While the S.S. Badger has been honored with a placement on the National Register of Historic Places, its beginnings were humble. First setting sail in 1953, the Badger originally carried railcars, along with a few select passengers, across scenic Lake Michigan year round. Now the last of the United States’s coal-fired steamships, the 410-foot vessel ships cargo of a different kind, transporting guests and their vehicles across Lake Michigan with the comforts and amenities of a modern cruise ship, with efforts to improve their ship environmentally in the near future.
While the boat embarks along between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, guests amble through the open deck for views of the scenic shorelines or set up shop on deck chairs, armed with a cool drink and a Mermaid-to-English dictionary. The ship’s shaded interior entertains with movies, guests shouting at celebratory bingo, and arcade games giving off musical tones as kids set new high scores. For a more muted ride, private staterooms let guests snooze away the hours, and a quiet room elucidates the ship’s history in hushed solitude. An in-house bar blends, shakes, and stirs ingredients into a range of refreshing cocktails, while the café showcases artfully crafted sandwiches like a deli hall of fame.
Car-Gard has been catering to autos for more than 25 years. Its trained and fully insured specialists thoroughly buff and polish exteriors, using powerful machinery to work waxes deep into the paint job, or, if necessary, they can completely recondition a faded veneer. Inside the vehicle, staff members focus their efforts on safely cleaning soft interior fabrics and surfaces, and under the hood they restore engines to pristine running order. Car-Gard can also harness high-quality chemicals to clean foggy headlights, thus improving the clarity of your shadow-puppet soap operas.
The ASE-certified technicians at GB Auto Center work on both foreign and domestic vehicles, performing everything from oil changes to complete engine and transmission repair. Every service includes a 21-point inspection, allowing them to check for anything that might need repair. The technicians can also run computer diagnostics to find the source of funny engine sounds or red, itchy headlights. During services, customers can wait in a lobby with a flat-screen television and complimentary coffee, or stroll through GB Auto Center's used-car lot.
The hum of a smoothly running engine, the whisper of newly tinted windows rolling up, and the swish of industrious windshield wipers. The ASE-certified technicians at Specialty Auto Sales & Service create this symphony of sounds as they repair and replace vehicular components ranging from troubled engines to phlegmy exhaust pipes. They can also trick out autos with custom work such as tinted windows or high-intensity discharge headlights. In addition to repairs, installations, and basic maintenance services, the center matches drivers with used cars. Its shifting inventory ranges from Fords and Pontiacs to Chevrolets and Saturns, originally developed to zoom around the planet’s racetrack of rings.
Whether it?s a dime-size chip or a completely shattered windshield, the repair technicians at Great Lakes Glass LLC are up to the task. The shop boasts an inventory of thousands of name-brand windshields?a piece of glass for just about any make of vehicle. Well- trained staff members can attach a new windshield in about one hour or repair small chips in about a half hour. Each service comes with free disposal and is backed by a national lifetime warranty, but the warranty does not cover stone throwers who live in glass houses.
Bellevue Auto Mart's no-fuss car wash gets the job done fast. Friendly technicians scrub each vehicle's windows, rims, and tires by hand before directing drivers through the full-service, automatic car wash. Spinning brushes and pressurized spouts work in tandem with robotic arms to cleanse roadsters in about six minutes, or the time it takes to map your car's genome. After the wash, technicians dry auto exteriors by hand for a streak-free finish.