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Geotourism in the Grand Traverse Region

GEOG 177 (1), GEOG 379/592 (3) Geotourism in the Grand Traverse Region
Instructor: Kelly Victor-Burke
Dates: May 21–27, 2016
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Discover the true meaning of "Pure Michigan" in the Grand Traverse region with its natural scenery, historic treasures and culinary culture. Learn the history of tourism in Michigan in this hands-on field course. Join us for an exciting week of behind-the-scenes tours of area attractions and businesses. Visit some of Michigan's most famous landmarks like the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Fort Michilimackinac and tour Old Mission wineries while learning the art of winemaking.

Experience the "Farm-to-Table" movement in its most authentic form at the prestigious Cooks House. Explore the sites of Ernest Hemingway's formative years and discover their impact on his craft.

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Our lectures are presented in a unique setting and include some of Michigan's most successful local leaders including Brad Van Dommelen, the President/CEO of Traverse City Tourism, Don Coe, Managing Partner of the unique agricultural destination "Black Star Farms", Ray Minervini, developer of the truly groundbreaking historic redevelopment "Grand Traverse Commons", Michael Federspiel, acclaimed historian and author of "Picturing Hemingway's Michigan" and Eric Hemenway, the director of repatriation, archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.


Program Fee: $860 (2014) plus tuition and fees.

Alumni Pricing: $1218 (includes one credit hour tuition and fees)

Program fee includes
  • Lodging
  • Several meals at top culinary restaurants
  • Local transportation by bus or van for daily excursions. 
  • Venue admission for all required events


  • EMU tuitions and fees*
  • Textbooks (if applicable)
  • Personal expenditures
  • Transportation changes resulting from deviation from printed itinerary

*Not applicable to alumni package.

This trip begins in Petoskey and ends in Traverse City, Mich. Students are responsible for their own transportation to Petoskey and from Traverse City.

If you're using financial aid, additional assistance may be available for those who qualify. Contact financial aid.

Our premiere lodging accommodations are chosen for proximity to key sites on the itinerary and are close to restaurants and shopping. Rooms are based on double occupancies with other students. Any special room requests must be made at the time you register along with your registration documents.

If you have any questions, contact Jen Short at 734.487.3229 or jen.short@emich.edu.