and from the lakeshore east to the vineyards beyond Paw Paw, the countryside contains over 10,000 acres of grapes. We will discover the world of wine by visiting the tasting rooms nestled among the rolling hills and inland lakes.

 

316 "Frankenmuth" [ 4/20/05 ]
Frankenmuth is now a world famous destination for travelers. People come from every state and over 30 countries to enjoy the attractions and activities that Frankenmuth has to offer. Warm hospitality and cleanliness are trademarks of this charming Old World community. As you walk along Main Street you'll imagine you've stepped into the Black Forest area of Europe.

 

317 "Saginaw County Events" [ 04/27/05 ]
The Saginaw Valley, specifically Saginaw County, is 814 square miles of rich agricultural land, woodlands and waterways. Thanks to the area's convenient location off Interstate 75 (I-75) it ranks as the third most visited County in the State of Michigan. Our Host Tom O'Boyle will bring all the events that you could imagine in this happening filled show.

For A Free Guide Call 1-800-444-9979
Saginaw County Convention & Visitors Bureau

May 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

318 "Waterfalls of Grey County" [ 05/04/05 ]
Where the water and rocks meet, you will feel the rush as the river flows over the escarpments edge. Grey County offers an abundance of waterfalls. So appealing that they merit their own tour, these special places are often just a short drive or hike from busy roads. Host Tom O’Boyle will visit all 7 of Grey County’s waterfalls on the 115 mile self-guiding driving tour. 

For A Free Guide Fill Out The Form Here
Grey County Waterfalls Tour

319 "The Bruce Peninsula" [ 05/11/05 ]
With over 500 miles of majestic shoreline, there's enough for you to find your own special place - a hidden cove with a sandy beach, a tiny village hugging limestone cliffs, a quiet wooded trail or a quaint, bustling town. The Bruce Peninsula offers vacationers a wide variety of outdoor activities, rest and relaxation, sweet air and clear waters, and a unique type of scenery.

1-800-268-3838 For a FREE Guide
Bruce County, Ontario

320 "Oscoda Summer Tour" [ 05/18/05 ]
Tom O’Boyle host of Great Getaways will take you on a boating adventure when he sets sail on the inland sea the great Lake Huron. We’ll explore the scenic vistas and view the awesome spectacle of the world’s most beautiful sunrise. We will continue our trip on the water as we glide down the AuSable River for a trip on a Paddle Wheel boat and a stop at Iargo Springs where it is said to have a magical healing effect.

http://www.oscoda.com/
For a free guide call 1-800-235-4625

321 "Lake Michigan Shore to Shore" [ 05/25/05 ]
Pirates never made it this far north but that doesn’t mean you wont find treasures here! The Lake Michigan Carferry connects two unique vacation destinations on both sides of the lake. Manitowoc--"Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol"--and Ludington, Michigan are fun for all seasons.

 

June 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

322 "Lighthouse Festival" [ 06/01/05 ]
In the summer of 1993, at the cottage of Rudy and Jenny Herman of Port Austin, Michigan, there was a get together between Middle Island Lighthouse Keepers Association and Port Austin Reef Lighthouse members.  The topic of sharing ideas, thoughts, materials, programs, and the importance of working together to accomplish more was discussed... and thus, the seed was planted for the National Lighthouse Festival. Join us for the 10th Annual celebration in Alpena Michigan.

The Thunder Bay Resort
 For a Free Guide and Information 800-729-9375

323 "Oscoda Summer Tour" [ 06/08/05 ]
Tom O’Boyle host of Great Getaways will take you on a boating adventure when he sets sail on the inland sea the great Lake Huron. We’ll explore the scenic vistas and view the awesome spectacle of the world’s most beautiful sunrise. We will continue our trip on the water as we glide down the AuSable River for a trip on a Paddle Wheel boat and a stop at Iargo Springs where it is said to have a magical healing effect.

 

324 "The Niagara Escarpment" [ 06/15/05 ]
Situated two hours north of Toronto, Grey offers beauty you can't get in the city along with a lifestyle that is more relaxed and family oriented. The Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, passes through the middle of Grey on its way from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. Along with canoe routes, nature reserves, and conservation areas, there are plenty of outdoor experiences year round.

 http://www.greyroots.com/
For a free guide call (877) GREY ROOTS (473-9766)

325 "The Best of Dickinson County" [ 06/22/05 ]
Today's program will take us to some of our favorite moments in one of our MOST-often visited areas -- Dickinson County, and particularly the countryside around Iron Mountain in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our cameras have spent many happy hours in this neck of the woods, and finding selections for today's show wasn't easy. There are just too many good times!

 

326 "Cruising the Great Lakes" [ 06/29/05 ]
From the earliest Native Americans to present-day travelers, everyone who has looked on these legendary waters has experienced a sense of profound wonder at their beauty and majesty. We invite you to join us as we embark on truly remarkable journeys...

discovering the Great Lakes.

July 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

327 "Festivals, Festivals, Festivals" [ 07/06/05 ]
Our Host Tom O'Boyle enjoys Festivals and Events so much that he thought why not bring his favorites to you. Today Tom travels to find one county that is rich in events. He starts with the African American Festival stops at a Greek Festival goes on a roller coaster, well you get the idea. Join us for Festivals, Festivals, Festivals.

For a FREE Guide call 1-800-444-9979
http://www.visitsaginawcounty.com/

328 "Point Pelee National Park" [ 07/13/05 ]
Point Pelee National Park is a small green oasis that juts out into Lake Erie. The Park is internationally known for its spring and fall migrations of birds and monarch butterflies. A transit service transports visitors to the Tip from April to October. Interpretive programs and exhibits are featured at the Visitors Center. Visitors can rent bicycles and canoes at the Marsh Boardwalk, or hike and swim.

Call for a FREE Guide 1-800-265-3633
http://www.visitwindsor.com/main.htm

329 "The Historic Town of Amhurstburg" [ 07/20/05 ]
First stop, Fort Malden. We will step back in time and get a glimpse of what military life was like almost 200 years ago. The Fort played an important role in both the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837. The site, located along the Detroit River, includes original earthworks, restored barracks and an interactive museum.

Call for a FREE Guide 1-800-265-3633
http://www.amherstburg.ca./

330 "Minnesota's North Shore" [ 07/27/05 ]
Surrounded by Superior's north shore, the Gunflint Trail winds north and west to Saganaga Lake at the Canadian border. We will travel this route starting in Grand Marias, and heading to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Superior National Forest. Host Tom O'Boyle will take you on trip you won't forget to Minnesota's North Shore.

http://www.gunflint-trail.com/canoetrips/gunflint.html

August 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

331 "Our Neighbors to the North" [ 08/03/05 ]
Join us on a whirlwind tour of Northern Ontario as we travel to a remote lodge in James Bay Frontier accessible only by boat. Algoma Country takes us to the historic town of Elliot Lake. Our trip winds up in the Near North where we follow in the wake of the French Voyagers.

Northern Ontario Outfitters

332 "State Parks of the Wilderness Peninsula" [ 08/10/05 ]
There's at least one state park in every county in Michigan's Upper Peninsula! And the wonders you can discover when you visit will make you eager to explore every one. Join the Northern Experience crew as we tour some of the best known, as well as a few of the best kept secrets of the UP State Park system.

State Parks Guide to the U.P.

333 "The Appostle Islands" [ 08/17/05 ]
Join Host, Tom O'Boyle, as he learns to sail a 36 foot sloop in the sheltered waters of the Apostle Islands. Located at the western end of Lake Superior, the Apostle's offer us many surprises, such as ancient sea caves. We'll also discover why Bayfield, Wisconsin was named the "Best Little Town in the Midwest."

Bayfield, Wisconsin

334 "Mission Peninsula Wine Tour" [ 08/24/05 ]
Jutting north into Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay is the Old Mission Peninsula. With a history that dates back to the eighteen hundreds this little area has not only breath taking beauty but a unique charm that only small town America can bring you. On this adventure host Tom O'Boyle will take you on an educational and fun filled trip to the local wineries for a taste of old world charm.

For more information: http://www.wineriesofoldmission.com/ or
Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City MI 49686
800-969-4009 or 231-223-4110

335 "A Pleasant Cove" [ 08/31/05 ]
Water everywhere, dotted with islands. The spectacular blue stretches of Georgian Bay sprinkled with a myriad of islands - 30,000 Islands. The sailing paradise of Lake Huron's North Channel in Rainbow Country. The world is full of spectacular locations, but there is one place you can really have it all. Islands, room to move, fresh water and hospitality are all part of what makes the Parry Sound Area a great Northern Experience. For more information also try

Perry Sound

September 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

336 "Discovering the Forgotten Waterfalls" [ 09/07/05 ]
Where the water and rocks meet, you will feel the rush as the river flows over the escarpments edge. Grey County offers an abundance of waterfalls. So appealing that they merit their own tour, these special places are often just a short drive or hike from busy roads. Host Tom O’Boyle will visit all 7 of Grey County’s waterfalls on the 115 mile self-guiding driving tour.

Waterfall Guide
For a free guide call (877) GREY ROOTS (473-9766)

337 "Lighthouse Festival" [ 09/14/05 ]
Host Tom O’Boyle takes a fall trip into Maritime History when our stop is the National Lighthouse Festival and Lake Huron Lighthouses. Our stay will be in the small town of Hillman where we enjoy fall colors and the wild and beautiful bugling bull elk. Join us for the 10th Annual celebration in Alpena Michigan.

Thunder Bay Resot
Lighthouse Festival

338 "Hiking the Bruce Trail" [ 09/21/05 ]
Tom takes you on one of the most famed hiking trails in the world. Whether you are a family or an individual, a rookie or a veteran, this trail has something for everyone. The trail starts in Tobermory and follows the Niagara Escarpment, which was named by UNESCO in 1990 as a World Biosphere Reserve - an internationally recognized ecosystem. This ecosystem contains rare and precious wildflowers, trees and ferns, unique and fascinating rock formations defined on the east side by the strong, turquoise-blue boundary called Georgian Bay.

The Bruce Trail
For a Free Guide Call 1-800-268-3838

339 "Scenic Byway in Color" [ 09/28/05 ]
This is a premier fall color tour. Beautiful and Enjoyable. Tom O’Boyle takes us to the Famous River Road Scenic Byway where the color was beyond belief and the history was fascinating. A trip that any family would enjoy as was evident by all the families that we met along the way. Our trip would end with a hike into the color filled fall forest.

For a Free Guide call or go to 1-800-235-4625
http://www.oscoda.com/

October 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

340 "In Search of Color" [ 10/05/05 ]
Grey County, Ontario is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay. This adventure took us to almost every small town and village in the County. This was the complete autumn trip; it included everything from Tom going rock climbing to seeing the Guinness Book of World Record's scarecrows in Meaford. There were apple orchards and festivals. We would finish this tour with a fascinating history lesson on the Underground Railroad.

Grey County, Canada
Telephone: (519) 376-3690
Toll Free: (877) GREY ROOTS (473-9766)

Fall Tours in Grey County

341 "Fall Memories" [ 10/12/05 ]
Nothing is quite as beautiful as the colors of fall. This week we take a look at some of our most colorful fall trips as we travel to Northern Michigan, Northern Minnesota and Northern Ontario for some spectacular fall sites in this look back at our “Fall Memories”.

 

342 "Autumn on the Gunflint Trail" [ 10/19/05 ]
If you're looking for a vacation that's filled with outdoor recreation, natural beauty, and new things to see and do, you're on the right track - the Gunflint Trail offers plenty to do and an incredible setting in which to do it. While any time is a good time for travel in the North Country, autumn has a special hold on us.

 

343 "Keweenaw Paradise" [ 10/26/05 ]
Keweenaw County is Michigan's "northernmost" experience. The stage is set for Upper Peninsula adventure; fall colors, rugged landscapes, old mines…what could be better than that?...Maybe a lighthouse tour around the tip of the Peninsula on the Keweenaw Star.

 

November 2005

Show # "Episode Title" [ Satellite Feed Date]

344 " " [ 11/02/05 ]

 

345 "U.P. State Parks" [ 11/09/05 ]
There's at least one state park in every county in Michigan's Upper Peninsula! And the wonders you can discover when you visit will make you eager to explore every one. Join the Northern Experience crew as we tour some of the best known, as well as a few of the best kept secrets of the UP State Park system.

Michigan State Parks
Printable Map

346 "Grand Portage Fall" [ 11/16/05 ]
Prior to European arrival, the site of Grand Portage was used by generations of First Nations people as a camp where they harvested and prepared for winter. Located at the northeastern most corner of Minnesota, the topography changes dramatically. Highlands jut up, the Susie Islands hover off the coast and Isle Royale sits magnificently out in the big lake.

http://www.superiorbyways.com/

347 "Mission Peninsula" [ 11/23/05 ]
Jutting north into Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay is the Old Mission Peninsula. With a history that dates back to the eighteen hundreds this little area has not only breath taking beauty but a unique charm that only small town America can bring you. On this adventure host Tom O'Boyle will take you on an educational and fun filled trip to the local wineries for a taste of old world charm.

For more information: http://www.wineriesofoldmission.com/ or
Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City MI 49686 800-969-4009 or 231-223-4110

348 "Apostle Islands" [ 11/30/05 ]
Join Host, Tom O’Boyle, as he learns to sail a 36 foot sloop in the sheltered waters of the Apostle Islands. Located at the western end of Lake Superior, the Apostle’s offer us many surprises, such as ancient sea caves. We’ll also discover why Bayfield, Wisconsin was named the "Best Little Town in the Midwest."

The Apostle Islands

December 2005

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349 "Lake Superior's Sinister Side" [ 12/07/05 ]
Join Host Tom O’Boyle to learn about the wicked time of year on the greatest inland sea. Man's relationship with Lake Superior has been one of admiration, fear, and respect. The timeless beauty has transcended a history of violent storms, disasters at sea, and loss of life. We'll try to capture the essence of man's history on the largest of the Great Lakes, and in doing so, reveal Lake Superior's sinister side.

 

350 "North Shore Winter" [ 12/14/05 ]
Today host Tom O’Boyle will take you to one of this country’s premier winter destinations -Grand Marais, Minnesota. When it comes to winter recreation Grand Marais has it all. I know that seems like a tall order, but consider this; just minutes from downtown Grand Marais is one of the Midwest’s largest and most exciting ski resort. In addition to a fantastic variety of downhill skiing there are many miles of groomed trails for the cross-country skier and snowshoe enthusiast as well, and we are going to try and do it all on today’s Great Getaways.

 

351 "Keweenaw National Historic Park" [ 12/21/05 ]
Bill Fink, former Superintendent of the Keweenaw National Historic Park, takes us on a unique snowmobile adventure through the heart of this rugged and heritage-rich land. From Calumet to Copper Harbor, you'll experience the sights and sounds of winter in the North like never before.

 

352 "Bays de Noc" [ 12/28/05 ]
Delta County is sometimes referred to as the "banana belt" of the Upper Peninsula due to its lower-than-average snowfall, snowmobile trails traverse the area, connecting the east and west, north and south of the region through the Hiawatha National Forest, the Escanaba River and Lake Superior State Forests and other public lands. Winter enthusiasts enjoy a choice of four groomed cross-country ski trails and the downhill course and tube runs of the Gladstone Sports Park.

 
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