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August 2005

Dear Tom,
We just wanted to let you know we look forward every week to watching your program. It is very informative and enjoyable. The information you present gives my wife and I many ways to enjoy our great state of Michigan. We have been to many of the places you have shown. Being retired now and owning a new fifthwheel travel trailer we look forward to being able to enjoy all the more the places you have shown the public through your great program. We watch your program every Sun. on W.G.V.U channel 52 Grand Rapids.
Thanks again
Jim & Beth Rose Kalamazoo Mich

P.S. Your program today (8-14-05) was great we printed the information on your web. site for use at a later date. We always stop at Seney Refuge every year on our way to Copper Harbor and many places along the way. Keep up the good work.

Thank you for the wonderful tour of the State Parks of the UP. I enjoyed watching it very much. What a beautiful state. I was born in Escanaba and have not been to the UP since we moved to Indiana in 1957. I remember going to Wells State Park when I was very young and it was wonderful to see it on your show.

Thanks again to you and PBS.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:44 AM
Subject: State Park Guide to UP

Hi How do I get a State Park Guide to UP How much is it?
Monica Cote

Call 1-800-562-7134 and request a free U.P. Travel guide, it list all the U.P. State Parks

Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 7:34 AM
Subject: lighthouses

At the end of Saturday’s program someone was talking about lighthouses, and we would like more information on this. How do we learn more, website, or e-mail? Or is it a video?

It is a PBS Special that will air in December call "Ghosts and Guardians of Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay". On the front of our web site to the left you will see a button titled go to it for a complete description of the show.

July 2005

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 9:38 PM
Subject: luge ride

When my children was young ( about 30 years ago ),we took them camping around Traverse city,there was a place there, I think a ski resort that had a luge ride after a cable trip up the side of a mountain,were you road a luge type of a ride down the mountain.My Grand children would like to go camping. Does this place still there and if so were is it at? Thanks

Sorry Douglas,
It doesn't ring a bell maybe one of our viewers will recognize it and send us some info.

Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:05 PM
Subject: Frankenmuth Car Show

when is this please?

Frankenmuth Auto Fest - September 9-11, 2005

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 7:22 PM
Subject: SPAM: Cruise

We started watching your show a couple months ago after happening on it on WCMU (dishNetwork), and have enjoyed your highlights of northern travels. A couple weeks ago, you aired a piece on Stoney Acres Winery, who attended the Mill Creek Days here in Hillman, MI. Their wines are unique and we bought a half case for our next dealer meeting next month with our associates. We also plan to book one of the Great Lakes cruises as you highlighted this week. Keep up the good presentations. We enjoy them.
Duane Durflinger

Thank You,
It is always nice to hear from viewers about their plans.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 10:32 AM
Subject: great lakes cruise trip

How much is the trip? Is it all inclusive or are the side trips extra?

For the answers to all your Great Lakes Cruise questions go to http://www.greatlakescruising.com/

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2005 10:28 AM
Subject: bruce trail

Would you please send us info on the home-to-home bed and breakfasts along the Bruce Trail?

Here you go http://www.hometohomenetwork.com/ and here is a link for more Bruce Trail info Bruce Trail

June 2005

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2005 5:46 PM
Subject: Previous show on Alpena

I was wondering if I could get some information on a winery you showed in Alpena? This Winery makes cherry and different fruit wines. It was also mentioned that the Thunderbay lodge carries thier wines. Could you please let me know the name and location of the winery.
Mrs Mulheron

Because the winery is so new they do not even have a web site yet. Here is the phone number. Call them for more info. Stoney Acres Winery, 989-356-1041.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2005 12:33 PM
Subject: bruce peninsula

I was watching your program on the Bruce. Can you tell me exactly where the Spirit Caves are (fat mans misery) and the Tree Top Adventures. I am on my way to Lions Head and would like to stop at these two places.
Thank you.
Liz Jones

Hi Lisa,
Go to
http://www.sceniccaves.com/ this will give you everything you need to know about the Scenic Caves. If you have problem finding the directions go http://www.sceniccaves.com/green/direction.htm it tells you how to get there from Port Huron. Have a good time.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2005 11:39 AM
Subject: : Confused

my name is Ken Drinkard and every Saturday I wake up to your show.It gets me all itchy underfoot to run the roads. Even if I drive for a living I still yearn for traveling somewhere that I want to go. The reason Im confused is the show I watched at 8 am on PBS did not match what is on the home page of your site. Grey County has been there a while . Other than that Id like to see more real wilderness situations as in fly in camps in Ontario,specificly Algoma Country. I used to watch Wings over Canada on PBS and it was like being there , even if I cant. Lets get on the stick,and get off the wagon! If you get the drift. Sorry to offend anyone,but having Scotch and French mix makes one have a differant attitude,what do you think? Good Luck,Sir And God speed!

We will do our best.

From: Jim Giacalone
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2005 9:09 AM
Subject: Show Format Changes

I’ve been watching your show for quite a while and really enjoy it. I always get myself up early on Saturday mornings just to watch it. The only thing I’m sad about it is I really miss the old music, the old name (Northern Experiences) and the old narrator. Why did you change it??? I love it when you play some of the older shows the way they used to be. I miss hearing that song “…. Come with me, to the north country.”
James Giacalone Keller Williams Realty

Hi Jim,
We have done so much up north and wanted to explore new places and that is how Great Getaways came to be with all the changes. You will be hearing Dons voice again soon with specials new shows.

Monday, June 20, 2005 6:15 PM
Subject: Western Michigan Wine Tasting Tour

I saw your show in April featuring the wine country in western Michigan. Great show! At the end you said there would be information about the places you visited and a recommendation for bed and breakfast’s to stay at. Unfortunately, I think I waited to long to visit your website to find this information. Is there any way you can forward the information to me or provide a link. My wife and I would love to tour this area and the wineries you hi-lighted. Thank for any help you can provide.

Here is a link to all the wineries in the state including those on Lake Michigan and the western part of the state. http://www.michiganwines.com/Wineries/wineries.html

Thursday, June 16, 2005 3:21 PM
Subject: Houghton-Hancock lighthouse cruise

We think we saw something on your show about a lighthouse cruse that goes to 10 different lighthouses in the keewenaw peninsula area and possibly leaves from the Houghton-Hancock area. We were wondering if you could send us some information on how to contact them and make a reservation. I have been searching online for info but can't seem to find anything. It would be greatly appreciated if you can help us because we would like to make this trip in July for our anniverary.

Sorry, That wasn't us. I am not sure who ran the show. I wish I could help but I am not familiar with the tour. When you find out more info please pass it on. I will post this on our site and maybe one of our viewers can help us.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 4:09 PM
Subject: : Campground

On your show on Saturday, June 11th, you interviewed a gentleman about a campgrounds and showed some sites of the campgrounds. I thought that he said that they had 500 campsites, could you please let me know what campgrounds this was. The show was about the Oscoda area. Thank you.

Hi Wanda,
It is Old Orchard park and you can find more information at
Have Fun

Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: Channel 10

Yes-Channel 10 is 56 and your show was suppossed to be on Sat. morning at 8:00 a.m. and it wasn't. It was even listed on the Cable channel as being on at 8. It also was supp. to be on Channel 30 which for me would be Channel 2 at 11:00a.m. and it wasn't on then either. The Cable TV Guide Channel had it listed as being on at 11, but the reg TV guide had something else listed. AT 8 they had on some children's program with Mary Lou Retton--Michigan Magazine was supp. to be on at 8:30, and that wasn't on either. I haven't watched in awhile due to my work schedule, so I was very dissappointed. Help!!!

Hi Linda,
I am really baffled, I checked the Detroit news TV listings for yesterday at 8am I also checked WTVS and both had us listed to run yesterday. I have also checked our e-mail request form and we received a lot of request for information between 8 and 9 am yesterday and that is the only stations that runs us on Saturday morning. If you could give me the name of the cable system and your area I would like to follow up on that also. Sincerely
Dennis Serra

Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:29 PM
Subject: Lighthouse Festival

I see the Lighthouse Festival on your web site, but haven't found the date. I've enjoyed the shows since finding them on Dish Network on the PBS channel - record them all.

It's running this week end.

Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 1:58 PM
Subject: UP Michigan Planner

Hello Tom,
My husband and I still watch your show as often as work schedules permit. Love it! Could we have that phone number to call and order a new UP Travel Planner? Many thanks.
Loyal Fans,
Susan and Dale - Flint, Michigan

I will be glad to give you that number. It is 1-800-562-7134 if you need info right away their web address is

May 2005

Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 10:41 PM
Subject: Ontario Garden Tour

Hi Tom,
If you can bear with me, I have another tricky question for you. On this program: 239 An Ontario Garden Tour 9/29/04 you featured 5 of the 42 gardens. I know that Lavendar Gardens and Keppel Croft were 2 of them. I was wondering if you could tell me the names of the other 3 if you have them. I also loved that you featured the Spirit Rock Conservatory and the Big Bay General Store's ice cream. Canada has so many amazing secret places like this that are so much fun to discover. Thank you for making our vacations something to look forward to.

We visited 6 different Rural Gardens in Grey Bruce on that show, they are as follows! Larkwhistle Gardens in Dyers Bay Rural Roots just outside of Wiarton Lavender Forest just S. of Wiarton Keppel Croft at Big Bay, halfway between Owen Sound & Wiarton Brian Folmer outside of Walkerton and Crowsgarth in Durham Hope this will be helpful. Lisa 800-268-3838 Ext: 120 visit www.explorethebruce.com for all your tourism needs.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 10:19 PM
Subject: gift shop

Dear Tom,
Sometime last fall I saw a program about a gift shop that I believe was featured on your show. This gift shop was called "the Corner Store" or something like that and it was located in northern michigan. It sold artifacts and crafts made abroad and sold them for the benefit of the people who made them. I was wondering if you are familiar with this store and, if so, if you could tell me the actual name of the store and the location as well as a possible website link. Thanks! I love your show. It's the greatest.

Hi Angela,
It doesn't ring a bell you might want to try Michigan Magazine. On your Garden Tour question I am forwarding that to Bruce county to make sure I get that right and they will send you the complete information.

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Ghost and Guardians of Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay

Hi Tom....We are again planning the Bruce County Lighthouse trip and based on your show, we now have another interesting activity to include (if possible). Your show is number one on my personal list & I look forward to it every week.
Thanks from Mary Barley, Happy Trails Bus Tours

Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 3:16 PM
Subject: 311 Old Mission Peninsula Wine Tour 03/16/05

I was wondering if you have a free guide and maps for this area for wine tours??
Michael Todd

Hi Michael,
Go to
http://www.wineriesofoldmission.com/ for a map and all the information you need.

From: Frank Ligi
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2005 5:11 PM
Subject: Growth

Just a note to tell you how much we enjoy your show. We started watching Michigan Magazine and your show was on and we watched it but it was called Northern experience and was about fish and wilderness. Now you have a great variety and you host the show very well. You hit the highlights and don't drag on. We have changed our favorite from Michigan magzxine to Great Getaways. It starts our weekend off right. Keep up the good work.

Thank You

April 2005

Dear Tom,
sounds like another great show in the making.just wanted to say how much i enjoy your show every week.every time me and wife see one of your shows we find a new place we want to go and visit.I just got my first kayak and i am looking forward to doing a little traviling around great lks region and getting out doors and enjoying it.Keep up the great work on giving us new ideas and places to go around great lakes.who needs to travel out west we have everything we nee right here in this great lakes area. p.s. i have a story of some friends who did a 5 day 100 mile trip down huron river from proud lk rec area to lk erie. let me know if you would like to see there acount of there trip. they went in april brrrr. take care.....guy

Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 1:17 PM
Subject: Hi Tom

Hi Tom,
I've been a loyal fan for many years and watch your show every Saturday morning (I've even got my fiancé watching now). You and your staff do a great job of spotlighting the Great Lakes area and I look forward to your new shows. I know you probably get bombarded with requests for places to visit & film. But if you're interested in a potential place, I have one for you. Over the past 30 years, we've been heading to the northern tip of Georgian Bay to fish in Beaverstone Bay (pike muskie, & bass). We fish out of the Mahzenazing River Lodge (link is below) in the Collins Inlet. It was an old logging camp from the mid-late 1800s that was converted into a hunting and fishing camp many years ago. Some of the old structures still exist. There is also a nearby Indian Reservation, Pt. Grondine. The fishing is generally good (even you can catch one), but the rugged terrain is spectacular. You can only get to the camp by boat (or air) out of Killarney, Ontario. Below are few websites of the camp. http://www.mazriverlodge.com/ http://www.ontarioghosttowns.com/collins.html We're headed there in July 2005 for a long awaited fishing trip. If you're interested, I would be more than happy to provide more information and suggest other places in the area to visit. It's about 8 hours from metro Detroit. I wish you continued success with your show.
Chip Quasney -

Hi Chip,
Sorry that I am just getting back with you but I was out of town and now I am playing catch up. It really sounds like a great trip. I know that this year is out as we are completely booked until the firs of next year as far as shoots. When a loyal viewer of the show makes a great offer like this it is really hard to say no to unfortunately I must. I have my 3rd grand child on the way so things are going to get even busier. If the offer still stands please contact me early next year and I will take it to my producer and see what we can do. The other problem I have doing all the great things that come along is I work full time for GM so when I retire here in a couple of years it will give me more time. Thanks for the offer I do appreciate it even though I can't take you up on it. (Especially if I can catch a fish)

Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: a message from Tom O'Boyle and Great Getaways

Hi Tom,
hope all is well. What's up with your "Ghosts and Guardians of Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay". Sounds interesting, but haven't heard further. FYI, we've just released the 8th edition of our "Michigan Vacation Guide: Cottages, Chalets, Condos, B&B's" book. We'd be happy to send along a complimentary copy if you're interested. Best wishes to you and the gang at Great Getaways!
Kathy Tedsen TR Desktop Publishing Book
Website: www.michiganvacationguide.com
Main Website: www.mivg.com

Hi Kathy,
Please send a copy to: Great Getaways P.O. Box 262 Grand Blanc, MI 48480-0262 We will be sending a Ghost and Guardians update soon, In the meantime go to our home page http://www.greatgetaways.tv/ and click on Ghost and Guardians for the latest information.

From: Elizabeth Blair LTD
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 9:51 AM
Subject: show 315 wine country

Could I please have a list of the stops you made on the episode 315 western wine country? We often go to the northern part of Michigan but have never done the wine tours. If there is a way to copy the itinerary from the website, please let me know.
Thank you in advance.
Elizabeth Kirby

You can get a map and itinerary of the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail at http://www.miwinetrail.com/ or for complete Michigan wine trail information go to http://www.michiganwines.com/
Thanks for watching.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 10:11 AM
Subject: peave pond

My name is Jeanne and I am looking for some information about Peave Pond. We are getting ready to plan our vacation and we were wondering how the fishing was here and wanted to get some information about camping in the area also.Thank you in advance

Hi Jean,
I haven't been there in a few years. The best thing to do is contact the local Tourism association. You can find all the U.P. tourism associations listed at
Good Luck

From: Dale Statson
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 9:58 PM
Subject: Note from viewer in Davision

Hi Tom,
I continue to enjoy your shows but you should know that you consistently have weak audio. It simply is not clear. Not sure if you need new mics but please try to do something…it’s not just one of your shows that I’ve noticed the problem. Keep up the good work…only trying to be constructive.
Dale E. Statson President Sales Executives, Inc.

Hi Dale,
We have been struggling with a new editing system but feel we may have finally solved the problem. We have added some new hardware and have had some professionals give the whole system the once over. One thing I have learned with all this electronic equipment as soon as you think you have solved the problem a new one arises. We will see. Did you have a chance to watch the Bruce trail show tonight and did you have a audio problem with it. I watched it on WFUM and it seemed pretty good. Could you give me a little detail on what you noticed. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Dennis Serra producer

From: Dale Statson
To: 'Dennis Serra'
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 8:28 AM
Subject: RE: Note from viewer in Davision

Hi Dennis,
Thanks for the reply. I understand the problems with HI Tech electronics….have enough problems keeping my computer systems working properly. I did watch the show last night and seemed a bit better, but when changing programs noticed a distinct difference in the audio. I have somewhat of a hearing problem to start with…from shooting too many clay targets. I even hooked up my head set to the TV last night, but did not find the audio clarity any better. FYI Hope all is well!

Thanks Dale,
I hope you see a dramatic increase in the coming months in the audio quality.
Sincerely Dennis Serra

From: Tom McElfresh
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 1:15 PM
Subject: Michigan Upper Peninsula

Gents -- KET-2 (Kentucky Educational Television) today (04/03/05) ran a winter travel program of yours on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I can't find it listed in your list of programs. Please advise if VHS or DVD copies are available for sale.
Thank you.
Tom McElfresh

Hi Tom,
Here is the information on the show you watched. See below for ordering information.

305 In a Days Drive 02/02/05 What can you do with 24 hours? The possibilities are endless in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Host Tom O'Boyle will take you from Manistique in the Heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula as we point our compass in every direction and show you a way to take a trip in a day. From the ghost town of Fayette, through the Hiawatha National Forest, to the dramatic cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, and Tahquamenon Falls, the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. There all in a day drive. For a free guide call 906-341-2552

If you would like to have a DVD of your favorite show send 22.95 for a DVD to: Great Sand Bay Productions P.O. Box 262 Grand Blanc, MI 48480-0262 Please specify the show number and title. You can find this information either in our current show schedule or in our past shows. Click here or on show schedule on the leftside panel for a complete list of Great Getaways shows. We are sorry we are no longer offering tape copies of our show.

March 2005

I watched the show about the wine vinyard trail last weekend. I really enjoyed the show. I was wondering if you know the name of the resort that was shown briefly. the man that was hosting the show was swimming outside in a pool that had a slide that went inbetween the rocks. It just looked so beautiful and I would like to take my familly.If you could find out where that resort is,and the name.
Thank you ~Alicia Booth~

Here is the information you requested from Great Getaways. The Homestead - America's Freshwater Resort is northwest Michigan's premier lodging property. Located just minutes from the LPVA's fine wineries. Choose from four resort hotels, luxury condominiums or private homes. Please contact us about winery tours and special events. 1 Wood Ridge Road ~ Glen Arbor, MI 49636 (231)-334-5100 www.thehomesteadresort.com

From: "Tom Hoopfer"
Sent: March 29, 2005 12:36 PM
Subject: RE: Area Guide

Do you know the name and proper spelling of the barn that was shown and reported to host special functions? Phone number?
Thank you,
Tom Hoopfer

Yes, it is Ciccone Vineyards and you can find more info at their web site http://www.cicconevineyards.com/

From: Dave Anderson
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 1:12 PM
Subject: Sound Mixing

I enjoy your show on Saturday morning, and really enjoyed today's show about the Lelanau Peninsula area. We go up there frequently in the summer from our cottage in Lake City (Lake Missaukee). Maybe you could do a show in our area sometime. It's a beautiful lake. Just a technical suggestion; on today's show, when you were narrating while the background music was playing, the music almost drowned out your voice. Hopefully that could be corrected by somehow changing the sound mixing. This was the only one of your shows I've ever noticed this. Dave Anderson

Thanks Dave,
We have added some new audio equipment and are still learning. Sorry about the problem.

From: Hebert-Immel
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 9:02 AM
Subject: : Sylvania Wilderness

I am intersted in a video that was produced concerning the Sylvania Wildernss in Upper Michgan. If you have it, would you let me know because I would like to order it for my middle school students.
Mike Immel

Sorry Mike,
That show is no longer available.

From: AJ
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 9:31 PM
Subject: Garden Tour program

Hi Tom,
Last year I watched a special in late September called 239 An Ontario Garden Tour 9/29/04 But, it was so close to the end of the season that I wasn't able to make it to Ontario. I was wondering if you'll show this program again in the spring? I'd love to see it again. The pictures on the websites just don't do it justice.

Hi Angela,
We are going to be running it again this year but I am not sure when. Keep an eye on our show schedule to find out when.

From: Reinhold Hellmann
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 9:47 AM
Subject: Show # 312

In this show you mentioned a place called Fish Town (an old fishing village) near Leelanau. We have looked for this area on past trips and could not find it. Could you please tell us exactly where it is so we can see it next time we go there. We did look on the web site and could find no mention of this place.
Mary Hellmann

Historic Fishtown is located in Leland Michigan on the Leelanau Peninsula. For more information go to http://www.leelanau.com/leland/

Sunday, March 20, 2005 4:49 PM

Hi Tom,
Yes, I would like to continue receiving your news. You did reply to my request to use one of the adventures in Michigan for a fundraiser for my Lions Club. You advised that the schedule is full - but if it became a possibility you would be in touch. We have a personal problem. We live in Adrian - extreme s e corner of Michigan in Lenawee County. We no longer receive programming from channel 56 in a viewable screen. Did they lower their power? Is it on DISH? Always enjoyed the Michigan Adventures in Great Getaways - all of them, not just Michigan. Look forward to your response.
Sue (and Charlie) Ringman - Adrian, MI

Hi Sue,
WTVS antenna was down for a while when they were changing to digital. They had a problem getting it back up and you could only receive it on cable. I just got done talking to them and they said it is all back up and running. Could you check again if you are receiving the signal and if not I will call and tell them they still have a problem. We lost a lot of viewership when it went down hopefully they (you) will start coming back. Sincerely

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 8:06 PM
Subject: Show 223

Is show 223 Last Fishing Village still available on DVD? Do you plan to rerun it anytime?
Thanks, great shows

I am sorry the Last Fishing village is not available on DVD and at this point there are no plans to rerun it.

February 2005

From: "Sue"
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 3:28 PM
Subject: scenic caves

I liked your show on the Bruce Peninsula. But where on the peninsula are the scenic caves with the suspension bridge?

The Scenic caves are actually in Grey County just below the Bruce Peninsula. Here is a link to there web site for more information. http://www.sceniccaves.com/

Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 2:21 PM
Subject: Kentucky_Green River Lake

Hay, my name is Chris Murphy, I live KY and IN . I was wondering if you can do a show down at Green River Lake. PLEASE!!!!!!

Hi Chris,
Can you send us a website so we could find out more it.

Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 9:47 PM
Subject: TV shows

Hi Tom:
Have been catching a few of your programs and really enjoy them.  Is there a way that we can get information coming to us on the shows to be presented.  We are particularly interested in any shows that are about the Lake Superior Tour through Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario.
Thanks for your reply.
Karan Ream

Hi Karan,
The best thing to do is to click on
show schedule. We try to put at least the next 2 months of shows here. Hope that helps.

 Hi Tom,
Just thought I would let you know I have been an avid viewer of all of your programs.  I watch every one I can and have planned many trips in all seasons based on info obtained from your show. Maybe someday in the future you could do one on ATVing in the UP? Also just wanted to say hi again. Haven't seen you in person since I retired from the old work place. 
Bob Kennell

I have always loved your shows.  I loved you Northern Experience shows.  I grew up in Muskegon and now live in Williamston.  I would always watch your shows on Saturdays of just getting to time to go up North to the UP or other places that you show.  I kept saying to my wife that we need to tape your shows to use for future vacation trips.  Anyway, I love the outdoors and my son(6)and daughter(11) love to fish. We finally have a pop-up camper so we want to start taking summer vacations up north and enjoy the outdoors.

You did a show a few weeks ago.  I believe it was in Schoolcraft county.  You did some hiking and showed a guy catching a beautiful brook trout out of some stream.  You listed a tollfree number at the end for more info but I lost it. Please give me the info. 

Keep up the good work. 
Daniel J. O'Toole

Hi Dan,
The number you are looking for is  1-888-431-2552 and for even more info go to
Have fun

Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 8:13 AM
Subject: Ice Fishing Help

 Hey Tom,
 8:00 AM Saturday Mornings - Watch the show when ever possible.  Question:  Want to go ice fishing with a friend in his 70's.  Need the southeast Michigan area.  Have searched the internet with no luck.  Can you suggest an ice fishing charter service where they may offer shanty and perhaps shuttle service out to a spot on the ice?  Would appreciate any help.

Sorry Sam.
I don't have any idea but I was watching Michigan Outdoors the other night and they had a Ice Fishing Charter Service on. I don't know where it was at but try them maybe they can help. Their web site is
Good Luck

Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2005 8:58 AM
Subject: Trouble locating an episode

 Hello Tom,
 I am a fan of the show.   There was one I saw that I can not find in your list.  It was a tour of Marquette County, that included Craig Lake State Park.  The episode may be #241 but the description does not sound like the one I saw.  Can you let me know the number of the episode I am thinking of. 
 I have thoroughly enjoyed  your show for years.  I am a huge fan of the Upper Peninsula.  A friend of mine and I go camping all over the UP.  I will watch the show with my mother and show her the places that I have been.  Keep up the good work!
 Mr. David Shrewsbury

Hi Dave,
That was the one. The description only included what part of the show consisted of. That show was made up of 3 different shows and so was a one time shot. I hope you were not thinking of ordering a copy of this episode because it no longer exist.

January 2005

Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 2:01 PM
Subject: Old Mission Peneinsula show

To Whom it may concern,
On Jan. 26, 2005 you televised 304 Mission Peninsula Wine Tour. We missed it can you or will you be able to tell me when it will air again or if it will even air again.
 Thank you,
 Debbie Maglothin

Hi Deb,
It will be running again starting 3/16/05. Check your local listing for exact day that PBS airs Great Getaways in your area. I believe it is Saturdays and Tuesdays. If you should miss it again watch our show schedule because it will air again this fall.
Dennis Serra

Sent: Friday, January 14, 2005 10:56 AM
Subject: Bed & Breakfast

What was the name of the Bed & Breakfast you stayed in Southampton?
Thank You
Mary Smith

It is the Solomon Knechtel B and B you can find more information at http://www.solomonknechtel.com/ Don't forget to tell them where you found it.

Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 9:10 PM
Subject: Re: The 'Sunrise Side'

Thanks for the speedy reply Tom. We have been reviewing your upcoming shows on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we have been watching for over a year and have never seen this particular show ( 0106 ).  On the flip side, we have seen duplicate shows pertaining to; Northern Minnesota, Oscoda( Ausable River ), Western Michigan Wineries, Pelle Island Ontario and The Thunder Bay Resort to name a few. While we enjoy watching all of these shows again, please consider this a formal request to run episode '0106' in the very near future. It would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance, 
The Peters' Family

Keep an eye on our schedule. We will run it again but I am not sure when.

Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 4:23 PM
Subject: Ausable River

 Can you tell me if you will be running the Ausable River Fall tour show again?  Thanks

Yes, but I can not tell you the date. Please keep an eye on our show schedule for the run date.

Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 9:42 PM
Subject: The 'Sunrise Side'

We have heard that you ran a show in the past about the East Side of the State titled the above. Do you have any future plans to rerun this episode? If so, please let us know when. We own Property near Rogers City and are interested in the N.E. section of the L.P.
Gary & Lisa Peters

We have a show coming up this spring featuring the Oscoda area. You can always check our upcoming show schedule.Thanks for watching.

Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: Prior request

We hate to be pests but were under the impression from the Great Getaways program that we cound obtain the route televised on 11/10/04 #245 Fall Journey.  We would like to take the same route this fall.  We received a booklet of Upper Mich. but were looking for the same route televised.  Is this available?

I am sorry we don't have the exact trip mapped out. You will find different fall trips mapped out in the U.P. Guide.

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