Experience The Grand Hotel, one of North America's most impressive hotels built during America's Gilded Age, with the longest porch in the world.

Five U.S. Presidents have stayed at the Grand Hotel. It has been featured in movies and has a splendid pool named for Esther Williams -- just one of the features of this trip sponsored by the Merry Trippers.

Please consider this venture, Aug. 18-26, which starts in Chicago with its impressive architecture and wonderful museums. Travel on through Wisconsin and the picturesque landscape to board the ferry for Mackinac Island, where we will spend the next three days. Tour the island in a horse-drawn carriage, enjoy fine food and the refined sounds of the hotel's orchestra. On to Frankenmuth, a unique Bavarian village and German food. Finally, visit Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. View historic homes of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Robert Frost.

America's heartland provides a bounty of visions and memories. Mackinac Island, nine days, per person price $2,849 double, $3,799 single and $2,819 triple. Detailed fliers available at the Groton Senior Center. Call 978-448-1170 to be placed on the list or call Nyola at 987-692-8608 (nyolav@verizon.net) for information.