Ever dream of painting in the mountains, waking up in a French farmhouse, or reliving your college days?
With Alumni Travel’s new Deep Blue Series, you can do all of the above. These are not just trips—they are journeys that inspire and enrich beyond expectations. They focus on one geographic area and a single theme; they then allow U-M alumni, family, and friends to dig deeper into one-of-a kind adventures. So go Deep Blue in 2017 and dive into one of these experiential trips.
Southwestern France, May 15-22
Live like a local at La Balie, a beautifully restored set of stone farm buildings dating back to the 16th century. Staying on 10 acres in the Lot-et-Garonne department of Aquitaine, you will be immersed in the culture, art, and cuisine of the region. Museums, wineries, artisan boutiques, and markets await you in nearby medieval towns. But, most importantly, you will gain French insight from your hosts—U-M professors Aline Cotel (who grew up in the area) and her husband, Michael Gould.
Art and Culture in Northern Washington, Aug. 8-14
Nurture your creative side at this artist’s retreat owned and operated by Derek Neumann, ’90, and his wife, Yvette. This small group of eight people will visit local artists and explore the area’s great outdoors, including Nooksack Falls, a nearly 100-foot waterfall tucked away in the North Cascades National Park. Unleash your creativity in a gallery studio, where you will paint your own canvas. And conclude each day by indulging at some of the area’s finest restaurants and wineries.
Northern Michigan Bike Tour, Sept. 7-13
Discover why this area is known as the Napa Valley of the Midwest. Cycle through the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, known for its many wineries, vibrant vineyards, time-worn orchards, and native woods. Views of the glistening Grand Traverse Bay and breathtaking Sleeping Bear Dunes will provide the backdrop for your daily rides. You will also have plenty of time to relax at a spa, walk on the beach, or shop in the area’s quaint towns.
Rediscover Ann Arbor, Sept. 22-24
The Ann Arbor landscape has changed dramatically over the years. Why not come back to campus and take a tour? The Bell Tower, Motawi Tile, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, and Matthaei Botanical Gardens are just a few of the places you will visit over the weekend, with U-M faculty providing enrichment . During your free time, visit your old haunts (The Brown Jug, Nickels Arcade, to name a few), while also discovering new landmarks (The Graduate Hotel—see page 12).
The Deep Blue Series trips are one-of-a-kind adventures, expertly planned by our Alumni Travel team. For additional information, visit the Alumni Travel website at umalumni.com/travel/travel-collection or call 855.764.0064.