The Grand Traverse Bay bristled with tall-masted ships and their billowing sails back in the 1850’s, a vivid testament to settlers and their burgeoning commerce. Do some time travel yourself—by water—when you reserve a spot aboard the immaculately maintained Manitou, a 114-foot replica of an 1800’s merchant ship designed to carry 62 passengers. Three, 2-hour cruises leave from Traverse City a day. The best way to see the bay is from the bay. Maritime Heritage Alliance, 231-941-2000, TALLSHIPSAILING.COM.

Event! The Michigan Schooner Festival, a gathering of about a dozen tall ships, happens in Traverse City September 11–13, 2009. MICHIGANSCHOONERFESTIVAL.ORG.

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