Laid-off autoworkers and their families can still enjoy a summer vacation Up North—for free.

Joe Breidenstein, who owns several vacation home rentals at Springbrook Hills near Walloon Lake, has teamed up with the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce to offer free mid-week Vacations to out-of-work auto workers. The Jordan Inn, a Bed & Breakfast in nearby East Jordan has joined the intitiative.

Couples or families can head to Boyne Country for up to three mid-week days of fun, relaxation and discovery in a vacation home.  Breidenstein stated, “It’s tough enough on the kids without looking forward to a vacationless summer. The travel and tourism industry owes our middle class auto related workers much for our past growth and success.”

He adds, “This gesture is a thank you and an opportunity to get recharged as they begin retraining or starting a new career.”

According to Jim Baumann, Chamber Director, “I expect other Boyne Area Chamber members to offer their properties when vacant for a short vacation. It’s a productive use of a property that might be empty during our prime vacation season.” The 3-day vacation can run Monday through Thursday, subject to availability. The only cost is a nominal $50 for cleaning service touch-up.

Want More Information?

For questions or date requests, contact Joe at 231-535-2227, or the Boyne Area Chamber at 231-582-6222,

Photo(s) by Courtesy Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce