Cruising, Dancing and Dining with the Wind

Set sail across the coastal waters of Lake Michigan for a relaxing cruise with Wind Dancer Charters. The 61-foot double gaff-rigged schooner departs from South Harbor along the Grand Haven boardwalk for three trips daily, from May to September.

Take turns raising the sails and steering the 22-passenger ship around Lake Michigan, led by the captain and first mate. You can feel the breeze toss your hair as you look out toward the majestic sand dunes and wooded hills that edge the shoreline. Kick back with a cocktail from the cash bar as the stereo plays familiar Caribbean tunes.

The last sail of the day is the romantic two-hour sunset cruise, where you can watch the sun dip into the horizon, splashing colors across the evening sky. Call ahead for schedules and advance reservations.

Just Cruising - Courtesy of Midwest Living MagazineThe Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800's coasting cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. There are overnight accommodations for 24 guests in 12 private cabins which are rustic and fitting of a mid-1800s style windjammer. Sailing out of Traverse City from Memorial Day weekend through early September, Manitou offers a noon sail, afternoon sail and a popular evening sail, with each adventure being two hours in length (a specially catered picnic meal is included on the evening sail). Additional excursions include Wine Tasting Cruises on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Entertainment Nights on Wednesday evenings and our Moomers Ice Cream Sails on Monday and Friday afternoons.

For your next special getaway, why not book a dinner cruise aboard one of the following floating restaurants: 

For a complete list of Michigan dinner cruises, click here.