Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sleigh Ride

horses

There's a wonderful place I'm going to tell you about. And if you like sleigh rides,viewing elk and going to a log cabin in the middle of woods to have a hot meal - then you will like this place!

Last winter, we went to Thunder Bay Resort located in Hillman, Michigan. It was like stepping back into frontier times! We hopped onto a sleigh and were given blankets. From there we were whisked through the woods by these beautiful horses above. We stopped to view their fenced elk herd and snapped some photos. Then we were off on our sleigh ride again through all these beautiful trees.

Next stop was the log cabin, hidden in woods where a blazing fire and a gourmet meal awaited us. We had a 5 course meal which included a crown roast of pork cooked on an antique wood burning stove. It was so delicious and the hosts were wonderful. I loved hearing their stories and information on the elk herd. I felt like I had stepped into a Currier & Ives painting and wanted to do this again. I would highly recommend this experience and I hope you get to do it one winter night.

27 comments:

Cedar ... said...

Such fun,... just my kind of evening. I really must plan a trip to your part of the country!

Barb said...

beautiful....Barb

basketsnprims said...

Shell~
Our friends went there a few weeks ago & had a wonderful time. What a pretty picture of the horses.

Pam

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Shelley--sounds incredible... Just what George and I would love to do. I may add it to our growing list.

Hugs,
Betsy

Country Girl said...

Oh, how wonderful! I would love something like that. It's exactly the sort of fun thing I could myself doing with a group of friends. Thanks so much for sharing!
I love the sepia toned photograph, too.

Mildred said...

This sounds like a magical place to visit. Thanks so much for such a vivid description and for the link. I can almost feel the warmth of the fire and smell the pork roasting.

Mom2-2goodboys said...

Shelley, That sounds wonderful. I would love to take my family on that sleigh ride.

Have you ever heard of the Gourmet Glide at Garland? http://www.garlandusa.com/?page=125

That one sounds like fun too.

Shellmo said...

Cedar - if you do, let me know!

Barb - thank you!

Pam - I think the hosts do such a wonderful job!

Betsy - Yes, add it to your list!!

Country Girl - do you like how I used the sepia to hide the horse poop? lol!

Mildred - It's one of those memories that's burned in my brain. By the way - I couldn't leave any comments on your blog today - couldn't find the comment box or link. I will try again!

Mom2 - that Garland Glide sounds like fun too! A meal at every stop - now that's the way to ski! lol!~

Darla said...

What an experience that must have been!! Michigan takes forever to get to from here if you drive. My brother was married in Upper Penisula of Michigan and I hated the drive. St Saulte Marie? Havent' a clue how to spell it, but sure you know what I mean. It is beautiful there though, I'll continue to enjoy your photos.

Tricia said...

Fantastic shot - those horses are decked, out too! Sounds like a place to put on the list of places to visit, though I've never been to Michigan! Well, sounds good anyway

Bill said...

Shelly, Thunder Bay Resort sounds like a place me and Denise would enjoy. We are going to have to check it out.

Sharon said...

I need to share this video with my husband. It's a beautiful place :)

Sharon

Nature Lovin' Super Mama said...

amazing photograph!I didn't realize such a trip was so near....i'll have to look into it. have fun this weekend on all your adventures up here!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

What fun! Thanks for letting us share it.

spookydragonfly said...

Sounds like a charming trip! I've never been on sleigh ride, something I've always wanted to do. Thanks for taking me away, ever so briefly!

Ashley said...

Thank you for sharing! My husband and I have talked about doing this, now we will definitely have to find the time.

Shellmo said...

Darla - I'm a troll - which means I'm under the bridge. So I'm a little closer if you want to come visit! :)

Tricia - it takes you back in time - a simpler happy life!

Bill - I know you & Denise would love it! The food was fantastic! If you do decide to go - let us know. We would love to go again. Next year we hope to take Greg's parents (they are in Mexico for the winter this year.)

Sharon - The sleigh ride takes you thru some wonderful scenery!

Nature Lovin - I think this might be your speed too!

Sharkbytes - Thank YOU for stopping by!

Spooky - I think it's a great thing to put on a life list of things to do!

Ashley - you won't be disappointed! We had so much fun - and it was nice to share it with other couples who were friendly and loved the experience too!

Willard said...

A beautiful photograph. It makes one year for the good old days.

Deborah Godin said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful - and the harness or rig (or whatever is the correct term for it) on those horses is wonderful! Love to hear those bells.

bennie and patsy said...

What a dream of a winter trip.
Patsy

Tina said...

Sounds delightful..

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a wonderful AND memorable experience. I have NEVER been to Michigan...yet. :)

Tami said...

That looks like an absolutely lovely place to spend a quite day.

Michele said...

Hi Shelly!
My private blog is up and running. Send me an email ... I need your email address for the invite!
Hug♥

Melissa Weisbard said...

It sounds wonderful! I'd love to do something like that. Maybe I can convince my hubby someday to do a trip like that. He's so lost without his TV time, so it would take some convincing.

Such a gorgeous photo.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great timeless photo. :-) I've never been on a sleigh ride but would love to one day.

Charli and me said...

That looks like so much fun. I went to the site and enjoyed the video......who knows? I might just go there some day. I will have to check to see if they allow dogs :>)